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Doc Popcorn "Pops" Pink Popcorn In Honor Of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month »

September 23, 2014 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn Opportunities Available

Snack Leader Releases New Pink Popcorn in Concert with Annual Popping for Pink™ Fundraising Campaign to Raise Funds and Awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
September 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOULDER, Colo. – Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped kettle-cooked popcorn, is going pink this October to raise awareness for breast cancer, a disease that affects one in eight American women.
The snack leader has developed a new limited-edition flavor in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month dubbed Sweet Pink, a delicious kettle-cooked popcorn with a cherry-flavored pink glaze. The new specialty flavor, which will be released during the chain’s annual Popping for Pink™ fundraising campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc...

Tropical Smoothie Café To Enter Dallas Market »

September 23, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Food-and-Smoothie Concept Inks Four Franchise Deals as Part of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Expansion Plan
DALLAS - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Tropical Smoothie Café, known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, will enter the Dallas market after recently signing three franchise agreements in the Dallas area and one in Fort Worth. The rapidly growing franchise plans to develop as many as 40 locations throughout the Dallas area in coming years.
Four total cafés are expected to open in Fort Worth, The Colony, North Dallas and downtown Dallas in early 2015. The Colony location will be owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs and Dallas residents Cliff and Kate Holsenbeck. The couple, who were introduced to the brand more than a decade ago while attending college, decided to open a Tropical Smoothie Café location because they believe the healthier food and smoothies will appeal to Dallas residents...

Home Care Assistance Publishes Seventh Book In Award-Winning Healthy Longevity Series »

September 23, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

"The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health" offers practical, everyday tips to support cognitive health and longevity and draws on cutting-edge research from the fields of cognitive science, neuropsychology and medicine to show that anyone can boost his or her brain performance through lifestyle changes.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - Home Care Assistance, North America’s leading provider of in-home care, is proud to announce the release of its newest book, The Brain Boost: A Practical Guide to Brain Health. A major misconception regarding the human adult brain is that it is unable to change—that aging results in a gradual, unavoidable and irreversible decline in cognitive abilities. Contemporary research, however, has shown that the brain actually possesses a remarkable ability to adapt based on experience and environmental influences—a process known as neuroplasticity...

"Planet Fitness Midwest" Franchise Group Continues To Expand In St Louis, Cincinnati, And Lexington »

September 23, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Planet Fitness

CINCINNATI - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone® and affordable prices, continues its expansion with new clubs to open in St Louis, MO, Cincinnati, OH and Lexington, KY by franchise group "Planet Fitness Midwest." Planet Fitness has differentiated itself from other health clubs by offering low monthly membership fees while continuing its commitment to maintain a clean and comfortable environment.
In 2012, Planet Fitness Midwest ("PFMW") opened three gyms, in Newport, KY, the Finneytown area of Cincinnati, OH as well as its first club in Lexington, KY adjacent to the Kroger on the corner of Bryan Station and New Circle Road.
In 2013, PFMW demonstrated continued success in the Cincinnati metro area with the August opening of its Springdale, OH location with over 29,000 square feet of high end equipment and amenities as well as the December opening of 22,000 square foot facility in Milford, OH...

Rockville Fit Body Boot Camp Invites Community To Fitness Boot Camp Grand Opening »

September 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Rockville fitness boot camp celebrates grand opening with fun-filled event to benefit fallen 9/11 emergency workers.
Derwood, MD (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 - The Fit Body Boot Camp franchise is known throughout the US and Canada for both their effective fat-burning workouts and their community outreach. The new Rockville Fit Body Boot Camp is carrying on that tradition during the grand opening of the company’s new fitness boot campin Rockville.
Rockville Fit Body Boot Camp owner Eric Giroux is excited about the grand opening, because of the opportunity to help local residents get into shape and also help honor the memory of emergency workers who sacrificed their lives on September 11.
"Our grand opening celebration is on September 27, but on September 11 we’ll be having a fundraising workout to honor the firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who lost their lives on 9/11," says Giroux...

Home Care Assistance Of Scottsdale Receives Home Care Pulse Certified – Trusted Provider Distinction »

September 23, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale today announced that it has received the Certified – Trusted Provider distinction from Home Care Pulse. This distinction illustrates Home Care Assistance’s commitment to client satisfaction.
"Ultimately, we want to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to provide the best in-home care experience to our clients. Collecting unbiased, independent feedback from our clients through Home Care Pulse helps us consistently focus on accomplishing this goal," says Ted Holmgren, Owner of Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale. "On a monthly basis, we have access to powerful information that helps us evaluate a number of factors surrounding the performance of our caregivers...

