The story of GNC is not only the story of a highly successful and innovative retailer, it is the story of one of the fastest-growing specialty retailing segments in the world – health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, sports nutrition and diet products.

Paragon Metals

Paragon Metals is a world leading supplier of high-value, highly-engineered precision-machined components for the automotive and other industrial markets. In more than 20 years of business, they have experienced strong and steady growth globally based on the unrivalled dedication and skill of their staff.

Carnegie Wave Energy

Carnegie Wave Energy

It is not often that technology borrowed from the oil industry can be said to be truly green, however this is the case with Carnegie Wave Energy. This innovative company is looking at ways to incorporate already existing technology. The CETO technology produces 100 per cent carbon free power by harnessing the power that the ocean provides. 

City of Cincinnati

City of Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati has garnered distinction as the “Most Tax Friendly City for Business” in America. It additionally ranks among the nation’s top metro destinations for not only starting, but also maintaining a business, something complemented by its recognition as the least likely place for business owners to fail. Business bankruptcy rates in Cincinnati are lower than any other city in America.


One of the most recognized brands on the planet is once again spreading its wings and introducing more people to a distinctively tacky yet unrefined version of happiness.

Encouraged by the consumer response to several initiatives designed to improve the guest experience, Atlanta-based Hooters of America is encountering renewed interest among new and existing franchisees to invest in new store development opportunities.


After more than 45 years, Burlington Mall continues to stand tall as a place of refuge, relaxation and retail therapy within the community. A BOMA BEST® certified property; Winners of the 2015 Mayor’s Sustainable Green Business Award and 2014 Recycling Council of Ontario Silver Award, the Riocan REIT shopping centre is led by a proactive, fluid and innovative team focused on and driven by social and environmental responsibility.

Boston Pizza

Birthdays are said to be nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake, yet some celebrations call more for a slice of pizza. In 2014, Boston Pizza celebrated 50 years of success with a birthday bash planned for franchise partners in Hawaii and opportunities for guests to sample some of the classic menu favorites that helped compel this brand to become one of the leading business models in the franchising industry. 

Riverside Homes

In Austin, Texas an urban housing utopia is thriving. Amidst the confusion of the city’s complex building codes, Riverside Homes have emerged as specialists in green construction – building modern custom homes in central neighborhoods like Zilker, Bouldin and Travis Heights that reflect the lifestyle of a new breed of home owner.

Buffalo Wings & Rings

If you’re a corporate executive seeking a 180-degree turn from stuffy offices and drama-sopped boardrooms, then you might want to put a call in to Philip Schram.

Schram is both executive vice president for franchise development and chairman of the board for Buffalo Wings & Rings, a Cincinnati-based restaurant chain that’s had particular success with owner/operators who’ve been drawn by the idea of a new business challenge.

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