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Beauty chain opens Cebu branch. After opening its first beauty and health center in Cebu, Manila-based Forever Flawless Face and Body Center is determined to expand nationally and internationally, and also plans to eventually venture into franchising. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2007
Jollibee store, Greenhills stalls shut for evading taxes. Tax officials padlocked an outlet of fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. in Cubao, Quezon City, and 164 vendor stalls at the Greenhills Shopping Center flea market for tax evasion. .... [more] 5 Dec, 2007
7-11 operator in the black at end-Sept. The local operator of the 7-11 convenience store chain said it has returned to profitability in the first nine months of the year. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2007
California Pizza Kitchen Opens in Makati City. A fifth California Pizza Kitchen, home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, opened in the Philippines today. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2007
Panorama enters franchising business to boost sales. To expand its business while curbing costs, Panorama Tours plans to enter the franchising business to tap into the market potential in the country's major cities. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Cashing in on Japanese snack food. World War II is long over but Japan is still invading the Philippines. This time, however, there are no frightening bursts of gunfire and bombs but a noiseless struggle that's gaining a foothold in mainstream society. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2007
Java joint offers franchising. The Coffee Beanery by Cravings is now offering a franchise opportunity for enterprising individuals, start-up corporations or even those who are foraying for the first time in the coffee shop business. .... [more] 25 Oct, 2007
Top UK retail chain cares for both moms and babes. Mothercare, a top United Kingdom retail chain for mothers and toddlers, has just opened two outlets in Metro Manila. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2007
The success of a franchisee. To most people, going into business at a very young age and risking money saved up for the future is a daunting prospect. But for 33-year-old Waldo Abad Santos, the call of an entrepreneurial spirit was an irresistible urge. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2007
Gap invades the Philippines. Gap Inc. is upping its commitment to international expansion through franchises. The company said Tuesday that it, with help from its franchise partner Rustan Group of Cos., will open eight Gap stores and four Banana Republic stores throughout the Philippines over the next five years. .... [more] 9 Oct, 2007
Davao-based ad firm promotes franchising. The advertising industry is the newest field that has gone into franchising, a senior franchise consultant said. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2007
Franchising industry to benefit tourism. The growth of the franchising business in Cebu will spur domestic tourism, an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2007
Consultant warns entrepreneurs against dubious franchise offers. While franchising has become a trend in the local business climate, an official of a consultancy firm is warning Filipinos against companies that offer very low franchise fees and those without credible consultants. .... [more] 23 Aug, 2007
Firm urges Cebuanos to do business through franchising. Cebuanos who are considering small- and medium-scale business opportunities are encouraged to venture into franchising. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2007
Skin care product maker ventures into franchising. The bullish beauty, health and wellness industry in the Philippines has paved the way for a skin care product manufacturer and retailer in Cebu to venture into franchising. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2007
Cebu-Based Coffee Chain Seeks to Expand Locally. A Cebu-grown coffee chain has temporarily shelved plans to penetrate the international market as it directs attention to strengthening its logistical base and market expansion in the Philippines. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2007
Franchising industry helps boost Philippines economy. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has cited the franchising industry as a big boost to the country’s economic growth and development. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2007
Franchising is key to development, Mahathir says. The franchising industry could prove to be a key link in the development of countries, given the right combination of private sector push and government support, a son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said here Thursday. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2007
Local franchises see 31% growth. The Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI), an association of home-grown franchises, expects to sustain its sales growth rate of 31 percent this year even as it projected a boom in the franchising sector as more of its companies are expanding not just domestically but also internationally. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2007

Franchise guru to be honored. Armando Bartolome is known as the Philippines’ "franchise guru." As one of the pioneers of the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., he has conducted over 200 franchisees’ seminars in the country and parts of Asia and the Middle East. .... [more] 21 Jun, 2007
Smart launches 1st mall-based Internet cafe in Bukidnon. As part of its commitment to make high-speed broadband Internet access available throughout the country, leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) set up an Internet cafe, the Smart Click Internet and More in Valencia, Bukidnon. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
Franchisors set up ‘clean and green biz’ agenda. A 1,000-strong network of businessmen, franchisors, franchisees and staffs under the banner of the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) are set to implement a nationwide environmental program among the member franchisees and related businesses to help address the issues of climate change and a host of other ecological problems. .... [more] 6 May, 2007
Smart launches 1st mall-based Click Internet café. As part of its commitment to make high-speed broadband Internet access available throughout the country, leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) set up an Internet café, the Smart Click Internet and More in Valencia, Bukidnon in Mindanao. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Discovering franchise success with Fruit Magic. Finding success in a cup of one’s favorite beverage is not a usual occurrence for most businessmen. But for the husband and wife entrepreneur team of Cornelio and Maria Fatima Cortez, this is exactly what they found when they decided to invest into their very own Fruit Magic beverage bar. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2007
