Fit Kids America Improving Children’s Health, One Class At A Time

Since its 2005 opening in Carlsbad, CA, Fit Kids has grown exponentially, now offering over 300 classes per week in the Southern California area. Fit Kids America strives to fight childhood obesity by inspiring kids at a young age to find the love of fitness. By incorporating movement at a young age, chances are kids […]


Kiddie Academy Continues to Add Locations, Impact Communities

A nationally recognized provider of comprehensive education-based child care, Kiddie Academy, has recently expanded into Naperville, Illinois; West Caldwell, New Jersey and O’Fallon, Missouri, all within the last month. The child care company was founded in 1981, and has been franchising since 1992. The new additions will join the already 117 locations in the system […]


The Little Gym Honored With Franchise Satisfaction Award

Independent market research firms, The Franchise Business Review, has recently announced the results of their annual survey of companies with the highest satisfaction rankings. The Little Gym International is proud to be honored with a 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. The Little Gym is the world’s premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids 4 […]


IFA Supports Forty-Hour Work Week To Promote Franchise Growth

The International Franchise Association has come out supporting H.R. 2575, otherwise known as the Save American Workers Act, sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). It’s proposed outcome would change the definition of a full-time employee in the Affordable Care Act. The IFA has emphasized that the employer mandate would discourage job creation and business expansion, […]

New Franchise Alert! – Oodles Learning Center and Kids Gym

Oodles Learning Center and Kids Gym is a business that provides young children a place to play, and older children a place to learn and study. Parents are welcome to participate with kids as well, and the space will be available to host children’s birthday parties and other events. Additionally, there is tutoring and programs for various […]


Popular Children’s Education Franchise Brings Program to Europe

The owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island, Creative Learning Corporation, have announced it’s first Bricks 4 Kidz franchise in Ireland. The highly-popular children’s education program will be located in Belfast. This new addition to the Bricks 4 Kidz family brings the total number of franchises to 522. The owners of the […]

Senior Care Franchise Resale

Rapidly Growing In-Home Senior Care Service For Sale In Inland Empire In home care terriotory in 8th year of operation in lucrative franchised area. Business is in rapid projectory of growth. Industry is booming also due to aging population. Asking Price: $249,000 Annual Revenues: $665,551 Annual Adjusted Net: $99,793

Senior Care Franchise Resale

Upland Home Care Franchise For Sale In Upland Three year old Private Duty Home Care Agency for sale in the Inland Empire/San Gabriel Valley areas of Southern California. Part of nationally known franchise brand which is ranked by Franchise Business Review in the top 5 in terms of growth. Senior care is a $55 Billion […]


Healthcare Professionals Use Experience in Opening Home Helpers & Direct Link Franchises

Kelly and Wayne Hadley have 20 year of healthcare experience, and now they are opening their new business, Home Helpers & Direct Link of the Treasure Coast. Home Helpers is the nation’s leading franchise specializes in home care for seniors, new mothers, and any individuals needing recuperative and continued assistance. Direct Link has a proprietary […]


Entrepreneurial Couple Finds Success with TruBlue Franchise

While living in the Northeast, Jeff and Bonnie Brasure were finding it difficult to locate a reputable full-service company to care for their retirement home in Florida. So when they decided to move to Florida, they decided to take charge and open TruBlue of St. Cloud, which they just launched at the end of February. […]


SBA Promotes Vet Owned Businesses Through “Boots To Business”

The United States Small Business Administration has announced that it has awarded a $3 million grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). This grant is part of the “Boots to Business” program the SBA has instituted. Together with the university, it will deliver entrepreneurship education and training to transitioning service members. […]


Survey Finds Multi-Unit Franchising Gaining in Popularity

According to a new report by the Franchise Business Review, more and more franchise owners are buying multiple stores and territories, sometimes within multiple brands. This report is based on the satisfaction of over 6,600 multi-unit franchisees from over 300 companies. They used this data to determine the best brands for owning multiple locations. “In […]


