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  • Ignite Restaurant Group Tiptoes Toward Franchising

    Franchise Focus Blog
    Mike Sheehan
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Ignite Restaurant Group Tiptoes Toward FranchisingMacaroni Grill Still a ProjectBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRG), whose brands include Joe's Crab Shack, Brick House Tavern + Tap and Romano's Macaroni Grill,  is cautiously sizing up the merits of franchising its brands.Through its acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill on April 9, 2013, the company acquired 12 franchised restaurants across four states and Puerto Rico and 12 other franchised units spread around nine foreign countries. Now, according to the company's latest annual report…
  • Top 10 (Freaky) Franchises

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    Mike Sheehan
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Top 10 (Freaky) FranchisesBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.You can place a bet on just about anything, including the length of time it will take the featured performer to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Apparently, you can also franchise just about anything, including an elaborate, but nonetheless creepy, mall-based store for ... caskets.One of my new LinkedIn connections recently posted an article from a New Zealand publication that purported to list the "World's Wackiest Franchises." The author of that piece fell a little bit short, though, because he did not apply the same…
  • Ensure Your Success: Taking On a Small Business Franchise

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    Franchise Strategist
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Ensure Your Success: Taking On a Small Business Franchise Taking on a small business franchise as the recession eases may be less of a risk than you think. It is certainly easier in a recession to find the better performers and the strong brands, as well as a product or service with a demand that is still growing and will outlast your long term exit strategy. 6 Things NEVER to Say During Your Sales Presentation, Best Practices, Building Sales, business, Business Coach, Business Coaching, business for women, Business Model, business opportunities, business owner, business owners, Business…
  • The Pitfalls of Franchising

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    FranNet
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Editor’s Note: Jania Bailey, President/COO of FranNet, was recently featured in an AARP.org article focusing on things one should consider when looking at franchise ownership.  A couple of excerpts are below with a link to the full article.   Many boomers eyeing a second career fancy the idea of running their own business. Yet the [...]
  • Franchise Loans to Help Your Business Thrive

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    The Franchise King®
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    (Sponsored Post) Owning a franchise has unique advantages over other small businesses.  However, franchise owners must still juggle time and money for their company to thrive. Franchise loans are leverage that can be used to grow or start your business in a time efficient way. Access to capital also makes your franchise more profitable in direct and indirect ways. So how can business loans maximize some advantages of a franchise: Loans as Leverage to Grow Your Franchise: Franchise owners  realize supplier discounts on inventory and technology. You piggyback on the purchases of corporate…
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  • Franchise Loans to Help Your Business Thrive

    The Franchise King®
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    (Sponsored Post) Owning a franchise has unique advantages over other small businesses.  However, franchise owners must still juggle time and money for their company to thrive. Franchise loans are leverage that can be used to grow or start your business in a time efficient way. Access to capital also makes your franchise more profitable in direct and indirect ways. So how can business loans maximize some advantages of a franchise: Loans as Leverage to Grow Your Franchise: Franchise owners  realize supplier discounts on inventory and technology. You piggyback on the purchases of corporate…
  • Severe Weather Season: Franchises That Help Cleanup And Restore

    The Franchise King®
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
                   Severe weather Bulbous perennials…also known as daffodils, aren’t the only things that pop-up in the Spring. Severe weather season starts ramping up in April. Severe thunderstorms can bring with them, tornadoes, damaging hail, flash floods, and lightning strikes. Damage can easily run into the billions of dollars in hard-hit communities. We’ve all seen pictures of flattened towns…severe damage done by mile-wide tornadoes…and massive hurricanes.  The pain and suffering is huge.
  • Franchise Q & A: Does The SBA Loan Money For Franchises?

    The Franchise King®
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The answer: Yes…the SBA does assist with franchise loans. The 7 (a ) Loan Program is the most common type of SBA loan. As a matter of fact, some of the best franchise loans around are SBA Loans…lots of them are 7 (a ) Loans. But, before I share some useful information on SBA Loans-you need to know one very important thing: The SBA-The US Small Business Administration, does not loan money. Surprised? What the SBA does is provide guarantees, sometimes up to 85% of the loan amount, that commercial banks…including maybe even the bank right up the street from you, approve. Tip:…
  • Food Franchise Owners Get To Use Cool Tools

    The Franchise King®
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Food franchise owners need all the help they can get. The hours are grueling. The employee turnover is out of sight. Food cost fluctuations can keep even the best operators up at night. The food business is the toughest business in the world. Proof.   Food Franchise Owners Get To Use Cool Tools However… I’m not sure if it’s because of the sheer volume of food franchises around, or if it’s just easy for the current crop of technical geniuses to create them, but food franchise owners have access to the coolest business tools. You may not know this, but I was in the…
  • Franchise Opportunities: Getting Down And Dirty

