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Houlihan’s Restaurants Expands, Offering Lower Cost And Smaller Size Franchises

The new Houlihan’s prototype, which has been tested in four markets over the past year,…

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Couple Who Survived Hurricane Katrina Help People Unwind With New Business

Painting With a Twist expands its 'Paint and Sip' franchise

Kermie and Algy Irvin Jr., own two Painting with a Twist enterprises in the Greater…

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From Ballers To Businessmen: Here is Our All Star Roster of NBA Players Turned Franchisees

Successful former pro athletes that are winning big in business

It is reported that 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Mega Franchise Owner Valerie R. Daniels Carter Named a Women of Power Legacy Award Winner

BE 100s CEO among largest women- and black-owned franchise operators in the US

Will you be attending Women of Power?

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How This D.C. Couple Found a Niche Market for This Franchise

Here's how this former arts teacher took advantage of incentives for minority franchise owners

Howard James Jr. left the Washington, D.C., arts scene for the business world

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Thriving Economy Draws Largest Franchise Expo in the South to Houston Feb. 6-8

Largest Franchise Expo in the South Relocates to Houston

Expo will feature hundreds of top businesses

Franchise Expo South, the largest franchise expo in the South, will relocate to its new…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Why Are Jamba Juice Franchieses Growing In Popularity?

Behind the Growing Popularity of Jamba Juice

A Jamba Juice franchise generates an average of $700,000 a year

Jamba Juice mixes an easy to create product with low overhead, making it a very…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Keys to Consider When Thinking About Buying a Franchise

Here's how to position yourself for success in franchising, regardless of the brand

Don’t put your money down before reading this

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Top 10 Franchises You Can Run From Home

From Jazzercise to handyman services, there are hundreds of home based business concepts out there to explore

Which one of these would you like to try?

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Former Army Cook Creates Recipe for Success with Edible Arrangements Franchise

Delivering fresh hand-crafted fruit turned out to be a million dollar business

One night while watching the television program The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Maurice Welton…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Myths About Owning a Franchise

Entrepreneurs often don’t know what franchise ownership entails, says Robert Purvin, chairman and founder of…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Large Franchisees Lead The Growth In Franchising

Nation’s Largest Restaurant Franchisees Grew in Size & Scope in 2012

The 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26 billion in sales in 2012

Combined, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees recorded $26.3 billion in sales and operated 20,331 total…

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Former FedEx VP Becomes a Top Franchise Owner

Edith Kelly-Green ranks as the largest multiple unit franchise owner for Lenny’s Sub Shop

In 2003, after some 25 years of service with FedEx, Edith Kelly-Green entered into retirement.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens Its 500th Restaurant In New York City

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Its 500th Restaurant in New York City

Latest store located in Times Square aims to offer technology to guests

Popular not only in NYC, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Homestyle Dining LLC Joins VetFran And MinorityFran Initiatives Of The International Franchise Association

Homestyle Dining Joins VetFran & MinorityFran Initiatives of the International Franchise Association

New franchisees who will benefit from a reduced initial franchise fee

The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” helps veterans with their transition to civilian…

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Franchise

Understanding the facts and guiding criteria to identify the right business type and brand

Whether it’s a fast-food restaurant or pet spa, before you buy a franchise make sure…

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Tea for FREE at 7-Eleven® is #Awesummer Retailer Extends National Iced Tea Day with Six Days of Free Snapple Tea

7-Eleven Celebrates National Iced Tea Day with 6 Days of Free Snapple Tea

National Iced Tea Week is part of 7-Eleven's #Awesummer campaign

For the next 6 days, customers can celebrate with free Snapple Iced Tea offers at…

By C. Daniel Baker

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7-Eleven Adds Latin-Inspired Breakfast Empanada Bites to Hot Foods Menu

7-Eleven Adds Breakfast Empanada Bites to Hot Foods Menu

Ethnic foods are booming, closing in on $3 billion annually in sales

More people are recognizing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Smoothie King Targets St. Louis in Latest Franchise Expansion

Smoothie King Offers Discount for New Franchises In St. Louis

Smoothie King offers new incentives to attract new St. Louis investors

Looking to help the Fruit Smoothie business expand in St. Louis, Smoothie King adds new…

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McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

National Hiring Event looks to be the biggest event yet

McDonald’s Canada is looking to take advantage of the soft labor market in Canada

By C. Daniel Baker

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Popeyes President: “Employees Want to Work Part-Time Because of Obamacare”

Ralph Bower believed employees would try to dodge Obamacare penalty.

