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Workforce Proposals in Minneapolis Draw IFA Ire

Minneapolis is newly in the sights of the International Franchise Association, which is blasting proposals by the city to require employers to pay sick time and to publish schedules 28 days in advance.
October 8, 2015, 1:20 pm

U.S. Franchises Added 33,000 Jobs in September

With only 142,000 jobs added during September according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those of us in the franchise world can feel good knowing that 33,000 of those jobs came from franchising—23 percent!
October 2, 2015, 3:16 pm

Dunkin' Donuts Announces 100 Store Closures as Sales Slow

Shares of Dunkin' Donuts fell more than 12 percent after the Canton, Massachusetts-based coffee chain announced the closure of 100 stores amid lower-than-projected EPS and a slowdown in same-store sales and customer traffic.
October 2, 2015, 10:08 am

Now Calling the Boldest Dealmakers in Franchising

Nominations are now open through December 31 for the 2016 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the fourth annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.
October 1, 2015, 9:57 am

Taco Bell's New City Concept

By ditching the drive-thru, tweaking the menu, adopting a fresher design and adding alcohol, Taco Bell is offering city dwellers a much more modern version of itself.
September 30, 2015, 9:33 am

Cresanti Takes CEO Spot at IFA, Replacing Caldeira

Robert Cresanti, the International Franchise Association’s top lobbyist, is now its new president and CEO and is expected to continue the trade association’s aggressive fight against what it calls attacks on the franchise business model. Cresanti replaces Steve Caldeira, who resigned after failing to reach terms on a new contract. Caldeira’s tenure began in 2010.
September 30, 2015, 9:24 am

A Pretzel of a Tale

Most companies have an interesting backstory, but Ben’s Soft Pretzels has one that’s more charming than most. Ben Miller, an Amish baker in northern Indiana, ran a bakery stand at farmer’s markets across northern Indiana. After given opportunity to buy a neighboring flea marketer’s pretzel company, he leapt at the chance, but ended up having to invent his own recipe. And so, Ben’s Soft Pretzels was born.
September 25, 2015, 3:23 pm

Packing A Lot Into an International Trade Mission

Conventional wisdom on the franchise trade missions is that you pack light in order to avoid checking bags.
September 25, 2015, 12:30 pm
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