http://www.bluemaumau.org/servicepagenewssummary en Should Brokers be Franchised? http://www.bluemaumau.org/should_brokers_be_franchised <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="brokerages" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/101914_1047_ShouldBroke1-330x315.png" style="width: 330px; height: 315px; float: right;" width="330" height="315" /></div> <p>The editor of a business forum site asks if brokerages have any business franchising their brokers.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/should_brokers_be_franchised" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/should_brokers_be_franchised#comments franchising service franchise broker franchise consultant franchiseable sales broker Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:47:48 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14175 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Elderly Couple Booted Out of McDonald's http://www.bluemaumau.org/elderly_couple_booted_out_mcdonalds <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Carl Becker, 87, and his wife Barbara, 81, of Rixeyville, Virginia, were enjoying their customary light meal at the Culpeper McDonald&#39;s when they were, according to them, treated rudely by an employee, then asked by the manager to leave.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/elderly_couple_booted_out_mcdonalds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/elderly_couple_booted_out_mcdonalds#comments food service Becker elderly couple food for life letter to the editor McDonald's refused service Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:47:37 +0000 Pualani Jensen 13710 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Blockbuster Demise Gives Franchises Shot at Prime Retail Space http://www.bluemaumau.org/blockbuster_demise_gives_franchises_shot_prime_retail_space <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/Blockbuster%20StorefrontBanner_6X_4.jpg"><img align="right" alt="Blockbuster StorefrontBanner_6X" border="0" height="330" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/Blockbuster%20StorefrontBanner_6X_thumb_1.jpg" title="Blockbuster StorefrontBanner_6X" width="330" /></a> Announcing that it was closing its remaining Blockbuster U.S. locations,&nbsp;Dish Network has signaled the end of an era. Blockbuster&rsquo;s demise seems to be having a positive effect for some franchisees, giving them the opportunity for prime retail space.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/blockbuster_demise_gives_franchises_shot_prime_retail_space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/blockbuster_demise_gives_franchises_shot_prime_retail_space#comments service Blockbuster shutters stores Dish Network franchisee prime retail space video retail stores Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:51:43 +0000 Janet Sparks 13311 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Roots of Franchising Shaped from a Hair Salon Chain http://www.bluemaumau.org/roots_franchising_shaped_hair_salon_chain <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Gary Robins, who owns 41 Supercuts salons through Philadelphia and Delaware, speaks to National Public Radio about owning franchises and why he thought owning haircut shops made sense.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/roots_franchising_shaped_hair_salon_chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/roots_franchising_shaped_hair_salon_chain#comments service business format franchise franchising pioneer Gary Robins Harper Method Matilda Harper product distribution franchise Supercuts Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13212 at http://www.bluemaumau.org New Labor Rules Increase Pay for Home Care Workers. Could Impact Franchise Sector http://www.bluemaumau.org/new_labor_rules_will_increase_pay_home_care_workers_could_impact_franchise_sector_1 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974 but in 2015 nearly 2 million home health care workers who help the elderly and disabled will be eligible to be paid federal minimum wage and OT. There are over 4,500 home care franchises in the United States.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/new_labor_rules_will_increase_pay_home_care_workers_could_impact_franchise_sector_1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/new_labor_rules_will_increase_pay_home_care_workers_could_impact_franchise_sector_1#comments legal service federal minimum wage franchises home care franchises home care industry home care workers Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:47:26 +0000 Ed Teixeira 13088 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Dish Network's Dying Interest in Blockbuster http://www.bluemaumau.org/dish_network%E2%80%99s_dying_interest_blockbuster <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Entrance to Blockbuster" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-q9VEm0UvS3E/Uf7Uov306oI/AAAAAAAAB-Y/9aPrv4XPxAU/s580-no/DON_5298.JPG" style="height: 330px; width: 330px;" /> <div class="caption">photo/bmm</div> </div> <p>After Dish Network bought out of bankruptcy Blockbuster Video for a net purchase price of $234 million in 2011, part of its strategy was to jump into the wireless business. It envisioned selling smartphones and wireless service at the video rental retail stores.