Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Weekend 10.31.20

The Weekend Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in their daily — or nightly — routine. With advice from top entrepreneurs and innovative practitioners, these creative customs can help put you on the path to progress. Read more.

Inspire Brands buys Dunkin’ in $11.3B deal

The acquisition is easily the largest deal between two restaurant companies in 2020, and grows Inspire Brands’ footprint from 11,000 to more than 31,000 restaurants, edging it closer to heavyweight rivals like 50,000-restaurant company Yum Brands. Inspire will also gain over $1 billion in revenue and about $12 billion in systemwide sales, based on Dunkin’s 2019 year-end results. Read more.

Corner Bakery Cafe sells to Boston Market owner Pandya

Affiliates of Roark Capital Group have sold the Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe brand to Pandya Restaurant Growth Brands LLC, the companies said Thursday. The fast-casual cafe brand had been held been a Roark subsidiary since 2011. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more.

Are you ready to own your own business?

21 Tips for First-Time Entrepreneurs

If you’re an entrepreneur, be an entrepreneur. Don’t listen to the naysayers. If you fail with one idea, start another. You’re an entrepreneur, no matter what, whether up or down, success or failure, you’re always an entrepreneur. Remember that. Read more.

Why You Should Build a Personal Reputation Before Starting a Business

Before you start a business, you should consider building a personal reputation. You might be able to do this naturally by accomplishing noteworthy achievements in your field. But for most people, that means going out of your way to build up a personal brand on social media. Why is your personal reputation such an important factor for success in entrepreneurship, and what steps should you take to develop it? Read more.

An innovative approach to funding your small business.

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Our generation is redefining entrepreneurship

As they enter the workforce, young adults of today know what they want and they don’t plan on settling. This generation values equal opportunity to grow and to reach financial freedom. Young adults want to be the ones in control of their future and for most, entrepreneurship is looking like the path to success. Read more.

How To Scale Your Business In Tough Times

To say that Covid-19 has thrown businesses for a loop would be an understatement. Yelp recently reported that, of the more than 160,000 U.S. companies that have closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 60% are now shut down for good. Read more.

“While we are in a challenging environment, you will find companies in every industry having their best year yet. Those succeeding are adapting, looking for the opportunity and using data to make fact-based decisions.”

Charles Gaudet, CEO of growth consultancy Predictable Profits

Our goal is to help current and aspiring entrepreneurs architect a plan of continuous accelerated movement toward a pinnacle of desired success, even if and when previously thought to be unattainable. This process has been developed around our proven e-IDEA (explore, identify, develop, execute & analyze) methodology. Deployed effectively, it is key to sustainability and ultimately, to success… Acceler8Success! Learn more.

Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Friday 10.30.20

We must collectively commit to rebuilding the small business sector

The pandemic has reminded Americans of the outsized role small businesses play in our economy, employing 47% of the United States workforce, generating two-thirds of new jobs, and serving as a critical path to economic self-sufficiency. Yet, it has also revealed the fragility of many of these enterprises and the profound deficiencies in how they are supported by federal policies, private practice, and local action. Read more.

Living the Luxurious Entrepreneur Life with Grant Luxury

Entrepreneurship is essential for the business itself, but it also plays a heavy role in the economy. Firstly, it creates new job opportunities because a company needs employees to run the business smoothly. Secondly, entrepreneurship causes economic growth. Entrepreneurs bring new and innovative ideas to the market, helping society become more advanced and developed. The latter is one of the reasons why Grant Luxury molds people to be entrepreneurs. Read more.

Is Crowdfunding Right for You? Answer These 7 Questions to Find Out

You have an awesome idea and you need some money to get things started. Have you considered crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a popular and increasingly approachable way to put your prospective product or business in front of millions of people, and thanks to the visibility of massive success stories, there’s a public perception that most crowdfunding campaigns end up being successful. The reality is, less than a third of all crowdfunding campaigns end up reaching their financial goals. Why? Some campaigns aren’t right for crowdfunding. Some aren’t properly planned. Some aren’t properly supported. Read more.

QSRs Benefit From Economic Growth

The U.S. economy grew at a record pace in the third quarter, reported The Wall Street Journal (Oct. 29). It increased 7.4% over the prior quarter and at a 33.1% annual rate—recovering about two-thirds of the ground it lost earlier in the coronavirus pandemic. Gross domestic product—the value of all goods and services produced across the economy—jumped following a record decline from earlier in the pandemic when the virus and related shutdowns disrupted business activity across the country. Read more.

