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Jiffy Lube® Supports Fight Against Muscle Disease With Third Annual MUSCLE UP® Campaign »

July 22, 2014 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: Jiffy Lube

Program Aims to Raise $1 Million by Encouraging Drivers to Give Back to the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Chicago (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 - The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Jiffy Lube today announced the kickoff of the third annual MUSCLE UP campaign that will raise funds to help save and improve the lives of more than one million Americans fighting muscle disease.
As part of the campaign, Jiffy Lube invites drivers to visit participating Jiffy Lube service centers through Sept. 1, 2014 to make a donation to MDA, enabling the organization to continue to make progress in the fight for muscle health. Since 2012, Jiffy Lube has raised more than $2 million for MDA through the MUSCLE UP campaign, and with this year's campaign it aims to raise an additional $1 million...

Tint World® Franchise Celebrates Inaugural Canada Location With Grand Opening Event »

July 22, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Tint World

July 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Weston, FL - Tint World® Franchise, the nation's leading Automotive Styling Center™, will be hosting a public grand opening event on July 26th 2014, from 10AM to 1PM at its newest franchise location in Kingston, Ontario. The new location is easily accessible, located on 4-631 Fortune Crescent Road, Kingston, ON, K7P 0L5, just south of the 410 next to the Invista Centre in Empire Court.
After months of development, the newest Tint World® store is now fully equipped and operational. New storeowners Sue and Trevor Dwyer encourage the Kingston community to join them in attending their grand opening event. While Tint World® boasts locations all over the US, the Kingston, Ontario location is the pioneering store in the Canadian market...

Snap-on Incorporated Appoints Ruth Ann M. Gillis To Board Of Directors »

July 22, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 22, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Ruth Ann M. Gillis as a director, effective July 18, 2014.
Ms. Gillis, age 59, retired as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Exelon Corporation ("Exelon"), a utility services holding company engaged in the energy generation and delivery business, in July 2014 after serving in such roles since 2005. She was also president of Exelon Business Services Company, a subsidiary of Exelon. Previous roles include executive vice president of ComEd, an Exelon subsidiary, and chief financial officer of Exelon. Ms. Gillis also serves as a director of KeyCorp, a bank holding company, and its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association...

EagleRider Paves The Way For New Adventures In Australia »

July 21, 2014 at 5:10AM PDT | Source: EagleRider

LOS ANGELES - July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - EagleRider, the world's innovator and leading provider of motorcycle experiences, recently announced the latest addition to its international franchise expansion. By overwhelming popular demand, a new outlet has opened for motorcycle rental and tours in Mackay, Australia--marking the third expansion on the continent since the establishment of outlets in Sydney and Brisbane.
Chris McIntyre, EagleRider President and CEO, comments "The people of Australia have been great to us. We knew EagleRider Mackay would open up a world of possibilities for Queensland and beyond and we're excited to share our passion with more people ready to make their dreams come true."
From its ideal location near the airport and the renowned Great Barrier Reef, EagleRider Mackay will offer a huge selection of motorcycles and provide one-way rentals as well as both self-drive and guided tours throughout the region...

Preventing Locksmith Scams: Pop-A-Lock Launch Real-Time GPS App  »

July 18, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

To Ensure Customer Security and Personalizes Brand Experience
July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAFAYETTE, LA -  In order to provide greater service to their customers and prevent the growing threat of locksmith scams, Pop-A-Lock – the country's largest group of locksmiths providing 24–hour locksmith service across the country – announces the launch of the Pop-A-Lock Customer Connect APP. Designed with the customer in mind, this app enhances the Pop-A-Lock experience for clients in order to ensure their safety by identifying their technician and provide peace of mind.
Due to the national epidemic of security and locksmith scammers, Pop-A-Lock addressed the issue by creating this free application available on Google Play for Androids and the Apple Store for iPhone users...

Snap-on Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 18, 2014 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.80 increases 20%;Operating earnings before financial services of 16.7% of sales improves 130 basis points;Second quarter sales up 8.2%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 17, 2014 - 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,  announced operating results for the second quarter of 2014.

Sales of $826.5 million increased $62.4 million, or 8.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $10.5 million of acquisition-related sales and $1.4 million of favorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 6...

Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers Offers Tips On Teaching Your Teen To Drive »

July 16, 2014 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: Express Oil Change
Express Oil Change Opportunities Available

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - July 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, a Birmingham-based fast-lube and full service automotive chain and franchisor, wants to share tips on how to teach your teen to drive.
We all know about the distractions teens face behind the wheel, but do they know how to maintain their vehicle? Teaching your teen to be a conscientious driver is important before letting them hit the open road.
Keep in mind when stopping to get gas:

Check the tire pressure: Under inflation can cause tire failure and lead to higher fuel costs. The white sticker on the inside of the driver's door shows the correct tire pressure information for the vehicle.
Check the oil change sticker: Compare the sticker to current car mileage...

