Featured FAN - Ciara Stockeland

Ciara Stockeland has owned and operated businesses since the age of 12. Her business mindset and tenacity led her to opening her first store, Mama Mia, a high-end maternity store located in Fargo, ND in 2006. Shortly after, she developed and opened MODE a designer outlet store located next to Mama Mia. In 2008, Ciara chose to merge her two concepts into MODE and has successfully developed the concept into a thriving franchise. Stockeland now serves as the COO of MODE and under her leadership has successfully expanded MODE to 12 locations across the Midwest and South Carolina with more on the way.

FANs Testify About Harmful Joint Employer Standard at Senate Hearing

By: Haider Murtaza

On Thursday, June 16, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing on the challenge to create jobs under the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer standard. Chairman David Vitter verified his clear stance on the issue: it negatively impacts the small business community. This notion was featured in the testimony from two franchise operators, Ciara Stockeland, franchisor and owner of MODE, and Lynn Berberich a BrightStar Care franchisee.

Franchise Owner Offers Solutions for Changing the Cycle of Poverty in America

By: Jenna Weisbord

Franchising is uniquely situated to address the problem of poverty in America and affect serious change by encouraging employment for those who need it most, according to Azim Saju, Vice President and General Counsel for HDG Hotels. Saju submitted a statement for the record today on behalf of the International Franchise Association to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, which held the first in a series of hearings to address a problem plaguing our nation: poverty.

Rep. LaHood, McDonald’s Owner Have Beef With Proposed Overtime Rules

By: Eric Stock and Terry James

BLOOMINGTON – In a move that U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, said would raise the cost of doing business, the Labor Department is proposing a rule that would raise the threshold for overtime eligibility from about $24,000 per year to nearly $50,000.

Regulatory Roadblocks to Job Creation

By: Nicholas Johns

Small business owners understand the amount of overregulation coming from administrative agencies is stifling job creation and growth prospects.