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Alternative-lifestyle franchises are booming

Alternative-lifestyle franchises are booming

From back rubs to health food, alternative-lifestyle franchises are booming Who knew that you could franchise the concept of getting business owners together to talk shop? Minneapolis entrepreneur Norm Stoehr thought so; he put a New Age spin on the idea and turned it into a national franchise chain. Stoehr’s company, Inner Circle International Ltd., sponsors encounter groups for entrepreneurs from noncompeting businesses. Meetings are a blend of camaraderie and tough love: members vent about the
How to find and build a cash-cow franchise

How to find and build a cash-cow franchise

How to find and build a cash-cow franchise — even if you have very little cash of your own We wouldn’t fault you for thinking that the best way to build significant wealth in franchising is to spend significant money up front. Or, to put it another way, you get what you pay for. While there’s an argument to be made for paying for quality, there’s another side to this coin: searching out value. The best
Business-to-business franchises are booming

Business-to-business franchises are booming

Companies outsource services they once performed in-house Long ago, U.S. corporations used to handle their own public relations, their own accounting, their own hiring. They had work crews to address equipment failure; some even did their own printing. Then downsizing swept through corporate America like an Old Testament plague. Companies grew lean and mean; outsourcing became the name of the game. And suddenly the hills were alive with the sound of pink-slipped middle managers typing their
One of the steepest growth curves in franchising history

One of the steepest growth curves in franchising history

Piping-Hot Performance: How Papa John’s founder John Schnatter negotiated one of the steepest growth curves in franchising history Recently, patrons of the Papa John1s pizza franchise in downtown Louisville got a big surprise. The man serving them their pies wasn’t just any old chef. It was John Schnatter himself, the highly visible CEO and founder of Papa John’s. Seems he’d dropped by to say hello to the store1s owner – his wife, Annette – and discovered