Education Firm to Train Senior Care Franchisees

The largest in-home non-medical care franchisor in America, Home Instead, Inc., has partnered with the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed), using them as a vendor for online CAREGiver training. This new initiative allows franchise owners who purchase ICPed’s training programs to become state compliant. Home Instead has been a leader in the home care […]


Three Young Entrepreneurs Realize Goals and Find Opportunity When Opening Franchise

As young professionals, John McClure, 27, and husband and wife Mike and Katie Corey wanted to do something that would make a difference within their community. They found this opportunity by opening a Caring Transitions location, which opened last month. Caring Transitions specializes in moving and relocation for older adults who are moving into a […]


Home Care Franchise Aims to Reduce Costly Hospital Readmissions

It’s no secret that America has been struggling with sky rocketing health care costs. Congress, the Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid have all placed importance on eliminating avoidable hospital readmissions. These are usually caused by the lack of post-hospitalization care, failure to stick with prescribed medication, or therapy regimens and lack of support and supervision […]


Small Business Owners May Receive Tax Credits Under The Affordable Care Act

Tax consulting experts have been advising small business owners that they can use the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to offset mandatory increased insurance coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act. “The mandatory increased insurance coverage for employees (for small companies) as proscribed by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 initially had many […]

New Franchise Alert ! – ActiveRx

With a large population of aging baby-boomers, there will soon be a big demand for elder care and health resources. As we age, our strength and mobility decrease. This is where ActiveRX comes in. The franchise business provides Active Aging Centers where adults 55 and older will receive specialized care that enables them to gain […]


IFA Reacts to SBA Leader’s Confirmation

Steve Caldeira, President and CEO of The International Franchise Association, has release the following statement in regards to the Senate confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet. She will be the new leader of the Small Business Administration.   “We applaud the Senate for confirming Maria Contreras-Sweet’s nomination and look forward to working together to ensure the voice […]


Analytics Company Assists Small Businesses in Finding Perfect Locations

It is no secret that one of the main factor in a business’ success is location. In fact, the Small Business Administration sites poor location as one of the top 3 major reasons for business failure. This is where PiinPoint comes in. The company has created a web-based tool that helps companies identify ideal sites […]


Getting Your Social Media Efforts To Pay Off

In a recent survey, it was found that over 80% of small businesses are currently using social media. Yet over half of these businesses say that these efforts aren’t paying off. The survey, conducted by Provoke Insights, shows five key areas to aid small businesses in effective social media initiatives.   1. Write out a […]

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Considerations Before Franchising Your Restaurant

Restaurateurs with a successful business may assume that franchising is the best way to expand. However, attorney Tom Pitegoff has outlined circumstances in which the popular model can be a poor strategic choice for brand growth. “A fine restaurant is not easily cloned,” writes the veteran franchise attorney, who is based in the national law firm’s […]


SBA Honors The Country’s Best Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration recently announced the nominees of this year’s Small Business Person of the Year award. The businesses range from bakeries, to architecture firms, to woodworking. The outstanding businesses and their executives will be honored in Washington D.C. on May 15-16. During National Small Business Week, winners of the Small Business Person of […]


Text Message Marketing For Your Small Business

Text message marketing, or otherwise known as “text marketing” or “SMS Marketing” is a current form of marketing that small businesses can utilize by sending consumers within their proximity offers via SMS. “Some people are predicting the end of SMS marketing in the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatApp. But for most small businesses, finding […]


Effective SEO Tips For B2B and Small Businesses

Google is constantly changing and updating its algorithm to aid users in finding relevant results from their queries. Because of this, small businesses must stay on top of the current SEO trends to have their websites found easily through the search engine. Web marketing agency Bop Design, of San Diego, recently released tips designed to […]


Your Customers Want Easier Online Ordering

Logicbroker Inc, a provider of EDI and eCommerce integrations, has released the results of a survey that shows what customers care about when it comes to ordering online, and how companies can improve the process. The survey was conducted by asking 50 high-level executives who attended the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Conference. According to 72% of […]


Will Raising the Minimum Wage Hurt Small Businesses?

The nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, Express Employment Professionals, has released the results of a survey that asked employers what they think the minimum wage hike will do to their businesses. President Obama has proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Because of this, 38 percent of employers who currently pay employees […]


7 Tax Tips For Small and Home-Based Businesses

It is estimated that one-third of taxpayers wait until the last 30 days leading up to the filing deadline, losing opportunities to save on taxes when a strategy could have been used throughout the year. This rings true for many small and home-based business owners who are serial “late filers”, who miss out on tax […]


Subway Locations Welcome Within Hospitals Thanks to Healthy Options

The Subway chain opened over 2,700 new locations last year, creating over 27,000 new jobs through the franchisees, bringing healthier foods to consumers. Within the new locations, 39 of them were located inside of hospitals, bringing the total hospitals and health care facilities where the brand is located to 250 worldwide. “In addition to offering […]

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SBA Awarding Grants to Tech Driven Small Businesses

It was just announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration will award grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to support programs for small businesses that are technology driven. This is all brought about under the SBA’s Federal and State Technology partnership program. Applications for grants are currently […]

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Psst. Your Target Audience is Watching Cat Videos

Content marketing has become critical to the growth and success of today’s entrepreneurial endeavors.  And the cold, hard truth is…your target audience is probably watching cat videos. OH! Did you see the one about the cat stealing the pizza? SO funny! Er…back to the subject at hand. Cat videos are dominating the internet with a proven track […]

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How to Get Online Fans to Do Real World Tasks

For small and large brands with strong social media programs, it’s easy to gather likes and shares, but it’s often a challenge to get your audiences, fans or followers to do specific, tangible actions in the real world.  It’s a common problem but can be solved with just a few simple steps. Engaging with a brand […]


Music/Media Startup Launching Platform at SXSW

The MIT-founded music/media startup, AudioCommon, has announced that it will launch its music collaboration and sharing platform at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year. “This is an important step for our company and the larger music industry,” said AudioCommon Co-Founder and CEO Phil Cohen. “We’re a team of musicians and we care about the independent […]

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Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon Technology Showcased at SXSW

The creators of the world’s most trusted event app platform, Eventbase Technology, Inc., has launched an iBeacon™ powered app at SXSW, taking place in Austin this week. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), otherwise known as Bluetooth Smart and iBeacon™ (by Apple), is a game-changing technology that allows smartphone and tablet users to detect beacons and interact […]


House Committee Introduces Bills To Help Small Businesses Get Federal Contracts

According to the US Federal Contractor Registration, two bills have been introduced by the House Small Business Committee this week. The 2014 Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act and the 2014 Contracting Data and Bundling Accountability Act would increase federal contracting goals for small business and increase transparency in bundled contracts. Director of Marketing for […]

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Are You Annoying Your Social Media Followers?

According to a new LinkedIn study, over 80 percent of small and medium-sized businesses use social media. Of this percentage, 94 percent use the networks to market their business. Being active online can come with risks, including the chance that one is developing annoying social media habits. “We all have a pretty good idea of […]

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Software CEO Hosting Startup and Small Business Funding Event At SXSW

Serial entrepreneur and CEO of Palo Alto Software, Sabrina Parsons, will be hosting an interactive mentor session at SXSW Interactive. She will be offering advice for startups on how to generate revenue and cash. The session is titled “Startup: The Path to Revenue and Cash”, and will provide insight and advice on growth for startups […]


Anytime Fitness Gets New Investment For Continued Expansion

The world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness franchise, Anytime Fitness, has announced that an affiliate of Roark Capital Group has made an investment in the company. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Anytime Fitness No. 1 in their annual Franchise 500® list. The chain has opened at least 250 new clubs every year for the last six years, allowing […]


