Fast-casual franchise Smashburger announced Tuesday that it will receive a $35 million external capital infusion from equity firm Golub Capital that could allow the 210-location franchise to open as many as 80 new locations next year. The company plans to focus on new markets in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto, the U.K. and Australia.
Employees might or might not ask to establish links with their bosses on Facebook and LinkedIn, and VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick says both perspectives are understandable. What’s important for your business, however, is to “make sure you’ve got a social media policy in place and be consistent with it,” she recommends.
Will Vehrs was a military veteran who worked with prospective entrepreneurs for 17 years before he decided to take his own advice and invest in a business, becoming one of many veterans to choose a franchising path. One in every seven U.S. franchises is owned by a military veteran and through its “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” […]
CiCi’s Pizza expands internationally! For the first time in its 28-year history, is extending its franchise opportunity abroad. Executives with the Coppell, Texas-based franchise have specifically targeted Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico for expansion of the brand with the goal of opening the flagship international unit by 2015.
The next IFA WednesdayWise Webinar will address “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Franchise Community” on July 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT). Speakers will include Hylant Group’s Orlando Operations President Andria Herr and IFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Judith Thorman. The webinar series is […]
Bosses who want to cultivate open and trusting relationships with their workers should get into the habit of holding one-on-one meetings, says business expert Mary Schaefer. Regular face time lets you rehearse your relationship in a safe space, laying a foundation for higher-stake interactions, Schaefer explains. “You get to practice being open with each other. […]
An intensive educational course in entrepreneurship aimed specifically at women military veterans will be provided free of charge Aug. 26-27 in Houston by The American Legion. The number of women veterans attempting to enter or re-enter the civilian workforce is growing rapidly, and the unemployment rate among them is higher than that of the general […]
Are you still wondering how to use social media to build buzz for your company, products, and services? Have you posted to Facebook and sent out a few tweets, wondering if it’s really working for you? Social media is a lot more than Facebook and Twitter. Are you blogging on WordPress and getting all of […]
Many first-time entrepreneurs find it difficult to launch their chosen business on a shoestring budget. If you need financial help and your bank won’t help you, consider going the route of a SBA-backed loan. The United States Small Business Administration doesn’t loan you the money directly; they partner with selected banks and guarantee the loan […]
Dunkin’ Brands is offering new Baskin-Robbins franchisees the chance to pay the licensing fee of $25,000 over 10 years instead of upfront as part of an effort to spur franchise growth. Royalty payments are also being reduced for the first five years from 2.9% to 0.9%, and the company is waiving licensing fees and the […]
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Extreme Engineering, the largest supplier in, zip lines, climbing walls, Extreme Airs™ and adventure products, is outfitting Westgate Resorts with a complete “high-action adventure™” area. Westgate resorts’ is one of the largest resort developers in the world. Today Westgate operates 28 full-service resorts in premiere travel destinations throughout the United States. Extreme Engineering’s high-action adventure™ […]