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What will your legacy be?

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When Brad and Carol Arth retire one day, they know their Edmonton Express Employment Professionals offices will be in the capable hands, because the business will stay in the family.

Before joining Express, Brad was invested in the winter jacket business and owned several retail stores throughout the Edmonton area. He operated the stores, while his wife managed the bookkeeping and administrative duties. Daughter Jessica also helped, eventually assisting with management while completing high school and college.

“In 2003 with changing economic conditions, it was time to do something different,” Brad said. “As I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and have always worked for myself, I really could not see myself working any other way.”

The next year, he was introduced to the idea of owning an Express franchise through a broker. The Arth’s first office opened in West Edmonton in January 2005.

Currently, Brad is the operations manager and works with the staff in each location. Through the years, he has held every role throughout the years from recruiter and staffing consultant to account collection and lease negotiations. Carol was the original recruiter and manages all internal and external accounting and finance. Jessica takes a very active role in the business development side of the franchise.

“We have found that we all have certain strengths and weakness in different areas,” Brad said. “As we had worked together in the past, we already had a good idea on who would be good at certain positions. But the great thing with this business is that there is always more to learn and always room to grow.”

He added that the three family members care about every detail of the business.

“It has also been a very natural and beneficial evolution to have operations, sales, and finance all looked after by each one of us and has allowed us each to utilize our strengths,” Brad said.

When the day does come for Brad and Carol to hand over the reins, Brad is confident in the abilities of his daughter and son-in-law.

“Carol and I are very proud of the business that we have and are also very happy that Jessica, with her husband Branko Culo, has decided to take over our Edmonton franchise,” Brad said. “We believe with the level of energy and the entrepreneurial spirit they both have, they will be wildly successful.

“Jessica had started in this business with us from day one, and therefore knows exactly what to expect and what to do in terms of keeping these offices successful.”

Join Express

Are you ready to set sail on your own business? It’s a great time to join Express. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. Right now, you could receive up to $25,000 as a cash start-up bonus for opening a franchise.  For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Making sense of the Franchise Disclosure Document

The Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD, can be intimidating, but David Lewis, franchising industry expert, gives you an overview of all 23 items in the document.

This video is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals and is part of the Franchising 101 series.

For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Staffing Agencies In Demand

Betting on the ongoing recovery of the economy, the temporary staffing industry is expected to continue growing well into next year, according to a recent report by the Staffing Industry Analysts.

The April 2015 report projects that the U.S. temporary staffing industry will continue expanding by 6% for the remainder of 2015 and grow another 5% into 2016. This would put the industry at a record size of $121 billion by next year.

“We believe that 2015 will have the fastest GDP growth in a decade, creating immense opportunity for the U.S. staffing industry in the form of an additional $7.8 billion in staffing revenue nationwide versus 2014,” said Timothy Landhuis, research manager and report author. “At the same time, we note that we are seeing many signs that the U.S. economy is moving into a later stage of its growth cycle, with unemployment falling, labor markets tightening, and more evidence of wage inflation.

“The implications for staffing firms include staying on top of wage inflation, responding to greater recruiting challenges, and having disciplined business processes in place in order to thrive when the inevitable downturn in the economy arrives.”

All of the staffing skill segments should see growth this year, including:
• Industrial – 6%
• Office/clerical – 4%
• IT and healthcare staffing – 7%

Engineering is forecasted to have the least amount of job growth, according to the report. This is because of a downturn in oil and gas exploration and production and the slow recovery in employment since the recession.

However, education staffing should be in high demand for 2015. This is because the segment is small, but gaining demand.

The Staffing Industry Analysts’ forecast is based on the predicted U.S. GDP growth of 2.9% in 2015. This is the fastest rate in a decade with more growth forecasted for next year.

Forecasters also expect staffing firms’ revenues to increase in the next two years because of falling unemployment rates and scarcity of candidates

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Native New Yorker Opens Express Office in South Buffalo, NY

MoscatoAs a sailing aficionado, Darren Moscato knows how to navigate a boat on a steady course, regardless of which way the wind blows. Now, he’s setting a new course, as he opens an Express Employment Professionals franchise office in South Buffalo, NY, with wife Jennifer Moscato.
“Darren’s strategic sailing mindset has helped him engineer a successful career in sales and business development in the IT and technical industry,” said Brook Wise, Express regional franchising director. “He and his wife are excited to leverage their business and leadership skills to support employers and job seekers in the Buffalo area.”

