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BlueGrace Logistics Launches TOP Program (True Ownership Plan), Provides Exclusive Incentives For Entering the Award-Winning Freight Franchise System

BlueGrace Logistics (www.mybluegrace.com) is now offering up to $250,000 in signing bonuses for the industry’s elite of logistics freight agents. BlueGrace recently announced the launch of the TOP Program (True Ownership Plan Program), providing exclusive incentives and benefits to join BlueGrace’s award-winning franchise network.

In 2014, BlueGrace was recognized by several media for the growth and expansion of their franchise opportunity. Since franchising in 2011, the system has added over 50 franchises across the United States and seen over 60% growth year over year. BlueGrace will use TOP to promote true business ownership; giving converted agents customized initial and ongoing training, operational support from the corporate office and more.

“We created this program to encourage industry entrepreneurs to own their own businesses. Their experience and passion for the trade will add tremendous value to our franchise network while providing them with the true support they’re unable to receive elsewhere,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

Logistics agent programs became popular during the financial of the 2000’s, when the job market was weak and businesses needed to lower operating expenses. At the time, the logistics agent model provided a mutually beneficial relationship for the both the agent and company. However, as the economy began to recover and agents began to book more business the fine print on agent contracts looked a little bigger. As many were looking for support, training, control of their book of business and breaks on commission splits; expectations were not met. BlueGrace created TOP to address this situation, helping agents become true business owners.

Carrier Direct (logistics consultancy) wrote the white paper “The Impending Death of the Logistics Agent Model”, clearly the demise of agent programs. Click here to read. 

TOP by BlueGrace is now open to all logistics freight agents, seeking true business ownership. The dedicated TOP Program team is currently accepting inquiries. You may contact the TOP team directly at [email protected], by calling 888.752.0441 or simply fill out the form below.

Contact BlueGrace's TOP Program Team Today!

Please fill out the form below to contact BlueGrace's True Ownership Plan Program reps for more information.
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Becoming a Freight Truck Broker

Becoming a Freight Truck Broker

So you’re interested in becoming a freight truck broker? I’m sure you already know that being a broker in this industry can be extremely exciting: you have unlimited earning potential, the freedom to create your own hours and full control of your career! What you may not know is that the freight brokerage world is full of unknowns and surprises, which is why many people choose to open a Blue Grace franchise instead of going in this business all alone. When you open a BlueGrace franchise, you get all of the excitement of the industry, plus full support and assistance when you need it.

One of the great things about opening your own BlueGrace franchise is that not only do you own your business, but you also get a full package of teams to help you along the way. A dedicated member from the Franchise Support Team is always available to help you with any issues or questions you may run into. The Marketing department will help promote your business through print, TV and social media. And finally, your customers get to use BlueShip 3.0, the most innovative Transportation Management System to date.

As a broker, you’re another agent, but why be an agent when you can own a TRUE business?  Contact us today to find out what it takes to become an entrepreneur and take ownership of your career.

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BlueGrace Baltimore Celebrates Their One Year Anniversary

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Within a year, Maryland has experienced some historical events. From the anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner to the Orioles becoming AL East Champions.

This year, on this historical day of September 18th, BlueGrace Baltimore hits its one-year anniversary. Of course the beginning was difficult for the office. We were all learning new rules, nervous of change, and wondering “Will we fit in to this ‘culture’ thing?” It turns out, we do! The confusion and head scratching turned to smiles and fun. The bad chaos became the chaos that we thrive for.  And to quote Bobby “the dinosaur computer screens are gone!”

We all want to take the time and thank everyone that helped us reach this anniversary. We can’t wait to celebrate many years more.

 

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BlueGrace Logistics ranked No. 97 on Gulf Coast 500

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BlueGrace Logistics has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2014 Gulf Coast 500 rankings!

The Business Observer annually ranks the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2013 fiscal year data, BlueGrace Logistics ranked No. 97.

 

 

 

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BlueGrace Franchise Rankings – Monthly Revenue for August

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FRANCHISE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER

Published on September 10, 2014 by in Franchise

 

BlueGrace Indianapolis Central www.bluegraceindy.com was named BlueGrace’s Franchise of the Month for the month of September, 2014. Franchise owner, Peter Foradas, opened BlueGrace Indianapolis in June of 2013, and has grown over 60% in his first year. The company plans to add two jobs to its growing franchise by the end of this year, doubling his numbers in the past few weeks.

