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IRA Services Trust Company, has more than 30 years of experience offering unmatched custodial and administrative services in the self-directed IRA industry. We provide experience, superior service, true diversification and low fees, giving you more choices and more control for a better retirement.
Millennium Trust Company, is a leading financial services company offering niche alternative custody solutions to institutions, advisors and individuals. We serve as a complement to traditional services offered by other custodians. Our innovative solutions include rollover solutions, alternative asset custody, private fund custody and advisor support services. In every case, Millennium Trust offers a wide array of investment choices and the highest levels of expertise and service.
Rabbit Marketing Services, LLC is a full service marketing firm, specializing in the sale of the Netword product. Additionally, Rabbit Marketing provides Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) services, helping businesses improve their search engine rankings as well as expanding their social media footprint.
Franchise Gator has the tools to help you find the right business and franchise opportunities. We pride ourselves on linking real people with real opportunities, and we've been doing just that since 2002. Netword plans to expand via Joint Venture Partnership. (See Netword business opportunities)
Enterra, Inc., located in Northern Russia with representative offices in USA, Russia and Europe, the Enterra business model centers on providing expert high-end application development and design as well as product engineering to some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurial enterprises.
FRANCHISE CAPITAL CORPORATION, dba FranCap, is a long-standing franchise development company that provides franchisors with the knowledge, skills, systems and capital sources to enable them to become large national brands. FranCap’s roots date back to the early 1960's, when FranCap’s founders worked within the securities, real estate, insurance, marketing, and venture capital industries.
In 1975, FranCap's founders formed Nationwide Marketing Corporation ("Nationwide"), one of the nation's first franchise consultancy firms, to administer to the needs of small businesses seeking to expand their base of operations through franchising. In 1985, the founders reincorporated under the name National Fran-Mark Corporation ("FranMark") due to a corporate name conflict with another third party corporation involved in an unrelated business.
Both Nationwide and FranMark’s chief legal counsel was Harold Brown of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1971, Mr. Brown was instrumental in the development, introduction and establishment of the first franchise laws in the U.S. (and in California). Also, in 1979, he played a key role in drafting the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC") Uniform Franchise Offering Circular ("UFOC"), now referred to as the Franchise Disclosure Document ("FDD"). Mr. Brown was also the co-founder of the American Bar Association's ("ABA") committee on franchising and he served on its governing council for 6 years.
In 1998, FranCap's founders established a new entity called Francap Corporation ("Francap Corporation") to pursue a unique business franchising model that involved partnering with prospective franchisors to enable them to grow businesses more quickly. Subsequent to that, FranCap's founders formed two venture capital funds: Cartel Funding, LLC (established in 2003), and the Cartel Equity Fund, LLC (established in 2012), to address the funding, management and marketing needs of private companies, and to move them along a critical path to their next level, such as a mini IPO, IPO, merger, or acquisition exit strategy.
In 2015, in a tax-free transfer of its assets, Franchise Capital Corporation, dba FranCap was formed as a successor company to FranCap Corporation to focus on its no upfront fee franchise development business model. FranCap believes that it is currently one of the only franchise development firms in the industry that has such a unique business model.
FranCap’s principals have been featured in various media as business development and franchise experts; appeared in a five part documentary on franchising from the NBC-TV studios in Los Angeles, California; Cable TV featured speakers for the development of business at the request of the State of Colorado's Governor's Office; quoted in national publications including Newsweek, Nation's Business, Forbes and Info Press; nominated for the International Franchise Association’s FREE ENTERPRISE AWARD which recognizes one's actions, writings and/or policies in the furtherance and growth of the U.S. free enterprise system; produced and hosted the live weekly radio show "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS," a business and franchise information forum aired from the studios of K-FOX (93.5 FM) covering Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California, and K-YBG (1090 AM) in Denver, Colorado, featuring some of the nation's leading franchisors, franchisees and franchise authorities as well as many federal and state governmental representatives, attorneys and business and marketing experts.
We believe that our team is uniquely qualified to provide you with objective guidance based on our team's experience with similar projects. In addition to our team, we also work with a network of experienced franchise specialists to provide our clients with the knowledge, skills, systems and capital sources needed to help our clients become large national brands.