    The Franchise King®
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    You may say it doesn’t matter, but it probably does. You may be able to fool yourself into believing the following statement: “I don’t care what others think about me.” The fact is , you do. We do. For the most part. Keep reading.   Does It Matter? Let’s say you’re on the hunt. You want to be your own boss, and the business model of franchising is attractive to you. Let’s also say you’re willing to learn how to buy a franchise-the right way. Let’s even go as far as saying you feel pretty confident when it comes to understanding what…
 
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    Lawn Care Franchise Ownership Tips - Spring-Green

  • Find the Perfect Balance with Flex Start® Program

    Spring-Green Franchise
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Becoming a franchise owner can seem like quite the risk if you’ve never been involved in one before. The transition between your current career and your future entrepreneurial dream may appear to be a far leap, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. At Spring-Green, we’ve designed the Spring-Green Flex Start® Program which offers franchise owners a greater control of their time and flexibility as they transition from their current occupation into the lawn care business ownership. The right candidate is able to operate their lawn care franchise in a part-time capacity until the…
  • Tree, Shrub & Hedge Care—Tips from Spring-Green Lawn Care

    Spring-Green Franchise
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Trees, shrubs and hedges are essential components used to beautify your landscape, adding structure, texture, and color to your yard. Although shrubs don’t seem as delicate as flowers, they can endure lots of deterioration if not cared for correctly. Pruning during the winter and early spring will minimize damage to your trees if you properly do so. Much like pets, young trees should be trained early on. While mature trees seldom need pruning, young trees benefit from the process because it helps them establish basic branch structure, as well as overcoming transplant shock.  At planting,…
  • Spring-Green Lawn Care Gets Ready for Sweet 16

    Spring-Green Franchise
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Creating a solid business plan is the first step toward success in your business venture, much like winning a college basketball championship requires a lot of planning and execution. As the NCAA and college basketball fans across the nation get ready for the Sweet 16, Spring-Green Lawn Care is also preparing for our busiest season. Pre-season ... Consider it the preparation period for basketball programs across the country as they get ready for a grueling season leading up to conference and national tournaments. In our business, this same time period is better-known as the off-season for…
  • The GREEN in Spring-Green

    Spring-Green Franchise
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Spring is finally here! We could spend this time talking about the long winter (a record one, in fact), but we also know that topic is probably exhausted. In fact, everyone knows that GREEN is the new BLACK. To keep up with the times everyone is trying to “go green.” However, it’s not just about going green; it’s about staying green and supporting the green lifestyle wholeheartedly. As we lead into spring, let's take a look at some of the things Spring-Green does to live up to its name.  Spring-Green has accomplished great things for not only the people associated with the…
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  • 5 Reasons to Hire a Franchise Attorney

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:36 pm
     It goes without saying considering I am a franchise lawyer, but I agree completely with the Franchise King who offered his Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Franchise Attorney in a recent post. In my experience a lot of prospective franchisees skimp on hiring a franchise lawyer to review their FDD and franchise agreement. Many of those people seem to have serious misunderstandings about their rights and exactly what the franchise agreement says. I'll never understand how someone can invest their life savings in a business without legal advice. Interestingly, people tend to get legal advice when…
  • Prospective Franchisees Need to Research Further Than FDD for Details

    22 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    I read an interesting article from Entrepreneur on the Key to Understanding a Company's FDD (franchise disclosure document). It's an article I'd recommend prospective franchisees read but they better be prepared to go deeper if they really want to understand a Company's FDD. The author recommends checking three key sections of the FDD: Item 3 - Litigation; Item 19 - Earnings Claims; Item 20 - Turnover.  While I agree in principle that these are three key areas of the FDD to understand, the reality is that these areas (particularly the items regarding litigation and earnings claims) often…
  • Selling or Buying a Business: Pay Attention to Why Deals Don't Close

    19 Nov 2013 | 10:55 am
    Steve Sink wrote recently wrote a blog post on IowaBiz covering Why Deals do not Close. I recommend buyers and sellers of businesses to read the post. Fortunately, most of the deals I work on tend to close but from time to time there are issues with a deal or perhaps even litigation after a deal closes. One of the biggest reasons I've seen that hampers a deal is when a buyer or seller has an unrealistic view of the sales price. This is particularly true for a seller. While I understand the notion that you want the best price possible, a seller should understand that it is important…
  • Careful Planning Necessary When Using Retirement Monies to Fund Startup Business

