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April 26, 2017
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Dat Dog to enter Houston market
Dat Dog, a Louisiana-based hot dog brand, will expand to Houston in 2018 under the management of franchisee B&G Food Enterprises. Dat Dog is also planning for expansion in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/24) 
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10 Pizza Huts planned for Ethiopia
Ten Pizza Hut locations will open in Ethiopia as part of a deal between Yum Brands, Belayab Foods and Franchise PLC. It's important to be "prudent" but "the sky is the limit" for the continent, said Ewan Davenport, general manager of Pizza Hut Africa.
Reuters (4/25) 
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Best Practices and Business Leadership
Follow through on what you say you'll do
Your actions are a demonstration of your integrity, so keep in mind that everyone is watching what you say and do, says S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. He shares the story of a golf match where his playing partner's creative scoring revealed his integrity, or lack thereof.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/25) 
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9 signs an employee is exceptional
Exceptional employees have certain characteristics, such as being willing to share credit and avoiding gossip. Here's a look at nine of these traits.
Inc. online (free registration) (4/20) 
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Trend Watch
Hilton embraces eco-friendly trend
Many hotel brands, such as Hilton, are adopting greener ways of operating in order to attract customers who are more environmentally conscious. For example, the Hilton Chicago's rooftop garden provides vegetables and herbs that are used in its dining options.
Travelers Today (4/17) 
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In bid to attract millennials, hotels design smaller rooms
In response to the sensibilities of millennial travelers, brands such as Tru by Hilton and Moxy by Marriott are creating smaller rooms with efficient design elements in urban environments. "Small guestrooms offer opportunities to accommodate more travelers, the ability to build on what would typically be considered too small of a lot, more space for experiential common areas, restaurants and bars, and the power to still command higher urban average daily rates," writes Harry Wheeler.
HotelNewsNow.com (4/24) 
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News from IFA
Cresanti: Acosta can "balance the interests of employers with employees"
IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, sent a letter to the U.S Senate on Tuesday to support the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor. Cresanti highlighted the need for a Secretary who can quickly address many of the regulatory challenges facing the business community that were created during the previous Administration. Read the letter.
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Register by Friday for the 50th Annual Legal Symposium
Nearly 600 of your peers in the franchising community will be in Washington, D.C. for the 50th Annual IFA Legal Symposium, which takes place May 7-9 at the JW Marriott. Will you be there? Stay in town for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference, May 9-10 at the same location. CFE credits are available for both events. Prices increase after April 28, so don't delay!
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Benefit plans for small businesses
If you own a small business, you may be finding it increasingly necessary to implement a benefit program to attract and maintain employees. For small businesses, benefit plans generally consist of some of the major insurance benefits, discussed here, as well as employer-sponsored retirement plans. The Capitol Bay Group – Benefit plans for small businesses
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Policy and Finance Update
Final Senate vote on Acosta likely coming soon
A final Senate vote on the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary, could come later this week. The nomination has passed a procedural hurdle, with the Senate voting 61-39 to invoke cloture.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (4/25),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (4/26) 
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Trump reportedly seeks tax cuts for corporations, pass-through businesses
President Donald Trump's tax plan calls for cutting the tax rates faced by corporations as well as pass-through businesses, officials said. In addition, the plan would provide a tax break for companies that bring overseas profit to the US.
Reuters (4/25) 
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