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With a bright American flag tie, perhaps so he wouldn't be labeled as unpatriotic by this rogue crowd of lenders, builders and brokers, a featured economist threw out some “mega themes” including that America currently has more jobs than ever before. He added the scale is finally tipping toward better, higher-paying jobs that are fueling service sector growth.

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There are times I wish my dad was a texter. My 86-year-old father, Herb, can email, and surfs the Internet fairly well, plus he has a Kindle Fire, where he hooks up to wireless to check the baseball scores and other news of the day. It's not like he couldn't learn to do it. It just doesn't interest him, nor does it my mother.

In the United States, KFC diners will just have to be content with licking the chicken grease off their fingers in order to get the same effect their counterparts in Hong Kong can get by polishing their nails with KFC's latest promotion: chicken-flavored nail polish.

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Now that everything we humans require can be shipped right to our houses—sometimes within the hour—it's time somebody took canine and feline needs into account. Based in Cincinnati and franchised since March of 2015, Pet Wants is answering that call with ultra-high-quality dog and cat foods delivered to your door.

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‘If you don't take the risk you'll never see what's behind the door,' says Anil Yadav, who has jumped big most recently into TGI Friday's. That sentiment—and an honest voice at home—are his keys to success.

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As much of the world is now learning from the likes of American Pickers and Pawn Stars, there's a whole culture around pricing, collecting and selling yesterday's news—antiques, old cars, collectible items and random junk. Talk to the people buying and selling, and you'll find there's a story for everything and everyone.

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Last month we celebrated Mother's Day with three stories from CEOs on what their mothers taught them. For the June/July issue we're investigating fathers' input. Although kids spend more money on their mothers for her special Hallmark holiday, fathers also give good advice as evidenced below.

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In the early 2000s, Wade Brannon was between jobs and helping raise his family after selling his 250-store ham business. His young son at the time hated getting his hair cut—until the Brannons discovered Pigtails & Crewcuts.

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Alittle bit of Silicon Valley has made its way to the world of franchising. No, some upstart isn't going to disrupt the business model into oblivion, but Four Foods Group and CEO Andrew Smith have certainly come to the industry with a fresh set of eyes.