Dinah Wisenberg Brin

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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Chick-fil-A in Gay-Rights Fracas as Supporters Line Up
Franchises

Chick-fil-A in Gay-Rights Fracas as Supporters Line Up

Proponents of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's same-sex marriage position keep the culture war going today with an unofficial "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan
Franchises

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.
Subway's Tweets Top List
Franchises

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

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.
A Franchise Grapples with Hypergrowth
Franchises

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.
Waxing for Young Girls? Franchise's Promotion Draws Heat
Franchises

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.
Kid Franchises Tap the Tyke Market
Franchises

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.
Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well
Franchises

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.
Young Entrepreneurs

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.
Here's a Cheap Business Idea: Ikea Hauling
Starting a Business

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.
Back to Civilian Life, Veterans Try Franchises
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.
A Young Fitness Business Inspired by Mom
Young Entrepreneurs

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.
Is 'Tanning Mom' Another Setback for Sunbed Industry?
Franchises

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.
Reality Show Win Sweetens Outlook for California Cupcake Business
Branding

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.'
'Breastaurant' Battle Ends With Pair of Press Releases
Franchises

'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.
New President, More Overseas Investment on Yum's Menu
Franchises

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.
Men In Kilts on the 'Challenging' Startup Journey
Franchises

Men In Kilts on the 'Challenging' Startup Journey

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

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
Who You Gonna Call. . . Lice Lifters?
Franchises

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.
Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise
Franchises

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.
Your Franchise Could Be Here
Franchises

Your Franchise Could Be Here

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

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.
McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back
Franchises

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.
What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise
Franchises

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.
Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs
Franchises

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
Will the Economy Make You a Franchise Owner?
Franchises

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.
Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?
Franchises

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.
For Paralyzed Athlete, Franchise Is Good Fit
Franchises

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.
Franchise Industry Looking For a Few Good Veterans
Franchises

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.
Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners
Franchises

Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners

A new program aims to help professional athletes tackle the franchise world when they retire from sports.

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