August 3, 2011

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Welcome: Discover the Buried Story of the Creator of Modern Franchising

Harper’s  franchising system empowered and enriched poor women, as well as herself! •Servant Girl Creates 500 Franchises Around the World Bound out into servitude from the time she was seven years old, Martha Matilda Harper knew she had to change her life. •From Suffrage to Franchising Susan B. Anthony while campaigning for suffrage cited Harper […]

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July 15, 2020

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Martha’s Spirit and Wisdom Live On

As the world struggles with this pandemic, many of us are being overwhelmed by the negativity that surrounds us daily.  Thousands dying, thousands being afflicted, all adding up to millions. Having been a fan of Martha’s for nearly 25 years, I often think about her and how she would respond.  She led her  entire world […]

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May 11, 2020

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Martha’s Advice to Businesses in this Time of Crisis

As this pandemic undermines our personal and organizational well-being, Martha Matilda Harper’s strategic approach to business and personal success would guide us forward.  Her life was full of crisis, examples include when she: -was bound out into servitude at age seven -immigrated from Canada to Rochester , NY as a poor servant -protected her mistress […]

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December 20, 2019

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With Thanks to Martha!

As another holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting on the chance clipping I found  that first introduced me to Martha Matilda Harper.  That clipping said Harper was the first woman member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, but when I called the Chamber, they had no clue who she was, but said, “Let us […]

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June 8, 2019

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From Women Getting the Vote to Women Getting Their Own Pocketbooks

The celebrations have started  for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment  which passed on June 4, 1919,.  That constitutional action gave women the right to vote as of Aug. 26, 1920 . Discussing women’s suffrage brings up Martha Matilda Harper. Susan B. Anthony and other suffragists understood that women gaining the right to vote […]

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February 25, 2019

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Why Rochester, NY Was So Progressive.

Discover how Rochester led the abolition and suffrage movement, which led to pioneering women entrepreneurship, Visiting Nurses, and affordable housing.

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November 6, 2018

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Martha, Susan, and Election Day

Empowering All As our country awaits our election day results, my thoughts return to Rochester, NY, where an extraordinary assortment of brave souls have rallied for centuries to assure everyone had the right to vote and  fully participate in our society. It took a radical group of Quakers, spearheaded by Amy Post, to entice Frederick […]

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June 19, 2018

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Martha and the Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, I wonder if she had ever been to a Harper Method shop and was encouraged by the female network of shops that Harper created worldwide?  Certainly, it was tragic that Martha had such a gruesome childhood being bound out at age seven to work […]

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March 1, 2018

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Remembering Outstanding Women

March is women’s history month.  I appreciate that at least women get a month a year, but, surely, it is time to realize women have and are making history every day. As we all reflect on the tragic loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I have been reminded […]

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December 29, 2017

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Martha and Me

As another year passes, I am reflecting on how  Martha and I became buddies when she had been dead for almost fifty years.  Who knew that a marketing assignment for the grand opening of First National Bank of Rochester, NY’s refurbished headquarters in the grand Powers Building would change the direction of my life? As my consulting […]

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