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Malcolm Tyson Launches Growth Coach Franchise In Central Maryland »

August 27, 2015 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

The Growth Coach is the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops in the nation. This local franchise serves Upper Marlboro and Bowie as well as Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
(PRWEB) August 27, 2015 - Malcolm Tyson has always had a passion for helping others. As he worked his way through his educational and professional careers, that passion grew into a love for helping businesses be strong, sound and financially successful. Now his passions are growing once more as Tyson launches his own small business, The Growth Coach of Central Maryland.
The Growth Coach is the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops in the nation, but coaches also offer one-to-one coaching services, remote coaching delivered via phone and web, and coaching for special projects as well as alternative financing, business valuation services, sales mapping and more...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Issues Shareholder Update Letter »

August 27, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

SAN DIEGO, CA - Marketwired - Aug 27, 2015) - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTCQB: VEND) ("FHV") announced that the Company has issued a letter to shareholders to provide an update on the Company's recent progress, financial performance, and growth strategy.
Dear Shareholders,
Fresh Healthy Vending is making tremendous progress as we head into a new fiscal year, and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our accomplishments and growth strategy.
We believe the market opportunity before us is very large, and in a relatively short period of time we have become the leader in the healthy vending category. Fresh now has over 220 franchisees operating in 44 states. We've launched a unique, new micro market product that is being well received, we have significantly enhanced our management team, and we are delivering improved financial results...

Merry Maids Rolls Out Lua To Connect Teams On The Go »

August 26, 2015 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Merry Maids

The leader in the cleaning service industry uses mobile messaging to support its field teams.
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - Lua, the leading mobile messaging solution for the enterprise, announced today that Merry Maids, a division of ServiceMaster with over 900 franchise locations, adopted Lua as its mobile messaging platform for improved connectivity across its staff.
“We are delighted to use Lua as it allows us to communicate highly efficiently while preserving client privacy,” says Donna Partin, the owner and operator of Merry Maids. “Our biggest differentiator from independent services is the integrity we provide and Lua allows us to maintain it.”
Lua provides Merry Maids with a modern solution for improving operational efficiency both in and out of the field...

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC Recognized By Inc. 5000 »

August 26, 2015 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Murphy Business & Financial Corporation

Nation’s Leading Business Brokerage Firm is Ranked Among the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Companies
August 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC, the world’s largest full-service business brokerage firm with more than 175 franchise units in the United States and Canada, has been named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies on the Inc. 5000.
Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC has achieved 90 percent of overall revenue growth over the last three years, resulting in its 3541 ranking. This marks the company's first appearance on the exclusive list.
"Our team is humbled to receive such a distinct honor," said Roger Murphy, president of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC, "Anyone who has worked with one of our dedicated business brokers would know that they are responsible for our ranking...

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Adds Extensive Video Library To OutdoorLights.com »

August 25, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opportunities Available

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives recently announced the addition of an extensive video library on OutdoorLights.com, the company’s national website as part of their ongoing commitment to educating consumers and differentiating the brand.
RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) August 25, 2015 - Jody Wetherill, Brand Marketing Manager for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives recently announced the addition of an extensive video library on OutdoorLights.com as part of their ongoing commitment to educating consumers and differentiating the brand.
“Video plays a huge role in a client’s selection process when choosing a professional outdoor lighting company. By producing a collection of high quality professional video assets, we’re not only able to position our company and franchisees as the leaders in the industry, but provide helpful tips and resources to consumers interested in or considering working with a professional outdoor lighting company,” explained Jody Wetherill, Brand Marketing Manager for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives...

@Work Group Expands In Northern Virginia »

August 25, 2015 at 11:23AM PDT | Source: @Work Group

Leading staffing franchise grows national reach with all-new Ashburn territory owner, Sonja Robinson
KNOXVILLE, TENN. (PRWEB) August 25, 2015 - @Work Group, an award-winning national staffing agency franchise, has expanded its national reach with an all-new franchise territory for the Northern Virginia area. Headquartered in Ashburn and owned by IT and staffing software professional, Sonja Robinson, the new location will celebrate its ability to help place a variety of job seekers in fulfilling positions with a grand opening event, August 27.
“Having years of experience with IT and project management, I discovered a real fondness for staffing and helping customers see their ideas become a reality,” said Robinson. “With that background in mind, my transition to @Work is an amazing opportunity for me to be my own boss while leveraging my professional experiences to help others find their perfect career fit...

World’s Largest Business Card Designed, Printed And On Display At Minuteman Press In Macon »

August 25, 2015 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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Proceeds from Business Card box orders to be donated to Jay’s HOPE supporting local Georgia children with cancer.
August 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // MACON, Ga. - The new (unofficial) World’s Largest Business Card was unveiled recently at The Minuteman Press Franchise in Macon, GA by owners Vicki and Doug Senn. The idea of making the world’s largest business card came to Doug as he was thinking about how to differentiate his printing and marketing business from others, especially the Internet printers.
Doug’s thought process was that since the turnaround time for Internet printers was so much slower than his quick print shop, he would start a marketing campaign featuring what his customers wanted quickly and most often, which turned out to be business cards...

