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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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Highlights from the Franchise Asia Expo

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 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

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.

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Jimmy John's 'Zee Loses Round with NLRB

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.

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Finance playmaker gives kids second chance

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.

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Reading Leftovers from the Philippines

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.

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

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.

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Adults Only for Unique Pizza's Pot Products

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.

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Franchisee with Clout Advises Better Field Support

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.

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Sirloin Stockade CEO Now Happy Retiree

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.

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The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation

The Kindness of Random Acts of Vacation

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

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.

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Don't Panic Yet over NLRB News, Attorney Advises

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.

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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.

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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.

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Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

Philippines Trade Mission Enjoys Historic Start

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.

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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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