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Grease Monkey™ Supports K9s For Warriors In Summer Of 2015 »

June 29, 2015 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey™ Supports K9s For Warriors In Summer Of 2015
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Greenwood Village, Colo. – Grease Monkey International, Inc. is supporting K9s For Warriors during 3rd Quarter of 2015. Participating Grease Monkey™ centers will be contributing and collecting donations throughout July, August, and September. In 2014 Grease Monkey collected over $75,000 for the organization.
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
“K9s For Warriors is grateful to Grease Monkey™ for their incredible support to our Nation’s Heroes that need our help so badly,” said Shari Duval, K9s For Warriors Founder and President...

RNR Welcomes Their First Franchisee To Kansas City »

June 29, 2015 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: RNR Custom Wheels and Tires

RNR Tire Express and Custom Wheels Opens Franchise Location In Kansas City.
Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) June 28, 2015 - Kansas City has their first RNR Tire Express and Custom Wheels franchise location. New franchisees, Jason and Howard Barton, are a father-son team and new to the wheel and tire industry. Coming from a construction background, with some retail experience as well, these two decided to try something new in a field they both were interested. They've got a long love of cars, and they're looking forward to getting to know this industry better. Jason will be hands on in operating their franchise.
The Bartons' experience with RNR so far has been "first class," according to Jason. "From talking to other franchisees to dealing with corporate, the whole organization has been really supportive...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass To Expand In Pacific Northwest »

June 29, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - June 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, and its principal owner Hellman & Friedman, LLC, is pleased to announce today a definitive agreement to acquire 23 Kadel’s Auto Body locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Today’s announcement is a strategic move underscoring ABRA’s ongoing and aggressive growth plan across the nation. The company carefully considers the fit and the culture of each acquisition and Kadel’s is no exception.
Kadel’s Auto Body, an investment managed by KCB Private Equity of Pasadena, CA, is a leading regional auto body provider in the Pacific Northwest...

Pop-A-Lock - North America's Largest Locksmith Network - Partners With KidsAndCars.org »

June 29, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

To Prevent Child Heatstroke Fatalities this Summer With the "Look Before You Lock with Pop-A-Lock" Campaign
LAFAYETTE, La. - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - With the start of summer, safety thoughts turn to keeping loved ones cool in the radically hot weather and high humidity conditions. As temperatures rise, parents and caregivers must re-double their efforts to ensure no children are left in cars or have access to unlocked cars. In honor of National Safety Month and the upcoming warmer summer season, Pop-A-Lock (PAL), North America's largest locksmith network, has partnered with KidsAndCars.org, a world-renown national child safety organization, to educate parents and caregivers about the dangers of unknowingly leaving a child in a vehicle this summer through their "Look Before You Lock with Pop-A-Lock" campaign that aims to prevent child vehicular heatstroke fatalities...

The Hertz Corporation In Exclusive Negotiations With Loxam Group »

June 26, 2015 at 9:15AM PDT | Source: Hertz

For Potential Acquisition Of The France And Spain Businesses Of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation
NAPLES, Fla. - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the LOXAM Group (Loxam) for the potential acquisition of the France and Spain businesses of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) through the transfer of the entire share capital of Hertz Equipement France SAS and Hertz Alquiler de Maquinaria, SLU. The proposed transaction includes 60 locations in France and two in Spain. As part of the process, HERC and Loxam are each consulting with their respective Works Councils in France.
HERC is a leading North American equipment rental company with operations in the Middle East and China along with a presence in seven other countries through franchise partnerships...

Linda Hill Joining Brightway As HR Director »

June 26, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Linda Hill brings 27 years’ HR experience to Brightway as HR Director
June 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA - Linda Hill, PHR, SHRM-CP, is bringing 27 years of experience to Brightway in the role of HR Director, the company announced.
Brightway is the nation’s seventh largest Personal Lines independent agency, selling property/casualty insurance through a network of franchised locations around the country.
Effective Monday, July 13, Hill will be responsible for Brightway’s HR strategies, continuing to develop and foster its culture, and ensuring Brightway continues to be an employer of choice in Jacksonville.
Hill most recently served as VP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Cypress Property & Casualty Insurance Company in Jacksonville where she was responsible for strategic leadership of the company’s HR initiatives including talent acquisition, policy and procedures administration, performance management, organizational development, compensation and benefits and employee relations and retention...

J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To New Jersey »

June 23, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

June 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Old Bridge-area residents have another option for purchasing used cars now that a new J.D. Byrider dealership is open at 1225 Route 9 North. The new location is the first J.D. Byrider dealership in New Jersey, and it is the first dealership for new franchisee Jay Brichke.
“I look forward to bringing J.D. Byrider to Old Bridge and to the great state of New Jersey,” said Brichke. “My staff and I are dedicated to helping customers with less-than-perfect credit find a dependable vehicle, complete with affordable financing and quality service.”
The 11,000 square-foot location will offer used car sales, nine service bays, affordable pricing on parts and labor and a 24–month/24,000-mile service agreement on all cars purchased...

