CiCi's Pizza has launched the Franchisee Partner Investment program, which establishes an "equity partnership" with its franchisees and creates a special fund to help with financing and development of new units. "Every franchisee wants to know that their franchisor has skin in the game, and there is no better way to show how confident we are in our business model than to invest alongside our franchise partners," said Thomas McCord, CiCi's vice president of real estate and franchise development.

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