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[ 0 ] Jan. 10, 2014

SBOMAG Roundup: 10 Cheapest Fast-Food Franchises

Interested in starting a fast-food business? Consider one of these least expensive franchises. Startup costs and contact info is listed: Papa John’s Pizza Pizza, fast-casual restaurant $15k www.papajohns.com 502-261-4844 7-Eleven Convenience store. $31k www.franchise.7-eleven.com 800-782-0711 Sertino’s Coffee Coffeehouse $40k www.sertinos.com 800-311-3930/503-224-6199 Cin City Donuts Mini-donuts, coffee $40k www.cincitydonuts.com 866-491-5987/604-940-0988 Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Mobile on-site […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Start and Run Your Own Gastropub

According to the Chicago Tribune, gastropubs began in the early 1990s in London, “when young chefs began buying old pubs and serving elevated fare designed to go with the beer.” The movement gained notoriety in the U.S. when The Spotted Pig opened in New York City in 2004 and earned a Michelin star in the […]

[ 1 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Crunch Fitness Franchise Plans to Open 50 New Gyms

The Crunch fitness franchise is rapidly expanding in the U.S. and abroad, and has become the fastest-growing franchise in its category. The company, which debuted in New York in 1989, plans to open 50 new gyms in 2014, starting with eight locations this month. “We took the franchise model, packaged it into the low-price, high-value […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Looking For Information On Franchises?

Visit the IFA website to learn what’s available to help you find the right franchise. IFA members include franchise companies in more than 300 different business format categories — from accounting to campgrounds, from food services to home improvement and from lawn care to weight control. Members include individual franchisees and companies that support the […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

SBOMAG Roundup: 7 Key Tips To Launching Your Own Food Business At Home

Many people would consider Katrina Markoff a daring soul. She has a rare artistic flair of taking unlikely ingredients and turning them into “gold” in her kitchen. Markoff is the entrepreneur behind Vosges Haut-Chocolat, which started in a small chocolate shop in Chicago, in 1998. This $10 million dollar gourmet chocolate company, with its distinctive […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Create A Step-By-Step Business Plan With This Easy Tool

Creating a business plan can be as easy as filling in the blanks in an already organized and solid template. Developing your business plan is one of the most important steps you will take because the plan serves as your road map for the early years of your business. The business plan generally projects 3-5 […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 8, 2014

American Burger Joints Are Hot In Iran

Though American-style burger restaurants have been part of Tehran’s quickservice food scene for more than 30 years, more high-priced chains — particularly those featuring classic-car and American movie star themes — are popping up across Iran’s capital and are popular among the city’s wealthiest residents. “In Iran, most things foreign are considered high-end,” said David […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 8, 2014

How To Look, Feel and Act With More Confidence

It takes considerable self-confidence to grow a small business, and Becky Blalock, managing partner at Advisory Capital, offers some pointers on how to develop that kind of self-esteem. In addition to other tactics, it’s critical to find positive role models and to push through your fear. “We all want to stay in those zones where […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 8, 2014

Carwash Industry Celebrates 100 Years

It’s a huge milestone for the carwash industry. International Carwash Association (ICA), the world’s largest organization for car wash professionals, today announced a series of activities and celebrations of the industry’s 100th birthday in 2014. Frank McCormick and J.W. Hinkle opened “Automobile Laundry” in Detroit, Mich. in 1914 as the first production line car wash […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 8, 2014

Choice Hotels CEO Is Upbeat About 2014

Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International, says the lodging industry is in good shape as it enters the new year amid strong growth in global tourism. Among the hotel firm’s goals for 2014 is a focus on growth in Europe, which saw the greatest increase in inbound travel last year, Joyce said. […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 8, 2014

SBOMAG Roundup: Fifteen Questions To Ask The Food Franchisor

Thinking of buying a food franchise? They are superhot and popular moneymakers. Before you take the plunge, study this list of questions to ask your potential franchisor: Ready to contact a franchisor in the food industry to discuss become a franchisee? To make sure the ‘fit’ is right, ask the franchisor the following questions: o […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 7, 2014

Nominate Your Business for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards

     Your can win an award for your small business. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Winners will be announced during National Small Business Week – May 12-16, 2014 John Stonecipher—CEO […]

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