    4 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    Accountant Joe Kristan of Roth & Co. has an informative post on the IowaBiz Blog discussing the dangers of using IRA retirement monies to fund a startup business.  In the situation described, a would-be entrepreneur took about $320,000 from his 401K and rolled it into a self-directed IRA. From there, the entrepreneur invested almost all the funds into a new corporation. The IRS said this was a prohibited transaction that made the entire $320,000 immediately taxable. The tax court agreed and the entrepreneur owed $163,123 in taxes and penalties. Many prospective franchisees choose to…
  • Vote 'Yes' to Renovate and Update Polk County Courthouse

    30 Oct 2013 | 3:21 pm
    I generally try to stay away from politics on this blog but there is an important vote on November 5th regarding Measure A:  The Polk County Public Safety Judicial System Bond. I encourage you to vote 'Yes" for this measure. Our Polk County Courthouse has been in use for over 100 years. While it is an architectural gem it is also badly in need of updating.  Most importantly, it is not adequately designed for security and safety needs. Violent criminals often roam the same halls with the public including jurors and children.  Also, there are numerous courtrooms crowded into…
 
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  • Quiznos' Attorney Shows Lack of Transparency in Settlement

    Janet Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    On the day Quiznos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, outside counsel Fredric ‘Ric’ Cohen declared to a popular magazine for franchising readers, “Vindication. It’s vindication,” seeming to say that his client was exonerated in settling the last 13 franchisee lawsuits. read more
  • Darden: Look Beyond the Real Estate!

    john a. gordon
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    There is an ongoing battle underway with regards to the casual dining giant Darden and the stock activists that are pursuing it, due to its under performance. Since it is likely that Red Lobster will be spun off and potentially open up to franchising for the first time, or that a private equity consortium could purchase Darden and sell the restaurants as franchises, this article is of particular importance to casual dining franchisees. read more
  • Beyond Caveat Emptor: Disguised Franchises and Legal Protections

    Mario Herman
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    Legal or equitable protections intended to promote honest business dealings have a valued place in our society. To be sure, the principle of “caveat emptor” – let the buyer beware – goes back deep into the common law, with roots in a simpler culture. read more
  • Most Loyal Fans In Baseball

    Robert Passikoff
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Last week the cry of “Play Ball” echoed across the nation, and baseball fans cheered. Some just louder than others. Normally, we would have released the results of our 22nd annual Brand Keys Sports Fan Loyalty Index before the first pitch. read more
  • Who Owns the Customer Experience in Retail?

    Nikki Baird
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    I had the opportunity to present to a technology company’s advisory board, a table full of eight or nine different retailers, representing the full breadth of retail verticals and sizes. I ran through the current state of omni-channel, expecting to breeze through the first few and delve deeper into topics like the future of the store. That was not to be. read more
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  • How Much Will I Make With a Franchise? (Item 19)

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Item 19: Financial Performance Representations At the core of every potential Franchisee is the age-old question: How much money can I make? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has enabled Franchisors the ability to offer an educated answer to this question via Item 19 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
  • BlueGrace Marietta Franchise Owner Participates in 2014 Boston Marathon

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    MARIETTA, GA -- BlueGrace Logistics Franchise owner Slade Casey of BlueGrace Marietta (http://www.mybluegrace.com/mga), is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Casey qualified for participation in 2014 and will be leading the way for BlueGrace. Slade has been a Franchise owner since 2013 and has since provided a strong presence in the area. Members of the BlueGrace headquarters plan to watch his progress online as he runs for one of the most memorable races to date
  • Maui Wowi Helps Business Owner Diversify with Franchise Agreement

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Maui Wowi Hawaiian granted an Empire Franchise Agreement to Lisa Giacobbe, an independent business woman with her sights set on building Maui Wowi’s presence in Maryland.
  • Maui Wowi Promotes Corporate Responsibility with Launch of Team Karma

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi, the Greenwood Village, Co.-based coffee and smoothie franchisor, continues to broaden its stewardship by looking for new opportunities where they can help make a difference in the Denver region. Recently, Maui Wowi launched Team Karma, a new philanthropic initiative designed to get corporate employees more involved within the local community and take the time to give back.
  • Chem-Dry Recognized as a Top Home-Based Franchise

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    NASHVILLE, TN -- In the April 2014 issue, Chem-Dry - the world's largest carpet and upholstery cleaning service - is featured as a top home-based franchise system in Entrepreneur magazine's 2014 Top Home-Based Franchises list. The global carpet cleaning leader and industry pioneer was ranked at no. 10, marking the 19th consecutive year the company was recognized on the list of the top 100 home-based franchises. "Being acknowledged among so
 
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  • Oddsmakers predict the NBA finals winner

