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IT outsourcing company CMIT plans franchise expansion in Sacramento. - Austin-based CMIT Solutions is targeting the Sacramento area for five franchises of its outsourced information technology services business in the next few years. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2012
FranNet’s Bailey says franchise business still booming. - An economy stuck in first gear and the uncertainty of tenure in corporate America continue to mean big business for Louisville-based FranNet LLC. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2012
Wilhelm Automotive kicks off franchising push. - One of Arizona’s oldest auto shops has begun franchising. Peoria-based Wilhelm Automotive, which opened in 1928, will open its first franchised location at the Scottsdale Airpark next month. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2012
Popeyes franchisee acquires 49 locations in Texas. - Z&H Foods Inc., a franchisee with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, recently acquired 49 existing locations in San Antonio and Houston. The deal makes Z&H Foods, led by Amin Dhanani, the third-largest domestic... [more] 30 Nov, 2012
Kona Ice Finds Success in Franchisees and Communities. - Adding 180 trucks in just the past 18 months, Kona Ice is on an ascent that will continue in 2013 and beyond. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
Fast-food workers in NYC flex their muscle for better pay. - Fast-food workers in New York City staged a walkout on Thursday to demand better pay and the right to unionize in another recent example of labor stretching muscles made moribund by disuse. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
Jack in the Box Plants the Seeds for Refranchising. - Jack in the Box Inc. disclosed the details of two refranchising transactions that were included in the company’s fourth-quarter operating results. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
PostNet CEO Steve Greenbaum Gets Inside Look at Franchise Model from Eyes of Employees, Franchisees on CBS Hit Series "Undercover Boss". - Since founding PostNet in 1993, CEO Steve Greenbaum has worked tirelessly to evolve the franchise from its origins as a mail and parcel store to a full-on Neighborhood Business Center"... [more] 29 Nov, 2012
Dunkin CEO: Washington should consult restaurant industry on fiscal cliff. - Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis appeared on Neil Cavuto's Fox Business program Tuesday to discuss Obamacare and the fiscal cliff drama unfolding in Washington, D.C. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2012
Active Moms Magazine Announces Franchising Opportunities for Magazine Publishing and Smartphone App. - Active Moms Magazine is pleased to announce franchising opportunities for the magazine and the popular Active Moms smartphone app. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2012
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Launches Initiative to Support and Increase Female Franchise Ownership. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian has recently initiated an increased effort to draw more female candidates through sharing the success stories of its current female franchisees. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2012
Restaurant CFOs sound off on health care concerns. - A group of chief financial officers from some of the largest restaurant companies recently discussed their biggest concerns surrounding health care reform, and uncertainty and increased costs topped the list. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
Garbanzo inks 1st Florida franchise deal. - Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill has awarded franchise development rights to its first Florida franchisee, Garboca LLC. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2012
Is franchising your next step to leaving corporate world? - Two South Florida businessmen turned into franchise entrepreneurs this past October when they were at the crossroads of their professional futures. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2012
Uglesich's restaurant could return as a franchise. - Seven years after Anthony and Gail Uglesich closed their famous lunch spot, they're looking into franchising the name. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2012
Taco Taco's founder set to expand. - No longer does Helen Velesiotis need to catnap in her service station while working 15-hour days. And gone are the days when she shuttled between her eight stations that were 120 miles apart. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2012
More Than 500 Franchise and Coaching Executives Gather to Transform Careers, Businesses and the Economy. - More than 500 of North America's top franchise industry executives and business coaches came together recently at the 13th Annual Franchise Source Brands International (FSBI) conference. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2012
Dream Dinners Breaks Franchise Law Again. - Dream Dinners, Inc, a meal assembly franchisor that allows customers to prepare and take home dinners for their families, is once again in violation of Washington’s franchise law. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2012
