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We strive to keep up with the wants, needs and opinions of our valued clients. A success for them is a success for us. Please take a moment to read what they have to say below.

“I started JunkAway about 3 years ago. Previous to that, I was a retirement plan specialist...and I wanted to use my retirement plan to fund my new company. So I interviewed different organizations that actually do funding out of retirement plans, and I settled on Benetrends because they were over and beyond any other company that I interviewed. And knowing the answers that I wanted from the questions I was asking, they were right on. And the service I got after the initial setup outweighed my expectations and I'm very happy with them. I would recommend them over anyone else in the business.”
Paula Lewis
President, JunkAway, Medina, OH
“We make you smile. This is our mission statement, and we live by it. Our goal is to provide our franchisees with a business ownership opportunity that provides a formula of making money while making people smile and having fun. Benetrends is helping our franchisees achieve this goal, and together we are making more people smile. And that’s what franchising is all about! ”
Amit Y. Kleinberger
CEO, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
“Benetrends helped make the dream of going into business with my brother come true. They provided products and guidance to go from A to Z. What we like about 401(k) Rollover Funding is that we can tap into funds that are there instead of using a loan. It’s not on our credit and we are using our own money. ”
Jack Schmidt
Owner, Junkluggers
“For 30 years, Rita’s has been delivering to our guests a differentiated product with our “made fresh daily” Ice. Recent expansion plans have brought Rita’s to new markets around the world. In fact, many of our franchisees are now capitalizing on our multi-unit and area developer opportunities. As a result, our partnership with Benetrends provides a valuable funding service for our future partners to consider. In doing so, they have helped numerous Franchisees achieve their “Ice.Custard.Happiness!” dream.”
Scott Schubiger
Senior Vice President, Rita's
“As a new franchisee, I am fortunate to be working with Rod Silva and his team at Muscle Maker Grill. When they heard I was researching funding options they referred me to the equally talented and supportive team at Benetrends and specifically Kim Graham. Kim reviewed my financial situation and introduced me to the Rainmaker program. Kim was professional and patient with questions as she guided me through the step-by-step financing process of the Rainmaker which led me to determine that using my retirement assets, tax deferred and penalty free, was a common sense approach to financing my Muscle Maker Grill restaurants. The program will allow me to reduce funding costs, enhance cash flow and invest my retirement resources in my future success. ”
Rich Miller
Owner, Muscle Maker Grill
“As one of the fastest growing restaurant franchises in the country, securing funding for our expanding team of franchisees is of utmost concern. While we work to develop our own niche market in the Fast Casual category, it’s critical that we know our franchisees have access to the funding options they need. Benetrends offers our franchisees a one stop shop that finds the lending source that makes the most sense for them. Our franchisees expect the same professional, courteous and timely support from our partners as our executive team prides itself on providing them with, and Benetrends has always exceeded these expectations.”
Rod Silva
Founder, Muscle Maker Grill
“One of the things that truly sets Kiddie Academy apart is our comprehensive support for our franchisees, through every step of development and continuing through everyday operations. Working with Benetrends, we are able to give franchisees strategies for accessing capital to help fund their child care facility, moving them through the development process faster and easier”
Greg Helwig
President of Kiddie Academy
“I always recommend Benetrends for the 401K rollover to our clients, as they are the best in the industry. They are efficient and keep me up-to-date with all our referrals. I highly recommend referring business to Larry, as I know no other person who can fund a transaction than he. Larry can always be reached at a moment's notice and he always exceeds in customer service and product knowledge. Plus, I trust Larry to guide the candidate with the best funding options available, if they cannot use a rollover. If you haven't referred your clients to Benetrends, you may want to compare their service with other competitors and see who provides the best services. ”
Sue Bennett
“Larry Carnell has closed two deals for me recently, and my candidates are delighted with his service and product. He's prompt, personal, and does a crackerjack job. I wouldn't go anywhere else for funding! ”
Kathy Burton
“Most candidates I work with are not aware that they can utilize their 401K funds to start a Franchise without incurring penalties and capitol gains tax. I always refer them to Benetrends so they can learn about this viable option for funding a business. The Rainmaker Plan can help them make their dreams come true!”
