This past August marked a milestone for Randy Shacka and for Two Men and a Truck: Shacka not only became the first non-family president of the Michigan-based franchisor, he also did it at the only company he's ever worked for--and at just 33.
When Steve Olson stepped onto the stage at the Leadership & Development Conference in Atlanta in October, he once again had the unenviable job of reporting the good, the bad, and the ugly in franchise development as seen through the lens of Franchise Update Media Group's annual Mystery Shopper survey.
You can't improve what you don't measure, the old saying goes... which is one reason so many in franchising eagerly anticipate the release of the Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) at Franchise Update Media Group's annual Leadership & Development Conference.
What make a franchise All-STAR? A passion for excellence. That's the premise behind the STAR Awards (Speaking To and Responding), presented annually at Franchise Update's Leadership & Development Conference, held October 3-5 in Atlanta.
It's old news to all of us that franchising has evolved since 2007 with the changes in the lending environment, home equity, high unemployment rates, and lack of consumer confidence.
Like most U.S. business sectors, the smoothie industry was hit hard during the recession.
There's always more hype and more promises during a presidential election season. With all the rhetoric, expectations rise.
The first step to a successful franchisee grand opening is disciplined advance planning.