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For Wanda Sieber, what began as an ordinary phone call became a wake-up call. The person who answered the phone told Sieber that the owner of the business she'd called had died unexpectedly, adding "We don't even know if we're going to have jobs tomorrow."
  • By Helen Bond
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Minimum wage increases will be ringing in the New Year in states across the country. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continues to push for greater increases in minimum wage. Wage increases will not only affect employees but also business owners and consumers.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,436    0
Mara Fortin was the very first franchisee for Nothing Bundt Cakes. She has served as chair of the brand's Franchise Advisory Council and has received the Outstanding Franchisee (Circle of Honor) award. She also loves to serve as a mentor - especially for other women. She has learned quite a few things about hiring and retaining employees during her decade in franchising.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,053    10
Rob Branca and his extended family of in-laws, siblings, children, and cousins own and operate more than 1,200 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout New England and a few expansion markets.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 1,887    0
Pokémon GO, the hot new augmented reality (AR) game is not just another fad or trending game on the market—it is a cultural phenomenon.
  • By John DiJulius
  • 3,268    0
Addressing entitlement and the negative effects it can have on your business operation. How to take charge and set the tone of equality in your franchise business.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 7,349    0
An Analysis of Franchise Systems over a 6-Year Period Indicated that Systems with Item 19 Disclosures Achieved Significant Growth While Others Declined.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,116    2
We spoke with three brands, Buffalo Wings & Ring, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Meineke Car Care Centers to see how they are using social media and digital technology for customer engagement and as a local marketing tool for their franchisees.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 6,299    1
Are your real estate commission dollars working as hard as you are? You can put your commission dollars to work by aligning your interests with those of your real estate broker. Take control of the commission process and base compensation on results.
  • By Randy Airst and Susan Airst
  • 13,192    0
Pedro Giorgana loves being a home-based franchisee of A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections and iHandyMan. He has time for his family and personal life and still gets to work with and assist his customers daily. It's been a rewarding and successful blend for him.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 13,553    2
Today, at 38, Garrard still works out every day, but he's not just pumping iron in his post-NFL career—he's pumping profits from his two Retro Fitness gyms.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 16,175    0
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Choosing the best social media platform or channel to reach your target audience can be challenging, as both the technologies and your customers continue to evolve.
  • By Tammy Cancela
  • 11,509    0
Private equity can provide a great growth or exit strategy for your franchise operation, but it is critical to consider and understand the rules of engagement. Make sure you know how to form the appropriate partnership with respect to your goals, and understand what you get and what you give up.
  • By Champ Rawls
  • 7,515    0
Rob Chinsky has been franchising since he was just 23 years old. Today he has 17 Indianapolis-area Penn Station East Coast Subs stores and will open his 18th location next year. He knows how to run a successful business and has been recognized with the brand's Franchisee of the Year award and served 10 years as president of the brand's Franchise Advisory Committee.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,556    0
Dave Goebel has crammed several lifetimes into his 66 years.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,502    0
In nearly 30 years since founding The Cypress Group, I have encountered a multitude of client types on both the buy and sell sides. While the unique circumstances of each deal can vary significantly, a number of common threads can make or break a divestiture or acquisition.
  • By Dean Zuccarello
  • 8,065    0
Technology can reduce operating costs, streamline operations, build customer loyalty, enhance quality, and create more personalized experiences for customers.
  • By Rick Thompson
  • 19,324    1
Popeyes mega franchisee group, Parikh Network, purchases 18 formerly corporate-owned Arby's locations and signs deal to open another 50 Arby's units over the next 8 years.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 15,142    0
Whether working to build up their business or improve the lives of children in their community, Papa Murphy's franchisee Todd Mulvahill and his wife Kelly love serving with a cause.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 23,997    0
What do two attorneys, a former Applebee's CEO, and a retired NFL quarterback have in common? They're four of the six multi-unit franchisees we've profiled in this issue.
  • By Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 21,321    0
If you are looking to recruit and retain employees with strong values it is important to develop and shape programs to properly recruit on the front end, and build in programs to motivate and retain them on the back end.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 23,696    1
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Longtime Wienerschnitzel franchisee signs on for an additional 10 units to open in California and Texas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,491    0
When a competitor set up shop too close to Michael Geiger's Moe's Southwest Grill, he and his partner John Iaquinta fired back with a volley of cheese dip.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 26,804    0
Las Vegas, home of the high rollers, once again played host to the annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference this spring at Caesars Palace.
  • By Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 28,331    0
Franchise Update Media announces confirmed dates for the next 5 years for its Multi-Unit Franchising Conference. Registration for next year's event is now live.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 19,877    0
Robert Schermer, Jr., left his career in corporate finance 18 years ago to join Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1998, the company operated 22 Wendy's restaurants in Michigan; today it operates 177 in 8 states and also has four original casual dining concepts.
  • 18,945    0
As chair of Arby's largest franchisee, Jeff Davis has led his family-owned business to new heights. Davis is quick to say the restaurant business is in his DNA...
  • By Helen Bond
  • 26,795    0
When he was 16, Ed Wolak perfected the art of baking hand-cut donuts on the night shift at Dunkin' Donuts. He's been a single-minded brand ambassador ever since.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 25,281    0
Investing in your people builds a strong foundation and helps sustain future growth of your business. It can also help you identify and motivate highly qualified team members who could be the key to your future succession.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 23,246    0
Congress brings small business relief by passing legislation to delay DOL overtime regulations for 6 months. America's 730,000-plus franchise establishments employing nearly 7.6 million workers now have until June 1, 2017 before implantation of overtime rule. 
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,539    12
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