Theresa Los
Franchise Consultant at FranChoice
“Len Fischer and the Benetrends, Inc. staff have been a real pleasure to work with during the formation of our corporation and its 401(k) plan. Len explained the process in clear and concise terms, gave us a fixed fee to cover all costs, and provided all paperwork in a professional and expeditious manner. We highly recommend their services to anyone launching a new business venture.”
Larry and Sheri-Rae Thurner
Premier Auto Service
“The franchisor gave us information about Benetrends, Inc., because we were looking for alternatives. They were very responsive in sending me information about the process. It was very straight-forward. They took care of everything, and it was all done over the phone. I would surely recommend Benetrends, Inc. This is a great way of using resources.”
Juan Randazzo
Fish Window Cleaning
“To work with Benetrends, Inc. was a wonderful experience. They helped me move necessary funds out of my 401(k) to secure a great opportunity. I don’t know how they did it. All I know is, it was a walk in the park.”
Margaret Watson
Interiors by Decorating Den
“I wanted to own and operate my own business, but it was clear to me very quickly that I didn’t have the funds to acquire the business I wanted. I watched my hopes fade away. It never dawned on me that this alternative was actually available. I would highly recommend Benetrends to anyone who wants to start a new business and is looking for alternative ways to finance.”
Greg Grisevich
Sir Speedy
“Benetrends allows me to send an assortment of clients to them for funding needs - a one stop shop. How much easier can it get for someone in my business?”
Bob Fuhrman
Owner at RF Franchise Systems
“Many people I work with are very pleased to learn that they can utilize the Benetrends Rainmaker Program to leverage their retirement funds (without penalty) in order to fund their new business. I highly recommend you call Mona and learn more about this exciting Rainmaker program .. and all of your other Benetrends funding options”
Mason Copeland
Franchise Consultant at FranChoice
“I have referred clients to Benetrends, Inc. for approximately four years in my capacity as a franchise development consultant. My clients have been thrilled with the Rainmaker Plan and the ease of funding a start up. The staff at Benetrends, Inc. is very professional and knowledgeable.”
Michael Lacey
Franchise Expansion Consultant at Liberty Franchise Authority, LLC
“The Rainmaker Plan enables many individuals to consider business ownership that otherwise wouldn't have due to capital constraints”
Barbara Erk
Owner, at Berk Consulting dba The Entrepreneur's Source
“As a franchise consultant I have been recommending the Rainmaker Plan for almost 9 years and have only one go to person for all of my clients funding requirements - Mona Janes. Mona is a key partner in making my business successful!!!”
Bob Fuhrman
Owner at RF Franchise Systems
“The Rainmaker is a great program for using your own resources to fund your business. I really like the concept and what it does for new or existing business owners.”
Jerry Bird
President at The Bird Group, Inc.
“Pop-A-Lock, the “Security Professionals”, the only national brand name in our industries, and recognized as a Top 25 Global Elite Franchisor, attracts some of the most accomplished and successful business people to our executive level B2B franchise model. Aligning Pop-A-Lock with a strategic lending partner was crucial. Our franchise candidates need to receive the same great level of communication, service, integrity and follow up support on the funding side. Benetrends has invested in learning our unique brand story and market dominance, so they better understand the needs of our new Franchise Partners. Benetrends’ breadth and scope of lending and related services make them a trustworthy source for our Franchisees. ”
Michael Kleimeyer
Director of Franchise Development, Pop-A-Lock
“For 31 years, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies has been helping people achieve their dream of business ownership.  Maui Wowi provides superior training, mature systems, and unrivaled support in a fun, flip-flop culture that allows franchisees the opportunity to grow when, where, and how they want with our flexible business models.  Benetrends assists Maui Wowi franchisees in achieving their dream by providing a diverse set of lending options that meet the individual needs of our clients.  Their expertise, customer service, and professionalism has opened many doors for our ‘ohana and we look forward to helping many more people together in the future as we continue to grow the Maui Wowi brand!”
