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

Robert Schermer, Jr., CEO of Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., hails from the school of life that says, "Go big or go home."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 20,637 Reads
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
  • 17,390 Reads
What do two attorneys, a former Applebee's CEO, and a retired NFL quarterback have in common? They're four of the six multi-unit franchisees we've profiled in this issue.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 29,346 Reads 1 Shares
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
  • 302 Reads
Robert Schermer, Jr., left his career in corporate finance 18 years ago to join Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1998, the company operated 22 Wendy's restaurants in Michigan; today it operates 177 in 8 states and also has four original casual dining concepts.
  • 21,192 Reads 10 Shares
Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka, born in Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire in 1974, came to the U.S. with his family when he was just 6 years old. The family settled in Canada, in the Montreal area.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 15,662 Reads 12 Shares
In some ways, brothers Jesse and Charles Keyser, 39 and 35, are very different, and that's good. So are their three brands--Little Caesars, Sport Clips, and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning--which also is good.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 11,430 Reads 12 Shares
When we last profiled Jerry Heath in 2010, the Michigan native was busy operating 11 Hungry Howie's pizza restaurants and had recently become involved with Jimmy John's, opening 5 units.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 7,185 Reads 10 Shares
Largest Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee Opens 63rd location in Bradenton, Florida.
  • 16,179 Reads
Fast-Growing GPS Hospitality Adds Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen To Its Franchise Portfolio Expanding Presence In Georgia and West Virginia.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,764 Reads
Ross Harried has found that a "small" strategy can serve up big business success. His Maui Wowi Ka'anapali Carts (Tiki huts on wheels) are 8 feet wide, 3 feet deep, 8 feet high and can squeeze in most anywhere...
  • Helen Bond
  • 6,545 Reads 8 Shares
Mike Pietrzyk has always loved contributing to charitable causes. So it wasn't surprising that a decade ago the Firehouse Subs area representative came up with the idea of selling his restaurants' empty 5-gallon pickle buckets, rather than tossing them out.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,457 Reads
So many good things are happening in franchising these days, it's hard to keep up (even for us!). So welcome to "Good News" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, milestones, and other positive news from franchisors large, medium, and emerging.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,461 Reads
Tom Garrett breaks down his 30 years with Arby's--first as an assistant manager, then as the brand's largest franchisee, and finally as CEO of the franchisor--this way: "I like to say that 25 of those years were great, 3 were mediocre, and 2 were miserable--in that order."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 7,527 Reads 7 Shares
After Being Arby's largest franchisee - then its CEO - Tom Garrett Is Back In The Franchisee World Again As A Burger King Franchisee Nearing 200 Units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 10,362 Reads 3 Shares
Famous Dave's Announces Refranchising Deal for 7 Locations in Chicago Area Market.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,218 Reads
After working her way through college waiting tables, Tracy Balen told her mother at her graduation from Ohio State University, "I'll never work in another restaurant!"
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,021 Reads
So many good things are happening in franchising these days, it's hard to keep up! So welcome back to "Good News" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, emerging concepts, and other positive news from franchisors large, medium, and small.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,108 Reads 7 Shares
When it comes to operating multiple brands, Craig Comer has discovered that differences can attract--profits, that is, for his two very different service brands.
  • Helen Bond
  • 6,974 Reads 1 Shares
Doing good is a longtime pursuit in America. You might even say it's a part of the culture. Americans love a good cause and like to help when they can.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,540 Reads 14 Shares
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on "Understanding Customer Loyalty and Designing Effective Reward Programs," by Clay Voorhees, assistant professor of marketing at Michigan State University.
  • Plante Moran
  • 3,137 Reads 82 Shares
Joe Weiss is another one of those successful people who got started in the corporate world and did well. But there was something different he was seeking.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,156 Reads
We live in a world where law firms commonly have billable hourly quotas that their attorneys must meet, and substantial hourly rates as well.
  • Carl Khalil and Sada Sheldon
  • 5,325 Reads
John Sullivan is a Midwesterner with a background in retail and corporate America. He moved to St. Louis following college and began his career with Macy's department stores.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,391 Reads
Steve and Joanne Reitz are partners in life and in franchising. Since we last checked in with him (2009, Q4) the two also have been partners in exploring.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,284 Reads 85 Shares
For many multi-unit franchisees one brand just isn't enough. They prefer to spread their risk across different brands, seeking diversity and economies of scale.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,600 Reads
Last year there was an inspiring celebration of the American Dream - and a tinge of sadness, too - as Hungry Howie's Pizza marked its 40th anniversary.
  • Jack Mackey
  • 3,550 Reads 1 Shares
A few months ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story detailing how it's legal for nongovernmental providers of key data series, such as the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment poll ...
  • Carol Schleif
  • 4,814 Reads
Businesses that successfully transition to social organizations will have a competitive advantage over those that do not.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,139 Reads 171 Shares
Earlier this year, there was an inspiring celebration of the American Dream--and a tinge of sadness, too--as Hungry Howie's Pizza marked its 40th anniversary.
  • Jack Mackey
  • 2,660 Reads 90 Shares

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