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McDonald's Gold Card!? What's That?

Actor Rob Lowe let the cat out of the bag while he was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last week by flashing his McGold Card to Kimmel's vast viewing audience.

Franchise Associations Weigh In on Election

Speaker Boehner speaks
Press conference by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on averting the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. (Official Photo by Bryant Avondoglio, Nov 9)

WASHINGTON — Days after the general election, franchise lobbying groups continue to chime in on the results of the presidential election and their political agenda for the new term.

Vice Presidential Debate Discusses Small Business

Vice Presidential Debate 2012 at Centre College, photo by Blue MauMau

DANVILLE, Ky. — Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis) contested in a vice presidential debate at Centre College at Danville, Kentucky Thursday night. In the debate moderated by ABC News' Martha Raddatz, small business tax policy became a point of disagreement.

Dunkin Franchisees Help Pass Mass. Health Cost Reform

Governor Patrick Deval
Photo from NECN video clip

BOSTON, Mass. — Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick on Monday, August 6, signed a health care cost amendment into law that the Dunkin' Donuts Independent Franchisee Association pushed for, along with the National Federation of Independent Business, the New England Convenience Store Association and the Restaurant and Business Alliance.

Private Equity Firms Are Major Franchisor Owners

Many franchise chains, such as Dunkin' Brands, Domino's Pizza and Friendly's, have been taken over by private equity firms. Franchisors are considered "highly desirable targets for private equity investors." 

Herman Cain Denies Sexual Harassment

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain, whose popularity as a presidential candidate has soared in the last few weeks, faces allegations of sexual harassment stemming from his time as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Franchising’s Very Own Herman Cain

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, former Godfather Pizza CEO
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. photo/gage skidmore

It's been a meteoric rise. Former franchisor CEO Herman Cain, whose father was a janitor and mother a domestic worker, is in a statistical tie with fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Franchisors Numbers Down in Vegas

Las Vegas — The International Franchise Association and its members kick off its 51st annual convention today in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Securitization Strips Franchising Skin-in-the-Game

On November 17, 2010, I was walking past the Empire Room on 33rd Street in New York City, when I noticed something going on.