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Top Franchise Lists Tell the Ever-Changing Story of American Business


Franchising tells the story of American business, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of brands both new and familiar, capturing the changing mood of consumers and small business investors alike. Entrepreneur magazine captures it all in its annual Franchise 500 list, which was published again this week. At the top of the list is McDonald’s and a dozen other familiar names that populate so many...

What’s Hot: Growth Categories for New Franchise Concepts


Fitness is surpassing Food as the franchising category generating the most new concepts, according to recent numbers from FranData, reflecting a shift in consumers’ time and dollars. It’s a common theme in several recent articles about this year’s hot new concepts: “Fitness” may be too narrow a label for all of the Health and Wellness businesses appealing to Millennials...

In Cincinnati, ‘Shark Tank’ Funding for New Franchises


The Franchise Funding Group, led by industry leaders who have built franchisors such as Sylvan Learning Centers, Sport Clips and Pizza Hut, is ready provide funding for new franchise concepts that meet its criteria. Just like the television show “Shark Tank,” the Funding Group will own part of the new franchise system and share in any ongoing revenue. – Read more in...

Should Olive Garden Offer Franchises?


Olive Garden restaurants don’t franchise, although parent company Darden Restaurants does offer other franchises overseas. But a large activist shareholder has been pushing for major changes at Darden, including a proposal to franchise the company’s brands, notably Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, starting in markets where the brands have lower presence. – Read more in...

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


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...

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