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The best franchise prospects and candidates are looking for a solid, proven system to invest their hopes, dreams, and hard-earned savings in. If you don't have it, they'll find someone who does. Look for leadership insights from top CEOs and presidents in every issue, along with guest columnists and leadership gurus who will share their insights and expertise about winning leadership techniques.

Heart of America Group is a diversified company that operates hotels and restaurants across the Midwest as both franchisee and franchisor.
  • By Kerry Pipes
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I never want to stand still. I always want to be working on something and find ways to improve it, expand upon it, and to be innovative.
  • By Jonathan Barnett
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Two years ago, when Georgetown, Texas-based Sport Clips prepared to enhance its corporate team and boost growth it called on Mark Kartarik, a salon industry veteran.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 746    0
Nader Masadeh didn't like what he saw at one of his franchise locations when we was featured on CBS television's "Undercover Boss" a few months ago. So the Buffalo Wings & Rings president and CEO promptly stepped out of his disguise to handle the problem.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 808    1
The fast casual space is one that continuously evolves to meet consumer demands. From restaurant design to ordering methods and digital advancements both in-store and online, brands are continually undergoing changes to keep their dynamic guest base happy... and full.
  • By Christine Specht
  • 1,142    6
Ashley Morris and childhood friend Jason Smylie were not afraid to take on the world when they graduated from college in their early 20s.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 1,437    65
Any big initiative, project, or revolution must have the support of the senior leadership team; otherwise it will be considered "flavor of the month" or "management by bestseller."
  • By John DiJulius
  • 791    2
Public relations is witnessing something of a tactical evolution these days, but at its core it's still all about communication and relationships. No two elements are more fundamental--or effective--in designing and executing a franchise PR strategy.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 933    0
Arby's has come a long way in the past few years. Over that time, the legacy brand has launched a series of innovative, meat-focused menu items, including the sizzling Brown Sugar Bacon sandwich lineup, the most successful limited-time offer platform of 2015.
  • By John Bowie
  • 1,158    6
Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza with her husband Scott, is no stranger to starting and growing a business.
  • Franchise Update
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Shelly Sun, co-founder of BrightStar Care, never planned to start a company. But in 2001, she and her husband, J.D. Sun, were struggling to find quality in-home care for his grandmother and discovered they weren't alone.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 1,174    5
Open a Mr. Sandless Franchise
Mr. Sandless® is a home based mobile business offering Sandless refinishing to our customers. Not being dependent on a fixed location and being able to bring our service to our customers gives you the best chance of success because of low overhead!
Sharon DiMinico had a "Eureka" moment following the birth of her second child in 1987. She recognized something was missing for the parents and children in her local community.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 2,449    282
Renée Israel loves the smell and taste of fresh, kettle-cooked popcorn. When she and her husband Rob spotted mom-and-pop kettle corn makers at a farmers market in Boulder, Colo., in the early 2000s, it got them thinking. How could they bring fresh-popped flavored popcorn to a wider audience?
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 875    6
If "Undercover Boss" doesn't call you (or perhaps you just don't like cameras or value your privacy), you still can go undercover. Julie Burleson, founder of Young Chefs Academy (YCA), did that for two <i>months</i> and calls it one of the best things she's ever done.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,059    9
Turning your passion into a successful business is every entrepreneur's dream. Turning it into a business that helps other entrepreneurs realize their dreams is even better.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 764    2
Heidi Ganahl says she has always been an entrepreneur and dog lover. "My husband and I were characterized by two things: we thought up crazy, wild ideas and we loved taking care of our two dogs," she says of their life in the early 1990s.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 978    4
How do you cure years of debilitating, recurring back pain? For Shane Evans, it was therapeutic massage. She liked the results so much that she started a franchise to offer that same experience to others.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,198    0
Let's start with what's an Acai berry. Looking like a cross between a grape and a blueberry, the a&ccedil;a&iacute; (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a small, reddish-purple fruit harvested from palm trees that grow around the Amazon River Basin.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,259    11
If you had LeBron James on your team, you'd feel pretty good about your chances of winning--big. And that's exactly what Blaze "Fast-Fire'd" Pizza intends to do.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,388    2
Mary Rogers likes to start things and she likes to see children learn. In 1984, she started Computer Explorers, a brand created to teach kids how to work with the newly arriving wave of personal computers.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 883    0
When the team at Franchise Update first floated the idea of highlighting female franchise founders, we didn't realize how many there are! Our list filled quickly before the day ended, and we continued to add more in the weeks that followed.
  • Franchise Update
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Open a Denny's Franchise
Denny's is America's largest full-service family restaurant chain, consisting of 168 company-owned units and 1,692 franchised units, with operations in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Honduras, Mexico...
Dan Tarantin is president and CEO of Harris Research, franchisor of Chem-Dry and N-Hance Wood Renewal. Chem-Dry, founded in 1977, is a carpet and upholstery cleaning brand with more than 3,500 locations in 50 countries and provides services to nearly 10,000 homes daily.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 1,260    0
Jonathan Barnett has a portfolio full of ideas and plans for his expanding the Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning brand.
  • By Kerry Pipes
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In the fast food industry, taste will always rule. The past few years, however, have seen a shift in the way guests connect with brands, with elevated expectations regarding food quality, transparency, and authenticity.
  • By Bill Phelps
  • 998    0
At Jersey Mike's Subs, technology, marketing, operations, and strategy are so intertwined, "We joke back and forth about who's in charge of who, because there's so much overlap," says Rich Hope, the company's CMO.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,531    2
For Frank Milner, it's all about the journey. Milner, CEO of Tutor Doctor, sees his role in the Canadian franchise brand as a natural extension of his passion and determination to make organizations succeed and to provide customers with the best products and services possible.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 1,318    2
Franchise systems play up their technology as a differentiator, but Oxi Fresh delivers--in a big way. In fact, other service brands have approached them about using a customized version of their home-built software.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,374    87
"Increasingly, leadership today is defined not just by how many hours you spend at your computer, but your ability to connect to others, says Carol Bartz, former Yahoo CEO and Lisa Lambert, founder of UPWARD."
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,531    0
When I got into the family business in 1995, the Roy Rogers chain was a smaller version of the regional QSR powerhouse it once had been.
  • By Jim Plamondon
  • 1,187    0
Carin Stutz, president of McAlister's Deli, considers herself a student of business. If her own success in the restaurant industry is any measure, she's a quick study.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 2,261    0

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