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November 19, 2012
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Women owners swell the ranks of franchisees
Men still own most U.S. businesses, but women are gaining fast when it comes to franchise ownership, according to the International Franchise Association. "If a woman decides that she?s going to sign up to be a franchisee in the restaurant business that is very competitive, then I know there is a tremendous amount of energy and confidence and sort of spunk that I have a true affinity for and a lot of respect for," Arby's President Hala Moddelmog said. QSR Magazine (11/2012)
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Business investment weakens amid uncertainty
Some of the nation's largest businesses are pulling back on investment plans as the "fiscal cliff" and economic uncertainty loom on the horizon. Meanwhile, smaller companies seem to be somewhat more optimistic than their larger cousins. "Their confidence is fair and reasonable," said Nicholas Pinchuk, CEO of automotive equipment maker Snap-on, speaking about the outlook of small businesses. "As you move up to bigger companies, their foresight becomes broader and their confidence starts to erode." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
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3 ways to enhance workplace morale
You can boost employee morale by promoting communication throughout the organization and by providing training to your workers. Also, try to add a sense of fun to your business by celebrating employees' birthdays and honoring them for their accomplishments. Careerealism.com (11/16)
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Communication goofs that can torpedo your leadership hopes
Communication no-nos that can get you knocked off the promotion list include making racially biased comments or off-color jokes, swearing, flirting and failing to make eye contact, a survey of executives by the Center for Talent Innovation and Marie Claire magazine says. "You don't get a shot at being a leader unless you signal right," says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of CTI. Forbes (11/16)
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Hotels focus on guests' security
Responding to reports that guest security has been compromised at some hotels, several hoteliers say they are looking at their safety policies. Hotel consultant Fred Del Marva says security starts at the front desk, where clerks should never announce the room number verbally. HotelNewsNow.com (11/15)
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Hotel-transaction pace held steady in first half of November
The first half of November saw a steady stream of deals in hotel markets across the U.S., this feature says. Hotels that have changed owners so far this month include the Hotel Grand Union in New York, the Hotel Sofitel Chicago Water Tower and Hotel Rex in San Francisco. Hotel Management online (11/16)
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CEOs urge Congress to address fiscal cliff, tax reform
More than 50 CEOs and senior executives of franchise companies, as members of IFA, recently called on Congress to address the impending fiscal cliff and to commit to produce a tax reform bill that lowers corporate and individual rates by a certain date, which would create greater long-term growth for the franchise industry. "Resolution of the impending fiscal cliff during the lame duck session is a necessity for businesses like ours dealing with the overwhelming uncertainty of our nation’s fiscal policy. Yet addressing the fiscal cliff is only the first step toward creating long-term growth for our industry. Congress should seize this opportunity and commit to produce a tax reform bill by a certain date," CEOs said in a letter delivered to all members of Congress. The franchise industry's letter was also quoted in Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's "Tax Tracker" newsletter recently.
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Franchising World magazine zeros in on technology tactics
Check out the digital edition of IFA’s Franchising World magazine for November that focuses on ways to coordinate and boost social media, building your mobile app, utilizing low-tech tools and getting customers to call or click. This issue also includes details on the achievements and one-year anniversary of VetFran’s Operation Enduring Opportunity and the Public Affairs Conference in photos.
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San Diego PostalAnnex+ franchisees support injured service members
The 65 San Diego County PostalAnnex+ franchise owners are donating $5,000 to San Diego’s Warrior Foundation to help injured active duty and veteran service members get home for the holidays. "Almost all of these heroes are being treated in local care facilities and getting them home would be a great boost to morale in the middle of their recovery," said Steve Collo, president of the San Diego owners' group. In addition to the cash donation, through the end of November, all greater San Diego PostalAnnex+ locations are collecting donations of needed goods and supplies.
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Policy and Finance Update
How to maintain a positive cash flow
Successful companies risk running into cash-flow problems as they look to meet inventory demands, Susan Schreter writes. However, you can make sure your business' cash flow stays strong by sending out bills more frequently, cutting products that have low profit margins and catering to fast-paying customers. Fox Business Small Business Center (11/15)
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