New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

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Extra! Extra! How the odd pairing of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

From Guinness record setter to Oscars night: How Big Mama's is turning fame into fortune

How does a company capitalize on its fame and turn old news into something lasting and sustainable?

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

How Crushed Red is making waves in the sea of fast casual pizza

A few simple factors brought together, such as price, environment, and quality can help a fast casual pizza platform keep its head above water.

Papa John's franchisee leverages remote management technology to run the business from afar

Jaime Pickett franchises Papa John's units in Boston from her home in Virginia, entrusting and empowering her team to work together when she's not there.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

The pace of fast casual pizza accelerates in 2014

Despite a number of headwinds such as high cheese and beef prices and labor pressures, many operators remain optimistic for 2015.

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Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

Papa Murphy's teams up with partners for mobile marketing, interactive nutrition info

Papa Murphy's announces new partnerships to fight hunger, provide nutrition information and expand its Southeast presence.

Pie Five expands footprint in Chicago

The new restaurant marked Pie Five's 41st location.

Pieology expands in Northern California

The new store seats approximately 85 guests inside and 20 outside.

Fazoli's receives fundraising award, rolls out create-your-own-pizza

Fazoli's received the COEX Innovation Award for Marketing/Service for its ongoing fundraising efforts and food donations to Feed the Children. Fazoli’s also introduced its next generation products and service style at its 15 Lexington, KY locations.

Blaze launches in Nashville, prepares for Las Vegas and Chicago openings

The Chicago and Las Vegas restaurants will feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

Russo's forms partnership to expand brand, interest potential franchisees

The partnership between Guidant Financial, BoeFly.com and Russo's is part of Guidant's Funding Assurance program to help franchisors expand their brands.

IFA: key to continuing job growth is tax reform, revising work week definition

Franchise businesses will create jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy in 2015, as it has in each of the last four years.

Fired Pie expands footprint in Arizona with 5 new locations

Arizona fast casual Fired Pie announced the opening of its tenth location at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

IFA advocating for SBA to develop 'reasonable standards' for franchises

IFA stated that franchisors and franchisees should not be considered "affiliated" solely because of contractual rights and obligations.

Pieology expands footprint in Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan

The Louisville location will seat approximately 100 guests.

Villa Italian Kitchen opens in LGA and Seattle-based mall

Villa Italian Kitchen features Neapolitan and pan pizzas

Helsinki-based fast casual pizza chain to expand in Finland

Helsinki-based Frankis Group Oyj, the parent company of Kotipizza chain, changed its name to Kotipizza Group.

Pizza Hut, Wendy's franchisee NPC announces 2014 financial results

NPC International Inc., franchisee of Pizza Hut and Wendy's restaurants, reported results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 30, 2014.

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