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Sept. Startup Sentiment Index™ Shows Highest-Ever Intent for Business Startups Planned 3 Months Out

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In a remarkable turnabout, future business owners planning to start “this month” dropped, while startups planned “3 months out” reached the highest level on record in September responses collected for the FranchiseInsights.com Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ (SSI). “These are the most encouraging signs of animal spirits among aspiring business owners that we have seen in 2020,” says...

August’s Prospective Business Owners Display Highest Readiness Seen Yet in 2020

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Norfolk, VA. (October 6, 2020) – Franchise Insight’s small business Startup Sentiment Index™ showed several indicators of increasing optimism among individuals already looking to buy or start a business about getting their businesses started immediately. In a welcome sign of small business optimism amid the pandemic, responses collected August 20-26, 2020 for the FranchiseInsights.com Small...

Buyer Sentiment Survey: Franchise Inquirers Looking Past Pandemic Effects

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Respondents to a March 17-19, 2020 poll of aspiring franchise owners showed slightly more reserve than in previous surveys, but less than one would imagine given the impact of Covid-19 on business and the markets. Granted, these respondents are stepping forward at a time like this to consider business ownership, so they do not represent the general population or overall consumer confidence.  The...

Access to Funding Identified as Greatest Hurdle to Franchise Ownership

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Aspiring small business owners cited “funding or access to credit” as the biggest barrier to buying a franchise, according to a February survey for the most recent Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™.  This level is just below the 68.5% seen in the month-earlier survey – however, the survey was taken several days before the onset of the decline in global equities...

Southeastern Cities Lead Top 100 Metros in New Franchise Interest Index™

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Southeastern metros dominated the top 20 leaders in the  Franchise Interest Index(TM) in 2019, with multiple major metro areas ranked in Florida and Texas, as well as high-interest from mid-sized metros in North and South Carolina. Atlanta, Ga., topped the list. While the nation’s largest population centers lead the overall volume of franchise inquiries, the Franchise Interest Index(TM)...

Franchise Ventures’ Mystery Shopping Generates Advice for Franchise Development Teams

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According to a new mystery shopping survey conducted on the Franchise Ventures lead generation platform, 13% of prospective business buyers indicated they “just haven’t had a chance to respond yet” to a franchisor more than seven days after the prospects’ initial inquiry — but they still intend to engage. That’s one of several insights drawn from the new survey, and...

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