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AAMCO Continues Its Commitment To Veteran Franchise Ownership With Special Development Incentives »

May 22, 2015 at 12:15PM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

World's Largest Chain of Transmission Specialists Offers Significant Discount on Franchise Fee for U.S. Veterans
HORSHAM, Pa. - May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - An estimated 250,000 service members may separate from the military each year, according to the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making it critical for American businesses to contribute to a successful transition back into the civilian workforce. As part of its commitment to hiring veterans, AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, offers an $8,000 discount on the franchise fee for all qualified, honorably discharged U.S. veterans.
"We have tremendous gratitude for all those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country," said Brian O'Donnell, senior vice president of franchise sales and support for AAMCO...

AAMCO Expert Technicians Jump-Start Spring Cleaning Season With 10 Tips For A Fresh Vehicle »

May 21, 2015 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Springtime Is The Right Time For Car And Truck Maintenance
HORSHAM, Pa. - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As annual spring cleaning rituals get underway, the experts at AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, know that drawers and closets are not the only things that benefit from a thorough once-over. Ignoring winter wear-and-tear on your vehicle can prevent it from running at peak performance, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of costly repairs down the road.
"The best way to keep a car or truck running safely and dependably is through routine preventative maintenance," said AAMCO VP of Technical Support Bruce Chidsey. "We encourage car and truck owners to use the spring cleaning season as an opportunity to get their vehicle in top shape as we transition into the warmer weather months...

MAACO Honored At Inaugural Disney World Procurement Awards »

May 20, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Owners of 19 MAACO Centers In Florida and California Recognized by Disney World as Outstanding Suppliers
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, NC – MAACO Orlando, owned by Matt and Caroline Peach, was acknowledged as an outstanding supplier in the Parks and Resorts category of Disney World’s inaugural Sourcing and Procurement awards. MAACO Orlando received this honor for their work in effectively painting and refurbishing the amusement park’s trashcans.
“Twenty-four years ago I was cleaning these same trashcans as a member of the custodial team,” explained Matt Peach, co-owner of MAACO Orlando. “Today, I’m restoring them as an award-winning supplier to Disney World. I am very proud and thankful to Disney World’s procurement team for this honor...

Ventura Valvoline Instant Oil Change Celebrates Grand Opening With Deep Discount »

May 19, 2015 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change at 1875 E. Thompson Ave, Ventura CA, will offer 1/2 off oil changes to all customers from Friday May 22nd- Sunday May 24th.
Ventura, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, is holding a grand opening event this Memorial Day weekend at their new Ventura location, 1875 E Thompson Ave. This event will offer half off any oil change Friday through Sunday, May 22nd-24th.
The weekend will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony through the Ventura Chamber of Commerce Friday at 12:00pm, with food, fun, and of course, half off oil changes. Saturday from 12:00pm-2:00pm 100.7 KHAY will be having a live broadcast on-site with free tickets and give-a-ways, and half off oil changes...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Celebrates Grand Opening With Deep Discount »

May 19, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change is offering 1/2 Any Oil Change for a grand opening 3543 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach CA all Memorial Day weekend.
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change, home of the 15 minute drive thru oil change, is holding a grand opening event this Memorial Day weekend at their new Long Beach location, 3543 E. Anaheim Street. This event will offer half off any oil change Friday through Sunday, May 22nd-24th.
The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony through the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce 12:00pm-1:00pm, with food, fun, and of course, half off oil changes. Saturday from 12:00pm-2:00pm KLOS will be onsite with their street team with tickets and give-a-ways. Sunday will wrap up the event with continuing 1/2 off any oil change...

A Dedication To Helping People Leads Three Local Women To Open A Brightway Insurance Agency In Melbourne »

May 14, 2015 at 10:02AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway, The A.L.L. Agency Opens for Business Monday, May 18
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Selling insurance in Dad’s agency at 16, working in law enforcement and being there to raise the children to make sure they got their lives started off on the right foot. That’s what honed Amber Curtis, Lisa McCoy and Lisa Arnold’s desires to help people.
Now, in the newest chapter of their lives, they’re going to help people in and around Melbourne make sure they have the insurance coverages they need at prices they want in their Brightway Insurance Agency, The A.L.L. Agency, opening on Monday, May 18 at 4320 South Babcock Street, Suite 102.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country...

