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Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location In Ventura County »

April 18, 2014 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: Archadeck
Archadeck Opportunities Available

RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Archadeck is excited to announce that Mike and Jamie Martin have opened a new Archadeck Outdoor Living franchise location servicing the Ventura County area of California.
Known as Archadeck of Ventura County, Mike and Jamie Martin will design and build custom outdoor living spaces for clients, including sunrooms, screened porches, decks, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, pergolas, poll decks, gazebos and more. Areas the Martins service include Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and all of Ventura County. "We are thrilled to bring Archadeck to the West Coast," said Jamie Martin. "We're excited to have this opportunity not only to help people realize the outdoor living space of their dreams, but to add value to their homes and quality of life...

Big Rapids Sears Appliance & Hardware Receives Best Small Business Award »

April 18, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Retailer Recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center for Outstanding Performance and Job Creation
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - While some retailers are depleting their staffs and struggling to make profits, a Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Michigan has done the opposite and is being honored by a local organization for its outstanding growth. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring the Big Rapids store, located at 14305 Northland Drive, with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for successfully creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy.
The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013...

Visiting Angels Endorses IPCed's Dementia Care Training »

April 18, 2014 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Visiting Angels

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Living Assistance Services, Inc. (Visiting Angels), a national private duty network of home care agencies, has selected the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) as a preferred vendor to host and deliver Visiting Angels Dementia Care certification training using its proprietary learning management system. In addition to the specialty certification program, the preferred vendor relationship with IPCed will enable Visiting Angels to make cost-effective state compliance training opportunities available to franchise owners who choose to purchase IPCed’s training programs.
Visiting Angels and IPCed share the philosophy that caregiver training is vital to providing quality care and excellent in-home care services...

Home Care Assistance Opens New Boca Raton, Florida Office »

April 18, 2014 at 4:58AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton, a leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, recently opened doors to serve the greater Boca Raton and Delray Beach communities with its newest office. Located in the Polo Club Shoppes at 5030 Champion Boulevard, Suite G-4, the location is the 90th Home Care Assistance office in North America.
"I am excited to further our mission of changing the way the world ages in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and the surrounding areas," said Meredith LaPira, President of Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. "We are passionate about living well at home and look forward to improving the quality of life of seniors in our community through the Balanced Care Method, our holistic approach to care that promotes healthy mind, body, and spirit, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to delay the onset of cognitive decline...

Brassard/Hall Family Launches Caring Transitions Of Metro Jackson »

April 18, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Jackson, MS (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 = Dan and Hazel Hall knew they wanted to open their own business and, when Dan's parents began to need help with downsizing and relocating, the family saw an opportunity to bring a professional company that could help with senior relocation, downsizing and estate liquidation to the Metro Jackson area.
The Halls, along with their daughter Elizabeth Brassard, just launched Caring Transitions of Metro Jackson, which specializes in organizing and managing senior relocations, downsizing, liquidation of belongings and estate sales for seniors who are moving to a smaller home, back in with their children, or into assisted living facilities as well as others facing life transitions. The Hall/Brassard familycan help withfull and partial liquidations, staging home for sale, interviewing potential realtors, and setting up belonging in a new home...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Launches Lifestyle Video Series »

April 17, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of "Extraordinary AnglesSM," a new lifestyle video series showcasing unique properties and lifestyles from around the world.
The first four videos in the series focus on kitchens, wine cellars, oceanfront and ski properties, with additional planned. Each three to five minute "webisode" takes viewers on inspiring tours through some of the finest properties represented by the Sotheby's International Realty® brand in the world's most distinct locations. The series is available on the brand's website by going here:[http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/extraordinary-angles].
"Our research tells us that today's luxury consumer seeks a home that meets their unique lifestyle, so at the Sotheby's International Realty brand, we truly understand the important role lifestyle plays in the purchase of a property," said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC...

Denise Greene Joins EXIT Realty In Washington, DC »

April 17, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Washington, DC, District of Columbia (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2014 -- Denise Greene joined EXIT Elite Realty in Washington, DC.  "We're excited to welcome Denise to EXIT Realty," says Koy Banks, Broker/Owner of EXIT Elite Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Denise each and every day."
Denise Greene moved to Washington, DC from Florida in 2010 and was immediately captivated by the city's charm and rich history. Prior to working with EXIT Elite Realty, she worked in public accounting in assurance services, both private and public sectors including contract work with the FDIC. Denise is a CPA, an avid runner, loves traveling and gives back to her community through her continuous work with the Junior League of Washington...

