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Fast Food

Arby's Flips the Vegan 'Meat' Trend on Its Head With the 'Megetable,' a Carrot Made Out of Turkey

The 'Marrot' is a carrot made of meat that looks and tastes just like the orange vegetable.
Delivery

7-Eleven Now Delivers to Parks and Beaches

The 7NOW delivery app allows your order to be delivered to public locations including parks, beaches, sports fields and entertainment venues.
Fast Food

Chick-fil-A Is Now the 3rd-Largest Restaurant Chain in America, and McDonald's and Starbucks Should be Terrified

Chick-fil-A moved up from the No. 7 spot on last year's Top 200 ranking, passing Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway.
Franchises

What Franchises Should Look For In a Marketing Firm

Reaching customers (and potential franchisees) is part art, part science. Three industry vets offer advice on finding a marketing and social media firm that strikes the right balance.
Starbucks

You Can't Buy a Starbucks Franchise: Here's Why and What You Can Do Instead

You can't get a Starbucks franchise, but you might be able to apply for a licensed store.
Success Stories

Want to Build A Franchise Empire? Do It Brand By Brand.

Paul Flick wants to serve a homeowner's every need -- which is why his company Premium Service Brands is always expanding.
Franchises

Why This Oakland Cop Became a Subway Franchisee

Kiesha Haggerty has found the two worlds to be surprisingly complementary.
Franchises

Greg Flynn Owns 1,245 Restaurants and Makes $2 Billion A Year. Here's How He Did It.

He bought his first Applebee's 20 years ago, and since then has redefined what's possible in the franchise industry. His philosophy: Be different, then go big.
Military Veterans

Filling Sandbags in the Military Inspired Me to Become an Entrepreneur

Really hard work with no obvious utility is actually a very clarifying experience.
McDonald's

Dozens of Workers Have Filed Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Against McDonald's

Roughly 40 percent of women working in the fast-food industry report being sexually harassed at work.
Franchises

The Top Food Franchises of 2019

Food dominates the franchise world. Here, we rank the strongest brands in 14 tasty categories.
Franchises

Why Entrepreneurs Should Believe They Are Unstoppable

Josh York, CEO of Gymguyz, talks about his rise from being a broke 20-something to franchising 265 gyms nationwide.
Network Marketing

7 Tips for Network Marketing Success

A direct-selling expert shares what it takes to start out and make it in this industry.