A Post-Mortem on the RRF

So, earlier in this issue, we talked about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund being closed and out of funds. Seems like a post-mortem on the program might be an interesting exercise? Well, it turns out that Subway franchisees were the biggest recipients – in fact, of the 272,000 applications submitted, almost 2,900 Subway restaurants received funding…

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Class Actions and Sales Tax cases

As we comb the courts for examples of cases involving franchising, restaurants and labor law, we try to home in on those that could impact Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. In this issue of Independent Joe, we want to bring you up to date on a series of cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which…

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Is Guaranteed Financing Possible?

QSR reports that an innovative lending model that leverages the assets of a franchisor might be the answer to operators’ woes in this post-recession climate.

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Franchisees Can Play More Than A Tactical Role, If You Let Them.

David Farkas writes at Chain Leader that some years ago, a MaggieMoo’s franchisee in Columbus, Ohio, wanted to make a few bucks peddling coffee in the morning. Seemed like a good idea; he didn’t sell his first ice-cream cone until 11 a.m. yet paid rent for the entire day. He bought point-of-purchase displays and equipment, got franchisor approval and fired up his pots.

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