New Owner Of Lenexa Sears Outlet Store »

April 17, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17th Through the 20th With Discounts and Special Giveaways
LENEXA, Kansas - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 8540 Maurer Rd. in Lenexa, KS has a new owner, Tony Lutfi. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Lenexa welcomes the local community to stop by April 17th through the 20th and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Lenexa location is one of ten Sears Outlet Stores Lutfi and his team own and operate, in addition to 17 Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and three Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores...

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Growth Results In Less Waste In Landfills Just In Time For Earth Day »

April 17, 2014 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Miracle Method Surface Refinishing continues to grow rapidly in both sales and number of locations. This growth is not just good for business; it also means a cleaner environment, with a record number of old bathtubs, sinks, tile walls and kitchen countertops kept out of landfills.
While Earth Day is celebrated every spring, Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is committed to a greener Earth year round. Miracle Method has been passionate about remodeling without demolition since the company was founded 35 years ago. When a technician refinishes an existing tub, tile surround, bathroom vanity or kitchen countertop, those fixtures stay out of a landfill.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a home remodeling project can generate between 70 and 115 pounds of waste per square foot, making traditional home renovations a major contributor to overflowing landfills across the country...

Kim Brooks Appointed New CEO Of DSI Holdings Corporation »

April 17, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Restore

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - ServiceMaster DSI Holdings Corporationis pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Brooks as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the responsibilities immediately.
Kim Brooks is a majority shareholder in ServiceMaster DSI Holding Corporation and has been part of the company for over 20 years. During that time he has played a major role in turning a single ServiceMaster franchise location in Kansas City, MO into the largest ServiceMaster franchise organization in the country, completing disaster restoration projects all over the world.
"ServiceMaster DSI is a leader in the disaster restoration field," said Kim. "I am excited to lead this company as we continue to grow. Moving forward, I plan to re-evaluate existing systems and processes in an effort to simplify and improve the restoration experience for our clients...

New Realty Executives Office Opens In Shreveport »

April 17, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Realty Executives

Established Franchise Opens With New Brokerage
Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - A new Realty Executives office has opened at 460 Ashley Ridge Blvd., Suite 700 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Realty Executives brand has sustained a strong presence and market share for more than two decades in the Shreveport and Bossier City areas. Broker Kevin Johnson has been appointed to lead the Realty Executives offices in the metro area. The latest brokerage, Realty Executives SBLA, is currently hiring additional agents to join the team. Johnson welcomes seasoned real estate agents looking to advance their businesses to the next level along with other professionals interested in beginning a career in real estate.
Johnson has been a real estate agent with Realty Executives since 2003...

Fresh Coat Of Jackson Gives Room Painting To Woman Battling Breast Cancer »

April 17, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Jackson, MS (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - When Fresh Coat of Jackson owner Carlis Faler’s wife Tonya became a breast cancer survivor in 2013, the couple had an idea – they wanted to give a free room painting to someone who was facing the same challenges.
"We personally know the hardship and struggle other people battling breast cancer are going through and we thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free room painting to someone else dealing with those challenges. We wanted to brighten someone’s day," Faler said.
Fresh Coat offers professional residentialand commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Century 21 China Real Estate Partners With South China Morning Post  »

April 16, 2014 at 11:19AM PDT | Source: Century 21

To Launch SCMP-CTC Leading Price Index for Secondary Homes
BEIJING - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IFM Investments Limited (NYSE: CTC) ("Century 21 China Real Estate" or the "Company"), a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21® brand in China, today announced that it is collaborating with The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper, to launch the SCMP-CTC Index, a leading price index for secondary homes in Beijing and Shanghai.
Based on the hedonic pricing method, the SCMP-CTC Index is designed to provide investors, sellers and buyers with credible and detailed data that reflect seller sentiment around pricing trends. Beginning in April 2014, The South China Morning Post will use the Index on a monthly basis to supplement its analysis of the Chinese real estate market...

New Kitchen Tune-Up Franchise Opens In Helena, Montana »

April 16, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up is now open inside the Sears Hometown Store in Helena, MT.
Aberdeen, SD, April 16, 2014 - (PR.com) - Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen & bath remodeling franchise, announces the opening of a new location in Helena, Montana. The company specializes in affordable kitchen updates, and the business is located inside the Sears Hometown Store at 3120 Dredge Dr. A partnership formed between Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. and Kitchen Tune-Up in 2013 as a way to provide additional services and create a one-stop shopping experience for customers.
“Kitchen Tune-Up is a great addition to our store,” said local Sears Hometown Store & Kitchen Tune-Up owner Sharon Kangas. “Our customers looking to purchase new appliances for their kitchen can also update their space with cabinet refacing, redooring, or wood restoration...

