It's been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. You'll notice that most of the same brands have returned to this year's Multi-Unit 50 lists.
Access to capital has been a bane to franchise growth for nearly three years. Much of the blame has been placed on lenders, who have been notoriously gun-shy since the September 2008 financial debacle.
Forecasting is a tricky business, involving equal amounts of data crunching, interpreting economic and general news events, common sense, and guessing.
The inspiration for Randy Elias's expansion into a new franchise concept came from a restaurant he'd been frequenting for years.
By his own description, Greg Thomas is ADHD. Sitting down to read a book, watching professional sporting events, or lounging on a beach doesn't really interest him.
Americans' love affair with big, chewy cookies was just taking off in the late 1970s when Lawrence "Doc" Cohen exited the retail pharmaceutical industry after 15 years to open his first Great American Cookies store in Lafayette, La.
Growth: the all-American measure of success. But what kind of growth? And how do you measure growth in relation to success?
As we've seen in high-definition in the past few months--from the natural and man-made disasters in Japan, to the rolling upheavals across North Africa and the Middle East, to the volatile whipsaws in food and energy prices--the factors that must be accounted for while structuring financial affairs are much more complicated than ever before.
Network systems attackers, as well as less-dangerous (though still nefarious) hackers, never rest in their ongoing quest to compromise franchise computer systems and capture a share of the billion-dollar bounty of stolen credit card data.
Gordon Gekko, the main character in the 1987 blockbuster film Wall Street, quickly became a popular cultural icon of unrestrained greed.
Zane Tankel doesn't think of himself as a bleeding heart. He's been repeatedly recognized for his ability to build a hefty bottom line.
Because of my 25-plus years devoted to best-practice hiring techniques, I may be thought of as an "old dog" by some, but that doesn't mean I can't learn any new tricks, and I picked up a few at the recent Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas.
Kevin Hatton is honest enough to admit that when he became an EMT at age 18, he came to the job with no noble or lofty motives.
John Scharnweber grew up in the restaurant business, starting at the bottom as a dishwasher and busboy growing up in Minneapolis.