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Brightway Insurance Recognized With Two National Awards »

January 29, 2015 at 4:12AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 28, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for the second year in a row. The company has also been named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 list.
Brightway, the only property/casualty insurance agency franchisor on the list, landed the #252 spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s ranking (up from #277 in 2014) based on financial and statistical data from July 2012 to July 2014.
The most important factors, according to Entrepreneur, are financial strength and stability, growth rate and the size of the system. Also considered are the number of years a company has been in business, the length of time it’s been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percent of terminations and whether the company provides financing...

Brightway Insurance Announces Its Agency Of The Year And New Agency Of The Year »

January 28, 2015 at 4:10AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway, a national insurance retailer selling through franchised locations, names its Agency of the Year and New Agency of the Year.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) January 27, 2015 - Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has named the Boca Raton agency owned by Eric Rand its Agency of the Year.
This designation, awarded annually, goes to the agency open for more than one full year with the most new business written premium.
Rand, new to the insurance industry, opened his agency in January 2010. By January 2014, he grew it into a $14.6 million agency. In 2014, he and his seven-person team added another 2,600 customers, driving his agency’s written premium to more than $17 million, making his the largest agency in the Brightway system...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Huntersville »

January 27, 2015 at 8:19AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Huntersville, NC – (January 23, 2015) – Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop known for its commitment to honesty, integrity and excellent customer service, opened a new location this month situated at 16618 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, North Carolina. Colleen Manno in her new Huntersville store
Located near the southeast corner of Sam Furr Rd (Hwy 73) and Old Statesville Rd (Hwy 115) across from the CVS parking lot, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an comfortable lobby with a home-charm décor that features upscale furniture, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors. Christian Brothers also offers a free courtesy shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from work, home or errands while your vehicle is being serviced...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results Conference Call »

January 22, 2015 at 6:06AM PST | Source: Snap-on Tools

January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // KENOSHA, Wis. - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) will release 2014 fourth quarter and full year results prior to the market open on Thursday, February 5, 2015. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00am ET on that day. The conference call, with accompanying slides, will be webcast live via the Internet.
To access the call, visit http://www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. The quarterly release and the slides which will accompany the call can be accessed under the Downloads tab in the webcast viewer, as well as on the Snap-on website under the tabs Investor Information / Investor Events / Company Presentations. An archived replay will be available on the Snap-on website for at least one week following the call...

Sixt Continues To Push Expansion In The USA »

January 21, 2015 at 6:52AM PST | Source: Sixt


New station opened in Detroit, more stations planned in other cities such as Dallas, Boston, and Philadelphia
Number of locations almost doubled to 50 over the course of 2014
Sixt wins Expedia and carrentals.com customer satisfaction survey

January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Munich / Fort Lauderdale – Sixt, Germany's biggest car rental company, is continuing to push its expansion in North America. The international mobility provider now has a station at Detroit Metro Airport offering its customers a comprehensive range of premium services and a broad spectrum of well appointed vehicles including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac. One of the Detroit station's major target groups will be the American automobile industry which is based there...

RNR Custom Wheels And Tire Express's Annual Franchisee Conference: Celebrates A Banner Year »

January 21, 2015 at 4:07AM PST | Source: RNR Custom Wheels and Tires

January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // RNR Custom Wheels and Tire Express held their annual franchisee conference January 5th through the 7th, 2015, in Tampa, Florida, and had an amazing turnout! Ninety-nine percent of their franchisees made the trip from almost 20 states to converge on Tampa and celebrate 2014's success, as well as to make plans for the year to come.
Franchisees brought along operators, managers and employees to learn more about where the company is heading on a corporate level in 2015, and to sit down and talk about the things that have worked for them in 2014 and ask advice of other franchisees whose successes can feed their own endeavors. Topics ranged from digital marketing and the launch of RNR's new website, to social media, to product selection, to finding the perfect location for new RNR stores; but one thing franchisees appreciate the most is the time allotted to just pick each other's brains and discuss their businesses...

Hertz Equipment Rental Expands Florida, US Operations With New Sanford Based Depot »

January 16, 2015 at 4:16AM PST | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, Fla. - Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has opened the doors to its new Sanford, Florida location to serve northern Orlando, Daytona Beach and the surrounding area. The 27,000 square foot facility provides rental equipment solutions to support road and general construction as well as earth moving, environmental, and aerial-related projects.
HERC expands Florida, US operations with new Sanford based depot.
"Florida is an exciting market for us, especially given the steady comeback of its construction industry. We opened our new Sanford location to support our expanding operations in Orlando - a large metro area where we have a significant presence," said Robert G...