SXSW Interactive Announces Startup Competition Finalists

The annual South by Southwest Festival is about to kick off in Austin, Texas. The giant festival plays host to a massive crowd of musicians, tech experts, film makers, and presenters. Recently, South by Southwest Interactive announced the finalists for the sixth annual SXSW Accelerator competition, presented by Oracle. This event will take place the […]

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5 Tips For Content Marketing

Forbes recently posted an article titled “How To Do Content Marketing Right,” wherein they show how content marketing has become the leading strategy for many businesses. What used to be a small group of online bloggers has become an entire industry itself. Content marketing is now essential to any business’ online marketing, and must be […]

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10 Mobile Email Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

The email marketing service provider and creators of Franchise Market Automation, StreamSend, is revealing to small businesses ten ways they can connect better with their customers through mobile email marketing. “Whether it’s for businesses, agencies or franchise marketers, mobile email has become an increasingly important part of how they reach and keep their customers,” said Dan […]


Companies At IFA Convention Continue to Give Veterans Discounts For Starting Franchises

Last week in New Orleans, the International Franchise Association (IFA) celebrated its 49th annual convention with record attendance of almost 3300 franchise executives. Industry heads of brands of various companies such as Two Men & A Truck, Lawn Army, Home Instead, Yellow Van Handyman, Valvoline, Menchies, UPS Store, and Jersey Mikes Subs were all on […]

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Small Business Association Report: Improving Economic Outlook For This Year

Economic outlook continues to gain confidence among America’s small business owners. This, according to the 2013 Year-End Economic Report by the National Small Business Association (NSBA). Nearly half of those polled said the economy is better off today compared to five years ago, making it the highest economic outlook in six years. “Despite the fact […]


After IFA Convention, Smoothie King Releases Incentive Program For New Franchisees

Shortly after the end of the IFA Annual Convention in their home city of New Orleans, Smoothie King Franchise, Inc. has announced a development incentive program that provides new franchises the opportunity to save big when signing a multi-unit agreement. These franchisees will take part in the “3-Point Play” development deal wherein they will receive […]


Small Business Online Marketing (Infographic)

SCORE, America’s small business mentors, have gathered data that proves just how effective websites, online marketing, social media, blog content, and mobile optimization are when helping customers find, and ultimately purchase from a small business. This is true for both in-person at brick-and-mortar locations, as well as online. This month, SCORE has shared an infographic […]

New Franchise Alert! – Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus is a franchise business that sells pet foods, supplies, pets, and offers grooming and bathing services. There are two franchise systems available for investment, a large and small store. The large store franchise can cost between $394,500 and $1,098,709, while the small store model ranges from $291,000 to $876,000. There are over […]


5 Marketing Mistakes that Impede Small Businesses Growth

It’s all about marketing. Active and consistent marketing is essential to the growth of any business. You might have the best product or service, but if no one knows about it, it doesn’t matter. In order to keep your market share, you need to actively promote in every facet of a business. Here are some […]


IFA Bestows Highest Honor to Franchise Executive During 54th Annual Convention

The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation has presented its highest honor during their 54th Annual Convention. The William Rosenberg Leadership Award was presented to Jim Squire, CFE, executive vice president and chief development officer of Firestorm. The prestigious award is presented every year to “an individual who has made a significant contribution to franchise […]

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Spa Franchise Meets The Demand For Athletic Massage

Olympic Games athletes know just how beneficial massage therapy can be for athletic training, helping both male and female athletes improve performance, prevent injury, and speed recovery. One company, Spavia day spa, is seeing major growth in athlete demand for their message therapy services. “Over the last several years, we’ve seen a substantial increase in […]


Benetrends Creates $100 Million Financing Program For IFA Members

Benetrends has announced the creation of a new $100 million franchise financing program. As the trusted leader in franchise funding, the company has created this program to help International Franchise Association (IFA) franchise members provide candidates with access to capital for new location development. One rapidly growing franchise, Hand & Stone, is the first franchisor […]