Foradas is very thankful to receive this award and he doesn’t believe it would be possible without the support team he has at BlueGrace headquarters. The passion and energy that executives at BlueGrace corporate exemplify to grow the BlueGrace brand as a whole. Foradas feels it’s great to have such a good support system behind you.

BlueGrace Indianapolis Central, Pete Foradas; FOTM September 2014

BlueGrace Indianapolis Central, Pete Foradas; FOTM September 2014

“I feel honored to be Franchise of the Month with all the competition in our network, this is truly amazing. They key is to try and drive your business with honesty and integrity and the success will come.” – Pete Foradas

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Management Training

This month, the BlueGrace Training department launched the first ever management training program. The training course is set to take place bi-annually and is geared for BlueGrace Front Line Managers at both the corporate and franchise locations.

I had the opportunity of attending this training and was able to see and participate in the activities first-hand. The training took place over a course of 2 days (September 3rd and 4th) and focused on the several aspects of management. The training sessions were held by BlueGrace’s very own trainer, Patrick Wheeler and was located in the new training room at BlueGrace headquarters.

On day 1, the class reviewed personalities in the workplace and different management styles. It was clear the purpose of day 1 was to bring awareness to different communication styles that exist in the workplace. It was fun to assess your own personality traits and how they may or may not affect those around you… or those you manage.

Additionally, the content of day 1 included tips on how to better manage your employees, help them grow and develop into roles within the company and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of you and your teams.

What I found interesting is that as BlueGrace continues to grow, managers will benefit from this training course because they will be faced with new scenarios and personalities that reflect the current state of the company.

The course was overall interactive, from reviewing the contents of slides, watching informative videos and completing assessments (day 2). Pat-rick Wheeler overall was very helpful in consistently engaging the members of the course. One interesting feature of the course was the emphasis on culture and community. While we continuously find ways to increase employee happiness and provide a home-away-from home atmosphere for our employees we try to keep a healthy balance of work and fun. Front line managers are here to coordinate workflow, know how to address issues as they arise, in-form and educate employees about the various programs and functions available to employees.

This isn’t an easy task, but a necessary one. It requires a tremendous amount of organizational skills in action to ensure the development and happiness of employees remains at an all time high. The training covered these topics and clearly reflected the way in which our top-down approach fosters a healthy, compatible work-place with excellent managers on the front end. Each manager had the opportunity to share their BlueGrace story, and learn how to create environments which allowed employees to have their own #BGExperience.

“It was exciting to launch our first semi annual management training. The managers really had a chance to connect and collaborate gaining several new ideas to implement within each of their departments. The fact that we noticed managers executing objectives before the week was even over was beyond gratifying! Looking forward to the next training in Q2 of 2015,” says Vanessa Castillo, Director of Training and Business Development of BlueGrace Logistics on the completion of BlueGrace’s first-ever management course.

Patrick Wheeler, who conducted the course used a variety of training practices which included role-playing to assist managers in applying example to real-life scenarios.

Overall the training gets 5 stars for the effort, execution and engagement.

 
For more information on Training Sessions available, please visit the Vault or email [email protected]

 

 

 

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Education vs. Experience – by Dusty King, Franchise Owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast

I believe I suffer from a wonderful condition called ADHD… like most entrepreneurs do. Either that or I’m as stubborn as my wife says I am.

I decided from a very early age that school and the classroom were not for me and I couldn’t be convinced otherwise. Not that my parents, teachers, and counselors didn’t try I just was’t hearing it! At the time I couldn’t find any reason why I needed to be sitting in a classroom learning (X-Y+Z = 3) or memorizing the elements on the periodic table.

I felt these formulas and theories did not apply to my quest of owning a business. Whether this was a correct way of thinking is another topic in itself.

I never envisioned myself climbing the corporate ladder. I always planned on building my own ladder and didn’t need to climb someone else’s to get to where I wanted or needed to be. When I get an idea and know the direction I want to go there is no force on this planet that will sway or derail me. It’s just how I’m wired. Not everyone’s path is the same. There is no “right” or “wrong” path to take in my opinion.

In bypassing the college route, I had a much earlier start in the s0-called “real world” than if I had gone to college and partied for 4 years. This is how I envisioned college.

