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Franchise Gator Sponsored Event for Southeast Franchise Forum's Supplier Advisory Council

Franchise Gator Sponsored Event

Franchise Gator was proud to sponsor a recent event hosted by the Southeast Franchise Forum's (SEFF) Supplier Advisory Council, where Zaxby's founds and childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley received the 2014 Franchise Founders...

July 02, 2014, Posted By Ben Baggett  |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

How Long Will It Take Before Making a Profit?

How long to profitability?

Determining time to profitability for a franchise opportunity From the time you sign the franchise agreement to the time you can reasonably expect to make a profit varies greatly from franchise to franchise.  Due to the fact that franchising...

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Save Two Hours Every Day & Get More Done

2 More Hours A Day

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you're on 24/7. Your inbox is overflowing, you've got fires to put out, and you're too crunched for time to even think about getting organized. Could you use an extra two hours a day? Absolutely! Some experts...

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A Few Tips to Chew On Before Investing in a Fast Food Franchise

Thinking about a food franchise?

Food franchises are popular, but are they a good fit? The most popular franchise to invest in is fast food, according to Entreprenuer.com. Food franchises dominate the Franchise 500®, making up half of the top 10 and more than a quarter of...

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Franchise Discovery Day: Who Should Pay The Costs?

Who pages for Franchise Discovery Day?

A common question asked by prospective franchisees is who should pay the cost of attending the Franchise Discovery Day?  Should the prospective franchisee pay for their own costs or should the franchisor cover the prospective...

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Does a Higher Minimum Wage Hurt Franchising?

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The nationwide push to raise the minimum wage continues to gain momentum. The issue was brought to the forefront over the last 18 months as employees of quick service restaurant (QSR) workers waged a series of marches and protests demanding and...

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Can I Trust a Franchisor's Financial Performance Representations (Item 19 of the FDD, Part 2)

Understand the 4 types of FPR

Understanding Item 19, Part 2: The 4 Types of Item 19’s In our previous review of Item 19, we provided a general guide to items found within a company’s Item 19 Financial Performance Representation (formerly known as an Earnings...

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The Affordable Care Act and Franchising

The Affordable Healthcare Act & Franchises

One of the more significant issues facing today’s franchise owner are the requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For owners with multiple locations, particularly in the restaurant and automotive industries, the concept and...

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Approach the Franchising Business like Dating

Approach franchising like dating...

A key element that most people don’t often consider when choosing to invest in a franchise is whether or not the particular franchise fits within their personality type. The first thing that potential franchisees typically evaluate when...

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How Much Will I Make With a Franchise? (Item 19 of the FDD)

How Much Money?

Understanding Item 19: Financial Performance Representations At the core of every potential Franchisee is the age-old question: How much money can I make? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has enabled Franchisors the ability to offer an educated...

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Chem-Dry Recognized as a Top Home-Based Franchise

NASHVILLE, TN -- In the April 2014 issue, Chem-Dry - the world's largest carpet and upholstery cleaning service - is featured as a top home-based franchise system in Entrepreneur magazine's 2014 Top Home-Based Franchises list. The global carpet...

April 10, 2014, Posted By Ben Baggett  |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Remodeling Industry Q&A with Kitchen Tune-Up

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it’s a great industry to start a business in today.    Name one home that doesn’t have a kitchen or bath in it. This is what makes our industry and...

April 02, 2014, Posted By Daniel Major  |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Interview with Kitchen Tune-Up's Dave Haglund

Kitchen remodels are on the rise as the economy continues to strengthen. As remodeling project requests continue to grow, so does Kitchen Tune-Up, the nation’s leading kitchen and bath remodeling franchise. We recently sat down with Dave...

April 01, 2014, Posted By Ben Baggett  |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Cinnabon's Recipe For Expansion: Licensing and Co-Branding

Cinnabon has long been thought of as the snack for travelers running through airports and shoppers strolling through malls. What started as a single bakery in Seattle's Sea Tac Mall in 1985 has grown into a company with 1,200 brick-and-mortar...

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Embracing Change and Starting New is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Looking for a new career or business opportunity? Many Americans are beginning to do so as they grow increasingly tired and fed-up with the stress of an unfulfilling job in a tough economic market. Taking the first step in changing your life if...

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates Pet Food to Humane Society of Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics' "Cats vs. Dogs" Competition Pet Food Drive for 2014 raised more than twice the amount of collections for 2013, setting a new record. The drive raised over 44,000 pounds of pet food! Donated food from the drive will...

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Jeny Buha talks to Gator About the Frozen Yogurt Industry!

Jeny Buha, Director of Development and Marketing for 32 A Yogurt Bar, recently sat down with Franchise Gator to talk about the frozen yogurt industry. Give us an overview of the Yogurt Industry Frozen yogurt, a hybrid between the traditional ice...

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Q&A with Jenny Buha, Director of Development and Marketing for 32 A Yogurt Bar

Franchise Gator recently sat down with Jeny Buha of 32 A Yogurt Bar to talk about her company's franchise opportunity and what sets them apart from others in the Frozen Yogurt industry. How was 32 A Yogurt Bar originally conceived and...

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Interview with Peter Markovitz, President of Mathnasium

Peter Markovitz is the President of Mathnasium, a franchise chain of neighborhood learning centers that specialize in math instruction. Mathnasium has more than 450 learning centers open or under development. Mathnasium franchisees have opened...

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Have You Heard the News? Barbie is Now an Entrepreneur Too!

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Via Entrepreneur: "If the startup world needed more proof it was in fashion, here's more: This year, Barbie becomes an entrepreneur. (What type of business, you ask? That's not important. Just go with it.) At Toy Fair this week, Mattel...

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Figuring Your Franchise Income

Sometimes entrepreneurs decide to open a franchise for love of the brand - the familiar taste of those delicious burgers or a consistently warm welcome at a favorite hotel chain.... Read More >

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Q&A with Vera Gualtieri, Medical Operations Marketing Director for Sonus

Can you please tell us more about your industry and what makes it attractive to a potential franchisee? Nearly 35 million Americans have hearing loss. To an individual with hearing loss,... Read More >

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