GNC Holdings Inc. Strengthens Management Team With Additions To Its Executive Committee »

September 19, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: GNC

Jeffrey R. Hennion joins as EVP, Chief Marketing and eCommerce OfficerDaisy Vanderlinde joins as Chief Human Resource Officer
PITTSBURGH - Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, today announced the addition of two experienced retail executives to their leadership team. Jeffrey R. Hennion will serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer, and Daisy Vanderlinde joins as Chief Human Resource Officer. In addition, Carl Seletz, GNC's Senior Vice President of International Business Development, will assume the additional responsibility of leading the Company's domestic and international franchise operations...

Planet Beach Sees Significant Improvement In Loan Success Rate »

September 17, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
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NEW ORLEANS - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - In the past five years, Planet Beach has improved its Small Business Administration (SBA) loan success rate to 86.67%. Planet Beach attributes this positive change to its move away from UV tanning and the full implementation of its automated spa concept.
For SBA loans closed prior to 2009, the company had a higher than acceptable default rate. However, out of the 15 new SBA loans during the period 2009 to 2013, there were only two failures, per the FRANdata report described below. This is very positive for the brand, considering that two-thirds of all small business startups fail within the first two years. (SOURCE: 2014 gaebler.com/Small-Business-Failure-Rates.htm)
Over the past few years, many misleading articles have been written about SBA franchise loan default rates...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location In Citrus Heights, CA »

September 17, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Crunch

NEW YORK - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through unique programming and cutting-edge training, announces the opening of its newest franchise location at 6124 San Juan Ave in Citrus Heights, California. Crunch Citrus Heights will bring its 'No Judgments' philosophy and fusion of fitness meets entertainment to the fairly young, but uniquely established city in Sacramento County.
Set to open for workouts in January 2015, Crunch Citrus Heights will swing open its doors just in time to help people kick-off their New Year's fitness goals. Members can start their New Year's Resolutions with the help of expert personal trainers who will be on hand to provide them with personalized fitness plans...

FirstLight HomeCare Owners Recognized For Contributions To Franchising »

September 17, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: FirstLight HomeCare

September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. - FirstLight HomeCare owners Judy DeVincentis and Jason McGee were honored today by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award.
Franchise owner-operators representing 53 franchise systems were recognized today during the IFA’s 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
DeVincentis owns FirstlLight HomeCare of The Western Slope (Colorado), and McGee owns FirstLight HomeCare of Dothan (Alabama).
FirstLight HomeCare, provider of quality, affordable, non-medical in-home care for adults, offers complete companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery and others in need of assistance...

Michael Lysaght Named Senior Vice President Of Digital Product Engineering For Weight Watchers »

September 16, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Michael Lysaght has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Digital Product Engineering. Reporting directly to Chief Technology Officer Dan Crowe, Lysaght's newly created role will work closely with the Weight Watchers Product team to build new, innovative digital products as well as improve the global web, mobile and social experiences for members. He will also be instrumental in the advancement of the Weight Watchers API capabilities, such as connected device integration.
"Michael's appointment to lead our new Digital Product Engineering division demonstrates further progress we are making to strengthen our technology capability and drive product innovation," said Dan Crowe, Chief Technology Officer, Weight Watchers...

Crunch Launches First Online Workout Starring The Brooklynettes »

September 16, 2014 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Crunch

"Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes" Now Available on CrunchLive.com
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through innovative programming and cutting-edge training, has launched a new online workout "Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes." The video features three Brooklynettes dancers leading a full-body workout of choreography inspired by the high-intensity hip-hop showcased on center court at Barclays Center. The video is now available on CrunchLive.com.
The official gym partner and sponsor of the Brooklynettes has extended its partnership with the team to continue creating unique fitness programming. "Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes" is the first in a series of videos that will be available on the gym brand's digital platform...

Orangetheory Fitness Names New Chief Operating Officer »

September 15, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Award-Winning Fitness Franchise Adds Former Fitness Executive to Leadership Team 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September 15, 2014 – Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced it has appointed David Carney as chief operating officer, effective immediately. Carney, a health and fitness industry veteran with more than 29 years of experience, joins the Orangetheory team with extensive knowledge in running multi-club operations including the creating and implementing formal operational systems, as well as overseeing multi-unit creation and implementation of operating platforms in health, wellness and fitness companies.
"David's arrival comes at a serendipitous time, as Orangetheory continues to expand and strengthen the internal resources that bring value to our franchise partners," said Dave Long, chief executive officer of Orangetheory Fitness...

