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Providing a Pathway to Business for America’s Veterans

posted by Tariq Farid November 12, 2018

As Veterans Day 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the end of “The Great War,” – approaches, I wanted to take a moment to honor the patriotism and honorable, selfless service to our country demonstrated by America’s veterans. The dedication it takes to serve one’s country is incredibly admirable, and I have always tried to show my appreciation, not only in my daily life, but also in my business practices.

While our service men and women face many challenges, there are a few ways that franchisors and business owners can make a difference in their lives. The International Franchise Association’s VetFran program was established in 1991 in order to help veterans returning from the first Gulf War get their foot in the door of franchising. The program provides invaluable resources to those who deserve it most by offering veterans and their spouses the ability to access franchise opportunities through education, training, financial assistance, and mentorship. To date, over 200,000 veterans and their families have benefitted from the program.

Edible Arrangements® is proud to be one of nearly 700 franchise brands that participates in VetFran. We currently have many dedicated employees and franchisees that have served our country, and it has always been my firm belief that veterans make some of the best franchisees. They bring training, organizational skills, and a commitment to teamwork that all franchisees must possess.

Offering these men and women a pathway to building their own business is just a small way to thank them for their service. I encourage you all to take a moment on this Veterans Day to thank them for their service, volunteer to help those who are still transitioning to civilian life, and always support veteran-owned businesses!

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Celebrating Dads This Father’s Day

posted by Tariq Farid June 15, 2018

As the years fly, it’s days like Father’s Day that make me realize how special our time is with those we love. It’s a day to celebrate the men in our lives who have spent their years out by the grill, in the garage fixing the car, or being our biggest fans up in the stands. Men can wear many hats, and today we tip ours to all the Fathers out there.

When I was 17-years-old I took a generous $5,000 loan from family friends to open my own flower shop. This loan would change my life, but it was the work ethic that went with it that made all the difference. And I learned a great deal about that from my father. My father worked as a machinist by day and at McDonald’s at night, all to make sure he provided for our family. To help out, I started mowing lawns and had a paper route in our neighborhood, and eventually worked my way up to a small flower shop that led me to create Edible.

Working and supporting each other was how my family stayed afloat, and that hardworking nature is what I can credit my entrepreneurial success to today. Working hard from a young age gave me the determination it took to create Edible. But on top of that, it was the support of my family that got me started on this dream. That was not only a pivotal moment for me and my career but also a shining example of the love of a parent.

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Memories like that are reasons we should honor all the Fathers out there. To celebrate your own father this Father’s day, I am happy to share our ‘dadible’ gifts, available at all Edible locations and online. These treats feature gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapple mustaches with special packaging, custom father’s day boxes, sports-themed fruit arrangements, and more to make him the star of the day!

It’s a special feeling being a dad, so make sure to treat yours right!

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Celebrating National Small Business Week

posted by Tariq Farid May 2, 2018

This week, as the country celebrates National Small Business Week, I’d like to look back and reflect on the beginnings of Edible®, when we were just a small store in Connecticut. Looking back on these memories makes me eternally grateful for all of Edible®’s franchisees that have gone on this journey with me. I’m happy to honor all of them as small business owners across America and applaud them for earning their piece of the American Dream. Continue Reading

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Thank You! to all who made this journey possible

posted by Tariq Farid February 14, 2018


There have been many high points over the course of my entrepreneurial journey, but I can’t think of any that compare to this past Sunday when I was honored with the International Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame Award.

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Receiving the Hall of Fame award from Jay Duke and IFA Board Chair Shelly Sun.

To receive such an incredible honor was humbling.Not long ago I asked a good friend how he was doing and he said, “better than I deserve.” I thought that was an incredible response, and considering what many people are facing, I feel the same way. I am blessed. My LORD has been very merciful and I can never be thankful enough for His blessings.

As I was preparing for the ceremony, I couldn’t help but think of all those that have supported me and influenced me over the years. There are so many people to thank for helping me along the way. It is due to their kindness and generosity of others that I have been able to fulfill many of my dreams.

First, of course, were my wonderful mother and father and all my brothers and sisters.

As many of you know, I arrived with my family in this country as a young boy and we had very little. At 13, I got my first job at a flower shop thanks to the kindness of a small business owner named Charlie Farricielli. If not for him, I likely would have never have had the urge to become an entrepreneur.

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Honoring America’s Heroes on Memorial Day

posted by Tariq Farid May 25, 2017

With the approach of Memorial Day and all the summer kickoff backyard barbecues and pool parties, I once again want to take a moment to pause and reflect on the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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