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Winget: 'Being passionate is a total load of crap'

Success is much simpler than we make it out to be, says bestselling author Larry Winget. Success boils down to hard work and excellence.

Snapshots from the Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014

The 2014 Fast Casual Executive Summit brought together more than 300 industry leaders representing 121 different restaurant concepts from eight different countries.

5 Easy Ways to Make Facebook Work for You

Facebook is a powerful marketing tool, and with just a few minutes a week, you can use it to create a profitable presence for your business. Here are 5 quick tips for planning, executing and tracking your Facebook activity to turn online fans into offline customers and drive growth for your business.

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Billy Sims' key to growth: Stay true, keep it simple

Since 2004, Oklahoma-based chain Billy Sims Barbecue has grown to 40 locations in five states.

Want to influence customers? Listen up, say marketing experts

Listening to customers can yield key insights into what customers like, what they don't like, what's working and what's not. Those insights yield actionable intelligence that can be used to shape messages and strategy.

Restaurant Technology Grader

Ask the right questions and get the answers you need to make better technology decisions for your restaurant.

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Big brands capture big social media share, but smaller brands get the love

It's no surprise that Chipotle grabs the lions' share of social media attention among top fast casual brands, but smaller, regional eateries inspire the most passion among fans.

Eliminate complacency to build a thriving enterprise

People, products, markets, customers and processes are dynamic and must change in order to adapt and grow.

Which is better for your business: A mobile website or a mobile app?

Millennials expect your website to have more than just your location, hours of operation and phone number; they want to see your menu, reviews, promotions and photos.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Foodies on the move

The food tour was part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Fast-paced technology changes highlighted in annual Fast Casual State of the Industry report

Restaurant operators are paying their employees more now than they were last year.

Is it time for a mobile site? Check for yourself in Google Analytics

Sixty-one percent of mobile users will simply leave a website that is not optimized for viewing on their device and will move on to competition.

Firehouse CEO: Restaurant industry dealing with unprecedented headwinds

Union activism, food costs, data breaches and minimum wage debates are just part of the 'external factors' facing restaurant operators.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

Despite a few notable bright spots -- Wendy's, Domino's -- most observers agree that the QSR segment is in trouble. What are the lessons and opportunities for the fast casual segment?

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HMSHost adds two execs to support development efforts

HMSHost has appointed Stephanie Havard as EVP of Restaurant Development, overseeing strategic investment, concept development and design and construction; and Derryl Benton has been named as EVP of Business Development, overseeing and extending industry contracts. Both roles will report to...

Restaurant Association’s EVP named a 'Top Lobbyist'

Scott DeFife, EVP of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, has once again been named a 2014 top lobbyist by "The Hill" newspaper. This is the sixth time DeFife has been selected by the publication for inclusion...

Creamistry opens new Long Beach location

Creamistry offers customized ice cream created using liquid nitrogen.

Korilla BBQ parks it at new storefront location

Korilla BBQ, which got its start as a food truck, also plans to launch three additional stores in the Upper East Side, Financial District, and Brooklyn.

Consolidated Concepts adds two senior supply chain executives

Wade Winters is joining Consolidated Concepts as vice president of Supply Chain, and Joni Miller is joining as director of Supply Chain.

Int'l Franchise Association, Cyber Security Alliance caution franchisees about cybersecurity

International Franchise Association and the National Cyber Security Alliance will create materials to support a culture of cybersecurity.

Blaze Pizza plans entry into Florida

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will soon be coming to Florida with plans to open eight locations in the state by the end of 2015. The concept is scheduled to open its first Florida location in Ft. Lauderdale's Uptown...

Erik's DeliCafé featured on Healthy Dining website

Erik's DeliCafé is now featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com.

Big Apple Bagels opens new store in Indiana

The new location at 2049 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette is two miles away from the previous location.

Panda Express opens first restaurant in Dubai

Gourmet Gulf will open a second branch at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence later this year, according to the report.

