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Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle With Phil Wilkins

Phil Wilkins

Chris and Alan welcome Phil Wilkins. Chris met him when he was running a gourmet burger multi-unit franchise, and we finally got him on the show to talk about Phil’s journey and learnings along the way. Phil impacts everyone in his life, as proven by the numerous requests for his time and wisdom around leadership, purpose, and the grit it takes to make it in the world, especially in the entrepreneurial jungle. Listen to his story. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!



(00:00) - Small business Safari With Phil Wilkins

(04:53) - Journey to Owning a McDonald’s Franchise

(17:40) - Scaling and Transitioning to Small Businesses

(23:54) - Lessons in Restaurant Business Expansion

(37:13) - Customer Service and DIY Nightmare Stories

(44:00) - Basement Flooding and Home Repair


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Books Mentioned: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (from Chris’s Hometown of Jackson, MI)


Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!


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