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Iowa Supreme Court orders KFC to pay income taxes. - Iowa didn't violate any laws when it assessed fried-chicken giant KFC Corp. nearly $250,000 for unpaid corporate income taxes, even though it had no restaurants or employees in the state. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2010
Nuviva Medical Weight Loss opens first franchise clinic. - Nuviva Medical Weight Loss announces its first franchise location – and the first outside of Southwest Florida – with a Dec. 6 grand opening of its new Baldwin Park clinic in Orlando. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2010
Pizza Chain Seeks Slice of Bicultural Pie. - Pizza Patrón, a 100-unit restaurant chain that has long catered to a Spanish-speaking clientele, is turning its charms on English speakers. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
Using Its Noodle, Xi'an Expands. - From a tiny food stall in a Flushing basement, Xi'an Famous Foods made a mark on the city's culinary world with its hand-pulled noodles and spicy Chinese fare. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
Subway salutes veterans with new franchise program. - Subway has introduced a new program for military veterans designed to reduce their costs associated with the purchase of a new franchise. Under the new program, the $15,000 franchise fee is waived for... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
EVCARCO's New CEO Set to Implement Franchise Strategy. - EVCARCO Inc. is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a three year executive agreement with Mr. Mack Sanders, who was recently appointed CEO. ... [more] 29 Dec, 2010
Cold Stone Creamery burning mad at CNBC. - A new CNBC documentary on franchising has one Scottsdale, Ariz., company ice-screaming mad. Cold Stone Creamery and a franchisee group are threatening legal action against the business cable network. ... [more] 28 Dec, 2010
Express Chain Offers Franchising. - The operators of Kimberly-based Express Convenience Centers, a division of U.S. Venture--formerly U.S. Oil--have packaged the concept and are offering it though franchising agreements. ... [more] 27 Dec, 2010
CNBC Shelves Franchise Story after Zarco Attacks. - CNBC unexpectedly pulled its documentary Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising after receiving a threatening letter from Kahala’s newly retained counsel Robert Zarco... [more] 26 Dec, 2010
Three Franchise Trends to Watch in 2011. - As 2010 comes to a close, it’s fun to dust off the proverbial crystal ball and predict what the coming year may hold in store for the franchise world. ... [more] 24 Dec, 2010
Blockbuster to shutter 180 stores in Q1. - Movie rental giant Blockbuster Inc. will close 180 stores by the end of the first quarter next year, the company said. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2010
McDonald's gets tangled up in WikiLeaks cables. - A U.S. embassy cable from Feb. 15, 2006 reveals that quick-service giant McDonald's attempted to delay legislation of a free-trade agreement with Central America because the chain was fighting a lawsuit in... [more] 23 Dec, 2010
Saladworks Customers Turn Pennsylvania Franchisees. - Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, announces two new agreements with franchisees to further develop the Pennsylvania market. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2010
Extension of SBA Authority Critical to Franchise Small Businesses. - The IFA today hailed the decision by lawmakers to include a provision extending the Small Business Administration’s authority for key lending programs critical to franchise small businesses still struggling... [more] 22 Dec, 2010
Clovis realty firm joins national franchise network. - Diamond Realtors of Clovis recently joined national real estate franchisor Real Living, which recently expanded its network to 16 additional companies across the U.S. ... [more] 21 Dec, 2010
Cookie store owner disappears without paying employees. - When he didn't show up for work last Wednesday morning as promised, employees of the 'Chip Nutty Cookie and Coffee" store reported their boss, Charles Rivers, missing. Now, they fear he... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
Corner Bakery to double Texas presence. - Dallas-based Corner Bakery Café announced plans Monday to double its presence in Texas over the next eight years. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
Naked Pizza expands to Boulder. - Naked Pizza, a rapidly expanding chain of carryout and delivery pizzerias that serves pizza made with all-natural ingredients, has secured a home for its Boulder franchise. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
Papa John’s pours on the franchise incentives. - Papa John’s has announced its 2011 Development Incentive Program, appealing to potential franchisees willing to grow with the company. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2010
Tax Rate Extenders Bill Will Provide Short-Term Certainty For Franchise Small Businesses. - The International Franchise Association today praised the strong bipartisan support in Congress for passage of the law extending the current tax cuts for two years. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2010
92-unit Burger King franchisee files for bankruptcy. - Duke and King Acquisition Corp., a Burnsville, Minn.-based Burger King franchisee, has sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is currently seeking buyers. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2010
Sniegowski: Franchising Predictions for 2011. - Over 80 different industries license franchises. So when CNBC asked me to make predictions for 2011, it took me a while to figure out how to eat this elephant. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2010
Shane's Rib Shack to open 25 new Alabama stores. - Shane's Rib Shack has signed new franchise agreements that will result in 25 new stores in Alabama. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2010
