Course: Accelerating Enterprise Growth

Visionaries like you shape the franchise landscape. Accelerating Enterprise Growth, crafted by the University of Louisville in partnership with Yum! Brands, is designed to give you the skills, tools, and network that you need to reach the top of the Franchise industry.

This course is for the seasoned leaders who have transcended the basics of franchise management, including roles such as Regional Managers, District Managers, Multi-Unit Managers, Operations Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, and Presidents - those who operate multiple units, steer regional territories, or helm entire franchise operations.

This year-long journey is designed to propel your leadership capabilities into the realm of strategic growth and operational excellence, preparing you to oversee large-scale operations. - your journey towards monumental growth starts here.

Program Highlights

This year-long course includes:

  • 6 one-month online courses, including interactive self-paced content and virtual class sessions twice monthly.
  • A 3-day in-person residential in Louisville, KY.
  • An applied learning project that will benefit your business, with faculty coaching and support.


Tailored for individuals aiming for the upper echelons of franchise leadership, "Accelerating Enterprise Growth" offers the tools, knowledge and network to scale your operations and achieve unparalleled success in the franchise industry. Courses include:
  • The Franchise Model
    Learn to navigate the intricacies of the franchise business model and gain insights into the obligations and responsibilities of both the franchisees and franchisors. This course will also cover crucial aspects such as marketing strategies, advisory councils/associations, and the impact of C-suite changes within a franchise system.

  • Advanced Financial Management for Multi-Unit Leadership
    Deepen your financial acumen with essential finance topics like interpreting financial statements, leveraging Key Performance Indicators, guiding teams to achieve profit margins, managing time allocation, coaching large teams on P&L levers, understanding the significance of EBITDA, and navigating appropriate debt levels and leverage ratios.

  • Financial Strategies for Business Growth and Expansion
    Learn essential strategies for business growth and expansion. Topics include funding options, effective communication techniques when engaging with financial institutions and the criteria they assess, business valuation principles, key levers to increase business value, types of debt, real estate leverage, financial covenants, site selection, first right of refusal and remodeling considerations.

  • Advanced Leadership and Management Excellence
    In this advanced leadership course tailored for executives leading large business operations, you will develop skills such as vision setting and execution, building a positive organizational culture, implementing performance metrics and monitoring systems that foster accountability, cultivating executive presence, developing communication strategies for various stakeholders, understanding crisis management principles, and designing frameworks for ethical decision-making in complex business scenarios.

  • Strategic Business Planning
    Learn the essential business infrastructure needed as the business expands while exploring realistic considerations and strategies, including elements such as HR and legal components, the dynamics of franchisor-driven strategies and initiatives, retaining autonomy while aligning with overall organizational goals, and developing risk mitigation strategies for franchise growth.

  • Contemporary Trends in Franchise Management
    Master effective change management and methods to stay ahead of current trends and the ever-evolving landscape of the industry. Topics include current legal issues affecting franchises, the transformative role of AI, digital marketing strategies, managing a changing workforce, and methods to stay informed bout economic and industry developments.

Scholarship Opportunity

We Believe in Your Vision. And with the Accelerating Growth Scholarship Fund, powered by Yum! Brands, we can help you achieve it. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded for the Accelerating Enterprise Growth course. If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be awarded a waiver for the program registration fee, normally priced at $14,000*.

*Travel and lodging for the residential component is not included.

The scholarship application deadline for the program starting in October 2024 is July 19, 2024.

Apply for the Scholarship Today!

Currently Accepting Waitlist Registration

We are not yet accepting enrollment or payment for this course. At this time we are only accepting waitlist registration. Enrollment is limited, so please register for the waitlist below to reserve your place in the program! Enrollment will open in early September, with priority granted to waitlist registrants in order of registration. (Scholarship recipients are guaranteed enrollment regardless of waitlist status.)

 Session Detail: (Currently Accepting Waitlist Applicants)

Schedule: 1-year program duration, including self-paced online content, zoom sessions, a 3-day residential component, and coaching/support.
Eastern Standard Time: 12:00am-12:00am EDT
Regular registration : $14000.00


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