For the last 40 years, Entrepreneur Magazine has released its Franchise 500 List, ranking the “best” Franchises in America. They rank them based on Five Pillars: Costs & Fees, Size & Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength & Stability. The giants at the top aren’t much of a surprise, with McDonald’s, Dunkin’, and Taco Bell all in the top 5. Many other big names are also scattered on the list. The Franchise 500 gives information on investment costs, and many other things you can expect if you decide to purchase a franchise for a specific company. If you are interested in purchasing a franchise, this list can be a great asset. However, it shouldn’t be your only resource, and most certainly does not tell the whole story.

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I normally try to avoid political issues and discussion because really it does me no good. I am sure to tick someone off because I have clients who are on both sides of the aisle and some that are not political at all. But since the Iowa Caucuses enjoy first-in-the-nation status, I’ve decided to join

I had to share an excellent blog post on Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage: Not Unconstitutionally Discriminatory? by Shannon McCarthy of the ZorBlog. My tongue-in-cheek title unfortunately rings some truth. If you read Shannon’s post you will see that the Seattle mayor and city council members are, shall we say, less than welcoming to franchisors

Rush Nigut of the Brick Gentry law firm represents businesses that are interested in expanding their business through franchising. His services for franchisor clients includes drafting and implementation of the franchise disclosure document (FDD) and franchise agreement plus assistance with the franchise operations manual.  He is also available to serve as general counsel to the

West Des Moines, Iowa business and corporate attorney Rush Nigut of Brick Gentry P.C. has set up an affordable service targeted directly for individuals who are considering buying a franchise business. He routinely counsels clients through the franchise process. His franchise clients include business owners in financial services, hair salons, dry cleaning, real estate,