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Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
I am a big fan of sales processes. However, I am a bigger fan of buying processes. And when a company's sales process is inconsistent with their customer's buying process, breakdowns occur. Many of the tactics and techniques franchisors counted on in the past appear to be producing diminishing returns in the present.
  • Joe Matthews
  • 3,797 Reads 167 Shares
As noted in the last issue, investing is not for the faint of heart. It takes time and an ability to integrate an expansive range of information--as well as a steady head and a strong stomach. This combination often means that seeking outside help makes the most sense. But how do you go about finding an investment manager that's the right "fit" for you?
  • Carol Clark
  • 7,816 Reads 169 Shares
Shortly after the economic downturn descended upon us in 2008, we started seeing a few franchise brands begin to offer incentives to get units open. At the time, they were generally viewed as outliers. After all, the economy was at single-digit unemployment levels, and most business people were in denial of a long or deep recession.
  • Darrell Johnson
  • 3,539 Reads 139 Shares
For many businesses, growth often means a physical expansion of an existing store or the opening of additional stores. Is it worth the cost? There are two parts to the answer: finance and marketing. The financial analysis answers the question, "What do we need?" The marketing analysis answers the question, "What will we get?" To get our arms around the analysis requires an extension of my "break-even" discussion in the previous issue.
  • Steve LeFever
  • 23,943 Reads 4,672 Shares
Two years of tight credit and reduced consumer spending not only have left many franchisees reeling, they've also put a serious crimp in their franchisors' royalty streams. We asked workout professionals and bankruptcy attorneys experienced in franchising what franchisors can do to help turn around their distressed franchisees--without spending precious funds or getting themselves into legal hot water.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 15,764 Reads 3,786 Shares
Last time we looked at how unit economics offers a progressive strategy for tracking and managing costs and revenue at franchise locations. It's a tool that has become a necessity to many savvy franchisees, and it's a tool that should be in place from day one.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 11,940 Reads
Pizza franchising is a tough market. The competition is stiff and the recent economic recession really put the squeeze on many franchise operators. But despite pizza price wars and price-sensitive consumers, operators like Glenn Ajmo have discovered a few silver linings that are helping him sustain growth.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,947 Reads 145 Shares
Those pondering a future in franchising face many important decisions. Beyond nuts-and-bolts basics such as raising capital, identifying a brand that fits, and completing the paperwork, are other – just as important – factors to consider. One such topic is what's known as unit economics. Anyone who has ever cracked open a business school textbook understands that the bottom line of the monthly financial statement of any company should reflect profitability – if the company is to survive. When the numbers are in the black the business is generating more than it's spending. It's simplistic but effective. But there can and should be a more sophisticated approach to operating a franchise in a fiscally responsible way.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 12,151 Reads 4 Shares
As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in this challenging economy, FUSR will continue 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 despite the economy - maybe even because of it. And, as the U.S. struggles through its "jobless recovery," growth-oriented franchisors continue to look overseas for expansion opportunities.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,731 Reads 93 Shares
Have you recently stayed at a branded hotel, or eaten at a franchised restaurant where the property was tired-looking and in need of an update? Was the overall experience less than expected because of the worn-out facility? On your next trip did you make a point to book a room or eat a meal at a competing brand, where the facilities and amenities were up to date? Worse yet, was the property yours?
  • John Geenen
  • 4,002 Reads 23 Shares
There are three essential areas of focus in a successful business: operations, sales, and financials. For the purpose of this discussion, let's assume you have a well-run operation and are doing as good a job as possible to maintain or increase sales. For most businesses, the easiest and most fun parts of the business are running it and having lots of happy and repeat customers.
  • Jeff Newcorn
  • 4,075 Reads 33 Shares
Freezing Moo
Freezing Moo
Freezing Moo
A Nov. 2 article in <i>The Boston Globe</i> puts numbers on what everyone in franchising and already knows: large national banks that received billions in bailout funds are not making SBA 7(a) loans to small businesses. Bank of America (more than $45 billion in bailout funds) reportedly made only eleven 7(a) loans in Massachusetts in the year (totaling $240,500) ending in September - down from 54 loans totaling $1.6 million the year before. While some smaller banks that received taxpayer funds were tarred with the same brush, the article also noted that "Some of the state's smallest - and most stable - banks have been filling part of the lending void."
