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Experienced Business Owner Launches The Growth Coach Capital Beltway, MD

The Growth Coach Capital Beltway serves Silver Spring, Beltsville, College Park, Hyattsville, Greenbelt and the surrounding areas in Maryland


Pete Gragnano understands the challenges of being a business owner – he’s owned a struggling business-to-business sign business and built a successful convenience store franchise that saw more than 1,000 customers a day. Now Gragnano is looking forward to putting his experience to use in another way as a business and sales coach through his new business, The Growth Coach Capital Beltway.

The Growth Coach is the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops in the nation, but coaches also offer group and one-on-one coaching for sales professionals, managers, management teams, self-employed professionals and more through a wide variety of programs through three industry-leading series – their Foundational Series, Fundamental Series and Fast Forward Series. The Growth Coach’s mission is to help business leaders build more successful business and more balanced lives. The Growth Coach Capital Beltway serves Silver Spring, Beltsville, College Park, Hyattsville, Greenbelt and the surrounding areas in Maryland.

Gragnano is an experienced business owner and manager. Prior to launching The Growth Coach, he owned a successful 7-Eleven franchise for 15 years. Before that he owned a sign business, managed a multi-unit gasoline and automotive repair company, and worked in corporate research and strategic planning. Gragnano has bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Manhattan College and an MBA in economics from Adelphi University.

“The 7-Eleven corporate office bought me out suddenly and I found myself wondering what I wanted to do next. The 7-Eleven business consultant in my area said he thought I’d make a good consultant, especially with my experience. That got the wheels turning and, as I was doing my research, I came across The Growth Coach. The Growth Coach’s program pairs well with my experience and is a good fit for this community. I’m looking forward to helping business owners, managers, company leaders, sales teams and more through The Growth Coach Capital Beltway,” Gragnano said.

As a Growth Coach, Gragnano is certified in The Strategic Mindset coaching process, which adheres to the standards, practices and policies that the International Coaching Federation has set forth in their Code of Professional Standards and Ethics. The company’s landmark Strategic Mindset Process is so effective that it comes with a money-back guarantee.

“I’ve been in the position many of my clients are in today. I’ve managed a business, run a multi-unit business, owned a not-so-successful sign business and owned a successful convenience store that had to operate 24/7/365 mostly on its own. My experience – combined with The Growth Coach’s proven, successful programs – is a powerful combination that can help my clients reach and exceed their goals,” Gragnano said. “I’ve always said that experience is the best teacher, as long as it’s not your experience.”

The Growth Coach, founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, sold its first franchise in 2003, but its leaders have a successful 20-year track record of helping business leaders find success and balance. Today the business and sales coaching franchise is in more than 100 markets worldwide. The Growth Coach was included in Bond’s “Top 100 Franchises” and recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” and “Best of the Best,” in USA Today and has been featured on FOX, CBS and NBC.

Gragnano and his wife of 36 years, Terri, have two sons, two daughters and two grandchildren. They live in Laurel. Gragnano is looking forward to using his experience to help other business owners throughout the region.

“There are so many business owners out there who are so deep in the business that they can’t keep their heads above water. I understand what that’s like and I think, as a business and sales coach, I can offer that business owner a hand to help them pull themselves out. I’m not here to tell anyone how to run their business – I’m here to help them decide what’s best for their business, take action and stay accountable,” Gragnano said.

For more information about how The Growth Coach Capital Beltway can help you and your business, call (301) 575-7559, email or visit


The Growth Coach was founded in Cincinnati in 2003 and is the only pure business and sales coaching franchise aimed at driving success while balancing the lives of business owners, managers, sales people, self-employed professionals and executives across a wide spectrum of businesses and industries. The Growth Coach specializes in group workshops and individual coaching with the goal of helping clients gain greater focus and leverage to work less, earn more and enjoy more fulfilling lives. The Growth Coach is active in more than 100 markets in the United States and abroad and is always looking to expand domestically and internationally. For more information visit