January 30, 2017
2016 proved to be a pivotal year in vomFASS US franchising. Thomas Kiderlen, son of vomFASS founder Johannes Kiderlen, assumed leadership of VOM FASS, USA. Almost 10 years after the introduction to the United States, vomFASS’ steady growth continues. Throughout this transition, vomFASS franchising has outpaced expectations and the outlook for 2017 is highly optimistic for this unique franchise opportunity.
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 99.9% of all American business. Small businesses employ 48% of all private sector employees and represent 41.2% of the private sector payroll.
About one in five businesses (19.3%) are family-owned, and of these family-owned shops, about half are “equally-owned.” That is, 50% owned by one or more men, and 50% owned by one or more women. Hence, about one in 10 businesses are both equally-owned and family-owned.
Of these businesses 2.9% are franchises. More specifically, 2.3% of non-employer businesses are franchises, as are 5.3% of small employers and 9.6% of large employers.
We took a moment to check in with 2016’s freshman vomFASS class and welcome this enterprising group into our supportive and growing family. vomFASS is proud of these new shops and what they bring to the spirit of entrepreneurship and the impact they make in today’s world. We decided to ask each one of them, “Why did you decide to open a vomFASS shop?”
Luis Felipe Morales and Paula Ayala, Tampa, Florida
Opened June 2016
“One of the reasons I felt so comfortable with vomFASS is because many of the flavors are very natural for me. My father’s heritage is Spanish, my sister trained as a chef, my mother was a wonderful cook, so many of the products are very familiar to me. My product knowledge is so extensive customers often ask me how long I have been working with vomFASS and are always surprised to find out how short a time it has been.” Paula’s store is located at the Wiregrass Mall.
Anthony Melendez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Opened September 2016
“vomFASS is the specialty gourmet market Puerto Rico has been needing and waiting for. Following a comprehensive study with the participation of a business coach specializing on franchise opportunities and developments we identified vomFASS as a great match for the current market in Puerto Rico, a high consumerist population with preference for quality food products. The shop is located within San Juan’s luxury Paseo Caribe retail center. It functions as a gathering place for local residents, visitors and the surrounding communities.”
Mike Aldrich, Naperville, Illinois
Opened November 2016
“My reasons for investing in the vomFASS franchise are many – personal enjoyment of food, wine, and spirits, the extraordinary quality of the products and the opportunity to share those things with the community. The unique and wonderful character of the items we sell makes vomFASS work.” Naperville is a western Chicago suburb.
Arturo & Maria Pimienta, The Woodlands, Texas
Opened November 2016
“After being a full time mom of 4 for the past 24 years, we became empty nesters and along with that important change on our lives, my enthusiasm to go back to the business world grew. I love to sell, and have always wanted to own my own retail shop. I found vomFASS to be the perfect fit for what I always wanted to do, as I enjoy selling, meeting new people, being involved in the community and mainly, to offer top quality products and unique tasting experience to all my customers.”
Michael, Denise & Patrick Burkey, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Opened December 2016
“We decided to sign a six store deal with the vomFASS franchise because we wanted to have a legacy that was built by us (including our son, Patrick) that we could eventually pass down to our son. The quality of products and the spirits was intriguing to us as well.” Their first two stores are in Plano, TX.
Russell Harms, Germantown, Tennessee
Opened December 2016
“I decided to open a vomFASS store when I was seeking a change due to an occupational injury. I looked around at different opportunities and found vomFASS. I investigated the store and upon visiting one I fell in love with it. The products were so great, I knew I found what I wanted to do.” Germantown is located just east of Memphis, TN.