Justin Livingston
Director of Global Franchise Development, Maui Wowi
“I have always wanted to own and run a small business in Health Care but never thought it was possible until I learned about Benetrends. They showed me how to use my 401K savings to finance my business penalty free and guided me every step of the way. With Benetrends counseling, I chose the Rainmaker plan and within a short time, I had all the capital that I needed to purchase my Any Lab Test Now franchise. I found their expertise and financing process to be so efficient that I still use them today to manage my pension plan. We will be celebrating our third year in business this June and Benetrends made it all possible!”
Michael Griffiths
Owner, Any Lab Test Now!
“We at Right at Home Honolulu, Hawaii would like to express our sincerest Thanks to all of you as we celebrate our Grand Opening. You have all played a crucial role in contributing to us getting to this point in time. Without your guidance, experience, and knowledge we would not have come this far. ”
Michael & Karen Char
Owners, Right at Home Honolulu
“We want to extend our sincere gratitude to each of you that helped us build and promote our business. We couldn't have done it with out you.”
Maria Van Vurst
Owner/General Manager, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
“As the industry segment leader in all key performance metrics and being a trusted top 200 Franchise brand for over 43 years, AlphaGraphics attracts some of the most accomplished and successful individuals to our CEO level B2B franchise model. Aligning ourselves with a strategic lending partner that share our ethics, values, and code of ethics was critical so our candidates receive the same high level of communication, service, integrity, and follow through on the funding side. Benetrends has invested in learning our brand story and heritage so they better understand the needs of our new franchise partners and their breath and depth of lending and ancillary service offerings make them an efficient, hassle free, and trustworthy source for our new Franchise Partners. AlphaGraphics is experiencing a record year in signings due in part to the new strategic partnership with Benetrends.”
Dave Buzza
V.P. of Global Development, AlphaGraphics, Inc.
“I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation and gratitude to your experienced, responsive and humanly friendly staff. It has been just over couple of months when I started dealing with your organization. I was referred to you by the franchise company (UFG) I am dealing with. I was first in contact with Kathy Sergio. She clearly explained the services offered and highlighted the features and benefits of dealing with Benetrends. I was approached after subscribing to the service, by Ellen Darlington to start the process and explain the steps needed throughout the service. Ellen was in contact with me on a frequent bases to keep me updated with the status and progress of the plan. She demonstrated a great level of professionalism and the best example of how a client service adviser should operate. She did not become just my service representative but more importantly, a partner who is teaming with me to address all the concerns I have with the service. Ellen was so punctual in touching base with me on a regular bases. Also, Brittney Militello, my Retirement Plan Analyst, was involved with me from early stages. She documented all needed information and represented the completed forms back for my reference. Brittney provided answers to all my concerns and requirements in a very short time. All in all, I have to say, I am so impressed and pleased with the service received thus far. I wish the staff and the whole organization continuous success as a leader in this industry. ”
Basel Almashat
“When launching Ascendify, we wanted to devote our time to building an innovative product that would transform the recruiting industry, and not let anything (like fundraising) distract us from those goals. We wanted to make sure we were IRS compliant, and following the letter of the law,” Smith said. “So we partnered with Benetrends because they understand the ins and outs of tax laws, having implemented these funding programs for over 30 years.”
Lauren Smith
Co-Founder Ascendify
“Steve Stovall is extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, great communicator and very patient. When I have a client who needs guidance with regards to properly utilizing their retirement funds for a business start up, I direct them to Steve. He is a joy to work with and I highly recommend that anyone who wants to work with the best should work with Steve.”
