Cold Stone Creamery announced it signed a 10-year master franchise agreement last week with a partner company in Pakistan and that it will expand its locations in Saudi Arabia. The brand plans to open at least 15 stores in both markets over the next five years.
The immigration reform bill up for debate in the Senate would create a guest worker program with W visas that would allow immigrants to fill seasonal positions and other jobs, including many restaurant positions, that Americans don’t want to take. Supporters say the measure would offer workers protection and help end labor shortages, while opponents […]
The UPS Store introduced its Main Street franchise model to support opening stores in small towns and rural communities within the United States. The new franchise model allows qualifying franchisees to save $20,000 in fees and an additional $40,000 to $60,000 in other The UPS Store franchise costs compared to franchisees in more urban locations. […]
Do you own a franchise? Members of Congress need to hear from you about issues affecting the ability of your franchise business to expand and provide local jobs. Join your peers on Sept. 16 and 17 in the nation’s capital to learn about policies and legislation affecting your business during the IFA Public Affairs Conference. […]
The casual-dining concept is taking over the lodging industry as more hotels transform their dining venues into less-formal spaces where guests can relax and socialize. Meal options are also giving way to upscale comfort foods that guests can pick up and eat where they like.
It’s natural to show sympathy for your fellow human beings, but you shouldn’t let your employees make excuses when they fail to fulfill their responsibilities, Avery Augustine says. Explain to your employees how their actions have affected other people at your organization and ask questions to learn more about what’s really going on, she recommends. […]
Want to make more money? Roger Wilder began working at Smoothie King when he was just 15 years old and today owns and operates 10 Greater Baton Rouge area locations. After holding his first job at the Celebration Station store for eight years, he took a position at the Smoothie King Home Office in New Orleans. […]
Casual chain TGI Friday’s has launched a reinvention plan that hinges on trading kitschy decor and dining options for a sleeker feel aimed at appealing to young adults in search of a place to socialize. The 934-unit chain has seen international sales rise while revenue from its 565 U.S. locations has declined for six consecutive […]
When President Obama signed the JOBS Act last year, he made it possible for individuals to invest in a wide variety of small businesses, projects and dreams. Crowdfunding is booming. There are more than 600 platforms dedicated to the fund-raising phenomenon. More than $1.7 billion has been raised for projects on these sites and $900 […]
Moving into a house or apartment is a challenge for any new resident –especially if the home is not new construction. We’ve all experienced the sad saga of looking at homes and apartments and peering into a less than perfect oven, refrigerator or bathtub. It would be wonderful to hire a person or duo to […]
Small business owners recognize the power of social media in engaging customers but most lack the expertise to apply the latest digital marketing tools to their businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. “Small businesses play a vital role […]
May is Direct Deposit/Direct Payment Month, a time when financial institutions and other businesses encourage employees to receive payments through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Direct Deposit transactions, and other alternatives to paper payments. Dallas-based SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit electronic payments associations in the country, conducted a Consumer Insights Survey in 2011 and […]