The Real Deal: Life Lessons From A 13-Year-Old - I have had the good fortune to experience and witness many professionals who truly know how to serve. However, one person in particular consistently blows me away by how he builds rapport instantly with strangers and learns so much about them in only a short conversation. La Madeleine Refranchising For Aggressive Growth - La Madeleine Turning to Refranchising and Looking for Multi-Unit Operators to Spur Rapid Growth in an Effort to Double the Brand's Size in 5 Years. Area Representative And Multi-Unit Franchisee To Expand Marco's Pizza - Marco's Pizza Teams Up With Multi-Unit Franchisee and Area Representative To Ramp Up the Brand's Growth in Montana. First Prize Rose: Harry Rose Shows How It's Done - Harry Rose, founder and chairman of The Rose Group, is a winner. In 2016, for the second year in a row, Applebee's named Rose its Franchisee of the Year. The Gig Economy: Managing Employees In A Changing World - We often hear about the wage gap. But one emerging reality from the trend of the flexible economy is a tax classification gap. Reputation Management On The Local Level - Control and project a positive image in the communities where you operate franchise locations. Generating respect can make you a "local hero" and boost your business. Efforts To Reduce Regulatory Burden On Small Business Owners - Senator files regulatory reform bills in an effort to counter numerous regulations that burden franchisees and other small business operators. Channeling Dave (Thomas): JAE Soars From 13 To 179 Wendy's - Eddie Rodriguez, one of the 10 largest Wendy's franchisees, says he has never worked a day in his life. After 43 years in franchising, Rodriguez continues his relentless dedication to growing a brand he believes in--and in expanding it beyond his company's 179 Wendy's locations in Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. Got EMV?: Why You Should, And What's Ahead - The chip card (EMV) deadline passed in October 2015. Yet according to industry accounts, fewer than 50 percent of retail and restaurant outlets were set up by the end of December 2016 to accept cards this way. Mapping Out The Road To Success - The only guaranteed way to be prepared for a change in leadership that doesn't create culture shock is through forethought and planning. Start Spreading The News - Franchisees need to be telling their story to legislators and the public. It's one of the best ways to eliminate misperceptions about how small businesses operate. Brotherhood Of Friends: Chalak Mitra Group Spreads To 27 States - Al Bhakta is proof that friends can be successful in business together. As managing director of the Dallas-based Chalak Mitra Group of Companies, Bhakta is one of seven longtime friends who have made wise business decisions together through the years. Disciplined And Relentless: Global Basketball Player Transitions To Franchising - K'Zell "Zelly" Wesson took his pro basketball career global more than 17 years ago. He currently plays in Turkey as a forward for Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor, a team in the Turkish Basketball League. But the 6-foot-7-inch Wesson is also making sure he's got game as he nears the end of his playing days--by investing in and growing a chain of Workout Anytime fitness gyms in the USA. Chairwoman Foxx To Keynote At CFA Day Forum - CFA Day Forum will feature pro-business Congresswoman Virginia Foxx as keynote speaker. The event will also offer franchisees the opportunity to walk the halls of Congress and meet with representatives. Compliance Challenges And Franchise Growth - Local and federal laws are growing and affecting franchise operations in an increasing manner. Franchisees must be aware of the laws that affect them and be in compliance or risk dire consequences. Regulatory Unburdening?: An End To Uncertainty--but What Lies Ahead? - Uncertainty is the bane of business. Although the regulatory environment of the past few years seemed bent on attacking the franchise business model, the early drama and politics of the incoming administration seem to be creating a new kind of uncertainty. Franchise Update Goes International! - Going international? So are we! This past December, Franchise Update Media co-produced its first conference in Europe, partnering with the Best Franchisee of the World. A Trump Effect On Your Estate Taxes? - Politics, federal law, and franchisee assets. There are several significant steps that can be taken to help reduce estate taxes. Adding Sonic To The Mix - Texas-based multi-concept franchisee builds portfolio by purchasing 53 San Antonio Sonic locations as part of the brand's refranchising efforts. Revving Up For Growth: Tropical Smoothie Franchisee And AD Adds New Concept - Sam Osborne is the longest-running franchisee in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe system. That says a lot about him, as well as the brand. He's been a part of the smoothie chain for nearly two decades, as both an operator and an area developer in Florida.