Monthly Archives: October 2014

Seven Questions You Should Ask Your Potential Franchisor

If you’re looking for a franchising opportunity, then according to, there are seven questions you might ask. We at NPI/GPI think you should ask these seven questions of any potential franchisor: What structure is in place to ensure I receive the support I need to succeed? What assistance is provided to market the business? Continue Reading »

Choose a Franchisor That Offers Superb Ongoing Support

In your search for a franchisor with which you’d like to work, one of the key things you need to look for is support — specifically, how much support the franchisor offers on an ongoing basis, after the initial training period ends. Some franchisors offer great support during the initial training period, but once that Continue Reading »

Make a Lasting Impression

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI One Saturday this past spring, my lovely wife asked me if I would accompany her to the outdoor garden center. For the uninitiated, let me interpret: That was not a question, it was a statement. It means, “Get your shoes. You are going.” (Unlike some husbands, I don’t let Continue Reading »

Long-time NPI Franchisee Left the Corporate World to Start His Own Business

During the early years of his career, Clyde Yost worked in engineering and technical milling for several national and international organizations. But in 1987, the year National Property Inspections was founded, he was searching for something more. “I was tired of corporate cutbacks and layoffs and also the many days and nights away from home,” Continue Reading »

Landing a Job: It’s All in the Interview

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI Let’s talk about hiring employees, something that franchise owners often have to do once their businesses take off. Resumes aside, most employers decide to hire or not hire during the interview. Here are a few of the unfiltered and unadulterated answers I have received to my interview questions over Continue Reading »

Iowa Franchise Owner Finds Success With NPI

Hugh Meade owned a franchise restaurant in Johnston, Iowa, when the home inspection industry began to appeal to him. Tired of the long hours involved with the restaurant business and working with a mediocre franchisor, Meade was searching for something new. Meade previously bought and sold several investment properties and had an interest in the Continue Reading »

What You Need to Know When Starting a Business

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI Over the years, I have been asked numerous times to review business plans. Starting a business is exciting, and I have always been flattered when someone asks for my help. As companies that sell franchises, NPI and GPI have a business model that covers all of the bases, and Continue Reading »

National Property Inspections, Inc., Welcomes New Franchise Owners

We’re excited to announce several new franchise owners who will take the National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections brands to new areas: Stephen Ballasy is from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and will have territory covering Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Mike and Whitney Hyma from Twin Lake, Michigan, will operate their business in Muskegon County, Michigan. Dale and Continue Reading »

NPI Exceeds New Franchisee’s Expectations

Gary Drenning spent 38 years working in the corporate world, primarily in the finance and administration areas. He was vice president of finance and administration for a company involved in manufacturing, construction and commercial real estate when he grew tired of the corporate stress and politics and decided to go into business for himself. “I Continue Reading »