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1. Smashburger's Tom Ryan dishes on the future of fast casual

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Fast casual is soaring in popularity because today's consumers "want a distinctive balance of quality, convenience, aesthetics and affordability," writes Smashburger founder Tom Ryan. He spells out the necessary ingredients for fast-casual success and predicts that the sector will continue to evolve. American City Business Journals (01/22)


2. Why expansion into sandwich concepts works for pizza franchisees

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Jersey Mike's has seen a surge in pizza shop operators either adding sandwich operations or shifting from pizza to sandwiches altogether in the past five years, writes Vice President Brian Sommers. Sandwich shops appeal because the operating model is similar, but there is room for bigger growth and the menus are more manageable, he writes. People with experience at brands such as Marco’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy’s and Little Caesars are getting in on the trend, Sommers notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (01/21)


3. Fatburger signs franchisee for 30 Calif. units

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Fatburger will open 30 more locations in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties in California as a result of a development agreement with Landmark Foodmaster. The burger brand is also opening locations in Northern California and Iraq, and it recently added units in Asia. FastCasual.com (01/22)


4. 4 ways to tell if you're a real leader

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

There's a fine line between leadership and management, writes Stacey Alcorn. Real leaders are willing to learn and confident enough to let others be part of decision-making. "I learned this the hard way. I used to control and manage everything in my business from the planning of events to the training and marketing," she writes. Entrepreneur online (01/20)


5. "Quasi-franchising" could give owners flexibility

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A new concept called quasi-franchising, which would allow franchisees to tailor the name, image and ambience of their locations to fit their needs while allowing franchisors to handle operations issues, is the model for the future, write Andrew Terry and Cary Di Lernia of the University of Sydney Business School. The change comes as younger generations of consumers look for more variety in their experiences, they write. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/26)


6. A multi-unit franchisee on why he joined the Huddle House brand

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Gregg Hansen, who has 18 Huddle House franchise locations across several states, is the brand's largest franchisee. He says he "fell in love" with the brand and was attracted to the franchise model. "I want to be an independent owner of my business and be in charge of my own success and utilize my strengths," he said. "But I don't want to re-create the wheel. Franchising is a perfect way to do that." Entrepreneur online (01/22)


7. Power Train seeks franchisees with the right vision, goals

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Steve Saunders, owner of the fitness franchise Power Train, says that one of the challenges he faces in growing his brand is finding people who are aligned with the company's vision. He hopes to expand to 600 locations by the end of the decade. "These people can come from a variety of backgrounds, whether they are personal trainers, established small-business owners or former professional athletes," he says. Fox Business (01/19)


8. Cruise franchise reached 900 locations in 2014

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Last year was a strong one for the CruiseOne franchise and Cruises Inc., which collectively grew their sales, leveraged technology and reached 900 franchise locations. "Our network is more engaged than ever, and if 2014 is a sign of things to come, I know 2015 will be an even more impressive year," said Debbie Fiorino, the company's senior vice president. TravelPulse (01/22)


9. Unishippers feeds entrepreneurial spirit for multi-unit franchisee

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Neil DiBiccari, who became a shipping consultant for Unishippers in 2008, is now a multi-unit franchisee who operates in Connecticut and western Massachusetts. There were challenges, but DiBiccari says being a franchisee has provided him with "a solid foundation." Entrepreneur online (01/21)


10. 8 tips for helping employees who repeat the same mistakes

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Several tactics might prove useful in salvaging a promising employee who keeps making the same small mistakes. Suggestions include inviting the employee to come up with his or her own solution to the problem and using checklists to ensure that the work is done correctly. Fast Track, The (01/22)




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