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: : April 2013

Franchise industry has hired nearly one quarter of all veterans and military spouses since 2011 as part of the White House Joining Forces Initiative. - IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira today joined President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mark the hiring of 290,000 veterans and military spouses who have been... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Satisfaction Up Among Foodservice Franchisees. - According to the “2013 Guide to Today’s Top Franchises,” published annually by market research firm Franchise Business Review, franchisee satisfaction in foodservice is up over recent years. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Social Media Maxima Launches New Program for Franchises. - Franchises are unique in their business processes and needs. Social Media Maxima is proud to announce this innovative inbound marketing program for Franchises. ... [more] 30 Apr, 2013
Will Longer Hours Boost Sales? - With a lean economy squeezing their sales, thousands of restaurants are extending their hours to try to get more people through the door. But franchisees are learning that it can take a lot of work to get the most out of... [more] 29 Apr, 2013
Pie Five's first franchised location now open. - Pie Five Pizza Co. announced the opening of its first franchise location today in Holladay, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Payroll Vault Announces National Franchise Launch. - Payroll Vault founder, Sean Manning, CPA, sets goal to become the leader in outsourced payroll services. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Tropical Smoothie Café accelerates expansion plan. - After opening 40 franchise locations and signing 41 new franchise agreements in 2012, Tropical Smoothie Café is accelerating expansion in 2013 with plans to open 40 new cafés this year across the U.S. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Burger King 1Q earnings double, revenue falls. - Burger King's first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell, as the fast-food chain trimmed several restaurant-related expenses. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Creative Learning Corporation Announces 300th Franchise. - Creative Learning Corporation is pleased to announce that the Company reached its 300th franchise on April 25th, a milestone that was not projected to be achieved until the end of October, 2013. ... [more] 26 Apr, 2013
Award-winning Sublime Doughnuts Franchising its Sweet Success. - Sublime Doughnuts announces its new franchising opportunities domestically and internationally. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Denny's Establishes New $250 Million Credit Facility and Increases Share Repurchase Program. - Denny's Corporation today announced that it has entered into a new five-year $250 million senior secured bank credit facility, comprised of a $60 million term loan and a $190 million revolving line of credit. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Franchises & Restaurant Chains Experiment with Mobile Cafes / Food Trucks. - Due to significant demand, Prestige Food Trucks of Orlando, Florida has recently expanded its operations to include small to large restaurant chains/franchises. ... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
Chocolate Works New Chocolate Experience Concept is Now Franchising. - Move over Willy Wonka®. Chocolate Works has come to town and is overflowing with pure sweet imagination. This new franchise concept, an extension of NY-based 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, transforms... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
Tin Drum Asiacafe inks largest franchise deal to date. - Tin Drum Asiacafe, the popular Atlanta-based Pan Asian restaurant concept, announces the signing of a seven-unit development agreement in Nashville, Tennessee... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
Bach to Rock Signs First Franchise Agreement in Sacramento. - Bach to Rock, America's music school for students of all ages, announced today it has signed a franchise agreement with Purple Dragon 88, LLC, to expand the brand to Sacramento, Calif. ... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts donates $100K to Boston Marathon fund. - Dunkin' Donuts announced today that it has donated $100,000 to The One Fund Boston to support families of those impacted by Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Wingstop adds new position to support international development. - Wingstop recently appointed 20-year restaurant veteran Ted Leovich as VP of International Operations to support the company's international expansion. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
McDonald's Franchisee: 'Obamacare Will Negatively Hit Us Like Nothing Else'. - Here's one thing you likely won't find a McDonald's franchise owner happy to ask his employees anytime soon: “Would you like a side of health care with that shake?” ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Franchise Business Index improves for third consecutive month. - The Franchise Business Index (FBI), an index of the economic health of the franchising industry, increased by 0.3 percent in March, boosted by modest improvements in labor market indicators and credit availability... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
California Senate Passes SB 610 Fair Franchise Act. - Good NEWS from California Senate...SB 610 Fair Franchisee Bill passed via a 5 to 2 vote yesterday at Senate Judiciary Committee. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Gap to start franchising Old Navy internationally. - Clothing seller Gap Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to start to franchise Old Navy stores in international markets in 2014, part of its plan to add business at home and globally. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Sixt Announces First U.S. Franchise. - Sixt AG and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA LLC) announce the opening of their first U.S. franchise location. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Muslims' Lawsuit Against McDonald's Ends In $700,000 Settlement. - A judge on Wednesday finalized a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's Corp. and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a suburban Detroit restaurant falsely advertised... [more] 17 Apr, 2013
Franchising in a big city. - Large urban markets continue to draw ambitious franchisees who want to take advantage of high profile, high-volume locations. But operating in the big city brings with it a unique set of challenges and local quirks... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Cowboy Chicken adds franchise development director. - Cowboy Chicken-Wood Fire Rotisserie, a seven-unit Dallas-based fast casual brand, has named Kathy Davidson as its new director of Franchise Development to further franchise growth. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Metro Detroit Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee will start trading on NASDAQ. - Southfield-based Diversified Restaurant Holdings (DRH) will start trading its shares on the NASDAQ exchange on Thursday, April 18, the company announced Tuesday. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Franchisee survey shows growing discord at McDonald's. - Dollar Menu emphasis, increasing competition and general frustration with a changing business trajectory have made for tension between McDonald's and its U.S. franchisees, according to a survey... [more] 16 Apr, 2013
