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Jason Daley

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

30 Recent Stories

A Mobile Franchise Brings the Party to Kids

A Mobile Franchise Brings the Party to Kids

Michael Falgares scored big and launched a portable franchise when he put video games on a custom trailer
February 22, 2011 in Success Stories
Trading the Corporate World for Franchise Ownership

Trading the Corporate World for Franchise Ownership

From the corporate world to franchise ownership -- how business owners make the transition.
February 22, 2011 in Success Stories
A Fix-it Shop With a Twist

A Fix-it Shop With a Twist

Nancy Herrington saves the day for customers of her Mr. Handyman franchise--and her community.
February 22, 2011 in Success Stories
Building a Business on Striping Parking Lots

Building a Business on Striping Parking Lots

Three landscapers go from lawns to lanes, forging new ground in the $1 billion business of parking lot striping.
January 25, 2011 in Magazine
15 Brilliant Marketing Ideas

15 Brilliant Marketing Ideas

Fifteen marketing ideas of 2010 that made us channel our inner Liz Lemon and say, "I want to go to there."
January 25, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
Senior Care Franchises Among the Fastest-Growing Systems

Senior Care Franchises Among the Fastest-Growing Systems

With the population aging, home-care outfits move quickly up the list of fastest-growing franchises.
January 25, 2011 in Franchises
To Prime and Protect: A Franchisee Works the White House

To Prime and Protect: A Franchisee Works the White House

A Fresh Coat Painters franchisee does an extra tour of duty with a job of national importance.
January 25, 2011 in Success Stories
How Denny's Returned to the Top 10 Franchises List

How Denny's Returned to the Top 10 Franchises List

A focus on value and franchising helped the system turn its business around.
December 20, 2010 in Franchises
Why Hampton Hotels Ranks No. 1 on the Franchise 500 List

Why Hampton Hotels Ranks No. 1 on the Franchise 500 List

By finding its niche in the middle, Hampton Hotels comes out on top.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises
10 Franchises for $20K (Or Less)

10 Franchises for $20K (Or Less)

Franchise opps for the budget-minded.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises

The Top 10 Franchises

Welcome a new No. 1 and the return of an American institution.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises
How Social Media is Changing Business

How Social Media is Changing Business

How social media is changing everything about the way we do business.
November 23, 2010 in Magazine

Franchised Spas Thrive with Cost-Conscious Consumers

Expensive day spas are being pummeled by the recession, but franchised spas and massage centers are growing fast.
November 23, 2010 in Fastest-Growing
Bottling Individuality

Bottling Individuality

How one wine lover turned his passion into a chain of storefronts where anyone can play vintner.
November 23, 2010 in Wine Guide
To Protect and Serve ... Again

To Protect and Serve ... Again

When Dawn Costanzo went from undercover cop to home-care provider, the first life she changed was her own.
November 23, 2010 in Magazine
From Wall Street to Franchisee

From Wall Street to Franchisee

More than 500,000 workers have left the financial sector since the recession began. Many of them became franchisees.
October 20, 2010 in Franchises
Acrobat of Pizza

Acrobat of Pizza

Siler Chapman picked up a ball of dough and found fame, fortune and franchising.
October 20, 2010 in Success Stories
Codename: The Mold Breaker

Codename: The Mold Breaker

Jason Earle--and his mold-sniffing dog squad--are on a crusade to ferret out fungi.
October 20, 2010 in Franchise Zone
Matching Franchisors With Investors

Matching Franchisors With Investors

Dan Shifrin couldn't get money to buy a franchise, so now he connects potential franchisees with investors.
October 1, 2010 in Franchise Buying Guide
Turning Monsters and Mini-golf Into a Successful Franchise

Turning Monsters and Mini-golf Into a Successful Franchise

In just six years, the evil spawn of monsters and mini-golf has lumbered its way to 26 franchises in 12 states.
September 21, 2010 in Franchises
From High Fashion to Frying Franchise

From High Fashion to Frying Franchise

How a former high-style hairdresser became Wingstop's No. 1 franchisee.
September 21, 2010 in Success Stories
The Unlikeliest Franchisee

The Unlikeliest Franchisee

Uniforms, trademarks, vendor training: Yup, it's all part of becoming a Naked Cowboy franchisee.
September 20, 2010 in Success Stories
Big Brands Lend Their Names to the Franchise Service Industry

Big Brands Lend Their Names to the Franchise Service Industry

Procter & Gamble is re-creating two of its iconic brands--Tide and Mr. Clean--as dry cleaning and carwash franchises
August 24, 2010 in Franchises
A Bright Future for an LED Franchise

A Bright Future for an LED Franchise

Marcel Fairbairn saw huge potential in the newest LED lights--so he quit lighting concert stages and created LED Source.
August 24, 2010 in Success Stories
Brooklyn, Hello!

Brooklyn, Hello!

A few words with Larry King, the newest Original Brooklyn Water Bagel franchisee
August 18, 2010 in Success Stories
The Cantina, Reconstructed

The Cantina, Reconstructed

At Margaritas restaurants, every painting, tile, chair and artwork is direct from Mexico.
July 19, 2010 in Franchises
A Battery Franchise Gets Juiced

A Battery Franchise Gets Juiced

Meet Jason Fry, lottery millionaire and Battery King of South Florida.
July 19, 2010 in Franchises
Drew Brees: Saint for Small Business

Drew Brees: Saint for Small Business

Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl title. Now he's backing local entrepreneurship and the city's economic revival.
July 16, 2010 in Success Stories
Green Fallout

Green Fallout

The era when green marketing meant sunny logos and big environmental claims is over. Just ask BP.
July 16, 2010 in Going Green
The Unreasonable Institute

The Unreasonable Institute

A fast-track program aims to give altruistic entrepreneurs skills and funding to effect large-scale change.
June 21, 2010 in Startup Financing