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Ed Gillespie and Terry McAuliffe to Headline IFA's Public Affairs Conference. - Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), and Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, will headline the IFA's Public Affairs Conference Sept. 10... [more] 30 Apr, 2012
Earl of Sandwich Announces New President and CEO. - David Crabtree, president and CEO of Planet Hollywood Group of Companies, announces Steve Heeley has joined the Earl of Sandwich brand as president and chief executive officer. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2012
Yum Selling U.S. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC Units To Franchisees. - Yum Brands Inc., the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is selling hundreds of its U.S. restaurants to franchisees in an effort to further distance itself from the volatility of the owner-operated... [more] 27 Apr, 2012
Fort Lauderdale franchise waives fee for veterans. - A Fort Lauderdale franchise company, VR Business Sales, is waiving $2 million in franchise fees for military service members returning from active duty. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2012
Sunny Street Café signs 40-unit franchisee. - The Columbus-based chain of breakfast and lunch joints Wednesday announced a 40-restaurant development deal with Café Management Systems. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
Franchise Business Index Shows No Gain in March. - The Franchise Business Index (FBI)-an index of the economic health of the franchise sector-showed no gain in March, the International Franchise Association announced today. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
California: Franchisees Receive Most Votes but Not Enough to Win. - The California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee members voted on Tuesday on a measure aimed at curbing abusive franchising practices. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2012
Franchise Contest Gives Contestants a Chance to Win Big. - Franchising is praised as a low-risk way to be your own boss and start your own business, but thanks to a new contest, it can also offer a way to change your life. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2012
IFA introduces lending template, funding index. - The International Franchise Association introduced new tools to help bridge the gap between banks and franchisees looking for financing at its second annual Small Business Lending Summit last week... [more] 23 Apr, 2012
McDonald's Winning Strategy, At Home And Abroad. - Of all established companies that have managed to endure the many challenges time brings to their way, one stands out: McDonald’s. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2012
California Consumer Committee Up Next to Hear Fair Franchising Bill. - California's fair franchising bill now heads to a second committee for approval on Tuesday, April 24. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2012
McDonald's profit jumps 7% in Q1 on new menu items. - McDonald's is still seeing its value meals and specialty drinks pay off with budget-conscious diners. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Friday that its net income rose 7% in the first quarter. ... [more] 20 Apr, 2012
Pizza Hut China continues to drive big profits. - Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands reported its Q1 2012 earnings Wednesday, which included a staggering 73 percent jump in profits. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2012
SuperShuttle drivers say they face tough times under firm’s franchise system. - It’s not that the Nigerian-born Maryland resident is unemployed. But as a driver for the airport van service, SuperShuttle, he must pay the company $900 a week or more before he takes home any... [more] 19 Apr, 2012
Hardship Inspired Franchise. - Family hardship gave 41-year-old Shelly Sun the impetus to start a home-care franchising business. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2012
Lending Shortfall Impedes Franchise Business Growth. - Lending levels will not meet demand in 2012 resulting in a projected 18.6 percent shortfall, according to a new report commissioned by the International Franchise Association. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Humble Beginnings Launched Mrs. Fields into 35 Years of Business. - Mrs. Fields is celebrating something sweet this year, and it’s not just their signature chocolate chip cookies. What began as a one-woman storefront in Palo Alto, California in 1977 has grown into a world-renowned... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Burger King Franchisee Acquires 96 Restaurants in Central Florida. - Burger King Corp. today announced the refranchising of 96 company-owned restaurants in the Orlando/Daytona market, making Guillermo Perales the largest minority franchisee in the U.S. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012

California Hearing on Fair Franchising on Tuesday, Act Now! - California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) recently introduced AB 2305, The Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012. On April 17, the Judicial Committee of the California Assembly... [more] 12 Apr, 2012
Newk's Express Cafe opens 50th location. - Newk’s Express Café will open its 50th restaurant April 16 in Jacksonville, Fla. The restaurant is the company’s first in Jacksonville and third in Florida. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Power Pizzeria secures first franchise deal. - EJ Martinez unveiled a franchise model for his Power Pizzeria concept earlier this year with an intent to grow the brand nationally and internationally throughout the next five years. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Buffett Rule Would Harm Small Business Owners in Franchising. - The IFA said franchise business owners could be significantly challenged to grow and create new jobs as a result of the "Buffett Rule," a tax increase on individuals and small business owners... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Cold Stone Owners Sue Attorney for Dual Representation. - At the heart of a lawsuit brought by bankrupted franchisees against Cold Stone Creamery and their own legal counsel is conflict of interest. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Maui Wowi Gears Up for Franchise & Business Expo. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies will be an exhibitor at The Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo in Minneapolis, April 14-15, in the Minneapolis Convention Center. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Massage Envy Announces Signing of 1,000th Franchise Agreement. - Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today the signing of its 1,000th franchise agreement. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2012
Molly’s Cupcakes Plans First Franchise in Iowa City. - The custom cupcake craze fueled by reality TV could be heating up in Iowa City soon. A former employee of Chicago-based Molly’s Cupcakes plans to open the bakery’s first franchised location this summer in Iowa... [more] 6 Apr, 2012
Coalition of Franchisee Associations Adds Two Member Associations. - The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) increases its membership to 17 associations by welcoming... [more] 5 Apr, 2012
Gold's Gym looking to end ties to Wisconsin franchisee. - Gold's Gym International is currently in discussions with one of its Wisconsin franchisees "to arrange a mutual parting of ways," a Gold's spokesman said Wednesday night. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2012
Judge tosses Happy Meal lawsuit against McDonald's. - A San Francisco judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald's over the restaurant chain's marketing of its signature Happy Meals, according to court documents. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2012
Valvoline oil change franchise files Chapter 11. - A West Allis firm that calls itself the largest Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchise in the Midwest is seeking protection from creditors in bankruptcy court. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2012
IFA Applauds Georgia Saying Franchisees Can’t be Employees. - The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that codifies that someone who has signed a franchise contract cannot be an employee. The International Franchise Association today applauded the... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Daphne’s Launches Franchising Program. - Daphne’s California Greek has launched a franchising program to grow the brand nationally. The Carlsbad-based restaurant chain currently has 56 locations in three states. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Creative Learning Corporation Announces 125th Franchise. - Creative Learning Corporation, owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment program, is pleased to announce its 125th franchise. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Learning Express Announces Innovative Franchise Store Promotion Program. - The national educational toy store franchise Learning Express, winner of the 2011 Franchise Business Review Specialty Retail Category, announced a new promotional program for their national franchise stores. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Former Kumon franchisee settles for $2,500. - A New York woman who sued Teaneck-based Kumon North America, Inc. for improperly terminating her tutoring center franchise has ended up paying the company $2,500 to settle the case after Kumon... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
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