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With Window Genie, David Flax Washes Away Recession Pains

Few stories are more satisfying than a success story. For Alpharetta, Georgia resident David Flax, the past few years have been incredibly challenging, but equally as gratifying as he managed to pick himself up after the recession and write a success story of his own. “I owned my own recruiting firm out of Atlanta for 10 years and built it […]

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Survey Reveals Franchisee Satisfaction

The national franchise market research firm, Franchise Business Review, has announced the companies that made its Top 200 Franchises list for 2015. This is the only national ranking of franchise opportunities bases solely on franchisee satisfaction and performance data. Franchise Business Review surveyed over 28,500 franchisees, representing more than 350 franchise brands. The complete report […]

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The Dwyer Group Acquires Five Star Painting Franchise

Five Star Painting, a commercial and residential painting franchise with 77 locations across the United States and Canada, has been acquired by The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We’re very excited to welcome Five Star Painting to The Dwyer […]

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Why Athletes Make Successful Business People

Why do athletes make such great business people? What does it actually take to become a successful entrepreneur? If you pause to think about it, you may come up with the same attributes that it takes to become a great athlete. Of course, you don’t have to be at the professional level, but the chances […]

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Franchise Expo South Coming To Houston Next Month

Franchise Expo South (FES), the largest expo in the South, will bring together over 200 of the leading franchise concepts and thousands of individuals looking to become business owners. The three-day event starts on Thursday, Feb. 5 and ends on Saturday, Feb. 7. This year’s event will be held at Houston’s NRG Center. As the […]

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Franchise Business Growth Expected To Be Fast in 2015

According to the 2015 Franchise Business Economic Outlook released from the International Franchise Association (IFA) Education Foundation and HIS Economics, franchise businesses are expected to grow and create more jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy in 2015. This marks the fifth consecutive year for this business sector. “Franchising is an […]

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Minuteman Press Celebrates 40 Years of Franchising

There are few companies that can boast the sustained success that Minuteman Press has experienced. The company was founded in 1973 and started franchising in 1975, using a concept that has not only endured, but thrived through decades of changes within the industry, and now it’s entering the fourth decade of further growth. Known worldwide […]

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Small Businesses Aren’t Meeting Consumers Online Needs

Mentors to America’s small businesses, SCORE, has released statistics about how much online activity consumers engage in before committing to a purchase and how well small businesses’ websites are meeting the consumers’ needs for information. Customers Do Their Research Online: According to the data, consumers research a purchase heavily online before making a purchase. 97% […]

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Planet Fitness to Sponsor New Year’s Eve Celebration

The innovative health club with its Judgement Free Zone and affordable membership rates, Planet Fitness, is joining the largest party of the year, Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebration. They will be the official fitness sponsor of the event. 25,000 spectators will warm their hands in Planet Fitness-branded mittens during the final countdown to the […]

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IFA Launches Website To Aid Franchisees With Labor and Workforce Questions

The International Franchise Association (IFA) has launched a new website that provides key guidance on labor and workforce issues important to franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub provides recourses for franchise business owners who want to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers and the best practices for compliance. “IFA is […]

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An Innovative Finance Option For Your Small Business During the Holidays

The holiday season, while enjoyable, can be rife with unpleasant choices: How to politely decline a gifted fruitcake; How to properly express gratitude for an itchy, ill-fitting sweater; and for many small business owners, how to obtain financing to keep the business going throughout the tumult of the holidays. This is where Liquid Capital of […]

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Private Equity Firms Played a Big Role in Franchising This Year

Private equity continued to play an important role in franchising this year. It offers franchisors who have a growing franchise system a promising pathway to swift growth. An investment group can assist a franchise company strategically, tactically, and with economies of scale. Private equity sees value in ongoing royalty streams that are part of a […]

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IFA Partners With Consulting Firm to Start New Charitable Program

As a national communications firm that specializes in franchise public relations, Fish Consulting, LLC, has partnered with the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation to develop and launch its national Franchising Gives Back program. The IFA Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IFA has enlisted Fish to spearhead the national public relations and website […]

