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Welcome to the February issue of Franchising USA.

Franchising provides a safer way to start a business, but as with any new business there are still many things to consider when taking the leap to entrepreneurship. So we’re sharing some great concepts for you to consider, along with plenty of tips and advice on how to succeed from our Industry Experts.

Our Front Cover features Gigi’s Cupcakes, a franchise that has grown from a single store on Broadway to one of the most sought-after gourmet cupcake and bakery franchises. Turn to page 10 to read how America’s Favorite Cupcake Franchise is Baking Up a Recipe for National Success and is seeking franchisees who want to bring the Gigi’s brand to new, exciting markets.

Our Special Feature looks at Business Services Franchising, with the Interface Financial Group on the Feature Cover. Find out how this franchise represents a technology enhanced and technology advanced system, and learn how IFG can help you maintain a healthy cash flow through its innovative financing solutions. Here you can also explore the various options available in Business Services Franchising as our Feature Article takes a look at the many outside services required by most businesses, including shipping and handling, tech services, supply orders, electrical and cleaning services; a never ending list that offers no shortage of opportunities for someone looking to invest in this industry.

This issue we’ve included some Veterans News highlights in our Veterans in Franchising supplement, along with some inspiring stories and advice from veteran turned franchise owners. Be sure to read their stories as they share the lessons they learned in the military that have led to business success.

We’ve brought back another round of Ask the Expert, where industry expert Evan Hackel explores and answers reader questions about franchising. Have a question about your franchise? Email your franchising question to Evan at ehackel@ingage.net and it could get featured in a future issue.

Happy reading!