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Small Business Loans Vs. Merchant Cash Advance

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Business Working Capital Loan Vs Merchant Cash Advance

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Added by Jules Dalsey on April 25, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments


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The Other Side Isn’t Always The Enemy; Sometimes, They’re Cleaning Up Your Messes

Think of this as part two of my prior posting on legal documents ...

In two transactions recently, I’ve had the following experience.  (In each case, it was an investor and an operator, but it could just as well have been lender and investor, or lender and operator.)  As the parties drew near to the final signing of…

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Added by Rod Guinn on August 30, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments


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Crossing “T”s, Dotting “I”s

After many months, more than a few near-death experiences, and the usual bureaucratic hurdles and personality disorder symptoms, one of my clients is about to conclude a complete refinancing of its balance sheet -- paying off existing lenders, buying back the ownership of a departing minority shareholder, and replacing everything with new lenders, some new minority investors, and sufficient capital to continue a successful…

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Added by Rod Guinn on August 15, 2012 at 6:26pm — No Comments


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Who’s In Control?

I recently sat through three very interesting meetings which focused, in very different ways, on the realities of control.  They pointed out, once again, a lesson which is worth understanding: one needn’t always own a majority of the stock, or equity, of a company to be able to control it, at least in key ways which influence its behavior and future prospects.  I’ll describe…

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Added by Rod Guinn on August 1, 2012 at 2:18pm — No Comments

We Take Pride in Our Bagels & Our Community

Georgetown Bagelry is very excited to have an ad in the Official 2012 Capital Pride Guide! Pick up a copy and bring in our ad to receive 50% off a Miami Burger!…

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Added by Mary Beall Adler on June 18, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments


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Fear of Franchising?

No, I’ve never read anything by Erica Jong, and there’s nothing zipless about this column -- nor, I trust, about the attitudes of the parties who inspired it.  (For those of less than a certain age, feel free to research Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying and the cultural touchstone it provided.)…

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Added by Rod Guinn on December 8, 2011 at 3:30am — 2 Comments


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News Flash For Lenders And Investors (again)

I spend much of my life with the investors, lenders, builders, and leasing companies who provide capital to this industry.  Let’s just acknowledge at the outset that, without them, the restaurant industry would not exist -- at least not in the grand scale, and immense variety, that we see it today.  Many thanks to them for making it all possible; after all (just to cite a few statistics which bear repeating) ... this…

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Added by Rod Guinn on September 29, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments


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When A Buyer Is Also A Seller

In the past, I've discussed -- and some of you have commented on -- the differences in a seller's mind and approach depending on the desired outcome. The seller's expected level of involvement after the sale dictates (or should dictate, at least) his or her scrutiny of the buyer.

 

A simple…

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Added by Rod Guinn on August 18, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments


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A Report From The Front Lines

 

Greetings from the just-concluded Restaurant Leadership Conference, where your humble servant was a panelist.  More about the panel later, but first some overall impressions.

 

Ron Paul of Technomic reported broad-based signs of strengthening performance for…

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Added by Rod Guinn on March 31, 2011 at 3:30am — 2 Comments


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It’s Not (Just) About The Money

At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll say it again, as I’ve said it many times in the past to clients ... It’s not about the money, or at least it’s not only about the money.

 

Let me explain.…

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Added by Rod Guinn on March 3, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments


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Turning On A Dime

A few weeks ago, The Economist contained a piece entitled “The Pivotal Moment: Bet on a boss who can twirl on his toes” (Dec. 4-10, 2010 edition, P. 84).  The piece was about the surprising discovery (?) of some seasoned venture capitalists that it was perhaps more valuable to invest in managers with the ability -- and agility -- to quickly shift their budding business’ focus, given the rapid rate of change in the world, rather than back a…

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Added by Rod Guinn on February 3, 2011 at 3:30am — 4 Comments


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Audi Partem Alteram, and other resolutions

Somewhere recently (I believe it was in the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, but I’m sorry to say that I’m really not sure) I read one person’s wish that a commemorative stone be carved with “audi partem alteram” rather than his name.  He went on to explain that the Latin expression meant “hear the other side”.…

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Added by Rod Guinn on December 23, 2010 at 3:30am — 2 Comments


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In Praise Of Conservative Lenders (and Conservative Borrowers)

Regular readers of this column will know two things: I’m a former (reformed?) lender of many years’ experience, and I’m not too gentle with lenders in this space. I’m also a bit of a contrarian, and that side shows itself today.…

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Added by Rod Guinn on December 9, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments


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Updates And Observations From the Restaurant Finance Conference ...

Two years ago, the Restaurant Finance Conference fell (choice verb?) just after the capital market cataclysm of September 2008. As I’ve noted before, the mood was so unsettled that man suggested Zombie costumes be issued. Last year, their was still considerable uncertainty -- and accompanying gallows humor -- but as one reader noted at the time, “we’re still here”; there was at least a general…

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Added by Rod Guinn on November 11, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments


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Thoughts Before the Restaurant Finance Conference ... and a Question

As I mentioned in a prior column, the annual Restaurant Finance and Development Conference is coming soon -- November 8-10, in Las Vegas. In case there’s not a link to it visible somewhere on your Fohboh screen, here’s where you can find out more about it (…

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Added by Rod Guinn on October 28, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment


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One Investor’s Trash ...

I’ve received several calls in recent weeks along the lines of the following:…



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Added by Rod Guinn on October 14, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments


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All Investors Are Value Investors ...

At least, that’s what they’d like to believe about themselves. With few, perhaps unexplainable, exceptions, the investors we’re interested in understanding make their investment decisions with an expectation that they will get more than their investment dollars back at the end of the investment. (This column is a follow-on to the recent discussion about growth…

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Added by Rod Guinn on September 16, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment


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Maybe I Won’t Complain Quite So Much After This

Although I try to be positive in this column, it’s been pointed out to me that I do spend a fair amount of time decrying shortfalls, failures, and other (apparently) inexplicable behavior. In general, my “complaints” are aimed at those sectors of the capital markets which sometimes seem to conspire to make life more difficult for the smaller, independent operator, although…

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Added by Rod Guinn on July 8, 2010 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.2% - Added 96 net new restaurants worldwide including 69 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. - Revenue increased 6.2%

Hurricane Grill & Wings Signs Franchise And Multi-Unit Development Agreements For Additional 22 Units

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For 20 New Restaurants In South Orange County And The San Fernando Valley

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales

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Togo's Inks Deals In Idaho And Utah To Develop 13 New Restaurants

Togo's Eateries, Inc. announced it has signed franchise agreements to develop five restaurants in Eastern Idaho and eight locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, the brand will also mark its entry into Colorado, Idaho, and Utah with restaurant openings planned over the next few months.

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - James Patten (2013)

"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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