Citi Wide Merchant Funding Announces New Franchise Financing Program. - Citi Wide Merchant Funding is excited to announce a new small business financing program for franchise owners. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2013

First McDonald's Franchise Anniversary: Des Plaines Outpost Opened By Ray Kroc 58 Years Ago. - Fifty-eight years ago Monday, McDonald's founder Ray Kroc opened the now ubiquitous chain's first-ever franchise restaurant (and first ever location east of the Mississippi River) in suburban Chicago. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
Girls' weekend leads to friends' idea that launched a franchising empire. - Emmy Preiss and Harriet Mills launched their Wine and Design franchising empire after a road trip to South Carolina that involved at least two bottles of wine and two great paintings. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
Burger 21 Announces Expansion Plans for Orlando Market. - Burger 21 announced today it is targeting additional areas in the Greater Orlando market for future development in 2013. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2013
Anonymous Email Urges Owners to Sue Quiznos...Now. - An anonymous franchisee sent out a desperate plea last weekend to store owners across the country, urging them to join others in a new blast of litigation against Quiznos. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2013
The Growth Coach Franchise Celebrates 10th Anniversary. - With business and sales coaches in more than 140 national and international markets, The Growth Coach is celebrating their 10th anniversary of franchising. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2013
McDonald's gives new, ex-CEO big pay bumps. - McDonald's more than tripled the pay packages last year for its new CEO Don Thompson and the man he replaced, Jim Skinner. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2013
Franchise Direct Completes 2013 Top 100 Global Franchises Ranking Report. - After months of data review and compilation, Franchise Direct now publishes its Top 100 Global Franchises Report for 2013 which features rankings and methodology information for how the report is compiled. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
Burger King Shakes Up Senior Management Team. - Burger King Worldwide (BKW) announced an evolution of its senior management team as CEO Bernardo Hees and chief financial officer Daniel Schwartz assume new roles within the company. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
Franchisee Advocate to Testify Before California Senate Judiciary Committee. - The AAFD has signed on as Co-Sponsor of California Senate Bill SB610, fair franchising legislation pending in the California legislature. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2013
McDonald's Tackles Repair of 'Broken' Service. - McDonald's Corp., battling back from recent earnings disappointments, is putting unusual emphasis on a longtime challenge: getting its far-flung workforce to provide service with a smile. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Minority Franchisees Accuse Sizzler of Racism. - After franchisees John and Aziza Georgian successfully operated Sizzler restaurants for nine years, they planned to renew their two franchise agreements and buy more stores. Little did they know... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Firehouse Subs: 'A franchise on fire'. - Firehouse Subs surpassed company goals and industry averages last year, resulting in a record-breaking 2012. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Cafe Rio opens 60th unit. - Cafe Rio Mexican Grill continues to expand throughout the D.C. area, opening its eighth location on April 17 in Hagerstown, Md. The restaurant, 17301 Valley Mall Road, marks the chain's 60th unit overall. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2013
Ezell’s Famous Chicken begins franchising. - Ezell’s Famous Chicken, a seven-unit fast-casual chain based in Seattle, is planning national growth as a brick-and-mortar and food truck brand with the launch of a franchising program. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
Medical Marijuana Franchising: Compliance and Termination. - As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, medical marijuana franchise business models have become more popular. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
New report shows small business lending to franchises reaches highest level since recession. - According to new research released today, lending to America’s franchise businesses will reach its highest level since the recession, providing $23.9 billion in lending to support 59,300 unit transactions... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
AAFD Supports California's Franchise Bills. - The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers is asking California franchise owners to support two pieces of franchising fairness legislation recently introduced in the California State Senate and... [more] 5 Apr, 2013
Papa Murphy's recognized for franchisee satisfaction. - Franchise Business Review has recognized Papa Murphy's with the 2013 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2013
QSR workers stage 'biggest strike in fast food history' today. - An estimated 400 quick-service employees walked off their jobs today at more than 60 New York City restaurants. ... [more] 4 Apr, 2013
Utah Franchise Business Network Meeting to Highlight Social Media Strategies and Tools. - Digital public relations professional, Pete Codella, APR, will lead the social media discussion at this month’s Utah FBN luncheon. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
Franchise Industry Launches Campaign to Voice the Needs of Businesses in Immigration Reform Debate. - The IFA today launched an integrated advocacy campaign to voice the needs of franchise business owners in the national debate over comprehensive immigration reform. ... [more] 3 Apr, 2013
Go Mini’s Now Offering Franchising Opportunities. - Go Mini’s, an internationally recognized portable moving and storage solutions company, is excited to announce that it’s looking for franchise partners. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
Captain D’s Hires 25-Year Franchise Veteran as CDO. - To take on the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO), Captain D’s has hired franchise veteran and former Senior Vice President of Development at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Michael Arrowsmith. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
Now Hiring: McArchitect. - McDonald's is looking for a new master architect. The right person could follow in the footsteps of architects who have touched design history. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
First Pie Five Pizza Co. franchise location to open this month. - Pie Five Pizza Co. today announced its first franchised location is scheduled to open this month in Holladay, Utah, near Salt Lake City. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2013
Franchise Development Seminar Coming to Richmond April 3rd. - Link Staffing Franchise Development, the franchising arm of Link Staffing Services, a national provider of industrial staffing, clerical staffing, and productivity solutions, is hosting a free community event... [more] 1 Apr, 2013
Computer Explorers 2012 Franchisee of the Year Awarded to NJ Owner. - Computer Explorers awarded their highest honor to Debra Moorer of New Jersey this month at their annual convention in Houston. ... [more] 1 Apr, 2013
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