Bill Colvin Establishes New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchise »

September 15, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Competitive Athlete Hopes to Give Back to Community with Nutritional Supplement Store
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bill Colvin loves a good challenge. From participating in sports competitions to conquering his fitness goals, he's always taken pride in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. Now, he's applying that same mindset to his new business — Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
"I take pride in ownership," he said. "I want to follow my passion for health and fitness, plus be able to control my destiny and create my own work-life balance."
Max Muscle is a retail store selling nutritional supplements and services to help people from varying walks of life meet their health goals. The supplements are made with premium ingredients, and employees knowledgeable in nutrition can assist customers in finding the right blend of products to further their fitness efforts...

Nashville Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Opening Of New Fitness Boot Camp »

September 15, 2014 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Nashville is soon to have its first location of internationally known fitness boot camp.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 13, 2014 - Fit Body Boot Camp is the fastest growing fitness franchise in the country, its growth a result of its reputation for intense, thirty-minute fat-burning workouts. Now Keith Stafford, owner of the new Nashville Fit Body Boot Camp, is thrilled to announce the Opening of their fitness boot camp on September 22, 2014.
"I've been working on opening a Fit Body Boot Camp location for over a year," says Stafford. "I'm incredibly excited that we're finally opening our doors."
The Opening will be held at thefitness boot camp'slocation near the I-65/Harding Place intersection, at 3656 Trousdale Dr., Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37204...

Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp Announces Grand Opening Of New Fitness Boot Camp »

September 15, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

New Gainesville fitness boot camp plans to make working out as fun as it is effective.
Gainsville, VA (PRWEB) September 13, 2014 - Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp is excited to invite the community to their official Grand Opening celebration today, Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The fitness boot camp is part of the international Fit Body Boot Camp franchise, which is known worldwide for their intense, thirty-minute fat-burning workouts designed to get busy people the fast results they’re looking for in as little time as possible.
"Our workouts are hard work, but we make them fun as well," says co-owner and lead trainer Monika Robinson. "Our fitness boot camp is perfect for people who are really crunched for time, because our sessions are designed to get maximum fat-burning results in just thirty minutes per session...

Caring Senior Service Named One Of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies By Inc. Magazine »

September 12, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Caring Senior Service
Caring Senior Service Opportunities Available

Nationally Recognized In-Home Care Franchise Ranked Number 4,207 in Inc. 5000
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO, TX. – Caring Senior Service, the nation’s premiere non-medical in-home care company announced today that Inc. Magazine has named it one of the 5000 fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for the third time. The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy- America’s independent entrepreneurs.
Caring Senior Service, the leading national in-home care company believes that every senior should be able to remain Happy, Healthy and Home. The company’s proprietary GreatCare® method addresses the main concerns when choosing an in-home care agency...

Right At Home Continues International Growth With New Master Franchise Partner: The Netherlands »

September 11, 2014 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: Right at Home

Elderly Expected to Reach 21.6% of Country's Population in 2025; Shows Increased Demand in Home Care Market
OMAHA, NE (PRWEB) September 11, 2014 - Right at Home, a leading in-home care franchise, continues to position itself at the forefront of the in-home care industry in 2014 by strengthening its international presence through further expansion into the European market, partnering with a new Master Franchisee in The Netherlands. Now entering its ninth country, Right at Home has consistently proven its innovative, economy boosting model to be successful globally, as evidenced by the achievements of its rapidly expanding network. Right at Home's international progress has been driven by outstanding partnerships, such as that formed with Peter van de Burgt, the Master Franchise owner in The Netherlands...

Weight Watchers Syncs Up With A Range Of Top Activity Monitors Including Fitbit To Pair Weight Loss Expertise With Activity Tracking »

September 11, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

Physical activity alone is not enough to reach weight loss goals; New technology integration pairs activity tracking with Weight Watchers tools and support to make smart food choices.
NEW YORK - Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) is announcing today seamless syncing with popular activity monitors and apps, bringing millions of fitness wearable users the opportunity for a more complete and integrated weight loss experience.
Making changes to food intake plus increasing physical activity can result in greater weight loss than physical activity alone. In fact, multiple studies show that people lose, on average, three times more weight by combining diet and exercise, than through exercise alone1...

The Gymboree Corporation Reports Second Fiscal Quarter 2014 Results; Comparable Sales Are Positive For August »

September 11, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Gymboree
Gymboree Opportunities Available

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended August 2, 2014.
"Despite a difficult second quarter, we continued to make progress on our key initiatives in product, inventory and execution," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer. "We are seeing a meaningful improvement in trend at the start of the third quarter with positive comparable store sales across each of our brands in August. In addition, we are well on our way to achieve our annual efficiency and cost savings goals. Based on the progress we have made, we remain confident that we have the right action plans in place and the balance sheet strength to stabilize our sales trend and return our Company to consistent, long-term profitable growth...



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