Louisiana Apple has bought 29 Applebee's Grill and Bar units in Wisconsin, expanding its overall portfolio to include 47 Applebee's units. Its other restaurants are in Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky.
DoorDash has released a list of expected delivery trends for next year, based on dishes that saw a large uptick in orders this year. Among other things, the data shows enthusiasm for apple pie and other desserts, side dishes including Brussels sprouts and cream cheese rangoons, and Thai food.
Franchise specialists in Asia predict growth in private education, technology enrichment for children and "Instagrammable" food. In New Zealand, attorney Stewart Germann expects more multiunit ownership and gyms.
California wildfires force small businesses to be ready to evacuate, outsource work or keep power going with generators. Even companies miles away from flames are affected by smoke and ash that threaten crops, machinery and tourism.
Before seeking a business loan, educate yourself about common financing types, what lenders will want to see, and your credit scores and reports. "Never approach a lender without knowing their requirements first, because ignorance will cost you a great deal in time and money," writes Levi King, CEO of Nav.
Technological advances in banking and online marketing open up small businesses to cyberthreats, and owners can respond with a five-step plan from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The plan involves identifying vulnerable data, safeguarding systems and working to detect anomalies.
Dandy joins the growing at-home orthodontics industry but with a twist: The startup combines at-home teeth-straightening treatment with in-person visits. The startup aims to fill the gap between expensive branded options and direct-to-consumer products that experts say can be dangerous.
Several startups in the cryptocurrency space have failed to meet agreements with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to providing requested information or repaying investors. Airfox, Paragon Coin and Gladius Network say they were given additional time, but the agency hasn't disclosed that information.
Challenging people fall into two categories: jerks who need to go and disrupters with legitimate criticism. Companies that learn to manage the well-meaning challengers can tap into their passion and dedication, entrepreneur Mary Juetten writes.