Back in August 2009, deep in the trough of the Great Recession and weary of the daily barrage of “Everything’s gone wrong! The world is about to end!!”, we began this monthly roundup of what was still going right. We called it The Winner’s Column. Today, Covid-19 has created a new kind of uncertainty – but with a critical difference: everyone is susceptible this time around. No “best practices” or management jiujitsu will stop the virus, only slow its spread (or so we hope). And here comes winter. So, in addition to our regular roundup of business growth and change, we’ve added a special section on how businesses are coping with the coronavirus.
Here’s your chance to follow the leaders, every third Tuesday of the month!
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COPING WITH COVID – REOPENING & RECOVERY
Del Taco CEO John Cappasola: “Our Business Has Recovered and Is Now Stable”
SBA Releases Simplified Loan Forgiveness Application for PPP Borrowers of Less than $50,000
Restaurants with Forgiven PPP Loans Could Face a Tax Wallop
Restaurant Leaders Say Inflated Pricing and Direct Delivery Are Winning 3rd-Party Delivery Strategies
YogaWorks Files for Chapter 11, Permanently Closes All Studios
Survey: Health Club Owners Project 2020 Revenue at 63 Percent of 2019
MOD Pizza CEO Scott Svenson on Why Prioritizing Company Culture Is a Secret to Success
Touchless Tech Gets Prioritized at Restaurant Chains
Guest Safety: 9 Tips for Safe Indoor Dining
New York City Issues Rules for Heating Outdoor Dining Spaces
Could Fast-Food Dining Rooms Be a Thing of the Past?
Why Franchise Regulations Are Due for a Makeover (Podcast)
NEW UNITS/GROWTH/EXPANSION/NEW & EMERGING BRANDS
Guillermo Perales’ Sun Holdings Buys 41 IHOP Restaurants from Bankrupt CFRA Holdings
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Adds 28 New Locations in Q3
7 Benefits of Social Media You Can't Afford to Ignore (Infographic)
The CMO’s Guide to Customer Experience (Medallia)
4 Simple Tactics To Increase the Frequency of Online Orders
Sport Clips Launches 7th Year of the Help A Hero Scholarship Program for Veterans Through Dec. 5
ODDS, ENDS & TRENDS
Starbucks Ties Executive Pay to 2025 Diversity Targets
CEO Confidence in a Recovery Declined Slightly Since June
SPACs: “Wall Street’s Hottest Financing Tool Makes Me Worry”
PEOPLE, AWARDS, MILESTONES
BurgerFi Names Former RBI Executive Julio Ramirez as CEO
Wendy’s Names Retired Dominos CIO Kevin Vasconi as Its New CIO
Woody’s Bar-B-Q Names Roger Flynn, a 30-Year Franchise Sales Vet, as Director of Development
Qdoba Names Jeannie Cho, Former PepsiCo Exec, as CMO