New Local Home Cleaning Service Business Opens Just In Time For Spring Cleaning »

April 16, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Window Genie
Window Genie Opportunities Available

Window Genie of West Los Angeles officially opens for business on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker and his team will offer window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more.
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OH – Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Santa Monica, CA on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker is the owner/operator. Window Genie is a nationally ranked home service franchise offering window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie of West Los Angeles will service the Westside communities of Bel Air, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Westwood and surrounding areas.
Before joining the Window Genie team, Stocker spent 20 years in corporate finance helping entrepreneurial companies develop and implement strategies for growth...

The Arthurs Bring Painting Experience, Customer Service To Fresh Coat Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Buda, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - While in Bloomington, Indiana, Kenny Arthur started a painting business – a business that was successful through his college days and after. But when his wife Tonya got a job offer in Texas, the two decided to give up the business and move to South Austin.
Now the family is excited to be opening their new painting business – Fresh Coat of South Austin.
"When we moved here, Kenny joined corporate America with me as an account manager in sales and marketing. He's always been drawn to working for himself and it's a good fit for us, so we started looking to invest in a franchise. Fresh Coat was a perfect fit," Tonya said.
Fresh Coat's services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

WIN Home Inspection Franchise Taps Blair Dufresne For New Role As Marketing Manager »

April 15, 2014 at 9:47AM PDT | Source: WIN Home Inspection

Dufresne Will Offer Direct Support to WIN Home Inspection Franchise Owners
MADISON, AL - (Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - Blair Dufresne has been named Marketing Manager of the WIN Home Inspection franchise. Dufresne, who has an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University, will focus on direct support of nearly 180 WIN Strategic Partners and their franchised locations across the country. She will also help manage WIN marketing initiatives, vendor partnerships and be responsible for various organizational marketing standard operating practices and functions.
This is not Dufresne's first position at WIN. She was previously WIN's Franchise Administration Manager, but she took a break after the birth of her son in 2012. Her appointment comes after a two-year period of double-digit growth at WIN...

Mosquito Shield Of Southern Jersey Readies For Second Season »

April 15, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Shield

Woolwich Township, NJ (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Mosquito Shield of Southern New Jersey is now booking service appointments throughout the region for the 2014 season.
The Southern New Jersey residential mosquito spraying franchise enters its second year of operation, servicing customers in Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties. Woolwich Township, NJ residents Janice and Tim Fullmer established the local franchise last year.
"We know firsthand just how essential this service is for our area of South Jersey," said Tim Fullmer. "Our first season was a success and we have experienced exponential growth entering this second year."
The Fullmers bring over 50 years of marketing, customer service, business operations, and project management into their local franchise...

Keller Williams Realty Announces Plans To Expand Into Middle East »

April 15, 2014 at 6:32AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

North America's largest real estate franchise partners with IFA Hotels & Resorts in Dubai.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 - Building on their success growing Keller Williams real estate offices in the United States and South Africa, a group of business leaders has announced plans to open a new Keller Williams region based in Dubai. The venture is being led by a team that includes Operating Principal Werner Burger, Regional Director Piaras Moriarty and CEO Zhann Jochinke.
"We're excited to bring the proven models and systems of Keller Williams to real estate agents and clients in Dubai," Burger said. "Keller Williams is the real estate industry's leader in training and technology and Dubai is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic real estate markets in the world...

Energy Audits Help Historic Campus Homes Prioritize Maintenance »

April 15, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Pro Energy Consultant

Independence, OH - April 14, 2014 - PR.com - Modernizing and maintaining historic homes can be a daunting task; a building with decades of settling and deteriorating materials will have several issues and it is hard to define where to start. The Greek Life Sustainability Team from the University of Michigan turned to an energy audit to help them identify problems and prioritize improvements on one of the many historic homes on the University's campus.
"Energy audits aren't just a good starting point if you want to make a home more energy efficient, they are a good activity to do before any renovation or retrofit," stated Douglas King of Pro Energy Consultants of Ann Arbor. "It increases the chances of getting exactly what you want out of your updated space...



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