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On the cusp of turning 30, Bryan Selden was looking to grow his business.
  • John Carroll
  • 5,354 Reads 222 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a changing economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,173 Reads 445 Shares
You might not know it from reading the news, but there's a lot of money out there looking for a good home, and high-performing multi-unit franchise companies have become targets for private equity investors. Estimates of available private equity peg the pent-up funds at about $500 billion, more than enough pie for most multi-unit franchisees to get a slice--if they have what it take to appeal to investors.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 6,866 Reads 634 Shares
Hot business opportunities come and go in franchising but one that's currently providing a sizzling opportunity is child services franchises, according to a new study by Franchise Business Review. The report examines a number of franchise models within the child services sector to assess the franchise investment opportunity. The businesses evaluated encompass many different offerings, including tutoring and education, sports and physical development, child care, retail/resale stores, and niche services like photography and event hosting.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,454 Reads 97 Shares
It was my first week as COO of Sopra Brands. My job was to oversee the company's existing franchise brands (no small task), and to oversee the development and implementation of a brand-new frozen yogurt franchise from its inception--in a crowded category, during a full-blown recession, for an opening date that was already months behind schedule.
  • Keith Gerson
  • 4,063 Reads 96 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a challenging economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,535 Reads 114 Shares
Are you someone who would you like to know the calorie count of that scrumptious three-layer cake at your favorite restaurant? Even if you're not, menu labeling is now a fact for U.S. restaurant-goers and many restaurant operators alike under the new national health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Section 4205 of the Act, signed into law March 23, 2010, sets new federal requirements for nutritional labeling of foods sold at "chain retail food establishments."
  • Regina Amolsch
  • 1,951 Reads 15 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a challenging economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, and continuing to grow. And, as the U.S. struggles through its "jobless recovery," growth-oriented franchisors continue to look overseas for expansion opportunities. With the recent flurry of M&A activity in franchising, we've expanded this month's column.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,526 Reads 93 Shares
Each year, for more than a decade, Franchise Update Media Group has surveyed hundreds of franchisors about their sales and development practices and compiled the results in its Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR).
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,495 Reads 95 Shares
Each year, for more than a decade, Franchise Update Media Group has surveyed hundreds of franchisors about their sales and development practices and compiled the results in its Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR).
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,502 Reads 15 Shares
Should a franchisor sign the head lease and sublease the space to a franchisee or allow the franchisee to enter into his or her own lease agreement with the landlord? Both options are viable, but which is more practical and better for you?
  • Dale Willerton
  • 8,398 Reads 800 Shares
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Each year, for more than a decade, Franchise Update Media Group has surveyed hundreds of franchisors about their sales and development practices and compiled the results in the Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR).
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,775 Reads 10 Shares
One of the most anticipated events at each year's Leadership & Development Conference is the presentation of results from the Annual Lead Generation Survey. This year's survey gathered data on sales and recruitment practices from 126 franchisor participants representing more than 42,000 units (38,563 franchised and 3,528 company-owned). Participants consist of franchisors who have registered for the conference and fill out the survey forms. The responses are sorted out and analyzed to provide an in-depth view into the recruitment and development practices, budgets, and strategies of a wide cross-section of franchisors--and provide the basis of our Annual Franchise Development Report (AFDR).
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,743 Reads 11 Shares
The rules and methods for franchise sales are changing daily with the general public's increasing awareness of the economy, deficits, lending, the housing market, and more. As some of us "graybeards" can remember, this isn't the first time the rules have changed--and it won't be the last.
  • Marc Kiekenapp
  • 2,276 Reads 3 Shares
1. Should I make a financial performance representation (FPR)? Yes! Any type of representation, oral, written, or visual, that suggests or implies a specific level or range of actual or potential sales, income, gross or net profits qualifies as an FPR. You can't make an FPR unless it is in your franchise disclosure document (FDD). Between 20 and 30 percent of all franchisors make an FPR, which means some of your competitors share their numbers with your prospects. What impression do you leave if you don't share yours? If you have solid numbers, consider making an historical-based FPR. If you do, the law allows you to make specific written representations outside the FDD about a particular location or highlighting specific variables (e.g., a kiosk variation to a traditional retail format). Without an FPR, you may not make financial representations on your website (the first place prospects check in investigating a concept) or anywhere else.
