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Infographic: Three Crucial Factors That Make Or Break A Business »

October 22, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business advisor AdviCoach® offers infographic exploring top factors that affect business success.
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, CT – According to The U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses (independent companies with fewer than 500 employees) make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employment. Recognizing the massive impact that small businesses have on the U.S. economy, AdviCoach has created an infographic titled "What’s Keeping You Up at Night?" exploring three obstacles businesses frequently face that likely impact success – time, team and money. The infographic can be found at http://advicoachblog.com/infographic-top-dangers-preventing-businesses-succeeding/.
AdviCoach, a national provider of business coaching and advisory services customized for small- to mid-size businesses, explains that over 50 percent of the population relies on wages that the more than 28 million U...

Interface Announces Ongoing Growth »

October 21, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Interface Financial Group, The

David Banfield, President of The Interface Financial Group, reports on IFG's growth.
Bethesda, MD, October 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - David Banfield, President of The Interface Financial Group, reported recently on the ongoing growth of the organization on an international scale. Following the establishment of a Master Licensee in South Africa there has been exceptional interest in the service and the unique delivery method.
Interface brings the financial service of Invoice Discounting to the SME marketplace. Banfield went on to say that "it is the SME area where job growth is centered, however the SME business strata is also the one where funding is always a considerable challenge. Delivering a solution to that challenge through a local franchised or licensed approach has proved enormously popular in all nine countries where we operate...

H&R Block Receives Quintet Of Awards For Communications Initiatives »

October 20, 2014 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Recognition Comes for Blog, Public Relations and Enterprise Portal Achievements
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - October 20, 2014 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, recently won several awards for its communications initiatives, including for its Block Talk blog, public relations campaigns -- including "Get Your Billion Back, America!" and its teen financial literacy project -- and for its new enterprise-wide associate portal.
Block Talk Receives Best Corporate Blog Award
Block Talk, H&R Block's blog of tax and lifestyle news, tips and advice, won the Plutus award for best corporate blog. In its fifth year, Plutus honors the best in personal finance. The Plutus Awards team selected Block Talk as a finalist before opening up voting for the winner...

Liberty Tax Service Names Robert Lougen As Vice President Of Operations »

October 14, 2014 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Oct 14, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that Robert Lougen has been named Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Lougen has over 35 years of successful tax industry experience, in both the retail and digital consumer tax spaces. He most recently served as President of H&R Block Canada, which, under his leadership, grew to over 2.5 million tax returns.
"Bob's industry expertise set him apart and made him the right person for this executive role," said John Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer. "His extensive knowledge and experience will complement our team and help us continue to push toward our aggressive goals."
About Liberty Tax, Inc...

Liberty Tax Service Increases And Extends The Terms Of Its Revolving Credit Facility »

October 08, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Oct 7, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), parent company of Liberty Tax Service announced today that it has amended its revolving credit facility ("Facility") with its lenders to increase the Facility from $143 million to $204 million, to extend the maturity of the Facility, and to increase the maximum commitments of the Facility to $275 million (assuming the future use of an accordion feature).
"These amendments show the support of our lenders in providing credit to Liberty Tax Service and its subsidiaries, and demonstrate the market's continued confidence in our business," stated John Hewitt, CEO. "This increase and extension provide us with an additional source of capital which we can use to support our franchisees and grow our business...

Liberty Tax And CEO John Hewitt Named 2014 Small Business Influencers »

October 07, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Oct 6, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) - Liberty Tax Service and its Founder and CEO John T. Hewitt have been named 2014 Small Business Influencers by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.com.
The honor is not the first for Hewitt, who was recognized as a Top 100 Influencer Champion for his ongoing commitment to identifying and developing small business owners. He was also recognized for this honor in 2011. The Top 100 Influencer Champions initially are identified during a social media campaign that includes members of the small business community. Those who receive the most votes are then judged by a panel of small business experts that chooses the Top 100.
Both Hewitt and Liberty Tax earlier this year were recognized as Top 5 Community Choice Honorees in the social media campaign conducted by Small Business Trends, an online publication, and SmallBizTechnology...

H&R Block Advises Fantasy-Sports Players To Report Winnings, Claim Possible Deductions »

October 07, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

It May Be Fantasy Football, but Tax Implications Are Real
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - October 10, 2014 - Fantasy football is a $3.6 billion industry that consumes almost nine hours a week for the average player. Both the cost and the winnings have real financial implications, from productivity loss for employers to income taxes for players. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, advises taxpayers to report prizes as income on their tax returns and to deduct certain expenses or losses.
"Many taxpayers are familiar with income sources like wages, salaries, interest, dividends and tips and know to report them on their tax return," said Jackie Perlman, principal tax research analyst of The Tax Institute at H&R Block...

