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Every franchisee who relies on hourly employees has struggled with finding good, dependable staff and managers. There are some tricks of the trade, techniques, and processes that can help you interview better, hire smarter, train better, and retain longer. Successful franchisees are the ones with great employees who are passionate about the brand, its customers, the people they work for, and their own career advancement.

Find tips and insight from human resources experts, franchisees, and franchisors who know what it takes to hire, train, and retain top-performing employees.

Mike Pietrzyk has always loved contributing to charitable causes. So it wasn't surprising that a decade ago the Firehouse Subs area representative came up with the idea of selling his restaurants' empty 5-gallon pickle buckets, rather than tossing them out.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 3,249    0
Innovation in non-traditional locations defines Gina Puente's approach to business. When we profiled her in 2010, she told us how her family business, Puente Enterprises, had created La Bodega Winery, a winery in an airport, in the mid-1990s.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 3,189    0
California multi-brand franchisee with 7-Eleven and Dickey's Barbecue locations signs development agreement to open more Dickey's restaurants.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,226    0
Tom Garrett breaks down his 30 years with Arby's--first as an assistant manager, then as the brand's largest franchisee, and finally as CEO of the franchisor--this way: "I like to say that 25 of those years were great, 3 were mediocre, and 2 were miserable--in that order."
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,466    7
Baskin-Robbins Grows And Launches New Development Option For Franchisees.
  • 3,187    0
Sun Capital private equity group acquires largest HuHot Mongolian Grill Franchisee.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,119    0
Franchising is full of creative entrepreneurs and marketers. With creativity, however, comes the desire to explain franchising in terminology that differentiates a brand from its peers.
  • By Paul Wilbur
  • 3,614    0
Former NFL Cornerback "Retires" To Franchising And Now Shows Other Pro Athletes How They Can Do It, Too.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,353    17
IFA Appeal Seattle's Minimum Wage Law All The Way To Supreme Court.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,530    2
Jason Fry won $47 million in the 2008 Florida lottery. He splurged a little but also made some smart business investments with his winnings, like purchasing a Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,919    11
Annie Aggarwal, whose parents Renu and Bharat Aggarwal moved to Texas from India in 1989, recalls her extended family's surprise in 1997 when her mother decided to use her savings to purchase a Subway franchise in Houston.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,228    0
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Scott Richburg, a former U.S. Army National Guard officer and owner of an engineering consulting firm, smiles when he recalls the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Sport Clips franchise in 2003.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,852    1
Cambridge Franchise Holdings acquires 42 more Burger King restaurants and 5 convenience stores in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,160    0
This column looks into the use of employee handbooks by multi-unit franchisees, particularly those originally drafted by the franchisor or by a third party operating in a different state from the franchisee's territory.
  • By Daniel Mormino
  • 4,531    3
Mary and Ferrel Freer often finish each other's sentences. That's most likely because the Flagstaff, Ariz., couple have been married 49 years--and for most of that time have worked together as franchisees for brands including Sizzler, Del Taco, and Hampton Inn & Suites.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,758    6
Gina Puente creates success non-traditionally through unique brands and airport locations.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 4,391    0
During the 10 years Kevin Herman worked as a physical therapist providing home care in the Philadelphia area, he heard plenty of stories from patients about the kinds of assistance they needed--and their difficulty in finding those services.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,630    0
When it comes to hiring, BrightStar Care franchisees Maureen and Peter Moore count on more than just credentials to get the job done.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 5,505    1
After Being Arby's largest franchisee - then its CEO - Tom Garrett Is Back In The Franchisee World Again As A Burger King Franchisee Nearing 200 Units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,667    2
Don't just tell your employees to be present or to provide genuine hospitality without telling them <how.> Make it black-and-white, and make it measurable.
  • By John DiJulius
  • 6,785    16
Two New DreamMakers Franchisees Join the Brand to Build Their Futures and Their Customers' Remodeling Dreams.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,098    0
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Franchise Business Review Provides Data and Insight on Women in Franchising
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,203    3
John Judson and his partners have grown their Two Men and a Truck franchises in St. Louis, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Boston into a 15-franchise operation that brought in $16 million in revenue last year.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,832    0
Famous Dave's Announces Refranchising Deal for 7 Locations in Chicago Area Market.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,068    0
When Jon-Anthony Lui was growing up, he watched closely as his father achieved success in franchising, selling products such as real estate and insurance. But the bright young entrepreneur found his niche when he began working for Tutor Doctor, which offers one-on-one tutoring to children in the home.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,706    0
Full-time homemaker started with one Subway in 1997 and today operates 55 Subways and 1 Wing Zone.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,011    0
When Farouk Diab walks into one of his 18 Wienerschnitzel restaurants wearing a uniform, same as the other workers there, he's making a statement.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,977    0
At the age of 39, Becky Finger, a full-time homemaker and mother of three from Cincinnati, went with a friend to visit a Once Upon A Child store in Columbus, a couple of hours away.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,004    0
Jon-Anthony Lui was Tutor Doctor's first franchisee to reach $1 million in sales, and in 2014, he became the brand's largest franchisee, and was named Franchisee of the Year.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,040    0
New research illustrates how joint-employer ruling jeopardizes franchise businesses, risking business failure and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,582    0
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