The 10 Best Franchises to Follow, 2021

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When you think of start-ups, franchise might not be the first thing to strike your mind. But the terms “start-up” and “franchise” make a great combination. Owning a Franchise can provide the perfect vehicle for start-up entrepreneurs for achieving financial success.


Right from the smallest of things like the grass getting too tall or the television not receiving a signal, to the bigger ones like washers not working or a power outage, homes need constant attention, care, and maintenance.


ChicP: Changing the way people look at food

Hummus is not just for eating as a dip but fantastic with any meal, as an accompaniment or sauce. Just add it to veggies, pasta, pies, grain dishes, or salad, or just as a spread. The list is endless.

Thai Express: Making every meal memorable

Thai Heart means to create experiences we love, consume and share. To honor our origins and maintain a Thai mindset in our actions.

Jade Clinics: Revamping the beauty industry

The only multi-unit hair removal company that specializes in electrolysis, Jade Clinics has been dominating its industry.

ARCpoint Labs: Leaders in Accurate, Reliable and Confidential Diagnostic Testing

Not having enough sources to provide reliable and accurate testing has became a cause for concern for industries throughout the country.

Foxy Box Laser + Wax Bar: Revolutionizing the waxing experience

Educating and reconnecting women with self and what they truly want empowers them to shift from invisible to powerful and from shame to celebration.

Young Rembrandts: A Globally Renowned Art Educator

By passing along the joy of art, we will educate and enrich our world communities for generations.

Affordable elder care at home by In Home Personal Services

It is not just about providing for the seniors but understanding the entire family dynamic is the key.


A representation of advanced ancient technology

Indigenous technology can be a part of everyday life. Here’s how

Ancient practices that have existed in various parts of the world can still be relevant, and prevalent, today.

A half closed laptop in the dark

How African countries are tackling the challenge of economic fraud

Anti-fraud measures are becoming more sophisticated, with technology playing a big part, and more increasingly artificial intelligence.

faceless male entrepreneur using smartphone against white background

One of the reasons for smartphone anxiety. It makes you available 24/7

The existence of smartphones has modified social and work expectations so that 24-hour availability is now often considered the norm.

Old man sitting by a tree

How can we empower seniors with the help of digital technology

Empowering older adults to become digital citizens will not only help them stay connected, but help them access essential services like housing.

A fax machine in Japan

Japan’s love affair with fax is a strange relic of technological fantasies

Look further back, and there’s a deeper history, entangled with modern imperialism, that feeds into our idea of contemporary Japan.

The pride flag

How can social media help LGBTQ youth thrive?

Understanding both the risks and the benefits of online support is key to helping LGBTQ youth both on- and offline.

A concrete mixer with the flag of America posted on it.

CO2-infused cement could dramatically cut global emissions.

Researchers are developing ways to lock captured CO2 into cement. It could help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and deal with climate change at the same time.

The power of stem cells and their effect on organ regeneration

Stem cells that are stripped of their immune features and can’t trigger rejection.

How can we protect ourselves from Deepfakes?

Research can now identify the manipulation of a video by looking closely at the pixels of specific frames.


Capital Hill in the evening

How does the government shutdown affect you?

Congress is working on a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. Scholars explain what’s in store if they fail.

On the Floor, 119th Congress.

How media makes lives of women politicians difficult?

To really fix this often glaring media bias, more journalists around the globe must be trained to recognize and eschew harmful gender stereotypes.

Will Kazakhstan ever embrace democracy?

Democracy in Kazakhstan is not the start of its journey but rather its destination.

A brief history of science writing shows the rise of the female voice

If you look closely enough, it’s clear women played an important role, as both readers and authors, in the history of science writing.


We need more generalists if we want more innovation.

Innovative ideas tend to come, not from specialized experts, but from generalists.

GE has returned to its industrial roots. Why it matters?

GE’s retreat from finance signaled that the role of industrial companies in the US economy is once again on the rise.

How chemicals can save the world from climate change?

They have a vital role to play in developing technological solutions to help save us from climate catastrophe,

Factories of the past are turning into the data centers of the future

We tend to focus our attention on what is new about the era of big data. But our digital present is in fact deeply connected to our industrial past.


A picture of Himalayas at sunrise

How Bhutan and Nepal could change Asia?

Their economic futures could change radically through collaboration between the countries in the region, lifting millions of people out of poverty.

cars parked near mansions in city residential district in sunlight

Can a future ban on gas-powered cars work? An economist explains

California announced that after 2035, sales of gas-powered vehicles would be banned in a state where more than 50% of greenhouse emissions are generated by transportation.

Black & White picture of college students at a graduation ceremony

How learning basic financial skills help young people find a job?

Including financial skills in existing education programmes could help more young people find and keep work.




A Dream

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam,
A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
So trembled from afar
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth’s day star?

-Edgar Allan Poe

Mind And Matter

Great was his soul and high his aim,
He viewed the world, and he could trace
A lofty plan to leave his name
Immortal ‘mid the human race.
But as he planned, and as he worked,
The fungus spore within him lurked

Though dark the present and the past,
The future seemed a sunlit thing.
Still ever deeper and more vast,
The changes that he hoped to bring.
His was the will to dare and do;
But still the stealthy fungus grew.

Alas the plans that came to nought!
Alas the soul that thrilled in vain!
The sunlit future that he sought
Was but a mirage of the brain.
Where now the wit? Where now the will?
The fungus is the master still.

-Arthur Conan Doyle


“The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.”

-Kenneth H. Blanchard

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference.”

-Mark Sanborn


Even after 500 years, Machiavelli remains politically relevant

Machiavelli’s contributions to the tradition of political realism are enduring. They include his admonition to take the world as it is, rather than it should be; his recognition that power and self-interest play a paramount role in political affairs; his insight that statecraft is an art, requiring political leaders to adapt both to enduring structures and changing times; and his insistence that the dictates of raison d’état may conflict with those of conventional morality.