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Oddsmakers predict the NBA finals winnerGettyAre we headed for a sequel to one of the greatest Finals in NBA history?See who has a 2/1 shot of winningMore NBA playoffs coverageInterview with Adam SilverTwo NBA stars feuding
  • Mom shocked at what was inside daughter's egg

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Mom shocked at what was inside daughter's egg AP A Michigan preschooler brought home a plastic Easter egg, but it wasn't filled with candy. What could have been dangerous More to read Judge screams at accused killer Wife apologizes for husband's death
  • How to deal with depression as a couple

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    How to deal with depression as a coupleJoerg Steffens via Getty ImagesIf you are living with depression, it's certainly not easy for you, but it can be even harder for your partner.One woman's sweet gesture to say thank youMore from Everyday HealthWhy depression spikes in SpringGetting to sleep when you have MS
  • Film Johnny Depp probably regrets doing

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Film Johnny Depp probably regrets doing AP The star is usually very successful, but last year he did a movie with Disney that really tanked. Another Disney movie lost $200M More to read 'Mean Girls' had a different ending 'Mrs. Doubtfire' getting sequel
  • Healthcare site affected by Heartbleed?

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Healthcare site affected by Heartbleed?FlickrGovt. site now under review even though there is no indication it has been compromised.Other sites advising to change your loginsMore finance news10 commandments on saving The state of financial literacy in America
 
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    Expansion Experts

  • Franchise Success Is Finding and Cultivating Allies

    Lizette
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Deb Evans, President of Franchise Foundry, is approachable and giving. I first met Deb at an IFA (International Franchise Association) round table during last year’s convention. She was leading discussions on Social Media and her session was by far one of the most helpful meetings I attended.  Deb is not only knowledgeable, she is open and generous with her knowledge. Deb comes from a unique and rich franchise experience that helped her form her perspective on franchise success. For Deb, franchise success requires finding that person or persons in the system and community that can be an…
  • Franchise Success Is About Engineering a High Value Experience

    Lizette
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
      Terry Powell, Founder and Visionary of The Entrepreneur’s Source, has a lot to celebrate this year. For the last 30 years Terry’s company has helped hundreds of franchise brands achieve franchise success through growing their networks. Concurrently The Entrepreneur’s Source has helped tens of thousands of clients make their dreams come true by investing in a franchise opportunity. During these 30 years, Terry has seen it all. He has experienced booming economies and growing systems, economic downturns and shrinking systems, times of joy and growth and times of pain and conflict,…
  • Franchise Success Is about Caring, Learning, and Growing

    Lizette
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    Shannon Wilburn is the CEO and the co-founder of Just Between Friends, the largest children’s and maternity consignment sales event in the U.S. The name of Shannon’s company reveals a lot about who she is and how she runs her successful franchise company. Talking with Shannon is like talking to an old and really good friend. Her friendliness, warmth, caring demeanor, and honestly are simply disarming and you immediately feel blessed that your paths crossed. For Shannon, like for many other franchisors, franchise success is about having happy franchisees who are achieving the financial…
  • Franchise Success Is Taking Your Franchisees’ Success Personal

    Lizette
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:44 am
    Shelly Sun, CEO and Co-Founder of BrightStar Care, takes success seriously. From the very beginning she has dedicated herself to making BrightStar Care the brightest star, first in the home care industry and then in the franchising world.  Shelly thrives in the face of change and challenge. Her leadership skills as well as her financial and operational prowess have produced a fast-growing yet robust franchise system–a model to emulate by those aspiring to franchise their businesses as well as by emerging franchisors. I first heard Shelly speak during a teleconference sponsored by WEBB…
  • Franchise Success: It’s All About What You Do for People

    Lizette
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:53 am
    If you communicate with Melanie Bergeron, Chair of Two Men and a Truck, you immediately realize that caring about people is in the very core of her being. After that first encounter, you will never wonder how her company can achieve 97% customer service satisfaction year after year. When you truly care about the people you serve–your customers, your franchisees, and your community–it’s going to show. “It is all about taking stress out of people’s lives; and we know how to do that,” Melanie shares. “Our franchisees take pride in our customer satisfaction rating just as much…
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  • Maybe You’re Not Built for Business

    FranNet
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Uh, what??  At first glance, the title of this week’s blog might seem like a strange thing for FranNet to advocate. But there’s a deeper meaning in this attention-getting headline that includes lessons we want all of our potential clients to be aware of before investigating a franchise opportunity. Not everyone is cut out to [...]
  • The Pitfalls of Franchising

    FranNet
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Editor’s Note: Jania Bailey, President/COO of FranNet, was recently featured in an AARP.org article focusing on things one should consider when looking at franchise ownership.  A couple of excerpts are below with a link to the full article.   Many boomers eyeing a second career fancy the idea of running their own business. Yet the [...]
  • Diversify Your Portfolio with a Franchise Business

