Many independent tax preparers are feeling the sting as banks have limited or eliminated their access to bank products.
I wrote the past two columns on international franchise expansion from cafés in Istanbul and Cairo. What better places to consider the worldwide expansion, through franchising and licensing, of well-known brands? The two cities are so unlike their counterparts in North America, you gain a new perspective on international business. Now that I’ve returned to [...]
A franchise can be a great way to be your own boss — but always be on the lookout for traps, writes Carolyn Boyd. If you’re keen on being your own boss but don’t have a clear business idea you would like to pursue, a franchise could be for you. franchisees take business formulas that [...]
Mary Gensen has created “Hiway Dog,” a signage program that informs motorists about pet hospitality areas offered by participating businesses along their route.
Medical franchises are just the latest in a long line of franchise opportunities that recruit licensed professionals as franchisees.
Desire to buy stores exists, but lack of financing prevents some deals
Although the total value of the market was estimated to have fallen in 2009, both the number of franchisors and the number of franchised units continued to rise, which, given the depth of the recession, is considered extraordinary by some.
Heskin also says Australia is three times more franchised per capita than the US, with high general acceptance of franchising as a business model, along with “sophisticated and affluent consumers whose general lifestyle and taste are probably closer to the US than any other country”.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian combines the best of both worlds – coffee and smoothies. The company serves premium Hawaiian Kona-blend coffee, espresso, cold blended coffee drinks, cappuccino, and healthy fresh fruit smoothies.
Creative Colors International, Inc. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Leather & Viny Repair & Restoration category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
The new Vintner’s Circle in Andover provides space for wine lovers in Northwestern New Jersey to make personalized wine, in all months of the year. The shop provides the professional guidance and tools to help eager vintners create their own, personalized bottles of wine.
Does the aroma of brewing coffee transport you to a sensory paradise? Is a steaming latte your idea of comfort food? Do you consider coffee its own separate food group? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a coffee franchise may be for you!
Despite government efforts to increase small-business lending, traditional loans are still tough to get from banks that pulled back in the recession.
Many franchise owners become large businesses themselves, sometimes spreading out from an owners’ roots to expand elsewhere, or buy into other franchises.
Interest in franchises for sale continue to be robust into the new year, according to Michael Burdett, consultant for the franchise directory Every Franchise. “We are seeing a steady increase in numbers of visitors to our web portal and a corresponding increase in the number of enquiries which we are sending to franchisors” Tweet This [...]
“There’s a huge profit margin on coffee,” Top Franchise founder Ian Krawitz says. “But there are fewer customers coming through the door and they’re not spending big. Value for money has come to the forefront.”
Many of us have our faces pressed up against the glass today waiting for the economic downfall to stop. It’s a natural occurrence and despite Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s public news release touting that the recession is likely over, it won’t stop raining overnight. Many of us will remain inside watching and waiting to [...]
Cybertary, Inc., a network of professional Virtual Assistants (VAs) supporting independent and small-business owners, announced its first Pennsylvania franchise office in Pittsburgh, owned by Joyce Kane. On American Business Women’s Day today, it illustrates the steady growth of privately-held majority (51% or more) women-owned firms throughout Pennsylvania.
TWO years after its launch a cleaning company is aiming to roll out its franchise across the region – with a view to eventually going nationwide.
Once the king of redevelopment in downtown Orlando, Cameron Kuhn is now the czar of crepe carts on the city’s sidewalks. It’s a long way from the multimillion-dollar deals that made him a chief architect behind Orlando’s growing skyline during the real-estate boom. The Crepe Company, a modest two-cart operation, which sells the freshly made [...]
Australia has gone crazy over franchising. After taking off about 15 years ago, there are now roughly 800 franchised brands in Australia, with more than 50,000 individual businesses, according to the Franchise Council of Australia.
The economy made it harder for the owners of Anytime Fitness in Bonsack to get their business off the ground.
Traditional wisdom has it that no one opens a business in a recession, but the opposite is true: Recessions typically generate spurts of franchise activity.
Predicting future retail business volume is complex, but it’s possible to identify retail trends in an area by combining sales data with econometric data, like the number of bankruptcies, the unemployment rate, housing starts, changes to relative home values and income levels, said Al Beery, director of client services at Pitney Bowes Business Insight
“From day one of becoming a Netstationers franchise my business was transformed and I realised that, without the worry of administration support, invoice and credit control, warehousing and distribution, I was free to go after bigger and better contracts for the first time in a long time.