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Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise

Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise

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When Brian Scudamore of 1-800-Got-Junk hired a contractor to spruce up his old house, he found the second brand he'd been looking for. Now, the two have joined forces for 1-888-Wow-1Day! Painting.
March 5, 2012 in Franchises
Your Franchise Could Be Here

Your Franchise Could Be Here

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Aiming to fill vacancies, shopping centers partner with franchise companies to pre-approve space for new chain locations.
February 27, 2012 in Franchises
The Top New Franchises of 2012

The Top New Franchises of 2012

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New franchises are holding their own against older competition
February 27, 2012 in Franchises
The Danger of Being Franchisee No. 1

The Danger of Being Franchisee No. 1

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Sure, it's a thrill to get in on the ground floor of a hot new concept. But it's risky to invest in an unproven business model. Here are questions to ask.
February 8, 2012 in Franchises
This Franchise Is a Flying Success

This Franchise Is a Flying Success

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A Seattle couple makes the jump into franchising with iFly.
February 5, 2012 in Franchises
Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

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The Seattle coffee chain is holdings auditions to cast "hot young girls as servers" for a new reality show. A recent Tampa casting call, however, came up short.
February 3, 2012 in Franchises
Game On for Pizza Franchises

Game On for Pizza Franchises

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Forget football. Sales of America's favorite food will skyrocket on Super Bowl Sunday. That's good news for these pizza franchises.
February 2, 2012 in Franchises
McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

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The hamburger chain admits that its new Twitter campaign, designed to promote the farmers who supply its meat, didn't go exactly as planned.
January 25, 2012 in Franchises
What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise

What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise

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Franchise ownership isn't for everyone, nor is every opportunity a gold mine. Here's a shortlist of what you need to know.
January 20, 2012 in Franchises
How to Avoid a Franchise Fad

How to Avoid a Franchise Fad

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Before sinking your money into a hot franchise concept, make sure it's the real deal -- not a dead duck.
January 19, 2012 in Franchises
Is Franchising the Best Option?

Is Franchising the Best Option?

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A growing company looking to bulk up its distribution channels has other options besides franchising. Here's a list.
January 9, 2012 in Franchises
Fitness Franchises Muscle Up

Fitness Franchises Muscle Up

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January is when Americans migrate from the bottomless eggnog bowl to the gym. Not surprisingly, fitness clubs win at least a third of all new memberships at the start of the year.
January 6, 2012 in Franchises
Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Consider this look at the impact franchised businesses have on the U.S. economy -- and how doughnuts may be just what we need to rebound from the recession.
January 3, 2012 in Franchises
A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business

A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business

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A Kansas businessman takes on the staid funeral industry and creates a new franchise sector in the process.
December 23, 2011 in Franchise 500
Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs

Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs

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A greater percentage of Asians, African-Americans and other minorities are buying into franchised businesses, as opposed to starting their own independent businesses, says a recent study from the International Franchise Association.
December 22, 2011 in Franchises
Three Survival Stories From the Franchise World

Three Survival Stories From the Franchise World

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Fires, credit problems, medical emergencies--there's no end to the obstacles overcome by intrepid franchisees. Here's how three spirited entrepreneurs found success in the face of adversity.
December 22, 2011 in Franchise 500
How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market

How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market

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For some franchises, the depressed real estate market is an opportunity to renegotiate leases and focus on newly available sites.
December 21, 2011 in Franchise 500
How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

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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.
December 20, 2011 in Franchise 500
Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report

Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report

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The coming year will see modest growth for the franchise sector, according to the International Franchise Association's annual forecast for 2012.
December 19, 2011 in Franchises
How Tasti D-Lite Finds Success with Social Media

How Tasti D-Lite Finds Success with Social Media

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The frozen dessert franchise, in business since 1987, has become the poster child for online engagement in the franchise world.
December 19, 2011 in Franchise 500
For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

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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.
December 16, 2011 in Franchise 500
What's Hot (or Not) for Franchises in 2012

What's Hot (or Not) for Franchises in 2012

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Burgers, hotels, frozen treats -- it's all looking (and tasting) great. Fancy hams and tanning salons? Outlook not so good.
December 16, 2011 in Franchise 500
The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

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These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels

And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels

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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.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

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SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

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Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
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