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Inman News Enters Strategic Content Partnership with Lumentus Social...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

Inman News, the leader in independent real estate and technology news, today announced a strategic content partnership with Lumentus Social.

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Spavia Receives Day Spa of the Year Award from Image Skincare

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

Spavia, is recognized by Image Skincare as the "Day Spa of the Year.” Dedicated to making quality skin care and relaxation affordable, the Spavia franchise is changing the way the world looks at...

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Local Operators Are Growing Zinga! Frozen Yogurt’s New England...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

New Zinga! store opens in Malden, MA, with more to follow in region.

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FRANDEX: Food and Non-Food Franchised Sectors Outperformed the Broader...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

The FRANdex, containing publicly traded franchise companies, show gains with both the food and non-food franchise sectors outperforming the broader market, according to analysts at FRANdata, an...

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Taco Bell® Franchise Aksan United Fortune Inc. Gives the...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

Taco Bell at 8630 FM Road 78 and Crestway Road is Set to Open on June 8, 2014

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Unique Small Business Ideas For 2014 – Empowered Ezine Reviews 4...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

A newly featured article from takes a look at some unique businesses that can serve as inspiration for potential business owners that wish to travel off the beaten path.

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Beef Jerky Outlet in Richmond, Virginia Participates in the Annual A...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

Beef Jerky Outlet in Richmond, Virginia will be participating in the annual A Taste of Hanover in Ashland, Virginia. The event will be held on April 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m., inside Bass Pro Shops at...

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Steve and Amanda Tokita Open First Caring Transitions Franchise in...

PR Web - Thu, 2014-04-24 22:23

Steve and Amanda Tokita have opened the very first Caring Transitions franchise in Hawaii to bring senior relocation services to Honolulu and the Island of Oahu as well as the neighboring islands.

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Kicking up a stink

Topix - Thu, 2014-04-24 19:06

Netizens even suggested that mainlanders should stink out Hong Kong during the coming Golden Week by getting their children to pee and poo wherever they like.

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Starbucks 2Q profit rises 9%

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 17:13
Same-store sales grew 6% systemwide Same-store sales grew 6% systemwide

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U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

AutoNews - Thu, 2014-04-24 16:44
Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today.
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Sonic promotes two marketing executives

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 16:20
James O’Reilly is first chief brand officer; Todd Smith named CMO James O’Reilly is first chief brand officer; Todd Smith named CMO

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5 must-know restaurant news stories: April 24, 2014

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 16:01
NRN Editors Nation's Restaurant News editors select the top industry stories of the day Nation's Restaurant News editors select the top industry stories of the day Content Classification:  Curated

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What If Someone Stole Your Website?

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2014-04-24 15:30

If you own a business, you probably also own a website. But what would you do if someone stole it? You probably don’t think this could ever happen to you. Blogger Jordan Reid didn’t think it could happen to her either – but it did.

It started when Reid received a YouTube notification that someone had signed in to her account using a different device. She thought nothing of it at the time. She assumed instead she had just signed in on a mobile device or that her husband had used her account. Then Reid received an email from someone who said they were interested in purchasing her website. Again, she disregarded the notice, this time assuming it was spam.

Someone Stole My Website!

Then a friend of a friend told her he saw a listing for her website, RamshackleGlam, on an auction website. Reid didn’t immediately consider this to be a huge problem either. That is until she discovered that the ownership of her website had actually been transferred to someone else without her knowledge.

In a recent Mashable post, Reid explained why this theft was such a huge deal to her and her business:

“If you have a business that depends on a URL, you understand why this was such upsetting news: With control over my website’s domain name, a hacker would be able to take the site down, or redirect it elsewhere. Further, it was later verified that the hacker had control over all of the site’s content, as well; he could have just rerouted everything I’ve ever written to any location he wanted.”

Getting control of her site back wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be, either. She first tried going through her hosting and domain providers, but her attempts were not successful. She even got in touch with the FBI, since the theft qualified as an international cyber crime issue. The FBI opened an investigation and it is still ongoing.

She eventually got her website back by dealing directly with the seller. She asked the family friend who originally found the listing for her site to get in touch with the seller to negotiate a sale. They reached an agreement, and Reid authorized a wire transfer not knowing for sure whether she would actually get her site back. When she gained control of the site again, she cancelled the payment. And finally the nightmare was over.

So Reid did get her site back within a few days, but not without considerable drama. Of course, she would have preferred to avoid this situation altogether. So she offers some tips for website owners who want to avoid the same thing happening to them.

Reid warns business owners should choose a strong password and change it often. She also recommends using a separate computer, if possible, in case family members accidentally click bad links. Turn off your computer and other devices when not in use. Utilize anti-virus software and purchase CyberRisk insurance.

Your website is likely a very important part of your business. So website theft can be an absolutely devastating blow. It might not seem very likely that this could happen to you. But knowing how to avoid this situation can keep you from losing everything you’ve built online.

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Drive-through plan is finger licking good

Topix - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:56

Fast food giant KFC is hoping to open a new drive-through restaurant in Motherwell with the creation of 40-50 jobs.

