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May 16, 2012News for the franchise sector

  Franchise News 
  • Burger King becomes official partner of USA Basketball
    Burger King has been named the official quickservice sponsor of USA Basketball under a marketing partnership set to launch next month in advance of the London Olympics. Burger King will debut commemorative cups celebrating the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team. (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Denny's commits to humanely raised pork products
    Denny's has committed to sourcing more of the sausage, ham and bacon it serves at its 1,650 restaurants from producers that don't use gestation crates and to influencing its suppliers to shift away from the crates. McDonald's and Wendy's have already made similar pledges; eight states now ban the use of gestation crates, and several more have bills pending to do the same. Chicago Tribune (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Arby's mobile campaign directs users to restaurants
    An Arby's mobile ad campaign in Elle paired with a broader push on the Web and social media is being used to introduce new healthy meal choices. Tapping on the ad takes users to a mobile Web page where they're directed to the nearest Arby's or given the option to call. Mobile Marketer (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renovation on Hyatt Regency Minneapolis focuses on sustainability
    A "green team" is heavily influencing a $25 million remodeling project at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, bringing together all departments toward advancing the property's sustainability efforts. Energy-saving features put in place as part of the renovations include insulated drapery, LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures. (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices & Business Leadership 
  • 5 ways to boost employee referrals
    Employers can encourage participation in referral programs by actively promoting job openings to workers and by making it easier for employees to share job openings, Alyse Speyer writes. "The easier you make it for your employees to refer, the more likely they will do it. The last thing you want is a complicated referral process," Speyer writes. (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend Watch 
  • Report: Fast-casual leads restaurant industry growth
    Fast-casual concepts were at the forefront of restaurant industry growth with sales of $27 billion last year, an 8.4% increase, according to Technomic. The top 150 fast-casual chains added units at a rapid pace, growing to 17,447 locations last year, a 5.2% increase from 2010. (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from IFA 
  • Take advantage of on-site registration for IFA Legal Symposium
    Online registration may have closed for IFA's Legal Symposium, which begins Sunday in Washington, D.C., but you don't have to miss amazing educational and networking opportunities. Download the on-site registration form and e-mail or fax it to Jodi McCray at (202) 628-0812 this week. The Legal Symposium will be at the JW Marriott. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Making mixed media channels work for you
    Need advice on making the most of mixed media channels? Don't be the last one to register for the next IFA WednesdayWise Webinar, "Using Simultaneous Messaging Across Mixed Media Channels." The one-hour webinar begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time June 6 and will feature Aviatech Vice President of Media Services Ryan Vaspra. WednesdayWise Webinars are approved for 50 CFE participation credits per webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Finance Update 
  • Federal court rejects new NLRB rule on union elections
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a new National Labor Relations Board rule to speed up union elections is invalid because the board lacked a three-person quorum when it passed the measure. IFA and other trade groups that opposed the rule praised the court's decision. "The 'ambush' election rule was the board's attempt to placate organized labor by effectively denying employees' access to critical information about unions and stripping employers of free speech and due process rights," said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. IFA's Jay Perron said in a statement that the ruling "is a win for employers and employees, given the threat [the rule] posed by limiting employees' opportunity to hear from employers and make an informed choice as well as diminishing employers' due process." Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (5/15), The Hill (5/14), The Wall Street Journal (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republicans to push to expedite tax reform
    House Republicans want to include a timeline for performing a large-scale overhaul of the tax code in a bill to extend tax cuts originally passed during the Bush administration. "Our bill to stop the New Year's Day tax increase will also establish an expedited process by which Congress would enact real tax reform in 2013," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The Hill (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tax increases shouldn't be part of deficit plan, Boehner says
    Tax cuts aren't an option for dealing with the federal deficit, according to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. He also says any move to raise the government's borrowing limit would have to be accompanied by spending cuts or other initiatives designed to generate budget savings. Democrats have signaled that they want to use a mix of strategies, including tax increases, to deal with the deficit. The Wall Street Journal (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What small businesses need to know about crowdfunding
    Small businesses interested in crowdfunding can prepare themselves by collecting important documents such as their tax returns and financial statements, according to Tanya Prive of Rock the Post. Trying to attract investors requires a different approach than finding donations, she notes. "[W]ith investment campaigns, it is important to present the business case professionally and fully." Intuit Small Business Blog (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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