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Monthly Round-Up: March Franchise/Small Business News

As March (and the 1st quarter of annual business) draws to a close, we at Proven Match are dedicated to keeping you informed about the franchise industry. We intend to use this week’s blog edition to discuss some of the more relevant news and notes from the small business and franchise sectors. In case you need a refresher, here are some trending updates from within our industry, happening now: 

Top 2017 Zors, Ranked

Each March, industry pub Franchise Times ranks the top franchise opportunities based on its proprietary six-point rubric. It’s a way to keep even casual observers abreast of some of the most intriguing best bets in the franchise business. A quick rundown of the review process: they chose 10 of the hottest categories, identified relevant contenders (Item 19 a minimum for qualification), checked profitability metrics, spoke to experts and analysts, compiled votes from a two-month period and lastly, declared winners. Who are the hottest of the hot, as determined by Franchise Times? Here’s the list, though not in any particular order:

  • Blaze Pizza
  • Dogtopia
  • Pinot’s Palette
  • Weed Man Lawn Care
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Dairy Queen
  • Burger 21
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Tailored Living
  • American Family Care

Check out the full set of listings and descriptions by visiting the Franchise Times 2017 Zor Awards.

Save These Dates in May…

A couple of upcoming franchise-related conferences just hit our radar and they might be worth checking out. First up is the 33rd Annual International Bar Association/International Franchise Association (IBA/IFA) Joint Conference, to be held May 8-9 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. If it’s a legal issue regarding the franchise industry, you’ll hear about it here. Details on registration and travel can be found here.

Just two weeks later is the IFA Franchise Development Program seminar to be held May 18 at the Westin Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. During these semi-annual programs, franchise executives can learn about development solutions and best practices with real world scenarios. Franchisors are becoming more creative in attracting franchise candidates—find out how you stack up against the competition. Details on registration and travel arrangements can be found here.

Trump Tax Cuts Coming?

Following the demise of the Obamacare repeal, all eyes are back on Washington this week, as the Trump administration seems prepared to plow forward with its tax cut plan. What’s been said so far sure sounds attractive to the franchise industry—more specifically, a lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to 20. The tax reform plan also calls for a massive tax cut for the middle class, which would presumably free up discretionary income to further kick-start the economy.

That’s it for the March 2017 franchise news roundup. Check back with us in April for another edition the last week of the month.


As a franchisor, you’ll want to know which existing and potential franchisees best fit your business concept. Proven Match is the proven solution in determining those factors. Through our proven behavioral assessment techniques, a predictive analysis becomes predictive success for your franchise concept. If you’re ready to show your leadership by getting started, give us a call and we’ll put you on the path to a more productive year in 2017.

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