Lynnae Howard
Senior Internet Sales Conslutant
“Larry is the "Go To Guy". He is knowledgable, thoughtful, thorough and you will find nothing but the highest level of professionalism in working with with him. I have found him a pleasure to work with no matter what the situation may be. He is a franchise expert and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Russell Miller
Murphy Business & Financial Corporation of New Jersey
“Larry is an expert in the franchise and funding fields. I know that anytime I ask for his help for a client, I can rely on Larry to provide expert advice that is in the best interest of that client. Larry works with honesty and integrity and is willing to tell you the way it is even if it isn’t something you want to hear. ”
Kathy Gladd
Business Coach at The Entrepreneur's Source
“I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and working with Larry Carnell; who is well known in the Franchise and Business arena. He has a plethora of experience that speaks volumes; and he is widely connected which only exemplifies his skills and relationship building across all industries. If you are seeking assistance in purchasing a franchise or business from someone who is not concerned with the size of your investment, Larry is the person you should seek out. He will personally take time to get to know you and help you to determine your value and the best opportunity for your investment. Larry is great about education, follow-up and being a spokes person on your behalf. He will connect you to the right people at the right time. He has a warm, magnetic personality, and is a delight to work with. As you continue to speak with him, you will be amazed at his wealth of knowledge and his connections. If you are new or old to the franchise world; and looking for the right person who openly shares his knowledge, gets joy out of assisting others, and will be there for you every step of the way, Larry Carnell is that person”
Crystal Sims, PMP
Strategic Product Sales-Project Manager at Equifax Inc
“My wife and I approached several banks in our area looking for SBA funding to help us start a franchise. We had little luck until we began working with BeneTrends. The team at BeneTrends helped us with our application and put us in connection with several lenders, ultimately helping us secure the financing we needed to start our business. Many thanks to BeneTrends and the team that we worked with in helping us secure our SBA loan.”
Billy Macaulay
Senior Portfolio Associate at HarbourVest Partners
“Owning and operating a Speedpro Imaging store seemed to be a natural fit for Deborah and me, and when we were ready to move forward with buying the business, we wanted to take an efficient approach to get the financing we needed. We went with David Grams from Benetrends, who used BoeFly's technology to secure our loan in an environment where banks are able to compete.”
Paul Matuszak
Owner, Speedpro Imaging store
“Once Lynn and I were ready to move forward with opening our Servpro franchise, we knew we needed to take the simplest approach possible toward securing the financing to acquire the business, that’s why we chose to work with David Grams from Benetrends, who used BoeFly's technology to connect us with a lender that is a perfect fit for our financing needs.”
Mark Leyenaar.
Owner, Servpro
“Benetrends has been at the forefront of funding franchise businesses for 30 years by providing Financing, Health and Business Insurance to help grow some of America's most recognized and emerging brands.”
Steve Caldeira
President and CEO of the International Franchise Association
“In today’s tight small business credit market, as many small business owners nationwide find challenges in efficiently accessing the capital they need. Fortunately, BoeFly has helped many clients efficiently secure financing to start up or grow their businesses, and we look forward to continuing to work with reputable consultants such as David Grams to help drive small business growth and create new jobs.”
Mike Rozman
Co-President, BoeFly
“When I started out in seeking the financing I needed, I wanted my search to be as efficient as possible, and that is why I chose to work with David Grams at Benetrends. I am very pleased to know that he used BoeFly's technology to secure my loan in an environment where banks are able to compete.”
Arely Benavides
Owner, Pop-A-Lock
“David Grams and Benetrends were immensely resourceful in using BoeFly’s platform to find me the best possible option for financing the acquisition of my 101 Mobility franchise. With the loan, I am able to effectively run the business and serve the mobility and accessibility needs of the local community.”
Jeff Franklin
Owner, 101 Mobility
“Entrepreneurs dream about starting their own business. At Oxi Fresh, we provide them with a business model they can follow and tools for success. It's Benetrends that helps make that dream a reality by providing a variety of funding options. Their financial expertise has contributed to our brand's continued growth."”
Jonathan Barnett
President, Oxi Fresh
“I choose the rollover funding because it is approved by the IRS (Len showed me the IRS approval letter!) and was the only way available for me to buy Flow Components. Without the rollover, I wouldn't have been able to do it! I can't speak enough of Len- he is competent and delivered on everything he said he would and is always available to answer my questions. ”
Dave Schahim
Owner, Flow Components
“We had a dream of owning our own business. Fortunately, Hand and Stone referred us to Benetrends. They talked to us in layman's terms, and based on our financial situation, recommended 401(k)/IRA Rollover Funding, allowing us to use our retirement savings to fund the business, tax deferred and penalty free. They guided us through the process every step of the way. We were able to get the funds needed to satisfy the SBA requirements for a loan and additional working capital. In the future, when we start the process for spa number two, we will contact Benetrends.”
