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How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document
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How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

Let's face it: A Franchise Disclosure Document, with its piles of legalese, can be daunting. We help you read between the lines.
Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report
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Franchise Industry to Grow in 2012 -- Report

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

The frozen dessert franchise, in business since 1987, has become the poster child for online engagement in the franchise world.
Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise
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Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise

At Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, customers are encouraged to linger. And the concept caught the eye of Ruby Tuesday, now a licensee.
For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge
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For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

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

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

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

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.
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan
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Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

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.
How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback
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How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.
Three Franchise Industries to Watch
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Three Franchise Industries to Watch

Here's a look at three of the most popular industries in this year's Franchise 500 and the trends that are shaping their future.
10 Industry Trends for Franchises in 2012
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10 Industry Trends for Franchises in 2012

From burgers to child care to staying fit, our annual list of trends in the franchise world shows where to consider putting your money to make money.
Will the Economy Make You a Franchise Owner?
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Will the Economy Make You a Franchise Owner?

The current economic climate has led some folks to explore investing in franchise businesses, and significant numbers of them are willing to dip into personal or retirement savings to make the move.
Ya, Mon: A Franchise for Hydroponic Equipment
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Ya, Mon: A Franchise for Hydroponic Equipment

A hydroponic equipment outlet brings production of medical marijuana to light.
Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?
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Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?

A franchise advocate is lobbying American Express to allow franchisees from small outfits to take part in its holiday marketing campaign designed to promote independently-owned enterprises.
For Paralyzed Athlete, Franchise Is Good Fit
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For Paralyzed Athlete, Franchise Is Good Fit

J.J. O'Connor suffered a life-changing hockey injury at 16. Today, he's in the process of opening his fourth Sport Clips location -- and enjoying life as a business owner.
Biker Franchise Goes Whole Hog
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Biker Franchise Goes Whole Hog

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental helps tourists hit the road. Learn how it got started and where it's going.
20-Something Entrepreneur Multiplies Success in a Salad Franchise
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20-Something Entrepreneur Multiplies Success in a Salad Franchise

A former mall rat serves up fresh ideas with Saladworks franchises in three states.
Franchise Industry Looking For a Few Good Veterans
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Franchise Industry Looking For a Few Good Veterans

The International Franchise Association plans a new campaign to offer returning soldiers new career paths in franchising.
Chicken-Wing Franchises Take Off
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Chicken-Wing Franchises Take Off

Buffalo Wild Wings, Wingstop and other chains report a growth spurt, thanks to cheap prices and changing consumer tastes.
The Fight for 'Fairness in Franchising'
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The Fight for 'Fairness in Franchising'

The Coalition for Franchisee Associations has put together a Bill of Rights to fight for changes to the long-established franchising system. But that's just a starting point in what could be an uphill battle,
Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners
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Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners

A new program aims to help professional athletes tackle the franchise world when they retire from sports.
Help! My Franchise Is Failing
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Help! My Franchise Is Failing

If your business hits a rough patch, you should be able to turn to your franchisor for assistance. Here's what you can expect to receive.
Social Marketing Is Best Served on a Combo Plate
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Social Marketing Is Best Served on a Combo Plate

To increase your sales, combine social media marketing with other forms of marketing.
Facebook Friends Franchises
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Facebook Friends Franchises

The social-networking giant joins the International Franchise Association, with plans to appear at the trade group's annual meeting.
Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses
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Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses

With hard work and trust in the concept, franchisees can make it big. From a maid service, to a restaurant and a photography studio, here's how three entrepreneurs profited from their own spin on a franchise's business plan.
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