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Home Franchise Concepts Achieves Goal, Gives $1 Million In Discounts To U.S. Veteran Entrepreneur »

May 21, 2015 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORANGE, CA - Home Franchise Concepts, Inc. (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds, Inc., Tailored Living, LLC and American Decorative Coatings, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has achieved its goal of giving $1 million in discounts to U.S. Veterans through its Million Dollar Franchise Event (MDFE) program. Through the MDFE program, HFC has welcomed 34 new Veteran business owners to its franchise network. The franchisees, who signed on through the MDFE program, represent a major growth milestone for HFC as nearly 10% of its entire franchise network is now made up of Veterans. To date, HFC has more than 1,100 franchise territories across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Reaching this $1 Million milestone is a celebration of the American Heroes that make up 10 percent of our franchise network,” says Chad Hallock, CEO and Co-Founder of Home Franchise Concepts...

The Dwyer Group® Service Brands Ranked Among Top 10 Franchise Brands For Veterans »

May 21, 2015 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – A growing number of the country’s 21.2 million U.S. veterans are embracing the idea of owning their own business when transitioning to civilian life, and franchise opportunities are filling an increasingly important role for many of those future careers.
Among them, The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has been named to the Top 10 Franchise Brands for Veterans http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246211.
The ranking, released by David Nilssen, co-founder and CEO of Guidant Financial, also credits the VetFran program, which was founded by The Dwyer Group, for providing important access and opportunities in franchising to veterans and their spouses in growing numbers...

Three ServiceMaster Companies Earn Women's Choice Awards: American Home Shield, Merry Maids And Terminix »

May 21, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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The Women's Choice Award is a symbol of excellence in customer experience awarded by the collective voice of women. When you see the Seal, know that women in your community and across the nation have rated that business as a business they trust to give you the kind of respect, customer service, assistance and buying experience you expect and deserve.
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), today announced that three of its companies -- American Home Shield, Merry Maids and Terminix -- were selected to receive the prestigious Women's Choice Award for 2015.
The Women's Choice Award is based on the collective opinion and judgment of female consumers according to research conducted nationally among 250,000 women...

Land Sales Lead Growth In Lifestyle(1) Real Estate Market »

May 21, 2015 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Land sales continue to show strong growth and stability in 2015. United Country is reporting a large increase in land sales volume driven by a 68-percent rise in recreational land and a 17-percent increase in vacant land in the first quarter of this year. Recreational land includes properties purchased primarily for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, watersports and nature conservation. Vacant land represents future development opportunities for residential, commercial or other investment uses.
“We have seen strong performance in land sales over the recent years,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate...

Realogy Announces 15 Emerging Technology Companies To Compete At Third Annual 'FWD' Innovation Summit »

May 21, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

June 23 in San Francisco
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, announced the selection of 15 emerging technology companies that will compete for the $25,000 cash prize at the third annual Realogy FWD Innovation Summit (#RealogyFWD) on Tuesday, June 23, at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco.
"The submissions we received for this year’s competition raised the bar on the caliber of solutions that have the potential to make a significant difference in the residential real estate industry,” said Alex Perriello, president and chief executive officer, Realogy Franchise Group...

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Names Retired Colonel Keith Seiwell To VP Of Business Development »

May 21, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: JDog Junk Removal

United States Marine Corps Veteran Joins Nation’s Only U.S. Military Veteran Brand
BERWYN, Pa. - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a rapidly growing company dedicated to increasing post-military career opportunities for veterans, has named retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Keith Seiwell as its Vice President of Business Development. Seiwell joins the leadership team tasked with supporting overall growth and development of the brand.
“Colonel Seiwell brings valuable business experience and an understanding of the military ethos, which makes him the right person to strengthen JDog’s infrastructure and position us for continued development.”
Seiwell brings experience from more than 30 years of service with the Marine Corps, as well as knowledge from several years in business leadership roles...

Richard Moody Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group »

May 21, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Richard Moody Has Joined His Wife, Yvonne Moody, in the Bradenton Office of RE/MAX Alliance Group.
Bradenton, FL - May 21, 2015 - (PR.com) - Realtor Richard Moody has joined his wife, Broker-Associate Yvonne Moody, in the Bradenton office of RE/MAX Alliance Group, to create “Team Moody.” He brings more than 28 years of area real estate experience, specializing in new home sales, buying assistance and re-establishing credit.
“I’m eager to be part of the most productive real estate network and heighten the buying and selling experience for my clients,” Moody said. “The real estate market has turned around and new trends are beginning to form. North Manatee is in high demand and homes are selling quickly...

