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November 10-12, 2014
Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV

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April 21-22, 2015
Encore Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

 

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August 2014
Greenstein Takes DLA Piper Post as Chair

Greenstein Takes DLA Piper Post as Chair

Richard Greenstein is the new chair of DLA Piper's franchise and distribution practice, succeeding Dennis Weiczorek, who died July 13.

Franchise Employment Growth Slows

Franchise Employment Growth Slows

The private sector economy continued to add jobs in July, according to the latest report from the human resources firm ADP. But the growth in franchise jobs slowed, according to the firm's National Franchise Report.

NLRB Decision on McDonald's Deals Blow to Franchising

NLRB Decision on McDonald's Deals Blow to Franchising

The National Labor Relations Board notified McDonald's this week it can be named a "joint employer" for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants, dealing a blow to the business model of franchising.

Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

The latest franchise trade mission kicked off in the same ballroom where Japanese war criminals were tried after World War II.*  Representatives of 14 brands attended a briefing at the U.S. Embassy to the Philippines in Manila before sitting down—and we do mean sitting—the...

JJ's Offers Unusual Ways to Top Your Dog

JJ's Offers Unusual Ways to Top Your Dog

It's national hot dog day (duh) so it's time to try something new: here are the 10 most outrageous toppings as compiled by JJ's Red Hots, a small hot dog chain out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dunkin' Brands, NAACP Aim for More African-American Owners

Dunkin' Brands, NAACP Aim for More African-American Owners

Dunkin' Brands Group launched a new initiative with the NAACP aimed at increasing the number of African-American-owned franchise businesses in the United States.

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August 2014
The Reign of Spain

The Reign of Spain

The famous Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain, is just one reason to bring your brand here. A new affinity group links the U.S. Commercial Service European offices together. So franchisors who want to expand in the European Union have the benefit of multiple resources in one package....

Cultural training puts everything into context

Cultural training puts everything into context

When it comes to international development, one world doesn’t fit all. Here’s why you need to be trained before your train leaves the station. A franchisor’s international team must stay at the nicest hotels, dress to the nines and spend leisurely time getting to know...

Big vs. Small

Big vs. Small

Sphinx, the largest casual-dining chain in the country, targets smaller-town franchisees who know their local market. Domino’s first sub-franchisee, meanwhile, plies his trade in the dense apartment bloks of Warsaw.  The first restaurant officials I meet in Poland this spring...

‘Custo Brasil’

‘Custo Brasil’

Success in Brazil requires boots-on-the-ground knowledge of the regulatory and business environments. Tariffs, complex customs and legal systems are a few of the challenges. Language: Portuguese (Don’t speak to them in Spanish, and print materials in both English and Portuguese)...

Going for Gold

Going for Gold

Brazil is a huge market, but there are regulatory issues and high tariffs to consider. About 2 million Brazilians visited the U.S. last year, according to Renato Sabaine of the U.S. Commercial Service office in Brazil. And trust him, when they return home, they brag about where they...

International Franchise News

Around the world with Nancy, our executive editor
Hotels find rooms to grow overseas

Hotels find rooms to grow overseas

There should be no shortage of rooms for branded U.S. properties internationally. Here are the latest brands that have development deals overseas: Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton signed a management agreement with Archer Hospitality Private Limited for the Doubletree Agra...

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Where in the world are franchises going

Where in the world are franchises going

The Marina Group's Samer Marina has opened Cinnabon's first location in Morocco at the Anfa Place Shopping Center in Casablanca. The group intends to open a second location of the cinnamon-roll bakery in the next six to seven months, according to the company. Cinnabon already has a...

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The Vanity of Going International

The Vanity of Going International

Everyone likes amassing all the facts and figures, trends and data when researching a potential overseas market. But when Kurt Ullman, vice president of global development for Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite, suggested the Vanity Index as a way to measure a foreign market’s receptivity...

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Report from Venezuela

Report from Venezuela

Earlier last week, I received a situation report from the Venezuelan Chamber of Franchises on the ongoing problems the country is facing: violence, protests, long lines to buy basic food items and supplies. Two franchises have been affected by looting, they said, one with minor damage and one...

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Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Denny’s has gone a long way since it signed its first international agreement in 1966 to open the first restaurant outside the U.S., in Acapulco, Mexico. The full-service dining chain just signed an agreement with Advance Investment LLC, an affiliated entity of Food Quest Restaurant...

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