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Real Estate Franchisor Re/Max Goes Public

NEW YORK—Shares of Re/Max Holdings, Inc. on Wednesday were publicly trading for the first time on Wednesday under the ticker symbol "RMAX". The Denver-based firm is considered the country's largest franchisor of real estate brokerage services.

Avis Franchisee Receives $19 Million Award…with Glitch

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Sister rent-a-car companies rub shoulders with each other at Louisville International Airport. photo/bmm

ANCHORAGE – Franchisee Robert C. Halcro has now been paid his $19.2 million award, a result from his agonizing 10-year litigation against the Goliath car rental company.

New Labor Rules Increase Pay for Home Care Workers. Could Impact Franchise Sector

Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974 but in 2015 nearly 2 million home health care workers who help the elderly and disabled will be eligible to be paid federal minimum wage and OT. There are over 4,500 home care franchises in the United States.

Dish Network's Dying Interest in Blockbuster

Entrance to Blockbuster
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After Dish Network bought out of bankruptcy Blockbuster Video for a net purchase price of $234 million in 2011, part of its strategy was to jump into the wireless business. It envisioned selling smartphones and wireless service at the video rental retail stores.

Giant Real Estate Brokerage Re/Max Files for IPO

Re/Max at Park Place, NYC
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DENVER—Re/MAX, one of the world's largest real estate brokerage franchisors, announced yesterday that it has publicly filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of stock. The timing of the IPO has not yet been determined.

Gold’s Gym Looks for Next Superman CEO

Superman statue at the San Diego Comic Con
Superman statue at San Diego Comic Con. photo/Gage Skidmore

Since 2006, Gold's Gym has had just about one CEO for every calendar year – six. Gold's is currently searching for their next.

NBC Looks at AAMCO: Franchise Nightmare?

Washington's News4 I-Team investigates a mess of a situation at auto repair chain AAMCO, where they show that some franchise owners say they're now stuck in a financial nightmare.

TECHNOLOGY: Keller Williams Realty Releases Agent-Branded Mobile Search App

AUSTIN—Keller Williams Realty, a large real estate franchising company, is trying to make its franchisees' job easier. It announced last week the release of a mobile app customized for each of its 88,000 associates.

Q&A: BrightStar’s Shelly Sun on Smart Franchising

BrightStar's Shelly Sun speaks at the 50th anniversary of the International Franchise Association
Shelly Sun speaks at the Int'l Franchise Association's 50th annual convention. photo/fishmanpr

CHICAGO—Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, spoke with Blue MauMau at the end of 2012 about managing a chain that has now grown to 258 healthcare agencies, spanning from California to New York, 36 states in all.

Q&A: Who Do Franchisees Appreciate? BrightStar's Shelly Sun

BrightStar's CEO Shelly Sun speaks to members of the Int'l Franchise Association, 2010
Sun speaks at a 2010 International Franchise Association Conference

CHICAGO—Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care, spoke with Blue MauMau at the end of 2012 about the managing of a chain of now 258 healthcare agencies that sprawl from California to New York, 36 states in all. She started franchising the concept in 2005.