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

- Jim Amos

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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What Election Results Mean to the Franchise Industry

on November 9th, 2012 Leave a Comment

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 […]

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What to Look for in a Franchisor

on November 5th, 2012 Leave a Comment

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 […]

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The Importance of Servant Leadership to a Franchise Organization

on October 24th, 2012 Leave a Comment

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 […]

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3 CEO Traps That You Can Escape by Having a Full Bookcase

on October 4th, 2012 Leave a Comment

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. […]

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It’s Time for Small Businesses to Stand Up and Demand Attention from Government

on September 13th, 2012 Leave a Comment

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 […]

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