World's Largest Floor Cleaning Franchise Expands Into The Philippines »

May 21, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

South Korean Businessman Will Bring Chem-Dry Floor Cleaning Franchise to the Philippines
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - (Marketwired - May 20, 2015) - Chem-Dry, the world's largest floor cleaning franchise, will soon open in the Philippines thanks to a South Korean investor who is eager to bring the brand to the island nation of 107 million people.
Yea hoon Lee joined Chem-Dry of South Korea as a sales manager in 1992, and bought the master franchise rights for that nation in 2006. Lee bought the Chem-Dry brand in South Korea to compete head-to-head against another floor cleaning company. "Chem-Dry offers a better product," he says. "It is safer, the cleaning solutions are natural, and it dries much more quickly."
Those advantages have helped Chem-Dry win clients like hotels and office buildings, as well as residential cleaning customers who know they can trust Chem-Dry to do a great job cleaning carpets, tile, stone and other surfaces...

Kris Bryant Living Large In Chicago: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Video Series Showcases Young Slugger's Home And City View »

May 20, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Baseball fans were finally able to see Kris Bryant on a major league baseball field when he made his big league debut in April for the Chicago Cubs. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and MLB.com are bringing fans a behind-the-scenes look at how baseball’s hottest young star lives off the field in his Chicago home.
“This is definitely downtown living,” Bryant tells Coldwell Banker® from his view overlooking Chicago. “I’m liking it so far, and I’m glad I chose to stay down here. It’s a pretty cool place to live.”
The MTV Cribs-like tour of Bryant’s home is part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series offering an exclusive look into the homes of baseball’s biggest stars, along with interviews on what home means to them...

Chem-Dry Franchisees See Increased Average Unit Volumes; Expand Their Territories »

May 20, 2015 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Leading Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Service Sees Rapid Growth, Will Add 122 New Locations in 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - May 20, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With a plan to add at least 122 new locations this year, Chem-Dry, the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a presence in 47 countries, is on track to accelerate company growth this year. The 3,000 unit brand, which serves over 10,000 homes a day worldwide, continues to experience average unit volume increases throughout its system, leading existing owners to increasingly up their territories.
Chem-Dry’s robust sales and system-wide growth is fueled by the brand’s dedication to strategic franchise partnerships; over 40 percent of these new franchise units in the United States are coming from existing franchisees expanding their business...

Coldwell Banker Commercial Engages Grovo To Offer A Learning Platform To Affiliated Real Estate Professionals »

May 20, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, dba Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates, is enhancing its affiliate learning program by engaging with Grovo, the learning platform for the 21st century workforce, to bring more than 5,000 microlearning videos and assessments to Coldwell Banker Commercial® affiliated real estate professionals. Affiliated professionals will have open access to the platform, giving them the promotional, marketing, management and efficiency skills to work more successfully in the world of commercial real estate.
“Coldwell Banker Commercial is always looking to make new tools available and help affiliated real estate professionals find engaging ways to continue to grow and learn,” said Fred Schmidt, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates...

More Space Place Opens Retail Store In North Palm Beach »

May 20, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: More Space Place

New Store offers Murphy beds, custom closets and other custom space-saving solutions.
North Palm Beach. Florida (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 - More Space Place, a retail store offering Murphy beds, custom closets and other custom space-saving furniture solutions for residential and commercial customers, has opened a new location in North Palm Beach. Owners Mitch and Susie Fuchs, who will operate the franchise for the Florida-based brand, said the store opened on May 18, 2015.
“People today are looking for ways to downsize their space without downsizing their lifestyles. We’re pleased to bring a showroom with exceptional space-saving solutions to North Palm Beach,” says Mitch Fuchs, More Space Place franchise co-owner...

Repower By Solar Universe Names Mahesh Mansukhani CEO »

May 20, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: REPOWER by Solar Universe

Livermore, California (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 - REPOWER by Solar Universeone of the largest solar companies in the U.S., today announced that Mahesh Mansukhani has been named chief executive officer. Company founder, Joe Bono, who previously held the role, will remain with REPOWER on the Board of Directors and in a consultative role.
“These past eight years have been an incredible journey and we have built a compelling solar platform that is ideally positioned for continued growth,” said Joe Bono. “It is clearly time to pass the baton and bring in someone with Mahesh’s proven track record to lead and scale the company, build a world-class team, and continue to expand our product offering.”
Mansukhani, who has more than 20 years experience leading and growing international businesses, was most recently CEO of sBioMed, in Orem, Utah...

