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How a Health Crisis Led a Couple to Start their Coffee News Franchise

Starting a Coffee News Franchise

Sometimes it takes a health crisis to make us re-think about our lives and priorities. That was the case for Chad and Anita Tilton of Kansas City, Missouri.  Married for 20 years, with three children, the Tilton’s have recently embarked on starting a Coffee News Franchise.

Chad is an electrical contractor. The couple was working together in their family-owned business when Chad suffered a major heart attack at the age of 44 on November 28, 2014, the day after Thanksgiving.

“The doctors said he shouldn’t have survived it. It is a miracle and a blessing that he is still here and it puts things in perspective,” Anita said.

As Chad slowly recovered, their electrical contracting business came to a halt.

“My work is very demanding, physically.   I wasn’t able to work and it made us both realize that we needed a back-up plan,” Chad said.

The couple wanted to find a business they could own and operate until they were ready to retire.   They wanted something that wasn’t physically demanding, that offered flexibility and that they could do together.

“The heart attack really shifted our priorities. We were given a second chance.   We want to enjoy life a little more. We love to travel and have the freedom to do other things we enjoy doing. Owning an electrical contracting business means you are on call 24/7. It’s impossible to get away and the physical demands were getting to be too much,” Anita said.

Anita added, “We also wanted to do something that will impact us and others in a positive and encouraging way.”

Anita was familiar with Coffee News because of her involvement with BNI. “One of our BNI members is connected with Coffee News and posted something about it on Facebook. I clicked on the post and learned that Coffee News is listed by as one of the top ten affordable franchises. I decided to look into it further,” Anita said.

“I said to Anita, you like people and you like sales, so you should look into it,” Chad added.

They began to research the Coffee News franchise by talking to Bill Buckley, the Coffee News franchisor as well as other Coffee News publishers. “We were so impressed. Bill was so helpful and not at all arrogant. Coffee News as a whole has so much honor and integrity and we instantly felt like part of the Coffee News family,” Anita said.

The couple purchased a franchise serving four areas in and around Kansas City.   They officially launched Coffee News in September of 2015. They are developing their business by focusing on maintaining their business relationships and creating new ones through networking.

“Because of Coffee News, a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Knowing we have something we can do together and we can keep doing, gives me such a great feeling of security for our future,” Chad said.

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to be starting a Coffee News Franchise on our own  and we want to encourage others to be entrepreneurs and step out of their comfort zones to build their own dreams. We hope that our experience shows others that you don’t have to be a victim of circumstances.   You can be victorious if you just have hope and a vision and you’re willing to work hard,” Anita said.

She added, “God opened doors for us in so many ways with owning a Coffee News franchise, and because of what he has done for us, we are already successful.  We thank God daily for being #1 in every area of our lives, including our business. I am so thankful my husband is alive and doing well today because God’s hand is upon his heart and we are excited to see continued success in our future with Coffee News.”


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