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Among 3 New Fast-Casual Pizza Chains, Transparency Pays

Do franchise buyers want to know how much a franchise can make? And even if buyers want it, does it pay for franchisors to disclose it?

Fit Body Boot Camp’s Questionable Claims Should Give Franchise Investors the Heebie-Jeebies

Last week the Federal Trade Commission reprimanded Southern California-based franchisor Fit Body Boot Camp for deceptively stating that the FTC endorses the fitness franchise and even ranks it highly. Although Fit Body apologized, the franchisor's bogus claim could potentially land it in trouble with the authorities.

Accuracy, the Twin Brother of Honesty

When it comes to barbecue chain Famous Dave's of America Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE), there is at least one area of confusion within the company: How many franchises does the franchising firm actually have? Update Aug 14: Blue MauMau has just received a response from chief financial officer Richard Pawlowski about how many franchise units Famous Dave's actually has.

The Road to Carvel Is Paved with Franchise Failure

The Carvel chain has melted over the years from its high of 850 franchises to a puddle of 367 franchises. The Street reports that only 275 are full-service shops. Carvel, bought by private equity firm Roark Capital Group in 2001, wants change. The 80-year-old brand has a plan to put lipstick on this franchise pig.

If You Do This...Then You Might be a Franchisor

I had a little fun this morning on Twitter with a variation of "If you do this... then you might be a redneck" theme of comedienne Jeff Foxworthy fame.

Subway’s President Fred DeLuca Diagnosed with Leukemia

It is being heard this morning from within the Subway sandwich chain that founder Fred DeLuca fell ill in Toronto. He was diagnosed in Canada with pneumonia and leukemia. He was air lifted to Yale Medical Center in Connecticut, close to company headquarters. Most likely a company statement will be issued soon.

Six Books Every Franchise Regulator and Lawmaker Should Read

Bait, bankruptcy, balance, plunder, partiality and power are six words that describe half a dozen must-read books for franchise regulators and lawmakers. Every regulator, lawmaker and even owner-operator who wants to understand the franchise legal environment that they work in should read these.

Franchise Buying Advice that Sellers Won't Say

I was emailed by FranchiseGator, an online directory of franchises to buy,  who asked what the best quick advice I would give to someone who was considering a franchise.

Lessons for Kumon: Building Consensus the Japanese Way

Akio Tsunoda, president of the Japanese holding company, Kumon Institute of Education Co., told a global management forum back in 2010 about its franchise services to its learning center owners. "I think our overseas operations are supported by our know-how, which is easily adopted in any country."

Blue MauMau News Site Attacked, Crashes

The Blue MauMau site, a news service for franchise and small business owners, was maliciously attacked by a disruption in service (DoS) software program.