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Greenbaum Expands its Franchise Recruitment Focus to Lead Generation. - Greenbaum Marketing Communications has announced its aggressive move into lead generation, with a host of leading franchise brands already as clients. ... [more] 29 Feb, 2012
Denver eyed for Justin Timberlake-founded restaurant franchise. - A Denver franchise opportunity for Southern Hospitality, a restaurant concept co-created by Justin Timberlake, will be presented at an upcoming investment conference in Colorado Springs. ... [more] 29 Feb, 2012
New pizzas help Domino's deliver strong profit. - Domino's Pizza Inc delivered a quarterly profit that handily beat Wall Street estimates, after share repurchases and new products helped drive higher U.S. sales, and its shares jumped 12 percent. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
Troubled Dippin' Dots has credit frozen. - Novelty ice cream maker Dippin' Dots is running out of cash and needs a $2 million credit line to be able to pay its bills, according to court documents filed Tuesday. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
Burger 21 signs first franchise deal. - Burger 21 has sold its first-ever franchises with two deals signed for a total of three units in the Orlando, Fla., market. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2012
Choice Hotels Opens 5,000th Domestic Franchised Property. - Choice Hotels International, Inc. today announced that it has reached 5,000 domestic franchised properties online with the opening of the Comfort Suites hotel of Katy, Texas. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2012
2 Upper Crust franchises shut down. - An Upper Crust Pizzeria franchisee who last June was ordered to pay more than $80,000 in back pay by the Department of Labor for violating federal overtime and record-keeping laws has closed his two... [more] 25 Feb, 2012
PAFI and IFA Announce Alliance with National Basketball Retired Players Association. - The IFA and the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative announced a strategic alliance with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) to develop, implement and advocate a wide variety of... [more] 24 Feb, 2012
Coverall Doomed in Disguising Workers as Owners. - After five years of litigation, Coverall North America Inc. will now learn its fate for misclassifying its workers as franchisees instead of employees. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2012
Jack in the Box's 1Q hit by lower franchising gain. - Jack in the Box Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 63 percent as the fast-food chain pulled in far less money from the sale of company-operated restaurants to franchisees than it did a year earlier. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2012
Coffee Roaster Develops Franchise Alternative for Independent Coffee Shops. - Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, an artisanal coffee roaster and coffee shop business consultant with 20 years of industry experience, has developed a franchise alternative for independent coffee shops. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2012
Bakery Cafe Franchise Claiming Corners Around The Country. - Corner Bakery Cafe is riding the momentum with numerous new market entries, menu introductions and several high-profile franchise agreements already in motion for 2012. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2012
KidzArt Offers Special Franchise Opportunity for Veterans and Teachers. - KidzArt is launching its Franchise Giveaway program for ten qualified veterans and ten teachers. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Announces New Company Backed Financing Program for New Franchise Owners. - CK Franchising, Inc., franchisor for the Comfort Keepers system of in-home care franchises, announces the launch of a unique company-backed financing program for qualified potential business owners. ... [more] 16 Feb, 2012
Father-daughter duo open franchise. - Together, Matt Mandalinci and his daughter Sibel launched their new venture Elements Therapeutic Massage, a franchise concept based in Colorado, early this month. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2012
Kiddie Academy Continues to See Growth in Franchising. - In 2011, Kiddie Academy, an educational child care franchise, saw continued growth in sales, development and openings despite the lingering effects of the recession. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2012
Burger 21 Feasts on South Florida for Franchise Growth. - Burger 21, a new fast casual concept founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., announced today that it is targeting South Florida for franchise expansion. ... [more] 14 Feb, 2012
IFA convention: Top 3 takeaways. - Nation’s Restaurant News outlines the three top takeaways from convention attendees: growth, profitability and the presidential election top of mind among franchisors, franchisees. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
John Rotche Earns Franchise Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award. - John Rotche, CFE, president of The Belfor Franchise Group, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association during the group’s 52nd Annual Convention. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
Franchise Business Review Names Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winners. - Franchise Business Review announced today the recipients of its 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, part of a national project that looks at franchisee satisfaction at some of the country’s most popular brands. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
Spicy Pickle closes six of its seven restaurants. - Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc. closed six of its seven company-owned restaurants Feb. 6 after defaulting on $4.76 million in loans, the Denver company disclosed to the SEC. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
134 Franchise Executives to Reach Certified Executive Status at Convention. - One hundred thirty-four franchise executives today achieved Certified Franchise Executive designation during the International Franchise Association’s 52nd Annual Convention. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
New Report Charts the Progress of America's Automotive Franchise Sector. - At a time of great change and growth in the automotive industry, Franchise Direct has chosen to examine the state of automotive franchising with its latest exclusive franchise industry report. ... [more] 13 Feb, 2012
mUrgent Awaits SEC Judgment, Sells at IFA Event. - As the IFA kicked off its 2012 Annual Convention and Exhibition on Saturday, it should have given attendees a stern warning about one of its exhibitors, mUrgent Corporation. Instead, it is giving... [more] 12 Feb, 2012
