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IFA Wins Distinguished Service Honor from Small Business Lenders. - The National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) has honored the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its Distinguished Service Award. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2011
Restaurant Performance Index improves in September. - After slow reports in July and August, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) topped the 100 mark in September for the first time in three months. ... [more] 31 Oct, 2011
Pizza Hut opens more local outlets as legal battle heats up. - The proverbial brick oven of justice is beginning to heat up for Larry Lundy, the New Orleans native and former Pizza Hut magnate who was forced to shutter his 44 restaurants earlier this year after... [more] 30 Oct, 2011
Yum Brands: A global growth story. - Yum Brands is a fast-food icon. Its franchises can be found in every city in North America, but the real story is the company's expansion into China. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2011
Washington-area franchisor hopes for a monster success with indoor mini golf. - In a couple of years, mini golf fans may find the Washington area is a spookier place — and not just at Halloween. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2011
Accor seeks more franchising, less real estate. - Following a leadership shake-up at Accor North America , the hotel company is looking to accelerate its business strategy of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands to reduce the company’s real estate assets. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2011
National Franchise Sales to Expand Advisory Services. - Michael Arrowsmith has rejoined National Franchise Sales as a managing director, and is working with several NFS Resale Teams on the Applebee’s, Arby’s, Denny’s, Checkers/Rally's, and IHOP... [more] 27 Oct, 2011
Franchisor Firehouse Subs Commits Fraud, Rules Federal Court. - A federal judge refused to disturb a jury verdict holding that Firehouse Subs had committed fraud to obtain the "Firehouse" trademark. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2011
LINK Staffing Services Launches New Franchising Website. - LINK Staffing Services, a national franchise that provides flexible staffing and productivity solutions, has recently launched a new franchising website to give visitors an in-depth look at LINK's franchise opportunity. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2011
Franchise Opportunities Targeted to Veterans. - CRAL Franchise Development, Inc. joined the national VetFran program in order to offer financial incentives to veterans interested in franchise opportunities. ... [more] 26 Oct, 2011
ATL restaurant franchises cost taxpayers millions. - Half of the 66 U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans made to Atlanta Bread franchisees since 2001 have failed, according to a 2011 study by Blue MauMau... [more] 24 Oct, 2011
Damon’s closes 4 more restaurants; last of company-owned locations. - Damon’s International Inc. is still on the selling block, but the chain is getting smaller while it waits for a rescuer. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2011
Aaron's, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results. - Aaron's, Inc. today announced revenues and earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011. ... [more] 24 Oct, 2011
Senators Join Franchise Businesses to Support Pro-Growth Policies. - Members of the IFA joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for a press conference yesterday to discuss burdens that policies... [more] 21 Oct, 2011
McDonald's net jumps on increased revenue. - McDonald's increased its third-quarter net income 9% to $1.51 billion, its ninth straight quarter of earnings gains. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2011
IFA Announces Facebook as New Member. - The IFA today announced that Facebook has joined the association to spur job creation in the franchise small business industry by connecting franchisors and franchisees with tools to grow their franchise... [more] 21 Oct, 2011
McDonald's Honored for Equal Opportunity and Diversity. - McDonald's Corp. and vice chairman and CEO Jim Skinner were selected as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's 12th Annual A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award Honorees... [more] 19 Oct, 2011
BurgerFi to grow concept. - A veteran Delray Beach, Fla., restaurant operator has jumped into the already crowded better-burger fray with a new brand called BurgerFi. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2011
Top That! opens 1st franchised unit. - Tulsa, Okla., is home to Top That! Pizza's first franchise unit; four more are under construction and dozens are in the pipeline, according to Lori Walderich, founder and co-owner of Top That! Pizza. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2011
