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

Jim Fitlow is a lifelong skier and as he loves to say, "Turning is highly overrated."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,802 Reads
Meg Roberts says her professional career path changed course into the franchising business unexpectedly.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,722 Reads 209 Shares
Meg Roberts says her professional career path changed lanes unexpectedly and took her into franchising.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,015 Reads 45 Shares
John "JD" Draper simply looks like a leader. Maybe it's his dapper attire, mile-wide smile, and booming voice. Or maybe it's his decades long command of operating franchises.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,877 Reads 265 Shares
When Jim Fitlow skis, he goes at it full tilt. In fact, one of his favorite quips is, "Turning is highly overrated."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,448 Reads 126 Shares
If President Obama decided to name an Ambassador of Franchising, John "JD" Draper, with his dapper attire, mile-wide smile, and booming voice would surely make the "short list" of top candidates.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,541 Reads 34 Shares
Don Copus likes to roll up his sleeves and get in the game with his employees, literally.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,829 Reads 2 Shares
To Glenn Mueller, franchising at its core is a partnership. And as the largest single franchisee in the Domino's Pizza system at 135 units, he's a great partner to have.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 14,373 Reads 2,181 Shares
At least six times a year, Don Copus gathers his Hungry Howie's employees for a corporate outing where you may find the Berkley, Mich.-based franchisee batting for one softball team, pitching for the other, or manning the grill.
  • Helen Bond
  • 6,330 Reads 798 Shares
Franchising is big. And so are some of its franchisees. Just take a look at our "Mega 99" list (page 54) and you'll see what we mean!
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,670 Reads 26 Shares
This past August marked a milestone for Randy Shacka and for Two Men and a Truck: Shacka not only became the first non-family president of the Michigan-based franchisor, he also did it at the only company he's ever worked for--and at just 33.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,400 Reads 351 Shares
That stockbroker job Kevin Osterfeld had longed for didn't turn out quite like he planned. So he made a change.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,831 Reads 243 Shares
Burton W. Folsom uncovered something revolutionary about capitalism in 19th century America.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,983 Reads 2 Shares
It's like most relationships. Sometimes things seem stable and positive between franchisees and franchisors.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 7,696 Reads 821 Shares
When Kevin Osterfeld's "dream job" as a stockbroker didn't turn out so dreamy, he decided to switch things up.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,000 Reads 40 Shares
FUSR bring you positive news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, innovating, and continuing to grow, both domestically and overseas.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,456 Reads 176 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in today's transforming global economy, FUSR bring you positive news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, innovating, and continuing to grow, both domestically and overseas.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,909 Reads 69 Shares
Burton W. Folsom uncovered something revolutionary about capitalism in 19th century America.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,584 Reads 5 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile economy, FUSR continues to bring you positive news each month
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,482 Reads 429 Shares
Franchising is bursting (not busting!) out all over this spring, with a flurry of activity in financing, M&A activity, and franchisee incentives.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,824 Reads 97 Shares
In 1996, Michael Ansley and his former college roommate asked their fathers for loans to buy their own franchise (Buffalo Wild Wings, then known as BW3) unit near Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,721 Reads 193 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile 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
  • 2,874 Reads 98 Shares
In 1985, after committing to play for the powerhouse University of Michigan Wolverines, high school football senior John Rotche suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,791 Reads 715 Shares
Robert Branca, Jr., and his family of Dunkin' Donuts multi-unit franchisees offer the kind of advertisement for franchise success that money can't buy.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 16,734 Reads 128 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a volatile 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
  • 4,741 Reads 429 Shares
When Michael Ansley was a teenager helping his father, a painter, with work at KFC and Wendy's restaurants in Springfield, Ohio, he soaked up both his father's entrepreneurial spirit and a basic knowledge of the food and franchising business.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,441 Reads 340 Shares
Robert Branca, Jr., and his family of Dunkin' Donuts multi-unit franchisees offer the kind of advertisement for franchise success that money can't buy.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,827 Reads 147 Shares
When Michael Ansley was a teenager helping his father, a painter, with work at KFC and Wendy's restaurants in Springfield, Ohio, he soaked up both his father's entrepreneurial spirit and a basic knowledge of the food and franchising business.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,719 Reads 585 Shares
Former U.S. Marine Sergeant Steve Brevitz always dreamed of having his own business.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,217 Reads 69 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
  • 3,835 Reads 195 Shares

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