Blake brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of franchising and small business ownership, boasting an impressive two decades of experience in the field. As a Certified Franchise Executive and a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Throughout his career, Blake has demonstrated an exceptional ability to establish successful franchise systems from the ground up. He has guided countless individuals on their journey to becoming small business owners, empowering them to fulfill their entrepreneurial aspirations. Currently, Blake is the proud owner of FranNet of the Heartland, a Franchise Consulting firm renowned for providing invaluable coaching and consulting services to entrepreneurs seeking new or additional small business ownership opportunities. Aptly dubbed the “Match.com for local entrepreneurs,” Blake helps connect aspiring business owners with ideal franchise opportunities.
In addition to his consulting work, Blake is an avid podcaster, hosting the popular and informative show “Heartland Franchise Guy,” available on all major podcast platforms. Through this platform, he shares insights, tips, and interviews to guide and inspire entrepreneurs in their franchising endeavors. Committed to giving back to the community, Blake actively engages in various volunteer initiatives. His involvement includes the Business Ethics Alliance, SCORE, Veterans in Business Forum, Bellevue Offutt Rising Professionals, Bunker Labs, Rotary, Offutt’s Boots to Business program, SourceLink Nebraska, and the Entrepreneurs Education Collaborative. Through these endeavors, Blake strives to foster ethical business practices, support veterans, nurture emerging professionals, and promote entrepreneurship education.
A proud Midwesterner at heart, Blake resides in Omaha with his wife and two sons. His passion for franchising, small business ownership, and community engagement continues to shape his journey as an influential figure in the local business landscape. Blake is a strong supporter of SourceLink Nebraska to help businesses start and grow in Nebraska.