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Innovation is Alive and Well at The Interface Financial Group

At The Interface Financial Group, innovation is alive and well. The company has a brand new leverage program for franchisees that reduces their exposure while at the same time maintaining their well above-average return on their working capital. The Interface Financial Group (IFG) has been in the business of small business funding for over 40 […]

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Small Business Saturday Deemed a Success Across Nation

This past weekend, there was strong support for local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. 88 million consumers “shopped small” across the country, up just under 15 percent from just a year ago. This is according to the results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey which is released by the National Federation of […]

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VA to Host Veteran-Owned Small Business Event in Atlanta Next Month

An upcoming national event aimed at addressing the greatest challenges to the success of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs)-access to decision makers- will gather an expected 3,000 attendees for three days of business connections, powerful sessions, and top-notch networking. This event will take place from December 9-11 in Atlanta, Georgia. The United States Department of Veterans […]

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Small Business Saturday Continues to Grow

From the local florist who designs the most beautiful arrangements to the coffee shop that serves the most delicious cappuccinos and hosts open mic nights, small businesses around the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday. According to the Small Business Saturday Insight Survey released by […]

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Chronic Tacos Franchise Raises Money To Help End Child Hunger

The California inspired Mexican grill, Chronic Tacos, is celebrating a recent month-long fundraising campaign with help from its customers. The initiative to end childhood hunger in America took another step forward when Chronic Tacos raised $10,000 to benefit No Kid Hungry®. The cause speaks true to Chronic Tacos’ brand message. “From our experience raising funds […]

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Tired of Corporate America, Oregon Couple Decides to Start Flooring Business

While planning for retirement from a company where he’d been working for three decades, Ken Kiest suddenly found himself without a job. The company was bought by a private equity firm, which then began eliminating jobs. Ken’s was one. His wife, Kellie, continues to enjoy her career with Pacific Medical. After discussing options, the couple […]

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Home Franchise Concepts Pledges $1 Million in Discounts for Veterans

Parent company of Budget Blinds and Tailored Living, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), is continuing to create opportunities for U.S. veterans across the country through its Million Dollar Franchise Event program. The program is a commitment to provide $1 Million in discounts to United States veterans interested in becoming a franchisee of one of the company’s […]

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Best in Class Franchise Promotes Teacher and Veteran Ownership With Incentive

The premier educational franchise, Best in Class Education Center, has announced that the United States Small Business Administration is including the brand in its official Franchise Registry. This designation will allow for the expedition of loan processes for new and existing franchisees looking to start or expand their business. Becoming a member of the national […]

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Franchise and Small Business Lender Offers Discount to Veterans

Each year, November 11 marks the day in America when we pause to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their heroism, patriotism, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the United States. The franchising industry embraces and supports our returning servicemen and women by empowering them to have a successful transition back to civilian life […]

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Interface Financial Announces Ongoing Growth Of Franchise

President of The Interface Financial Group, David Banfield, recently reported on the ongoing growth of the organization on an international level. After the establishment of a Master Licensee in South Africa, there has been an exceptional interest in the service and its unique delivery method. Interface Financial brings the financial service of Invoice Discounting to […]

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Navy Veteran Realizes Dreams by Owning CertaPro Franchise

When 11-year Navy veteran Tom Thoma discovered that he had melanoma, he realized his life would never be the same. Tom had great passion for serving his country, yet he also wanted to sow his roots and be closer to his family. After an encouraging prognosis that the melanoma had not developed enough to spread, […]

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Pizza Restaurant Begins Franchising with Quick Serve Concept

The new, fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, The Pizza Press has announced the launch of it national franchise partnership with Franchise Dynamics. Currently, the company owns two locations in Orange County, California. With this announcement, The Pizza Press is now available for franchise in select markets throughout the U.S. With their first location in Anaheim […]

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WOW 1 DAY PAINTING CEO Discusses History and Future Plans for Franchise Company

What began as a home improvement project has turned into an innovative franchise company. Brian Scudmore hired a painting company to work on his home and was so impressed with the service that he bought the company and created WOW 1 DAY PAINTING from it. Scudmore, the founder and CEO of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, […]

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House Care Franchise Set to Fulfill Needs of Seniors

The Joint Center for Housing Studies has released a new study showing that the number of people over the age of 75 will double from 6.9 million to 13.4 million in the next 20 years and that “substantial business opportunities exist in helping older adults modify their home to suit evolving needs.” “TruBlue is on […]

New Franchise Alert ! – Ohana Bros.