Meineke Presents The Top 10 Winter Car Maintenance Tips »

January 15, 2015 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Leaders in complete car care help prepare vehicles for the cold weather.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire - Driving is an everyday part of life for the owners of more than 250 million vehicles on the road in the U.S. Preparing vehicles for the colder months with a specialized winter checkup is crucial as the drop in temperatures can wreak havoc on even a well-maintained vehicle. Due diligence helps drivers prevent the possibility of being stranded in the cold and can help eliminate the need for unexpected emergency repairs, which can be costly. The total car care experts at Meineke have assembled a list of top 10 winter car care recommended tips each vehicle owner should know before heading into unpleasant winter weather.
Top 10 Tips for Winter Car Care

Don't neglect scheduled oil changes...

Brightway Insurance Opens Third Gainesville Location »

January 15, 2015 at 5:33AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Insurance retailer expands its Florida footprint.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) January 15, 2015 - University of Florida alumnus Kristy Moffat recently opened her Brightway Insurance store in Haile Plantation at 9127 SW 52nd Ave, Suite D-103.
Initially drawn to Brightway because of its fast-growing brand, Moffat decided that the company’s access to numerous insurance companies and its sales-focused business model were great reasons to join the leading independent insurance agency franchise and open its 102nd Florida location.
"Becoming a business owner feels wonderful, since it has been a goal of mine for some time," Moffat said. "Brightway’s network of carriers is a tremendous asset for the Gainesville community...

Christian Brothers Automotive Ranked A Top Franchise By Franchise Business Review »

January 14, 2015 at 7:49AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Christian Brothers Ranked in 2015 Annual Top 200 List
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced today that Christian Brothers Automotive joins the elite list of companies earning a spot in their annual Top 200 Franchise Companies List. The list, entitled The Best of the Best, Top 200 Franchise Systems List for 2015, ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction.
Christian Brothers was the top-rated automotive franchise, beating out every other automotive contender for the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. Auto repair franchises have proven to be a very stable investment over time; Christian Brothers has never had a location close...

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Big O Tires A Top Franchise Opportunity »

January 14, 2015 at 6:27AM PST | Source: Big O Tires, LLC
Big O Tires, LLC Opportunities Available

Tire Franchise Makes Magazine's Franchise 500 List of Top Opportunities
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - (Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - Entrepreneur magazine has named Big O Tires one of the top franchise opportunities on its annual Franchise 500 list, which also gives Big O Tires the highest ranking of any tire franchise.
The annual list serves as a guide for entrepreneurs studying business opportunities, and Big O Tires, which has more than 360 franchisee-owned locations and 40 corporate-owned locations in 19 states, ranks No. 158 on this year's list.
"Big O has been helping people build strong tire businesses for more than 50 years, and has built a brand that people know and trust," said Vice President of Franchise Development Bill Ketchem...

Christian Brothers Automotive Opens New Location In Pflugerville »

January 14, 2015 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Husband and wife entrepreneurial team offers quality, convenience and friendly customer service at new automotive care shop.
Pflugerville, TX (PRWEB) January 14, 2015 - Christian Brothers Automotive, the automotive repair shop known for its commitment to honesty, integrity and excellent customer service, opened a new location last week situated at 1621 East Pflugerville Pkwy in Pflugerville, Texas.
Located just southwest of the TX 130 and TX 45 Toll Roads intersection on Pflugerville Parkway, near the Hawaiian Falls Water Park and Wal-Mart, the nearly 5,000 square-foot location includes nine service bays, as well as an comfortable lobby with a home-charm décor that features upscale furniture, decorative lighting, artwork and hardwood floors...

MAACO® Brings Back Iconic Catch Phrase For 2015 Campaign »

January 13, 2015 at 7:40AM PST | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

North America's Bodyshop Reinvents Uh-Oh, Better Get Maaco
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Jan 13, 2015) - MAACO®, North America's Bodyshop, launched its 2015 branding and marketing campaign with a fresh twist on its iconic catchphrase, "Uh-Oh, Better Get Maaco." This new campaign, created by Philadelphia-based Red Tettemer + Partners, will take a modern approach to an American classic.
From unhappy neighbors to angry deer, these episodic commercials will follow a modern family and the uh-ohs that bring them to MAACO®. The "Uh-Oh, Better Get Maaco" tagline, first used in 1981, quickly became one of the most recognizable catchphrases of the 80s, defined by its quirky commercials and celebrity personalities.
In 2015, MAACO® will leverage campaign assets across all media to connect with a whole new generation of MAACO® customers...

Hello Detroit! Sixt Rent A Car Opens New Branch To Service Detroit Metro Airport »

January 13, 2015 at 6:29AM PST | Source: Sixt

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Operating Unit (Sixt rent a car USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service customers traveling to Detroit Metro Airport (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/detroit/detroit-metropolitan-airport). This new branch further strengthens the Sixt US network, along with recently opened branches servicing airports in Greenville South Carolina (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/greenville-sc), Minneapolis – St. Paul, (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/minneapolis-mn), San Diego (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/san-diego-ca), San Francisco (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/san-francisco), and Santa Rosa California (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/fulton-ca)...

