Paragon’s banking on its new SBA-lending group

An experienced group of franchise lenders has brought their SBA lending platform to Paragon Bank, a regional bank that will now serve franchise borrowers nationwide.

Group wants to Fund New Franchises, 'Shark Tank' Style

They're calling it Cincinnati's "Shark Tank," a version of the popular TV show in which aspiring entrepreneurs vie for investors, but the Franchise Funding Group is all about franchising.

Five things to know before expanding your brand into Mexico

One of the benefits of attending franchise trade missions, such as the one to Mexico October 6-10, is the country briefings by experts.

The feminine side of the Mexico Franchise Trade Mission

Franchise Trade Missions have always been dominated by men, so perhaps it’s a bit ironic that the latest mission heading to macho Mexico is sporting a record number of women development officers.

British Swim School Founder Earned Nickname through Persistence

They call Rita Goldberg the "British bulldog" for a reason: She persisted for three years to convince L.A. Fitness to allowed her Florida-based British Swim School back into their clubs.

Allure of Kitchen has Limits for Persona Founder

Glenn Cybulski loves to feed family and friends, but the founder of Persona Neapolitan Pizza has his limits, he told Franchise Times

The Legal Ramifications of the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, to fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is technically over, but the disease is not.

Hashim Gift Aims to Boost Education in Franchising

Aziz Hashim and his wife, Farahnaz, are trying to bolster franchising education by endowing a faculty position in franchise entrepreneurship at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
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