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Posted on Jul 08, 2011

Franchise Fridays for July 8, 2011: Top Franchise and Small Business News of the Week

The Ice Cream Wiener Man

Wienerschnitzel Franchise - Wiener Wagon - Franchise Help

It's summer.  And while most American's are outside waiting around for the ice cream truck, Californians are hoping to be frolicking in the sprinkler when the the Wiener Wagon comes to town.  The Wiener Wagon is going on its annual Chili Dog Days of Summer tour, compliments of the Wienerschnitzel franchise.  Yes, the world's largest hot dog franchise is kicking off National Hot Dog Month by helping out its home state during times of national economic hardship.  250 chili dogs will be given out for free at each of the Wiener Wagon's 20 stops across SoCal on the tour.

Read more about the Chili Dog Days of Summer tour.

...Let's Just Be Friends

Wendy's Franchise & Arby's Franchise - Wendy's/Arby's Splits - Franchise HelpThe Roark Capital Group has bought the Arby's franchise from the Wendy's Group (formerly known as the Wendy's/Arby's Group) for $430 million.  The owners of the Wendy's franchise will retain 18.5 percent stake in Arby's.  However, the Wendy's group was not giving up on Arby's.  Rather, it just felt a need to refocus its energy on one task rather than risk being spread to thin.  Roland Smith, president and chief executive of The Wendy’s Company said, “We believe in Arby’s turnaround and look forward to being able to benefit from the brand’s future success."

Arby's has wasted no time with its brand turnaround, having released its new Ultimate Angus sandwich within days of the sale.

Read more about the Wendy's/Arby's sale

Greener Chipotle, Better Burrito

Chipotle Franchise - Chipotle Burrito and Guacamole - Franchise HelpThese days, being green is all the rage, and this environmentally-friendly concept hasn't escaped the Chipotle franchise, one of the more popular restaurant franchises in the industry.  Chipotle has announced it will double the amount of locally grown produce it uses this year.  The effort is part of its "Food With Integrity" program.  "Local" food is is defined as food from within 350 miles of the store where it is being served.  “Not only is local produce fresher and better tasting, but it also helps support the environment and regional farming communities around the country,” said Chipotle founder Steve Ells.

The fast-food joint has also added chorizo to its somewhat limited (but successful) menu at select locations in New York and Denver for the summer.  The chorizo is made with free-range pork.

Read more about Chipotle's green efforts.

(Net)Working Made Easier, More Fun!

Networking Handshake - Franchise HelpLoosecubes, the site that makes it "fun and easy to find a great place to work," relaunched yesterday with some great new features.  Networking opportunities being one of the main benefits to Loosecube, the site has gotten more social.  It now offers a feature that, by tapping into your Facebook Connect, will recommend working spaces to you based on your friends, line of work, and, of course, location.  Users can use to the site as hosts (the ones offering the work space) or coworkers (those searching for a place to work).

Read more about Loosecubes' new ways.

Getcha Free Franchises, Here!

Franchise for the Forces - Free Sign - Franchise HelpActionCOACH, of which FranchiseHelp.com guest blogger Brad Sugars is President and Founder, is running the Free Franchise for the Forces program, which will provide business opportuninties to 100 veterans.  In total, the program is estimated to give away $7.6 million in free franchise fees.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for new veterans is 12.5 percent, a number that is significantly greater than the national unemployment rate of just over 9 percent. "The alarming unemployment numbers in a segment of the population that has one of the best skills sets you can find prompted us to launch this initiative," said ActionCOACH CEO for U.S.A. & Canada, Jodie Shaw.  Veterans are also known to make for very good franchisees.

The program will be responsible for the largest franchise giveaway in U.S. history.  From May 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011, ActionCOACH will recruit 100 eligible veterans in select states.  These lucky veterans will have their entire franchise, training and tech fees waived.

Read more about Free Franchise for the Forces.

That’s all for this week from the staff at FranchiseHelp.com, the industry’s top independent provider of information on franchise opportunitiesbusiness opportunitiesfranchise documents, and more! Keep up with FranchiseHelp.com news & updates, sent straight to your inbox! Join thousands of others and sign up for the FranchiseHelp.com newsletter.

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