Louisville Chili's franchisee to launch wireless tabletop terminals. - Louisville-based ERJ Dining LLC, a franchisee of 122 Chili's Bar & Grill units, has begun using wireless, touch-screen technology on tables at 30 of its restaurants. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Franchise Business Index Up Slightly For Third Straight Month. - The Franchise Business Index (FBI), an index of the economic health of the franchise sector, showed a slight gain of 0.3 percent in October, the International Franchise Association announced today. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
John Metz Denny's Obamacare Surcharge Stirs Big Mess For Restaurant Chain. - Don't expect to hear more about an Obamacare surcharge from Denny's franchisee John Metz. Denny's chief executive John Miller privately reached out to Metz to express his "disappointment"... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Sixt Announces Franchise Expansion Plans in the U.S. - Sixt AG and its U.S. Franchise Unit announced Nov. 19 it will launch an initiative to expand its franchise network into the U.S. to internationalize the group's business. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Papa John’s Will Sign 200 Franchise Agreements in North America This Year. - Papa John’s International, Inc. announced today that it will sign more than 200 North American franchise agreements in 2012. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
A New Age for Women. - The state of women in franchising today is largely on the up and up, thanks to shifting demographics, growing female independence, and franchisors’ desire for a stronger female presence in their... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Sarku Japan continues major NYC expansion. - Sarku Japan is expanding its quick-service footprint in New York City with a new opening on 125th Street in Harlem. Other locations are planned for Queens, Brooklyn, Yonkers and Long Island. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2012
Franchise Associations Weigh In on Election. - Days after the general election, franchise lobbying groups continue to chime in on the results of the presidential election and their political agenda for the new term. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2012
Denny's franchisee backs off 'Obamacare' threat. - The Florida-based owner of a string of Denny's restaurants on Friday backed off a threat to add a surcharge to customer tabs to cover the cost of so-called Obamacare. ... [more] 16 Nov, 2012

McDonald’s Replaces its U.S. Chief Fields After Sales Decline. - McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant company by sales, replaced the president of its U.S. division amid falling same-store sales. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2012
Denny's Franchisee Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare. - While some business owners threaten to cut workers' hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further. John Metz said he will add a 5% surcharge... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
The Bar Method Receives SBA Franchise Registry Approval. - Fitness sensation and exercise studio franchise The Bar Method joins a prestigious list of franchisors on the SBA Franchise Registry. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
Franchise Industry CEOs Urge Congress to Address Fiscal Cliff, Tax Reform. - Over fifty CEOs and senior executives of franchise companies, as members of the International Franchise Association (IFA), today called on Congress to address the... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
Applebee's Backlash Sparked By Zane Tankel's Obamacare Slam. - Heated comments from an Applebee's franchise owner sparked viral outrage against the giant restaurant chain, marking a new phase in the war over Obamacare. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2012
Papa John's boycott threatened over CEO's Obamacare comments. - This year's presidential election featured hot tempers on both sides. While some of that rage is dissipating, Papa John's is now finding itself in the middle of a continued, fiery debate. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2012
Arby's Makes a Franchising Deal with Restaurant Veteran. - Arby's Restaurant Group announced the sale of 42 company-owned locations and development rights in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, to proven restaurateur, Tony Lutfi. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2012
Mooyah burgers to open WA's first franchise in Federal Way. - Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes will open its first Washington state franchise in Federal Way. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2012
Laid-Off Professionals Find a Haven in Franchises. - As the franchise market struggles through a tough economy, professional-services chains are surging ahead of the pack. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Veterans Finding New Opportunities in Franchising Post-Service. - With unemployment holding steady and an ever-more-competitive job market facing them, veterans have employment obstacles a plenty waiting for them upon arriving home from serving. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Pie Five now franchising. - Pie Five Pizza has awarded its first two franchise development agreements and will introduce its fast-casual custom pizza concept in Utah and North Carolina. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
KFC franchisee forced to close; sells 14 California stores in bankruptcy deal. - A total of 14 Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlets in California and another 14 in Minnesota shut their doors for the final time Saturday, Nov. 10. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2012
