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Franchise Success with Blingle!: Shannan and Brad McEowen’s Entrepreneurial Journey


Shannan and Brad McEowen's venture into franchising with Blingle! embodies the essence of how comprehensive support from a franchisor can lay the groundwork for franchisees to thrive in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Since becoming part of the Blingle! family in August 2022, Shannan and Brad shared insights into the outstanding training and support they received from the Blingle corporate team, which proved essential in steering their business toward success.

Transitioning to Entrepreneurship

Before franchise ownership, Shannan and Brad both had careers in the healthcare industry. Shannan graduated from Taylor University, and Brad graduated from Ohio State, both finding their way into different aspects of the industry. The couple relocated to Dallas in 1995, diving deep into the employee benefits sector of the healthcare industry and accumulating a decade of invaluable experience.

Shannan's first experience with franchising was in 2005 when she managed a location for a meal prep restaurant brand for five years. Eventually, Shannan and Brad decided to jump into business ownership together, purchasing and owning a management and administrative consultancy services business called The Reaves Agency in 2013. They ran it for four years before selling it in 2018. These experiences in the realm of business ownership led them to decide to leave the healthcare industry and explore opportunities in franchising. "We were in the health insurance business for a long time, but we felt it was time for a change,” Brad states. “We also have three sons, so we wanted the opportunity to create a family business, grow it, and then pass it on to our children.”

Discovering the Spark with Blingle

Through their exploration, Shannan and Brad were introduced to Blingle! through a franchise broker. The McEowens were instantly drawn to the franchise due to the robust support system and valuable business model presented by HorsePower Brands. "When we found Blingle, we were immediately impressed with the concept, how great it can be to have a customer who is truly happy when you’re done installing lights,” Shannan states. “HorsePower Brands has so much additional support in place to help us learn how to design and install. That really helped set a strong foundation for us to go out and run our own business.” 

Shannan and Brad opened a Blingle franchise in 2022 in Plano, TX. Throughout their journey, they have highlighted Blingle and HorsePower Brands' desire and passion for their franchisees. “Their desire to learn what each of their franchisees needs and to not only listen, but implement those changes, that’s really helpful.” 


A Journey of Learning and Growth

While the comprehensive training and ongoing support provided by Horsepower Brands and Blingle! were helpful in their transition, Brad and Shannan both state the importance of their entrepreneurial passion and motivation to build something. “We’ve learned that starting a business is hard work and takes serious dedication, but we feel incredibly supported by HorsePower and they feel like they have set a great foundation for us to embark on a unique business journey.” 

Impacting the Community and Fostering Connections

Beyond the operational aspects, the McEowens are passionate about the impact their Blingle! location has on the community. They cherish the joy and satisfaction that lighting brings to their customers, creating memorable experiences and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of spaces. Their venture into franchising with Blingle! has not only been a business success, but also a means to contribute positively to their community, aligning with their personal values and aspirations.

Shannan remarked, "Seeing the transformation and happiness our services bring to people's homes and lives is incredibly rewarding. It's more than just business; it's about brightening our community."

Franchising with Blingle and HorsePower Brands gives you the opportunity to build your own business and impact your community. Contact Blingle today to learn more about opening a location in your area.