Wendy’s veteran takes over 20 franchises. - Tri-Cities Restaurant Group has purchased 20 Wendy’s units from Monitor Systems Inc. in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia markets. ... [more] 15 Dec, 2010

Behind the Counter: Untold Story of Franchising. - CNBC will air its hour-long look at franchising, in "Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising.", on Wednesday, December 15 at 9pm ET. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
New publication helps consumers learn all about franchising. - A newly updated publication from the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, Introduction to Franchising, provides prospective franchisees a comprehensive resource to help... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
Dunkin’ sues shop owners. - Dunkin’ Donuts has filed a lawsuit alleging a husband-and-wife franchise-owning team tried to get reimbursement from the company’s marketing fund to pay for their son’s tuition and bookstore charges... [more] 14 Dec, 2010
College Hunks Hauling Junk Opens First Boston Franchise. - The new College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise in Boston, MA is an exciting addition to their franchise network, bringing the complete suite of home and office services to residents in New England. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2010
Dwyer Group Sold to Private Equity Firm. - Home services franchisor The Dwyer Group, Inc. is being bought out by New York-based private equity firm TZP Group LLC. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2010
7-Eleven to buy 183 ExxonMobil properties in Florida. - 7-Eleven Inc., the world's largest convenience-store chain, will buy 183 properties from Exxon Mobil Corp. in Florida, the companies announced Thursday. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2010
Upgrades Price Out Some Hotel Owners. - Holiday Inn's sweeping upgrade includes stripping its brand from 700 franchisees, cutting loose hotels that are part of its storied past. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2010
Domino's celebrates the big 5-0. - After a Las Vegas party and a special investor event to mark the milestone, Domino's Pizza officially celebrates its 50th birthday today. ... [more] 9 Dec, 2010
Lawsuit Filed to Block Avis Budget From Acquiring Dollar Thrifty. - Three Dollar franchisees have filed a lawsuit against Avis Budget Group to block its attempt from acquiring Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
Business man turns daycare into growing franchise. - For Liberty Twp. resident Jim Kaiser, building a successful business model for a day care facility was based on common sense: ensure children are housed in a safe, clean and green environment... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
A glimpse into Burger King’s layoffs. - Earlier this week, Burger King Corp. said it would be laying off 413 people companywide, 261 of them in South Florida. Now, we have a better idea of just which jobs are being cut. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
EcoMaids Announces Expansion in Austin-area. - Thomas Hutcherson has recently become a franchise owner for EcoMaids, a home and business cleaning service which uses only green and environmentally safe products, in the Austin, Texas-area. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2010
IFA Applauds Bipartisan Agreement to Extend Tax Cuts. - The International Franchise Association today hailed the announcement that President Obama and congressional leaders have reached an agreement to extend the current tax cuts for two years. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2010
Court Hammers Nail in Pricing Coffin: BKC Free to Set Maximum Limit. - In a decision that is the last chapter in the trial court for the Burger King franchisee association's suit against Burger King for price fixing, the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida... [more] 7 Dec, 2010
Dollar Thrifty expands domestically, overseas. - Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. is continuing to expand both domestically and abroad. The car rental company said Tuesday that it has opened 31 new franchises in the U.S. this year and added five... [more] 7 Dec, 2010
Dunkin' Donuts to open 36 stores in southeast Wisconsin. - Dunkin’ Donuts has reached an agreement with a new local franchisee to open 36 stores in southern Wisconsin, it said Tuesday in a news release. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2010
Small Improvements in Financing to Spur Franchise Sales Boom. - After a lengthy credit-crunch, iFranchise Group and Franchise Dynamics executives expect pent-up demand to fuel franchise sales explosion as credit loosens in the new year. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2010
Wingstop Launches Franchise Incentive Program. - As part of an aggressive national expansion campaign, Wingstop today announced a franchise incentive program designed to help new and existing franchises open more Wingstop restaurants nationwide. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2010
Smashburger Awards High-Achieving Franchisees. - Smashburger, a nationally acclaimed industry-leading Better Burger restaurant, presented its high-achieving franchisees with awards and recognition at its first annual franchisee conference held in Nov... [more] 3 Dec, 2010
Senators Attack McDonald's Health Plan. - Senate Democrats accused McDonald's Corp. of offering hourly workers a bad deal on health insurance, prompting a strong defense from a top McDonald's executive who disclosed fresh details about... [more] 3 Dec, 2010
Panera franchisee selling 19 Ohio stores. - Columbus-based franchisee Breads of the World LLC said it has a non-binding agreement to sell its Central Ohio bakery-cafes to Covelli Enterprises of Warren, Ohio. ... [more] 2 Dec, 2010
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