Pepperoni’s growing popularity among consumers is based upon consistency in delivering high-quality NY Style pizza, exceptional customer service and excellent unit-economics. Coupled with a strong branding program, technology integration and low-investment level, Pepperoni’s is positioned to be the next disruption in the Pizza segment of Franchising. Request info.

Robots Will Replace Humans in Restaurants Sooner Rather Than Later

Your best server or bartender could soon be replaced by a mechanical counterpart, says a new study from Ball State University. But that doesn’t mean your customers will like it. In her study, “How to Build a Better Robot for Quick Service Restaurants,” recently published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Dina Marie Zemke, an associate professor of residential property management at Ball State University, found that the overwhelming majority of respondents believe there is no stopping the robotic transformation of the food service industry, including quick-service restaurants (QSRs). Read more.

How Successful Entrepreneurs Handle Rejection

Some blessings can come from rejection. Many entrepreneurs have been rejected, only to come back stronger. Did you know Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before he returned to turn it into the icon it is today? Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was turned down 12 times before getting published. Don’t even get us started on Elon Musk, who was fired from PayPal before going on to co-found Tesla, SpaceX, and more. No one likes rejection, but rejection happens even to the best of entrepreneurs. That’s why it makes sense to learn how to handle rejection well and turn it into a learning opportunity for your business. Read more.

Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Thursday 10.29.20

Every Company Needs an Entrepreneur in the C-Suite

Innovation thrives when it has power and status within an organization. To enable real innovative growth — and rapid response in the face of such crises such as Covid-19 — boards and company leaders must structure top organizational roles to give innovative efforts the resources and attention they need. In our work on business model innovation with over 100 large and medium-sized companies, we’ve found that companies looking for transformation have two good options: an entrepreneurial CEO or a powerful chief entrepreneur. Read more here.

7 Entrepreneurship Stages Will Propel You to Where You Need to Go

The road to becoming an entrepreneur is a journey, and it’s not a short trip. In my efforts to assist aspiring business owners like you, I find that too many see it as a short sprint to get over that one hurdle, like finding that innovative idea, or attracting an investor. In reality, I find that there are multiple stages to the process, each requiring a unique mindset and focused effort along the way. I was pleased to find a new book, The Entrepreneur’s Faces, by Johnathan Littman and Susanna Camp, which outlines the key stages and provides examples of real people making the transformation from one stage to the next. Read more here.

If you wouldn’t think about building a house without blueprints, why would you consider building a business without blueprints? Like plans for a home, business blueprints should include each component necessary for long-term benefit. Whether exploring franchise ownership or growing your brand via franchising, Franchise Foundry can help ensure you have the right blueprints specifically for you! Learn more here.

What Restaurant Sectors Thrived During The Pandemic?

Why did some restaurant chains sales thrive so quickly after the pandemic?

This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Lorn Davis, who leads corporate and product strategy at the financial data firm Facteus. The company has been reporting sales using debit card information since the start of the pandemic, and its weekly reports have provided some key insights into the direction of retail and restaurant spending. Davis discusses some of the sectors performing particularly well, such as chicken wings, and those that have a longer runway for improvement, like coffee. He talks about the factors that have influenced the sectors’ success and failure, and he discusses how consumers have changed since the start of the pandemic—and how much of that change could be permanent. Listen to podcast here.

Jersey Mike’s Subs CEO Peter Cancro to join MFHA President Gerry Fernandez to talk about the path to Black restaurant franchise ownership

Peter Cancro, CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs will be a keynote speaker at Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO on its final day, Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. EDT, in discussion on the path to Black franchise ownership, brought to you by PepsiCo Foodservice.

Cancro will be joined by Karim Webb, CEO of 4thMVMT and co-founder of PCF Restaurant Management — a franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings — and Hugh Roth, senior vice president and chief customer and business development officer for PepsiCo’s Global Foodservice Division. The panel will be moderated by Gerry Fernandez, president and founder of the Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance (MFHA). TIME SENSITIVE: Read more here.

5 Best Business Ideas for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a flurry of challenges, from finding small business funding, short-term business closures, quarantines, and mask-wearing to sharp declines in storefront traffic and more.  So there is no doubt that many entrepreneurs threw in the towel this year. Despite all of this, the data shows that 2021 will be a great time to go into business for yourself. Let’s take a look at some trends shaping new businesses next year and five of the best entrepreneurial ideas for capitalizing on them. If you’re considering starting a small business in 2021, there are some trends to consider before making your plan. Read more here.

As Small Business Saturday is just around the corner please keep in mind that franchises are also small business. Franchise owners are very much the same as Mom & Pop businesses across America having invested their life savings to achieve the American Dream of owning a business. #ShopSmall and #ShopFranchise on #SmallBusinessSaturday.

Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Tuesday 10.27.20

5 Best Business Ideas for 2021

There is no doubt that many entrepreneurs threw in the towel this year. The COVID-19 pandemic presented a flurry of challenges, from finding small business funding, short-term business closures, quarantines, and mask-wearing to sharp declines in storefront traffic and more. Despite all of this, the data shows that 2021 will be a great time to go into business for yourself. Let’s take a look at some trends shaping new businesses next year and five of the best entrepreneurial ideas for capitalizing on them. 

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Entrepreneurship Finds Roots in Families, Reveals GEM Report

Worldwide, 75% of entrepreneurs and 81% of established business owners are entrepreneurs, co-owning or managing their businesses with family members, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Family Entrepreneurship Report, co-sponsored by Babson College. The report also reveals traditional views of the founder as a lone genius may not be the case. Family members, whether parents and their children, siblings, cousins, or spouses, are finding strength and success building companies together.

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Interested in selling your business? Or possibly, buying a business. Well, Empire Business Brokers and Advisors of Texas can help. Working with current and aspiring entrepreneurs, investment groups, privately-held companies and family-owned businesses, representing both sellers and buyers, the Empire team offers a suite of business brokerage and advisory services including valuations, commercial financing, franchise sales and many others.

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Entrepreneurship Lessons That I Learned Amidst The Global Pandemic

Entrepreneurship can be a tough and long journey for most of us, but it surely is a fulfilling one. More often than not, it’s a journey of perseverance, self-discovery and it’s an open secret that no year has been as testing as 2020. The world was presented with a huge unforeseen problem with no apparent solution: an ever-changing pandemic forcing global business communities at large to pause in confusion, panic, and distress.

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Keep The Faith In Small Business

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of business closings peaked at around a quarter of a million at the end of 2008 but returned to pre-recession levels by the end of 2011. Nearly as many new companies were started in 2012 as in 2006.  And even in this year of a pandemic, the country has recently seen tens of thousands of new business starts each week. The 36th week of this year saw over 101,000 new starts, nearly double the same week in 2019.

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Franchise Foundry represents a number of quick service restaurant (QSR) brands realizing year-over-year sales increases.- Low initial investment – Funding support- Site selection assistance- Small real estate footprint- Support & training- Multi-unit opportunities- Multi-brand opportunities.

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What is a Strategic Plan and Why You Need One

When you are starting or running your business, you need to have a plan that ties your current state to where you want to go. That plan cannot just detail the things you will do, but it must follow a strategy that sets you apart given the market conditions you are facing. One way to think about strategic planning is that it identifies any gaps between a current state and desired future state, and then dictates how to close those gaps – how to get you from where you are to where you want to be. To that end, various factors are taken into consideration in order to formulate an effective plan.

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Mark Cuban: These are the 2 books I’m reading right now

Self-made billionaire Mark Cuban has consistently attributed his success, in part, to his devotion to life-long learning. In fact, the “Shark Tank” investor previously called it “the greatest skill” to have. For Cuban, life-long learning means spending “four to five hours a day” reading, he told CNBC Make It in 2018. “I read everything I can. I don’t care what the source is.”

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Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Monday 10.26.20

Dunkin’ Brands holds acquisition talks with Arby’s owner Inspire Brands

Dunkin’ Brands on Sunday acknowledged that it has held talks on a potential sale to Arby’s owner Inspire Brands. Karen Raskopf, chief communications officer for the Canton, Mass.-based owner of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins said the company held “preliminary discussions” with Inspire. “Dunkin’ confirms that it has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands,” Raskopf said in an emailed statement. “There is no certainty that any agreement will be reached. Neither group will comment further unless and until a transaction is agreed.”

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Your Life Isn’t Defined By Your Choices, It’s Defined By Your Reactions

When we feel most stuck and helpless, it’s because we’ve bought into the idea that our choices, and choices alone, determine the outcomes of our lives. Our real choosing power is actually how we respond to what we didn’t choose. The way we react to the reality that is in front of us is how we invent the next reality we will experience.

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Interested in business or restaurant ownership but overwhelmed by what has to be done? Learn how a franchise provides support to help move you through the process. Be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

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6 Habits of Highly Focused People

The biggest reason people struggle to focus is that they don’t understand what focus really is. Most of us think about focus like willpower — the effort you apply to keep your mind on one thing when it wants to go somewhere else. But this is only a tiny part of focus — and by far the least important.

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What to Do When Your Coworker Brings Up Politics

Political topics have always been challenging in the workplace, but never more than now. In the past, the goal was to avoid escalation. Today the conversation often starts heated. Furthermore, they can feel unavoidable, especially if they’re sprung on you with no warning.

