The lessons learned on the baseball diamond are easily translated to the business environment. Bill Hooks, a franchisee in the Slim Chickens system, played Division 3 baseball and has been able to apply some of the tenants of America’s past time to his franchise business....

BY BETH MATTSON-TEIG Toppers opened 17 stores last year, fueled by good access to capital for franchisees. Franchise groups looking to finance renovations of an existing store or the construction or acquisition of new locations are finding plenty of options. “I think the markets have definitely made...