Do you think this will actually happen?

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KFC Franchise Owner Fires Worker for Being Homeless

Woman Says KFC Franchise Owner Fired Her for Being Homeless

Owner says she was fired for lack of previous experience

While Mississippi is an at-will employment state, was this termination legal?

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TD Bank offers Franchise Financing Options for Veterans

TD Bank and Popular Franchises Offer Special Financing Options for Veterans

Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza and Baskin-Robbins already enrolled

TD Bank looks to streamline the franchise application process and fees for Veterans

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McDonald's To Give Away More Than A Million McMuffins, & Launch New Sandwich

McDonald’s to Give Away More Than a Million McMuffins, and Launch New Sandwich

Brand goes on the offensive to fight negative PR in China

After the brand’s sales slipped last month, McDonald’s launches two new promotions here and overseas

By C. Daniel Baker

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How I Made $100,000 From Home

Lower overhead and startup costs make these franchise options attractive

When Maxine P. Gill was laid off from her job as a sales and marketing…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Horse Meat Traces Found in Taco Bell Beef

Taco Bell Finds Traces of Horse Meat In Its Beef Supply

Taco Bell is the latest brand hit by the horsemeat scandal

Taco Bell’s meat supply is the latest food chain to contains traces of horsemeat

By C. Daniel Baker

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Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast to Customers

Chick-fil-A Offers Free Breakfast to Customers

Part of Chick-fil-A's "Eat Mor Chikin 4 Brekfast” promotion

The fast food chain’s latest promotion to spread word of their new breakfast menu.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Baskin-Robbins Host’s a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

Baskin-Robbins Hosts a Seminar to Find Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

The ice cream chain looks to find new store owners

The franchise held a seminar to find the next round of Baskin Robbins owners.

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McDonald’s to Hire 6000 Workers on National Hiring Day

McDonald’s Pushes Stores to Stay Open on Christmas

A leaked Internal memo encourages staying open on Dec 25.

Hoping to duplicate record sales on Thanksgiving, McDonald’s wants stores to open on Christmas

By C. Daniel Baker

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Retail Chains growing faster in New York City than last year

Retail Chains Continue to Grow in New York City

Dunkin' Donuts continues to dominate, but Subway's is close behind

New study shows retail stores in New York City increased for a fifth straight year

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Smoothie King opens its first Singapore Location

Smoothie King Opens its First Singapore Location

The first of several international locations they plan to open over the next 3 years.

Popular juice franchise continues to expand International

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The Top 5 Franchises to Watch in 2013

Entrepreneur Magazine picks out their lost of top franchises for the coming year.

Are you a fan of any of these franchises?

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How Mexicue’s CFO Keeps Fast Growing Company Rolling [Q&A]

Julia Collins tells Black Enterprise how she helped turn a single NYC food truck into a multi-million dollar business

Mexicue’s Julia Collins, a rising industry star, on making a popular NYC food truck into…

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Franchisor

President of Black-owned tax services provider tells how to gain and keep successful franchise locations

JaJa Ball, president and co-founder of Colbert/Ball Tax Service shares expert advise on how to…

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5 Best Buys in Home-Based Franchises

Here are some of the most promising franchise businesses to own from travel agencies to commercial cleaning services

Home-based franchise opportunities exist in various sectors and a wide range of businesses, from pet-sitting…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

Former Player Prepares Athletes for Success in Franchising Post-Retirement

Pro athletes get valuable financial advice on franchising from former NFL player Anthony Simmons

Former NFL player Anthony Simmons’ bi-annual Franchise & Investors Show provides pro athletes with tools…

By Branden J. Peters

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Dunkin Donuts Sued for Discrimination

Dunkin Donuts sued for discrimination

In a suit filed against Dunkin’ Brands in New Jersey former owners, Reggie and Amy…

By Sasha King

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Jamba Juice CEO’s Successful Business Blend

Plus, Entrepreneur Robin Petgrave pilots Hollywood to new heights, protect yourself from identity theft, and nutrition tips for executives on the go

James White, President & CEO of Jamba, Inc. discusses the company’s winning business strategy and…

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UBR Spotlight: Quick-Service Food Franchise Mogul Ulysses Bridgeman

