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Why the Franchise Industry Needs to Increase Franchising Education Activities

Ashley Stewart, Staff Writer for the Puget Sound Business Journal writes on a proposal to implement a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Washington. To describe the implications of this proposal on small businesses and especially franchisees Stewart uses the example of Subway franchisee, Matthew Hollek.

Seeking Balance in Franchise Relationships

No relationship is perfect. It doesn't matter whether the relationship is personal, business or institutional. There are always going to be both good things and bad things about any relationship.

Protests against McDonalds and Other Chains in U.S. Spread to Other Countries

Worldwide protests against major franchise fast food chains took place in over 30 countries on May 15.  The protests first began in New York at the end of 2012 and are being heavily promoted by the Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U.).

The Lesson from Maine on Franchisee Protection Legislation

The recent defeat of the Franchisee Protection Bill in Maine speaks volumes about the future of these bills. From the state of Maine, birthplace of Dorothea Dix, John Ford, Stephen King and Longfellow, the legislature has sent a message to those who advocate franchisee protection legislation.

A Belated Veterans Hail to the Franchise Community

It is an unfortunate fact of life that franchises and franchisors rarely receive the kind of public appreciation and acknowledgement that they deserve for their on-going community service efforts.

Auto Franchises Making a Come Back

Despite lackluster performance over the past few years automotive service franchises will be making a comeback. Over the past three years franchises in the automotive service sector haven’t fared well.

McDonald's Presents at Goldman Sachs on September 11 2013: No Problemo, Man

McDonald's (MCD) COO Tim Fenton and CFO Pete Benson presented at the Goldman Sachs Retail conference today. These discussions are strictly dog and pony show and of limited duration and use. Still, interesting tones can be picked up.

Surge in ADA Disability Lawsuits to Continue in 2013 with Restaurant and Foodservice Employers in Crosshairs

For 2013, food service employers can expect a continued aggressive approach from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) as to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in the restaurant industry.  The significant increase of ADA charges and lawsuits by the EEOC and private claimants, which began in early 2012, shows little sign of abating in the new year.

Restaurant Franchisor News from ICRX Investment Conference

Last week I attended the ICRXchange Investment Conference, where thirty restaurant chains presented. The following is some franchisor chain specific news.

When Buying a Franchise Calculate Your Return On Effort

When evaluating a franchise opportunity, the return on effort or ROE can be just as important as the return on investment or ROI. When individuals consider purchasing a franchise, an important part of the evaluation process is projecting the ROI or return on investment.