en 10 Trends for Brands to Break Outdated Habits and Raise Profits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>For the past 31 years, Brand Keys has conducted a year-end examination of our validated loyalty and emotional engagement metrics, collected from over 100,000 consumers who participated in predictiv</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:29:09 +0000 Robert Passikoff 14790 at Battle over the Franchisor Business Judgment Rule and a Path to Peace <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>In successful franchise systems, both the franchisor and the franchisees obsess over the franchisees&rsquo; bottom line. Healthy franchise systems also see the franchisor properly balancing its own interests with the interests of the franchisees and the system as a whole. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legal Buying a franchise Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:49:33 +0000 Ron Gardner 14789 at Franchisees Frequently Go Out of Business, and Lose Money on Transfers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Two recent reports highlight the financial risk of investing in a franchise. According to an analysis from independent franchising research firm, the number of franchised units going out of business increased last year. And a Franchise Grade survey of ex-franchisees who transferred their units revealed that nearly half were unable to recoup their initial investment. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buying a franchise Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:23:34 +0000 Joan Moriarty 14788 at The Biltmore Estate <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Ch&acirc;teauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space and 135,280 square feet of living area.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hotel history Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:54:54 +0000 Stanley Turkel 14772 at State by State Analysis of QSR Terminations and Ceased Operations <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Based on a sample of quick service franchise systems from 2015, we compiled Top 10 state lists of net growth, highest termination rates and highest ceased operation rates from 2014.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> franchising best state for business ceased operations Fastest growing QSR termination turnover rate Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:12:02 +0000 Jeff Lefler 14787 at Choosing the Right Business Entity <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>There are a number of great reasons why you need an attorney for legal advice if you are contemplating purchasing a franchise.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buying a franchise Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:27:29 +0000 Mario Herman 14779 at The Grove Park Inn <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The Grove Park Inn is one of the country&#39;s most celebrated resorts located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hotel history Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:18:25 +0000 Stanley Turkel 14771 at Former Congressman Howard Coble Passes <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Longtime Congressman Howard Coble (NC-6) passed away on November 3, 2015.&nbsp; Rep. Coble served in Congress from 1985 until his retirement this past January.&nbsp; Mr. Coble was a kind, honorable man, who was always accessible and made everyone feel important. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:33:20 +0000 Keith Miller 14769 at Chains Stressed by Organic Foods They Demand <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The NPD Group&nbsp;tracks a bunch of industries in the U.S. besides the foodservice industry. &nbsp;In nearly all of those industries we have an &ldquo;industry expert&rdquo; to take the long view of industry trends and help clients see the forest for the trees while also pointing out some rare and exotic species in hidden knolls and underneath rotting wood. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> food Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:46:51 +0000 Bob O'Brien 14768 at It Really Pays for Franchisees to Do Due Diligence; Here's How in Australia <!-- google_ad_section_start --><blockquote><p>We love the brand and we are willing to invest our life savings in it. After all, this is a well known franchise with hundreds of stores so it must be good. The franchisor says it is offering a proven business. </p> </blockquote><!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buying a franchise Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:26:44 +0000 Jenny Buchan 14757 at