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Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs

Franchisors Offer Their Own Financing Programs

Savvy systems offer financial help to their franchisees.
A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

After John Grassia and David Smith lost their jobs as pilots, they bought an Express Oil Change franchise to supplement their incomes.
Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013

Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013

Even among the seemingly endless variety of franchises, patterns emerge. Here are some macro trends that will be driving franchising this year.
Catch Me a Catch: Franchise Industry, Shopping Centers Play Matchmaker

Catch Me a Catch: Franchise Industry, Shopping Centers Play Matchmaker

Move over, eHarmony, JDate and ChristianMingle. There's a new player in the online matchmaking space.
A New Take on Aging, From Silicon Valley

A New Take on Aging, From Silicon Valley

A senior home care franchise based in Palo Alto, Calif., and run by young staffers is looking to give its elderly clientele five-star treatment.
A&E's 'Be the Boss' Gives Employees a Chance to Win a Franchise

A&E's 'Be the Boss' Gives Employees a Chance to Win a Franchise

A new reality show gives star employees a chance to compete for a huge promotion, and gives franchises valuable brand exposure.
Fast-Food Workers Protest for Higher Pay, Unionization

Fast-Food Workers Protest for Higher Pay, Unionization

Whether the walk-off in New York this week will have impact remains to be seen, but the dispute is continuing to echo on social media.
10 New Franchises to Watch

10 New Franchises to Watch

At the recent West Coast Franchise Expo, we talked to new franchises whose products and services range from sweet potato fries to temporary body art. Here are 10 to watch.
Franchises Get Into Halloween Spirit

Franchises Get Into Halloween Spirit

Roto-Rooter says it ain't afraid of no ghosts. Meanwhile, Baskin-Robbins and Party City jump on the Halloween hay ride.
For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics

For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics

Ben & Jerry's, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut use the 2012 election as a platform for marketing campaigns.
The Pogo Stick Test: Picking the Perfect Franchisee

The Pogo Stick Test: Picking the Perfect Franchisee

Diana Nelson of Kazoo Toys has an unusual way of fielding franchise applicants. Why it pays to be so picky.
The Man Who Owns (Almost) All the Burger Kings

The Man Who Owns (Almost) All the Burger Kings

Giullermo Perales, the country's biggest Latino franchisee, talks about why he likes to control the market.
Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop

Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop

The founders of Meat House revive an old-time institution, opening 30 stores in 10 states. They share their business secrets -- and their favorite cuts.
No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview

No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview

Jody Presti created JobOn, an online service that allows job applicants to answer questions via webcam. Subway, Starbucks and Pizza Hut are using it.
In Fashion or Franchising, Trendiness Is Fickle

In Fashion or Franchising, Trendiness Is Fickle

Here today, gone tomorrow? If the industry you're looking at fits the definition of 'trendy,' it's probably a good idea to look elsewhere.
A Winning Business Idea: Wine & Paint

A Winning Business Idea: Wine & Paint

So-called "paint and sip" franchises promise an evening of cheap entertainment -- and the satisfaction of creating your own work of art.
Eggs? Grilled Cheese? Food Chains Say 'Niche' Pays

Eggs? Grilled Cheese? Food Chains Say 'Niche' Pays

Restaurant franchises with a narrow--or even singular--focus are serving up high-concept takes on familiar, simple foods. Here's how to do one thing, and do it well.
Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan

Franchises Oppose NYC Soda Ban Plan

The folks selling mega-sodas at food courts and fast-food drive-thrus are not very sweet on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban large sugary drinks.
Questions to Ask Before Buying a Red-Hot Franchise

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Red-Hot Franchise

Sure, a high-flying company seems like a great investment . . . until it's not. Here's how to avoid buying into a company that's ill-prepared for rapid growth.
Subway's Tweets Top List

Subway's Tweets Top List

A recent survey finds that the sandwich franchise beats out McDonald's, Starbuck and others when it comes to social media. We asked why.
How to Make Your Business Franchise-Friendly

How to Make Your Business Franchise-Friendly

If you have a hunch your business model is sound and repeatable, doing some groundwork now can make it easier to franchise later.
A Franchise Grapples with Hypergrowth

A Franchise Grapples with Hypergrowth

Complete Nutrition, one of the fastest-growing franchises on Entrepreneur's 2012 Franchise 500 list, was forced to freeze new franchise sales for 15 months when its concept took off.
Waxing for Young Girls? Franchise's Promotion Draws Heat

Waxing for Young Girls? Franchise's Promotion Draws Heat

Uni K Wax Centers raises eyebrows after it offers discounts on waxing services to girls 15 years and younger.
Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

Ever hear of the Filet-O-Fish sandwich? Or the Blizzard frozen treat? Both were invented by franchisees -- not the parent company.
Looking to Buy a Franchise? Here's How to Start

Looking to Buy a Franchise? Here's How to Start

If the cookie-cutter franchise model appeals to you, then take these first five steps.
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