I had done enough partying in high school for a life time and it was time to start working, making money and gaining real world working/business knowledge that would benefit me when the opportunity came to start my own business.

I knew I would benefit more from “real world” experiences over sitting in a classroom for four years being lectured about them. I am a hands-on learner, and the only way for it to stick was to learn from my mistakes.

To me, each job I worked was like earning credits toward earning my “major” in business. The opportunities were about learning the business and thinking of ways to do the job better as if it were my own.

I didn’t work for paycheck, I worked to live the dream… I worked to learn how to become an entrepreneur. The older I get, my thirst for knowledge grows tremendously. There is a part of me that wishes I would have pursued an education at an earlier age and one of my goals is to do so in the future. I am not one who shuns education alltogether. In fact, I have placed education on a very high pedestal and will do everything in my power to put my children on the path to a higher education when their time comes. I guess I was just a unique case.

The biggest thing I lacked from not going to college was building strong organization, time management & processing skills that I ended up having had to learn the hard way. This is an aspect of business that I lacked for some time.

If you’re trying to decide what path you should take to live your dream (whatever that may be), I would say think long and hard about it. Entrepreneurship is hard enough as it is, so don’t set yourself back to the beginning if you don’t need to.

There are VERY valuable skills that one develops at college outside of the classrooms and books. Life has a funny way of showing these things and they become clearer as you get older. To be an entrepreneur, you must realize that you’re going to have to be more driven and self-reliant than ever. Skipping college doesn’t mean that your education is over, it’s really just the beginning. So take every opportunity to learn from your peers and take it upon yourself to self-educate and stay ahead of the curve. Be creative and listen to those around you.

You CAN do it, it’s just gonna take a little more fine tuning on your own. But again everyone is different and no one knows YOU like YOU do. At the end of the day you are accountable for your decisions and no one else.

Dusty King, franchise owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast

Dusty King, franchise owner of BlueGrace Atlanta Northeast

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What Up Franchise Owners?! – Q&A

 

This month’s Q&A is with BlueGrace Fair Oaks Sharon McWilliams, owner since 2011. From lawyer to franchise owner, Sharon is a great example of a successful Business Woman. She just happens to be part of our network.

Q: When did you become interested in a BlueGrace Franchise and how did you find out about it?
A: I was so excited back in 2011 when President and CEO, Bobby Harris decided to franchise BlueGrace. I had known Bobby from a previous freight job and I found it to be a fascinating segment of the shipping industry. When Bobby started Blue Grace as a freight franchise system, I was immediately interested in focusing my business efforts solely on freight.

Q: What has helped make your business successful?
I have found having good employees is the primary thing that has helped me be successful. My employees treat every customer like they are important. We have a great retention rate of our customers because they know we will work smarter and harder for them than other logistics companies.

Q: What challenges have you overcome to be successful?
A: I would say, my only challenge of being a franchise owner would be not having enough hours in the day.

Q: How have you juggled having a family and flourishing business?
A: Instead of beating myself up over the fact that I can’t give 100% to both my business and my family, I look for ways to be more efficient. It can be hard juggling family life and a business, but these years with kids at home are short and I feel lucky every day that I have control over where I devote my time. When I decided I needed to spend more time with my children after school with homework and activities, I hired an additional person in the office, which eased up some of my office workload.

Q: What is your greatest success as a Blue-Grace Franchise Owner?
A: The joy that I feel in coming to work every day. I enjoy all of my employees and I get to work with amazing customers and freight companies.

 

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FRANCHISE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST

August’s Franchise of the Month is BlueGrace Tallahassee, led by franchise owner Bob Bankston!
Bob was one of the orignal franchisees to join the BlueGrace network and he is always looking for ways to grow his business. He is currently seeking and assessing hiring steps, looking to hire new employees to better run his department. Bob is thankful his office operates as a team and he sincerely values the opinion of each of his core players in the workplace. Since Double Up 2014, Bob has been extremely excited to double his business. In fact, he is currently working on his painted picture to define culture in his office.

BlueGrace Tallahassee’s Bob Bankston; FOTM August 2014

BlueGrace Tallahassee’s Bob Bankston; FOTM August 2014

“I’m really excited to be announced as August’s Franchise of the Month!” – Bob Bankston, Franchise Owner

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