    FranNet
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    In this week’s blog edition, we’re going to tackle the issue of using a franchise or small business to diversify your portfolio of investments. As you’ll see, there are several advantages for doing so, the least of which is the creation of a figurative safety net. This safety net is designed to do two things: [...]
  • A Family Business? Every Business Should Be

    FranNet
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
    As FranNet consultants with decades of experience, we definitely have an opinion on the level of involvement family must or should have in business decisions. And while plenty of empirical evidence can be found to delineate both advantages and disadvantages to working with family, we’re here today to focus on the key benefits of obtaining [...]
  • Franchise Royalty Payments: Betting on Your Business in the Long Run

    FranNet
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:37 am
    In this week’s edition of FranNet’s weekly blog, we tackle the subject of royalty payments for franchisees. Royalty payments are a typical obligation in which franchisees pay the franchisor a set percentage or flat rate fee each month generally. This income allows the franchisor to collect payments from all franchisees and strengthens the overall business [...]
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  • Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right for Your Restaurant Concept

    Franchise Strategist
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right for Your Restaurant Concept., Be honest and look within. If you get the feeling your concept is a late-to-the party imitator, think twice about franchising until you can truly carve out a viable niche in the market. franchise model, underperforming shops, startup franchisor, fine-dining restaurant, viable niche, Starbucks, www.leclairryan.com, Thomas Pitegoff, 6 Things NEVER to Say During Your Sales Presentation, Best Practices, Building Sales, business, Business Coach, Business Coaching, business for women, Business Model, business opportunities,…
  • You’ve Got A Million-Dollar Idea, But Is It A Business?

    Franchise Strategist
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You've Got A Million-Dollar Idea, But Is It A Business? You've heard the adage: Ideas are a dime a dozen, but what does it take to turn an idea into a viable business? This article addresses questions you will want to ask yourself to turn your million dollar "idea" into a potential business. Business Ownership,Business Coach,Million-Dollar Ideas,Is Your Idea A Business,Questions To Ask Before Ideas Become Businesses,What Makes My Product Unique,Comedian Amy Poehler's Idea,Turn Your Idea Into A Viable Business,Is a Shower Bed A Good Idea,
  • TAX DAY

    Franchise Strategist
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    PSA: Tax Day is almost here. Don't try any of these excuses. They'll work for the Obama Admin, but not you! pic.twitter.com/Es2S46Ng1p — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 12, 2014 Follow and Promote Hide Sites
  • Ensure Your Success: Taking On a Small Business Franchise

    Franchise Strategist
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Ensure Your Success: Taking On a Small Business Franchise Taking on a small business franchise as the recession eases may be less of a risk than you think. It is certainly easier in a recession to find the better performers and the strong brands, as well as a product or service with a demand that is still growing and will outlast your long term exit strategy. 6 Things NEVER to Say During Your Sales Presentation, Best Practices, Building Sales, business, Business Coach, Business Coaching, business for women, Business Model, business opportunities, business owner, business owners, Business…
  • The Importance Of Insuring Your Business

    Franchise Strategist
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    The Importance Of Insuring Your Business Insurance is one of those tricky areas. No one ever really wants to talk about the possibilities of an emergency. Without insurance be it life, auto home, health or business, everything you own could be at stake for loss. Workers Compensation Employers Liability Insurance,Property Insurance for Business Owners,Business Insurance quote,small business insurance quote,business liability insurance,business insurance agent,nbsp business umbrella Insurance,Excess Liability, Leeanne Kunnert
 
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  • Marketing to the “20-Somethings” of the World

    Katy Quinn
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    I have been reading recently about a hot topic in marketing and advertising – targeting the Millennial generation. Who is the Millennial generation, you ...
  • Franchise Profile: Baskin Robbins

    Katy Quinn
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Are you looking for a cool franchising opportunity? Named “#1 Ice Cream & Frozen Treat Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain ...
  • CarePatrol Franchising System Grows

    Katy Quinn
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    CarePatrol, the pioneer of the senior living placement industry, recently bought their competitor, Assisted Transition. CarePatrol, founded in 1995 by a social worker after ...
  • Traditional Media and Content Marketing

    Katy Quinn
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    It probably comes as no surprise that the printed newspaper and magazine industries are shrinking. Less and less people are reading printed articles, and ...
  • Community Outreach in Franchising