N-Hance Wood Renewal Launches New, User-Friendly Website »

May 19, 2015 at 11:50AM PDT | Source: NHance Wood Renewal

Leader in Hardwood Floor and Cabinet Renewal Targets ‘On-The-Go’ Consumer with New Online Features
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOGAN, Utah – N-Hance Wood Renewal, the national partner of The Home Depot for the refinishing of hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets, is pleased to announce the launch of a new national website. With the addition of more content and more visual features, the site includes additional photographs and videos of N-Hance services designed to more efficiently communicate with the public.
Designed with the changing needs of customer in mind, the updated site introduces new interactive features creating a more aesthetically pleasing look as well as improved usability. The addition of a live search bar makes up-to-date information easier to locate, while informing the consumer of N-Hance’s fantastic wood renewal options...

Home Care Assistance Honors Sally Harris As A Living Legend »

May 19, 2015 at 10:13AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance features Sally Harris as a winner of its Honor Your Living Legend campaign, an initiative designed to recognize the lifetime achievements of inspirational seniors around the world.
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Palo Alto, CA –  Home Care Assistance, North America’s premier provider of in-home care for seniors, has named Sally Harris a Living Legend through the Honor Your Living Legend campaign. Honor Your Living Legend provides a platform for family members and friends to recognize the lifetime accomplishments of their senior loved ones. By submitting stories and photographs, which are shared publicly on HonorYourLivingLegend.com and through social media, individuals can show their appreciation for the older generation and their contributions to the community...

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Celebrates 48 Months Of Consecutive Record Growth »

May 19, 2015 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Thriving Moving Franchise Brand Opens 11 New Locations; Posts 15.88 Percent Revenue Increase in Q1
LANSING, Mich. - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Growth is the name of the game for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The franchising world's premier moving services company is heading into Q2 riding a wave of 48 consecutive months of record growth. With 11 of those months including double-digit increases.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® disclosed a 15.88 percent year-over-year increase in revenue during the first quarter. Additionally, the brand opened 11 new locations, signed eight new franchisees in the U.S., and one new location in Canada.
"The enthusiasm and momentum we built from a successful 2014 has continued into 2015, and has propelled positive, continued growth," Randy Shacka, president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®...

Dryer Vent Wizard Technicians Make A Difference During Spring Cleaning »

May 19, 2015 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Dryer Vent Wizard

LOUISVILLE, KY - (Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - When Keith O'Loane, an experienced Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) franchise owner and technician, receives service calls in the spring about customers' dryers overheating or not working efficiently, it is not unusual to discover birds' nests clogging the vents.
"A dryer vent makes a convenient nesting place for birds and other critters," said O'Loane. "One time, I pulled a nest almost 10 feet long out of the dryer vent. It was more like a bird condo."
According to O'Loane, one of the first signs of birds or other small animals clogging a dryer vent is when the dryer has been working fine and soon after, it takes items much longer to dry. He recommends that dryer owners check the vent cover outside to look for any bird droppings, pieces of straw sticking out, or discoloration on outside louvers...

Military Family Opens San Antonio’s Only Caring Transitions Business »

May 18, 2015 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 18, 2015 - The Bleichwehl family has always been committed to service, so when Scott retired from the Army after more than 30 years, he knew he wanted to find a career that would allow him to continue to serve others. That’s why he decided to put down roots in San Antonio with his wife Mary Lou and open the area’s only Caring Transitions business with his son Benjamin and daughter-in-law Leilani.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

Terminix® Announces Top Cities For Mosquitoes, Based On Twitter Complaints »

May 18, 2015 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: Terminix

Small Towns in Kansas, Arizona and Ohio Earn Top Spots
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - May 18, 2015) - When it comes to the battle against annoying mosquitoes, the biggest buzz comes from small towns across the United States.
According to research by Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, the worst whining about mosquitoes came from Goodland, a small town in the northwest corner of Kansas. Terminix searched through approximately 200 billion tweets posted in 2014 to determine which United States city is most pestered by mosquitoes.
The research comes as U.S. travelers gear up for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer when an estimated 36.1 million people travel1...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Is An Eco-Friendly Franchise Opportunity »

May 18, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

In Addition to Moving and Junk Removal Services, Franchise Owners Also Give Customers the Satisfaction of a 'Green' Solution to Decluttering
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - May 18, 2015) - Home and business owners who want to do the right thing environmentally will routinely recycle. An old sofa or room full of PCs is a far cry from plastic bottles and aluminum cans, however, so those larger items often head for the landfill.
All that changes, though, when they partner with a College Hunks Hauling Junk moving and junk removal franchise. That office full of no-longer-needed furniture, or the working refrigerator that is being replaced, can be handled responsibly with a single phone call.
"Everyone knows that recycling is far better for the environment than just dumping everything and sending it to the landfill, but people don't have the resources to repurpose that old sofa or television," said Jason Killough, Director of Franchise Development...



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