H&R Block Updates Expected Timing Of Bank Transaction »

October 06, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - Oct. 5, 2014 - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, announced that the regulatory approval process regarding its purchase and assumption agreement (the "P&A Agreement") with BofI Federal Bank ("BofI") will not be complete this calendar year. Thus, H&R Block expects to continue offering its financial services products to its clients through H&R Block Bank for the upcoming tax season.
"We are extremely disappointed with this development. However, we remain committed to exiting our bank and forming a long-term relationship with BofI," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and chief executive officer. "We are prepared to serve our clients through H&R Block Bank this upcoming tax season...

H&R Block To Help Promote Consumer Financial Savings At Tax Time »

October 03, 2014 at 4:08AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - October 2, 2014 - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, announced today it is launching a new program to encourage consumer savings at tax time. This program also will help inform work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. government agency charged with making financial markets work for American consumers, to encourage consumers to use tax refunds to build savings.
H&R Block has designed a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of different mechanisms in encouraging consumer saving behavior at tax time and to promote consumer financial wellbeing. Insights from this program will be shared with the CFPB to help inform its work to increase understanding about what practices encourage tax-time saving and the impact of saving on consumers' long-term financial health...

Rainbow International®, The Dwyer Group® Reacquire Germany Master License »

September 22, 2014 at 11:37AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

WACO, Texas (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - Rainbow International® Restoration, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group®, one of the world’s largest international service franchising organizations, announced Friday the re-acquirement of the Germany master franchise license from the previous master licensee. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Reacquiring this master license confirms our commitment to direct franchising in select international markets. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to build the Rainbow International brand in Germany, where there is room to build a very large network," stated Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of The Dwyer Group.
The Dwyer Group first sold the Rainbow International master license in Germany in 1992, with the goal of expanding the brand in Europe...

Family Financial Centers Opens Second Texas Location »

September 18, 2014 at 10:32AM PDT | Source: Family Financial Centers
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Family Financial Centers Announces Additional Texas Location
Doylestown, PA (Business Wire) – September 15, 2014 - Family Financial Centers, LLC, is pleased to announce its latest location in Lewisville, TX. The Lewisville location is the second Family Financial Centers in the state of Texas, the other location is in San Antonio. This is a new venture for owner Greg Teller. Paul W. Eckert, founder and CEO of Family Financial Centers remarked "Greg is a fantastic addition to the Family Financial Centers Family. His background in the financial realm along with his tenacity and work ethic will lend itself well to the success of his new store." The Lewisville location can be found at 788 S. Mill Street, Suite #300, Lewisville, TX 75057 and the store phone number is (972) 219-5484...

Local Rainbow International® Business Receives International Award »

September 17, 2014 at 5:13AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

Rainbow International of the Quad Cities named Franchisee of the Year of global residential and commercial restoration and cleaning franchise organization.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 - Kevin and Joy Beirne, owners of Rainbow International of the Quad Cities, received the Top Gun Award and Franchisee of the Year Award from Rainbow International corporate during The Dwyer Group® International Conference held Sept. 7-10 in Orlando, Fla.
This award goes to franchise owners who achieve top sales and reach operation benchmarks. The Top Gun recipients represent the top 10 percent of Rainbow International franchise owners across North America.
"The idea of 'Top Gun' was established by the Navy in the 1960s as a way to give training and credit to elite fighter pilots," said Mark Welstead, president of Rainbow International...

Real Living Lifestyles Welcomes Bernie Truax To The Carlsbad Village Office »

September 16, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Real Living Real Estate

Lisa Blanchard brings buyer for former San Diego Charger's Poway home that has been on the market since 2011.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bernie Truax was attracted to the global reach, local touch aspect of Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate. "I like that it is not too small, that we don't get any exposure, but not too big that no one can make a decision. I like the marketing of the company and the values also," Truax commented. Truax also credited the staff as one of the reasons he joined the brokerage. At Real Living Lifestyles, the office administrators are a very big part of the team, keeping the office running smoothly, helping clients, agents, and friends.
Truax embarked on his real estate career in 2002, after getting tired of the crazy hours working at his restaurant franchises...

Liquid Capital Welcomes New 2014 Principals Aboard »

September 09, 2014 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Liquid Capital
Liquid Capital  Opportunities Available

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto - Liquid Capital Corp., a Canada-based franchisor specializing in factoring, has welcomed five new principal owners to their ever-expanding system so far in 2014. Among them, they will be servicing Western Pennsylvania, South and West Palm Beach Counties, Florida, Southeast Texas and the greater Vancouver area.
"The true strength of a franchise system lies in the mutually rewarding relationship between a franchisor and its franchisees," said Michael Peterson, Director of Franchise Development. "We have been thrilled to welcome aboard our new principal owners this year."
New principal owner, John Kraus, 56, opened Liquid Capital of Western Pennsylvania serving the greater Pittsburgh area this past March...

