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Informative articles to support business buyers, franchisees, and franchisors in Maine.

Nicole Ossenfort is an inclusive leader. Since taking over as president and CEO of Liberty Tax earlier this year, she has made it a priority to be in regular contact with people from every level of the tax preparation brand, from franchisees to employees.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,067 Reads 412 Shares
A statistically based analysis of Roark's acquisitions shows more growth in unit revenues than in number of units
  • Peter Schwarzer
  • 6,813 Reads 92 Shares
Life was full of promise when Tammy Whitworth and her husband Todd launched their first Window World franchise location in 1999 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 15,654 Reads 2,320 Shares
Since the invention of the first car in 1886, many business opportunities have emerged in the automotive sector including a variety of automotive franchises.
  • Emma Pearson
  • 18,433 Reads 84 Shares
To say Tom Garrett has been a busy man since we last profiled him in 2015 would be a gross understatement. When we first met up with Garrett, his Atlanta-based GPS Hospitality company was operating 196 Burger King locations.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 13,858 Reads 1,193 Shares
When I first went to China in late 1982 there were no foreign brands operating in the country, and everyone wore Mao jackets and rode a bicycle. The term "middle-class consumer" did not apply. People shopped at government-owned stores and street vendors.
  • Bill Edwards
  • 11,932 Reads 11 Shares
In a pivotal year with women's issues at the forefront and in the headlines for the wrong reasons, we've dedicated this issue and cover story to women who have persevered through obstacles of all kinds, made their way to the top of their profession as franchise executives, and who have set a positive example in the world of business and the world in general.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 13,779 Reads 42 Shares
This second in a series of highlights from the 2018 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) looks at where the money in recruitment budgets goes.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 27,118 Reads 46 Shares
2018 is set to open with more than a dozen states raising the minimum wage and subsequently increasing labor costs for business operators.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 34,014 Reads 20 Shares
Results from the 2018 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) were unveiled in mid-October at the 19th annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 29,892 Reads 13 Shares
Multi-unit, multi-brand operators continue expanding each year--a trend that continues to accelerate as these "Dominators" grow their portfolios through acquisitions, building new units, refranchising, and scooping up successful units from retiring franchisees.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 727 Reads
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Better data means better candidates and better system growth
  • Ed Teixeira
  • 3,527 Reads 25 Shares
"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
  • 4,253 Reads 23 Shares
Todd Graeve has motored his way through the Scooter's Coffee organization. He's been an area representative for the brand, served as chief financial officer for 8 years, and now is CEO.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,045 Reads 4 Shares
Advertising is not what it was 10 years ago. The pace of change for technology and data accuracy is just beginning to be understood.
  • Darrell Johnson
  • 4,249 Reads 3 Shares
Charles Loflin first met Antonio Swad in 1997. Swad is the entrepreneur's entrepreneur, the founder of Wingstop and Pizza Patrón. The two men hit it off and began communicating about the possibility of Loflin opening some Wingstops in his home state of Texas.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,587 Reads 12 Shares
Larry Spada spends his days working from the comfort of his home in the Carolinas. But like many tech-savvy executives today, he's always just a click away from his team at the Outdoor Living Brands headquarters in Richmond, Va.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,197 Reads 198 Shares
Allan Young will tell you straight up that his job begins and ends with accountability. It's just the way the 46-year-old CEO of Noble Brands sees it.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,947 Reads 7 Shares
A series featuring highlights from the 2017 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) continues with a look at top sales producers by category.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,809 Reads 2 Shares
A series featuring highlights from the 2017 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) continues with a look at recruitment spending: where the digital money goes, by category.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,544 Reads 6 Shares
A series featuring highlights from the 2017 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) continues with a look at recruitment budget spending by category.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,654 Reads 1 Shares
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Minimum wage increases will be ringing in the New Year in states across the country. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continues to push for greater increases in minimum wage. Wage increases will not only affect employees but also business owners and consumers.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 17,628 Reads
Results from the 2017 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) were unveiled in late September at the 18th annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference in Atlanta.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,810 Reads 4 Shares
Hundreds of franchise development professionals gathered in Atlanta this past September for the annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference (FLDC), one of the year's must-attend events for brands looking to improve their sales, share ideas, and learn more about today's best practices in franchisee recruitment.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,990 Reads
Multi-unit, multi-brand operators continue growing larger each year--a trend that continues to accelerate as these Dominators expand their portfolios through acquisitions, new units, refranchising offers, and scooping up successful units from retirees
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 588 Reads
When he was 16, Ed Wolak perfected the art of baking hand-cut donuts on the night shift at Dunkin' Donuts. He's been a single-minded brand ambassador ever since.
  • Helen Bond
  • 28,914 Reads 4 Shares
New survey highlights how young consumers want food that is tasty and affordable, made with quality ingredients, and offered in a social environment.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 13,857 Reads 9 Shares
Ed Wolak will open his 100th Dunkin' Donuts location next year. He's a dedicated multi-unit franchisee who has served in all kinds of industry leadership roles since forming his company in 1975. But he will tell you that his philanthropic commitment to the communities he serves is paramount to his ongoing success. He operates in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York and has developed a reputation for social responsibility and community involvement.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,365 Reads 10 Shares
Franchisees work hard, provide jobs, help their communities, and inspire countless others to follow in the footsteps of their well-earned success. That's why we recognize the best of them each year with our Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 14,424 Reads 35 Shares
Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza with her husband Scott, is no stranger to starting and growing a business.
  • Franchise Update
  • 2,879 Reads 3 Shares

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