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Karsten Strauss


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Past articles by Karsten:

These 8 Sports Celebrities Also Played The Franchise Game

Sports celebrities can use their fame to market their franchise investments. These eight have done so successfully. → Read More

Subway’s Lack Of Transparency Is Out Of Step With The Franchise Industry

Aside from the suggested flaws in its management system, another area of Subway’s way of doing things is also a potential stumbling block, namely its opacity when talking about its financials. → Read More

Meet The New Burger Kings—And The Rest Of America's Best (And Worst) Franchises To Buy 2019

Forbes teamed up with industry research firm FRANdata to identify 60 franchises that offer the best (and worst) opportunities for investors—grouped by cost and ranked by growth, stability, transparency and other factors. → Read More

The Ultimate Assistant Academy: Inside The Elite Training Program For America's Top Executive Assistants

Bonnie Low-Kramen runs program that's part classroom, part Tony Robbins-esque bootcamp. Its students go on to work at some of America's biggest companies. → Read More

McDonald’s Faces New Sexual Harassment Accusations

McDonald's is facing a handful of new complaints about sexual harassment. The restaurant chain claims it has made strides in recent months to combat it. → Read More

The Franchise News Briefs: Shaquille O’Neal Joins With Papa Johns

Shaquille O'Neal joins the Papa John's board while Major League Baseball takes the pizza company off the bench. The Department of Labor proposes new rules that could benefit franchisors. → Read More

How Cambridge Naturals Jettisoned Half Its Business, Held On To Its Beliefs And Survived

But Cambridge Naturals has only been a hub for products like organic foods, beeswax candles and CBD oil for the past 20 of its 44 years. Before that it was a simple grocery store. Why did it change? To survive! → Read More

The Most Sustainable Companies In 2019

Just released, the Global 100 ranks large corporations across the globe on their performance reducing carbon and waste, their gender diversity among leadership, revenues derived from clean products, and overall sustainability. → Read More

How An Ear, Nose And Throat Doctor Kept Prices Low To Compete With Hospitals

The Ear Nose & Throat Institute, a Georgia-based chain of clinics, has found that focusing on a niche and controlling costs allows it to offer medical services for less--winning over patients that might have gone to hospitals. → Read More

How Burn Boot Camp Is Building A Fitness Culture On The Backs Of Women

Husband and wife team, Devan and Morgan Kline launched fitness franchise Burn Boot Camp in 2015. since then the company has opened 177 locations in 35 states, with another 177 sold and waiting to come online. → Read More

The 10 Biggest CEO Departures Of 2018

A number of high profile CEOs from some very large and consequential companies called it quits this year; some were forced out, some exited having guided their companies to relatively safe harbor, and one unexpectedly passed away. → Read More

How A Full-Time Consultant Used Her Passions To Turn A Side-Profit

Shang Saavedra knows a thing or two about what it takes to start a successful side hustle, having launched a couple of her own over the past decade. → Read More

How Firehouse Subs Empowered Its Franchisees To Grow Its Brand

When national sandwich franchise Firehouse Subs wanted to double the amount of money its franchisees paid for advertising, CEO Don Fox made it easier for them to kill the idea. In the end, he got what he wanted anyway. → Read More

How Primrose Schools Entered The Franchising Of Early Education

So, in 1982, Erwin launched her own school, using her mother’s mix of Montessori-style child-initiated learning, and teacher-led curriculum—a blend that is at the heart of the organization today, now known as The Primrose Schools. → Read More

How Gordon Logan Reinvented The Barber Shop And Made Sport Clips One Of America's Best Franchises

Compared with Supercuts, Great Clips, and Fantastic Sam’s, Sport Clips’ royalties, franchise fees, and franchisee obligations are competitive or better, says Jeff Lefler, CEO of Franchise Grade. The company’s ability to keep leadership with the company for years is also a positive sign. → Read More

10 Great Marketing Jobs For 2018

Thanks to data from Indeed.com, an international job search platform, we have an idea which jobs in the world of marketing have experienced fast growth over the past three years. → Read More

Great Work: 8 Companies Offering Fantastic Benefits In 2018

Thanks to a recent report from Glassdoor.com, we have a roster of companies that offer great benefits and perks (some quite unique) and are hiring right now. → Read More

The World's Best Corporate Websites 2018

Bowen Craggs, a corporate communication consultancy, recently published a critique of the websites of the world’s largest companies, ranking them on their effectiveness. These are the results... → Read More

The Companies With The Best CSR Reputations In 2017

A recent analysis of 170,000 company ratings from respondents in 15 countries sheds light on which are perceived by consumers as the most socially responsible is a toy and entertainment company beloved by children the world over: Lego. → Read More

These 50 Americans Gave Away The Most Money In 2017

Last year, the 50 most generous individuals and couples gave away a combined total of more than $14.7 billion--the highest combined total since 2008. This from a recent report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a news source for all things charity. → Read More