Mary Avant

The Ultimate Staff Reward

Auntie Anne’s takes employee incentives to the extreme.

Participants on Be the Boss compete to win a free Auntie Anne's franchise.
"Be the Boss" participants compete for a free Auntie Anne's franchise.

Any seasoned brand, operator, or human-resources expert will tell you that rewarding your employees can bring about a host of positive results, from improved employee morale to better customer service.

But pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s is taking employee incentives to a new level, awarding one deserving and unsuspecting employee not just a raise or promotion, but a franchise unit of his or her very own.

A New Age for Women

This is not the 1950s. Women aren’t confined to the home, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the kids (unless they want to, of course), nor can they only find work as secretaries in a male-dominated corporate world. No, today, women have power: They can balance work and family life; they can excel in any profession; and, just like men, they can own their own businesses.

The Fight for America

With gloves off and the days ticking down to November 6, the two contenders for the most powerful position in the world—reigning President Barack Obama in one corner and challenger Mitt Romney in the other—are prepped and ready to compete in the battle of a lifetime.

Special Preview: Dine America

Dine America is a networking conference that all restaurant and foodservice leaders should attend.

It is not a trade show or other run-of-the-mill conference. Dine America has garnered a reputation as a boutique gathering of top minds in the restaurant industry who attend not only for the educational sessions, which offer both industry-specific and outside-the-box ideas, but also for the outstanding networking opportunities that take place on and off the conference floor.

Moe’s On a Mission

Looking at the expansion, renovation, and innovation at Moe’s Southwest Grill over the past year, it’s safe to say that this burrito-based concept is on a mission—a food mission, that is.

“I took the position as a leader of the brand, and I was not going to talk about our steak being grass-fed or our tofu being organic until we could say that 100 percent of the time in 100 percent of our restaurants,” says Paul Damico, who took over as president of Moe’s three years ago.

Top 10 Taxes and Fees

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Tax season may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put taxes and fees out of your head altogether. Since you can’t run a business without them, it’s better to arm yourself with knowledge and know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here, QSR breaks down the 10 most common taxes and fees that quick serves should keep an eye on.

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