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December 5, 2012News for the franchise sector

  Franchise News 
  • Military veterans can find a new life in franchising
    It can be hard to find a job in the current economy, but the franchise industry can provide valuable opportunities for military veterans, writes Michael Schindler, president of Operation Military Family. The franchise industry has brought more than 64,000 veterans into the fold since 2011, according to an IFA study. Meanwhile, Jerry Flannigan is offering franchising opportunities for his company, JDog Junk Removal, exclusively to current and former military members. "It's a job that's well-suited to soldiers, combining trust, teamwork and a strong work ethic," Flannigan said. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staff is key to customer satisfaction, IHG official says
    Jim Anhut, a branding executive with InterContinental Hotels Group, told a panel at last month's American Hotel & Lodging Association's Hospitality Leadership Forum that the industry needs to look beyond technology for satisfaction ratings and focus on the staff. "The focus of [IHG] right now is to look at the [GM] as the brand manager. The brand is really delivered through the people at the properties," Anhut said. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Applebee's to open NYC's "greenest" eatery
    Applebee's new restaurant in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood is being billed as the city's most sustainable restaurant. The eatery, which cost $4 million to build, will include rainwater harvesting on the roof and waterless urinals that conserve about 40,000 gallons of water each year. New York Post (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smashburger pairs up with local brews
    Denver-based Smashburger is already known for creating a signature burger in each new city; now, the chain has begun partnering with craft brewers to put local beers on the menu. "Well, what I see is a corollary between Smashburger and these artisan brewers in that we are creating burgers for the next generation. I think the craft brewers are innovating beer for the next generation," founder Tom Ryan said. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices & Business Leadership 
  • Smart bosses take their enemies to lunch
    Every business professional winds up making enemies, so the real test is how you respond to conflict, Mike Figliuolo writes. It's usually better to take the high road, responding to workplace slights by inviting your enemy for lunch or buying the person a beer. "You kill them with kindness. ... if you're being nothing but professional, it's hard for you to look bad," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 11 ways to inexpensively find talent
    Your employees can supplement the recruiting budget by finding talent through their professional gatherings or social media interactions, John Sullivan writes. "Gather staff for ice cream or pizza and ask them to bring their smartphones or whatever device contains their contact lists," and then "invite everyone to scour their contacts for suitable candidates," he suggests. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend Watch 
  • Eateries go social with holiday promotions
    Restaurants have an increasing number of social tools to use in their marketing efforts, and it shows in holiday campaigns from chains such as Chili's, which is using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to push out promotions that change daily. Pinterest is this year's social sensation with photo-driven social pages that brands are increasingly using to reach consumers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can't-miss content-marketing trends
    Even if your content-marketing strategy is working at the moment, a number of changes might be coming that could affect its performance, John Paul Nettles writes. Marketers should track key metrics, cater to mobile viewers and ensure they are distributing high-quality content. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPad use is gaining ground in the hotel space
    The iPad is fast becoming a standard amenity in hotel lobbies and guest spaces as the industry continues to integrate the device more deeply into its operations. These days, iPads in several hotels are being promoted as tools for guests to check in, to check area information, order room service or reserve a table at the hotel restaurant. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from IFA 
  • Take advantage of IFA mentorship program
    IFA’s mentoring program Franship provides franchisees, franchisors and suppliers the opportunity to share best practices, strategic positioning and advice from some of franchising's premier leaders. Franchisor mentors are divided into three categories: franchise administration, franchise operations and franchise sales and marketing. There are also mentors for franchisees and suppliers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IFA event calendar available online
    Visit to access IFA’s electronic calendar to mark important upcoming events. These events can help your franchise company personnel and franchisees stay abreast of current issues and expand their knowledge base with specialized franchise, CFE and international development-focused topics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Finance Update 
  • Business owners fear possible effects of falling off the "fiscal cliff"
    The mix of spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of next year unless the government acts is worrying business leaders in Waco, Texas, and across the country. "There is real concern that job creation would go down if tax cuts are not extended," said Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairwoman of the Dwyer Group. "We even have very successful franchise owners concerned about adding employees at existing businesses or investing in new businesses," added Dwyer-Owens, who attended a recent IFA meeting to discuss the issue. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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