New York Born and Bred
Darren is originally from Hamburg, NY, and has lived most recently in Springville, NY. He received his BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Darren sees great potential in the Buffalo market, which was named the number seven top job market in the U.S. this year by Bloomberg Business.
“Darren worked as a Director at ITT Corporation, where he excelled at business development and leveraging business plans to achieve revenue growth,” Brook said. “He also has experience running a technical sales business. He understands the Buffalo-area marketplace and the importance of building strong, positive relationships with people in the business community.”
Jennifer has a master’s degree in education and comes to Express boasting a successful teaching career. She served as a literacy coach, literacy teacher, and a social studies teacher for middle and high schools in New York. Before pursuing teaching, Darren and Jennifer owned Rotec Engineered Sales.
She will serve as the south Buffalo office’s staffing coordinator.

A Focus on Family and Community
“Darren is a perfect fit for an Express franchisee,” Brook said. “He likes that the Express business model encourages local community involvement, and will allow him to leverage his skillsets to support continued growth for area employers, for residents looking for job opportunities, and for his family.”
The Express business model encourages franchisees to be active in their communities and allows them to spend time with their families. This appeals to Darren and Jennifer, who have two active teenagers. The two are active in their church and enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing.
The family recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and volunteered with an organization called Dove Missions. Jennifer taught English, while Darren built garden boxes. Their children helped with crafts and recreation.

Join Express
Are you ready to set sail on your own business? It’s a great time to join Express. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. Right now, you could receive up to $25,000 as a cash start-up bonus for opening a franchise. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Combating Stress

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Staying Healthy While Under Stress
Let’s be honest – we’re all a bit stressed. Whether it’s at work or at home, almost everyone feels overwhelmed from time to time. Stress is a natural part of life, but even the smallest of stressors can have a negative effect on your health.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, stress affects both your body and your mind, and it can lead to depression, headaches, heart disease, stroke, and stomach disorders. April is Stress Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to start managing the stressors in your daily life, especially when it comes to your job search.

Know the facts.
When we feel threatened or anxious, the stress hormone cortisol is released into our bodies. This is also known as the “flight or fight” response,” which signals the body to free up energy so that it can respond to a perceived threat. The problem with this reaction is that the body’s focus shifts to fighting the stressor instead of protecting your immune system. This can lead to symptoms of a common cold, loss of appetite, fear, anxiety, nightmares, mental uneasiness, tension, lack of focus, poor sleep, memory loss, and exhaustion.
Let it go.
As one of the world’s most beloved animated princesses begs, “Let it go.” It’s easy to let a stressful situation take up permanent residence in your mind, but you should try to avoid it. Rehashing stressful situations can cause your body to relive the stress over and over again and bring on the same negative bodily reactions every time. Instead of replaying these situations in your mind, try to alter the way you think about what happened. Replace negative thoughts with affirmative ones, like statements of self-confidence. Another way to say goodbye to stressful thoughts is to meditate or focus on your breathing.

Set attainable goals.
At some point, everyone procrastinates. What can start as a harmless way to put off tasks can turn into a habit that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed. To avoid these unwanted emotions, try setting a long-term goal with smaller goals along the way. Breaking your goal into smaller steps can help you see the bigger picture and the ways you can achieve it. And don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Positive reinforcement can act as a motivator to help you reach your goal, so it’s important to be proud of the work you’ve done.

Don’t give up.
When you’re experiencing something stressful, it’s easy to automatically assume the worst. It’s important to remember that negative thoughts will only make your stress even worse. Consider whether the thing that’s stressing you out is something that will bother you a month or two from now. Ask yourself if you have any control over the stressful situation. Once you start seeing your stressors a little more clearly, you may find that they’re easier to handle in the long run. Take a moment to stop, re-evaluate the situation, and find some perspective. Oftentimes, the outcome is out of your hands and spending time stressing about it will only make matters worse.

Take care of yourself.
It’s no secret that job searches can drain you, both of time and energy. But forgetting to take time for yourself will only enhance your level of stress. Make sure you set aside time in your day to relax, enjoy a hobby, go for a walk, work in the garden, read a book, or do something that will help you recharge your mind and keep you both happy and relaxed. You may also consider de-cluttering your home or workspace to help put your mind at ease. Knowing what your stress triggers are, prioritizing your goals, and eliminating those stressors, can help you stay healthy during your job search.

