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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.

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

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

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

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

West Point Grad Signs for 10 Pearle Stores

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.

In Memory of Dennis Wieczorek

"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.

Doc Popcorn Scooped Up by Dippin' Dots

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.

OsteoStrong Borrows Page from Pro Sports

When OsteoStrong's CEO realized he had appointments pilling up for nine regional developers, he decided to make like a pro sports team and host a National Signing Day.

Auto Parts Dealers Lead Employment Growth

Franchises continued their remarkable rate of employment growth in June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. Leading the way: auto parts dealers, which added more than 10,000 jobs last month.

Picturing the International Franchise Expo in New York

Samples at the International Franchise Expo in New York earlier in June were of biblical proportions—they just kept feeding the masses.

Arby's Gets A Deal To Finance Remodels

Arby's, the Atlanta-based chain that is about to start a major remodeling program, took care of a key part of that effort: financing. The sandwich chain today announced an agreement with Element Financial Corp to make loans to franchisees to fund the remodels.

Champps 'Zees in Minnesota Told to Get a New Name

The new sign was flapping in the wind at the 7th Street Tavern in St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly a Champps until its new owner since February told franchisees to stop using the brand.

A Gifted Greg Tanner Retires—sorta

MFV, organizers of franchise trade shows, threw a surprise party at the International Franchise Expo’s exhibitors’ party to celebrate Greg Tanner’s retirement from Aaron’s.

Discovering Global Markets—such as Germany

If you can make it in Germany, you can make it anywhere in Europe. Which doesn’t mean Germany is an easy market for franchises: It’s not.

MFHA Presents Cultural Intelligence Conference

The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance will present its Cultural Intelligence Conference June 25-26 at Bob Evans Farms in New Albany, Ohio.

Drive-thru's a Hit for Which Wich, with Plans to Add More

A test of a drive-thru at Which Wich is a hit, so much so that the sandwich chain is looking to add two more drib-thru locations this year and more after that.

Genghis Grill near Vegas Aids Shooting Victim's Family

Genghis Grill staffers in Henderson, Nevada, were reeling after a tragedy at a Las Vegas Walmart June 8, and found a measure of piece this week by holding a fundraiser for shooting victim Joseph Wilcox.

Franchise Growth Expected to Accelerate

The franchise sector is expected to grow at its fastest rate in five years, according to a pair of reports released today by the franchise information firm Frandata and IHS Global Insight. The primary reason: an improved lending environment.

Franchises Keep Adding New Jobs

Job growth may be frustratingly slow, but franchises are doing fine. The franchise sector added 22,020 jobs in May, according to the latest ADP National Franchise Report. The job growth was above the sector's 12-month growth rate.

Wyndham's Website Talks Turkish

How does a hotel chain know when it's reached critical mass in an overseas market? When it needs to launch a Turkish-language website to support its rapid expansion in Western Asia.

Where in the world are franchises going—June edition

Many franchises are expanding internationally. See where your favorite franchises are going.

Signing Multi-Unit Operator Boosts Amsterdam Falafelshop

Sticky Notes Part of Don Dwyer's Legacy to Daughter

Discovering Global Markets—and when the government really is there to help

If it Feels Right, Just Do it, Rapid Refill President Advises

Crowdfunding generating buzz

How Crowded is Artisan Pizza Field? A Review

What to Know Before Becoming a First-Time 'Zee

Welcyon Adds Nutrition Coaching to 'Fitness after 50' Chain