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Sep

25

2018

Must-Attend Franchise Trade Shows and Conventions

Choosing a franchise opportunity is a hefty task to conquer. It requires a massive amount of in-depth research. While exploring franchise websites are a great place to start, it’s even better to meet with franchisors in person. If you’re serious about franchising, consider attending a franchise trade show, convention or…

Mar

03

2016

Are Franchise Businesses Poised for Growth?

The outlook for franchise businesses in the United States is strong. That’s the latest news from the International Franchise Association (IFA) in their latest report on United States franchise growth in 2016. The predicted growth isn’t exclusive to one industry. The report estimates that the upward trend seen in 2015…

Dec

08

2015

Good Coffee, Franchises, and Human Rights

A Canadian coffee franchise gives franchisees very specific instructions for how to make their famously consistent gourmet coffee. Those step by step instructions, which it requires all franchisees to follow to the letter, mean that Canadians and travelers to Canada can walk into any franchise location with complete confidence, knowing…

Oct

16

2015

Franchisees Meet with Congress

The 2015 International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting took place recently in Washington, D.C., followed by a series of meetings between people from the franchise industry and their elected representatives. The goals of the annual meeting include supporting and celebrating franchisees and the franchise business model as…

Sep

15

2015

Taco Bell Breaks the Fast Food Franchise Mold

Taco Bell’s new Taco Bell Cantina restaurants are not following the fast food crowd. They’re serving alcohol, they have murals by local painters gussying up their walls, they have no drive-through window, and franchisees are setting prices and choosing menu items. They’re offering open kitchens and plating foods in a…

Jul

17

2015

Should the U.S. Have National Franchise Laws?

Canada and Australia have recently made updates to their franchise business laws, but in the United States, every state has its own rules. You might have noticed, for example, that California is back in the headlines with a new version of the “Franchise Bill of Rights” which was vetoed by…

Jul

03

2015

Franchise Jobs on the Rise

The ADP National Franchise Report for June 2015 says that 28,800 new jobs have been created by franchise businesses in June of 2015. Restaurants and automotive businesses showed the largest numbers of new jobs, but the infographic below shows that many segments of the franchise industry added new jobs in…

Jun

09

2015

Franchisee Fairness Bill Bad for Franchisees?

A change may seem like a good thing… until you examine it more closely. So it is with California’s “Franchise Bill of Rights,” vetoed by the governor least year but back again. The CEO of Carl’s Jr., Andrew Puzder, wrote a letter to the editor of the Orange County Register…

May

20

2015

Union Steps Up Franchise Efforts

The Service Employees International Union has been agitating for increased wages for service workers, with a focus on fast food workers. Since so many fast food restaurants are franchises, the SEIU has been engaged with franchise businesses along the way. McDonald’s has been their primary target, though 14 different franchises…

Mar

18

2015

Franchising And Minimum Wage Laws

Franchisees in Seattle have been arguing that they’ll be at a serious disadvantage compared with independent businesses if Seattle’s new minimum wage law goes into effect as it’s written. The law requires all businesses to move toward a minimum wage of $15 an hour, but small businesses get seven years…

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