Making A Home Seller-Ready For Summer Buyers »

May 12, 2015 at 4:35AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor Explains How Glass Shower Door Enclosures Increase Home Value
Waco, Texas (PRWEB) May 11, 2015 - School’s out and schedules are more flexible making the summer months the top home-buying months of the year for buyers and sellers nationally. But to get a house in tip-top shape for summer buyers, the planning has to start now.
Some of the most common mistakes when selling a house are asking too much money and simply neglecting curb appeal. But there are also little things inside the house that can be deal breakers as well. An outdated and dingy master bath doesn’t exactly scream, “buy me” to potential buyers.
Small touches like a custom vanity mirror and a glass shower door enclosure can spruce up a bathroom and pull at potential buyer’s heartstrings to the point of sealing the deal...

An Oil Change On Mother's Day Weekend Can Help Someone With MS »

May 07, 2015 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Mr. Lube Canada

May 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // Vancouver, BC – This weekend, Canadians can take the front seat in helping the 100,000 Canadians who live with multiple sclerosis. From May 8 to May 10, Mr. Lube Canada will donate $2 from every oil change performed at any Mr. Lube location across the country as part of “Mr. Lube Ending MS,” a campaign to increase awareness of MS and raise funds to support people affected by the disease.
Since 2007, Mr. Lube has hosted the campaign and raised more than $350,000 towards MS research, programs and services for people with MS. The campaign is in honour of Mr. Lube pioneer Cliff Giese, whose wife was diagnosed with MS in 1977.
“Many Canadians don’t know that Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Enters Northeast U.S. »

May 04, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - May 01, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced sizable expansion today with a move into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware market. The growth is the result of the acquisition of 12 Keenan Auto Body locations. Details of today’s deal were not disclosed.
The expansion establishes ABRA’s first presence in this region. The bold move into the Northeast signals the company is not backing down from its plan to be an industry leader in major markets around the country. With the acquisition of such a dominant and reputable multi-shop operator, ABRA is positioned for substantial success and considerable growth throughout the region...

Snap-on To Present At 2015 Baird Growth Stock Conference »

May 04, 2015 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 1, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will present at the Robert W. Baird & Co. 2015 Growth Stock Conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern / 3:00 p.m. Central.
The live webcast with audio and slides can be accessed by visiting the Snap-on website, www.snapon.com/sna, or at the following URL: http://wsw.com/webcast/baird42/sna. To ensure timely access, it is recommended that viewers go to the website at least ten minutes prior to the start of the presentation to register and to download and install any necessary software. Following the webcast, an archived replay will be available on the company’s website for approximately 90 days...

Snap-on Incorporated Declares Quarterly Dividend »

May 01, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 30, 2015 - The Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) board of directors declared today a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.53 per share payable June 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on May 20, 2015. Snap-on has paid consecutive quarterly cash dividends, without interruption or reduction, since 1939.
About Snap-on
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education...

Local Brightway Agency Donation Provides 16 Million Gallons Of Fresh Water »

April 30, 2015 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

For Zimbabwe Children and Families
April 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Dimitri Apostle, owner of Brightway, The Dimitri J. Apostle Agency in Charlotte, has made a donation to the Friendship Foundation for Zimbabwe that will enable the organization to buy 16 water filters; each filter is capable of producing 1 million gallons of fresh drinking water for children and families in the southern African country.
Brightway Insurance, with headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of 117 franchised independent agencies throughout in 10 states.
“My son’s soccer coach, Patrick Daka, is a Zimbabwe native and co-founder of The Friendship Foundation,” said Apostle...

Christian Brothers Franchise Launches Groundbreaking Health Insurance Program »

April 28, 2015 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

In 2015, Individually Operated Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Owners Aggregated Their Health Care Plan Purchasing Power and Formed a Large Group Health Care Plan to Benefit Themselves and Their Employees
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Apr 28, 2015) - At the 2014 Annual Convention of Christian Brothers Automotive (CBA) franchise owners, the corporate team announced that they would be offering a new large group health care plan platform designed to meet the health care coverage needs of owners and their employees.
The newly customized health care plan created a large group plan comprised of many individual participating owners that offers plan options similar to plans previously available only to employees of larger corporations...

Snap-on To Webcast Annual Shareholder Meeting Live Via The Internet »

April 28, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 27, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) announced today that it will webcast its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders live via the Internet on Thursday, April 30. The webcast will be available on the Snap-on website beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on April 30. The archived presentation will also be available on the Snap-on site for a period of time following the live webcast.
To attend this event, visit www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. To ensure that you gain access on the day of the presentation, please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to download and install any necessary audio software.
About Snap-on
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks...

