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'Boot Camp' Launched for Vets Interested in Franchising. - A new 12-day intensive franchise training program at Nova Southeastern University’s International Institute for Franchise Education (IIFE) could help prepare vets to make the transition to franchising. ... [more] 31 May, 2011
Franchise Gator Partners with - FranchiseGator, the internet’s largest franchise opportunity portal and BusinessBroker.Net, one of the most successful business for sale web sites have partnered to better serve both franchisors and franchisees. ... [more] 30 May, 2011
Franchising empire builders thinking big. - When it comes to the superstars of the franchise industry, three Michigan entrepreneurs are on the A list, destined to one day join the ranks of mega franchisees. ... [more] 29 May, 2011
Subway Café provides a different franchising option. - As Subway Restaurants moved past McDonald's this year to take over the global unit count top spot, a much smaller concept under the brand's umbrella has continued to grow at a much slower pace. ... [more] 27 May, 2011
7 Small Franchises That Are Growing Fast. - With the recession over and capital markets slowly opening up, small businesses with big ideas and bigger growth plans are making their way across the U.S. by franchising their concepts... [more] 26 May, 2011
Parents Turn to Franchise Ownership to Help Adult Children. - John Quigley and Diane Langford are at the forefront of a rising trend in the tepid economic recovery: parents buying franchises to improve career prospects for their children. ... [more] 26 May, 2011
California Pizza agrees to $470 mln buyout. - California Pizza Kitchen Inc agreed on Wednesday to be acquired by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $470 million, more than a year after its hunt for a buyer began. ... [more] 25 May, 2011
2011 Military Friendly Franchises ® List Released. - On the heels of recently published Census Bureau figures showing over 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses, G.I. Jobs is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 Military Friendly Franchises® list. ... [more] 24 May, 2011
Subway to open 2,000 stores, looking for franchisees. - According to a company press release, Subway restaurant chain plans to open 2,000 stores in North America in 2011. ... [more] 24 May, 2011
New Ad Campaign Connects Franchising To Job Creation. - To highlight the vast number of jobs created by the franchise industry, the International Franchise Association today released the latest advertisement in its public awareness campaign. ... [more] 23 May, 2011
McDonald's stockholders reject obesity proposal. - McDonald's Corp spurned calls to assess the impact of its food on childhood obesity, and said its trademark clown Ronald McDonald would be hawking Happy Meals to kids for years to come. ... [more] 19 May, 2011
Swisher Hygiene acquires Wingspan Service. - Swisher Hygiene is continuing its acquisition spree by acquiring the hygiene and chemical business of Wingspan Service Corp., its last California franchisee. ... [more] 19 May, 2011
Dunkin' franchisee sued over no-tips policy. - An employee has filed a lawsuit against a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee that alleges that the franchisee's no tipping policy violates the Massachusetts Tips Law. ... [more] 18 May, 2011
McDonald's comes under fire ahead of annual meeting. - Hundreds of health organizations and professionals signed a letter to McDonald's Corp, asking the fast-food chain to stop marketing junk food to children, including with Happy Meals and Ronald McDonald. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
25 Worst Franchises to Buy, 2011. - Some of the perennial worst franchises to buy — hoagie sandwich shops, ice cream stops, and auto repair garages — dominate this year's list. The recession has only helped their failure rates climb. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
Edible Arrangements Announces Aggressive Domestic and International Expansion Goals. - Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements, announced today aggressive expansion plans with the goal of opening 150 new locations in 2011... [more] 17 May, 2011
Wendy’s Franchisees Find Success Hiring Amidst Tough Economy. - WyckWyre, the web-based recruiting solution based in Conklin, NY, has recently joined forces with several Wendy’s franchisees to help them recruit better Team Members and save time in the process. ... [more] 17 May, 2011
IFA Launches Expanded Credit Access Campaign. - The IFA, in conjunction with its sponsorship of the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week May 16-20, announced an expanded Credit Access Campaign... [more] 16 May, 2011
New McDs wired up like Starbucks. - Ronald McDonald is taking aim at Starbucks with remodeled stores that offer comfortable seating, Wi-Fi and wide-screen TVs in a move that’s putting more cash in the company’s pockets. ... [more] 15 May, 2011

Fresh Coat Opens Painting Franchise in Washington State. - Jon and Katie Cook have launched the first Fresh Coat Painters franchise in Washington to serve residential and business clients in Vancouver and its surrounding Clark area communities. ... [more] 15 May, 2011
Goddard studies New Mexico’s franchisee market. - The Goddard School, a national early childhood education franchise company, is looking to expand into New Mexico with two locations in Albuquerque. ... [more] 13 May, 2011
FRANdata Expands Franchise Registry. - FRANdata has expanded its Franchise Registry to streamline conventional and SBA franchise lending. ... [more] 13 May, 2011
