A Trusted Leader in Franchise Development

At Black Box Franchising, we empower entrepreneurs by providing expert franchise development services combined with low-cost, in-house financing options. Our goal is to make your dream of owning a successful franchise a reality, without overcharging. With our deep industry knowledge and commitment to your success, we are the definitive leaders in the franchise market.
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Kika Wise


Kika Wise is a dynamic and visionary entrepreneur, celebrated as the founder of Kika Stretch Studios www.kikastretchstudios.com the nation’s first boutique stretching studio. As the CEO of BlackBox Franchising, she’s revolutionizing the franchising world with innovative strategies and a deep commitment to empowering small business owners. With a unique approach that blends wellness and business acumen, Kika is leading the charge in creating generational wealth and transforming the franchising landscape. Her passion for helping others reach their full potential, both physically and financially, has made her a respected leader and a trailblazer in the industry.

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Daren Hawthorne


Daren is the President of Black Box Franchising, a respected leader in franchising, corporate law, and business strategy. Previously, he served as President of the Franchising Division at Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurants, the largest black-owned franchisor in the U.S., with sales of $210 million. An Emmy-nominated speaker featured on Hulu and Amazon Prime, Daren brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to his role. He graduated valedictorian from law school, earning the Chancellor's Leadership Award. Committed to community service, Daren actively participates on various Boards of Directors, leveraging his expertise to foster community growth and development.

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Jae Sims


Jae Sims is a dynamic business leader and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackbox Franchising. With over six years as the owner of an award-winning F45 Training franchise, Jae has deep expertise in the fitness industry and a track record of building successful businesses. As a franchise consultant, he played a key role in helping numerous franchisees and small businesses in the USA navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for his strategic insights and dedication to community impact, Jae is a respected leader in the franchising and small business sectors, committed to driving sustainable growth and empowering entrepreneurs.

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