News & Current Events Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

QSR Crowns McDonalds as Top Restaurant; Subway Follows a Close Second

McDonald’s, one of the most popular and leading fast food chains in the world, is trumping all others in the limited-service restaurant segment, QSR Magazine revealed in its yearly rundown of America’s 50 top-performing food brands. In its recently released 2014 QSR 50 list, the leading business-to-business online magazine celebrates the success of players in [...]

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Chick-fil-A Record Profits: $230 Million

Chick-fil-A, the family owned fast food chain based in Atlanta, Georgia, is still a financially sound business after nearly seven decades of operations, a recent report by a Privco, business and financial research agency focusing on leading privately-held companies. S. Truett Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, and had since been the pride of Southern United States. Now [...]

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Burger King and Tim Hortons – $11 Billion Buyout Deal

Burger King and Tim Hortons have made the formal announcement of an $11 billion deal for the iconic American brand of fries and Whoppers to acquire the doughnut and coffee shop that has brought with it a signature Canadian distinction. Berkshire Hathaway Inc., owned by billionaire Warren Buffett’s, will be investing in the buyout through [...]

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Carl’s Jr Reveals 10-Year Plan to Open 100 Restaurants in India

One of the biggest conquests a business can have is making its presence felt worldwide. Being able to cater to the global market is a fundamental step to establishing a brand and making it a household name. For businesses and franchises, going international can mean setting the bar high in terms of operations, in order [...]

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NLRB Ruling – Future of Hotel Franchising Model in Question

McDonald’s, one of the biggest names in the fast food franchising industry, is taking a beating from the numerous complaints filed against for the alleged violation of the rights of its franchisees’ employees. A ruling by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board may pave the way for a radical change, not only in the franchisor’s [...]

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Recovering Economy Burdens Business Owners with Higher Taxes

Entrepreneurs, no matter where they go and what they do, can’t escape taxes. Business owners, regardless of their type, size or industry of the venture they are running, are mandated by law to pay up. In the wake of a recovering economy, heavier taxes are keeping businesses on their toes. Experts recognize that there is [...]

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McDonald’s and Chipotle Battle It Out

As McDonald’s struggles with flat-lining, even falling, sales in and outside North America, Chipotle continues with its unprecedented rise. Quarterly reports indicate that the largest food chain in the world has dropped 3.3% in same-stores revenue, coupled with unimpressive customer traffic which is seen as a result of its recent price hikes. Chipotle, on the [...]

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McDonald’s Global Strategy & International Plan

Declining sales and sluggish customer traffic may eventually spell out even bigger problems for McDonald’s, compelling the world’s biggest burger fast-food chain to roll out changes and work toward enhancing business systems on a global level. McDonald’s recently revealed it suffered a gloomy 3.3% sales drop, according to its 3rd quarter report. The decline was [...]

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August Job Stats Not as Promising as Projected

Amidst the data pointing to an improving economy, statistics involving the employment of Americans failed to meet expectations as of August 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Unemployment rate slumped to 6.1% but hiring was less than the 225,000projections by economists. There were only 142,000 jobs added as of August 2014, the statistics [...]

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Dunkin’ Donuts – Innovative Changes Underway to Boost Sales

Dunkin’ Donuts, the iconic brand dominating over 50% of the American doughnuts market, is acknowledging it is high time to step up to the changing consumer needs. While third quarter earnings showed an increase of 2% in the Dunkin U.S. segment and 5.8% for sister brand Baskin-Robbins, the numbers failed to hit targets. Alongside the [...]

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Smoothie King CEO: “Smoothies with a Purpose” Can Change the World

It is no secret that many food choices these days continue to prioritize flavor over fitness. For one, the dominating food franchises in the United States serve up the traditional burger-and-fries tandem. Beverages and smoothies are mostly concoctions of sweeteners, flavoring and coloring ingredients that are undeniably as thirst-quenching as they are visually pleasing. Smoothie [...]

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Small Businesses Are Finding It Easier To Get Bank Loans

Businesses have had enough of the credit crunch, a global economic issue that, to say the least, tormented not only consumers but also entrepreneurs who need loans for start-ups and business growth. The onslaught of the recession was marked by restrictions on loan availability and generally limited loan resources, heightened difficulty in meeting requirements, tensed [...]

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Small Business For Mit Romney

Entrepreneur.com shares the results of a survey conducted around the first week of August by Manta.com.  The respondents are about 2,000 small business owners who were asked what political issue affects their small businesses.  Twenty percent of the respondents answered health care and tax policy as having the most impact on their companies.  Other pressing [...]

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Holiday Season Looks Brighter … Tougher

“Make a buck, make a buck. Even in Brooklyn it’s the same – don’t care what Christmas stands for, just make a buck, make a buck.” – Alfred, Macy Janitor, “Miracle on 34th Street,” 20th Century Fox, 1947 Predicting holiday spending is never easy; but that sure doesn’t stop the analysts, researchers and retailers. They’re [...]

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Mit Romney’s Choice of Paul Ryan Steers Debate on Bigger Issues

Big policy issues are taking center stage as Mitt Romney selects Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican ticket.  In an article in The Wall Street Journal,  Janet Hook and Damian Paletta focus on the conflicting stands of the Romney and Obama tickets on Medicare, the budget, size of government and business.  Robert [...]

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Obama and Republicans Fight over Bush Tax Cuts Extension

The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is calling for a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000.  This is in contrast to what the Republicans led by presidential candidate Mick Romney want.  House Republicans want to extend all Bush tax cuts.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi [...]

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Obamacare to Have Negative Impact on Small Businesses?

Business leaders and economists say the nation is facing uncertainty as it awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Most think this health care law is not the answer to the insurance woes of small businesses.  Paul Howard of the Center for [...]

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Obama to Extend Bush-era Tax Rates for Businesses

Kate Rogers reports to Fox Business that President Obama is asking Congress early this month to extend the Bush-era tax rates for businesses earning less than $250,000.  Corporations and entrepreneurs earning more are crying foul.  Ray Keating of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council calls the president’s move a “political spin in a campaign year”.  [...]

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Five Business Trends For The Second Half Of 2012

Things are looking up for businesses these days. While the current forecast still has a long way toward improving to match the “glory days” of year’s past, America is showing signs toward further removing itself from the dark days of the recent recession that have impacted so many of our country’s businesses. And yes, the [...]

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Yogurt Mountain Opens its 40th Store

Yogurt Mountain opened its first store in 2009 and has since grown in 15 states.  Its stores offer self-serve frozen-yogurt experience where customers can control their options and cost through its pay-by-the-ounce system.  With over 50 available toppings that include fresh fruits, nuts, candies, sprinkles, cereals and various sauces, customers can enjoy fat-free or low-fat [...]

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