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Quick-service food franchise mogul Ulysses Bridgeman Jr., founder…

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Ludacris Cooks up Success with Straits Atlanta Restaurant

The entertainer/entrepreneur gets into the franchise business with restaurant venture

Currently appearing in New Year’s Eve, Ludacris talks shop about his popular Atlanta restaurant and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Former NFL Player Finds Success in Franchising & Television

From the gridiron to the grill, Frank Rice tackles the restaurant business and Hollywood

After a career-ending injury, NFL star Frank Rice found success through family franchising and appearing…

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UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Karim Webb Talks The Food Biz

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Steven Lewis sits down with California…

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5 Things to Ask Before Franchising

Franchise exec recommends a little self-assessment before investing in this business model

Starting a franchise is no small undertaking, author and franchise expert Bob Phibbs offers up…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Franchising Your Small Business

Is franchising the right choice for your business? Before you make a move, consider these key factors

5 Things you need to know before franchising your small business

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5 Steps to Starting a Franchise – Failure is Not an Option

Starting a business is one thing, here's how you take it to the next level without things falling apart

Starting a business is one thing, here’s how you take it to the next level…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Franchise

Once you've decided franchising is for you, here's how to pick the right one

Purchasing a franchise is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly. So before you join the…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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6 Ways to Avoid Small Business Demise

If you are considering entrepreneurship, your venture will likely fail.
That’s not a criticism or negativity,…

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How They Made It: Buffalo Wild Wings Franchise Owners

African American businessmen fill void, seek to help community

African American businessmen fill void, seek to help community

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Don Thompson’s Recipe for Growth

McDonalds president and COO reveals why innovation and diversity make the Golden Arches sizzle

As president and COO of McDonald’s Corp. for the past year, Don Thompson has been…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Franchise Insider: BBQ Eatery Seeks Franchise Success

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Carmen Lemons turned a decades-old family run business into a franchise and is now marketing…

By Renita Burns

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Caron Butler Scores With Burger King

The scoop on the entrepreneurial pursuits of athletes, entertainers and other stars

NBA Mavericks baller Caron Butler talks about why he chose the franchising route and how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Franchise Insider: How to Boost Lagging Sales

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Scott Jewett, senior adviser at iFranchise Group, offers advice on how to rebound if sales…

By Renita Burns

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6 Franchise Success Factors

These things will directly influence whether you'll be a successful franchisee

“Franchisees are trying to grow in this economy,” says Miriam Brewer, director of education and…

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Franchise Insider: Figuring Out Franchising

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Among the challenges facing franchisees, the economy tops the list. Here are a few factors…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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10 Things to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Since no business opportunity comes with a guarantee, an entrepreneur�s best defense is information

Like any investment, buying a franchise requires a significant amount of due diligence. Not even…

By Alan Hughes

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How To Turn Your Business into a Franchise

Get started expanding your brand model

Becoming a franchisor can be a cost effective way to grow your business with a…

By Renita Burns

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Savvy Solutions: Franchise Deal Too Good To Be True?

What questions do I need to ask so I don't get taken advantage of?

I am looking into a franchise opportunity. They’re offering a special program where I would…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Stork Vision Delivers New Opportunities

A career sonographer labors to open an ultrasound franchise

Oftentimes advances in technology will spawn new franchise concepts. In the case of Stork Vision,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Unique Franchises: Household Names Begin Here

Options still abound if your options out of reach

Finding a profitable franchise can be as simple as looking at world trends and asking…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Finding the Right Franchise

A successful venture depends more on you then your money

In 2002, Desmond Stanback of Bear, Delaware, was frustrated with the corporate environment. As…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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To Franchise or Not to Franchise

Is your business ready to take the next step?

Today’s tough economic environment has created heightened interest in an alternative to traditional small business…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin

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A Guide to Franchising

Navigate the process using these steps

According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), there are more than 900,000 franchised businesses representing…

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B.E.’s Most Affordable Franchises 2008

Black Enterprise's best franchising opportunities for African Americans.

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE identifies the best franchising opportunities for African Americans. This year, to…

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On a Lonely Highway

RV franchisor offers tips for carving out a niche in an untapped market

As the owner of one of the nation’s first RV rental companies, Las Vegas-based Bates…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Whopper of a Franchise

C.H. James & Co. expands Burger King restaurant business unit

Charles H. “Chuck” James III continues to reposition his family-owned company into the quick-service restaurant…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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