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How to Develop and Conduct Employee Surveys

With the upheaval of the pandemic in the workplace, it’s become more important than ever to measure employee engagement and organizational culture. But if you’re going to do it, it’s important to do it right. Business News Daily talked with Eric Stites for tips on how to make the most of employee engagement surveys.

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Beware the Talent Drain

In today’s ‘employees market’, the talent drain is a very real risk to franchises. Many franchisors and franchisees are struggling with recruiting and retention, trying to balance the need for competitive compensation and benefits, with rising costs in many other areas of the business.

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Got Satisfaction?

In the March edition of Franchising World Magazine, Franchise Business Review CEO Eric Stites analyzes the key findings of the [email protected] study and the risks that franchisors may be facing when it comes to attracting and retaining top employees.

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Keys to Expanding Your Franchise

Think it may be time to expand your franchise? Thinking of adding locations, but not sure if it’s attainable? Boss Magazine’s latest article describes the safest and most effective ways to grow your franchise. Franchise Business Review CEO Eric Stites and others weigh in on the most appropriate time for expansion, as well as other useful tips for growing franchises.

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How to Start a Franchise in 11 Steps

Starting a franchise can be a daunting and difficult task and many who set out on the journey run into the same, or at least similar, hurdles. This easy 11 step process helps new franchisees avoid these common problems to make their endeavors as successful as possible.

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Lucas Franchisor Earns Two Nationwide Honors

Bill Zirzow, President and CEO of Town Money Saver, explains what being named to the Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list and Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 Franchising Opportunities list means to him and what it says about his franchise.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Franchise

CEO and Managing Director of Franchise Business Review, Eric Stites, elaborates on the less well-known struggles of purchasing and maintaining a franchise. Eric provides franchisees with many resources to allow a better understanding of potential future hurdles so that risks may be mitigated.

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101 Side Business Ideas

Whatever your reasons, starting your own business doesn’t mean you have to retire early from your full-time gig. In fact, it could mean the opposite — your business idea might need some time to prove itself before you can afford to leave your job.

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MaidPro – Housecleaning Made Successful

From a bad experience with a messy apartment (and one very unhappy cat) to award-winning franchise…what launched MaidPro into one of the most successful cleaning franchise companies today. Business View Magazine interviews MaidPro CEO Mark Kushinsky.

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Vets in Franchises

FBR’s CEO Eric Stites talks with Justin M. Nassiri of Beyond the Uniform about some of the companies that are doing the right things to attract veterans to franchising.

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80 Low-Cost Franchises You Can Buy for Under $100,000

Many newcomers to franchising might find it hard to believe that they can enter the business without being a big spender or breaking the bank.The good news is that there are hundreds of economical franchise brands in numerous types of businesses with a price tag below six figures.

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Home Care Makes Low-Cost Franchise List

Home care has quickly become known as a top franchise in recent years. With a relatively low cost to entry in the private duty market, some franchises are also gaining recognition as top low-cost franchise businesses, according to the Franchise Business Review.

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Town Money Saver, a franchise system headquartered in Lucas, recently was recognized as a top franchise opportunity in the United States, according to a national franchise market research firm.

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One Veteran’s Path from Service to Franchise Success

When Ray Omar ended his six-year service as a Special Forces communications officer for the U.S. Army in 2006, he moved to Maryland and began a consulting gig with the government. Meanwhile, he couldn’t help but notice that his new city looked nothing like his hometown of Queens, New York. One detail in particular: Where were the Dunkin’ Donuts?

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Social Geek Radio

Social Geek Radio interviews Franchise Business Review’s founder and CEO Eric Stites about where the idea for FBR started and how it continues to provide transparency to the franchise industry and help franchisors drive better results.

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13 Things to Do with $100,000 Now

Money Magazine, a property of Time Inc., contacted Franchise Business Review for a contribution their piece on how to spend $100,000. See our CEO’s picks for great franchise options in this price range!

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2016 Best Franchise Deals

QSR’s 7th annual list of the top 10 franchise deals uses data from Franchise Business Review to give readers a greater sense of where they should be focusing their research.

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The companies that took top marks, particularly those that consistently receive such honors, should serve as a blueprint for young companies hoping to lay a strong franchise foundation…

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Press Releases

100 Companies Awarded Best Franchise Culture by Franchise Business Review

FBR’s first-annual Culture100 list recognizes the 100 franchise brands with the best franchise culture – a factor more important that ever in light of the impact on small businesses by COVID-19. The brands that were selected received the highest ratings for leadership, mission, community, and overall franchisee satisfaction by their franchise owners.

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Top Franchise Awards 2021 Call for Entries Announced

Each year Franchise Business Review recognizes the Top 200 Franchises in North America for excellence in achieving franchisee satisfaction. Any franchise brand based in the U.S. or Canada with 10 or more open and operating franchisees is eligible to enter and is invited to participate in the awards at no cost.