Owners of an Ohana Bros. franchise location will operate a restaurant serving Hawaiian style shaved ice, fries, popcorn and chips. The food is made fresh daily with no artificial colors or flavors, and uses natural ingredients presented in biodegradable packaging. The owner would run the retail outlet in a fixed location, such as a mall. […]

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Jani-King Promotes Franchise With New PGA Player Sponsorships

Jani-King International, Inc., is growing its PGA Tour staff from three to six players for the 2014-2015 season. In addition to Chad Campbell, Martin Flores, and Ryan Palmer, Jani-king is adding Luke Guthrie, Kevin Kisner, and Hudson Swafford to their roster. “Since 2009, Jani-King has been represented on the PGA Tour by Chad Campbell and in 2012 […]

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Fresh Coat Franchise Giving Away Home Painting To Lucky Senior

When it comes to home makeovers, having a professional paint your walls is among the more affordable options. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s an option for everyone, especially seniors on a fixed income. This is why Fresh Coat Painters is excited to announce that they will be giving a free whole-house interior painting to […]

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Considerations To Take Before Owning a Franchise

There can be many instances where there’s a viable reason to rush through things to get to the end. However, when it comes to self-employment and entrepreneurship, there is little reason for anything other than a planned and cautious approach. There are many variables to consider, and each need appropriate time and research. If an […]

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bluefrog Plumbing + Drain Adds 25 Franchise Locations in 5 Months

bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ is realizing its annual goal by achieving a milestone in five months – signing 25 franchise partners. The mission of the company is to become the premier pluming and drain-cleaning service company in North America. The franchise is now on track to achieving its annual goal of signing 60 franchise partners […]

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Painting Franchise Gives Back to Communities with Five Star Cares Program

Five Star Painting is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by participating in the Five Star Cares initiative. Through its Five Star Cares program, Five Star Painting franchises are encouraged to seek out worthy causes in their communities that can make a difference. To learn more about Five Star Cares, visit www.fivestarpainting.com/cares/. The Five Star Painting headquarters in Spanish Fork, Utah will […]

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West Coast Franchise Expo Coming to California in October

Over 200 franchise brands will be on hand at the West Coast Franchise Expo on Oct. 23-25 at the Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The expo, sponsored by the International Franchise Association, will include more than 40 seminars along with five symposia covering a wide-range of topics including “What Do I Need to Know Before […]

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Franchise Fund Created For NFL Players and Other Professional Athletes

Leonard Marshall, veteran of 12 NFL seasons and two Super Bowls, is a partner on a team with a new investment fund. Led by Founder Steven H. Levenson, the newly formed Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund is the first of its kind, one where professional athletes and high net worth individuals can earn money […]

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Qualities That Make The Perfect Franchisee

Franchisors are always looking for the ultimate franchisee. However, it often occurs that every other franchisor is also looking for the same individual. When looking through franchise web sites, it becomes apparent that franchisors are mainly looking for similar, or the same characteristics in their potential perfect franchisee. If you are an entrepreneur looking to […]

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Best In Class Director of Franchise Sales Discusses Expansion Plans, Core Values of the Franchise Model

Seattle, Washington-based Best in Class Education Center has made a name for itself by providing supplemental education services using a proven franchise model. This has led the company to experience continued growth since its inception in 1995. We recently interviewed Sharon Peterson, Director of Franchise Sales, to discuss the franchise opportunity.   FOJ:  Sharon, you […]

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Staffing Franchise Offers New Owners Free Lease For a Year