FASTSIGNS® Announces Record Growth And Celebrates Landmark Success At Sales Summit »

August 24, 2015 at 11:51AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
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August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of more than 590 FASTSIGNS® locations worldwide, held its annual Outside Sales Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, where 34 Outside Sales Professionals from different FASTSIGNS locations were recognized for sales achievements exceeding half a million dollars in annual sales, including 10 who achieved more than $1 million in sales.
“Our FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Professionals lead the industry in providing comprehensive solutions to solve communications challenges for customers,” explained Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We recently achieved a new milestone of $400 million in system-wide sales for the first time in our 30-year history...

For Sixth Consecutive Year, FranNet Recognized On Inc. 5000 List »

August 24, 2015 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: FranNet

Industry’s leading franchising consultants stand out in widely respected rankings as 30-year-old brand.
LOUISVILLE, KY (PRWEB) August 24, 2015 - FranNet, North America’s most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities, was recognized for the sixth consecutive year by Inc. magazine and its exclusive Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. The ranking is most impressive due to FranNet’s longevity as a nearly 30-year-old company.
“Only a small fraction of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth, particularly in the difficult economic environment of the past few years,” Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc...

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning Franchise Thrives In Cities With Worst Allergy Rates »

August 24, 2015 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Tests Show Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning Franchise's Cleaning Process Dramatically Reduces Allergens, Providing a Marketing Tool in These 10 Cities
NASHVILLE, TN - (Marketwired - Aug 24, 2015) - Recently, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its annual list of the Top 10 Worst Cities in America for Allergy Sufferers. Chances are the summer months and the early fall are rough for some residents in these cities:
U.S. Top 10 Worst Cities for Allergies

Jackson, Mississippi
Louisville, Kentucky
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Memphis, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
McAllen, Texas
Wichita, Kansas
Dayton, Ohio
Providence, Rhode Island
Richmond, Virginia

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Why does this matter to someone who is considering a carpet cleaning franchise? It's because Chem-Dry's cleaning process removes allergens from the home...

PrideStaff Releases 2015 Job Search Methods Survey And Insights »

August 24, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

PrideStaff has released the results of its 2015 Job Search Methods Survey, designed to gauge job seeker behavior and job search trends across the U.S. Conducted in March, the online survey was completed by nearly 900 individuals, representing a wide range of ages and education levels.
FRESNO, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2015 - PrideStaff has released the results of its 2015 Job Search Methods Survey, designed to gauge job seeker behavior and job search trends across the U.S. Conducted in March, the online survey was completed by nearly 900 individuals, representing a wide range of ages and education levels.
Overall, the results show that most people are open to new job opportunities. Over 20 percent of respondents are employed but actively looking for another position, and nearly one-third are "passive job seekers" who are open to learning about new opportunities, even though they are currently employed...

Demand Remains Strong For FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand And Conversion Programs »

August 21, 2015 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Leading Global Sign, Graphics and Visual Communication Franchisor Exhibits at NBM Philadelphia to Share Continued Success Partnering with Independent Owners through Franchise Programs; New FASTSIGNS eBook Offers Advice for Prospective Owners and Insight on its Franchise Offerings
August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // PHILADELPHIA – The FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand and Conversion programs continue to be top growth drivers for the global franchise, which has more than 590 sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries.
In particular, demand from independent print and photofinishing operators across the United States is high; FASTSIGNS has signed 12 Co-Brand franchise agreements in the past eight months alone...

Realty ONE Group Affiliates Celebrate Success Across The Nation »

August 21, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Realty ONE Group

Offices Experience Growth and Market Leadership
IRVINE, Calif. - Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Realty ONE Group Affiliates announced today they are having a banner year on all fronts. Since launching in 2012, the affiliate program has grown from 1 franchise to 41 locations in just over two years. In the past few years, locations have spread from 3 to 14 states resulting in 80% growth.
"Realty ONE Group has perfected its agent offering over the last decade to ensure that our members have what they need to become top producing agents and achieve success," said CEO and founder Kuba Jewgieniew. In the next ten years Realty ONE Group plans to continue this momentum, growing to 100,000 Real Estate Professionals across 20 countries.
Another top growth driver is driven from having the best franchisees in the industry who are embracing their "ONE Family" brand positioning and are focused on the success of their agents...

Labor Finders 2015 Employee Of The Year: A True Patriot »

August 21, 2015 at 3:52AM PDT | Source: Labor Finders

August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -  Most people like to acknowledge the best-of-the-best: the best movie, the best restaurant, the best ball team; the best athlete. Businesses also like to acknowledge who is the best employee. This year, Labor Finders, the country’s oldest and largest privately held industrial labor staffing company in the United States is honored to have found an employee, who exemplifies the best-of-the-best.
Dan Shube, the Chief Marketing Officer for Labor Finders International stated, “Our Labor Finders Employee of the Year award is now in its fourth successful year. This whole concept began when I started hearing stories about the wonderful temporary workers from our branch managers throughout the country...

