Unconventional – But it Works!

Being a franchisor can be a lonely job. You’re a leader trying to grow your business, support your team, bring your mission to life, and not get completely stressed out through the process! AC Inc. was formed because we saw franchisors getting vague, cookie-cutter advice that brought up more questions than it answered. Um… no thank you.

As a team of former Franchisors, Franchisees, and entrepreneurs, we know the value of REAL action steps, collaboration with people who have been there, and systems that make sense for growing your brand. We focus on unconventional yet practical strategies like redefining core values, improving Franchisee profitability, and creating simple, consistent action steps at each advising session so you ACTUALLY see growth your business.

Excited about creating transformational growth in your franchise system while having fun? You’ve come to the right place.

How We are Doing Business Differently (Our Core Values)

  • Action = Growth

    In order to achieve our goals we know we need to stop thinking about them and take action! We don’t let ourselves overthink our actions because we believe doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING and by DOING we will get clarity.

  • Mindset is Everything

    Think Big, Act Big! You are what you believe you are. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  • Go Be Awesome!

    Leadership is about influence, and influence is all about unapologetically living your passion and letting others be inspired by you living your truth. When you show up as your truest, most awesome self, you attract the right kind of people into your personal and professional life. So strut your superpowers and don’t hold back!

  • Give a Sh*t

    The best way to make a real difference in someone’s life and/or business is to genuinely care about them. Listen to them. Understand their vision. On this team, we really care about our mission and the people we serve.

  • Everything is Figureoutable

    To get through roadblocks and rough patches we simply put our can-do attitude into high gear and say: “We’ve got this!”

  • We Get More Done When We’re Having Fun

    Lighten up! Laugh! Live in the moment! Around here, getting a little silly sometimes is a non-negotiable that we cherish because it results in higher productivity.

How it All Started

Angela Coté, the CEO and vision behind AC Inc, grew up with M&M Food Market, the iconic Canadian brand which she helped grow to almost 500 franchised locations. She has done everything from dressing up as “Kelly Kabob” as a child to helping train franchisees. As the boss’s daughter in the field, Angela learned a lot about what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to getting franchisees engaged and motivated to grow their business.

After many years on the franchisor side of the franchise relationship, Angela successfully brought the M&M Food Market brand to Vancouver Island, opening the first 3 franchises in less than 1.5 years and building them into a combined asset valued at more than $1.5 million.

Angela eventually launched AC Inc and began working with early staged franchisors who needed help with where to focus their time, energy, and money for streamlined growth. Angela’s strong vision for disrupting the franchise industry with actionable, simple, and effective advice from people who really ‘get’ it has created a motivated and inspired team, intent on helping you achieve your growth goals.

Free Resources for Franchise Growth

Exponential Growth Tip

The Exponential Growth Tip (EGT) is our weekly email that is packed full of key takeaways on all things franchising and growth. Subscribe to get action steps from Angela in your inbox every week!

DNA of a Franchisee

Download a free copy of the DNA of a Franchisee: 10 Traits of Successful Franchisees, to get a list of traits and questions to ask when looking for and vetting franchisee prospects.

AC Inc Podcast

Listen to the Franchise Growth Catalyst Podcast for weekly episodes featuring tips & tricks on franchise development, leadership, mindset, and improving franchise profitability.

Awesome Advice for Awesome Franchisors

Whether your franchise brand is well-established with hundreds of units or just starting with your first franchisee, the goal remains the same: A thriving, profitable franchise system. That’s where we come in!

No more vague, confusing advice that brings up more questions than answers. Instead, you’ll be working with a team of experts who know the action steps that lead to a thriving franchise system.

We will guide you from feeling confused and stuck to feeling confident and profitable – plus we like to make the process fun!

Browse our services below, and book a free call with us to learn more, get some advice on your goals, or ask us any questions you have about working with us.

Services Available

  • 1:1 Growth Advising

    Monthly calls with your own Growth Advisor to accomplish your goals – with actionable steps at every call. This is available in three different pricing options to best fit your needs.

  • Franchise Business Coach Training

    A successful franchisee support team means more successful franchisees. And successful franchisees lead to more profitability! Whether you’re looking to train new FBCs or improve your current team, this training program will help.

  • Innovation Storm

    Book an innovation storm to increase engagement and accountability with your franchisees. This session is particularly helpful for large franchise systems seeking higher performance from your franchisees.

  • System Performance Solution

    Established franchisors! This is the effective solution to pinpointing exactly what needs to be done to increase franchisee performance and profitability. Think of this as “lifting the hood” of your system.

  • Strategy Session

    Not looking to invest in monthly advising quite yet? This Strategy Session is only $295 USD and it will give you a roadmap to accomplish your goals with the expert advice of the AC team.

  • AC Roundtables

    Fun, collaborative roundtable sessions with your industry peers for real-time problem solving and networking! These sessions are available for franchisors, franchisees, franchise business coaches, and franchise marketers.

  • Play Bigger Performance Groups

    These groups are the AC signature group coaching program that brings together a small cohort of franchisors to collaborate and solve challenges together – with expert advice from a growth advisor. Can be customized for teams as well.

  • Speaking Sessions

    AC Inc speaking sessions are impactful, energetic, and action-oriented. Book Angela Coté, Franchise Growth Catalyst, or Steven Inglefield, Growth & Systems Specialist for your next team retreat, conference, or keynote. Your team will come away with real action steps, expert information, and a positive mindset for growth.

  • Operations Manual

    Looking for an operations manual? Not sure what your manual should include? Feeling overwhelmed at the cost? Connect with us about what we offer for ops manuals.