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

Renée Israel loves the smell and taste of fresh, kettle-cooked popcorn. When she and her husband Rob spotted mom-and-pop kettle corn makers at a farmers market in Boulder, Colo., in the early 2000s, it got them thinking. How could they bring fresh-popped flavored popcorn to a wider audience?
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,764 Reads 6 Shares
The usual reason for forming an independent franchisee association is to address problems with the franchisor or other conflicts within the system.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 9,925 Reads 2 Shares
Franchise recruiting is serious business. Incredibly, year after year, franchise brands continue to fumble the fundamentals. They are not executing the X's and O's.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,221 Reads
Matt Smith, CMO at sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt, dishes on 2016 changes to the brand's marketing strategies and tactics.
  • Matt Smith
  • 5,623 Reads 7 Shares
Results from the 2016 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) were unveiled in October at the 17th annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,471 Reads 1 Shares
Dan Tarantin is president and CEO of Harris Research, franchisor of Chem-Dry and N-Hance Wood Renewal. Chem-Dry, founded in 1977, is a carpet and upholstery cleaning brand with more than 3,500 locations in 50 countries and provides services to nearly 10,000 homes daily.
  • By Kerry Pipes
  • 2,338 Reads
From a strategic perspective, we will be looking to connect with our customers in a more personal way to help strengthen repeat business.
  • Franchise Update
  • 3,117 Reads
5 tips to attract Millennials to your franchise sales team by understanding their needs and expectations.
  • Eliot Burdett
  • 3,003 Reads
You can say this about William Bruce: he's not afraid of change or embracing new challenges.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,334 Reads 67 Shares
The past five years have been tough for those in the tax business, but things are looking up and Ken Leese's positive attitude has never waned.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,034 Reads
It seems we read about more and more franchise acquisitions every day, where one franchisee becomes larger by purchasing another. Franchisees seem to be growing ever greater in size, with fewer small franchisees in the marketplace.
  • Dean Zuccarello
  • 7,524 Reads 1 Shares
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Ken Leese is seeing an upswing in the economy and his Jackson Hewitt franchise operation has expanded by five units in less than two years.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 11,228 Reads 50 Shares
2015 AFDR highlights: Franchisors set annual sales goals. Learn what the brands that exceeded their goals last year did right.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,028 Reads
2015 AFDR highlights: recruitment budgets and spending (where the money goes), based on responses from 139 franchise brands.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,755 Reads
2015 AFDR highlights: top sales producers and top Internet sales producers by category show where franchise sales came from, with data from 2010 through 2014.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,577 Reads
Change in a franchise system is inevitable. All franchise brands across all segments--food, home services, health and wellness, B2B, and others--eventually come to a point in their growth where the choice is clear: either change and continue to grow, or remain stale and gradually fade away as more progressive competitors pass you by.
  • Franchise Update
  • 1,668 Reads 8 Shares
Change in a franchise system is inevitable. All franchise brands across all segments -food, home services, health and wellness, B2B, and others--eventually come to a point in their growth where the choice is clear...
  • Michael Abt, CEO
  • 2,014 Reads 22 Shares
Franchising has proven itself to be a bellwether business model, surviving the financial crisis and adding units since the early days of the current economic recovery.
  • Jacob Grosshandler
  • 2,337 Reads
Franchising has proven itself to be a bellwether business model, surviving the financial crisis and adding units since the early days of the current economic recovery.
  • Jacob Grosshandler
  • 1,846 Reads 23 Shares
Keith Gerson has spent more than 35 years in franchising in many different sales, development, and leadership positions.
  • Keith Gerson
  • 1,679 Reads
Cancer was a wakeup call for Charles Loflin. He was a successful businessman in 2009 going from one accomplishment to the next.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,937 Reads 5 Shares
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A McKinsey Quarterly Report shows that positive word of mouth has more than twice the impact of traditional advertising.
  • Jack Mackey
  • 2,809 Reads
In 2009, Charles Loflin's life was in high gear and he was racking up one success after another. Then his wife got cancer.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,722 Reads
The findings from the 2014 Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR) were unveiled this October at the 15th annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference in Atlanta.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,491 Reads
A McKinsey Quarterly Report shows that positive word of mouth has more than twice the impact of traditional advertising.
  • Jack Mackey
  • 2,144 Reads
A Subway franchisee in Allentown, Pa., has started accepting Bitcoins for payment - and it's working.
  • Daniel Lieberman
  • 3,469 Reads 68 Shares
At Fresh To Order (f2o), guests experience a unique offering--flavors and service inspired by fine dining served at a fast casual pace--and at fast casual prices.
  • Pierre Panos
  • 2,633 Reads 86 Shares
At The Little Gym International, our franchise development process is more high-touch than high-tech.
  • Franchise Update
  • 2,791 Reads 69 Shares
The 3rd annual Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference is right around the corner... next week, in fact, in Atlanta, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, June 25-26.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,839 Reads 108 Shares
The 3rd annual Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference is right around the corner... in Atlanta, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, this June 25-26.
  • Franchise Update
  • 1,956 Reads 42 Shares

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