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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 […]Continue Reading →
Four concerns for small business after the election America spoke Tuesday night. Roughly half the country thrilled at the president’s re-election, and roughly the same number found themselves disappointed. For franchising and small businesses that continue to face uncertainty on tax rates and deal with an accelerated Obamacare implementation, nothing has changed. Many Americans believe […]Continue Reading →
Trust and passion are critical to success The world of franchising is huge. People who are looking to start their own business can choose from a myriad of business models in nearly 100 industries — everything from tax preparation to shipping to home health care to restaurants or hotels. How do you gauge […]Continue Reading →
How to lead a team, earn respect and grow a business One reason why I love franchising is that it’s a perfect place to operate as a servant leader — someone focused on inspiring other people and helping them realize their goals. Leaders need to be able to inspire everyone around them to work toward […]Continue Reading →
Leaders must constantly broaden their perspective to stay relevant The number-one job of any leader is to become a lifelong learner. A leader cannot remain relevant unless he or she has something to give; without continuing growth, a leader has little new to give. All leaders are teachers and all teachers are readers. […]Continue Reading →
Regulation and new laws are choking businesses, which must speak out Businesses have had a tough time since the economic meltdown of 2008. We have been hit from so many different directions simultaneously and rapidly that we have focused on simple survival. In the meantime, in response to the economic crisis, the federal government has […]Continue Reading →