Franchise Business Owners Join Senators to Support Job Creating Policies. - Franchise business owners will join Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republican Conference Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and other Senators tomorrow to discuss... [more] 18 Oct, 2011
Franchising's Very Own Herman Cain. - It's been a meteoric rise. Former franchisor CEO Herman Cain, whose father was a janitor and mother a domestic worker, is in a statistical tie with fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2011
Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick has big plans to flip its ranking. - In his first interview since being named chief executive last month, Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick speaks candidly with USA TODAY marketing reporter Bruce Horovitz about his plans to once again make Wendy's... [more] 17 Oct, 2011

Gap to close 200 U.S. stores as it expands in foreign markets. - Long-struggling Gap Inc. is closing nearly 200 stores and downsizing others in the U.S. as it focuses on international expansion. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2011
Again, Judge Allows Edible Owners to Prove Claims. - After a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the independent franchisee association of Edible Arrangements, franchisor attorneys unsuccessfully decided to try one more shot. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2011
DineEquity sells 17 Applebee's restaurants to franchisee. - Applebee’s parent company DineEquity Inc. said Thursday it has signed an agreement to sell 17 corporate restaurants across six states in the mid-South to franchisee Apple Investors Group LLC. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2011
Del Taco sells 6 restaurants to franchisee. - Del Taco officials said Thursday it has sold six corporate restaurant locations in Phoenix to the chain’s largest franchisee in Arizona. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2011
FranNet franchising a job creation engine in down market. - While virtually every sector of the economy remains stagnant in the recession, the franchised business sector is growing with FranNet of Eastern Tennessee’s help... [more] 12 Oct, 2011
Less Than One Year After Launch, MAX Systems Signs 1,000th Franchisee. - Online advertising company MAX Systems announced Monday that more than 1,000 franchisees now use its product MAX Ad to help guide “smarter” Web advertising. ... [more] 12 Oct, 2011
GE Capital, Franchise Finance Provides $9.5 Million to Papa John's Franchisee. - GE Capital, Franchise Finance recently completed a $9.5 million transaction with BAJCO Group, a Papa John's Pizza franchisee for the refinancing of existing debt. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2011
Hooters Exposes Twin Peaks. - Hooters of America is accusing a new competitor of stealing confidential business information to gain unfair competition in its most profitable locations. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2011
Little Guys Tough It Out. - Though many big companies have bounced back from the worst recession since the Great Depression, many small businesses—lacking the deep pockets of their larger peers—are still struggling. ... [more] 6 Oct, 2011
Friendly's Bankruptcy: A Lesson for Any Franchisee. - The news today of Friendly Ice Cream Corp. filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection may leave any franchise operator wondering: What happens if my parent company declares bankruptcy? ... [more] 5 Oct, 2011
Friendly's files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection. - The parent of the Friendly's restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and said that it has already closed 63 of its stores. Each store employed about 20 people... [more] 5 Oct, 2011
DwellGreen Launches DwellGreen Franchising, LLC and Sells First Franchise. - DwellGreen Franchising, LLC was recently launched by DwellGreen, the leader in green residential and commercial building performance evaluations. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2011
Franchise Social Media Summit 2011 Earns Collective Praise from Franchising Community. - Franchise Social Media Summit 2011 made history by being the first-ever social media seminar, exclusive to franchising, to be held entirely online. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2011
Yum Brands Profit Rises 7.3% as KFC, Pizza Hut Gain in China. - Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the Taco Bell and KFC restaurant chains, said third-quarter profit rose 7.3 percent as traffic improved at restaurants in China. ... [more] 4 Oct, 2011
IFA Urges Super Committee to Tackle Tax Reform for Small Franchise Businesses. - The International Franchise Association today urged the Joint Special Committee on Deficit Reduction, or Super Committee, to consider tax reforms that encourage job creation by franchise businesses... [more] 3 Oct, 2011
Subway opens more than 400 locations in August, September. - Throughout August and September, the Subway restaurant chain opened more than 400 new locations in 44 countries, 36 states and seven Canadian provinces. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2011
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