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Fran Tarkenton

As one of the NFL’s all-time greats, Fran Tarkenton knows better than most what it takes to succeed in a competitive arena. Fran took the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl in 1973, 1974, and 1976 and set NFL passing records for touchdowns, yards gained, and completions, which stood for 17 years. He’s been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Fran has been an entrepreneur since he was a small boy with a paper route. He sold insurance in college and spent his first two NFL off-seasons selling freight services for a trucking company in South Dakota. As an established player, off-seasons were spent in a series of marketing roles that included work with Coca-Cola and its high-powered ad agency. Before Fran was done playing football, he was starting businesses and has started more than 20 businesses over the years.

Fran’s focus since 1996 has been helping others who share his dream of starting and running a successful business venture. The Internet has allowed Fran to share his knowledge and offer tools and services that have helped hundreds of thousands of start-ups. Along the way, Fran also founded a national insurance marketing firm that advocates retirement income strategies for retirees and those approaching retirement. Those strategies are employed by independent financial professionals who also benefit from Fran’s ability to coach small business success.

At age 75, Fran is a recognized advocate for small business. His daily activities reflect his philosophy that the purpose of businesses is to help people.

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