Rita Huggins-Halstead is a Franchise Specialist and Business Tax Consultant that is focused on helping people and businesses make smart, strategic decisions, which helps translate into success with personal and business goals.

Her experience spans over twenty-four years in accounting and financial management, including fifteen years of public and corporate taxation experience. Her diverse range of specialty includes quasi-government entities, Big-4 and Regional accounting, tax and consulting firms.  Prior to the establishment of the independent phase of her career, she served as a Senior Tax Manager for a multi-national software company.  Along with this broad industry background, she recognizes that engaging with stakeholders at all levels of these organizations helps achieve successful outcomes, whether by digging into the details or looking at the issues from the big picture perspective.

Rita’s role at FranNet is to provide education about franchising to potential entrepreneurs, collaborate with them to determine if franchise ownership is right for them, and identify franchise businesses that offer the best opportunity for success, i.e. “the right fit.” Along with her industry expertise and extensive business and financial knowledge, the use of FranNet’s proven model helps her successfully match individuals to the franchise business that best aligns with their personal and professional goals.

Rita is also a licensed Realtor® and has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Taxation from George Mason University.

Franchise Specialist with FranNet

Franchising as a Business Model for Growth

Franchises receive nearly half of the dollars earned by all retail and service businesses in the US, though only 10-12% of all businesses are franchised. Join Rita Huggins-Halstead, a Franchise Specialist with FranNet, to learn how franchisors evaluate market opportunities, how to systematize core processes, 5 franchise industry trends EVERY prospective business owner should consider, when a franchise makes sense, and when it doesn’t. Independent businesses will learn how franchises think about systems and their industries/markets. Potential entrepreneurs considering going into business as a franchisee will learn about options, the most dynamic industries, and factors to consider when evaluating a franchise.

Session time: 2:00 – 3:00pm