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From Babies to Boomers: How To Best Serve

Serving the youngest and the oldest segments of the populations was a conversation that evolved from the QSR: Opportunities and Challenges workshop at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in November.

Food We Wish Was Fiction

McDonald’s toyed with the idea of serving kids bubble-gum flavored broccoli, but the fast-food giant’s bubble burst when kids testing it didn’t like candy-flavored vegetables, according to Business Insider. Apparently, it confused them. Wonder what was confusing: You couldn’t blow a bubble or it was Ok to swallow it after chewing awhile?

Century 21 Thinks Thanksgiving is a Blast

You're heard of Thanksgiving, but what about Thanksblasting? That's the promotion from Century 21 Real Estate, which is inviting guests to name their favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving foods and then blowing up same via video.

For Thanksgiving: Gratitude, Celebration and Drainage Issues

Holidays bring out the bizarre in press releases and promotions, and Thanksgiving is no exception, as a release from GreaseShield shows.

In Iraq, Experienced Partner is Safest Route

The first Fatburger restaurant in Iraq may be attached to a war zone, Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn concedes, but the daily routine is not that different for staff there than at the chain’s other international locations, such as Indonesia.

Two Multi-Unit Franchisees Prefer Tried & True

Three multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees own more than 500 units among them, but at least two of them have no interest in emerging concepts, they told an audience at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.

Denny's, Dunkin' Bosses Talk Shop at Restaurant Finance Conference

Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Brands, and John Miller, head of Denny's, told how they've revitalized their brands at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas today.

'Quality Always Beats Quantity' in Staffing, RFDC Speaker Says

"Quality always beats quantity" when it comes to staffing restaurants, and Joleen Goronkin of People & Performance Strategies shared HR tips at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.

Agree on Business Points Early to Speed Deals, Operator at RFDC Says

Mark Peterson started with one restaurant 12 years ago, and now he has 32, so he's in a good position to give advice on how to get a deal done, which he did at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas.

What’s Your Story?

Getting your face, facts and figures in front of the media in order to sell franchises and drive traffic to your franchisees’ units was one of the topics discussed at the West Coast Franchise Expo in October.

Trade Mission Moves to Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey is as different from Mexico City as New York City is from L.A. Graffiti, which was a constant embellishment in the country’s capital was in short supply in the more modern Monterrey, that aligns itself more with Texas than Mexico.

Two Dealmakers Winners, PizzaRev and QK, Join Forces

Two winners in Franchise Times' Dealmakers project last year--Irv Zuckerman of PizzaRev and Doug Koch of QK Inc.--have now teamed up to do business together.

Think Beyond Obvious when Seeking Trademarks, ABA Speaker Says

Trademarks go far beyond logos and taglines--you can protect sights, sounds, textures and more, according to Corby Anderson, Nexsen Pruet, who spoke at the ABA's Forum on Franchising.

The Perils of Flying

It was like that line from a move, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride." One trade mission participant found himself not only tossed around in the sky, but diverted to another airport all together.

The Inside Scoop on Expanding to Mexico

Mexico City was the first stop on the Franchise Times, IFA and U.S. Commercial Service trade mission to Mexico in October. Here's advice franchisors received from the experts.

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.

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.

Chronic Tacos Pushes Campaign for No Kid Hungry

The final push starts Monday, Sept. 22, in a month-long fundraising campaign organized by Chronic Tacos, to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Where in the world are franchises going-summer issue

World Gym led the international fitness center charge into Pakistan in July, opening its first unit in the capital, Islamabad.

Turnaround Management Award goes to former FT columnist

Certified Turnaround Professional Gene Baldwin will receive the 2014 Best Small Company Transaction Award.

Culver's Owner Pays Out-of-Work Employees From His Own Pocket

Amidst a ground swell of employers who grumble about health care costs and minimum wage hikes, one restaurant owner put his money where his mouth was.

Could Olive Garden Franchise?

An activist investor is pushing Darden Restaurants to franchise casual dining brands Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. The investor, Starboard Value, believes doing so will improve the company's growth and profitability.

From Massages to Eyelashes for Franchise Exec

John Leonesio, the man who started Massage Envy then turned his attention to The Joint, is now working to bring enviable eyelashes to women via a young franchise called Amazing Lash Studio.

Pinkberry 'Zee Names Starbucks CEO in Lawsuit

The Florida stockbroker turned Pinkberry franchisee is getting personal in his claims against the frozen-yogurt franchisor, naming the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and the CEO of Pinkberry, Ron Graves, in a lawsuit.

At Two Men Operation, Employees 'Live by the Data'

Convincing employees to be as passionate as the owner about their brand is a challenge, and Tim Lightner, a Two Men and a Truck franchisee in Wisconsin, explained how he does it--through the data.

Great Clips' CEO Reveals What's in a Name

When your last name is Olsen, rather than the more common Olson, you're used to a lot of misspellings, and that's the case for Great Clips' CEO, whose problems extend to her first name, too.

Highlights from the Franchise Asia Expo

Two of the more unusual franchises the Franchise Trade Mission encountered at the Franchise Asia Expo in the Philippines in July were VIBES and Well Family Clinics.

Franchising takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Franchising embraced the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and although the videos on Facebook of various franchise executives dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads didn’t have the page views as the celebrities, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Governor Chris Christie, there were no shortage of franchise challenges.

Cali's 'Fair Franchising' Bill Heads to Gov. Brown

SB 610, known as the California Fair Franchising act, passed the California Senate last week by a 23-9 vote, and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown seeking a signature.

Jimmy John's 'Zee Loses Round with NLRB

MikLin Enterprises, which owns 10 Jimmy John's stores in the Minneapolis area, wronged its employees' union-organizing rights when firing six people who protested their lack of sick leave, according to an NLRB ruling.

Finance playmaker gives kids second chance

Steve Schwanz, managing director of Franchise Capital Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm focusing on restaurants, recently received the Jim Hall Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Reading Leftovers from the Philippines

There’s always much more to a trade mission than can fit in an article in Franchise Times. Here's more stories from the Franchise Times/IFA/U.S. Commercial Service Franchise Trade Mission to the Philippines.

It's Bonus Day for Dwyer Group Staffers, After Sale

The nearly 500 employees of The Dwyer Group will get a nice bonus in their paychecks this Friday, when the franchisor splits $1 million included in the price of its sale this week to The Riverside Co.

Adults Only for Unique Pizza's Pot Products

From the file of questionable experiments comes this news: Unique Pizza and Subs says it's looking into developing a new pizza product with marijuana infused into it, as well as a cannabis-laced pizza sauce.

Franchisee with Clout Advises Better Field Support

Franchisors who want to attract multi-unit franchisees should beef up their field staff, according to Aziz Hashim, CEO of NRD Holdings and a speaker at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis.

Sirloin Stockade CEO Now Happy Retiree

Gale Premer, former CEO of S.S. of Kansas Inc., the 16-unit franchisee of Sirloin Stockade, is now a happy retire after Aethlon Capital in Minneapolis handled the sale of his company to Kelly Capital in San Diego.

The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation

Dog Days (in a Good Way) for Camp Bow Wow

Heidi Ganahl scored a huge payday this week when she closed the purchase of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers, by VCA Inc.

Don't Panic Yet over NLRB News, Attorney Advises

Of all the advisories put out by lawyers since the NLRB's bombshell "joint employer" ruling last week, our favorite was from PlaveKoch, which offered practical tips but advised against panic.