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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

The Big Time

The Big Time

Multiple-unit ownership has taken over the franchise world.
June 21, 2010 in Franchise Buying Guide

Making Green a Go

Nicole Goldman believes environmentally conscious design materials shouldn't be so hard to find--or install.
May 17, 2010 in Franchises

My Sandbox is Bigger than Your Sandbox

And for $200, Ed Mumm will let you play with the heavy equipment.
May 13, 2010 in Business Ideas

Should We Meet in Another World?

Second Life tries for a second coming with a new environment designed to be a less seedy, more secure place to do business.
May 13, 2010 in Management & Operations

Big Shot

Meet the entrepreneurial nurse who found opportunity on the end of a needle.
April 14, 2010 in Franchises

The Executive, Retooled

Andy Carlson left a cushy corporate life to open an Ace hardware--then transformed the store into a magnet for hip urbanites.
April 14, 2010 in Franchises

The 500-Calorie Smackdown

Two restaurants. Two menus. Two plans for major national expansion during roughly the same time frame. Let the food fight begin.
April 13, 2010 in Success Stories

The Big Bounce

Never underestimate the value of getting your ya-yas out.
March 12, 2010 in Franchises

First Bite

The Chocolate Martini Bar was a hit in Buffalo--but how would it play in Cleveland? The high drama of being a first franchisee
March 12, 2010 in Franchises

A Tall Order

How Subway landed a franchise atop the steel frame of Manhattan's Freedom Tower
March 12, 2010 in Franchises
Dog-walker in Chief

Dog-walker in Chief

Meet the man behind thousands of dogs across the country--and soon, the world
March 10, 2010 in Pet Business Center

Microfranchising the Developing World

Microfranchising helps create a business model for distributing glasses in poor nations.
February 16, 2010 in Financing

Retrofitness Goes Mainstream

Meet Eric Casaburi, the 1980s-obsessed mind behind Retrofitness gyms.
February 16, 2010 in Franchises

First Lesson: Trust Your Gut

Jeff Haas built Bubba's Breakway by following his instincts (and listening to customers).Now his son Jason is doing the same with Team Blue Hand Car Wash.
February 16, 2010 in Success Stories

Creating a Culture of Excellence

It means something different for every company, but for all of them the key to success is the same: the person at the top.
February 12, 2010 in Leadership
Waiter, Bring Me a Fresh Idea

Waiter, Bring Me a Fresh Idea

10 strategies that are working in the tough restaurant economy
February 12, 2010 in Restaurant Center

That's One Career, to Go

How Lisa Jones went from franchisee to VP at Jersey Mike's
January 19, 2010 in Franchises

Valentine's Day--How Sweet it Is

February 14th isn't only lucrative for the Hallmarks and American Greetings of the world.
January 18, 2010 in Success Stories

Boom Times for Cleaning Industry Franchises

The factors wreaking havoc everywhere--the real estate boom, outsourcing and swine flu--are fueling a boom in the cleaning business.
January 13, 2010 in Entrepreneur Magazine

How I Did It

3 franchisees share their stories of perseverance and innovation.
December 16, 2009 in Franchises

A Room at the Top

How Hampton Inn broke into the Top 10 during one of the hotel industry's toughest years
December 15, 2009 in Franchises

Out of the Bunker for 2010

The worst is over, analysts say. But the best companies emerged very different from what they were before.
December 15, 2009 in Franchises

Year of the Sandwich

Subway grabs the No. 1 spot, but this year's Franchise 500� is a big one for sandwiches across the board.
December 14, 2009 in Franchises

The Entrepreneur Economy

While the corporate world struggles to find its footing, entrepreneurs are stepping up with new ideas.
November 16, 2009 in Startup Basics

The Giving Vine

Through cause marketing OneHope is working to improve many lives.
November 12, 2009 in Success Stories

Mr. Protection

Boats, buildings, cars, hay bales: Mike Enos wraps them all.
November 12, 2009 in Franchises

Culture Warrior

Yul Kwon won Survivor. Next: The fro-yo wars.
October 21, 2009 in Franchises

That's a Starbucks?

When the coffee giant opened a 'stealth' outlet in its own hometown, it was the espresso shot heard around the world.
October 13, 2009 in Franchises

Is There a Tutor in the House?

Club Z! is earning high marks by sending credentialed teachers into the home
October 6, 2009 in Franchises

What Dead Zone?

Costume megastores can whip up scary-good profits in two months.
September 17, 2009 in Business Ideas