AAMCO University Announces Inaugural Advanced CSM Graduating Class »

June 19, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

World's Largest Franchise of Transmission Specialists Drives Professional Development for Customer Service Managers through Advanced Training Program
HORSHAM, Pa. - June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, is proud to announce the first graduating class of AAMCO University's School of Management in Newnan, Ga. On June 14, advanced certification was awarded to 46 customer service managers from AAMCO's service centers across the U.S. and Canada for successfully completing its Advanced Customer Service Management (CSM) Training Program.
"AAMCO is committed to providing world-class training at every level of our organization and we are proud of the first graduating class of the School of Management and their achievements," said Jason Herman, director of training at AAMCO University...

Brightway Insurance Named America’s Best Franchise To Buy With Less Than $150,000 In Entry Costs In 2015 »

June 19, 2015 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

The only insurance franchise company on the list recognized as No. 1 ahead of 448 other brands reviewed.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Brightway Insurance, the nation’s seventh largest Personal Lines independent agency selling through a network of franchised locations throughout the country, has been named the #1 franchise of any type with an initial investment of less than $150,000 by Forbes magazine in their “Best Franchises to Buy” ranking, the company announced.
Forbes commissioned FRANdata to develop a methodology that ranks franchise brands based on historical performance. FRANdata has been studying and reporting on franchising activity in every industry in the U.S. for more than 25 years.
In the investment category of less than $150,000, Forbes reviewed 448 brands...

Glass Doctor: Keeping A Home Cool This Summer »

June 19, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Summer heat can sneak in home windows. Glass Doctor has tips to prep windows for summer heat.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) June 18, 2015 - The summer months are synonymous with sun and heat. The ultimate goal to keep cool becomes a top priority. But many homeowners don’t realize that as the air conditioning is working overtime, the windows could actually be a counter-productive force acting against an actual indoor temperature cool down.
Concumerenergycenter.org has stated that as much as 30 percent of consumer energy dollars are tossed right out the window. That can add up to not only a warmer-than-ideal home, but also increased utility bills. Keeping all curtains and blinds closed during the hot, summer months is an obvious fix...

Brightway Insurance Celebrates Two Growth Milestones »

June 17, 2015 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

June 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - As Brightway Insurance nears its 8th anniversary in business, Brightway has achieved two growth milestones, the company announced.
Brightway, in business since 2008, is the nation’s seventh largest Personal Lines independent agency retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
As of June 1, the company has sold 250,000 policies and one of its agencies has now written more than 10,000 policies.
Chairman and Founder David Miller said: “We’ve come a long way from 3 people and about 2,000 policies when we started. Today there are 680 people in the Brightway system in 117 offices in 10 states and in the Jacksonville headquarters...

Auto-Lab Texas Opens Its First Location In Spring, Texas »

June 16, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Auto-Lab

HOUSTON - June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Houston-based Communitas Auto Group LLC. has opened its first Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers location in Spring, Texas. Auto-Lab Gleannloch Farms is the first of three locations to open in the greater Houston Texas area this year. The franchise business will operate under the Auto-Lab of Texas label and be responsible for all locations that are opened in the state.
"The Texas market has strong and growing demand for high-level, diagnostic auto repair services," says Frank Brandenberg, CEO of Auto-Lab, LLC based in Auburn Hills, Michigan with 29 existing locations. "We are delighted to partner with such an innovative, entrepreneurial group that is led by an impressive team of seasoned professionals...

Brightway, The Parks Dawson Agency Opening In Melbourne »

June 15, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

June 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Long-time Brevard County residents Terri Parks and Craig Dawson will put their problem solving and customer service skills into action as new Brightway Agency Owners when they open the newest franchise in the Brightway system at 7025 N. Wickham Road, Suite 106 in Melbourne on June 22, the company announced.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
The Parks Dawson agency will offer expert insurance counsel, selling Home, Flood, Auto, Umbrella, Boat, Motorcycle, RV and Life insurance coverages. While Brightway is an independent agency, a key differentiator is that the company provides their agencies access to more than twice as many insurance companies as other independent agencies have...

Batteries Plus Bulbs Upgrades To Ingenico Group Payment Acceptance Solution To Prep For EMV, NFC »

June 10, 2015 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Jun 10, 2015) - Ingenico Group, global leader in seamless payment, announced today that Batteries Plus Bulbs, the nation's largest, fastest-growing battery and light bulb franchise, has upgraded to Ingenico Group smart terminals and software to prepare for the EMV liability shift at its 650 U.S. locations. The Ingenico Group solution enables Batteries Plus Bulbs stores to securely accept magstripe debit and credit payment cards, and positions the stores to accept virtually any form of payment including EMV chip & sign, EMV chip & pin, contactless/NFC and other types of mobile wallets in the future.
Gregory Boardman, Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Ingenico Group, said, "Batteries Plus Bulbs doesn't view this as just a payments project, but rather a chance to position its stores for the future...

