Patty Norman

Patty Norman is passionate about helping people realize their dreams. She believes that business ownership is an ideal vehicle for the right people to reach their goals and enjoys sharing with others the knowledge she has gained on her own entrepreneurial journey.

Today Patty owns a Sola Salon Studios in Maple Grove, MN and thrives on business ownership.

In October of 1992, Patty decided to get into the franchise business and became the first franchisee for a restaurant that featured American cuisine and a bakery. She created several subsidiary businesses associated with the café, including a catering and retail gift business. While under her leadership her store had the top revenue per square footage in the chain. Her involvement included hiring, payroll, daily operational accounting and coordinating a television marketing campaign. She negotiated the purchase of the franchise as well as the sale of the business.

Prior to owning her own restaurant, Patty worked in the corporate setting for Marion Merrill Dow as a sales executive selling pharmaceuticals. Patty was responsible for a two state area selling to doctors, nurses and staff.

After college, Patty spent 12 years as an educator and coach. As an educator, Patty led a campaign with key business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce to develop programs that assisted young adults to gain a higher level of understanding of business in the real world.

From 2004 to 2006, Patty was a Consultant Development Manager for FranChoice. She focused on the development of the FranChoice independent consultant base, teaching them the systems and materials as they acclimated to the business and their new consultant role. Patty also coached experienced consultants and franchisors, helping them maximize their potential and effectiveness.

Today Patty is thrilled to be an Independent Consultant with FranChoice and uses her extensive knowledge and background to advise candidates on franchise opportunities nationwide. She resides in Excelsior, Minnesota with her husband Jim, and she can be reached by email at or by calling 952-285-7664.