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

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.

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Witnesses are Crucial Players in Franchise Trials, Attorneys Say

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.

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Your Mother Was Right, ABA Forum Keynote Says

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.

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Paragon’s banking on its new SBA-lending group

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.

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Group wants to Fund New Franchises, 'Shark Tank' Style

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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Five things to know before expanding your brand into Mexico

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.

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The feminine side of the Mexico Franchise Trade Mission

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.

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British Swim School Founder Earned Nickname through Persistence

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.

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Allure of Kitchen has Limits for Persona Founder

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

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The Legal Ramifications of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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.

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Hashim Gift Aims to Boost Education in Franchising

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.

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Chronic Tacos Pushes Campaign for No Kid Hungry

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.

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Where in the world are franchises going-summer issue

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.

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Turnaround Management Award goes to former FT columnist

Turnaround Management Award goes to former FT columnist

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

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

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.

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Could Olive Garden Franchise?

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

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.

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Pinkberry 'Zee Names Starbucks CEO in Lawsuit

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.

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

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.

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Great Clips' CEO Reveals What's in a Name

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.

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The latest news, opinions and commentary on what's happening in the franchse arena that could affect your business.

Beth EwenBeth Ewen is managing editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
 
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