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Franchisers, Lenders Huddle at Denver Lending Boot Camp

On Tuesday, the IFA, the Denver Franchise Business Network (FBN), Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and FRANdata hosted a Franchise Lending Boot Camp in Denver to educate franchise leaders and lenders on the ways to increase small business lending in the recovering economy.  According to the

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Upgrading to a Digital Wallet

What started as a way to carry “soft” or electronic money is evolving into a digital wallet service that can benefit both franchisors and their customers. As smartphones grow more powerful, their uses continue to expand, displacing the need for other products. For example, there

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Unlocking the Credit Box

The best first step is to develop your business plan and explore your borrowing options. Remember that first road trip with your family? No chance dad was going to ask for directions, but mom was all too willing to give them. These days, we just

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IFA SmartBrief Brings Franchising’s Story to Life

Eager to learn what is affecting franchise businesses in legislative, policy, marketing and economic areas? Three times a week, those following the franchise industry can get the latest news in IFA’s news bulletin, IFA SmartBrief. Published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it includes such categories as

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The JOBS Act – Changing the Way Franchisors and Franchisees Raise Investment Capital?

Franchisors and franchisees alike are cautiously optimistic about what the JOBS Act means for the funding of franchise businesses.   On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups” Act, or the JOBS Act, into law.  The JOBS Act is essentially a legislative bundle intended to revitalize the economy of the United States, while increasing funding opportunities for the country’s

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SBA Announces Near-Record Loan Volume in 2012

On Tuesday, the U.S .Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that its loan programs had reached its second-highest total ever for loan dollars in a fiscal year during FY 2012.  SBA reported that its approvals supported $30.25 billion in 53,848 loans to small businesses as a

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Dour Economy Doesn’t Sour East Coast Wings & Grill Growth

A seemingly endless lackluster economic climate hasn’t soured growth prospects for East Coast Wings & Grill, which was just approved $7.5 million to provide start-up funding for franchisees entering the system and expansion funding for existing franchisees.  Created by Franchise America Finance and The Bancorp