J.D. Byrider Adds Three To Franchising Team »

September 08, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. - J.D. Byrider, the nation's leading used car and finance company, is pleased to announce three individuals have been added to the franchising team at J.D. Byrider's Carmel, Indiana, headquarters. Kirby Durham was hired as director of franchise financing, Maureen Glunt joins the team as director of franchise sales, and Jennifer Kier was named a senior franchise analyst.
"J.D. Byrider's franchising growth demanded that we allocate additional resources to help our franchisees continue to source exceptional funding opportunities for their businesses, as well as provide the horsepower to provide them best-in-class financial analytics and support,” said Tom Welter, vice president of franchising...

United® Real Estate Expands Franchise Presence To Indianapolis »

September 08, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Well-Established Real Estate Agency Affiliates with United to Amplify Their Offering
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - September 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing urban-centric real estate and franchise operation company, announces the addition of a new office in Indianapolis to its network of franchise offices, increasing the company’s presence within key real estate markets nationwide. After 10 years of owning and operating Sycamore Group Realtors, Paul and Chris Scherrer recently announced their conversion to a United Real Estate franchise.
"Several companies have tried to acquire or convert us," said Paul Scherrer, Managing Partner, United Real Estate – Indianapolis, "but no one offered us what United did...

H&R Block Budget Challenge Offers $3 Million In Grants And Scholarships, Plus Real-World Personal Finance Skills »

September 08, 2014 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) September 8, 2014 - Many skills people need to succeed in life are learned early on by doing, from young children tying shoes to teenagers driving cars. But when it comes to teaching teenagers the basics for a strong financial future, they often must figure it out on their own -- and not with the best results. When American teens were tested on personal finance topics, the average score was below 60 percent, according to the National Financial Educators Council.
To help high schoolers learn to manage their money and become financially responsible adults, H&R Block has upped its commitment to teen financial literacy. This school year, high school students and educators nationwide can win $3 million in classroom grants, college scholarships and cash prizes via the H&R Block Budget Challenge...

H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Results »

September 04, 2014 at 3:53AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - September 3, 2014 - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2015 first quarter ended July 31, 2014. The company typically reports a first quarter operating loss due to the seasonality of its core U.S. tax business.
First Quarter 2015 Highlights1

Total revenues increased $6 million, or 5.0%, to $134 million
Net loss from continuing operations improved 4% to $109 million, or $0.40 per share2
Non-GAAP adjusted loss per share3;from continuing operations unchanged at $0.40

Revenues increased 5 percent, to $134 million, primarily due to a 5-day extension by the Canadian Revenue Agency of the completion of the Canadian tax season this year from April 30, our fiscal year end, to May 5...

Rainbow International Restoration® Expands By 10 »

September 02, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

Waco,TX (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 - Rainbow International had a shining second quarter of franchise sales in 2014. Rainbow International announced the addition of 10 new franchise locations. In addition to these new locations, four existing franchise locations have expanded their service territory, increasing the availability of their services to customers.
"We are always pleased to grow our service network by developing quality franchise locations," Mark Welstead, president of Rainbow International, said.
Rainbow International welcomes the following new franchise owners:

Troy Reese, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jeffrey Finch, Conklin, New York
Patrick Patel, Ventura California
Jason Opp, Fairbanks, Alaska
Katherine Sheridan, Monterey, California
Dat Nguyen, Warwick, Rhode Island
Kevin McSweeney, Boxborough, Massachusetts
Craig O'bringer, Celina, Ohio
Phillip Miller, Goshen, Indiana
Scott Morrow, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Patrick Patel also owns a Mr...

Liberty Tax Service Announces Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Results »

August 28, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Aug 28, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, today reported results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2014. Due to the seasonality of the business, the Company typically reports a loss in the first quarter when revenues are low and costs are ramping up to drive growth in the following season. The Company reported a net loss for the fiscal first quarter ended July 31, 2014, of $8.6 million, or $0.67 per share, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.46 per share, in the prior year period. The Company reported an adjusted non-GAAP net loss of $0.63 per share compared to an adjusted non-GAAP net loss of $0.49 per share in the prior period.
"During our first quarter, we are primarily focused on expanding our office count, improving operations and preparing for the next tax season," said John Hewitt, CEO...



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