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Attorney John Baer dies

John R. F. Baer, an attorney with Greensfelder in Chicago, died January 29, after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., February 9, at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, a team Baer was a rabid fan of.
January 30, 2015, 4:08 pm

McDonald's Headless, Thompson a Goner

A poem about the recent McDonald's CEO ouster from John Hamburger, president of Franchise Times Corp.
January 30, 2015, 2:56 pm

Back to the Future for Edible Arrangements Founder

Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements, was a techie long before he started his fruit bouquet franchise. Now he’s returned to his roots by launching a new technology company, Naranga.
January 30, 2015, 11:01 am

Applebee's Operator Likes Roy's so Much, He Buys It

Sunil Dharod, a long-time Applebee’s franchisee in Dallas with 69 stores, now owns a brand of his own: the Roy’s Restaurant chain, started in 1988 by chef Roy Yamaguchi in Honolulu.
January 30, 2015, 10:25 am

Auto and Collision Repair Franchises Struggle with Labor Shortage

Focus on white-collar careers, improving job market creating widespread technician shortage in the auto repair and collision repair industries.
January 28, 2015, 10:21 am

Fight Against Joint Employer Will be 'Long, Arduous, Costly': Caldeira

"You either punch and counterpunch, or you get your rear end handed to you," said Steve Caldeira, CEO of the International Franchise Association, in Minneapolis Tuesday, about his aggressive stance against the NLRB holding McDonald's jointly responsible with franchisees for alleged labor violations.
January 23, 2015, 2:42 pm

IFA Reacts to Obama's Penultimate State of the Union Address

Local franchise business owners around the country watched the State of the Union with eyes and ears focused on the administration's job-creation and small business message.
January 21, 2015, 9:57 am

Former Super Wash COO Leaves Family Business to Join NRD

“We are exactly two hours into this new adventure, and it’s going great so far. It’s going to be a wonderful and fun ride.” So said Susan Beth, formerly known as Susan Black-Beth, on January 19 about her new job. She’s the operating partner at NRD Capital in Atlanta, the franchisee-controlled private equity fund launched by Aziz Hashim last August that is now gaining steam.
January 19, 2015, 1:57 pm
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