Franchise Industry Pioneer and Tasti D-Lite CEO Named to IFA Hall of Fame. - Former IFA Chairman James H. Amos Jr., CFE, and Tasti D-Lite LLC chairman and chief executive officer, was named today to the IFA Hall of Fame during the association’s 52nd Annual Convention. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2012
Goddard Systems, Inc. Experiences Great Growth Year. - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) refused to slow its growth in 2011. In fact, the 380-plus-school franchise opened 19 new schools while awarding another 28, completely bucking the trend of slow growth in other... [more] 12 Feb, 2012

So You Want In? How to Assess a Franchise Opportunity. - Thinking about buying a franchise? Before signing on the dotted line, it's critical to do due diligence on the brands you're interested in – a lot of due diligence. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2012
Veteran Franchise Consultant to Become New Board of Trustees Member for IFA Educational Foundation. - iFranchise Group proudly announced that Leonard Swartz, a Senior Advisor for the firm, has been named a Member of the Board of Trustees for the IFA's Educational Foundation. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2012
Family Video to become Marco's Pizza franchisee. - Marco's Pizza , of Toledo, will open hundreds of its pizza shops inside Illinois-based Family Video stores beginning next month under a new agreement the two companies announced Thursday. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2012
Edible Arrangements expands into 15 countries. - Edible Arrangements continued its expansion in 2011 with the opening of 86 new stores. Ten locations are international stores, which includes the opening of the first Edible Arrangements in China and India. ... [more] 10 Feb, 2012
Massage Envy Announces $15 Million in Franchisee Funding Available in 2012. - Massage Envy announced today that new and existing Massage Envy franchisees have exclusive access to $15 million in development capital in 2012. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2012
Tough Times for Franchising. - Two closely watched disputes now playing out in the courts are shining a spotlight on tensions between franchise owners and management. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2012
Yum forecasts strong expansion overseas. - Yum Brands' stock is trading higher as the owner of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut is forecasting more rapid restaurant growth outside the U.S. along with a turnaround for Taco Bell in the U.S. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
86 Year Old SUBWAY Franchisee Enjoys Second Career Success. - Bob Thomson, a SUBWAY franchisee with twenty-four restaurants in Iowa, will soon be celebrating his 86th birthday, and twenty-two years with the SUBWAY chain. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
Franchise Research Institute Names CMIT Solutions One of 25 Top Franchises. - For the fourth year in a row, the Franchise Research Institute has named CMIT Solutions, a rapidly growing IT support franchise, one of the top 25 franchise systems in the United States. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
Fitness Revolution Approved for Franchising in Illinois. - Fitness Revolution, the nation’s fastest-growing personal training franchise, announces it has been approved for franchising in Illinois. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2012
Franchise Industry Convention to Address Veteran Unemployment Challenge. - With nationwide veteran unemployment rates climbing as high as 30 percent, the International Franchise Association will host U.S. veterans at its 52nd Annual 2012 IFA Convention in Orlando free of charge... [more] 6 Feb, 2012
Jim Collins to Keynote 2012 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference. - Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine announced today that Jim Collins, business expert and best-selling author, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2012 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC). ... [more] 6 Feb, 2012
Government sues Subway franchisee to recover back wages, damages. - The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Subway franchisee Hray Enterprises and owners Joseph Hray and Tammy Hray for alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act... [more] 6 Feb, 2012
Global Franchising Industry to Reach US$3.96 Trillion by 2015. - Global Industry Analysts, Inc. announces the release of a comprehensive global outlook on the franchising industry. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2012
ServiceMaster to Hire 6,700 Employees During First Half 2012. - Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. announced today that it plans to hire approximately 6,700 new and seasonal field employees nationwide over the next several months as it readies for its peak season. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2012
Wendy's has a beef with Northwest franchisee. - Wendy's International has a beef with a franchisee that owns 11 fast-food restaurants in Montana, Oregon and Washington. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2012
Bakery Cafe Franchise Claiming Corners around the Country. - Sealing multi-unit franchise deals in markets throughout the United States and reporting average unit volumes exceeding $2.2 million last year, Corner Bakery Cafe is riding the momentum with numerous... [more] 2 Feb, 2012
YO!Sushi Readies for US Debut, Growth in 2012. - London-based YO!Sushi signed its first U.S. franchisee in 2011 and the company is piggybacking on that success for 2012. ... [more] 2 Feb, 2012
Liquid Nutrition Launches Franchise Program for Canadian and US Military Personnel. - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. announced today an innovative program called ‘Operation Good To Go’ created to encourage both active and retired armed forces personnel to become franchisees. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
Ex-Franchisee Liable for Counterfeiting Marks. - A district judge ruled last month that a terminated Century 21 franchisee’s continued use of the franchisor’s trademark constituted not only trademark infringement but also counterfeiting. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
FranNet Expands in Minneapolis. - FranNet, a national network of consultants that helps aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses, is expanding operations in Minnesota and has added Robyn Hartzell as an associate. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
Qdoba reaches 600-store milestone. - Qdoba Mexican Grill will celebrate the grand opening of its 600th restaurant in Roseville, Mich., on Feb. 6. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2012
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