FASTSIGNS® Sees Record Global Sales, Strong Franchise Growth At Mid-Year »

August 21, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Visual Communications Solutions Provider Reaches $400M Revenue, Signs 24 Franchise Deals
August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is having a banner year on all fronts. In the past six months alone, the worldwide franchisor for more than 590 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers has reached global revenues of $400 million – an all-time high for the company, along with inking 24 new franchise agreements and opening its first location in Dubai. The company expects to sign an additional 33 franchise agreements by year’s end and is finalizing master franchise agreements in two new countries.
FASTSIGNS executives attribute the robust mid-year revenue achievement in large part to the company’s expanded products and services—which aligns with its “More Than” brand positioning—as well as the formation of an outside sales force that has now grown to more than 360 sales professionals...

Brightway Celebrates Seventh Anniversary »

August 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Brightway Insurance, the country’s seventh largest privately held personal lines independent insurance agency, celebrates its seventh year in business today, Thursday, August 20, 2015, the company announced.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance agency selling through a network of franchised locations. The company started in 2008 and has grown to 117 locations in 10 states.
In mid-August, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the seventh consecutive year, in part due to the following average year-over-year growth:




Number of franchise locations


21%




Number of Agency Owners and staff       


26%




Brightway employees


33%




Year-end policies in force


47%




Written premium


49%




To celebrate Brightway’ s accomplishments, Founder and Chairman David Miller, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman Michael Miller, and President Talman Howard will host a celebration today for the company’s 200 Jacksonville-based employees...

Merry Maids: Cleaning Experts Share "Hack-to-School" Tips To Ease "Back-to-School" Transition »

August 20, 2015 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: Merry Maids

Five Smart Shortcuts to Help Families Organize for the School Year
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - August 20, 2015) - As summer comes to a close, there's an unmistakable energy in the air - a mix of excitement and anxiety felt by parents and students across the country as everyone adjusts to the back-to-school routine. However, this school year, Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning service, is setting families up for an A+ year with its helpful "Hack-to-School" tips aimed to help everyone stay organized and ease the transition into the new school year.
"This time of the year can be stressful enough, and when you add in the chaos and clutter that comes with keeping everyone organized and on schedule, it can quickly get out of hand," says Paige Blomker, Merry Maids franchise owner and mom to her 7-year-old son...

Valpak® Announces Expansion Plans In New Orleans »

August 20, 2015 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Leader in Local Print and Digital Coupons Plans Return to Market After Decade-Long Absence 
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today it is seeking to make a return to New Orleans, La., since its departure following Hurricane Katrina. As next week marks the 10-year anniversary of the storm's landfall, New Orleans is continuing its steady rise back to a thriving economic state. According to the Greater N.O. Community Data Center, the rate of entrepreneurship in the New Orleans metro has increased 129 percent since Hurricane Katrina and has recovered all its recession-era losses and reached 1 percent above its 2008 employment level.
On the heels of this economic rebound, Valpak is looking to re-enter the New Orleans territory and is currently scouting entrepreneurs to invest in new franchise territories in the market...

ATAX To Expand Award-Winning Tax Services In Augusta »

August 20, 2015 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: ATAX

Local Entrepreneurs Sign Agreement with ATAX to Open Two New Offices
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // AUGUSTA, Ga. – ATAX, the leading three-in-one tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll franchise, has signed an agreement with local entrepreneurs Rosa Graham and Donna Schreiber to open two new offices in the Augusta area.
Graham and Schreiber are planning fall 2015 openings for both of their new locations. The duo’s first ATAX office, located in Martinez, Georgia, opened in 2013 and is now one of the most successful ATAX offices in the nation. Together, Schreiber and Graham have a combined 44 years of tax and accounting experience.
“We are thrilled to be expanding to serve more clients in Augusta and the surrounding areas,” said Schreiber, who worked alongside Graham at another national tax preparation brand for 13 years before the two decided to become business partners...

New Patrice & Associates Office In Haverhill To Give Local Restaurant Scene A Boost »

August 20, 2015 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Patrice & Associates

Demand from Local Eateries Gives Rise to Management Support Business in Massachusetts
August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // HAVERHILL, Mass. - Patrice & Associates, the nation’s preeminent strategic partner in the restaurant industry, announced today the opening of its first franchise in Massachusetts to meet the growing management needs at local restaurants and other related hospitality businesses.
Local resident and former naval officer Jason Stuart, who has more than 14 years of restaurant management experience with brands like Chili’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, will run day-to-day operations for Patrice & Associates in Haverhill. Stuart will serve businesses around Haverhill, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Dracut...



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