Hi! I'm Stacey

I'm the creator of Franchise Prep Academy,.

If you've ever wondered if franchise ownership may be the next career for you but don't really know much about the franchise industry, you're in the right place.

I'm going to teach you what it took me 15+ years to learn.

I offer several different avenues of learning, because we all learn differently.

My four-week course, C*A*S*H Bootcamp, was the core program that launched our company. In the Bootcamp you'll learn all you need to know about buying a franchise before you invest thousands of dollars and commit the next 5, 10 or 20 years of your life. This course is ideal for those who are ready to invest in opening a new business, but don't really know much about franchises.

If you're on a bit of a slower train, one of the Mastermind Groups is best for you. There's one dedicated to Military and one dedicated to First Time Entrepreneurs.

If you're on the bullet-train (in a huge hurry to start), then you want to participate in a 5-Day Challenge where we literally build a plan to buy a franchise business for $50k or less in 5 days.

I didn't have any of these benefits before buying my franchise. Even though I was very successful, I had a rough patch too. And I'll tell you all about it when we're together!

Stacey Marmolejo Founder/CEO Franchise Prep Academy

Before we get there, here's a bit about me.

I come from a very long line of military service members. A VERY LONG LINE. I can trace my lineage back to when my great-great-great Grandfather served in the Revolutionary war! All told, nine generations of my family have served a cumulative 172 years in the United States military, including my father. And I'm proud to say Generation 10 has accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy, beginning this Fall.

My older brother enlisted and my parents wanted me to go to OCS. But at 22 when I finished college, I was too rebellious. I knew I couldn't make it with the discipline required to be successful in the military.

I really wanted to be an entrepreneur. I didn't know any entrepreneurs. I didn't know anything about owning your own business. There weren't courses, let alone degrees, in entrepreneurship back then.

Instead, I got a corporate job and worked my way up. After 25 years of climbing the corporate ladder, I gave up a prestigious Senior Vice President position in a national media company to purchase a start-up franchise. I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with. I was very well compensated. But I still had that entrepreneurial itch.

I was 45 years old and knew I had to try.

I started with one franchise location while still working my corporate job. Over the course of three years I added two more locations and left my corporate position. Because I was one of the first franchisees in this brand I experienced the start-up phase, the parent franchisor's acquisition by an investment group and the changes that come with going from 10 locations to over 400 locations.

As the franchise grew, we developed a Franchisee Advisory Board. [Most of the larger franchises have them.] I served on the Board for eight years. In that role, I spent a lot of time with new franchisees, teaching them, answering their questions and showing them how I went from nothing to $750k a year in revenue. That's what I want to do for you too.

I did it the WRONG way. I think most people do it the wrong way. I'll tell you about that when we're together too so you don't make the same mistakes I made. Fortunately for me, it all worked out.

16 years later I successfully sold my School of Rock franchise and now I spend my time helping others who want to pursue a career in franchising with a focus on success and lifelong happiness. 

Because of my unwavering support of and strong ties to the military, my mission is to help military veterans explore franchise ownership as their path to purpose, financial wealth and happiness in civilian life so they can serve their community with the same pride and skills they used while serving our country. 

The course is open to active duty, veterans, spouses and civilians.

Five-time Grammy winner, founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

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Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy winner and founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, along with Stacey and her son Nate Beck at a School of Rock Conference.

Stacey on stage at guitar giveaway

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School of Rock, founded in 1998 in Philadelphia PA, began selling franchises in 2005. Stacey was one of the first five people to purchase a franchise. She purchased three locations and brought the music school to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/ St. Paul Minnesota.

Stacey with some of her St. Paul, MN students circa 2006.