Friday, March 30, 2012

Bonnie Sharon A.K.A. Cellular Chloe featured on Social Geek Radio

Bonnie Sharon A.K.A. Cellular Chloe was featured on Social Geek Radio discussing "CloudTechnology". The show titled "Silver Lining or Black Cloud" discusses the recent boom in cell phone operating systems using cloud computing, and what this can do for your data access. Bonnie also discusses benefits and dangers of the cloud, and what you should consider when using this technology. Click here to listen to the full podcast.

Silver Lining or Black Cloud?
By Social Geek Radio

We are excited to have a self-described "Gagetista", Bonnie Sharon as the guest of Social Geek Radio this week! Bonnie also known as "Cellular Chloe" provides straightforward reviews of wireless devices and "how to" videos which have made her a favorite on the Web. Her popularity is simple to understand: she knows her stuff, respects the audience, listens to them and tells the truth. Bonnie is the Director of Social Media for Wireless Zone. Wireless Zone has become the nation's largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked #1 in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Every store is independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services.

Many computer and cell phone operating systems are using cloud computing now, making it easier to access your data anywhere, anytime. Bonnie will talk about the benefits of using the cloud, the dangers involved, and what users should keep in mind.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Franchisee Profile Darryl Bartlett


Name: Darryl Bartlett
Opening Date: January 23, 2012
Brand: Wireless Zone
Location: Grandville, MI
Phone Number: 616-283-7377
Email: darryl.thezone@gmail.com

Q: Where are you from?
A:
I grew up in Saginaw, MI., but my family has lived in Holland, MI. for 20 years and this is our home.

Q: What is your background?   
A:
Before opening a Wireless Zone franchise, I owned a successful insurance agency for 25 years. I love business but my true passion is service, and I am the executive director at Holland Rescue Mission. Holland Rescue Mission is a non-profit Christian service organization that has existed for over 100 years and is devoted to helping the homeless. Along with feeding and sheltering the homeless, Holland Rescue Mission has long term job training and placement programs for homeless adults as well as homeless youth.

Holland Rescue Mission has many different support business dedicated to improving the community and the lives of people who are homeless. Some of the main support businesses include a new recycling center, thrift stores, and an auto dealership focused on training people in essential job skills. The community is very important to me both in business and service.

Q: How did you learn about the brand?
A:
My son-in-law used to manage and sell wireless phone services. Through him I discovered that many phone stores are privately owned. I spent about eight months researching stores that sell Verizon because they have the best service, and I trust them. I visited and called owners of stores and kiosks to find out information about Verizon and the business of owning my own store. Through my research I discovered that Wireless Zone had the best stores, owners, and most importantly support for their owners. I was immediately hooked and opened my first of four Wireless Zone locations in 2009.

Q: What was appealing to you about joining a franchise system?
A:
Wireless Zone has a rock solid reputation and a strong partnership with Verizon. They offer the best service and the best premium retailer so I felt the learning curve would be quicker. This is important to me because it offers the freedom to continue my work in service. Many years of experience in the wireless industry, coupled with the joining forces of about 450 other Wireless Zone franchisees I’m able to do things other private stores can’t.

Q: What makes your business different?
A:
Since me and my family have served the community for so many years it makes it easier for people to do business with us. They know and trust us, and we don’t take that for granted. I have demonstrated service in the community for 20 years. Not only are we supporting the community and those in need but trying to serve everyone. We are locally owned with a tight knit family orientation, and care about helping the community not just reaping profits. Our motto is “if we help enough people, enough people will help us!”

Q: What challenges have you overcome to get where you are now?
A:
An aggressive growth pattern starting in 2009 opening our first store has been our greatest challenge. The staff of my first store was my son, wife, two daughters, and my son-in-law. Now that we have expanded to four locations, all in the area, we have had to hire other people creating 15 new jobs. Our past relationships in the community have been able to translate into others wanting to work for us and generating interest in our stores.

Q: Do you see any parallels between your previous work and now?
A:
Customer service before sales is how we operate our business, because selling is the natural extension of serving people’s needs well. I’ve invested my life into serving people; people that we have dealt with through the mission and community have learned to trust us. We truly believe that by helping others first, we’ll be rewarded in the end.

Q: What are your expansion or development plans?
A:
Right now we in the process of working on transitioning our Holland store to a new site to expand what we can offer the Holland community.

Q: Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
A:
Family and service are my greatest passions, but I also enjoy playing golf, tennis, and traveling with my wife.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cellular Chloe featured on Fox 61

Wireless Zone's very own Bonnie Sharon A.K.A. Cellular Chloe was recently featured on Fox 61. Bonnie was on to discuss the new Zomm Wireless Leash technology. She discusses how the technology can help make losing or forgetting your phone a thing of the past, as well as, some of the other benefits of the Zomm technology like its speakerphone capabilities. Click here to view the full segment. 

           
The Wireless Leash has been labeled the Swiss Army knife of technology. It not only alerts you when you have forgotten your phone, but it also acts as a panic alarm allowing you to dial 911 with the press of a button, and it functions as a Blue Tooth. Click here to learn more.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wireless Zone featured on mlive.com

Wireless Zone was recently featured on mlive.com in an article titled, "Son's unemployment sparks family-run West Michigan cell phone store chain" : The article focuses on Darryl Bartlett, local Wireless Zone franchisee, and his business successes in the Grand Rapids area. The article highlights his new location at the Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville as well as his three other locations. Also showcased in the article, is Darryl’s family whom all play integral roles in the success of the business. Click here to read the full article.

Son's unemployment sparks family-run West Michigan cell phone store chain
By: Myron Kukla

HOLLAND -- Darryl Bartlett is best known for his work helping the homeless and people in poverty as executive director of Holland Rescue Mission.

Few know that Bartlett also is president of 4 One Enterprises LLC, a family-owned business that operates four Wireless Zone cell phone stores in Western Michigan.

“I go to the mission for my day job and at night I read production reports from the business at my home office,” said Bartlett, 52, who has been head of the Holland Rescue Mission for 20 years.

Bartlett said he got the idea to start the family business three years ago when his son Matthew Bartlett found himself laid off from his job with no prospects in a bad job market.

After getting approval from the mission board to do a business in his off hours, Bartlett and his son bought a cell phone store in Holland.



Friday, March 2, 2012

Wireless Zone featured on Washintonpost.com

Wireless Zone was recently featured on washingtonpost.com in an article titled, "Returning from war and turning to franchising." The article deals with former military members who are able to use their past experience and veteran status to segue into the franchise industry. Click here to read the full article. 


Returning from war and turning to franchising
By: Olga Khazan

John Turner spent 12 years in telecommunications for the Army, and then a few more working in management positions for companies like NEC Global and Cisco. All along, he knew he wanted to eventually be in business for himself.

“I wanted to build my own company, and I knew the communications field the best,” he said. “I realized I could leverage my years of service to get a leg up in the franchise world.”Turner wished to be part of a reputable

“A good franchiser gives you all the tools you need to be successful, and you add your own hard work, determination and confidence,” he said. “Anyone who has been successful in the military understands that type of system.”

More than one million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will enter the workforce in the next five years. Rather than attempt to elbow their way into the tight job market, some veterans are pursuing franchising because it mimics the rule-based system they grew accustomed to in the military.

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