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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
  • 6,520 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
  • 5,889 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
  • 3,708 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
  • 4,944 Reads
Businesses that successfully transition to social organizations will have a competitive advantage over those that do not.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,360 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
  • 2,855 Reads 90 Shares
Jim Fitlow is a lifelong skier and as he loves to say, "Turning is highly overrated."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 3,894 Reads
Meg Roberts says her professional career path changed course into the franchising business unexpectedly.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,864 Reads 209 Shares
Meg Roberts says her professional career path changed lanes unexpectedly and took her into franchising.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,045 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
  • 6,050 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
  • 4,607 Reads 126 Shares
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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
  • 3,609 Reads 34 Shares
Don Copus likes to roll up his sleeves and get in the game with his employees, literally.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,904 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
  • 14,880 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
  • 6,553 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
  • 3,851 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
  • 3,499 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
  • 6,113 Reads 243 Shares
Burton W. Folsom uncovered something revolutionary about capitalism in 19th century America.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,048 Reads 2 Shares
It's like most relationships. Sometimes things seem stable and positive between franchisees and franchisors.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 8,127 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
  • 3,061 Reads 40 Shares
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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
  • 2,535 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
  • 1,951 Reads 69 Shares
Burton W. Folsom uncovered something revolutionary about capitalism in 19th century America.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,650 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
  • 3,588 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
  • 3,908 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
  • 3,781 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
  • 2,954 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
  • 4,914 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
  • 17,089 Reads 128 Shares

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