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Expect higher rents the next time you face your landlord, real estate brokers say, especially if you cut a deal during the recession. The keys to negotiation are to start well in advance, know your assets and pounce quickly.

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There are surprisingly few countries on Edwards Global Services' ranking for 2015 that are in the red—the color designating the highest potential for franchising. Our country focus this month, New Zealand, made the list—plus Canada, the U.S., Panama, Chile, Poland, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Japan. The map was handed out during an international session at the International Franchise Association's convention in February (see related story on page 70.)

Kathy Thiessen, former director of sales at Merry Maids, has been named vice president of franchise operations at 101 Mobility. “We have already seen a positive impact as she has worked to implement some of her many ideas and initiatives after just a few short weeks with the company,” said President Dave Pazgan.

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Martin Sprock, co-founder of Moe's Southwest Grill and the now-defunct Raving Brands, says he's back in the franchise sales business after a federal judge in February rejected “100 percent” of the claims against the system he formerly owned. An attorney for the plaintiffs disagrees with Sprock's characterization, and seven remaining franchisee groups are deciding whether to appeal.