The Inside Scoop on Expanding to Mexico

Big Foot Spotted at WCFE Last Weekend

Here’s a wrap-up in pictures of the West Coast Franchise Expo held at the Anaheim Convention Center October 23-25. The unseasonably high temps—one day was rumored to hit 90-degrees—made franchise sales people happy to be inside a windowless sales floor. Hey, but at least there was air conditioning and people to talk with.

GE Capital Launches New Group within Franchise Finance

GE Capital, Franchise Finance, has publicly announced the formation of a new group named New Relationship Development.

Call for Nominations: Who Will Make Franchise News in 2015?

Franchise Times is seeking nominations through Nov. 20 for our annual "20 to Watch" feature, presenting 20 notable people, companies and trends in franchising that will make news in 2015.

Witnesses are Crucial Players in Franchise Trials, Attorneys Say

If you’re ever called as a witness in a franchise lawsuit, be prepared for an intense experience, according to two attorneys who litigate for a living.

Your Mother Was Right, ABA Forum Keynote Says

Dr. Amy Cuddy's research shows striking such a "pride pose" before a high-stakes event actually increases testosterone in your bloodstream and lowers cortisone.

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.
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