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82: Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path at a Young Age, with Kilwins Franchisee Ashley Clark


In this episode, Brian talks with the owner and operator of two Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, & Ice Cream franchise locations in North and South Carolina, Ashley Clark.

Ashley entered the franchising world at a young age, eventually acquiring a second Kilwins location. After graduating from Clemson at 23 years old, she chose to take the entrepreneurial path over attending law school. Ashely reflects, “It’s so rewarding, my organization grows at the speed I’m growing myself… I can control whether my business survives this or not.” 

This is a must-listen-to episode for anyone with the entrepreneurial spirit who may be on the fence about getting into franchising. 

Tune in now and learn and be inspired by Ashley’s franchise story. 

What we talk about:

  • Ashley’s journey before she got into franchising
  • What Kilwins is and what makes it unique
  • Becoming a franchisee and entrepreneur at a young age
  • How opening the first location looks like
  • Buying the 2nd location that is doing very good
  • The transition from being a single unit operator to a multi-unit
  • The lifestyle of being an entrepreneur and a leader
  • How the pandemic situation impacted the business
  • The goals for the future and what they want out of the journey
  • The mission to serve other people

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