Business Online Journal
By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 29, 2016, 7:17 pm
Once again, things are looking up for the franchise industry. After five solid years, growth is once again on the horizon. The International Franchise Association (IFA) 2016 State of the Industry Report, done by forecasting firm IHS Economics, indicates a positive outlook for the franchise industry. More specifically, the franchise industry is set to grow by 1.7 percent in 2016, bringing the total number of US franchises to 795,932.Speed Bumps That Could Get in the WayMany in the industry, however, are a little less confident as hurdles like rising wages and the Affordable Care Act could stump (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 28, 2016, 6:43 pm
According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for U.S. military veterans fell to 3.6 percent in 2015 ­— its lowest level in seven years.For the men and women who have entered life after service the lower unemployment numbers reflect both a nationwide effort to specifically hire veterans as well as veterans taking matters into their own hands — through entrepreneurship.Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs With an amazing work ethic, strong leadership, the ability to be effective team members and work well under pressure, the skill set of military veterans can (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 25, 2016, 7:19 pm
A new year is here. If you’ve been thinking of becoming your own boss, why wait? Now is the perfect time for a change. There are plenty of franchise and business opportunities out there… you just need to take the next step. If you fall into this category, we’ve compiled a list of helpful events in 2016 for you to check out. Get planning… your future awaits!Feb. 4 Small Business Expo (Houston) The Small Business Expo is the perfect opportunity to make connections and develop your small business network with like-minded professionals. At the Small Business Expo (Read more...)

By: Dane Carlson
Published: January 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
Gourmet Shaved Ice Truck Franchise Ranked #1 in theFrozen Desserts CategoryFLORENCE, KY–Kona Ice announced today that it has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015Franchise 500® list, considered the “best and most comprehensive franchise ranking” in the industry. Kona Ice has been rated number one in the“Frozen Desserts” category and 77th overall.The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in 2015. The brand has added more than 100 new units, bringing the total to 650 plus trucks on the road.“We are extremely excited about our ranking,” said Tony Lamb, president and owner of Florence-based Kona (Read more...)