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If you’re looking for a business lending source to help finance your start-up or manage your future wealth, contact us today. Benetrends Financial, a pioneer in the industry, has helped thousands of potential small business owners like yourself secure funding over the past 35 years.

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How This Problem-Solving CEO Is Keeping Her Restaurants’ Doors Open

Dawn Lafreeda is President, CEO and founder of Den-Tex Central, Inc. dba Denny’s Restaurants. In 1984, she opened her first Denny’s and since then, has built an incredible 85-location operation. Lafreeda, like so many business owners in the restaurant space, has been massively impacted by the pandemic but has found a way to manage her way through this incredibly destructive crisis. 

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55 Smoking Hot Blog Post Ideas That Will Delight Your Audience

Are you struggling to come up with ideas for your next blog post? Want to create blog posts that keep your readers coming back for more? Digital Marketer share their blog post ideas in this infographic.

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Acceler8Success Cafe Daily Sunday 10.25.20

5 Steps for Navigating Entrepreneurship in a Post-Covid Era

The world has become a place which nobody had ever imagined a few months ago. It has been surrounded by the outbreak of a virus that has brought the working of many businesses, brands, and entrepreneurs to a standstill. Nobody was ever prepared for such crucial times in the business world and the situations and circumstances have today made companies and entrepreneurs introspect and come to the conclusion of what needs to be done now to either retain their original positions in the market or thrive with the new normal.

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Young Entrepreneurs are Redefining the American Dream

For young entrepreneurs, the American dream has changed. There has been a massive shift in values. Rather than looking for a job with good benefits and the opportunity to become a homeowner - young entrepreneurs are seeking freedom. Freedom of time and location.

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“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie

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Restaurant operating profits will rise 15% in 2021, Moody’s predicts

Moody’s upgraded its outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry from negative to stable, according to an an Oct. 20 report emailed to Restaurant Dive. The status change comes as business conditions are expected to continue to slowly improve in the next 12 to 18 months due to easing restrictions and consumers’ gradual return to dining out.

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Why the Fast-Food Dining Room Could be a Thing of the Past

Is the fast-food dining room dead? Probably not. But the pandemic could well give rise to a new generation of restaurants that ditch indoor seating altogether. With quick-service restaurants thriving during the pandemic, thanks largely to the drive-thru, more companies are considering takeout-only units. Del Taco said last week, for instance, that it plans to test a smaller, drive-thru-only restaurant that ditches interior seats. That comes on the heels of Burger King’s new drive-thru-focused prototype, some versions of which do not include interior seats. 

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Benetrends Financial, a pioneer in the industry, has helped thousands of potential small business owners secure funding over the past 35 years. If you’re looking for a business lending source to help finance your start-up or manage your future wealth, contact Benetrends today.

Leveraging entrepreneurship to close racial wealth gaps

The latest jobs report shows that our national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact will be slow and painful for millions of Americans, particularly those who did not have the luxury of wealth before the pandemic. It is increasingly clear that the capitalist system created for our society is not working for everyone, leaving some insulated from the wreckage of our economy, while others cannot escape. Without a change to the mechanisms of how our economy functions, there is no hope for a fully equitable recovery.

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The Acceler8Success team focuses on helping entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, restaurateurs, brand founders, business partners, professional services providers, freelancers and multi-level marketers achieve their entrepreneurial goals while building and strengthening their personal brands.

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Multi-unit Ownership: Is it Right For You?

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There are many reasons to consider multi-unit ownership and especially in today’s business environment when many prime locations are becoming available by the day. Single and multi-unit franchisees seeking to capitalize on these opportunities may or may not be right to expand their business by adding locations unless they’re effectively prepared to do so to ensure success.

Typically, expansion is the result of an opportunity or challenge that presents itself – an empty building, a fellow franchisee going out of business and even a competitor expanding into the local market. Unfortunately, many fail transitioning from single unit operations to multi-unit as well as expansion from one market to another or even from one side of town to the opposite side of town.

The key to multi-unit success is being prepared, developing a plan and most importantly, answering very important questions with honest responses. Listed below are some of those questions:

Why does multi-unit ownership excite you? What does a day-in-the-life of a multi-unit operator entail? What do you hope to achieve thru multi-unit ownership? What is your long-term vision with multi-unit ownership? What skills are required for successful multi-unit ownership? Would you consider your current operation a success?

How important are systems to a multi-unit operation? Will you operate two businesses or one enterprise? How will your responsibilities change in a multi-unit operation? Do you enjoy managing people? Do you delegate well? How important is record-keeping to a multi-unit operation? How important is accountability to short and long-term success?

