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Akash and Rana Kapoor exchange humorous barbs like the husband-and-wife team they are, married for 25 years and working together for much of that time. “We tried an enchilada one time—it totally didn't work,” says Rana of experimenting with the menu at Curry Up Now, the Indian street food concept they created in 2009.

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The owners of F45, a fitness concept with more than 2,000 franchises sold in more than 50 countries, was planning a traditional initial public offering earlier this year when COVID scuttled the idea. Instead, Bob Beyer and Todd Purdy, partners at Crescent Acquisition Corp., plan to take F45 public via a merger with its SPAC, a special purchase acquisition company also known as a blank-check firm, a deal type that M&A experts say is on the rise.

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If bankruptcy is a tool to help financially distressed firms, as finance experts routinely say, then small businesses for the first time can use it. That's thanks to a new law making it far faster and much less expensive to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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The newest franchisee for Germinator, a mobile disinfecting and sanitizing service just launched in January, has Texas-sized plans for his new venture. J.R. Ferguson first bought two franchises, in Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas, and assigned about 50 salespeople that work for his construction firm to also sell Germinator business.

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A beachside bungalow or a balcony view overlooking the Eiffel Tower? Perhaps reclining in an Egyptian pyramid sounds more appealing. Book a room in any of these destinations for only about $50 a night—if you're a cat.

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Franchise Times is reporting on the generosity of business owners throughout the pandemic, from restaurant franchises donating food to healthcare and front-line workers to franchisees getting creative as they find ways to thank those providing essential services in their communities. Here we take a look at four brands that came up with unique ways to practice philanthropy during COVID-19.

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A posse of annoyed children glared after the attendant cleared them from the Altitude Trampoline Park kiddie pit so two oldsters could try it out. Their anger became disgust as myself and the CEO of Altitude, Mike Rotondo, tried to jump over the slowly moving foam arm, lamely in my case but with verve in Rotondo's. Who knew the timing needed would be so difficult to judge?

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Who would play you in the biopic about your life? Will Smith would be good, I think. Not because he looks anything like me, but I think he does a really good job of crossing over between being fun and silly and then still being able to take on that serious role. That's more like me. What's your favorite franchise brand that's not your own? I'd probably say Chick-fil-A. What they stand for with customer service and stewardship … the way they interact with their customers. They're a family favorite.

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Almost exactly a year ago, Greg Willman made franchise news as the first franchisee of emerging concept Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill. Since then, he's opened the first franchise location, broke ground on his second and was named CEO of the now 40-unit company.