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General advice relating to the acquisition and opration of franchises, primarily from a legal perspective.

Four Ways to Succeed in Today's Changing Restaurant Business

Steve DeSutter, CEO of FOCUS Brands, the parent company of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Cinnabon, Carvel, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky's, drew on his many years in the foodservice industry to identify four trends for the benefit of his audience at last week's International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Presidents Conference in Phoenix.

What Franchise Tenants Need to Know About Evaluating Various Building Types

As we explain in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals For Dummies, not all buildings or properties are created equally. The more you can think like your customer, the more likely you are to choose the right location for your business.

Top Restaurant Executives Hear Startling Words about Reaching Success

Larry Winget, a professional speaker and best-selling author, is looked upon by many people as a bracing change of pace when he tells them what he sees working in reaching success, although not everyone appreciates his unconventional approach.

Disney Historian Says Small Business Owners Can Learn from Walt

Walt Disney has been gone nearly 48 years, but today's small business owners can learn much from him, says Jim Korkis, a former Disney employee and now author and walking Disney encyclopedia.

Franchisees, Remember These When Renewing Your Commercial Lease

Get organized and do your homework.  Getting organized and beginning the lease renewal process should start nine - twelve months in advance for franchise tenants leasing retai

Negotiating Your Commercial Lease Assignment When Buying or Selling A Franchise

If you are looking to buy or sell an existing franchise, don’t overlook the commercial lease assignment. To define this term, a lease assignment is an agreement or procedure that transfers the leasehold interest and obligations from one tenant to another therefore a new lease does not have to be prepared.

Seven Questions to Ask Your Franchisor before Leasing Commercial Space

Whenever we speak at major franchise shows there are always plenty of attendees at our leasing seminars and workshops.

Yum! Brands CEO on Effective Business Leaders

An effective business leader is alert to discovering the talents and abilities in the people in his organization and those interviewed in the hiring process, seeking to put them to best use for the firm.

What Franchisee Tenants Need to Know About Real Estate Agents

As we explain in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals For Dummies, there are approximately 3,000 franchise systems in North America and perhaps 90 percent of them lease commercial space for their business operations.