FranNet of Upstate NY - The Empire State's Franchise Consultants


Local. Trusted. Franchise Expertise.

About Us

FranNet of Upstate New York covers the 55 counties shown in the map. Eight counties in the Western Region, nine counties in the Finger Lakes Region, 13 counties in the Central New York Region, and 25 counties in the Capital and Hudson Valley Region. They are supported by four Franchise Consultants.

Franchise Consultants:

  • Cheryl Lickfeld – Western Region – Beige

  • John Adams – Finger Lakes and Central Region – Yellow & Green

  • Frank Dunne – Capital and Hudson Valley Region – Grey

Cheryl Lickfeld

For over 20 years, Cheryl worked with several small businesses as Controller and CFO, providing strategic counsel to owners, and managing day-to-day operations including financial and human resources. In 2011, Cheryl started a consulting business to provide high-level financial analysis, strategy, and execution to small businesses across Western New York State.
With an MBA and B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), Cheryl is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State.
Active in her community, Cheryl is the facilitator of the Grow Advisory Group at the Women's Business Center at Canisius College, where she mentors growing women-owned small businesses. Cheryl is Treasurer of the Hamburg Alumni Foundation and Empire One Federal Credit Union. Cheryl is an active member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, and several networking groups.

John Adams

Since 2003 John has facilitated ABCPNG (Always Be Connecting Power Networking Group) in Rochester and has helped hundreds of people find new jobs. “After my first conversation with Ron Livecchi I realized that becoming a Franchise Consultant with FranNet was a logical extension of the work I had done with ABCPNG. FranNet offered me a chance to give people another path in career transition. The response has been incredible and I’m having a blast coaching people through the FranNet process.”

John grew up in Buffalo and Syracuse and has spent his entire professional career, over 35 years, in Rochester. He has a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. With a background in the banking, telecommunications and software industries, most recently as VP of Operations at two software startups, John is well qualified to help clients find a franchise that they will love owning, running and growing.

Frank Dunne

A Strategic Franchise Advisor with FranNet in New York’s Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Western MA, Frank Dunne is a seasoned business professional who coaches individuals interested in exploring franchise opportunities. Entrepreneurs, those in career transition, and investors benefit from his 25 years’ insight and experience gained from the services sector in professional services, new media, marketing, and advertising.

Prior to teaming with FranNet, he developed broad expertise, including in change, and risk management – developing the necessary skill sets to help clients navigate through the step-by-step franchise exploration process. Focused on servicing consumer, and B-2-B businesses in various capacities, he has acquired a broad base of business knowledge, with exposure to franchising’s key industry sectors: food, retail, auto, consumer products and B-2-B.

FranNet is among the industry’s most respected leaders in franchise coaching services with more than 25 years of experience and over 100 consultants across North America and Europe. Our goal is to help aspiring entrepreneurs’ dreams of business ownership come true, and to help them make sound business decisions that give them the best opportunities for future success. We are consultants at helping our clients evaluate the various types of business opportunities in the marketplace today.
We work individually in our areas but as a united team to assist our clients with local, trusted, franchise expertise.
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Frannet of Western NY

Cheryl Lickfeld

FranNet of the Finger Lakes & Central New York

John Adams

FranNet of Hudson Valley

Frank Dunne