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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Franchise Finance, has publicly announced the formation of a new group named New Relationship Development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the benefits of attending franchise trade missions, such as the one to Mexico October 6-10, is the country briefings by experts.
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.
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.
Glenn Cybulski loves to feed family and friends, but the founder of Persona Neapolitan Pizza has his limits, he told Franchise Times
The Ice Bucket Challenge, to fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is technically over, but the disease is not.
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.
The final push starts Monday, Sept. 22, in a month-long fundraising campaign organized by Chronic Tacos, to benefit No Kid Hungry.
World Gym led the international fitness center charge into Pakistan in July, opening its first unit in the capital, Islamabad.
Certified Turnaround Professional Gene Baldwin will receive the 2014 Best Small Company Transaction Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Greenstein is the new chair of DLA Piper's franchise and distribution practice, succeeding Dennis Weiczorek, who died July 13.
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.
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.
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 Group launched a new initiative with the NAACP aimed at increasing the number of African-American-owned franchise businesses in the United States.
A first-time licensee but experienced retail operations exec, Bill Noble, has signed on to take over 10 corporate-owned Pearle Vision stores in Ohio.
"We have lost a giant and a gentleman," wrote Ron Gardner, attorney at Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, about the death July 11 of prominent franchise attorney Dennis Wieczorek, DLA Piper.
Dippin' Dots Franchising scooped up gourmet popcorn franchisor Doc Popcorn this week, and the co-founder of the latter believes each will boost sales of the other.