Coffee chain Figaro plans expansion, may go public. The Figaro Coffee Co. chain, currently with 55 outlets, plans to open 15 to 20 more this year, company president Pacita Juan said. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2007
McDonald's Opens Another Branch In Philippines' Cebu. US fast-food giant Mcdonald's has opened its ninth branch in Cebu, along historic Colon Street, in the hope of attracting more customers who frequent Cebu City's old business district. .... [more] 15 Dec, 2006
Overseas Filipinos find success in 7-Eleven. A growing number of Filipino workers overseas have begun the inevitable exodus back to the Philippines, which they deem as the perfect place to retire, raise their children and even start their own business. .... [more] 9 Nov, 2006
Cebu-grown funeral service firm mulls franchise outlet in Vietnam. There is no stopping Cebu-grown Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes Inc. from going global. The company is now studying the possibility of bringing the Cebuano way of caring for the dead to other countries. .... [more] 1 Nov, 2006
Secrets of Japanese franchise’s success. Ministop Convenience Stores hosted the Ministop Franchising Exhibit 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria where it revealed three key factors for its success in the Philippines and other countries. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2006
Franchising seen to boost economic activity. There is a bright future in franchising. This, in gist, is what the resource persons in the Iloilo Franchise Conference wanted to impart among the participants. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
Feedback support essential to franchise business. Effective communication has always been one of the pillars of success in any business. This precept is doubly true when it comes to the franchise business. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2006
SME franchising is the name of the game. “In business today, franchising is the name of the game. It will make you rich, and even a billionaire,” thus said Samie Lim, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Franchising Association. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2006
Franchise expo ’06 to open at SM. Cebuanos who wish to go into business but are uncertain how to do it should consider franchising. The 7th Cebu Franchise Expo 2006 is the best place to start looking. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
Combining teaching and franchising with success. Although teaching is only one of the many things that businessman Angelito Angeles does every day, it is a vocation he pursues with dedication. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2006
Coffee break with Jackie Chan. Inspired by the countryside’s relaxed and neighborly ambiance, Jackie Chan’s Java aims to provide its customers with an escape from the daily grind of work. .... [more] 12 Aug, 2006
Coffee shop franchise eyes two more outlets by 2007. Franchisees of Cebu-grown Bo’s Coffee Club in Asiatown IT Park plan to open two more branches within the next two years. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2006
Church’s Chicken puts up 1st Philippine outlet. Atlanta-based fast-food chain Church’s Chicken launched Friday its first Philippine outlet, which it said would be the springboard of its expansion in Asia and worldwide. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2006
Franchising: Food is out, services are in. The leading lights of the local franchising industry are all predicting a bright future for this way of doing business, once written off as the “tamad” [lazy] route to entrepreneurship. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2006
Krispy Kreme Awards Development Rights for the Philippines. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. announced today that it has awarded development rights for the Philippines to The Real American Doughnut Company Inc. .... [more] 13 Jul, 2006
Franchising industry wants self-regulation. The Philippine Franchising Association said government intervention or regulation of the franchising business could only stunt the growth of the industry. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2006
Franchise Fever. Saturday is Day 2 of Franchise Fever, the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc.’s annual franchise exposition at the Mega Trade Hall of SM Mega Mall. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2006
Franchising stirs rise of SMEs through brands, opportunities. Franchising is fast evolving into a means for the country’s small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, to get into high level of operating efficiencies and become globally competitive. .... [more] 6 Jul, 2006
Businessmen can tap gov’t funds for franchise capital. The government, through the Small Business Corp., is making available funds to assist entrepreneurs who want to venture into franchising. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2006
Homegrown franchisees reaping success. What do Binalot, King of Balls, Fiorgelato and Figaro have in common? These brands are all successful homegrown franchises. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2006
Cebu Franchise Conference and Expo set on June 21-23. The Philippine Franchise Association in collaboration with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has scheduled the Cebu Franchise Conference and Expo on June 21-23. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2006
McDonald's Earmarks US$1.9 MLN for More Outlets in Cebu. McDonald's Philippines has earmarked P100 million (US$1.9 million) for the establishment of more stores in this city. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2006
Firm offers low-cost Internet cafe franchise. For 35,000 pesos, Filipino entrepreneurs can now start a one-computer Internet service that comes with other value-added services, such as voice over Internet Protocol, a local startup said. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2006
Bo’s Coffee launches plan to open outlets overseas. Now on its tenth year, Bo’s Coffee Club unveiled its new business prospects that include international expansion. .... [more] 6 May, 2006
Franchise Excellence Awards 2005. The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) announced the winners of the 2005 Franchise Excellence Awards at the grand ballroom of Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2006
Philippine Jollibee Buys Out Hldr In Greenwich Pizza. Jollibee Foods Corp. said Tuesday it bought out the minority shareholder in its unit Greenwich Pizza Corp. for PHP384 million ($7.3 million). .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
Fastfood franchisee sees rising prospects outside Metro. Jonkie Ouano, managing director of Joly Bogo Inc., said their first Jollibee outlet, which is located in Bogo town in northern Cebu, took a few years before it was able to reach targeted sales. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2006
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