Auto Service Chain Puts New Focus On Its Local People - "The Cottman Man – Still The Man" »

July 16, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Cottman Transmission Systems

Horsham, PA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 - For more than five decades, motorists throughout the U.S. and Canada have been encouraged to trust "The Cottman Man" for a full range of automotive care. He was the face of Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, an auto repair and transmission company with franchised service centers across the country.
A new campaign, beginning in July, will put the iconic Cottman Man front and center as the chain unveils -- The Cottman Man – Still the Man.
This theme, along with a restyled visual of The Cottman Man, will be the focus of the company's marketing efforts. "Since 1962, when we opened our first service center in Philadelphia, The Cottman Man has come to symbolize the personalized service and reliability that has become the hallmark of our brand," said Randy Wright, Cottman's President...

Hertz Joins Forces With Expert To Crack The Code For The Perfect Road Trip »

July 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: Hertz

63% of UK population say they choose road trips to enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure *; Scientific formula helps bring out the fun and adventurous side of your journey
LONDON - July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - With the eagerly awaited holidays just around the corner, Hertz, the world's leading general use car rental brand, today reveals a scientific formula for the perfect summer road trip. Taking in factors including the number of passengers, destination, and a car's level of comfort, Dr David Holmes, Leading UK Psychologist and author, has devised the equation to help travellers plan the most enjoyable drive.
Survey information used to develop the theory has revealed that 42% of the UK population are more likely than ever to take a holiday by car this year compared to previous years and nearly 46% would like to take to the road to explore new places in the UK...

Cranberry Township Welcomes New Brightway Store »

July 15, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Award-Winning Insurance Agent Opens first Pennsylvanian Independent Agency
Cranberry Township, PA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 - A leading independent insurance agency, Brightway Insurance, recently expanded to Cranberry Township, its first location in Pennsylvania, at 900 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 200.
At just 25 years of age, Ryan George opens the first Brightway location in the state after spending four years with Luttner Financial Group, where he excelled as an insurance agent and was ranked in the top five in the nation for new agents based on sales. Within his first month with Luttner, he earned the Client Builder Award.
"Preparing for your future is the most important thing that you can ever do. At any time or place, life can drastically change," said George...

RNR Recognizes Its Store Of The Month »

July 10, 2014 at 4:35AM PDT | Source: RNR Custom Wheels and Tires

RNR challenges its stores to outperform each other every month and they deliver!
July 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL - RNR Custom Wheels and Tire Express recently recognized Marco Morantes, manager of Tampa store #304, as the Store of the Month for June 2014. Seen here at the recent managers' meeting held in Ocala Florida, Mr. Morantes is taking the hand-off from Gregg Winfrey, a store manager in Bradenton, who received the trophy in May. Mr. Morantes and team held the trophy in February and March, before handing it over to Mr. Winfrey’s team in April. Each month, the trophy is presented by the current holder to the new recipient based on top points awarded in six performance categories. Mr. Winfrey vowed to get the trophy back at the end of July...

Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise Growing At Near-Record Pace »

July 09, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Has Opened 16 Locations in 12 Months, Expects Eight More in 2014
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Jul 8, 2014) - Christian Brothers Automotive is expanding quickly and may soon hit a record for store openings in a singleyear. The auto repair franchise opened 16 locations from May 2013 to May 2014, and it expects to open eight more by the end of the year.
The expansion comes amid surging sales for the company, which saw same-store sales increase 10.8% in 2013 and saw sales grow even faster - 16.3% - in the first quarter of 2014.
The current growth is the fastest for the franchise since 2011, when 16 locations opened in a single year. Houston-based Christian Brothers Automotive has more than 125 locations in 17 states...

Hertz Partners With Airberlin For Seamless Fly-Drive Experience »

July 07, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz and airberlin team up to ensure a seamless travel experience for customers at 171 destinations worldwide, kicking off the partnership with 10€ flight vouchers and up to 20% discounts in car rentals.
LONDON - July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use car rental brand, has entered into a two year partnership with airberlin to offer travellers exclusive offers and special car rental rates at all 171 airline's destinations around the world. The move follows Hertz's successful and ongoing affiliation with airberlin's frequent flier program topbonus. As a result of the new agreement, the airline's customers will have seamless access to Hertz's innovative products and services during the online flight booking process as well as from multiple touch points on the airberlin website...