One of the nation’s fastest growing staffing companies, Express Employment Professionals, is now offering new owners a free lease for their first year. Express will pay up to $2,500 for the lease of an office space for any new owner awarded an Express franchise until the end of 2014. “Express is booming,” said David Lewis, […]

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Baby Boomers and Millennials Both Finding Franchise Success During Down Economy

Normally, you wouldn’t compare launching a career with retirement. However, when it comes to entrepreneurial tendencies of two contrasting generations – Baby Boomers and their Millennial children. The career and franchise business coaching network, The Entrepreneur’s Source says that you can draw those types of parallels. While the elder generation is retiring, their children are […]

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1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry

Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Brian Scudmore, was so impressed with the company he hired to paint his home in the summer of 2010 that he decided to buy the company. This company is called WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, and their concept is simple – your home painted in just one day. “Painting homes in […]

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IFA Receives Award For Veteran Franchise Support

ASAE has awarded their Power of A Gold Award to the International Franchise Association (IFA) for its Veterans Transition Franchise Program (VetFran) and Operation Enduring Opportunity (OEO) initiative. Operation Enduring Opportunity is a franchise industry-wide effort to recruit and hire 80,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors through the end of this year. Since Veteran’s […]

New Franchise Alert! WaterWalk Apartments

WaterWalk Apartments is unique in that it straddles the various apartment and hotel business models. It offers various amenities and prices depending on customer preference and stay times. The owner of a WaterWalk Apartments location will operate an extended-stay apartment complex that offers all-inclusive amenities for those wishing to stay a week or a year. […]

New Franchise Alert! – EnVie Fitness

The owner of an EnVie Fitness franchise will operate a fitness studio for women. The studio will offer personal training as well as convenient and effective fitness programs, all in a supportive environment. Fitness franchises have become very popular, as gym memberships have increased to over 43.6 million in the last decade. The initial investment […]

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The Concept of Using Other People’s Money to Grow Small Business

The world of franchising has been introduced to a unique concept by The Interface Financial Group – The provision of capital source to enable franchisees to access a substantial capital opportunity. David Banfield, President says, “Looking at the success of entrepreneurs over the last hundred years invariably always shows one thing – their success was […]

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Yum! Brands Launches New World Hunger Relief Campaign

Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, has announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort. The “Pass The Red Cup” challenge will feature multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera. According to the United Nation, there are currently 850 million people around the world who suffer […]

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Small Business Administration Holds Competition to Boost Entrepreneurship

The United States Small Business Administration recently announced its first Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. When the deadline was reached on August 2nd, there were over 800 applicants comprised of accelerators and incubators hoping to win one of 50 cash prizes of $50,000. The applicant pool was made up of accelerators and entrepreneurial ecosystem models that […]

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History, Success, and Future Plans for the Home Helpers Franchise

Home Helpers, a franchise specializing in continued senior care, has been serving seniors for over 17 years. Founder Gary Green started the company as a means to fill a need for quality senior care. Now the company serves over 600 communities across the United States, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s […]

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Interface Financial Expanding, Opens Master Franchise in South Africa

Already operating in 8 countries, The Interface Financial Group has announced the opening of their South Africa Master Licensee office in Pretoria. This represents another significant stage in the expansion plans for Interface. This new addition in South Africa adds new market opportunities for Interface, for both existing and new licensees. The licensees at Interface work […]

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Minuteman Press Franchise Owner Leaves Corporate World to Serve Hometown Community

Most people think about retirement when they reach their 50’s. This is not the case for Jon Wittenberg. In 2012, the Alpharetta, Georgia, resident made the decision to leave a corporate career in financial analysis and start running his own business. This is when he took over Minuteman Press of Sandy Springs. The printing shop […]

New Franchise Alert! – Sears Handyman Solutions

Sears Handyman Solutions franchise owners will operate a service business that provides customers with quality small residential and small commercial repairs, installations, drywall repairs, minor floor repairs, small plumbing repairs, carpentry, painting, and minor electrical and home maintenance services. Sears is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 13 million service installation […]