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Dinah Wisenberg Brin

Dinah Wisenberg Brin is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has covered business, politics, healthcare and general news for wire services, newspapers, blogs and other publications.

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Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan

Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan

The folks selling mega-sodas at food courts and fast-food drive-thrus are not very sweet on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban large sugary drinks.
July 25, 2012 in Franchises
Subway's Tweets Top List

Subway's Tweets Top List

A recent survey finds that the sandwich franchise beats out McDonald's, Starbuck and others when it comes to social media. We asked why.
July 17, 2012 in Franchises
How Young Entrepreneurs Turned a Tweet from Richard Branson into $1 Million

How Young Entrepreneurs Turned a Tweet from Richard Branson into $1 Million

In starting up, whatever you do, do not miss an opportunity to meet tastemakers like Sir Richard Branson. Here's how two young founders met the billionaire and won him over.
July 11, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
A Franchise Grapples with Hypergrowth

A Franchise Grapples with Hypergrowth

Complete Nutrition, one of the fastest-growing franchises on Entrepreneur's 2012 Franchise 500 list, was forced to freeze new franchise sales for 15 months when its concept took off.
July 9, 2012 in Franchises
Waxing for Young Girls? Franchise's Promotion Draws Heat

Waxing for Young Girls? Franchise's Promotion Draws Heat

Uni K Wax Centers raises eyebrows after it offers discounts on waxing services to girls 15 years and younger.
July 6, 2012 in Franchises
Kid Franchises Tap the Tyke Market

Kid Franchises Tap the Tyke Market

Whether its playstation-equipped restaurants or swim schools, franchise companies are targeting kids -- and the parents who will pay up for their services.
June 22, 2012 in Franchises
Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

Ever hear of the Filet-O-Fish sandwich? Or the Blizzard frozen treat? Both were invented by franchisees -- not the parent company.
June 19, 2012 in Franchises

Young 'Changemakers' Have Chance to Win Money for Social Ventures

For budding social entrepreneurs, here's your chance to get noticed -- and land some start-up cash.
June 5, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Here's a Cheap Business Idea: Ikea Hauling

Here's a Cheap Business Idea: Ikea Hauling

Dustin and Jennifer Culton of Omaha made $30,000 in one year by taking people's Ikea orders -- and driving to the Swedish store's Minneapolis location to fill them.
May 31, 2012 in Starting a Business
Back to Civilian Life, Veterans Try Franchises

Back to Civilian Life, Veterans Try Franchises

Last Veteran's Day, the franchise industry announced a new program for returning soldiers. We catch up on its progress.
May 28, 2012 in Franchises
A Young Fitness Business Inspired by Mom

A Young Fitness Business Inspired by Mom

Giving thanks on Mother's Day -- and every other day -- is capitol for one young trep who looked to his mom for inspiration.
May 12, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Is 'Tanning Mom' Another Setback for Sunbed Industry?

Is 'Tanning Mom' Another Setback for Sunbed Industry?

The U.S. indoor tanning industry faces renewed calls for tighter regulation amid publicity surrounding New Jersey's so-called tanning mom.
May 10, 2012 in Franchises
Reality Show Win Sweetens Outlook for California Cupcake Business

Reality Show Win Sweetens Outlook for California Cupcake Business

Nothing can catapult a business into the big time like staring in a reality TV show. We check in with one young entrepreneur who scored a win on 'Cupcake Wars.'
May 9, 2012 in Branding
'Breastaurant' Battle Ends With Pair of Press Releases

'Breastaurant' Battle Ends With Pair of Press Releases

Hooters and La Cima, a franchisee for Twin Peaks, reach an out-of-court settlement -- though the war of words continues.
May 2, 2012 in Franchises
New President, More Overseas Investment on Yum's Menu

New President, More Overseas Investment on Yum's Menu

The parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell plans new growth in emerging markets like India and China with the management change.
May 1, 2012 in Franchises
Men In Kilts on the 'Challenging' Startup Journey

Men In Kilts on the 'Challenging' Startup Journey

The CEO of the window-washing franchise talks candidly about obstacles -- and provides tips for perseverance.
April 13, 2012 in Franchises
Filed Your Taxes? You Deserve a Cup of Coffee

Filed Your Taxes? You Deserve a Cup of Coffee

Most companies link their promotions to days that people love to celebrate. Seattle's Best Coffee, among others, is tying its latest campaign to a day that most dread...Tax Day
April 11, 2012 in Franchises
Who You Gonna Call. . . Lice Lifters?

Who You Gonna Call. . . Lice Lifters?

Sometimes you dream up business ideas, other times they find you. Here's the story of a franchise business dedicated to stomping out lice.
March 16, 2012 in Franchises
Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise

Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise

When Brian Scudamore of 1-800-Got-Junk hired a contractor to spruce up his old house, he found the second brand he'd been looking for. Now, the two have joined forces for 1-888-Wow-1Day! Painting.
March 5, 2012 in Franchises
Your Franchise Could Be Here

Your Franchise Could Be Here

Aiming to fill vacancies, shopping centers partner with franchise companies to pre-approve space for new chain locations.
February 27, 2012 in Franchises
Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

The Seattle coffee chain is holdings auditions to cast "hot young girls as servers" for a new reality show. A recent Tampa casting call, however, came up short.
February 3, 2012 in Franchises
McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

The hamburger chain admits that its new Twitter campaign, designed to promote the farmers who supply its meat, didn't go exactly as planned.
January 25, 2012 in Franchises
What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise

What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise

Franchise ownership isn't for everyone, nor is every opportunity a gold mine. Here's a shortlist of what you need to know.
January 20, 2012 in Franchises
Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs

Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs

A greater percentage of Asians, African-Americans and other minorities are buying into franchised businesses, as opposed to starting their own independent businesses, says a recent study from the Inte
December 22, 2011 in Franchises
Will the Economy Make You a Franchise Owner?

Will the Economy Make You a Franchise Owner?

The current economic climate has led some folks to explore investing in franchise businesses, and significant numbers of them are willing to dip into personal or retirement savings to make the move.
December 8, 2011 in Franchises
Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?

Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?

A franchise advocate is lobbying American Express to allow franchisees from small outfits to take part in its holiday marketing campaign designed to promote independently-owned enterprises.
November 29, 2011 in Franchises
For Paralyzed Athlete, Franchise Is Good Fit

For Paralyzed Athlete, Franchise Is Good Fit

J.J. O'Connor suffered a life-changing hockey injury at 16. Today, he's in the process of opening his fourth Sport Clips location -- and enjoying life as a business owner.
November 21, 2011 in Franchises
Franchise Industry Looking For a Few Good Veterans

Franchise Industry Looking For a Few Good Veterans

The International Franchise Association plans a new campaign to offer returning soldiers new career paths in franchising.
November 10, 2011 in Franchises
Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners

Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners

A new program aims to help professional athletes tackle the franchise world when they retire from sports.
November 1, 2011 in Franchises
Facebook Friends Franchises

Facebook Friends Franchises

The social-networking giant joins the International Franchise Association, with plans to appear at the trade group's annual meeting.
October 25, 2011 in Franchises