FranCap and/or the Corporation's managers' personal investments over the years have included:
All American Burger; Amazon.com; American Boat Rental Services; Audio/Video Therapy Centers Of America; Baja Fresh Mexican Grill; Box, Inc.; Burger's 'N Stuff; Business Imaging LTD; California Solar; Car Care USA; Cartel Funding; Cellular 7, Inc; Century 21 Real Estate; Colonel Lee's Mongolian Bar-B-Q; Conejo Marketing; Dell; Doctor Pet Centers; Donut Inn; DST Systems; Dunkin' Donuts; Executive On-door Advertising; Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies; Fax World; Forty Carrots; Google; Heliocol Solar; Immediate Computer Access; Internet Connect; Irresistible, a national glamour magazine; Joey M's Upholsterers; King Energy Systems; Lordan Solar; Lube Pit Stop; MaxLinear; Mia International; Monroe Bradley Publishing; National Yellow Pages Services Association; Netword Inc.; One Stop Copy Shops; P.J.'S Perfectly Proper Pantry's & P.J. Uppercrust; Pedigree Pet Centers; Playboy Clubs Of America; P.O.P. America; Pure Storage; Rand McNally; Rabbit Marketing Services, LLC; San Francisco School Of Cooking and Gourmet Specialty Shop; SBA Media Planning Services; Senor Gecko's "fast-casual" Mexican Bar & Grill; Shake Shack; Sneaky Sweets; Splendido Imports; Sun Computers; TelTech Global Wireless; Travel Network; The Trivial Times; Uniglobe Travel; United TelStar Communications; Universal Recording Productions; Vonage; Wally Amos "Happy Shoe" Foot Company; and Yellow Pages Tabex.
Management and Staff
Business Development and Management Corp. ("BD&M") Our Manager, BD&M Management Corp. was organized in January 2003 as a Delaware corporation to manage all aspects of our business, Cartel Equity Fund, LLC. The directors of the Manager are elected annually to serve for one year with the guidance of Counsel of Record, Accounting, and BD&M’s Advisory Board and will continue to serve until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Executive officers are elected annually by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Board of Directors. The current director(s) is/are expected to hold office until the next annual meeting of the shareholders, which the Manager expects to be held in December, the last month of each calendar year.
Biographies of the Directors and Executive Officers of our Manager
Don Wilson, C.O.B. of BD&M Corp, is also the founder of FranCap, a venture capital marketing entity established in the early 1960's that addresses the investment needs of businesses working within the franchise method of marketing.
Mr. Wilson has contributed to the formation of more than 200 national and international franchises, including companies such as Century 21 Real Estate, Dunkin' Donuts, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, and the National Yellow Pages Services Association (NYPSA). As a pioneer in franchise development, he assisted in the submission of documents that led to the creation of the first franchise laws in the United States, which were passed in the State of California in 1971. Mr. Wilson is also the founder of Cartel Funding, LLC and Cartel Equity Fund, LLC, both equity and acquisition venture capital funds; and Netword, Inc., an Internet search technology company created to optimize local and national search results in all major search engines.
As the inventor of the Netword Business Model, Mr. Wilson holds the Patent to the technologies developed and implemented to place Netword as a unique supplier of Internet search advertising with the added distinction of having guided the legal team through the myriad new technology patent applications intended to benefit local and national businesses.
To further benefit the potential of Netword's success, Mr. Wilson created Rabbit Marketing Services, LLC, with the exclusive goal of selling local, national and international advertising for Netword through both pilot operations and joint venture partnerships. The success of FranCap and Mr. Wilson's other enterprises have piqued the curiosity of others in the business world leading to his having discussed the principles upon which he built these companies in national publications such as Newsweek, Forbes, and Nation's Business.
Advisors to the Manager
Leslie H. Lewark, serves as President of Netword, Inc. Aside from periodic real estate and portfolio investment management, Mr. Lewark has spent much of the past quarter century in private practice in the field of education, having served as an Adjunct Instructor at Morgan College Colorado. He received his MA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and his BA-Psychology/Sociology from Metropolitan State College.
Kenneth C. Free, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Netword, Inc., remains an Advisor to the Manager. Mr. Free holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a BS degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He carries advanced professional designations from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the American Resort Development Association, as well as being licensed as a Broker by the California Department of Real Estate. He has taught graduate university courses in Strategic Planning and Finance as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Phoenix and has published articles relating to land development. Mr. Free is active in the Urban Land Institute and the American Resort Development Association.
Jared Bernacchi, a "Local Boy" UCLA grad and Netword’s Lead Programmer who brings to the table extensive technical skills in all vital aspects of Computer, Website, SEO Analysis, Coding, Programming and Network security.
George Lopez, an accomplished Web Designer (over the years a Netword "outside consultant") was recently employed in Netword's Graphic Design and Brand Merchandising Fulfillment division on a full-time basis.Please continue to: Investor Portal