Entrepreneur Magazine Named Christian Brothers Automotive A Top Franchise Opportunity »

January 07, 2015 at 7:04AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Fast-Growing Auto Repair Franchise Makes Magazine's Franchise 500 List of Top Opportunities
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Jan 7, 2015) - Fast-growing auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive moved up 18 spots on Entrepreneur magazine's latest Franchise 500 list. The annual list serves as a guide for entrepreneurs studying franchise opportunities.
Christian Brothers ranks No. 249 on this year's list. It is the fifth consecutive year on the list for Christian Brothers, which has grown from 109 locations in 2013 to more than 130 today. Christian Brothers, which was founded in Houston in 1982, has been franchising since 1996 and has never closed a location."We are grateful that Entrepreneur recognizes the value that we can offer to people who are looking for a great franchise opportunity," Vice President of Franchise Development Josh Wall said...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Opens 42 New Stores In 2014, Experiences Dramatic Boost In Light Bulb Sales »

January 06, 2015 at 9:54AM PST | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Technology Reliance, Energy Efficiency Demand Drives Growth for Battery and Light Bulb Franchise
HARTLAND, Wis. - January 06, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The nation's increased dependency on smart phones, tablets and other technologies, coupled with the greater demand for energy-efficient lighting, have paved the way for another banner year for the nation's largest and fastest-growing battery and light bulb franchise.
Closing out 2014 with a 74 percent increase in overall light bulb sales, including a 138 percent increase in LED lighting sales, Batteries Plus Bulbs is continuing its reign as the undisputed leader in the marketplace, serving the battery and lighting needs of consumers as well as major entities such as hospitals, hotel chains, police and fire departments and colleges and universities...

RNR Tire Express | Custom Wheels Unleashes New Website »

January 06, 2015 at 5:03AM PST | Source: RNR Custom Wheels and Tires

RNR Tire Express and Custom Wheels reveals new website, complete with a Photo Gallery and Wheel Studio.
Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) January 06, 2015 - RNR Tire Express | Custom Wheels has re-designed the corporate website and brought the process of buying wheels and tires to a whole new level. On the previous website, customers could click through pictures of wheels and tires and get a general idea of what was available: the variety of colors, finishes, and sizes, as well as the vast array of styles. The newly re-designed website, however, ups the ante. Customers who visit the RNR's website will find the nearest location, obtain a list of services, get a quick quote, and make a payment just like before, but now they can also browse through a large gallery of photos of various wheels and tires already on vehicles...

Fleet Clean Systems Expands Mobile Service To New Orleans And Surrounding Area »

January 02, 2015 at 7:16AM PST | Source: Fleet Clean USA

The New Orleans territory of Fleet Clean, a mobile fleet washing franchise, was recently purchased by businessman, Mark Allen, and will begin service to its customers on January 15, 2015.
New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) January 02, 2015 - Scott Marr, the CEO and Founder of Fleet Clean Systems, Inc., a Melbourne, Florida-based franchisor of mobile fleet washing services, has announced the purchase of the New Orleans territory of Fleet Clean by 26-year-old businessman Mark Allen. The New Orleans' Fleet Clean mobile truck cleaning service will begin on January 15, 2015, adding to the multiple service locations currently operating throughout the southern United States. Fleet Clean has future plans to expand service to customers in all fifty states...

Sixt: Premium Mobility Solutions In Paraguay »

December 24, 2014 at 4:35AM PST | Source: Sixt

Corporation Continues Expansion in South America
Fort Lauderdale / Asunción - December  15, 2014 – Sixt continues its expansion: The international mobility provider has started in Paraguay and opened its first rental location in the nation's capital Asunción. With this, Sixt expands its network in South America: The company has been successfully operating in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Peru for many years. In Paraguay, Sixt works together with an experienced franchisee.
Ruediger Proske, Senior Vice President Franchise at Sixt: “We are thrilled to have Asu Rent Sociedad Anonima as a quality-focused and growth-oriented partner in Paraguay. Asu Rent follows a premium approach in fleet and customer orientation which perfectly fits our brand...

MAACO® To Be Featured On CBS's "Undercover Boss," Friday, Jan. 2 »

December 23, 2014 at 5:30AM PST | Source: MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting

North America's Bodyshop Is Inspected by Undercover MAACO® President
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Dec 22, 2014) - Jose Costa, President of MAACO®, will be featured on CBS's hit series "Undercover Boss," Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This episode marks the series' return to its Friday timeslot.
Venezuelan-born, Costa joined MAACO® in 2013 and is responsible for implementing a culture for positive change among a deeply rooted franchise system. In the episode, Costa experiences a day in the life of four MAACO® employees, during which, among other tasks, he sands, preps and paints consumer vehicles. As an "Undercover Boss", he developed lasting friendships and respect for MAACO® employees and owners...



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