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Disney plans Descendants Sequel for 2017, Will Hold Fan Event at the Disneyland Resort This Saturday

Jim Hill | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

This Disney Channel original movie -- which was built around the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains -- debuted back on July 31st and wound up being cable television's fifth highest-rated movie of all-time.

Franchise or Independent: What's Right for You?

Nellie Akalp | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Once you've decided that you are ready for a career as a small business owner, you'll find yourself faced with another decision to make. Do you want to operate an independent business, or a franchise?

The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- McDonald's, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they...

How A Boomer With A Conscience Is Leaving A Legacy

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

In early 2015, having left the paper industry and moved to Georgia, Jim Gehrman decided to change his destiny, and insure that legacy. He opened up his Supergreen Solutions franchise, and is discovering the entrepreneurial life in his early 50s for the first time.

Dave Jamieson

Check Out The Ridiculous Dress Code At Jimmy John's | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- If you want to work at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop, you'll need to bring a "killer work ethic" and a "rock star personality," as the ch...

Women in Business: Beth Hunter, Franchise co-owner of Real Property Management Executives, Greater Atlanta

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Beth is the co-owner of Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta, part of the national Real Property Management franchise. Real Property Ma...

Women in Business: Audra de Vera, Chronic Tacos Corona

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Audra de Vera (nee Carrington) took over ownership of Chronic Tacos in Corona, CA, on April 2014. As an owner of Chronic Tacos Corona, Audra strength...

What the $15 Fight Means for the Franchise World

Bob Steinberger | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Bob Steinberger

Regardless of your stance on the $15 fight sweeping across the nation, the matter is here to stay. In reality, increasing minimum wage isn't a new concept. Back in my heyday, minimum wage was $2 an hour. It has more than tripled since then.

Women in Business: Gina Pinto Williams, Liberty Tax Service franchisee

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Gina Pinto Williams is a Peruvian immigrant who owns four Liberty Tax Service franchise locations in the greater Cincinnati area. Immigrating to the U...

Women in Business: Marisa Lenci, Franchise owner, PostNet, Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Marisa Lenci opened her PostNet Neighborhood Business Center franchise in August 2014. PostNet provides design, print, direct mail, website layout an...

Women in Business: Dawn Heller, Franchise owner, iDropped, Edwardsville, Penn.

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Dawn Heller opened iDropped's first franchise location in Pennsylvania in November 2014. iDropped provides fast, on-site mobile device repair for the ...

Graceful Exit: Selling Your Franchise or Business

Vasilis Georgiou | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Vasilis Georgiou

All prospective sellers should begin the exit planning process for their business way in advance, in order to maximize their business valuation. Anything short of that and you are in for a not-so-graceful transition.

Women in Business: Sandra Kessler, Good Feet Franchise

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

"They first should find a business that fits their personality, something they will be passionate about, and that passion becomes their strength and confidence to be a strong and successful business owner."

Women in Business Q&A: Karralea List, Christmas Decor, The Decor Group

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

After years and years working for a hotel casino firm, Karralea List decided it was time to make a change and get back control of her life. After pondering her next career move while cutting the lawn, it came to her - a lawn care business.

Learn This Boomer's 6 Franchise Business Success Lessons

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When commercial pilot Paul Harris finally folded up his wings after decades working for the airline industry, he overcame his fears of starting a small business by acquiring a franchise, and taking advantage of the support and guidance he needed in order to be successful.

Time for a Truce on Voting

Scott Arceneaux | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Arceneaux

If playing politics with the franchise is an unfortunate part of our past, it should be abhorrent to our modern democracy. At the start of a new presidential cycle, one without an incumbent, it is time to call a truce on voting.

Does My Company Have What It Needs to Be Expanded Internationally?

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

For the export to be successful we should obtain a realistic response to the questions that will help us to assess the real situation of the company and whether if the company has a real export potential and capacity.

Women in Business Q&A: April Valusek, multi-unit franchisee, Wayback Burgers

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

April Valusek, multi-unit franchisee of Wayback Burgers, recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious better burger brands in the United States, has always had a particular liking to the restaurant industry.

Bootcamp Barry's Not So Scary

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 01.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Michelle Blair Wilker

How does a skinny kid from the Bronx with a passion for horror flicks and Broadway become the godfather of an international bootcamp chain? Barry Jay Stich didn't set out to become the namesake of an ever-growing workout empire, it just kind of happened.

Women in Business: Elyse Causey, School of Rock franchise

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

26-year-old Elyse Causey took her father's CEO and CFO business advice to pursue her passion for helping kids.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

Protect Your Franchise from the Same Fate as McDonald's

Bob Steinberger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Bob Steinberger

The National Labor Relations Board's recent ruling labeling McDonald's as a joint employer of their franchisees struck a current of fear into most franchisors. In many ways, the ruling was an attempt to redefine the role of the franchise in employee disputes.

One Rockin' Woman Who Does It All

Shelly Ulaj | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Shelly Ulaj

Since the inception of Women Empowered, I have come across many women from all walks of life and a considerable number of female entrepreneurs.

Labor Board Threatens an American Tradition

Job Creators Network | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Job Creators Network

By Bernie Marcus Mr. Marcus is co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot and founder of the Job Creators Network, a business advocacy organization....

A Leaf Fan's Reaction to Being Named Worst Sports Franchise in North America

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.25.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

First of all... any Leaf fan will tell you... haters gonna hate. Being scoffed at, criticized, mocked, poked, prodded and scrutinized is a daily occurrence for a Leaf fan.