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Dunkin’ Donuts takes hit from winter storms in 1Q

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 14:14
Dunkin’ Brands pledges company will reach full-year targets Dunkin’ Brands pledges company will reach full-year targets

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NRN Social 200: Mention by sports team helps Donatos’ weekly results

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 13:52
Tie-in with Ohio State Buckeyes helped make pizza chain the week’s highest gainer

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5 Possible Outcomes in Franchise Ownership

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2014-04-24 13:00

It always helps to have a goal or two in mind when pursuing something big, like becoming the owner of a franchise business – any business. Do you have a specific goal in mind? Do you have your “end game” visualized? Have you thought about some of the possible outcomes? Or, are you thinking about becoming the owner of a franchise business just to escape a lousy career-related situation?

I hope not. That’s because buying a franchise, owning a franchise, is a long-term play. You need to think long-term.

Below are some possible long-term outcomes that can happen as the result of becoming the owner of a franchise business.

Possible Outcomes in Franchise Ownership 1. You Could End Up Building a Lot of Wealth

Most of the wealth in franchising comes by way of multi-unit ownership.

Fact: Multi-unit franchisees control 55% of all franchised units in the U.S.

Multi-unit franchise ownership involves choosing a franchise concept, and a franchisor, that encourages multi-unit ownership.

As a matter of fact some concepts, especially ones in the food sector, require new franchisees to sign multi-unit franchise agreements. These agreements may be for 3, 5, even 10 franchise units.  There’s usually a development schedule set up that franchisees must adhere to. For example, franchisees may have to commit to opening one new unit every 18 months.

Multi-unit franchise ownership can be quite a wealth creator. It’s simple math. If you own 10 franchise units each doing $1 million in annual sales, and you’re able to keep even 5% for yourself after royalties and expenses, you’re making $500k a year. That’s a lot of money. There are lots of franchises in the food sector that do quite a bit more than $1 million in annual sales.

Can you imagine owning 10 or 20 Dunkin’ Donuts franchises?

2. You’ll Never Have to Work for Anyone Else Again

Doesn’t that sentence have a nice ring to it?

For some, that outcome would suffice. Especially those who have had to become expert job interviewees because of the number of times they’ve been downsized. If you’re someone who has experienced multiple job losses, you know what I mean.

On the other hand, there are those of us who have had to work for real jerks and keep our jobs. Before I became my own boss, I had several bosses who were verbally abusive and felt that if enough people feared them, maybe their job production would increase to an acceptable level. Well, it never worked for me, and if you had a boss-or bosses like that – I doubt it worked for you either.

If you do decide to become your own boss, know that there’s a certain feeling of power that comes with it. If that power ends up looking good on you, you may never have to work for anyone again.  It’s a great outcome.

3. A Sense of Accomplishment

I’ve worked with dozens of people who have told me that their main reason for wanting to buy a franchise was to have a sense of accomplishment.

A lot of the people I work with have been downsized from their mid to high-level corporate jobs and usually more than once.  Some of them are so depressed, it’s heartbreaking.

Some of them have worked 14 hour days for months at a time, trying to accomplish the goals their higher-ups set for them, only to have their divisions shut down and their jobs eliminated through absolutely no fault of their own. These goal-oriented people missed out on reaching their goals because their jobs were eliminated.  No wonder they’re depressed. They don’t feel they accomplished anything.

Buying a franchise and then actually becoming a successful franchise owner can go a long way in the “feeling a sense of accomplishment” department.

You should try it sometime.

4.  Building a Legacy

I’ve talked to dozens of would-be franchise owners who have told me that they didn’t want their children to experience some of the things they’ve had to endure over the years. (Like getting downsized over and over again.)

I’ve had people tell me the only reason they wanted to buy a franchise was to make sure their kids were set. They wanted their kids to have an opportunity to learn the business and eventually take it over if they chose.

That’s pretty powerful stuff. It says a lot about what’s been happening over the years in corporate America.

Today’s corporate employees, the ones that are living in reality, know where they stand. They know that their jobs can be eliminated at any time, and always have an updated resume at the ready. In addition, they’ve cultivated a powerful network of like-minded people on LinkedIn, and know how to use it.

Would you like to help your children avoid the career pain that so many are experiencing these days by buying a franchise that they could get involved in? Would that be a good outcome for you?

5.  Retire in Style

Maybe you’d like to walk away from your business; the business you’ve built up for the last 10-15 years. Maybe you’re thinking of building it and cashing out.

A lot of people I talk to start with the end in mind. They plan on selling their franchise after their franchise contract is over.

Selling your franchise isn’t that complicated. Usually, the franchisor gets involved, and may even help you find a buyer. Most franchisors already have people in their sales pipeline looking to buy franchises, and if there are any candidates in your geographical area that are fairly serious, they could be introduced to you.

If there’s no luck on that front, you can hire a business broker. Business brokers list your franchise and present it to people that they’re working with who are looking for existing businesses. They receive a fee, usually a percentage of your selling price, if they sell it for you.

You can find business brokers in your area by going to, the official website of the International Business Brokers Association.

Owning a franchise business is a major commitment. You’ll work really hard. There will be times of stress. There will be bad days and good days. But, they’re your days because it’s your business.

You have a lot more control over your own destiny. And the outcome – who knows? Maybe you can control that, too.

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FTC officials: Ban on Tesla's direct sales 'bad policy'

AutoNews - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:36
In an unusual move, three top officials with the FTC on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors from selling automobiles directly to consumers.
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Argonne to acquire On The Border

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2014-04-24 12:00
Golden Gate Capital agrees to sell casual-dining chain Golden Gate Capital agrees to sell casual-dining chain

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