Shark Tank: Pizza Edition Securing investors for your growing pizzeria

Skechers President Michael Greenberg invested in Los Angeles-based Fresh Brothers, giving the company the added capital it needed to grow the chain. Photo by Josh Keown

When looking to finance growth, pizzeria operators encounter few sources: the company’s cash reserves; loans from family and friends; capital from a bank or private equity investors, who swap a signed check for an ownership stake in the pizzeria. “For restaurant owners who don’t want to put collateral on the line and hesitate to borrowMore »

2013 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independents

2013 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independents

Each year, we mail out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation. Using their responses, we compile our Hot 100 list — a ranking of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations (based on sales). This issue is eagerly devoured by Pizza Today’s readers and the list you’ll see on pages 62 and 63 is aMore »

Domino’s upcycles its advertising (With VIDEO)

Domino’s upcycles its advertising (With VIDEO)

Domino’s Pizza had a dilemma when the company rebranded and changed its logo. What does the pizza chain do with all of those signs, print ads, pizza boxes, shirts, and truck panels, etc. that were replaced? Domino’s commissioned up-and-coming artists to create unique pieces of art from old brand materials and launched a Pinterest pageMore »

Healthcare 101: A primer for the pizzeria operator on the Affordable Care Act

Healthcare 101: A primer for the pizzeria operator on the Affordable Care Act

When David Cole teamed with his three brothers to open i Fratelli Pizza in 1987, the group did not discuss the issue of healthcare coverage for themselves let alone entertain any conversation about providing health insurance for employees. That reality changed over the intervening two decades as the Coles expanded the i Fratelli enterprise ––More »

Preventing presenteeism

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Last winter’s flu outbreak highlighted an issue in many businesses: presenteeism, that is, employees showing up even when they’re sick because they need the money and potentially spreading their illness to others. When those employees are handling food and interacting with customers, it’s an even bigger issue. argumentative essay writing Rolf Wilkin, owner of EurekaMore »