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Interest In Buying a Franchise Surges 35%, Up For Third Straight Quarter

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Norfolk, VA – Interest in buying a franchise continues to build momentum this year, with visits to the largest franchise-investment websites surging higher in the third quarter. Third-quarter traffic grew 41.6% over last year to sites like FranchiseGator.com, FranchiseSolutions.com, FranchiseOpportunities.com and Franchise.com, according to  according to internal analytics data. Q3 grew 32.8%...

Health-Care Franchises Poised For Growing Demand, Plus 5 Fast-Growth Small-Biz Categories

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The Affordable Care Act will increase demand for health care, according to a JD Supra report, and that’s just one reason it sees health-care franchises as attractive right now. It also sees lower costs for patients and attractive work conditions for doctors as key factors that make several kinds of health-care franchise attractive. Read more at JDSupra Health care is not the only sector on...

New Franchise Concepts: Colombian Coffee, Pizza In a Cone

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Juan Valdez, a coffee brand backed by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is opening franchised cafes in Florida in a fresh attempt to challenge Starbucks in the U.S. The first store was to open in Miami this week, according this Bloomberg BusinessWeek article. And Kono Pizza — a pizza-in-a-cone concept invented in Italy and selling in Edison, N.J. since 2007 — was one of many...

Consumers May Be Ready to Ease Cutbacks, Says Harris Poll

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U.S. consumers may be ready to loosen their purse strings, according to the latest Harris Poll. The June survey of consumer confidence found some early signs that American adults are less focused on small cutbacks in their family spending compared to a year ago. Changes in discretionary spending are big driver of small-business and franchise growth, so even small shifts are closely watched by...

New Resources Emerge to Help a Boom of Older Enterpreneurs

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The Baby Boom generation is having a Business Boom, with substantial growth in its share of new-business entrepreneurs over the past decade. The Wall Street Journal has gathered some statistics and commentary on this trend, along with a list of free and low-cost resources, some specifically designed for older entrepreneurs. Learn more in this article: Encore: Where Older Entrepreneurs Can Find...

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