HR director provides tips for discrimination claims

Director of Human Resources David Peasall at FrankCrum, a professional employer organization, spoke out about why companies should prepare for the possibility of discrimination suits

'Discover Fresh' campaign includes new leadership hires, messaging

The campaign, which involves corporate and restaurant-level changes, supports Garden Fresh's commitment to farm-fresh food and made-from-scratch menu items.

Zaxby's secures sponsorship of Heart of Dallas Bowl game

The game will be called the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, and the sponsorship will be for four years through the 2017 bowl game, with an option to extend for a longer period.

Tropical Smoothie Café adds turkey club options, 'Naughty' and 'Nice' smoothies to holiday menu

Tropical Smoothie Café is adding six new holiday-themed options to its menu nationwide through late December.

Slapfish adds 'Little Sharks Menu' for kids

Slapfish is introducing a "Little Sharks Menu" for kids under 12 at its Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach locations in Southern California.

Costa Vida set to open first Seattle store

Costa Vida will break into the Seattle metropolitan market when it opens a new restaurant at 1900 S. Commons, Suite A in Federal Way on Nov. 17.

Restaurant group secures financing for Corner Bakery Cafe expansion

MX Restaurants and Bakeries Inc. has secured a $5.6 million loan from GE Capital's Franchise Finance to pay off short-term debt related to a recent acquisition and to develop four additional Corner Bakery Cafe units.

Franchise Rankings names 10 best franchises

Franchiserankings.com announced rankings for Best Overall Franchises and Best Food Franchises for October 2014..

Bruegger's Bagels announces winner of $10,000 Artist Challenge

Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.

Jamba Juice launches Chicagoland hiring push

Jamba Juice will be hosting a Jamba Hiring Day in the Chicago area on Oct. 24 to identify and recruit candidates for Jamba team member or store personnel positions.

Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite announce SoCal expansion plans

Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite plan to open dozens of locations together in Southern California.

Newk's doubles inaugural ovarian cancer research fundraising goal

Newk's Eatery and participants in the Newk's Cares OCRF Ready. Set. Ride! Ovarian Cycle fundraiser generated more than $117,500 for the inaugural year of the campaign.

Buffalo Wild Wings will sponsor Citrus Bowl

Buffalo Wild Wing and Florida Citrus Sports announced the restaurant chain will sponsor the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on New Year's Day.

Togo's opens two new California units

Togo's Eateries will open two new units in Los Banos and Brawley before the end of October.

Juice It Up! nabs spot on 'Next 300 Franchise Chains' list

Juice It Up! has recorded two years of net sales growth, with a 50-percent increase over the past 25 months.

Culinary Software Services releases Cheftec Xt4

Culinary Software Services recently released ChefTec xt4, featuring simplified entry of Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points information, a new EDI interface with FreshPoint and improved interfaces.

Burger 21 on the hunt for Greater Washington DC franchisees

Burger 21 hopes to expand its footprint in Maryland, Virginia and Downtown Washington, DC.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian eyes California for expansion

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is expanding its footprint in California by adding new franchise units to its current count of 55.

Venuelabs launches free social listening tool for small businesses

AboutLocal lets small retailers listen to and engage with their customers in real time across hundreds of disparate online channels.

Top Round partners with franchise group to grow nationally

Top Round, which opened in L.A. in June 2013, is looking to grow in that market, New York, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Lightspeed adds restaurants to POS portfolio

Commerce platform provider Lightspeed has announced its entry into the hospitality industry with the launch of Lightspeed Restaurant. According to a news release, Lightspeed now serves 21,000 businesses processing over $8.2B in sales annually. The company also announced that it...

Groupon launches business ratings platform

Groupon has launched more than 7 million new listings for merchants called Pages, a platform that includes ratings, tips, money-saving opportunities and other information about merchants throughout the US. For the first time, Groupon is using a platform to publish...

Corner Bakery set to open first Idaho location

The restaurant is owned and operated by Ben Eramya of Feast Northwest LLC, which plans to open another cafe in Boise near the Boise Towne Square Mall early next year.

Zomato restaurant discovery service launches in Canada

Zomato plans to expand across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in the coming months.

Dickey's opens six new units

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announced the openings of six new locations in Texas, New Mexico, California and Maryland.

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