New Franchise for Military Veterans Tackles America’s Obesity Crisis. - Military veterans across the nation are becoming health and nutrition activists by starting a veteran-owned franchise with HUMAN Healthy Vending. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2012
Survey: Franchise Business Owners Say They Are Unlikely to Grow by Nearly 3 to 1 Margin Following Elections. - Franchise business owners say they are less likely to expand following the Nov. 6th elections, according to a survey of franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers. ... [more] 9 Nov, 2012
Before You Open That Franchise, It’s Back to School. - In a shaky economy, many chains are trying to protect and expand their brands by putting their franchisees through training courses to make sure they know the business inside and out. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Report: Franchising Industry has hired over 60,000 veterans since 2011. - A new report from the IFA, prepared by Franchise Business Review, shows over 64,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors have started careers in franchising since 2011 through... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Is Your Business a Candidate for Franchising? - Franchising could put your business on the path to hypergrowth, but only if your business model is a fit. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Corporate cookie franchise growing locally. - Michelle Shah did a little baking before she bought into the Cookie Advantage franchise, but she never imagined she’d own a cookie business. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Baskin-Robbins offers franchise incentive for veterans in California. - Baskin-Robbins, operator of an international chain of ice cream shops, is offering an economic incentive to U.S. military veterans seeking to own a Baskin-Robbins franchise in California. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
McDonald's Global Comparable Sales Decrease 1.8% in October. - McDonald's Corporation today announced that global comparable sales decreased 1.8% in October. ... [more] 8 Nov, 2012
Franchise Industry Looks Forward to Working with Pres. Obama and New Congress to Accelerate Job Creation. - Members of the IFA were key players in promoting the importance of franchise small businesses to the ongoing, sluggish economic recovery as a top issue during the 2012 elections. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Big Smoke Burger signs five multiunit franchise deals. - Mustafa Yusuf, founder and owner of Toronto-based fast casual concept Big Smoke Burger, has announced that, since joining forces with franchise development company Fransmart, the chain has signed... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Swim school franchise awarded internationally. - Paul Sadler Swimland has been awarded for its learn to swim franchise business at the US Swim School Association conference held in Hawaii. ... [more] 6 Nov, 2012
Second Cup Coffee Company Opens First Flagship Store in Florida. - Second Cup Coffee Company LLC, a privately owned franchisor of the Second Cup brand in the USA, and its licensed partner, Coffee by the Sea Corp., announced the opening of its first location in Florida today... [more] 6 Nov, 2012
Existing Franchisee Acquires 120 Unit KFC Portfolio from Yum Brands, Inc. - Mitra QSR KNE, LLC (Mitra) and its capital partner, Chalak Growth Capital Fund, LLC (Chalak), recently closed on a large acquisition of KFC/Taco Bell units in the Northeast part of the United States for... [more] 6 Nov, 2012
Chicken chains tussle over Twin Cities sites. - Popeyes' attempt to pump up its meager Twin Cities presence is turning into a cockfight with fried chicken archrival KFC. ... [more] 5 Nov, 2012
Franchises in service industry are thriving. - While the recession and higher unemployment have slowed sales of existing homes, they have simultaneously spurred the growth of franchises in the service industry, whose purpose is to fix things. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2012
Athletes buy restaurant franchises to build financial futures. - The International Franchise Association said it has tracked about 50 agreements between sports stars and franchise companies over the past two years. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2012
McDonald's Lends a Hand to Hurricane Sandy Victims. - McDonald's Corporation announced it will contribute to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts with a donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2012
NYPD Pizza signs with BBI to franchise globally. - Beautiful Brands International announced a joint venture with Paul Russo to franchise NYPD Pizzeria, headquartered in Orlando, Fla. Russo founded NYPD Pizza in 1996. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
Baskin-Robbins introduces franchise incentive for veterans. - Baskin-Robbins announced today that it has launched a new veteran incentive program that supports U.S. military veterans seeking to open a Baskin-Robbins franchise in California, Florida and other select... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
Maui Wowi Honors Veterans with Franchise Fee Discount. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian continues to honor veterans during the months of November and December with extra thanks by increasing the Military Giveback Program to a 20 percent double discount off the... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
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