Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.
Co-branding among franchises appeared to have lost its luster in recent years. But new concepts are emerging to prove that strategic combinations of businesses can cut costs and broaden the customer base.
Apricot Lane franchises operate as true boutiques. And they're growing fast.
Greg Carafello was at his flagship location on Sept. 11. He escaped after the second plane hit. Not only did he lose his main branch, but also his best friend.
PooPrints uses DNA samples to track down dumping doggies and the scofflaws who don't pick up after them
A Seattle couple makes the jump into franchising with iFly.
From the NBA to the NFL and NHL, star athletes are aiming to win big in business as they look to their financial futures following sports.
A Kansas businessman takes on the staid funeral industry and creates a new franchise sector in the process.
For some franchises, the depressed real estate market is an opportunity to renegotiate leases and focus on newly available sites.
At Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, customers are encouraged to linger. And the concept caught the eye of Ruby Tuesday, now a licensee.
Many restaurant franchises begin as small-town favorites. But when regional expansion calls, keeping that local flavor is difficult. How three chains have managed it.
These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.
Hampton Hotels continues to dominate the U.S. franchising landscape, holding the No. 1 spot on this year's Franchise 500 List. The chain aims to bring value -- and a hot breakfast -- to travelers worldwide.
Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.
A hydroponic equipment outlet brings production of medical marijuana to light.
Passing a franchise from one generation to the next can be fraught with complexities. A smart succession plan will ease the transition.
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