  • Rochelle Spandorf
  • 5,834 Reads 195 Shares
The south-of-the-border spirit of great Mexican food and authentic art could soon spread throughout New England and beyond, thanks to a new franchising and area development agreement rolled out by Margaritas Mexican Restaurant.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,463 Reads 8 Shares
Take two dozen franchise CEOs and presidents, add one expert facilitator, stir for a full day, and what do you get? The second annual CEO Summit, held in Chicago this past September as part of Franchise Update's Leadership & Development Conference. Behind closed doors and the promise of confidentiality, these franchise leaders rolled up their sleeves and spoke candidly with their peers about their common problems and concerns. We can, however, share some general observations, as well as highlights from the first-ever CEO Confidence Survey.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,715 Reads 32 Shares
Each year, as part of the Leadership & Development Conference, Franchise Update offers franchisor attendees the opportunity to have their sales operation mystery shopped. Our mystery shoppers pose as qualified prospects, phoning in to the franchise sales department, and submitting applications online. The results are presented at the conference in September, and made available in the Annual Franchise Development Report. Here's what we found.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,081 Reads 60 Shares
After graduating from the University of Maine, Michael Kern landed jobs at top advertising agencies including Young & Rubicam and McCann Erickson. He later held top marketing jobs for KFC and Long John Silver's, at one point serving as worldwide chief marketing officer for Long John Silver's.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 2,924 Reads 10 Shares
To be the best at what you do. To be the best in your market, your industry, your niche. To take your passion and build a business that excels in every way. To build teams, train managers, and win the loyalty of customers. To gain recognition and win awards from your franchisors. And to provide for your family and build a life--and a business you can pass on to your children. All these goals and more are what drive multi-unit franchisees to dominate. In our annual "Dominators" issue, we feature six operators what drives them. Here's a "sneak preview."
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,780 Reads 9 Shares
USA Insulation, based in Eastlake, Ohio, has added four new franchise locations to serve Chicago, Omaha, Central New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. Interest in insulation has grown in recent years as homeowners hit by the economic downturn and rising energy costs seek to reduce their monthly gas and electric bills - good news for this franchisor. "Aside from the typical reasons for insulating a home, many of our new customers have wanted to take advantage of the energy tax credit," says company President Patrick Pitrone. "Adding home insulation now can get you a 30 percent federal energy tax credit of up to $1,500."
  • Franchise Update
  • 3,441 Reads
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New franchise concepts spring up every year with dreams of becoming the next McDonald's or Subway. But it's the older brands who deserve a tip of the hat for their staying power over the decades. We asked four of them how they do it.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,246 Reads 30 Shares
As a student at Florida State University, the entrepreneurial spirit in Sam Osborne led him to own and operate a small personal training business. One of his clients was David Walker, who was soon to be a co-founder of Tropical Smoothie Café. Things have "worked out" well for both.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,144 Reads 212 Shares
It was like a gut punch for Charlie Marshall. In less than a year's time, the Spring-Green Lawn Care multi-unit franchisee went from paying $12 per bag for lawn fertilizer to more than $25 per bag. "That will make you look for ways to streamline and cut costs," says Marshall. To add insult to injury, gasoline prices were skyrocketing, making it even more expensive to fire up his seven trucks and dispatch crews to care for his customers' lawns each day.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,250 Reads 57 Shares
Tough economic times are not only upon us, they're likely to stick around for awhile. While the fundamentals of the U.S. and global economies are struggling as 2008 draws to a close, the election of a new U.S. President could have a powerful positive impact on the current crisis of confidence - and pry loose some of the financing from nervous lenders.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,588 Reads 14 Shares
Franchise Update Media Group, the leading industry resource for franchise development, is a sponsor of the second annual Women's Franchise Network Reception, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Davis Wright, Tremaine in Los Angeles. The topic for this year's event is "Show Me the Money" and focuses on financing options for franchisors in today's uncertain market.
  • Press Release
  • 2,501 Reads 3 Shares
One year ago, the debt markets were flush with cash, the merger and acquisition marketplace was lively with new deal announcements, and operating companies were aggressively pursuing new unit development opportunities. Today, we have a very different story, although an historically recurring one.
  • Dean Zuccarello
  • 2,621 Reads 1 Shares
"How's risk management in the big bank world?" he asked the banker. "I wish it were that," the banker replied. "It's more about risk elimination. We won't make a loan to anybody unless they don't need the money."
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,243 Reads 7 Shares
The news is depressing, the economy is sinking, financing is hard to get, the market is down, gas prices are up, and competition is fierce. So why are all these multiunit franchisees smiling?
  • Bill Hall
  • 2,221 Reads 1 Shares
A number of franchises now reaching a middle stage of life are facing issues they never anticipated when they first started selling franchises.
  • Ripley Hotch
  • 1,679 Reads 13 Shares

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