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Franchise Business Review Recognizes 2020 Franchise Rock Stars

Each year, Franchise Business Review honors franchise owners who set exceptional examples of achieving success within the franchise model. This year’s Franchise Rock Stars were selected from over 28,000 franchisees, representing more than 300 brands that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research in the past 18 months.

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The 50 Best Recession-Proof Businesses to Start in 2020, According to Franchise Business Owners

To identify the best recession-proof businesses, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months of data from over 28,000 franchise owners, representing 307 brands on their overall satisfaction, financial opportunity, training and support, and likelihood to recommend their brand to others, among other key factors. he franchise companies on this list represent numerous industry segments, as well as a wide range of investment levels – including a number of businesses you can start with an initial investment (cash required) under $25,000.

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The Top 80 Franchises for Veterans Announced by Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review just announced the 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans. To identify the companies on the list, FBR analyzed 18 months of data from over 25,000 franchise owners, of which just over 10% were veterans, representing over 250 brands. Key findings revealed that eight out of 10 veteran franchise owners would recommend their franchise company to another franchise candidate.

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Record High Satisfaction for Franchise Business Owners

New research from Franchise Business Review indicates franchise business owners are satisfied and confident about growth. When it comes to the future outlook for their business, two-thirds (67%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “very strong” or “strong,” while another 25 percent (25%) rated their long-term growth outlook as “moderate.” Just eight percent (8%) rated their long-term growth opportunity as “weak” or “very weak.”

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[email protected] Study Reveals Top Employee Talent May Be at Risk

Franchise Business Review recently conducted a first-of-its-kind study of corporate employees across the franchise sector in partnership with the International Franchise Association. The report reveals key trends around employee engagement and compensation and benefits among franchise professionals and where risks exist for franchise companies.

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Franchise Business Review Announces 11 New Hall of Fame Inductees

The Franchise Hall of Fame celebrates franchise systems that have been named a Top Franchise at least 10 separate times since the first annual Franchisee Satisfaction awards were given out in 2006. Each of the franchises on the list have shown long-term dedication to listening to and supporting their franchisees.

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Franchise Business Review Announces 2019’s Top Franchises

Franchise Business Review announces the Top Franchises for 2019 based on franchisee satisfaction research. To identify the top 200 franchise brands, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months of data from approximately 30,500 franchisees representing 310 brands regarding their overall satisfaction with their brands and their likelihood to recommend it to others.

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2018 Top Food and Beverage Franchises Report Released by Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review has released the Top Food and Beverage Franchises to own based on independent research data from over 4,300 franchise owners. Other findings from the research show the average annual income for food franchisees that have been in business longer than two years is $120,000. Nearly a third of food franchisees surveyed have been in business 10 years or more.

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Top 50 Franchise Leaders of 2018 Announced by Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review announces the Top 50 Franchise Leaders based on independent feedback from franchise owners within each leader’s franchise system. Franchisees were asked over 30 questions regarding their brands, including questions about their franchise’s integrity, core values, culture and community – the intangible aspects that can make or break the franchise experience.

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Top 100 Franchises for Veterans Announced by Franchise Business Review

According to Franchise Business Review’s research, one in eight franchise businesses in North America is owned by a veteran. To identify the top brands among them, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months of data from approximately 25,000 veteran franchise owners representing over 250 brands to create a list of the Top 100 Franchises for Veterans for 2017.

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2017 Top Food and Beverage Franchises Report Released by Franchise Business Review

Forty franchises were named in Franchise Business Review’s report on the 2017 Top Food and Beverage Franchises. The companies on the list received the highest ratings from their franchisees in Franchise Business Review’s independent satisfaction survey, which covers financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values, general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

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Franchise Business Review Announces Top Franchise Leaders

Franchise Business Review identified 2017’s top franchise leaders based on positive feedback regarding their leadership from franchisees at their brand during a recent franchisee satisfaction survey of approximately 30,000 franchisees representing 334 brands regarding their brands’ leadership and culture as well as their overall satisfaction with their brands and their likelihood to recommend them to others.

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Multi-Unit Franchising Has High Satisfaction and Is Attracting More Women According to Research by Franchise Business Review

This year’s multi-unit franchising research revealed that 90% of multi-unit operators enjoy operating their business and that the number of female multi-unit franchise owners is growing strongly. 35% of multi-unit operators are female or male/female partnerships, up roughly 30% from just a few years ago. This and more data was obtained from surveying 9,125 multi-unit franchisees representing 317 franchise brands.

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List of 2017’s Top Franchises With the Most Satisfied Franchisees Released by Franchise Business Review

The brands that made Franchise Business Review’s 2017 Top Franchises list were selected based on survey data obtained from over 30,000 franchisees representing more than 334 low-cost brands over the past 18 months. Franchisees answered 33 questions ranking their franchise system in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

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