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JUNE 4, 2010

  • HOME CARE: A FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY WITH A DYNAMIC MARKET
  • ENTREPRENUERS FIND NEW WAY TO GROW
  • HOW MOBILE WEBSITES AND TEXT MESSENGING CAN PROPEL YOUR FRANCHISE.
  • TECHNOLOGY NEWS
  • A PERSONAL RECOLLECTION OF ART LINKLETTER
  • ECONOMIC STATS THAT MATTER
  • UPDATE ON THE HOUSING MARKET

This issue includes two articles about the rapid growth of mobile websites and business texting driven by the increased use of "Smart" cell phones. Read what Dan Giacopelli and the WSJ have to say about this dynamic phenomenon and its impact on franchise businesses. Sarah E. Needleman offers a view into the world of business incubators, which helps launch small businesses. Also a personal comment about the recently departed Art Linkletter, who I met over 20 years ago.

HOME CARE: A FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY WITH A DYNAMIC MARKET

The home care industry continues to grow and will continue to represent a large market segment in the future. Franchise companies that provide home care to seniors are an excellent opportunity for franchisees. Read More

ENTREPRENUERS FIND NEW WAY TO GROW

Sarah E. Needleman, of the WSJ, presents this insightful article about business incubators. The source of most new franchise concepts are small businesses. A business incubator gives entrepreneurs a start and provides valuable assistance during the formative years. New incubator programs have been forming in the U.S. at an annual rate of 8% to 10% for the past five years, and today there are approximately 1,200, estimates Tracy Kitts, vice president of the National Business Incubation Association, a nonprofit in Athens, Ohio. Learn how Business Incubators are playing a key role in the growth of new businesses in this article from the WSJ. Read More

HOW MOBILE WEBSITES AND TEXT MESSENGING CAN PROPEL YOUR FRANCHISE.

Dan Giacopelli, CEO of SKOPE, comments on how mobile web sites and text messaging can provide franchisees great sales opportunities. The rapid increase in the use of "smart" cell phones, will provide users with a mini-PC that can be used almost anywhere.  Read More

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

This article explains how franchisees can drive customers to their restaurants through texting technology. Read More

A PERSONAL RECOLLECTION OF ART LINKLETTER

With the recent passing of Art Linkletter, I thought back to almost 20 years ago when we scheduled Art to speak before our franchisees. Our annual franchise convention was in San Diego in January. I drove to the airport to pick Art up on a non- typical, San Diego night. It was cool and rainy . At about 10 PM Art Linkletter, at 78 years old, came bounding down the ramp to meet me. During the ride back back to the hotel he was quite talkative and interested in learning about the company the owners and myself. I've met a few high profile people in my life and must say Art Linkletter was the "Real Deal". He was personable, charming and engaging.

ECONOMIC STATS THAT MATTER

The unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans is higher than the rates for other period-of-service groups, reflecting the fact that many of the more recent veterans are under the age of 35, and younger workers-whether veterans or nonveterans-are more likely to be unemployed than older workers.

Unemployment rates were higher in April than a year earlier in 291 of the 372 metropolitan areas, lower in 73 areas, and unchanged in 8 areas. In April, 300 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment, 64 reported increases, and 8 were unchanged

Home computers are playing a more important role in our lives. It appears that home computers have gone from an optional item to a necessity, The percentage of U.S. households owning computers (desktops and laptops) has increased steadily over the past decade, reaching 75.6 percent in 2008.

The above statistics from the BLS.

UPDATE ON THE HOUSING MARKET

Continuing our report on the status of the housing industry, is an article by James R. Haggerty, writing in the WSJ. Haggerty reports that U.S. home prices will begin a gradual recovery by next year. This based upon on the results of a survey of economists and housing analysts by MacroMarkets LLC.

The analysts surveyed by MacroMarkets on average expect home prices, as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller national index, to rise about 12% in the five years ending Dec. 31, 2014. As of Dec. 31, that index was down about 28% from its peak level in mid-2006.

Despite these predictions, one fact is crystal clear: There must be a substantial growth in new jobs in order to fuel a recovery in residential housing. Read More

 

 

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