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What Happens when 800 Lawyers Meet Franchising's Bogeymen

What Happens when 800 Lawyers Meet Franchising's Bogeymen

Two of franchising’s biggest bogeymen, Dr. David Weil of the Department of Labor and Richard Griffin of the National Labor Relations Board, appeared before a group of franchise lawyers at their annual get-together last month—and it turned out they don’t have horns.

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Road to Crowdfunding Gets Shorter with New Federal Rules

Road to Crowdfunding Gets Shorter with New Federal Rules

It’s been a long time coming—more than three-and-a-half years—but the Securities & Exchange Commission approved last week final rules for Regulation Crowdfunding, also known as Reg CF and the last remaining component of the JOBS Act of 2012.

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A Saucy Marco's Clear Winner in GOP Debate

A Saucy Marco's Clear Winner in GOP Debate

Apparently, pizza makes watching the GOP debates more palatable. According to a survey of 650 Marco’s Pizza stores in 35 states, pizza sales spiked 28.5 percent during the most recent televised debate, October 28. Since the debate’s theme was the economy, we’re thinking maybe it got people thinking about dough.

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Driven Brands Adds Carstar to Burgeoning Holdings

Driven Brands Adds Carstar to Burgeoning Holdings

Driven Brands continues its acquisition tear with the purchase of Carstar, the second-largest auto body repair franchise, which it’s adding to a new Paint & Collision division behind first-place Maaco.

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NextGen Young Entrepreneurs Program Gets Cash Infusion

NextGen Young Entrepreneurs Program Gets Cash Infusion

David McKinnon, co-founder of ServiceBrands International, pledged a significant endowment to the IFA Educational Foundation, which will be used to bolster the coffers of the IFA’s NextGen In Franchising program.

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CEOs to Describe Brand Transformation at Restaurant Finance Confab

CEOs to Describe Brand Transformation at Restaurant Finance Confab

“The company was literally out of cash in September of 2008,” recalls James White about Jamba Juice, the company he was hired as CEO to fix that year. “For me to just save the company was job one.” White will detail how he transformed the brand, along with Scott Svenson of MOD Pizza and Phil Greifeld of Captain D’s, at a CEO panel at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, Nov. 9-11 at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

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Exclusive: Dave Anderson on Returning to Famous Dave’s

Exclusive: Dave Anderson on Returning to Famous Dave’s

Earlier this week, we brought you the story about “Famous Dave” Anderson rejoining his namesake company, Famous Dave’s. Now we’ve got Anderson’s thoughts on choosing to return to the brand he founded in 1994 and left in 2014, as well as his plans for his fast-casual Jimmie’s Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse he founded last spring.

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Dave Anderson Puts Fame Back into Famous Dave’s

Dave Anderson Puts Fame Back into Famous Dave’s

“Famous Dave” Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s of America, has rejoined the company as part of a reorganization seeking to reverse the fortunes of the Minneapolis-based barbecue chain beset by falling sales and a succession of leadership changes.

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Kono Pizza Heading Into Walmart

Kono Pizza Heading Into Walmart

Kono Pizza, the innovative pizza-in-a-cone brand started in 2013, is planning its first store location within a Walmart, as well as an aggressive 10-store expansion deal in the Dallas area.

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McDonald's Delivers First Quarterly SSS Growth in Years

McDonald's Delivers First Quarterly SSS Growth in Years

Finally, McDonald’s has something good to talk about besides all-day breakfast. According to the company’s third-quarter earnings release, almost all the numbers look great, or at least better than the much-maligned fast-food giant has in the past few years.

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How to Carry On, Plus Other Tips From Globe Trotters

How to Carry On, Plus Other Tips From Globe Trotters

Every time I find myself in the company of world-travelers I ask for tips on how to make it less painful. Here are some of the tips I scored from participants on the recent trade mission to Latin America. Be sure to read to the very end; the last two are invaluable to anyone who travels for a living.​

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Full Circle for Smoothie King CEO, who Sells Korean Units

Full Circle for Smoothie King CEO, who Sells Korean Units

Wan Kim was Smoothie King’s biggest franchisee by far, building 105 stores in South Korea before buying the brand, moving to New Orleans and becoming CEO, in 2012. Now he’s sold those Korean stores to Shinsegae Group for $16.5 million, as the dominant department store retailer plans to add stores in South Korea and push into Vietnam.

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Earning Your Business Chops

Earning Your Business Chops

In China, chops are almost like a fingerprint. They are distinctive, hard to duplicate, and when sealing an envelope, proof that no one has tampered with it. For Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, their chop is their logo.

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Call for Nominations: Who Will Make Franchise News in 2016?

Call for Nominations: Who Will Make Franchise News in 2016?

Franchise Times is seeking nominations for our annual “20 to Watch” feature, presenting 20 notable people, companies and trends in franchising that will be making news in 2016.

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Kolaches: The Freshest Idea in Franchising?

Kolaches: The Freshest Idea in Franchising?

There are so many franchises in the United States—approximately 780,000, according to the International Franchise Association. I love hearing about so many creative businesses on a daily basis. My latest fling? The Kolache Factory. There’s truly a niche for everyone.

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Unveils Lean New Layout

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Unveils Lean New Layout

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is celebrating the first week of a radically redesigned new restaurant layout in Dallas.

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Selecting Your First Franchise

Selecting Your First Franchise

The number of franchise opportunities is staggering, and they’re not all good ones. As a reporter constantly evaluating various franchises, here are a few bedrock principles for investigating and choosing your first franchise investment.

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If Loyalty Programs Annoy You, It Could be Your Age

If Loyalty Programs Annoy You, It Could be Your Age

I had just been thinking how most loyalty programs annoy the heck out of me, when a new study by Colloquy arrived explaining why.

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Minneapolis Dumps Scheduling Rules after Outcry

Minneapolis Dumps Scheduling Rules after Outcry

Under intense pressure from business owners, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges yesterday dumped proposals to require employers in the city to schedule workers weeks in advance and offer “predictability pay” when schedules were changed. She is pressing ahead with the other half of a set of controversial proposals, requiring sick pay.

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A Peek at the Culinary Scene Via a Trade Mission to Latin America

A Peek at the Culinary Scene Via a Trade Mission to Latin America

My recent trip to Latin America wasn’t supposed to be a culinary experience, but, hey, a girl’s gotta eat, right?

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

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.
 
Nicholas UptonNicholas Upton is restaurants editor at Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3226, or send story ideas to nupton@franchisetimes.com.
 
Mary Jo LarsonMary Jo Larson is the publisher of Franchise Times Magazine and the Restaurant Finance Monitor.  You can find her on Twitter at
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