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/dish_network%E2%80%99s_dying_interest_blockbuster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/dish_network%E2%80%99s_dying_interest_blockbuster#comments service disruptive technology video store Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:59:25 +0000 Janet Sparks 13061 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Gold’s Gym Looks for Next Superman CEO http://www.bluemaumau.org/gold%E2%80%99s_gym_looks_next_superman <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Superman statue at the San Diego Comic Con" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gr9dW5Ldj98/Ug92Q_aLfyI/AAAAAAAABec/pqgblpkgFqk/w578-h580-no/Superman.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">Superman statue at San Diego Comic Con. photo/<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22007612@N05/9339677897/in/photolist-fejhRg-fej5nK-feyr6G-mGbeo-qQiPM-3RzpX-9Et3To-9mb4DL-9zQj4d-chKMbs-4JhixE-bEpXET-9zQj37-6unGeU-6piqzL-hpFGB-kYkeC-cybDiY-9DpKws-9DmQtn-9DpKw1-9DmQsV-aVrAyz-9Lm5pj-5RyU8p-mm2DE-9Eq92R-ed8MAT-9DpKvA-7WHiu-9zMjPv-76B9B1-ehfchp-aVrAiv-aVrAmP-aVrArt-aVrAtX-4hLYHY-9DpKsU-kbRxC-btQkmM-btQkzR-btQmeF-btQkH4-btQkeB-btQmvK-btQmnP-btQkYt-btQktc-btQm7k-btQkQB" target="_blank">Gage Skidmore</a></div> </div> <p>Since 2006, Gold&#39;s Gym has had just about one CEO for every calendar year &ndash; six. Gold&#39;s is currently searching for their next. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/gold%E2%80%99s_gym_looks_next_superman" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/gold%E2%80%99s_gym_looks_next_superman#comments service Gold's Gym Franchisee Association Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:59:21 +0000 Don Sniegowski 12989 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Small Business Agency Criticized for Big Business Ties http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_business_agency_criticized_big_business_ties <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p> The SBA&#39;s Office of Advocacy is entrusted with representing the interests of small businesses before other federal agencies.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_business_agency_criticized_big_business_ties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_business_agency_criticized_big_business_ties#comments service Office of Advocacy SBA Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:19:09 +0000 Sam Blake 12490 at http://www.bluemaumau.org ColorTyme Sued for Using PC Rentals to Spy on Customers' Private Lives http://www.bluemaumau.org/class_action_sought_against_colortyme_spyware <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"> <img alt="Franchisor Colortyme is alleged to have spied on its customers via computer cameras" src="/sites/default/files/u9/BedCensored.png" style="width: 330px; height: 330px;" /></div> <p> A class action is being sought against ColorTyme and its franchisees for using DesignerWare spyware on people who rented or bought computers from them. The spying included taking web cam photos while customers were in the privacy of their homes, accessing communications and recording key strokes.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/class_action_sought_against_colortyme_spyware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/class_action_sought_against_colortyme_spyware#comments legal service Aaron's Inc DesignerWare Federal Trade Commission FTC furniture rental privacy rental franchise spying spyware Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:56:59 +0000 Pualani Jensen 12440 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Hacker Exposes Hotel Electronic Lock Vulnerability http://www.bluemaumau.org/hacker_exposes_hotel_lock_vulnerability <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p> In late July, public confidence in hotel security took a major blow.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/hacker_exposes_hotel_lock_vulnerability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/hacker_exposes_hotel_lock_vulnerability#comments hotel service 24 black hat Brocious Cody daeken electronic hack hacker hotels Hyatt IHG Las Vegas locks Marriott Onity Texas thefts Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:51:45 +0000 Pualani Jensen 12183 at http://www.bluemaumau.org