Would you like to channel your business expertise toward running your own franchise business? Each year, Express Employment Professionals is recognized as a leader in the franchising and staffing industries. In fact, Entrepreneur magazine has named Express as one of the top companies in the franchising industry and one of the fastest growing staffing franchises in America. Learn more by visiting ExpressFranchising.com.

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Business Pro Books North Las Vegas for New Express Franchise

SadeghiThey say in Vegas, the house always wins. But in this case, everyone is a winner.

When Sam Sadeghi opens his Express Employment Professionals franchise in North Las Vegas, NV, it will be a win-win-win-win. A win for area employers in need of quality staffing, a win for the city’s workers looking for the right job opportunities, a win for the Express franchise system, and a win for Sam, as he steps into his new career with a proven business model.

Betting on Las Vegas
“Sam brings a unique blend of management, customer facing, and technological expertise generated from the private sector, government, and academic environments,” said Dan Gunderson, Express regional franchising executive. “With a background in the insurance industry and real estate, Sam has used his relational skills to build his client base, and is well versed in the business concept of risk management. Sam feels the Las Vegas market is on the rebound and he sees unlimited potential in this market.”

Sam has worked in insurance sales for New York Life of AARP and as a computer tech for CompUSA. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications from Old Dominion University.

“Sam is a strategic thinker who knows how to align business needs with proven processes,” Dan said. “He is looking forward to learning the Express sales process and putting the sales and marketing tools and programs to work in his franchise.”

Focusing on Relationships
Sam’s desire to own his own business led him to evaluate franchise opportunities. He was won over to Express because of the company’s outstanding track record for franchise success, as well as its focus on relationships.

“Sam has a strong record of improving team proficiency, playing key roles in major projects and cultivating strong business relationships,” Dan said. “He can’t wait to get involved in the Chamber of Commerce and become an active member of the Las Vegas business community.”

Sam’s franchise will be a family effort, as his father, Ahmad, will join him as a financial partner and moral supporter in this venture.

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What about you? Are you looking for a winning opportunity to be your own boss? The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. Right now, you could receive up to $25,000 as a cash start-up bonus for opening a franchise. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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C-Suite Executive Opens Express Franchise in Santa Monica, CA

After more than 20 years in executive leadership roles, including serving as CIO for a well-known fashion industry company, Ajit Patel is fashioning a new career for himself as a franchisee for Express Employment Professionals.

The UCLA and Pepperdine alum will open the new Express Employment Professionals office in Santa Monica, CA, bringing his unique combination of customer service and financial management skills to this exciting marketplace.

Suited for Staffing

“Ajit is a perfect fit for Express,” said Dan Gunderson, Express regional franchising executive. “He has a unique combination of customer service and financial management skills.”

After earning his undergrad degree at UCLA, Ajit earned an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. He has worked for notable companies such as Chico’s and BCBG.

“Ajit is excited about leaving the corporate world to be an entrepreneur,” Dan said. “He is attracted to the flexibility of franchise ownership, and he feels relationship building is one of his strong traits, which equips him well for the staffing industry.”

Ajit’s business career includes experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate turnarounds, and investment banking, and he has provided guidance in strategic and operations analysis and management consulting for early stage and startup ventures.

Committed To Service

Ajit was pleased to discover that Express Employment Professionals has a strong focus on community service and helping others. He is active in the City of Hope Annual Fundraising Drive, and is the founder/president of the UCLA Chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Join Express

Does the flexibility of a career in franchising appeal to you? If you have a head for business and a heart for service, it’s a great time to join Express. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Seasoned Business Leader Brings Express to Lorain County, OH

grude, chadChad Grude has built a 25-year career as a role model for company leadership, sales training and operational excellence. Now, he’s taking his career to a whole new level as a franchisee for Express Employment Professionals.

Congratulations to Chad, who is opening the new Express office in Lorain County, OH.

Working From the Ground Up

“Chad has what it takes to be a highly successful Express franchisee,” said Bill Thompson, Express franchising executive. “He has an extensive sales background in manufacturing and distribution, as well as extensive training and education in sales techniques, operations, and leadership development.