Snap-on Incorporated To Webcast 2014 Second Quarter Results Conference Call »

July 03, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 3, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) will release 2014 second quarter results prior to the market open on Thursday, July 17, 2014. 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 slides will also be accessible on the Snap-on Web site, and an archived replay will be available for at least one week following the call.
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...

Hertz Launches ‘Certified Clean & Safe’ Rental Program »

July 02, 2014 at 11:54AM PDT | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, FL - July 2, 2014 / PR Newswire / - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) announces the company’s new protocol for rental car maintenance and cleanliness, Hertz Certified Clean & Safe, which is being rolled out to all Hertz airport and suburban locations in the U.S. For the first time, the company is sharing with customers each step taken, which includes a 35 point checklist, to prepare every car and verify the vehicle is certified clean and safe before it’s rented. Once the vehicle is certified, a card signed by the representative preparing it for rental is placed on the vehicle’s steering column to reassure the customer it has been certified clean and safe.
'At Hertz we’re committed to ensuring our vehicles are clean and safe before each rental,' commented Mark P...

Sixt Expands Its Network In The Caribbean »

July 02, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Sixt

Opening of New Operation in Puerto Rico and Curacao
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt rent car is expanding its presence in the Caribbean market and announces the opening of two new car rental operations in Puerto Rico and Curacao as of June 1st, 2014. Both islands will be operated by experienced Franchise partners.
Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, Sixt will start with a shuttle service to San Juan Airport, offering its clients a fleet ranging from Economy to Luxury vehicles. Further expansion on the island and a new flagship branch are planned for 2015. The opening of a strong presence in Puerto Rico goes along with the fast growing expansion of Sixt in the USA and will further strengthen the presence of Sixt in this region...

Tint World® Franchise Welcomes New Roswell, GA Location With Grand Opening Event »

July 01, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Tint World

Tint World® Franchise will be hosting a grand opening event open to the public for its new franchise location in Roswell, Georgia.
WESTON, Fla. - June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World®, the nation's leading Automotive Styling Center™ franchise, announces plans to host a public grand opening event on Jul 12th, 10AM – 6PM at its newest location in Roswell, GA. The new location is conveniently located on 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Building B, Suite 135 Roswell, GA 30076 (located in shopping plaza behind Brookwood Grill), 1 mile off of GA-400 on Holcomb Bridge Road and GA-140 West.
Owner and operator Amish Patel encourages the community of Roswell and Atlanta to join him in the grand opening event as he opens the doors to his new automotive styling center...

School Shooting Prevention - POP-A-Lock Offers Complimentary School Security Audits »

June 30, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

School Shooting Prevention - POP-A-Lock Offers Schools Security Audits
Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 - Pop-A-Lock offers sincere condolences to the families that lost a child in the fatal school shooting that occurred a few weeks ago at an Oregon high school. Although these tragic cases cannot fully be prevented from taking place, Pop-A-Lock - the most trusted team of security professionals in the nation - pledges to support school districts throughout the United States by offering complimentary security audits to analyze schools' security systems to protect its students, teachers and administrators.
"We're greatly saddened by the recent rash of school shootings throughout our country," said Pop-A-Lock Director of Operations, Rob Reynolds...

Hertz To Offer New Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe For Exclusive Rental In Key European Destinations »

June 30, 2014 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz-Jaguar partnership delivers the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe exclusively to driving enthusiasts in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands as Hero car of the Hertz Dream Collection
LONDON - June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's leading general use car rental brand has launched the universally acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe as its Hero car of the Hertz Dream Collection in Europe. The F-TYPE Coupe is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced, and its Hertz Hero car status hallmarks a successful three-year partnership between the two companies to provide indulgent driving experiences to Hertz customers. Hertz has rights to rental exclusivity in 2014 of the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands, which can be booked via www...

Childhood Friends Become Franchise Business Partners »

June 30, 2014 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance offers business opportunities for those with non-insurance backgrounds.
Marianna, FL. (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 - Lifelong friends and Marianna residents Travis Ephriam and Tavares Horne wanted to extend their friendship into a business partnership for years. After searching, the pair discovered the unique opportunity with Brightway Insurance that allowed them to use their skills and grow an independent insurance agency business without previous insurance employment experience.
Ephriam and Horne now operate a new Brightway Insurance store at 4389 Lafayette St., Suite A in Marianna.
"We knew we wanted to start a business together and we began looking into options available to us in Marianna," Horne said. "Insurance was a great option for us as it’s something that everyone needs, and we wanted something that would sustain us for many years...



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