Tom Scarda – Host of The Franchise Academy Podcast, Speaker, Author

Tom Scarda hosts The Franchise Academy Podcast show and is the author of three books: the #1 bestseller Franchise Savvy: 6 Strategies Pros Use to Pick a Top Performing Franchise, The Road to Franchise Freedom and The Magic of Choosing Uncertainty. A self-made small business expert and Certified Franchise Expert, Tom has owned and operated five businesses both franchised and non-franchised.

Tom was the #1 franchisee of the year in one franchise concept and failed miserably in another concept. The lessons he learned from failure is what makes him such an expert. Named one of the top 50 business leaders on Long Island, Tom has helped over 1500 people figure out if franchising is for them since 2005. He’s been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers and is a sought-after radio and TV guest.

The Franchise Academy Podcast began as a terrestrial radio show on Long Island in January of 2017. It aired every Tuesday on LI News Radio (103.9 – FM).

In 2018 The Franchise Academy show became exclusively a Podcast. Keeping  with the spirit of the show, the host, Tom Scarda, CFE, brings the best of franchising and small business to listeners.

In keeping with the mission of the show, listeners hear about best practices of running a franchise, how to go about picking a great franchise to invest in and how to turn your existing business into a franchise.

Guests on the show range from executive level franchise staff to franchise owners to franchise attorneys and any business that brings value to franchise and small business owners.


Franchise Savvy Author Tom Scarda

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Guest appearances by Tom:

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