Del Taco Puts Focus on Franchisees. - Del Taco recognized the achievements of several franchise owners and the brand’s founder at its recent franchisee conference. ... [more] 12 May, 2011
Goldman Sachs Buys Applebee's Franchise. - Applebee's largest franchisee announced today that private equity firm Goldman Sachs Capital Partners is investing in its franchise. ... [more] 10 May, 2011
Wendy's/Arby's plans to raise prices, earnings dissapoint. - Wendy's/Arby's Group plans to raise prices, following in the footsteps of competitors like McDonald's. The company also cut its earnings outlook because of rising costs for beef and other ingredients. ... [more] 10 May, 2011
Franchisee seeks receiver. - A Milwaukee franchise group of Verlo Mattress Factory Stores filed for protection from creditors in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday. ... [more] 10 May, 2011
McDonald’s franchisee embracing green efforts. - Going green is evolving from a trend to a necessity and plenty of businesses are catching on to the benefits of incorporating sustainable features. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
Pizza Hut joins tornado relief efforts. - To help support tornado relief efforts in Alabama, Pizza Hut restaurants throughout the state will host a fundraising event May 12, from open to close. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
Global Franchise Group to integrate MaggieMoo’s and Marble Slab. - Global Franchise Group made several major announcements during its 2011 QSR Conference, including its plan to integrate MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery with Marble Slab Creamery in the near future. ... [more] 9 May, 2011
McDonald's revamps stores to look more upscale. - At a time when most of McDonald's competitors are still shell-shocked from the recent recession, the fast-food giant is undertaking its biggest store-by-store makeover in the chain's 56-year history. ... [more] 8 May, 2011
Smashburger Opens 100th Store. - Better burger concept Smashburger announces that it has opened the doors of its 100th store with the grand opening of a Schaumburg, Illinois franchise. ... [more] 7 May, 2011
McDonald’s, Yum!, Starbucks on 2011 Fortune 500 list. - The annual Fortune 500 list, which ranks America's largest corporations by revenue and profit, was released Thursday. ... [more] 6 May, 2011
Car-repair franchisor follows Christian ideals. - A new-to-Colorado car repair franchise may be surprising for several reasons, but perhaps most surprising is the requirement that all franchise owners must be Christians. ... [more] 6 May, 2011
Domino’s Eyes Global Expansion as Sales at International Outlets Increase. - Domino’s Pizza Inc., whose stock rose to its highest level today in four years, plans to open up to 300 shops a year after reporting a rise in same-store sales overseas. ... [more] 5 May, 2011
Cartridge World plans Dallas area growth. - Cartridge World is planning to expand in the Dallas area during the next few years and is looking for potential franchisees, according to a company release. ... [more] 5 May, 2011
Domino's shares jump on strong 1st-qtr results. - Domino's Pizza Inc. on Thursday posted a 10% jump in first-quarter profit, boosted by sales gains at stores abroad. The results topped Wall Street expectations, and Domino's shares rose more than 10%. ... [more] 5 May, 2011
Joe Barbat Founder of Wireless Toyz Launches Franchisee Field Manual. - Wireless Toyz Founder Joe Barbat has created a common-sense guide for franchise candidates to use in their research and selection of a new business. ... [more] 4 May, 2011
Parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins plans IPO. - The parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins says it plans to go public through an initial public offering worth an estimated $400 million, confirming weeks of Wall Street speculation. ... [more] 4 May, 2011
Hutch pair opening casket customizing franchise. - One thing James and Robin McComas can truthfully say about their new business, coming soon to downtown Hutchinson, is that it's unique. ... [more] 4 May, 2011
Wyoming couple says company spied on customers. - A Wyoming couple says in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday that a computer they leased from Aaron's Inc., a national rent-to-own firm, allowed the company to secretly spy on them. ... [more] 3 May, 2011
Papa John’s International franchisee goes public. - WorldWide Papa's Plc., the exclusive area developer of Papa John's restaurants in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region of Russia, is now listed on the Deutsche Böerse - Frankfurt Open Market. ... [more] 3 May, 2011
Local Domino's violated franchise agreements. - Marion’s Domino’s Pizza closed last month and a corporate official said Tuesday the company terminated its contracts with the owner for “repeated violations of the franchise agreements.” ... [more] 3 May, 2011
Taco Bell Owners Push Back on Yum Hardball Tactics. - Yum Brands Inc. has been demonstrating its insatiable appetite for China’s market in past years, and that craving is now reflected in the company’s year’s first quarter results. ... [more] 2 May, 2011
Franchisees file class-action suit against BP, Retalix. - Law firms SeegerWeiss LLP and Lee Tran & Liang APLC have jointly filed a class action lawsuit against BP and Retalix on behalf of owners of BP and ARCO gas station and ampm convenience store franchises. ... [more] 2 May, 2011
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