AAMCO To Sponsor Upcoming Inaugural Charity Vision Fight Night Fundraiser On May 15, 2015 »

April 27, 2015 at 11:34AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

AAMCO Partners with Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney to Help Knock Out Blindness
HORSHAM, Pa - April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, is pleased to announce its support for the upcoming Charity Vision Fight Night fundraiser in Salt Lake City, Utah, which will bring together heavyweights of boxing and politics to raise needed funds to fight blindness. Since 1986 Charity Vision has been working to reverse the global epidemic of blindness. Across the globe nearly 39 million people live in total blindness; ninety percent of those are in developing countries.
"AAMCO and our franchise owners are proud to be supporting Charity Vision in their fight to find sustainable ways to cure the blindness problem in our communities at home and across the globe," said AAMCO President and Chief Executive Officer, Brett Ponton...

Speedemissions, Inc. Announces Year-End 2014 Financial Results »

April 24, 2015 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Apr 24, 2015) - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SPMI) (the "Company") is a national retail brand offering consumers automobile emissions testing and safety inspections, as well as the developer BuyCarSafety.com and the Automobile Date Vehicle Information Safety Report ("ADVISR"), today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014.
For the year ended December 31, 2014, revenue decreased (21.4%) or $1,517,244, from $7,095,937 in the prior year to $5,578,693. This reduction in revenue is primarily due to a the sale of six stores in Houston, five stores in Salt Lake City and eleven stores leases not renewed and/or closed due to lack of performance. The drop in revenue was mitigated by the acquisition of seven Auto Emissions Express in late 2013 and an increase in same store sales of $78,000 or 2...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 23, 2015 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Organic sales up 9.9%;Operating earnings before financial services of 16.7% of sales improves 120 basis points;Diluted EPS of $1.87 increases 15.4%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 23, 2015 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the first quarter of 2015.

Sales of $827.8 million increased $40.3 million, or 5.1%, from 2014 levels; excluding $38.5 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation and $4.9 million of acquisition-related sales, organic sales increased 9...

Christian Brothers Automotive Debuts New Headquarters In Houston »

April 21, 2015 at 9:51AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Automotive Franchise Takes Next Step in Ambitious Expansion Plans for 2015
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Houston – Christian Brothers Automotive, a leading automotive maintenance and repair franchise, has made a name for itself by following one simple philosophy: Treat others as you wish to be treated. President and CEO Mark Carr knew applying this outlook to his business meant going beyond just restoring trust in the auto repair market - it also meant providing consumers with a one-of-a-kind service experience, right down to the waiting rooms where they could sit and relax in during visits. Every facet of Christian Brothers Automotive’s design has been carefully weighed, measured and selected by Carr, from the leather couches guests can enjoy to the artwork hanging on the waiting room walls...

Thrifty Car Rental Expands Network To Singapore »

April 20, 2015 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz's longstanding franchise partner Sime Darby now operating Thrifty Singapore to cater to value oriented customers' mobility needs.
LONDON - April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Thrifty Car Rental, part of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has expanded its network to Singapore, opening two prominent downtown locations in Ubi Road and Alexandra Road respectively. Thrifty Singapore is operated by Hertz's long-established franchise partner Sime Darby, which holds an outstanding reputation in the automotive industry. Customers can book travel from www.thrifty.com.
Thrifty's downtown branches, conveniently placed in Singapore's urban areas, will bring car rental closer to those customers with value oriented requirements. Leisure customers as well as small and medium enterprises will benefit from a varied fleet, competitive rates, optional extras and attractive offers...

BuyCarSafety.com ADVISR Report Provides Consumers With Critically Important Car Safety Information »

April 17, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

BuyCarSafety.com ADVISR Report Provides Consumers with Critically Important Car Safety Information
ATLANTA, GA. - April 8, 2015 - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTCPK: SPMI, the “Company”), a leader in the vehicle emissions and safety inspections industry, is pleased to announce the availability of the Automotive Data Vehicle Information Safety Report (“ADVISR”), a simple solution for automobile owners to obtain Technical Service Bulletins and Automobile Recall Notices produced by other U.S and foreign automobile manufacturers. The report is available for purchase by visiting the Company’s automobile safety web site, BuyCarSafety.com.
It just could save a life.
Technical Service Bulletins, or TSB’s, are how an automobile manufacturer communicates with its network of dealers when it comes to problems under the hood, in the passenger compartment or even the body of an automobile...



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