Longtime IFA general counsel receives award, discusses franchising trends | McDonald's brings Taste Crafted menu to Southern Calif. | Wyndham to boost India presence with 10 new hotels
November 30, 2015
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Longtime IFA general counsel receives award, discusses franchising trends
Philip Zeidman, a partner at DLA Piper and the longtime general counsel for IFA, has received the Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award. "It's a very meaningful award, and I'm grateful for it," Zeidman said. In this article, Zeidman discusses trends in the franchise industry and the impact of the National Labor Relations Board's push to expand the joint-employer standard. "This is a struggle that's going to play out for a long time," he said. BisNow.com (11/25)
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McDonald's brings Taste Crafted menu to Southern Calif.
McDonald's is introducing its Taste Crafted menu, which allows diners to build customized sandwiches, at more than 600 restaurants in Southern California. "We are gaining momentum by focusing on our customers and what matters most to them -- hot and fresh food, fast and friendly service and a contemporary restaurant experience at the value of McDonald's," said CEO Steve Easterbrook. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (11/30)
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Wyndham to boost India presence with 10 new hotels
Wyndham Worldwide is adding 10 new properties on the Indian subcontinent, continuing a reported expansion there of 200% in five years. Wyndham's 7,700 hotels include 25 in the region, with another 28 planned. "With a renewed focus on travel and a growing middle class, India is becoming one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world," Chairman and CEO Stephen Holmes said. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (11/29)
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Golden Corral franchisee grows his business while giving back
Golden Corral franchisee Eric Holm has been involved with franchising for his entire career. Holm, who owns 32 Golden Corral restaurants in Florida and Georgia, started a program to provide free Thanksgiving dinners. "Franchising gives me the opportunity to be my own boss and earn what I feel I am worth," he said. "I also believe it puts me in a position to have a positive influence on many others." Entrepreneur online (11/26)
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How to prepare your voice for a big presentation
Your voice is your main tool when giving a presentation, so it's important to treat it right, writes Stephanie Scotti. That includes staying hydrated and conducting the proper vocal exercises before stepping on stage. She offers several tips for warming up your voice and using your breathing to your advantage. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/25)
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Train yourself to focus on "deep work"
Bosses and employees alike need to make space for focused "deep work," which "is using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration," Eric Barker writes. He explores how you can apply Cal Newport's idea of "deep work" to your work day. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (11/29)
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Same number of consumers shopped online as in stores, trade group says
The number of US shoppers who did their buying online over the Thanksgiving weekend was almost the same as the number who went to stores, the National Retail Federation said. Based on the holiday weekend data, the trade group said it still expects 3.7% growth in retail sales during the holiday season. Reuters (11/30)
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Hong Kong to host first international franchise trade show
The inaugural Hong Kong International Franchising Show is slated to feature a wide range of Hong Kong and international franchise brands. The event, scheduled for Dec. 3-5, offers participating franchisors a business matching platform, as well as consulting and supporting services. The tradeshow is a forum for franchisors and prospective franchisees to meet and explore win-win business collaboration. Hong Kong has long been a springboard for brands looking to gain access to Asian markets. Click here to learn more.
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My Salon Suite offers space for beauty professionals
My Salon Suite allows beauty professionals to get the space they need while maintaining their autonomy. The brand has grown to include 60 locations nationally. "We provide the shell and the space with high-end furnishings, then they come in and make it their own," said Kerry Tolisano, the property manager for two Connecticut locations. "They play the music, they decorate, and they set their own hours with their own pricing."
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Trends for 2016: Digital Marketing Insights for Your Franchise
What will be important for your franchisees in the coming year? How will consumers' tastes change over the course of 2016? With 2015 coming to a close, franchisors need to answer these questions as they create effective digital marketing plans across locations in 2016. Reach your target market by leveraging current trends and insights in the franchise industry, as shared by trusted industry researchers, FRANdata, and localized digital marketing experts, G/O Digital, in a webinar on December 1. Register now.
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Opinion: NLRB rulings are an "assault on the franchise business model"
The National Labor Relations Board's Browning-Ferris ruling is "part of a larger assault on the franchise business model," writes Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum. "There are over 770,000 franchises that employ over 8.5 million workers. The NLRB's attempts to expand the scope of this wrong-headed policy will inflict damage Congress never intended," Holtz-Eakin writes. Including policy riders in a government funding bill could help to curb the NLRB, he writes. RealClearPolicy (11/30)
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