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Restaurants Continue To Lead Franchise Hiring

Franchises added nearly 28,000 jobs in June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. Most of them were in restaurants.

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Buoyed by Lending, the Franchise Sector Surges

Two reports out today shows that the franchise business model is doing OK. In one, the human resources firm ADP said that franchise jobs grew by more than 19,000 in May. Meanwhile, the SBA lending newsletter the Coleman Report said that SBA loans to jumped by 60 percent.

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RBS Citizens leads $98 million financing for Yum! franchisee

RBS Citizens leads $98 million financing for Yum! franchisee

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Bruster's Real Ice Cream Heads Inside

Bruster's Real Ice Cream Heads Inside

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Want Successful Franchisees? Charge Higher Franchise Fees

Want Successful Franchisees? Charge Higher Franchise Fees

Lower franchise fees don't translate into successful franchisees, but lower royalties might. That was one big takeaway from an interesting study by FranData presented at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference.

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Should Franchisors Do Lending Programs?

Should Franchisors Do Lending Programs?

More franchise systems have been using lending programs in recent years to help their operators get financing. But it's not for everybody, according to our recent Franchise Finance & Growth Conference

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A Little Perspective on SBA Lending

A Little Perspective on SBA Lending

SBA lending is better than it was during the depths of the recession, but it still remains a long way off from where it was during the financial heyday of the mid-2000s.

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Franchise Lending Increasing Again

Franchise Lending Increasing Again

Franchise lending increased nearly 3 percent in March, according to the Franchise Lending Index from the International Franchise Association and the online lending site BoeFly.

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Find a franchise and financing in one stop

Find a franchise and financing in one stop

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Red Mango Starts Franchise Incentive Program

Red Mango Starts Franchise Incentive Program

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La Madeleine Starts Franchising

La Madeleine Starts Franchising

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Bennigan's Comeback Gets A Big Boost

Bennigan's Comeback Gets A Big Boost

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Smoothie King Expands Its Franchisee Search

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There Aren't Enough Franchise Deals

There Aren't Enough Franchise Deals

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Apple American Branches Out

Apple American Branches Out

Apple American Group has done just fine by focusing on one concept, Applebee's. It's done so well that it could well be the largest restaurant franchise in the country. So why is Greg Flynn now getting into Taco Bell? "It's simple math," said Flynn, CEO of the San Francisco-based Apple American Group. "If you add 10 units from a base of 10, that's good growth. If you add 10 from a basis of 480, it's not." The upshot: if Flynn's company was to maintain a strong growth rate, it needed to get into something else. So two years ago, the company started taking a comprehensive look at the restaurant industry and ultimately concluded that Taco Bell was a good bet, thanks largely to its lack of direct competition in the ultracompetitive restaurant market.

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Give 'em comfort: Franchisor outlines his concept for the banks

Give 'em comfort: Franchisor outlines his concept for the banks

Bin There Dump That got the rare opportunity to give the best information about their concept in front of a group of bankers. How'd that happen?

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How Subway's Growth Keeps Accelerating

How Subway's Growth Keeps Accelerating

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More Modest Improvement For The Franchise Sector

Franchising may finally be feeling its post-recessionary boost. One of the more overlooked signs of the severity of the recent recession was its impact on the franchise business sector. Traditionally, franchising grows with recessions as the unemployed seek business opportunities and are fueled by readily available credit thanks to a government that keeps interest rates low, fueling lending. That didn't happen this time: the number of franchise locations fell three straight years from 2009 through 2011, including a 3.5-percent decline in 2009.

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Brentwood Sells Pizza Hut Franchisee

Brentwood Sells Pizza Hut Franchisee

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Déjà vu: Lending getting competitive—again

Déjà vu: Lending getting competitive—again

We've been this way before. Lending is heating up and good credits are dictating terms.

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News, notes and commentary on franchise financing, including SBA lending, both the SBA 7(a) program and the SBA 504 program, franchise finance programs, development incentives, big deals and startup lending.

  Mary Jo Larson is the publisher of Franchise Times Magazine and its sister publication, the Restaurant Finance Monitor. She is a frequent speaker at meetings and conferences, and at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference. You can find her on Twitter at @mlarson1011.
  Reporter Jonathan Maze covers restaurants and finance for Franchise Times. He also writes for our sister publication, The Restaurant Finance Monitor, and writes a daily blog on the restaurant industry at www.restfinance.com. You can also catch him on Twitter at @jonathanmaze.

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