  • Franchise Update
  • 3,096 Reads 61 Shares
In reality you are taking your assets, which you own, and investing them in someone elses' brand and operating system. You will always own your assets. You will always own your corporation. But you will "do business as" (dba) a licensee of the franchisor.
  • By: Bob Gappa
  • 7,873 Reads 6 Shares
On September 1, the SBA announced revisions in its Standard Operating Procedure for financing of goodwill in resale transactions under its 7(a) program. The changes, which take effect October 1st, supersede revisions made in March that limited the amount of goodwill financing for resales to $250,000 or 50 percent of the loan amount, whichever was lower.
  • Franchise Update
  • 3,172 Reads 20 Shares
Last year, our third quarter cover story on Item 19 urged franchisors to disclose more financial performance information in their FDD. After all, the FTC's amended Franchise Rule, which became mandatory July 1, 2008, contained language intended to make it easier for franchisors to make financial performance representations (FPRs; formerly known as earnings claims)
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 8,932 Reads 1,482 Shares
Everyone knows the current lending environment is a challenge--especially if you're trying to finance a startup. Yes, there's still financing available for qualified people, but selecting the right funding strategy is more important than ever. It's time to get creative when thinking about financing options.
  • 2,129 Reads 3 Shares
The news reports that franchise lender GE Capital was halting new lending to potential restaurant franchisees was just another bit of bad news for operators feeling the fallout from the Wall Street meltdown.
  • Fast Casual
  • 2,411 Reads 3 Shares
Franchise companies, facing what many say is the toughest economic environment they've seen, are offering two-for-one deals, reduced fees and financing help to woo new buyers. They are also paying existing franchisees to help spread the word.
  • 1,956 Reads 3 Shares
As I write this, uncertainty crashes all around us like a violent hurricane. Now is the time to bolster your sales and marketing plans and get ready for disaster business planning. Lehman Brothers went under, Merrill Lynch was picked up in a fire sale by Bank of America and AIG needed government assistance to stay afloat.
  • 2,351 Reads 4 Shares
As the credit crisis and the economic downturn begin to bite on Main Street America, restaurant row is in for a shake-up. For the first time in nearly two decades, the $550 billion restaurant industry has suffered stagnant sales this year, creating painful cash-flow problems for restaurateurs who can't get credit lines to cover investment and operating costs even as food and labor costs have risen sharply. That's made it harder for chains and independent eateries alike to upgrade equipment, hire new staff and renovate facilities. "The credit crisis is having a devastating effect on nearly every segment of the industry," says Aaron Allen, CEO of the Quantified Marketing Group, an international restaurant-consulting firm. "This is the death knell for a number of restaurant chains."
  • Time Magazine
  • 2,237 Reads 26 Shares
Franchise companies, facing what many say is the toughest economic environment they've seen, are offering two-for-one deals, reduced fees and financing help to woo new buyers. They are also paying existing franchisees to help spread the word.
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • 1,973 Reads
Fitness Together
Fitness Together
Fitness Together
Before I answer your question I think a bit of historical background is important. Our economy is where it is today because we chose not to learn from what we did in the past. I remember after the bubble broke following the dot-com meltdown we were faced with similar questions. And we moved through those troubled times to what became one of the best environments for the growth of small business and certainly franchising. It is a fact of life in our economic marketplace that business cycles happen. Business cycles in the United States have always produced a beneficial cleansing although living through the corrections is always painful in the short term.
  • Michael Seid
  • 4,162 Reads 97 Shares
When looking at a franchise opportunity, the big question often asked is 'how much can I make?' Coming up with those projections isn't always easy. It takes a little digging on your part. Even so, most area developers have enough experience and are wise enough to know how to find the best franchise opportunities that will reap a good return on investment (ROI).
  • Joan Szabo
  • 8,992 Reads 1,750 Shares
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