Jason Daley

Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.

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How a Former Denny's Waitress Amassed an Empire of Over 75 Denny's Locations
Franchises

How a Former Denny's Waitress Amassed an Empire of Over 75 Denny's Locations

At age 16, Dawn Lafreeda began working at Denny's as a hostess. Three decades later, she's the largest single-owner franchisee in the system.
Why Early Adopters Will Win the Franchise Game
Franchises

Why Early Adopters Will Win the Franchise Game

A 'don't-rock-the-boat' strategy is no longer an acceptable option.
A Franchise Built for Endurance Athletes
Franchises

A Franchise Built for Endurance Athletes

Jamie and Tara Osborn, triathletes both, recognized that retail niche for athletes like themselves and so they opened Endurance House.
Meet the Surprising New Player Driving Innovation in Golf
The 'Treps

Meet the Surprising New Player Driving Innovation in Golf

Tyler Sullivan is on a quest to redesign the golf driver.
Reviving an Old Brand = Nostalgia Driven Profit
Marketing

Reviving an Old Brand = Nostalgia Driven Profit

Bringing back a well-known brand can save millions in upfront marketing, while the name recognition captures attention in a crowded marketplace.
Making the Jump From Franchisee to Franchisor
Franchises

Making the Jump From Franchisee to Franchisor

Several owners who made the shift discuss their decision-making process, what they learned and how they do things differently.
Meet the Franchisor Launching a Fundraising Platform for Potential Franchisees
Franchises

Meet the Franchisor Launching a Fundraising Platform for Potential Franchisees

Mandy Calara created an online crowdfunding platform that lets the friends, family and community of potential franchisees become investors.
Meet the Real Estate Franchise Backed by Warren Buffett
Franchises

Meet the Real Estate Franchise Backed by Warren Buffett

One of the first enterprises Buffett is allowing to use the Berkshire Hathaway brand name is a real-estate brokerage.
Why It Pays Big to Be an Early Adopter in Franchising
Franchises

Why It Pays Big to Be an Early Adopter in Franchising

Getting in on the ground floor can lead to big things in a world where a relatively modest investment can turn into a profitable business.
How Social Franchising Is Bringing Jobs to the Developing World
Franchises

How Social Franchising Is Bringing Jobs to the Developing World

The aid community is taking the efficiency and standardization of the franchise model any applying it toward philanthropic endeavors.
From Independent Business Owner to Franchisee
Franchises

From Independent Business Owner to Franchisee

Don Robinson has been an independent restaurant owner -- twice -- but has come to the realization that being a franchisee plays to his strengths.
Introducing Entrepreneur's Top Brands of 2014: Learn Their Secrets
Marketing

Introducing Entrepreneur's Top Brands of 2014: Learn Their Secrets

We present the companies that have generated the most trust among entrepreneurs as well as the lessons you can take from them.
The Top Brands in Food Service, Hotels, Retail and More
Marketing

The Top Brands in Food Service, Hotels, Retail and More

These brands took the No. 1 spot in various categories. Here's why.
The 120 Most Trusted Brands
Marketing

The 120 Most Trusted Brands

We surveyed more than 5,000 Entrepreneur readers to learn the companies that elicit their greatest loyalty and trust. Here are the results.
Franchisees: How to Make It in a Big City
Franchises

Franchisees: How to Make It in a Big City

Urban locations present unique challenges: higher taxes, complicated real estate, lifestyle differences. But it's true what they say about big-city success: If you can make it there, you can make it a
Why Health-Care Franchising Is Entering a Boom Time
Franchises

Why Health-Care Franchising Is Entering a Boom Time

Enterprising businesspeople are finding that the franchise model can dispense routine medical services as efficiently as it delivers fried chicken or oil changes.
Meet the Franchise Bringing Adult Products Out of the Shadows
Grow Your Business

Meet the Franchise Bringing Adult Products Out of the Shadows

Adam & Eve creates an atmosphere that is welcoming to both women and couples, with a focus on sexual health.
Extreme Makeover, Franchise Style
Franchises

Extreme Makeover, Franchise Style

A Bruster's store gets a prizewinning makeover.
This 24-Hour On-Demand Ice Machine Is a Game Changer
Franchises

This 24-Hour On-Demand Ice Machine Is a Game Changer

A newcomer to the Franchise 500, IceBorn boasts a proprietary system that can be controlled and monitored by franchisees remotely via a smartphone.
Why Are These High-Profile Franchises Suddenly Going Public?
Franchises

Why Are These High-Profile Franchises Suddenly Going Public?

With a number of high-profile IPOs, franchises are having a moment in the Wall Street spotlight.
How Local Franchises Are Becoming International Brands
Franchises

How Local Franchises Are Becoming International Brands

With the support of the Commerce Department, company executives can travel to regions of interest and meet with potential investors, which may be the boost some franchises need to expand their concept
Meet the Franchise Serving Dinner in the Sky
Franchises

Meet the Franchise Serving Dinner in the Sky

It's the gourmet meal of a lifetime. Just don't look down.
The Top 10 Franchises of 2014
Franchises

The Top 10 Franchises of 2014

These 10 franchises are leading the way into the New Year.
How One Sandwich Company Cracked the Franchise Top 10
Magazine

How One Sandwich Company Cracked the Franchise Top 10

A focus on franchisee selection, training and operations helped Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches reach number five on the Franchise 500 list this year.
Yes, Soup for You!
Magazine

Yes, Soup for You!

The Original SoupMan has finally hit its stride.
From Intern to Franchisee
Franchises

From Intern to Franchisee

A sweet internship with Kona Ice helped Derek Taylor open his very own franchise.
Meet the Top Franchise of 2014
Franchises

Meet the Top Franchise of 2014

Positive culture and a commitment to health, family and safety have taken a 24-hour gym concept to the top of the 2014 Franchise 500.
Meet the Chefs Who Are Bringing Quality Food to the Masses
Franchises

Meet the Chefs Who Are Bringing Quality Food to the Masses

A number of top culinary minds are aiming to expand their reach with franchised fast-casual restaurants that serve up high-quality, reasonably priced meals.
A Startup Brings Circuit-Training to the Masses
Health & Fitness

A Startup Brings Circuit-Training to the Masses

9Round kicks up circuit fitness training with boxing and kickboxing inspired workouts.
Food and Beverage Trend for 2014: The Rise of Craft Distilleries
Growth Strategies

Food and Beverage Trend for 2014: The Rise of Craft Distilleries

First came the craft brewing trend, and now craft distilleries are churning out premium hooch.
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