Being a good Dad means…

Dan volleyballTo me, being a good Dad means making it to all of my kid’s events, games, moments that they want or need me there. Last night I watch my son and his Volleyball team win an amazing game!



My Brother’s Keeper to Host Annual Gratitude Mass

After spending nearly three decades in real estate management, Martin Raffol now focuses his efforts on helping business owners prepare their organizations for sale. As an area director and business broker for Murphy Business and Financial Corporation in Natick, Massachusetts, Martin Raffol performs business valuations and works with business owners to help increase the value of their operations. When not working, Martin Raffol volunteers his time to charitable and community organizations such as the Natick Service Council and My Brother’s Keeper.

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), a Christian-based organization that delivers food and furniture to individuals in need, is preparing to host its 23rd Annual Gratitude Mass on Nov. 28, 2013. Held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Gratitude Mass serves as the organization’s annual kickoff to the Christmas season. At the Mass, MBK asks each family to donate a gift for an underprivileged child. All gifts are presented during the liturgy by the children in attendance at the Mass.

Founded in 1988, MBK has made more than 95,000 deliveries to date to individuals and families in need in the state of Massachusetts. With two locations in Dartmouth and Easton, Massachusetts, what began as a husband and wife team operating from the basement of their home has blossomed into an organization comprised of nine full-time employees and more than 3,000 volunteers who are dedicated to providing assistance to the underserved in the community.

Martin Raffol: Exploring the Benefits of a Franchise System

One of the main benefits of the franchise system is that an established brand identity and market presence is already in place for the business. This enables capable managers to easily generate a steady revenue flow through existing sales channels. In addition, new franchise owners receive extensive training and management support from area leaders. With well-established success formulas set out, more than 95 percent of franchise operations move beyond their five-year threshold as thriving enterprises.

Another benefit of the franchise system is that owners’ royalties go directly towards marketing, customer support, management, and advertising budgets that would be extremely expensive to build from scratch. While there is no guaranteed amount that franchisers make, they do have the opportunity to contact other franchise operations and ask hard questions about real world results that they have achieved, as well as specific challenges faced.

About the Author: As Business Broker and Area Director with Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, Martin Raffol performs business valuations and assists owners in increasing value and positioning companies for the sale process. His firm notably operates as a franchise operation that offers entrepreneurs expansion opportunities.

Baseball is one of the many hobbies Martin Raffol loves to do.  Last week he played in a winning effort against a very good team in Woburn Ma.  Martin Raffol fielded very well and as a shortstop turned a double play that was started by the second baseman who made a perfect throw to Raffol at second who then fired to first for the end of inning double play.