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FRANCHISE NEWS

Healthy Choices?: Franchisees Have Only 6 Months To Comply With The ACA

It's mid-2014 and nearly every American is required by the government to have health insurance coverage as outlined under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Corporate Culture Rules: The Right Culture Fosters Engagement, Loyalty, And Productivity

If you're the CEO of a company, the realization that much of what you do can be copied by your competitors may be distressing, but veteran sales manager, consultant, and business speaker Jack Daly says not so fast.

Negotiating Success: 6 Tactics To Becoming A Better Negotiator

If you think negotiating is about winning or losing, you have already lost and should keep reading. Negotiating is about striking the best possible deal between parties without short-changing any party involved in the transaction.

2014 MVP Awards: Honoring Outstanding Multi-Unit Performers

The best franchisees are some of the hardest-working and kindest people around. They provide customers with consistent products and services, give back to their communities, and provide jobs for thousands of employees.

Running A Business: Overcoming Life Challenges To Succeed In Franchising

Natalie Ehrlich knows what it's like to overcome difficult times in her life. One of the most challenging periods she ever faced was when she was a single mother studying to earn her Ph.D. while raising her son at the same time.

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A sci-fi film with its eyes on reality: Watch the deleted scene from “I Origins” that features a TEDx Talk

Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins is technically science fiction. But the technology in it is firmly rooted in reality. A mind-twister of the highest order, I Origins tells the story of a molecular biologist, Ian (played by Michael Pitt), who studies the iris of the eye, a part that is unique for every individual. []

A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

From China’s underwater cities to Amsterdam’s neglected neighborhoods to Italy’s looted ruins, Jorge Mañes Rubio seeks out forsaken places and makes art that memorializes, reimagines and reengages them with the world. His project “Normal Pool Level” — which emerged from his exploration of the cities, towns and villages submerged by China’s Three Gorges Dam Project []

Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

TED.com is has gone dark for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted until August 4, while most of the TED staff takes a two-week holiday. Yes, we all go on break at the same time (mostly). We’ve been doing it this way now for five years, and it works for us. Here’s why. In the pre-video days of TED, []
 

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Remembering and acknowledging a customer's birthday is a very simple and efficient method to build brand loyalty and image. Market and analytics provider Fulcrum confirmed the full aspect of that with the results of their recent…

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Posted by MenuDrive on July 18, 2014 at 9:55am

Fun consumer data from Square - THROWDOWN

Here at Square we took a look at how Americans order (Extra mayo, pickles on the side, whole milk, etc.) and have the national list, as well as data for Chicago, NYC, SF, and other major cities. (Spoiler alert: they love bacon and…
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Posted by FohBoh on July 17, 2014 at 6:45pm

The Hiring Big Bang Theory Part III: Don't Leave Them Hanging

We all know the feeling. You apply for a job, and wait, and wait...and wait some more. You’re wondering if the company received your application, if you’re in the running for the job or just downright out for the count. No one…

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Posted by Nate DaPore on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm

10 Restaurant Industry Trends to Watch Out For in 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Predicting upcoming trends is never easy. Especially when you consider predictions for an industry as volatile as the restaurant industry. Kitchenall.com is committed to helping restaurant owners grow their business, so we put together these 10…

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Posted by Gary Magnone on June 25, 2014 at 10:49am

Drink Up and Trust the Bartender

There are so many options in the cocktail world…

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Posted by Zai Estabillo on July 9, 2014 at 4:00am

The Hiring Big Bang Theory Part II: Recruit Through Culture

If you’re like most business folks I talk to, finding and holding on to great people is one of your toughest challenges. Let’s be honest. Work isn’t always fun. It’s called “work” for a reason. Most people spend at least a quarter…

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Posted by Nate DaPore on July 11, 2014 at 9:37am

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How much do you tip? What do you base your tip on? 102 Replies

This is a pretty general question... when you're at a restaurant, what do you base your tip on?- waitress/waiter?- food?- service?- restaurant interior?- restaurant class?5%, 10%, 15%, 20% ????Do you tip more because you are in the food service…Continue

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Top 10 Management gripes about employees 66 Replies

What are your top gripes about employees? What do you do to address them?A couple of mine:"That's not my job." - I can't stand it when an employee says this! Your job is to provide the best service possible to our customer. That's a pretty broad…Continue

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Is Your Operation using Social Media/Networking? 60 Replies

After twenty years as a chef and strategic brand consultant, I launched a social media/networking service this summer. I am conducting a brief survey:1. Is your organization using social media/networking?2. Is the human resource cost…Continue

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Started by Jeffrey J Kingman in General. Last reply by Luc Chamberland Jan 21, 2010.

the top 10 restaurant industry publications? 52 Replies

What magazines,websites, and blogs do yall subscribe to keep your edge in the restaurant industry?

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How safe is social login?

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With the news headlines once again filled with online security threats this time focusing on password use, is the trend for more social login use safe and secure?

With headlines screaming change all of your passwords now! since the news broke regarding a Heartbleed bug in the OpenSSL security protocol, one of the sites to admit it had issues was Mumsnet that warned its 1.5 million users that their passwords could have been compromised.

In a statement, co-founder Justine Roberts said: “We have no way of knowing which or how many accounts were affected but have advised users to change passwords on other sites particularly if they use the same password on Mumsnet as elsewhere.”

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Internal social media Part 3: How to avoid the pitfalls when implementing your platform

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Don’t be the business that makes a bad mistake when implementing a vibrant internal social media strategy

This series has looked closely at how corporations can leverage social media principles internally to improve efficiency right across their enterprises. In this concluding article, we ask organisations to share the pitfalls and mistakes that need to be avoided when implementing an Enterprise Social Network (ESN).

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Red Lobster crafts new, high-end image

Red Lobster will nix low-price specials and focus on flourishes like plating in order to reshape itself as a cut above dine-i -More

The Year of the Instagram Strategy
Managing the Instagram channel has become a strategic imperative for any brand or small business, and the urgency grows daily along with its user base. During this webinar on August 12 you'll hear how brands such as Disneyland Resort, JCPenney, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are utilizing this platform to connect with their customers in an authentic, relevant way. Register today!

The tweet's the thing

Everyone’s atwitter about the NRA's Kids LiveWell Twitter party, held in celebration of the program’s third anniv -More

Arby's meaty campaign highlights protein lineup

Arby's new campaign, "We have the meats!," focuses on the chain's new limited-time menu offering, the Mega Meat Stack, which  -More

JOBS & CAREERS

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National News

Restaurant Trends - Growing And Emerging Concepts - Change and Activity July 29, 2014

Update from Restaurantchains.net on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Gen Z, the First True Digital Generation, Represents the Future Foodservice Consumer

Gen Z, the first true digital generation, represents the future foodservice consumer. They're a generation on the move that strongly prioritizes speed of service, technology, and having what they want, when they want it. Millennials, more so than older generations, prefer to visit restaurants that offer new and unique foods and flavors. Gen X and Boomers converge on several preferences—such as the importance of a convenient location.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Celebrates Its 500th New Restaurant Opening

Red Robin's 500th new restaurant opening will open on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m., in Milpitas, Calif. at the Great Mall of the Bay Area.

Darden Completes Sale Of Red Lobster To Golden Gate Capital

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) and Golden Gate Capital today announced that Golden Gate has completed the acquisition of the Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For Seven New Restaurants In Duluth, Minnesota With New Franchisees Brian And Sharon Weidendorf

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015.

CROWD FUNDING

If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

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