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Taking Franchise Risks at a Young Age with Kevin DuBois of Lapels Dry Cleaning

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As the CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, Dubois has more than 20 years in the franchise industry, the last near 15 years with Lapels. Under his leadership, Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as that publication’s “Top 50 New Franchises”. Dubois was also named “Franchisor of the Year” by the New England Franchise Association (NEFA). He earned this honor based on his key role in the franchise’s growth, commitment to the environment through its greener dry cleaning processes, its outreach to recruit veterans and its efforts in the community.

Kevin is also the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, a book he co-wrote with Roger McManus. Currently, he oversees the long-term strategic direction of the company which includes equipment advancements, technology advancements and the consolidation of a major brand in the dry cleaning industry.


Key Takeaways:

[0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by IndyFranchiseLaw.com, a leading resource in the franchise space. Head over to IndyFranchiseLaw.com learn more!

[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Kevin DuBois, the CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning.

[2:08] Josh welcomes Kevin to Franchise Euphoria.

[2:24] Kevin shares how he first began his career in the franchising industry when he was just 18 years old.

[5:42] In Kevin’s opinion, hotel franchises have some of the best models for franchisees.

[8:16] After his venture in hotels, Kevin met the owner of the dry cleaning company he ended up partnering with to found Lapels.

[11:53] What Kevin has found with the franchise growth Lapels has seen is that they are attracting a specific type of franchisees.

[13:49] When Lapels began franchising, they started in the New England area, but now they are located across the US.

[15:16] Kevin shares what led him to co-author his book Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business.

[17:53] Kevin sheds light on how dry cleaning franchises have evolved over the years and how we are seeing more environmentally friendly practices.

[21:39] Kevin comments on how Lapels has been affected by COVID-19 and gives insight on what he thinks the future of the industry looks like.

[23:01] If you want to learn more about Lapels Dry Cleaning, visit their website listed below.

[24:19] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@franchiseeuphoria.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

josh@franchiseeuphoria.com

www.indyfranchiselaw.com

www.mylapels.com
www.LapelsFranchise.com
Amazon Link for Kevin’s Book, Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

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pardee2003 from United States
11/16/2019
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Great and applicable information from professionals in the franchise world that are doing it every day. I’ve listened to 3 episodes: Gutter Brothers, Woofies, and Cycle Bar. Enjoyed all and looking forward to hearing more.
WTutor311 from United States
8/30/2019
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Highly recommend. Great guests. Filled with tons of helpful information.
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7/16/2019
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Josh and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests are truly rockstars! They deliver quality (and free!) franchise knowledge and advice in each and every episode. The great advice they provide, combined with the engaging way they deliver it had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a stellar show Josh - keep up the great work!
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07/15/2019
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This podcast provides the advice necessary to start building, growing, and scaling your business TODAY! The host asks probing questions of his guests that add value to the listeners in an immediately implementable way!
VPugliese from United States
07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
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06/05/2019
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Started listening to Josh's podcast after the wife and I decided to buy a franchise and I quickly went through about 200 episodes on 1.5x & 2x, before signing on to purchase a franchise. Josh's info was an invaluable part of our decision to buy, and after listening to so many episodes, I felt like I knew and trusted him on a personal level, so it was a no-brainer to enlist his services when it came time to review the franchise agreement. Josh was super easy to talk to and very empathetic to our needs, and being first time business owners, we needed all the empathy we could get. Josh helped us negotiate a great deal with the franchisor and we were very happy with his services. Great podcast, great guy, great service to anyone involved in the franchise world!
Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
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05/06/2019
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I've just completed the legal process of franchising my business and have now begun selling franchises. Just found this podcast and it's an incredible resource! Great content and Josh is a very engaging host. Highly recommend for franchisors and franchisees.
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