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The “38 States” of America

The 1970s weren’t just disco balls and gas shortages. There was another movement on the horizon, the “38 States”, though it never did gain enough traction to take hold, but what if it had? What state would you be living in today? How would your business and territories be impacted? C. Etzel Pearcy was a […]

TRAVEL: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index – 2014

TRAVEL: Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index – 2014 In the modern world we travel for two main reasons: business and pleasure. Traveling for business is more of a necessity, but why do we travel for pleasure? Again, there are two main reasons: escape and exploration. Escape travel allows us to leave behind our daily concerns […]

World Population and Income Distribution

World Population and Income Distribution Map Whenever we come across a really cool map, we love to share! Today’s share comes to us from National Geographic. What’s particularly cool about this map is the amount of information you can gather in just a quick scan: 1 – Where are the 7 billion people in the […]

Four World Map Perspectives

Everyone naturally sees things from their own personal perspective, and therefore, we are each the ‘center of our own universe,’ right? When it comes to mapping, this could not be truer. When you enter an address in say, Google Maps, what does the tool do? It centers the map on that point, of course! No […]

The Shrinking of the Middle Class in America

The Shrinking of the Middle Class in America Even as the economy is reported to be in ‘recovery’ we continue to hear about the long-term impact of the ‘Great Recession’ on the Middle Class, particularly that it is shrinking. Is it true? Take a look at the data, and it’s hard to disagree. Fewer households […]

World’s Largest Oil Spills (25th Anniversary of Exxon-Valdez)

On March 24, 1989, exactly 25 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine water. It was the largest oil spill in the U.S. at the time. The disaster had far-reaching effects. With fishermen no […]

Minimum Wage in 2014

In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, minimum wage was once again a hot topic. Obama urged local leaders not to wait for Congress to act, but rather to take matters in their own hands and raise the minimum wage to $10.10, well above the current $7.25 federal minimum wage under the Fair […]

Floral Industry – Valentine’s Day Roses

On this day of love, the floral industry is blooming! According to (International Floral Organisation), 25% of adults in the U.S. purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day in 2013. Men outpaced women 2 to 1 on this holiday (64% vs. 36%, respectively). Similar sales levels are expected in 2014. Men give […]

2014 Franchise 500 Ranking

The 35th annual Franchise 500, compiled by  reveals the top performers in franchising for 2014. Jumping to the number one spot is Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym franchise. The company was ranked #6 in 2013, a remarkable climb considering it first opened its doors in 2002. Based in Minneapolis, the company now has nearly […]

Meal Preparation: “Don’t Have Time” Heat Map – Service Franchise Opportunity

Meal Preparation: “Don’t Have Time” As a society, time is a commodity of which we never seem to have enough. One of the casualties of lack of time is the shrinking number of families spending time together around the dinner table enjoying homemade meals. Meal preparation businesses are growing in popularity to fill this gap in […]