    Katy Quinn
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Recent studies are showing that volunteer rates in America are on the rise. A 2012 study by the U.S. Corporation for National and Community ...
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  • Veterans and Franchises, A Perfect Match

    kevinblanchard
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    For newly retired military personnel, managing the transition from the rigorous, structured lifestyle the armed forces provides back into a civilian role can be challenging. Many companies are still reluctant to hire young military veterans; consequently, armed service members are increasingly utilizing the various skills they learned during their service by starting their own small […]
  • Veteran Owned Businesses Needed for Shark Tank

    kevinblanchard
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed, business-themed show is continuing the search for the best Entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Emmy-nominated show features The Sharks – tough, self-made, millionaire/billionaires who give budding entrepreneurs a chance to make their dreams come true and become successful — and possibly wealthy […]
  • Veterans can submit a video to win startup capital for Signal 88 Security business

    kevinblanchard
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Military veterans with entrepreneurial dreams are invited to compete for start-up money to open their own business. VetFran member, Signal 88 Security’s contest called, Operation American Dream, is in its second year and will again provide veterans with an opportunity for success. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans own 2.4 million, or approximately […]
  • Mrs. Fields Cookies Waives Franchise Fee for First 50 Military Veterans

    kevinblanchard
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:36 pm
    As a way of expressing gratitude and recruiting exceptional franchisees at the same time, Famous Brands International, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has announced it will waive the franchise fee for the first 50 qualifying military veterans who join the brand. The company is committed to giving away $1.75 million […]
  • Franchising Fit This Soldier’s Lifestyle

    kevinblanchard
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A current member of the U.S. Army, Frank Fowlston and his wife, Danielle, are the newest additions to VetFran member company Maid Simple House Cleaning franchise family. Maid Simple House Cleaning is a home-based cleaning franchise model from residential cleaning leader Maid Brigade. Last month, the Fowlstons opened Maid Simple House Cleaning of Lexington, which […]
 
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  • The 5 Keys to Business Mastery

    Jeremy Hill
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Are you the master of your business or a slave to the work? In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, business owners no longer have the luxury of only being technically knowledgeable about their trade and relying on word of mouth as their primary marketing tool. In fact, there are now 5 keys to business mastery that small businesses and large organizations alike must perfect in order to be successful.  Marketing & Sales Operations Management Finances Technical Side of the Business Business mastery doesn’t necessarily mean being able to perform or completely understand all of…
  • How to Choose the Best Franchise to Own?

    Brianna Bowman
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    How do you choose the best franchise to own? So you’ve decided that you would like to be your own boss, set your own hours, and raise your quality of life by owning a franchise. That’s one step in the right direction, but how do you choose the best franchise to own? With so many different options from fast food restaurants  to car dealerships and from grocery stores to tax agencies, how can you make the decision about the best franchise for you? Before you decide, start by asking yourself these three questions. #1. Is this business/service a necessity or a luxury? Most business and…
  • Why Should You Celebrate Easter at Work?

    Shelby McCollum
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Are you celebrating Easter with your employees? Why not? Celebrating holidays like Easter can make a positive impact on your employees, no matter how small the celebration. Easter is a great way to have some fun around the office, create different office traditions, increase employee motivation, and employee loyalty. So here are a few ideas to help you celebrate the holiday in your office. Easy Easter Baskets Easter baskets are a great way to celebrate the holiday with employees or customers. Small baskets full of candy, homemade treats, and gifts let employees and customers know you are…
  • 7 Social Media Marketing Mistakes To Avoid With A Plumbing Business

    Rebecca Jung
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Social media is one of the building pieces of a successful marketing strategy for a plumbing business. Using social media properly will help you connect with customers, increase your search ranking and it provides you with a great way to distribute important information. For social media to be used successfully, as a marketing tool for any business, there needs to be a plan in place.  To create a plan it is often helpful to know common mistakes you can make. Here are seven common mistakes you can make using social media marketing for your plumbing business: No Profile Picture or Cover Photo…
  • How A Franchise Saved My Business: Ben Goergen Tells His Story

    Shelby McCollum
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    Don’t let one accident cause you to lose your business. It’s hard to find a career that provides the same level of the freedom and control that owning a business can offer, but Ben Goergen came face to face with the reality of being the sole owner and operator of his business with just one misstep. Ben soon discovered that a franchise could do more than increase his revenue, streamline his operation, and provide operations and marketing support. More importantly, he said, “It saved my business.” Ben Goergen, “My business was completely and utterly dependent on me. I…
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  • Cosi to Move Toward Refranchising

    Mike Sheehan
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Cosi to Move Toward RefranchisingContinued Poor Financial Results Lead to New StrategyBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI) yesterday reported financial results that President & CEO R.J. Dourney called "unacceptable" and said will lead to a long-term move toward selling company stores to franchisees.The national fast casual restaurant chain reported a 2013 fourth quarter net loss of $4.1 million or $0.23 per share compared to a net loss of $2 million or $0.11 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year, the company recorded a net loss of $11.5…
  • Top 10 (Freaky) Franchises

