Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.
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 anywhere.
Enterprising businesspeople are finding that the franchise model can dispense routine medical services as efficiently as it delivers fried chicken or oil changes.
Adam & Eve creates an atmosphere that is welcoming to both women and couples, with a focus on sexual health.
A Bruster's store gets a prizewinning makeover.
A newcomer to the Franchise 500, IceBorn boasts a proprietary system that can be controlled and monitored by franchisees remotely via a smartphone.
With a number of high-profile IPOs, franchises are having a moment in the Wall Street spotlight.
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 concepts into international brands.
It's the gourmet meal of a lifetime. Just don't look down.
These 10 franchises are leading the way into the New Year.
A focus on franchisee selection, training and operations helped Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches reach number five on the Franchise 500 list this year.
The Original SoupMan has finally hit its stride.
A sweet internship with Kona Ice helped Derek Taylor open his very own franchise.
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.
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.
9Round kicks up circuit fitness training with boxing and kickboxing inspired workouts.
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