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Franchise owners must plan for ongoing success by paying attention to historical trends and developing a strategic plan for the future.
  • Kendall Rawls
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The Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD, is a legal document that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires franchisors to provide to franchise candidates, at least 14 days before a sale.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 39,054
"Real estate development is one of the hardest things for a franchise," says Philip Schram, chief development officer and chair of Buffalo Wings & Rings.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 2,543
Foursquare Debuts First Annual QSR Loyalty Index Ranking Food Brands and Offering Up Some Surprising Results.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,486
Multi-Unit Operators Expanding Their Portfolio With Additional R Taco Location in Ohio.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,178
The questions a franchisor asks you in the initial phone interview reveal a lot about their motives and values. Listening carefully, and asking your own questions, can help you find a franchisor partner who understands that their success depends on yours - and avoid those who don't.
  • Eddy Goldberg
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Wendy's Hall of Fame franchisee Eddie Rodriguez is all about mega growth--one restaurant at a time.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,220
A tax expert shares four ways multi-unit operators can keep a handle on their property tax values and even lower the amount they pay.
  • Matthew Fossey
  • 1,787
Multi-Unit Chicken Salad Chick Franchisee Adding Another Location To His Portfolio In Louisiana With Store Opening This Week.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,772
You've gone online and filled out the initial qualification form and cleared the first hurdle. Now it's time for that first phone call with the franchisor, where the communication goes from one-way emails to a two-way conversation with questions and, you hope, answers.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 98,683
With new regulatory and legal hurdles, a newly confirmed Labor Secretary under a new administration, and revolutionary consumer technology developments popping up everywhere, all signs point to the continued disruption of the hourly workforce
  • Jocelyn Mangan
  • 1,525
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Open a Club Pilates Franchise
Are you looking for an opportunity to explore other paths in your life? Are you trying to change things up or find something that offers you more flexibility in your schedule, more time with family & friends yet create a profitable business?
Great company culture leads to great customer service, which then leads to happy customers.
  • Marc Collopy
  • 4,158
What's necessary to lead a family business out of the current generation and through the next generation successfully.
  • Dan Iosue
  • 1,697
You get only one chance to make a first impression. So does the franchisor. That's why, after selecting which franchise brands to investigate, it's so important to evaluate the franchisor's response at every point of contact.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 24,915
When Bret Stewart was growing up, he dreamed of being a doctor so he could help people. Life may have led him down a different path, but his desire to positively influence the lives of those around him is realized every day.
  • Helen Bond
  • 1,961
Dickey's Barbecue Pit multi-unit operator opens location at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,900
Franchise Brands and Franchisees Band Together to Raise Funds and Offer Support for Hurricane Ravaged Areas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,759
With the Baby Boomer population steadily aging to the tune of 10,000 people turning 65 every day, senior care service franchises are in higher demand than ever before. In 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Emma Pearson
  • 3,509
Anyone who's thinking about starting a new business is going to need to create a business plan. Why? Well banks and lenders require one for starters. But also because business plans are one of the crucial foundations for the beginnings of a business. And the franchising industry is no different.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 38,431
I frequently receive questions from clients and prospective buyers asking, "What's the hottest new opportunity in the marketplace?"
  • Dean Zuccarello
  • 2,210
Multi-Unit Operator Takes Over Atlanta La Madeleine Locations as Part of Brand’s Refranchising Program and Plans to Open 15 More Units In Atlanta and North Carolina.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,071
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Open a Red Mango Franchise
Based in Dallas and with more than 300 locations across the U.S., Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay, Red Mango is a rapidly-expanding retailer of all-natural frozen yogurt, and healthier eating options.
The last installment of this series is focused on lending and operations, and their importance in driving value in the business.
  • Kendall Rawls
  • 1,859
You've decided that franchising is right for you. You've done the research, you've narrowed down the categories and sectors that you think would best match your skill set; perhaps you've even picked a brand you'd like to join.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 28,493
Todd and Audra Fetter, winners of the 2017 MVP Influencer Award for a Husband & Wife Team, have always had a team approach to marriage, but the decision to become hands-on franchisees has changed the playing field for communicating as a couple.
  • Helen Bond
  • 3,562
Franchisee Signs Eight-Store Deal To Expand Wetzel's Pretzels Presence In the Canadian Market.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,993
Relationships With Franchisors, Customers, And The Community Are One Of The Most Important Aspects Of Success And Critical To Driving Long-Term Value.
  • Kendall Rawls
  • 3,920
Franchising has matured since Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. First-day sales at that restaurant were $316.12. In 2016, McDonald's annual sales topped $24.6 billion at nearly 37,000 restaurants in more than 120 countries -- with about 84 percent of those stores owned by franchisees. Daily sales per franchised store today? You do the math!
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 43,369
I have just returned from a three-week trip where I presented programs for a client in India, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. I then went on to present two additional programs for a client in Australia who has many multi-unit restaurant owners.
  • Rod Bristol
  • 4,982
Bojangles' Continues Expansion Across North Florida As New Development Agreements Continue Brand Growth in New and Emerging Markets.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,831
Multi-Unit Franchising Conference session outlines how franchisees can deal with landlords to get better deals when negotiating a lease.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,891
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