    Mike Sheehan
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Top 10 (Freaky) FranchisesBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.You can place a bet on just about anything, including the length of time it will take the featured performer to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Apparently, you can also franchise just about anything, including an elaborate, but nonetheless creepy, mall-based store for ... caskets.One of my new LinkedIn connections recently posted an article from a New Zealand publication that purported to list the "World's Wackiest Franchises." The author of that piece fell a little bit short, though, because he did not apply the same…
  • Franchise Focus Figures - April 2014

    Mike Sheehan
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Franchise Focus Figures - April 2014 By Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.The Franchise Focus Figures column provides a very brief, by the numbers description of the month's franchise news3,000Total number of store locations executives at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) hope to reach over the next decade or so, including domestic and international units of the flagship Buffalo Wild Wings brand as well as PizzaRev and other emerging brands, according to a report in Nation's Restaurant News. The company acquired a minority interest in PizzaRev last year and is looking for other fast…
  • Ignite Restaurant Group Tiptoes Toward Franchising

    Mike Sheehan
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Ignite Restaurant Group Tiptoes Toward FranchisingMacaroni Grill Still a ProjectBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRG), whose brands include Joe's Crab Shack, Brick House Tavern + Tap and Romano's Macaroni Grill,  is cautiously sizing up the merits of franchising its brands.Through its acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill on April 9, 2013, the company acquired 12 franchised restaurants across four states and Puerto Rico and 12 other franchised units spread around nine foreign countries. Now, according to the company's latest annual report…
  • El Pollo Loco Takes Another Look at Going Public

    Mike Sheehan
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    El Pollo Loco Takes Another Look at Going PublicBy Michael E. Sheehan, Esq.Source: Company websiteThe Wall Street Journal reported on March 27 that the private equity owners of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. are once again looking to launch an initial public offering (IPO). The franchise company, whose namesake restaurant chain specializes in citrus marinated, fire-grilled chicken and Mexican entrees, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) back in May 2006 but withdrew the filing five months later, saying that "current market conditions make it…
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  • Denny’s Raises $730,000 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Denny’s Corporation, operator of one of America’s largest full-service franchise restaurant chains, is pleased to announce the company raised more than $730,000 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign in 2013. The campaign focuses on helping to end childhood hunger in America. Since 2011, Denny’s has donated more than $1.4 million in total to the No Kid Hungry campaign.   About Share Our Strength Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and…
  • Eliminating the 9 to 5

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    (Guest Post from Mandi Brandon) We’d be fooling ourselves if we said we loved working long hours in a job that neither fulfilled us, nor allowed us to spend time doing the things we truly love. So what’s the solution that will still pay our bills and give us the free time that we so longingly desire and deserve? While there is no perfect formula, studies show that Repair & Restoration franchises can be the exact key to your success, and more importantly, freedom.   Eliminating the 9 to 5 Repair & Restoration franchises like Color Glo International have a proven process and…
  • 2014 Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence In Franchising Finalists Announced

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Franchise News: Open exclusively to CFA Franchise System members who have been franchising for three years or more, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognize excellence in franchise operations. Winning systems must demonstrate a dedication to superior franchisee relations, team work and communication. For 2014, an impressive list of finalists has just been announced. FYI: Some Canadian franchisors and suppliers are listed on the Franchise Biz Directory. Look   2014 Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence In Franchising Finalists Traditional Franchises (i.e.
  • Are Maine Legislators Trying To Ruin Franchising?

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Maine Lawmakers Cast Their Franchising Votes Maine House Bill LD 1458, was approved last week, 75-60. The bill would write into law protections for franchise owner/operators, such as provisions requiring “good faith” on the part of the franchiser, protections against abrupt termination of franchise agreements and a right of franchise owners to pass their businesses on to family members. The bill sure sounds good…on the surface. For would-be and current franchisees. Not for franchisors as a whole, though. Or The International Franchise Association. (IFA) They’re not happy…
  • The Chik fil A Franchise Is Crushing The KFC Franchise

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:02 pm
    There’s a new chicken King in town, and you may be surprised to see who it is. It’s Chik fil A, the fast food franchise that’s closed on Sundays and is tearing the feathers off the KFC franchise empire.   Chik fil A News From Yahoo News  Check this out: “What Chick-fil-A lacks in store count, it makes up for in traffic. Each restaurant made about $3.2 million in 2013, more than three times as much as the average KFC at $938,000. Average sales at KFC restaurants have remained largely unchanged over the past decade, while they have climbed steadily at…
 
