Jason Daley

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

30 Recent Stories

The Unlikeliest Franchisee
Success Stories

The Unlikeliest Franchisee

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

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
A Bright Future for an LED Franchise
Success Stories

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.
Brooklyn, Hello!
Success Stories

Brooklyn, Hello!

A few words with Larry King, the newest Original Brooklyn Water Bagel franchisee
The Cantina, Reconstructed
Franchises

The Cantina, Reconstructed

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

A Battery Franchise Gets Juiced

Meet Jason Fry, lottery millionaire and Battery King of South Florida.
Drew Brees: Saint for Small Business
Success Stories

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.
Green Fallout
Going Green

Green Fallout

The era when green marketing meant sunny logos and big environmental claims is over. Just ask BP.
The Unreasonable Institute
Startup Financing

The Unreasonable Institute

A fast-track program aims to give altruistic entrepreneurs skills and funding to effect large-scale change.
The Big Time
Franchise Buying Guide

The Big Time

Multiple-unit ownership has taken over the franchise world.
Franchises

Making Green a Go

Nicole Goldman believes environmentally conscious design materials shouldn't be so hard to find--or install.
Business Ideas

My Sandbox is Bigger than Your Sandbox

And for $200, Ed Mumm will let you play with the heavy equipment.
Management & Operations

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.
Franchises

Big Shot

Meet the entrepreneurial nurse who found opportunity on the end of a needle.
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.
Success Stories

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.
Franchises

The Big Bounce

Never underestimate the value of getting your ya-yas out.
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
Franchises

A Tall Order

How Subway landed a franchise atop the steel frame of Manhattan's Freedom Tower
Dog-walker in Chief
Pet Business Center

Dog-walker in Chief

Meet the man behind thousands of dogs across the country--and soon, the world
Financing

Microfranchising the Developing World

Microfranchising helps create a business model for distributing glasses in poor nations.
Franchises

Retrofitness Goes Mainstream

Meet Eric Casaburi, the 1980s-obsessed mind behind Retrofitness gyms.
Success Stories

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.
Leadership

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.
Waiter, Bring Me a Fresh Idea
Restaurant Center

Waiter, Bring Me a Fresh Idea

10 strategies that are working in the tough restaurant economy
Franchises

That's One Career, to Go

How Lisa Jones went from franchisee to VP at Jersey Mike's
Success Stories

Valentine's Day--How Sweet it Is

February 14th isn't only lucrative for the Hallmarks and American Greetings of the world.
Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
Franchises

How I Did It

3 franchisees share their stories of perseverance and innovation.
Franchises

A Room at the Top

How Hampton Inn broke into the Top 10 during one of the hotel industry's toughest years