Jack Burris

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Jack Burris is president of Red Beard Marketing, a marketing, business development and brand consulting company based in Charlotte, NC. RBM is a full service firm, and we also happen to have a lot of experience in the franchise vertical and currently work with some of the best and brightest minds in the franchise community including Franconnect, Franchise Business Review, Franchise Payments Network and FranchiseWorks LLC, all small businesses designed to help franchisors, franchisees and interested investors through the franchise process. RBM is always results-oriented.
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Some Laid Off Workers Turn to Franchising

The past 18 - 24 months have been tough on corporate America. I'm based in Charlotte (home of Bank of America and Wachovia/Wells Fargo) and many of my friends that work for the bank are...
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My Experience at the 2009 Masters

We interrupt this franchise blog to talk about something I am extremely passionate about ... golf. If you are a golf fan and were watching the Masters this weekend, what a treat. Tiger and Phil's...
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Franchises Offer Start Up Discounts to Veterans

As a way to to honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” was developed to help veterans of the armed forces transition...
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Why is now the time to jump in and buy a franchise?

Jeff Elgin of FranChoice answered host Jenna Lee’s questions on “Franchising in 2009” on Fox Business Morning C-Suite Sit-Down. His message: Despite the economy, people can still find great opportunities in franchising. Jeff Elgin of...
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Understanding and using social media

One of the hot topics in franchising (and marketing, in general) is social media, aka Web 2.0. During the franchise convention in San Diego last month I co-hosted a round table discussion titled, "Using the...
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Pros & Cons of Buying a Franchise

This week and next we're going to take a brief look at some of the pros and cons of buying a franchise. We'll start with the pros - feel free to post comments about each...
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Don’t let Wall Street get you down

It's very easy to get stuck in the doom and gloom that's Wall Street. Just this past week, we heard that over $18 billion of the infamous Ballout Fund ended up in the pockets of...
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Politics, Small Business and Franchising

Each day I receive at least one political email, a "forward from a friend" ... typically someone imposing their political views on a regular email list of friends and family. Today I received a pull...
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Out of Work? Consider Buying A Franchise – Part 2

Earlier this month we discussed different options for those who are currently unemployed or recently heard they will be receiving a severance package and asked to look for different opportunities. While buying a franchise isn't...
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Out of work? Consider buying a franchise

Tough news in Charlotte, NC earlier this week. Wachovia Corp, one of the largest companies in Charlotte and the 6th largest bank in the United States, was purchased by Citigroup (Stock ticker C). 5,000 people...
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Franchise Organizations Secret Shop Employees

It's travel season ... last week Washington, DC for Franchise Appreciation Day and this week Franchise Update's annual Franchise Development Conference at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. The conference agenda is helping owners of...