Is bigger really better (and easier)? Is it truly perception or reality? Does one plus one equal two, three, one, or zero? Beyond financial benefits, how does economy of scale present additional advantages?

How important is location to your long-term vision? Why is location of the second or next store or restaurant critically important to a multi-unit operation? Is there really economy of scale in marketing and public relations for a multi-unit operation? What will be necessary to capitalize on economy of scale possibilities?

Can your decision stand the test of time? How do you know when you’re ready to further explore multi-unit ownership? What steps must be taken to get from thought to reality? How must you prepare for multi-unit ownership?

What happens if the second or next location fails? What happens if the first or other location(s) is/are adversely affected by the new location(s)? What happens when you want to retire or move on? Does this complicate your exit strategy goals?

How will multi-unit ownership affect your personal life? Understanding risks involved, are you willing to proceed? Are you comfortable with being an entrepreneur as opposed to just a business owner? Are you considering multi-unit for the right reasons? Are you (truly) committed to move forward? Do you NEED to do this now? Do you REALLY NEED to do this now? AND… do you truly love what you’ve been doing up to this point?

Upon honestly answering these questions you’ll have a snapshot of things you may need to put into place and/or improve upon along with a better idea of whether or not multi-unit ownership is right for you.

Note: Franchisors should require franchisees requesting multi-unit ownership to answer these questions and utilize the responses as part of their approval process.

QSR & Pizza Fueling Franchise Growth

Fast-Food-2Each year the International Franchise Association commissions a study from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) on the economic impact of franchising in the U.S. Highlights from that study include the following:

  • Taking into account the indirect impact of franchised businesses, business format franchises support more than 13.2 million jobs, $1.6 trillion in economic output for the U.S. economy, and 5.8 percent of the country’s GDP.
  • Franchise businesses provided more jobs in 2016 than wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, nondurable goods manufacturing, and information (including software and print publishing, motion pictures and videos, radio and television broadcasting, and telecommunications carriers and resellers).
  • Quick service restaurants (QSR) is the largest category, representing 25 percent of all franchise establishments and 45.5 percent of all franchise jobs.
  • Jobs supported because of franchise businesses were at least 10 percent of the private sector nonfarm workforce in 33 states, and at least 6 percent in every state.
  • The number of people employed by franchises is greatest in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.
  • Franchisees own and operate 88 percent of all business format franchise establishments and franchisors own and operate 12 percent.

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Quick Serve Franchise Sector Continues to Blaze a Trail for Franchising

There is little doubt that the franchise industry is undergoing significant changes fueled in great part by the success of various PE firms that began in the QSR sector. As other franchise sectors are targeted by PE investors, the competitive environment in those sectors will become more challenging. In order to prepare for these challenges, small to medium sized franchises will need to become successful franchise systems that produces sustained system growth, successful franchisees and an efficient operating system.

Multi-unit franchisee ownership that originated in the QSR sector continues to increase as franchisors seek large multi-unit franchisees that can own and operate more franchise units.This ownership model provides organizational stability, ample financial resources, sustained growth and economies of scale to the franchisee operation.

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Who’s Winning the Pizza Wars?

Welcome to the pizza wars, where brands big and small, quick-service and fast-casual alike face two choices: pick up the pace and earn relevancy through definitive, clear marketplace differentiation or step aside.

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Is Franchising the Right Way to Grow Your Restaurant Business… or Any Business, for That Matter?

This past January I presented a webinar for RestaurantOwner.com about the ins and outs of franchising a restaurant business. Special attention was also placed on preparing to franchise and how doing so could significantly improve the business itself and provide a road map for multi-unit operations – even without actually proceeding into franchising.

Well, the response after the event was quite robust and led to us performing a number of franchise feasibility studies for independent restaurant owners in various markets across the country. Our recommendations were split on whether to franchise or stay the course as an independent operation. In the coming months, we’ll be able to see how our recommendations play out. In the meantime, interest remains high, not only for restaurants but also non-foodservice operations across a multitude of industries and industry segments exploring franchising as an expansion or growth strategy.

RSG_Logo_Rev3.pngLast month, in Restaurant Startup & Growth magazine, a RestaurantOwner.com publication, appeared an article by the RS&G staff, taking a deep dive into my webinar and philosophy about franchising a business. The article started out…

Some of the most successful brands – in any sector – are franchises. In the restaurant business, they are household names. For many independent operators, franchising their concept is the so-called “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”. Before you take that leap, there are a lot of small and critical steps to consider.

The rest of the article, Baby Steps – Is Franchising the Right Way to Grow Your Restaurant Business? may be read on pages 42-47 by clicking HERE.