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Access to capital is the lifeblood of franchise growth. Restricted lending policies of the past few years continue to be a challenge for franchisees, who need access to capital, whether to survive or expand. Lenders today are searching for solid franchisee organizations to do business with, but what exactly are they looking for? Learn what bankers, franchise lenders, private equity firms, and other capital sources want to see in a borrower - and make sure you are managing your organization in ways that make you attractive to lenders.

Learn more about the franchise finance and capital marketplace, and what factors are affecting your chances to borrow the capital you need to grow.

Guidant Financial and BoeFly announce a new partnership with Russo's Restaurants to increase credit access to franchisees, helping more entrepreneurs make Russo's Restaurants franchise ownership and expansion a reality.
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If you're planning to give or receive an inheritance there are three things you'll need to know. Financial consultants say proper planning will help you and loved ones avoid regrets.
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New company creates a franchise loan marketplace that connects franchisees in need of capital with investors seeking fixed-income returns.
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Now that we're nearing November, it's time to refocus on the business with an eye toward planning for 2015.
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For the past 30 years, the U.S. has experienced the longest bull market on record for fixed-income securities. As interest rates declined, investors in bonds benefited.
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The best financial advisors are also great team players. Top financial advisors and attorneys should work together to create a successful collaborative effort for their clients.
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In these challenging times, it pays to be as prepared as possible. Here are some suggestions from the banker's side of the desk that will help increase your chances of success when it comes time to renew or renegotiate your current loan structure.
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Loan financing and equity investment are two common methods of funding a new business start-up, assuming you do not have the capital on your own. Each strategy has advantages.
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As people get closer to the age when they hope to retire, traditional wisdom calls for moving into more conservative - safer - investments, such as Treasury bonds and many fixed-income mutual funds.
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In these challenging times, it pays to be as prepared as possible. Here are some suggestions from the banker's side of the desk that will help increase your chances of success when it comes time to renew or renegotiate your current loan structure.
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has introduced widespread changes to the healthcare landscape. It has increased the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance for the general population, regardless of age, gender, or pre-existing medical conditions.
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Fast on the heels of its recent legal challenge to a new minimum wage law passed in Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has now set its sights on the city of Chicago.
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If you've had issues financing your franchise, you're not alone. Like any business owner, you need money to take care of everyday costs like paying property taxes, meeting payroll, or purchasing inventory and equipment.
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You've probably heard of emotional eating, but financial advisor Matthew T. Shafer says emotional investing is a problem that needs to be recognized society-wide, especially since the economy has been in such sharp focus this past half decade.
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Mysteries are solved when we use clues to find the culprits behind the crime. Financially speaking, when the crime results in the untimely demise of a business, we often see three usual suspects: low cash, low gross margin, and low net margin.
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"Who has my back in retirement?" That's the question pre-retirees and retirees want answered when it's all said and done, says veteran financial planner David Zolt
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In earlier articles, I have discussed your two key yardsticks of financial performance: the balance sheet and the income statement. Taken together, they represent as complete a financial picture of your company as it's possible to get.
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Investing wisely does not come naturally to most of us. Many of the skills that support ultimate financial management success run counter to how our natural wiring prompts us to behave.
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It's not uncommon for entrepreneurs and business operators today to tap into their 401k or other retirement accounts to seed growth and expansion. This holds true in franchising as well.
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A few months ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story detailing how it's legal for nongovernmental providers of key data series, such as the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment poll ...
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To most financial advisors, convincing their clients of the absolute necessity of maintaining a sound financial system and cash controls—and the need to consistently review, evaluate, and plan—is about as easy as selling first aid.
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IRAs and annuities are growing in popularity as retirement investment options, according to recent surveys, but three financial experts warn they can have serious disadvantages.
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Larry Katzen made partner at Arthur Andersen by the time he was 30. The "Big 8" accounting firm had a long reputation for innovation and integrity.
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Although we live in the richest and most advanced society the world has ever known, many of us say we need more money in order to be happy, notes best-selling author Doug Vermeeren.
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"Age 85 is a bad time to go broke," says retirement planner Jeff Gorton.
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The economy is improving, bringing with it a sense of optimism. That optimism, however, can be dangerous.
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You say you want to own a business and make your own decisions? You say that owning a business is one of the few remaining ways to build net worth today?
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You wouldn't authorize a company to dive into your checking account at will to withdraw money for undisclosed "services rendered"? That would be crazy.
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There's an old adage on Wall Street: When someone says, "It's different this time," run as far and as fast as you can.
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A franchise is not an ordinary business asset. You don't really "own" a franchise outright as you do a traditional business.
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