"The Master value is trust. There are no relationships that can survive for very long without it."

- Jim Amos

Why Every Company Should Have a Board of Directors

on March 20th, 2013 Leave a Comment

Tap into the collective wisdom of trusted advisors to help your company grow, whether it’s big or small One of the most invigorating things about the business world is the opportunity to surround yourself with smart, driven, creative people — the kinds of people willing to throw immense energy into delivering new products and services […]

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What I’m Planning to Do Next

on February 14th, 2013 Leave a Comment

I’ll be sharing knowledge as an educator, member of several boards, author and advocate for small business and veterans. Thirty years of leading national and worldwide companies provides a useful perch for observing the economy, as well as a lot of hard-won lessons. There’s nothing quite like the perspective you can gain by spending time […]

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Reflections On a National Tragedy

on January 4th, 2013 Leave a Comment

Sandy Hook shooting is a sign of a culture in need of loving repair     What is there to say in the face of the unspeakable horror that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School? A lot of fingers have been pointed, and blame has being assigned: Gun-control laws should be stricter … the mentally ill […]

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Peter Holt Taking the Helm of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie

on December 31st, 2012 Leave a Comment

I will remain as chairman and will devote more energy to veterans and franchise financing efforts   Today is my last day as president and CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie, two great brands that I have helped grow over the past five years. Chief Operating Officer Peter Holt, a longtime friend and colleague […]

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Fox Business Asks Tasti’s Jim Amos: Are Businesses Too Scared to Speak Out?

on December 7th, 2012 Leave a Comment

Opposition to Obamacare and other regulations carries risk — but staying silent carries even more   The main function of any business is to make money by serving customers in their community, so its uncomfortable when businesses find themselves caught in political or cultural battles. Two recent high-profile examples have happened this year: Chick-fil-A became […]

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Four Franchising Trends for 2013

on November 29th, 2012 Leave a Comment

New laws, tight lending will influence franchise landscape     The lending and regulatory environment continued to weigh on franchising in 2012. The International Franchise Association recently lowered its expectations for the year, saying it expects 11,000 new franchise locations to open by Dec. 31, down from an earlier projection of 14,000. How will the […]

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