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They say everything's bigger in Texas. It's definitely bigger for Texan Michael Knobelock, whose Houston-based MSK Enterprises operates nearly 70 franchise locations spread across 4 different brands and 7 states.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 15,677 Reads 26 Shares
So many good things are happening so fast in franchising these days, it's hard to keep up (even for us!). So welcome back 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
  • 1,968 Reads 1,014 Shares
Franchisees of all sizes are increasingly discovering that business goes better with outside help. Many have found the key to bottom-line success is to focus on what they do best and find the right fit to outsource the rest.
  • Helen Bond
  • 10,136 Reads 1 Shares
When retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hershberger signed on as a franchisee with Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Florida, the 30-year military veteran was already focused on the customers he knew best. And his military ties have helped jump-start his first nongovernmental venture.
  • Helen Bond
  • 14,181 Reads
Fast-Growing GPS Hospitality Adds Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen To Its Franchise Portfolio Expanding Presence In Georgia and West Virginia.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,106 Reads
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
  • 4,948 Reads
Innovation in non-traditional locations defines Gina Puente's approach to business. When we profiled her in 2010, she told us how her family business, Puente Enterprises, had created La Bodega Winery, a winery in an airport, in the mid-1990s.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,447 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
  • 8,477 Reads
Cambridge Franchise Holdings acquires 42 more Burger King restaurants and 5 convenience stores in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 12,128 Reads 3 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
  • 11,572 Reads 3 Shares
Some people are born with a deep desire to win. They are passionate, determined, aggressive, and persistent. We've come to label these multi-unit franchisees "Dominators."
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,098 Reads
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The way Steven Taylor and Chris Smith see it, operating multiple brands just makes their business better.
  • Helen Bond
  • 7,135 Reads
KBP Foods acquires 24 more restaurants in three states in its latest growth move. The new acquisition brings the franchisee group to 247 quick service restaurants located throughout 10 states.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 11,825 Reads
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
  • 7,849 Reads 1 Shares
Longtime Tennessee multi-brand operator adds Quaker Steak & Lube to his portfolio. The deal marks the first Tennessee location for the brand.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,639 Reads 3 Shares
Is your "human-ness" getting in the way of your thinking, learning, and leadership? Part 2 of 8 tips on overcoming how you're wired to succeed in the modern world.
  • Edward D. Hess
  • 2,166 Reads
Is your "human-ness" getting in the way of your thinking, learning, and leadership? 8 tips on overcoming how you're wired to succeed in the modern world.
  • Edward D. Hess
  • 2,535 Reads
Jeff Deiters, 50, is a Chicago-native who has been flying planes for as long as he can remember and spends a bulk of his time up in the sky. He and his wife, Annette, met at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and are both veterans.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,617 Reads 70 Shares
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
  • 5,639 Reads
Apple's new iBeacon technology, an "indoor positioning system" that allows devices to notify iPhones and iPads when they're nearby, is being evaluated by a lot of mobile marketers.
  • Daniel Lieberman
  • 3,259 Reads
In a time when many business executives are looking at what to cut because of rising payroll and healthcare costs, Michael Kulp, president and CEO of KBP Foods, a $250 million restaurant company with units in nine states, is taking an "inverse" approach.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 6,149 Reads 2 Shares
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Talk about starting a business during the worst of times. Jason Duffy knows just what that's like.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 11,106 Reads 229 Shares
Multi-unit franchisee Jason Duffy may only be 38 years old, but he could write a book about being successful in business during tough economic times.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,309 Reads
Multi-unit franchise operators are about to exceed the 55 mph speed limit (or in this case, the 55% limit).
  • Darrell Johnson
  • 7,667 Reads 42 Shares
Amy Nichols has always loved working with animals. In high school she worked in a pet store. In college she worked in a biopsychology lab with birds.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,825 Reads 1 Shares
For most of her 40-year career, Linda Read says she has had to work harder, be smarter, and produce better results than the men in her field
  • Helen Bond
  • 4,624 Reads 239 Shares
You might assume that Jo McCabe has a background in home repairs. The co-owner of Mr. Handyman and the system's 2010 Franchisee of the Year, serves the Prince William and southern Fairfax counties in Virginia.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,636 Reads 1,021 Shares
According to Chris Jackson, director of marketing and branding at College Hunks Hauling Junk, "He lives College Hunks. If he is in the grocery store, it's a marketing opportunity."
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,384 Reads 284 Shares
When things get quiet at Carla Fryar's Great Clips salons in Northfield and New Prague, Minn., she tells her employees to hit the road--dressed as the brand's mascot, Sudz, a life-sized blue shampoo bottle.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 8,437 Reads 1,650 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
  • 2,002 Reads 69 Shares

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