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Fast and Serious Ranks the Smartest-Growing Brands


Black Bear Diner debuts on this year's Fast and Serious list.

Bruce Dean, CEO and co-founder of Black Bear Diner, doesn’t believe in grand gestures to grow his restaurant franchise. Rather, he works with people at every level, asking them to think of small steps to create incremental improvement, day in and day out. “It’s something I’ve always believed in,” he says. “How do we take it to the next level?”

His is one of 40 insightful responses when Franchise Times set out to learn how the smartest-growing brands in franchising soar above the rest. We’re proud to present the second annual Franchise Times Fast and Serious list, the only ranking to report the franchisors growing quickly, yes, but in a sustainable way—we’re not interested in brands that rocket one year then fall to earth the next, so our proprietary formula measures 10 separate points of growth over a three-year period.

 Want to know which CEO isn’t above doing dishes with the crew? Or who swears by a “seed and spread” philosophy? Or which franchisor is actively seeking emerging brands to add to the mix? Read the complete list and cover story in the March issue of Franchise Times, which publishes March 1.

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Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
Beth EwenBeth Ewen is senior editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
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