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  • Email Scam Targets Franchise Lawyers

    Matt Kreutzer
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    Email scams are nothing new. As long as people have been using the Internet, clever scammers have been using it as a tool to perpetrate fraud on unsuspecting victims. Over the past several years, fraudsters have become more sophisticated and have begun targeting attorneys with their scams. The most common type of attorney scam is the "check fraud" scam, which is described in this article by the Journal of the American Bar Association. The exact method of the scam varies, but always involves the perpetrator (who often purports to be from overseas) sending a bad check to the…
  • Limited Franchise Trade Show Exemption Renewed in New York for 2014

    Matt Kreutzer
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    The International Franchise Exposition ("IFE") is coming back to New York City again for this summer of 2014. In order to continue enabling franchisors that are not registered to sell franchises there, the State of New York has again renewed the limited exemption to its Franchise Sales Act (N.Y. Gen. Bus. L. § 680 et. seq.) (the "Act"). The three-day exemption allows franchisors that are not registered with the State to participate in the 2014 IFE under certain circumstances. An eligible franchisor that files and complies with the exemption rules…
  • Maryland Issues Registration Guidance for Franchisors

    Matt Kreutzer
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Maryland Securities Division, which is responsible for enforcing Maryland’s franchise registration and disclosure law, recently announced that it has “posted a new publication for franchisors with information about filing renewal and amendment applications.” As experienced franchisors and franchise attorneys know, Maryland is one of the more challenging states for franchise registration. Because incomplete or non-compliant applications can be a source of delay – sometimes significant delay – for a franchisor wishing to offer or sell franchises in Maryland, the guidance is…
  • The Best Movies of 2013

    Matt Kreutzer
    1 Feb 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Okay, I'm taking a brief break from franchising to talk about my other passion in life -- movies. If you see me at the International Franchise Association's annual conference this month, be warned – if you get me started talking about movies, you may not be able to get me to stop. You may have had a chance to read my article in this month's issue of Franchise Times. This is the promised continuation of my annual "top 10" list. In 2013, I saw more than 200 films. In anticipation of the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards, I thought I would share my favorites of…
  • Back to Blogging!

    Matt Kreutzer
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:46 am
    If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that's its been a while (about 1.5 months) since my last post. There is a good reason for that. Effective January 1, 2014, I changed law firms and joined Howard & Howard PLLC as a partner in its Las Vegas office (you'll see my links and banner graphic have changed to reflect my new firm affiliation). For more information about Howard and Howard, visit its website, here. I'm excited about the change. Howard & Howard is a entrepreneurial law firm that fits very well with my franchising practice. Its motto is "Law For…
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  • Onyx (Mineral)

    wso
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Onyx (Mineral) Der Titel dieses Artikels ist mehrdeutig. Für weitere Bedeutungen siehe Onyx. Achatscheibe mit großen Zonen von Onyxbänderung Onyx ist eine undurchsichtige bis schwach durchscheinende, zweifarbig schwarz-weiß geschichtete, faserige Varietät des Chalcedon, der wiederum eine Varietät des Minerals Quarz ist. Achat ist eine ähnliche, aber vielfarbige Varietät. Onyxmarmor (auch Onyx-Marmor oder Marmor-Onyx) ist dagegen ein gelbes, braunes oder grünes Kalkstein-Sinter-Gestein, welches oft irreführend mit der Kurzbezeichnung Onyx belegt wird. Echter Onyx wird ausschließlich…
  • OnyX Mac

    wso
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    System & Utilities Systemreinigung & -wartung   < > Mit dem kostenlosen OnyX kann man Mac OS X optimieren, aufräumen und individuell einstellen. Die Freeware beseitigt unnötigen Ballast vom Mac und verbessert Rechenleistung sowie Geschwindigkeit. Reinigung, Optimierung, Reparatur Mit OnyX kann man beispielsweise den Cache des Rechners leeren und beschädigte Core-Dateien beseitigen, die den Start von Programmen verhindern. Auch detaillierte und sonst versteckte Systeminformationen zeigt die Software an. Mit der Anwendung konfiguriert man Dock und Finder nach Belieben.
  • Onyx agency

    wso
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    About Us Our Clients Contact Us Onyx agency wins Craftsman challenge, and trip to Y&R Onyx agency wins Craftsman challenge, and trip to Y&R Onyx agency will receive an expense-paid trip to Chicago February 12-13 for a workshop at Y&R, Craftsman headquarters. Onyx was one of two agencies to compete in the challenge. Craftsman asked students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications to produce a video about Craftsman lawn and garden tools. The video needed to appeal to 18-34 year-old males so that, with the help of supporting media, the…
  • Hello world!

    wso
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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