Pop-A-Lock Expands Partnership With The Canadian Automobile Association »

June 10, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

TORONTO - June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Pop-A-Lock – North America's largest locksmith network and the recent Bronze winner of the 2015 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Awards of Excellence – has expanded its partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). As of May 16th, 2015, several Pop-A-Lock business owners located in Toronto, Hamilton-Halton, Brampton-Caledon, Mississauga and the Southwestern Ontario areas began providing locksmith services to members of CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO).
The CAA addition in South Central Ontario increases Pop-A-Lock's global business relationships, as the company has established partnerships with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) and across the United States with American Automobile Association (AAA)...

Husband-And-Wife Team Become AAMCO's Largest Franchisees To Date »

June 09, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

Existing Franchise Owners Purchase Seven Additional Service Centers in Oklahoma City
June 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // HORSHAM, Pa. - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, announced today Thomas and Ronda Scott have become the largest franchise owners in the system following the purchase of seven centers in Oklahoma City. In addition to these seven units, the Scotts own two AAMCO locations in Tulsa, Okla., which they purchased less than two years ago.
After years of uprooting their family for Thomas' previous jobs, the Scotts were seeking a sustainable business opportunity so they could settle down and focus on family. In November 2013, after thorough research, the entrepreneurs purchased an existing AAMCO service center in Tulsa, followed by the acquisition of a second location in the market less than six months later...

Battery Giant Rewards Local School For Recycling »

June 08, 2015 at 11:16AM PDT | Source: Battery Giant

Southfield, MI (PRWEB) June 08, 2015 - Detroit Area-based Battery Giant announced the winner of its annual Earth Day Battery Recycling program, a city-wide program designed to encourage children and teens to be green and recycle batteries. Beverly Elementary School in Beverly Hills, Mich., led the Detroit-area school and organization competition by collecting over 1,250 pounds of old and used batteries. In return for their efforts, they were rewarded with a donation of $400 from Battery Giant. East Detroit High School came in second place with 550 pounds of batteries and Cub Scout Troop 1094 placed third with 430 pounds.
In all, 17 schools and youth organizations participated in the recycling drive, which resulted in the collection of 4,652 pounds, or almost a half a ton of batteries...

Big O Tires Is All About “Raising The Stakes” In 2015 »

June 04, 2015 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Big O Tires, LLC
Big O Tires, LLC Opportunities Available

Attendees commit to going “All In” for 2015 
June 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // Palm Beach Gardens, FL – More than 700 Big O Tires franchise owners, managers, corporate Associates and vendors recently gathered in Las Vegas, NV for the annual Big O Tires Convention.
Throughout the convention the message of Raising the Stakes was heard loud and clear by all in attendance. In addition to identifying sales objectives and opportunities, Big O Tires’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Kormondy, addressed the team’s goals to continue strengthening the brand through a relevant advertising campaign with targeted messaging. He also unveiled the organization’s revamped Mission, Vision and Values statement reminding all in attendance about Big O Tires’ commitment to customers, associates and the communities they serve...

EagleRider Continues To Offer Successful Exits For Franchisees And Partners »

June 04, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: EagleRider

LOS ANGELES - June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - EagleRider, the world's innovator and pioneer of motorcycle experiences, has officially acquired three new locations in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Vancouver, BC Canada, resulting in a win-win situation for the franchisees who made successful exits and EagleRider who now controls three new strategic locations in key markets!
Chris McIntyre, Founder and CEO of EagleRider, remarks "It's no secret that EagleRider is built in large part on the strong foundations that our franchise partners have laid down and there are few things more satisfying than helping a franchise achieve prosperity and eventually concluding an arrangement where all parties emerge stronger than ever before!"
EagleRider Seattle, well-located right next to the Sea-Tac Airport, offers the best base of operations from which you can explore the legendary Olympic Peninsula or Cascade Mountains, while EagleRider Portland features direct access to famous attractions like the People's Coast, Crater Lake, and the active volcano Mt...

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Celebrates Grand Opening In Long Beach »

June 03, 2015 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Local business rejuvenates part of Long Beach while making a conscious effort to conserve water.
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) June 03, 2015 - Valvoline Instant Oil Change opened its third service center in Long Beach this Memorial Day weekend. The new store, 3543 E. Anaheim Street, offered half off oil changes and gave away free branded mugs to every guest.
Valvoline acquired the site from Belmont Rapid Lube early February 2015.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change equipped the service center with new signage and tools. They transferred a seasoned team of certified technicians to provide 15 minute oil changes to all its customers. They opted to convert the landscape to a desert layout to do their part in Southern California’s water conservation efforts...



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