Denise Vizzini
Owner, Hand & Stone
“With our rapid growth over the past two years, Hand and Stone needed a one-stop shop funding source that brings urgency and certainty to the process. That’s why we have used Benetrends to help fund our franchisees. When we endorse a partner it is our company’s credibility that is immediately put on the line – we are very careful in whom we select and we feel completely confident in referring our franchisees to Benetrends.”
Todd Leff
President and CEO, Hand and Stone
“Nothing is scarier to shop for than insurance. With limited knowledge and no direction, I was trying to help my 27 year old son obtain health insurance as his company does not offer it as a benefit. We had become frustrated with the process after calling several carriers and not receiving follow up calls or pricing. We had almost given up hope of finding help with the process and then we saw the Benetrends’ portal tool. We thought we would try it as a last ditch effort in the process. This was the best move that we could have made. It took under 15 minutes to compare and contrast affordable, comprehensive plans. My son was able to secure excellent health coverage along with dental coverage for $116/month and this was with a major carrier! We followed the process on-line, completing the application on a Thursday and by Monday we had confirmation of coverage! What a surprisingly easy process. I highly recommend it and will share my experience with any one who has any insurance needs going forward! ”
“Benetrends provides a great service to our prospects that are looking to become a Team Leader (Franchisee) of Sport Clips. With their diverse portfolio of lending products, Benetrends can help with funding solutions that make sense to those looking to join our family. Bottom line is Benetrends builds trust, provides custom solutions and helps people through the lending process.”
Pete Lindsey
Vice President, Sport Clips
“Experience, expertise and professionalism are guaranteed when working with Benetrends. Here at Tutor Doctor, our experience has been fantastic! Whether it’s 401(k), SBA loans, or asset-backed loans, when you’re ready to fund your business–work with Benetrends.”
Stan Friedman, CFE
Vice President North America Franchise Development, Tutor Doctor
“PuroClean is dedicated to providing our prospective Franchisees with easy start-up solutions. That’s why we partner with Benetrends. Time and time again, Benetrends has proven to be a leader and expert in the funding industry. They off er quality service and custom funding options to make the dream of business ownership with PuroClean a reality!”
Cliff Nonnenmacher
Vice President of Franchise Development, PuroClean
“Saladworks has experienced record-breaking growth over the last two years and needed a respected partner to help new franchisees navigate around the key area of finance. Saladworks selected Benetrends for their innovative funding strategies, knowledgeable management team and the industry’s only written guarantee for 401(k)/IRA business funding.”
Jason Mattes
Vice President of Franchise Development, Saladworks
“TITLE Boxing Club has awarded over 350 franchises and is opening 3-4 clubs each week. With this rapid growth, our franchisees need help securing funding and fulfilling their administrative needs to quickly open units. As franchisors, we needed a one-stop-shop to help with both. Benetrends designed the Knock Out Program to offer our TITLE Boxing Club® franchisees the very best in funding, insurance, healthcare, payroll and HR services.”
John Rotche, CFE
President, TITLE Boxing Club
“I have referred Buyers to Benetrends a dozen times now and they always do a great job making the process quick and easy. In one case the Buyer had inadvertently omitted an important form that was going to cause a delay in the funding process. Our TEAM at Benetrends worked late into the evening Friday and pulled off a miracle! The Benetrends team made the deal happen on time and for that I am truly grateful!”
John Geiwitz
Transworld Business Advisors
“I utilized BeneTrends in the establishment of the legal structure for my new business and the creation of a Profit Sharing Plan. Of particular note is the promptness at which questions and inquiries are answered. I would recommend them to anyone looking to finance a new business venture.”
