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1. Caldeira: Union is "manufacturing a crisis" with push to investigate franchising

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The Service Employees International Union is asking the government to launch an investigation into the practices of several large franchisors. "Once again, the Service Employees International Union is manufacturing a crisis as part of its increasingly expensive public relations campaign, now estimated to be more than $33 million, to destroy the time-tested franchise model in order to fill its own depleted membership," said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. Caldeira added that franchisees are generally satisfied and have suitable options for resolving any disputes that arise. U.S. Chamber of Commerce (05/19) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/18) Washington Free Beacon (Washington, D.C.) (05/19) The Hill (05/18) Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (05/19)


2. IFA, Roark Capital team to honor franchises that give back

IFA SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Roark Capital Group and the IFA Educational Foundation are seeking nominations for an awards ceremony that will highlight how franchise brands are making an impact in their communities. The ceremony will be held during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in September. "We're looking for real leaders," said Steve Romaniello, former IFA chairman and Roark's managing director. Franchise Times (Minneapolis) (05/21)


3. How this Navy vet transferred his skills to franchising

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Eric Saddler applied the leadership skills he developed in the Navy after becoming a franchisee for Molly Maid in West Chester, Ohio. He grew sales more than 18% by working to create a culture of transparency and teamwork. "My role as a hands-on owner in Molly Maid is suited to my strengths without my weaknesses getting in the way of success," he said. Entrepreneur online (05/18)


4. 8 things leaders must learn to let go of

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Being attached to perceptions and reputation weakens you and limits your leadership potential, writes Scott Mabry. Figure out what you're clinging to -- such as control, fear, ego or a particular outcome -- and learn to approach people and situations without preconceptions or filters, Mabry writes. "Accountability, vision, values, influence, etc., still apply. Only now, they can be expressed free of a personal agenda grounded in fear and scarcity," Mabry argues. Soul To Work blog (05/18)


5. VetFran, franchise brands offer support for military vets

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

VetFran has helped thousands of veterans and their families find jobs with franchise brands or become franchisees in the past few years. "There is a tremendous pride in serving one's country, and every veteran hopes to find a real meaning and contribute both as an individual and as part of a bigger team in their next career," said VetFran's Joe Lindenmayer. This article explains how 10 franchise brands are working to provide opportunities for veterans. Entrepreneur online (05/20)


6. IHG continues to roll out new design for Holiday Inn Express

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Aimed at appealing to today's traveler, InterContinental Hotels Group's implementation of its new Formula Blue design prototype for its Holiday Inn Express brand focuses on simplicity, sleep quality and ease of maintenance. The new design is required for new construction and future renovations. Lodging magazine online (05/12)


7. Taco Bell applies for liquor license for Chicago unit

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Taco Bell is seeking a liquor license for a location that is set to open in Chicago. The move comes at a time when the brand has been focused on attracting more millennial customers. CBS MoneyWatch (05/15)


8. CMIT Solutions franchisee turns layoff into business opportunity

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

After losing his corporate job, Tony Puzzo decided to become a franchisee for CMIT Solutions. Puzzo says he prizes the flexibility of his new position and has benefited from the training and supportive network that come with being part of a franchise. "The network, with the other owners that we work with, is our biggest asset," he says. The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.) (05/17)


9. Great leaders make themselves easy to follow

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Good leaders attract followers easily because they are pleasant, have a sense of humor and perspective, and recognize and empower employees, writes Randy Conley. "Show a little compassion and understanding with your team members and you'll earn their loyalty, trust, and commitment," Conley writes. Leading With Trust blog (05/17)


10. KFC's paper keyboards for mobile prove to be a hit

IFA SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

KFC recently experimented with giving customers in Germany paper keyboards on serving trays that connect with smartphones and allow users to type without smearing their screens. The "Tray Typers" were so popular during the promotion that customers took them home. The Verge (05/19)




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