“Chad worked his way up from the ground level, handling products, driving trucks, selling B2B, and moving up the ladder,” Bill said. “With a sales force of 25 reports and responsibility for a $90 million profit and loss statement, Chad’s significant business expertise positions him well to take on an Express franchise.”

Reaching Out To Others

When he researched Express, Chad felt a strong fit with the company’s culture, which supports giving back to the community and helping others.

“Chad shares our passion for people,” Bill said. “He and his wife Amy are very involved in their church and Chad has a leadership position there. He lives and works in Ohio and understands the needs of employers and workers in the Lorain County region.”

Amy has more than 25 years of experience in operations management and customer service. She also has a bachelor of business degree with a minor in finance.

Join Express

Would you like to channel your business expertise toward running your own franchise business? Each year, Express Employment Professionals is recognized as a leader in the franchising and staffing industries. In fact, Entrepreneur magazine has named Express as one of the top companies in the franchising industry and one of the fastest growing staffing franchises in America. Learn more by visiting ExpressFranchising.com.

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AUM Grad Is New Express Franchisee in Montgomery, AL

cobb, williamIn his spare time, businessman William Cobb provides emergency instruction to first responders, serves an organization that assists military servicemen and their families, and helps make dreams come true for seriously ill children.

His commitment to community and heart for people, combined with his business education and more than a decade in business development, make William the perfect fit as the new owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Montgomery, AL.

The Sound of Success
With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University-Montgomery, William started his career in pharmaceutical sales. After four years developing strong relationships within the medical community, he spent five years in sales development in the specialized medicine field.

During this time, William saw that medical offices needed a strong partner to manage the relationships between medical offices and their referring physicians, and created Cobb Consulting Company to provide that service.

One day, while listening to the radio, he heard about Express Employment Professionals, and realized the company offered the perfect opportunity for his skills, experience, and love for helping people.

What he heard led him to research Express, a company with 725 successful franchises, each led by individuals who feel strongly about helping businesses find the right talent and individuals find the right employment.

Sweet Home Alabama
“William has all the qualities we look for in a franchisee,” said Jessica Stone, franchising executive for Express. “He has strong business expertise and a heart for helping people. His career and education in Alabama have prepared him well to understand the Montgomery business market and the city’s wonderful community culture.”

“William has served as director of the Armed Forces Foundation in Alabama, and helps children through the Magic Maker for Magic Moments program,” Jessica said. “He also teaches Emergency First Responder courses and scuba diver training. He’s a great addition to the Express family of franchisees.”

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Do you hear the call to run your own local business with the support of a strong national franchise? The Express family includes 725 franchises across the U.S. and Canada with new locations opening every week. Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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Express Franchisee Triples Texas Territory

They say Texans think big and Rocky Gill is no exception. The successful Express Employment Professionals franchisee in Tyler, TX has expanded his territory to include the Bryan and Brenham markets.

Over the past 19 years, Rocky’s Tyler office has netted numerous awards including Express Franchisee of the Year, as well as the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Now, he is excited about serving clients in these two new towns.

Sharing His Secrets to Success
Rocky didn’t start out in the staffing industry. When he made the jump to staffing, he was a CPA and working as corporate controller for a medical center. He credits the Express business model for fueling his success.

“Everything I learned about the industry, I learned from Express,” Rocky said. “I am the poster child for someone who follows the Express system and works hard, and experiences how well it works. It’s a proven system.

“My dad has always been in sales most of my life and he worked for someone else,” Rocky said. “I watched him work so hard for someone else’s profit, and it inspired me to own my own business and drive an organization myself. And 19 years later, it has been wonderful.”

Enjoying the Express Company Culture
“The great thing about Express is that you have a culture that is heavy on integrity, on putting people over profits,” Rocky said. “Express puts a strong value on long-term relationships. Express franchisees are true professionals who are working hard to stand out in their field and give clients the very best service. “

As someone who likes to give back, Rocky also appreciates the company focus on community service. Rocky has served in a leadership role for several organizations, including the United Way of Smith County, the “Hope For 100 Committee” at Green Acres Baptist Church, Workforce Solutions East Texas, and the Better Business Bureau of East Texas.

Join Express
Are you ready to be your own boss? There’s never been a better time to open a franchise of your own. The staffing industry is booming and Express has been named one of the fastest growing major staffing companies in the country. For more information on owning an Express franchise, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

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