Jeff Stone
President and Owner, BrightStar Healthcare
“Kathy has assisted many of my clients to effectively use their 401K funds to start a business. She is my "go-to" person on this topic. Now in addition she can help with SBA loans and other more traditional funding options. ”
Thom Crimans
Owner, FranNet Midamerica
“BeneTrends made it possible for me to purchase my franchise unit using otherwise inaccessible (without a hefty penalty) retirement funds. My life is changed because of it! And they're also handling the complexities of being a corporation! Priceless!”
Eric Aaron Grey
Goldman Sachs
“When someone is considering investing in a business, financing is an extremely important part of that decision. That is where Bob’s expertise comes in. I send all my clients to Bob because he is very efficient and responsive to their needs. He has helped many of my clients successfully fund a business with various funding options, especially using retirement funds.”
Jim Sebastiano
Franchise Consultant
“I heard nothing but great things from my clients and was happy to be kept in the loop at every step in the process. I will definitely do work with Benetrends in the future.”
Christopher Hanley
Founder & Senior Franchise Advisor
“BeneTrends are experts in using IRA's in the acquistion of companies. Len and his colleagues were very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting me in structuring the financing used to buy my business. I would highly recommend Len and his team at BeneTrends.”
Steven Wilson
Chairman at Crescent Manufacturing
“Just wanted to thank you for helping one of my clients in purchasing a new business. You provide a great service.”
Jim Montgomery
President, James Montgomery, PC -- Law
“Len Fisher and his team at BeneTrends are top of mind whenever a Client needs an IRA or 401k ROLLOVER. Through their innovation, they have arranged for these new franchise owners to use their retirement funds without penalties or tax distribution costs to purchase and run their business. My Clients love BeneTrends..and I appreciate the education and care Len and his team give to my Clients.”
Cari Lyn Vinci
President, FranNet West
“Just a quick word of Thanks! to everyone at Benetrends and Janney Montgomery Scott for all of your help and support in the Rainmaker Plan funding of my new company Creative Edge Signs and Graphics. With the final transfer yesterday, I am off and running. I look forward to working with some of you in the future.”
Barry Wolitzky
Creative Edge Signs and Graphics
“Benetrends has been a tremendous partner. We would not have been able to start our business without their help. Carlos Martinez has amazing expertise and communicates with great clarity. Knowing he is on top of everything allows me to focus on growing my business.”
Chris von Schweinitz
President, Clean Slate Services, Inc.
“Tutor Doctor has experienced exponential growth over the past few years and ranked 25th Fastest Growing Franchise in the 2011 Franchise 500 Rankings. This accomplishment wouldn’t have happened if not for the help of Benetrends. Benetrends’ management team provides unparalleled support to our Franchise candidates and Franchise Development team. They have been responsive, professional and effective in helping our candidates realize business ownership. They have also been a resource to our Franchise Development team. Benetrends knows franchising! We look forward to our continued relationship.”
James Channer
Vice President of Franchise Development
“After interviewing several companies to help me utilize my retirement funds to launch my business, I chose Benetrends. Their knowledge, customer service and speed are beyond compare.”
John W. Turner
President, Mid Atlantic Wireless, Inc.
“When I decided to open my own business in 2008, someone explained to me that I could use 401(k) or IRA money tax and penalty free. Luckily, they referred me to Benetrends. Benetrends explained, in terms I could understand, how the process works, the benefits of it and how they would take care of and manage it all for me. I am in my fourth year of business and I have been so impressed with Benetrends products, follow-up and customer service that I have referred many of my own clients.”
Luc Deslauriers
“Wow Stacy, you are amazing!!! I spoke to virtually all your competitors and there is no doubt Benetrends is the best!!!”
David Nilsson
President, Home Ticket Ventures, Inc.
“Benetrends has been fantastic! They are very efficient and on top of everything.”
Karen Cole
“You are one of the most customer service oriented people I have ever worked with (and I ran a department in publishing for 24 years!). Your expertise, passion and work ethic are incredible…and even in times like these, I feel that there is hope for all of us to survive when I have you and Benetrends in my corner.”
Christine Matta
President, Kilikina Teaches, Corp.
“I have worked with Benetrends for years and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to secure funding for their business. They are of the highest caliber and integrity!”
Dan Fields
Senior Vice President Focal Point Coaching