Jamba Juice is popular with athletes looking to become franchisees | Changing habits drive 7-Eleven's Indonesia expansion | Fatburger chief shares the skinny on growth
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March 27, 2013
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Jamba Juice is popular with athletes looking to become franchisees
Sports stars earn millions in their short careers but many go broke after they retire, a trend Jamba Juice aims to help more of them avoid. The company has become a magnet for many pro athletes-turned-franchisees. "It's a simple product: You don't have to take 25 minutes explaining it to someone," said sports marketing consultant Joe Favorito. "And I think there really is a vested interest, because it really is a part of their lifestyle." Bloomberg Businessweek (3/25)
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Changing habits drive 7-Eleven's Indonesia expansion
Retail operator PT Modern Putra Indonesia will add hundreds more 7-Eleven stores in the next few years, catering to the burgeoning middle class' growing demand for convenience foods. The retailer operates 119 7-Eleven stores in Indonesia, most of which have evolved into self-service cafes equipped with tables and chairs, free Wi-Fi and scooter-parking valets to encourage customers to linger. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/26)
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Fatburger chief shares the skinny on growth
Fatburger's 10-year growth spurt has brought the total number of units to more than 150, despite a 2009 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by two subsidiaries that led to some store closings. The company began expanding internationally in 2006, and both domestic and global markets are targeted for future growth, said CEO Andy Wiederhorn. FastCasual.com (3/26)
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Our Town America welcomes new residents, promotes businesses
New residents in neighborhoods nationwide often find packages in their mailboxes from Our Town America, which sends out coupons for establishments such as Sport Clips and Schlotzsky's to promote local businesses and help new residents get acclimated to their neighborhoods. "It's a great way for the community to get to know local business owners to get to know the nice areas in town where you can go enjoy yourself -- entertainment, food, etc. Our Town America helps Milwaukee put a good foot forward," said Jane Ritenour, owner of a Milwaukee-area Schlotzsky's. WDJT-TV (Milwaukee) (3/25)
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Companies can leverage the power of happy, engaged employees in building their corporate reputation and brand, writes speaker and consultant Kare Anderson. To do this, she writes, businesses should use employees to speak positively about the company, tapping their ideas to become ambassadors for your business' brand, and remember that if even a few workers bad-mouth your business, it will hurt your firm's reputation. Forbes (3/24)
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Housing market recovery spurs franchise growth
Two Men and a Truck Chair Melanie Bergeron, Win Home Inspection President Steve Wadlington and Lawn Doctor CEO Scott Frith said home service and moving companies have experienced sales increases as the housing market has recovered. Bergeron said her company plans to expand to 35 new locations in 2013, focusing on coastal states with a goal of having 400 locations by 2018. "Thankfully for 2012, we had our best year in history and two-thirds of our franchisees broke their sales records. And I can't attribute all of that to the housing market but it certainly is a factor," she said. Fox Business (3/26)
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Emerging markets show rising demand for luxury travel
Demand for luxury travel is going up in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and China, Small Luxury Hotels of the World reports. "We hope and expect this growth to continue through 2013 and beyond," said SLH CEO Paul Kerr. "In addition, tech gurus hyped 2012 as the year of the mobile boom, and our latest figures certainly highlight this growing trend." TravelPulse (3/25)
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Franchises continue to grow faster than other businesses
Franchise businesses will continue to grow at a slightly faster rate than other businesses in job creation, new business formation, economic output and GDP contribution, according to IFA's first-quarter update to "The Franchise Businesses Economic Outlook for 2013" report prepared by IHS Global Insight for the IFA Educational Foundation. Business services and commercial and residential services will rank as the top two sectors in both franchise employment growth and growth of the number of establishments in 2013. Real estate will rank first in output growth and grow slightly faster than the franchise sector averages in establishments and employment. Quickservice restaurants -- the largest franchise business line -- will rank second in the growth of output and will see growth rates of employment and new businesses that are slightly higher than the franchise sector average. The forecast is virtually unchanged from the IFA's initial 2013 forecast released in December.
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Management 2000 seminars begin next month
Management 2000 will present three programs in Houston on April 15, 16 and 17: How to Recruit Better Candidates & Close More Franchise Sales, How to Become a More Effective Field Consultant and Strategies for Increasing Franchisees' Unit Revenue & Profits. All courses offer CFE education credits for certification or recertification. Management 2000 has also partnered with the Canadian Franchise Association and will be offering several of their CFE-approved programs this year in Canada.
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Spring brings growth to businesses and bank lending
Spring brings good weather and good news for aspiring entrepreneurs and growing companies as banks are fulfilling more loan requests and re-entering credit markets, writes Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit. He adds that real estate is a good investment while interest rates are still low and that accurately calculating start-up costs is critical for small businesses. Fox Business Small Business Center (3/26)
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Study: New York City plastic foam ban could increase prices
A study performed on behalf the of American Chemistry Council found that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed plastic foam ban could increase costs for businesses and consumers by $100 million per year and could increase costs by $57 million for city restaurants. "These are businesses that are absorbing higher food and energy costs, and are under pressure from a struggling economy that leaves less money in people's paychecks," said Andrew Moesel, spokesman for the New York State Restaurant Association. PizzaMarketplace.com (3/21)
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