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Franchise Year in Review: 2012. - Mike Sheehan, franchise consultant, attorney and president of Focus Ventures, details some of the highlights (and low lights) from 2012. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2012
Franchises Push for Growth Amid Debt-Deal Uncertainty. - Despite the uncertainty in Washington surrounding tax hikes and spending cuts, some small companies including franchises are benefiting - at least in the short-term - from all the uncertainty and paperwork. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2012
Blaze Pizza signs first franchise agreement. - Blaze Pizza has signed an agreement with Sajha LLC to develop three franchise stores in Southern California. ... [more] 26 Dec, 2012
Adult day care franchise files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. - Flagship Franchises of Minnesota, which operates an adult day-care franchise in Savage, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ... [more] 26 Dec, 2012
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Franchisee Acquires 39 Quick Lubes in Florida. - VIOC franchisee Metrolube Enterprises, Inc. purchases 39 quick lube stores in central and southern Florida, predominately in Orlando, Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Meyers. ... [more] 21 Dec, 2012
Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. - It must be good; not only is the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) American based, the IFA has recommended this program to the Franchise Council of Australia as another small cog in the... [more] 20 Dec, 2012
Slow, Steady Growth To Continue for Franchise Businesses in 2013. - Franchise businesses will grow at a slightly slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, yet the industry will continue to outpace growth in other business sectors according to an IHS Global Insight report... [more] 20 Dec, 2012
Franchise businesses cite ‘fiscal cliff’ fears. - Add the nation’s franchise operators to the list of those worried about what happens if the nation pitches over the federal budgetary “fiscal cliff.” ... [more] 20 Dec, 2012
Ruling Denies Liquidated Damages with Favorable End for Franchisors. - A district court in Ohio denied a campground franchisor’s request for liquidated damages against a terminated franchisee, but with a possible favorable outcome for franchisors. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2012
Restaurants score high on list of top franchises. - Entrepreneur has released its 34th annual Franchise 500, a list of the top franchise companies based on financial and statistical data from July 2010 to July 2012. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
Tasti D-Lite, Planet Smoothie CEO steps down. - Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie chief executive Jim Amos said he will step down from the position effective Jan. 1, 2013. Peter D. Holt, the company’s COO, will take over as president and chief executive. ... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
New Urban 7-Eleven Stores Popping Up in Miami. - Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is adding to its Florida footprint with a twist. The retail giant is opening stores more suitable to Miami's environment with smaller, urban prototype stores. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2012
How McDonald's stole Christmas. - Merry Christmas from McDonald's! Now put on a smock, suggest some fries with that and help Ronald make his sales goal this quarter. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2012

SEI/Aaron's Opens 100th Store. - Aaron's, Inc. announced today that its largest franchisee, SEI/Aaron's, has opened its 100th store, located in Concord, New Hampshire. ... [more] 14 Dec, 2012
Quiznos Disclosure Shines Light on Settlements, Litigation. - Shedding new light on ongoing litigation, settlements and the current status of the franchise system, Quiznos amended its franchise disclosure document on October 12, 2012. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2012
7-Eleven, ARCO and ampm Promote Franchising Opportunities. - Potential convenience store franchisees interested in exploring their possibilities have two new options to do so. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2012
Papa Murphy's plans 100-plus new stores in 2013. - Papa Murphy's has received a $7.5 million facility as part of a franchise lending program created by Franchise America Finance and The Bancorp Bank. ... [more] 13 Dec, 2012
IFA Prepares for growth with addition of finance, technology and administration expert. - The International Franchise Association announced today that Bill Grubb, CPA, will join the organization as Senior Vice President, Finance, Administration & Conferences. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising. - If Entrepreneur's 34th annual Franchise 500© is any indication, the future is looking up for franchising. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
NFL and IFA Launch Franchising Boot Camp at Ross School of Business at Univ. of Michigan. - The National Football League (NFL) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced a partnership to design the first-ever NFL Franchising Boot Camp. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2012
U.S. Lawns Announces Record Year of Franchise Growth in 2012. - U.S. Lawns announced a record-breaking year of growth in 2012, with 28 franchises awarded year-to-date and hopes to finish the year with 30. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2012
IFA Survey: Nearly 80 Percent of Franchisees May Halt Hiring without Extension of Current Tax Rates. - According to a new survey of franchisees and franchisors, franchise business growth could grind to a screeching halt if the nation does not extend current tax rates scheduled to expire at the end of 2012... [more] 10 Dec, 2012
Mosquito Shield Announces Franchise Opportunities. - Mosquito Shield® announced the official formation of the Mosquito Shield Franchise Corporation today, marking the next phase in the company’s strategic plan for national expansion. ... [more] 10 Dec, 2012
McDonald's Sees Global Sales Increase 2.4% in November. - McDonald's Corporation announced that global comparable sales increased 2.4% in November, with U.S. sales up 2.5%, Europe up 1.4%, and Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa up 0.6% ... [more] 10 Dec, 2012
FTC Tightens Rule on Franchisors' Exclusive Territories. - The Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines as to how franchise companies define “exclusive territory” in their franchise disclosure documents to prospective buyers. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2012
LYFE Kitchen launches franchising program. - With only one unit open and a second under construction, operators of the healthful fast-casual LYFE Kitchen concept have launched a franchising program to light the fire under aggressive plans for growth. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2012
The Brown Bag Welcomes its First Franchisee. - The Brown Bag is thrilled to announce the opening of its first franchise location at 818 18th Street NW in Washington, DC. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2012
Franchise Expo South Drives New Franchise Opportunities. - For the first time this year, the seventh-annual Franchise Expo South will present the latest opportunities from a growing number of mobile franchise businesses, along with hundreds of industry-leading... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
Hireology Joins International Franchise Association Supplier Forum. - Hireology, the leader selection management platform for franchise systems and their owners, becomes the newest member of the IFA Supplier Forum. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
Ugly Houses Are Sitting Pretty with Over 100 New Franchisees. - HomeVestors, the nation's largest buyer of homes, is setting new records in 2012, including the sale of more than 100 new franchisees in a single year. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
McDonald's franchisee in Denver metro area pays $58,227 in back wages. - A McDonald's Corp. franchisee, which owns and operates 16 McDonald's restaurants in the Denver metro area, has paid $58,227 in back wages to 1,258 employees. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
360clean Enjoys 50% Increase in Both Revenue and Franchise Owners in 2012. - Fast growing commercial janitorial franchise increases revenue and franchisees by fifty percent in 2012, with US military veterans making up a quarter of new owners. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
IFA and ICSC Partner to Connect Real Estate Openings with Franchise Development. - The International Franchise Association (IFA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have launched a new online matchmaking portal designed to treamline franchise companies seeking... [more] 3 Dec, 2012
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