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Let's face it: A Franchise Disclosure Document, with its piles of legalese, can be daunting. We help you read between the lines.
Researching a Franchise
Prospective franchisees often begin their journey at Discovery Day events -- but not everyone makes the cut.
Consumer spending and hiring aren't expected to increase much in 2011. But for some franchises, it will be a different story.
These franchise owners share something in common: An indomitable spirit, which makes their personal stories so enlightening.
Franchise Buying Guide
You can't always bet on a franchise success, but you can put the odds in your favor.
A first-time review by the U.S. Census Bureau dissects franchising, one stat at a time.
So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
Self-Financing Your Startup
Thousands of Americans are using retirement savings to start new businesses. Some thrive, others founder. Is the gamble worth it?
Business Management How-To Guides
It's a buyer's market for commercial space, and landlords are offering huge concessions to new tenants--but you won't get a nickel unless you know what to ask for.
Billions of dollars are pouring into clean-tech companies--with little results. Is this an intelligent investment or the beginning of another bubble?
Entrepreneur takes a close look at who's lending and when the cost is too high.
If you're headed to the bank for a loan, this advice may help speed along your application.
The second part of a two-part series on the pros and cons of franchising vs. operating an independent business
The right stuff: For companies sniffing out potential franchisees, a clean financial history isn't enough anymore.
Many buyers' problems stem from errors they made before signing on the dotted line.
Would-be franchisees should ask these questions about a system's advantages and drawbacks. Plus, discuss franchising's pros and cons.
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Chinese Market Offers Franchise Challenges
Ways to Finance Your First Franchise Purchase
Large Tax Blunders For Small Businesses
Training, Trig, Teriyaki: Franchises Go Global
Franchising Attracts More Women, Minorities
Even Fringe Franchises Can Find a Following
Industry Group Seeks to Court Franchisees