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Franchises in focus

Subway Restaurants franchise

As many as one in 12 U.S. businesses that open today are franchises, with one opening every eight minutes, according to Jeffrey H. Wolf, a partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix with nearly 30 years’ experience in franchise law.

Wolf said Arizona is one of the hottest climates for franchises worldwide, and it’s expected to have the nation’s third-highest rate of franchise-employment growth at 4.9 percent this year. Additionally, the state ranks fifth in projected franchise economic output at 7.4 percent, according to a recent study released by IHS Economics for the International Franchise Association.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

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Christopher Todd Communities breaks ground on fifth community in a year

Christopher Todd groundbreaking

Christopher Todd Communities, a local developer known for single-family rental homes and the newly launched “A New Lease on Life” program, has broken ground on Christopher Todd Communities At Stadium. The 313-home Phoenix project on 99th Avenue and Missouri will feature smart home technology and private backyards. It marks the developer’s fifth community in 12 months.

“They are scheduled to deliver 1,160 homes by 2019, making them among Arizona’s biggest builders,” says Mike Brown, Washington Federal Arizona president and project financier. “Land is also under contract in Mesa, Avondale, Goodyear and Queen Creek.”

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– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

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Why we need Girl Scouts

Betsey Bayless

The Boy Scouts announced they are opening their doors to girls. I see their move as a grave disservice to girls. And a cynical response to their financial problems and declining enrollment. There are very few girl-only spaces today.

Girls need a safe space where they can be themselves and build confidence. A place where being female is seen as positive, with inherent strengths.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls, offering hands-on programs designed to meet girls’ specific needs. We all have a stake in ensuring this essential organization continues to help girls thrive.

– Betsey Bayless, lifetime Girl Scout