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Are Your Home’s Air Ducts On Your Spring Cleaning Checklist? »

March 27, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: SERVPRO®

SERVPRO® offers duct inspection and maintenance guidelines for homeowners.
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Gallatin, TN – Whether you are looking out your window at a blanket of snow or a grove of palm trees, March is the month when spring finally arrives. And traditionally, this is the time when homeowners begin to make a list of spring cleaning chores to prepare for warmer weather ahead. This year, remediation specialist SERVPRO® suggests including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) duct maintenance on your to-do list.
“At the very least, performing some simple maintenance on the ducts in your home will help your HVAC system work at maximum efficiency,” said Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc...

Luxury Real Estate Agent In The Woodlands Texas Joins Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division »

March 27, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Trey Dean Properties an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty in The Woodland Texas joins Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division.
The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - Keller Williams Realty announced today that Trey Dean, a powerful player and luxury home expert in the Woodlands, has joined Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division in The Woodlands and Magnolia office. Trey's expertise in the luxury homes market makes him a perfect fit within the ranks of KW Luxury Homes International.
Trey Dean has been an affiliated with Keller Williams Luxury Homes for several years. In 2014, Trey Dean Properties was selected as a 2014 committee member for GHLHC (Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection). His approach to "boutique style" real estate gives him an edge when it comes to marketing and selling high-end luxury homes...

Brightway’s Jenny Petersen Named Chapter MVP Of The Network Of Vertafore Users »

March 27, 2015 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Jenny Petersen, systems administration manager at Brightway Insurance, has been voted the Most Valuable Player of the Large Agency Chapter of the Network of Vertafore Users (NetVU). She will be recognized at NetVU15 in Indianapolis today.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
Vertafore offers insurance software and services that drive efficiencies and increase profitability.
Petersen formed the Large Agency Chapter of NetVU in 2014 to help other large agencies share best practices on how they use Vertafore products to enhance their business. More than 120 members of the chapter use the forum to problem solve and share best practices...

Husband-Wife Team Find Perfect Fit With Showhomes Of Little Rock »

March 27, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Showhomes

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Dana and her husband Mark met at Ouachita Baptist University where they both majored in Mass Communications. Upon graduating, Mark joined the military and moved to California with Dana by his side. Mark was a personnel clerk who worked out of a battalion level office in California. After leaving the service, Mark worked several jobs in the sales industry before settling in Arkansas in 2000 with a job at a telecommunications company as a regional sales manager. Years later, Mark and Dana started their first business, ColdBlast of Arkansas, LLC, an eco-friendly service prep company that did dry ice blasting.
While Mark went out into the workforce Dana stayed home to take care of and homeschool their four children...

The Grounds Guys Ranked Fastest-growing Franchise By Entrepreneur Magazine »

March 27, 2015 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: The Grounds Guys

Company recognized for outstanding level of growth.
Waco, TX (PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - The Grounds Guys will finish the first quarter of 2015 with new franchisees and a new award, continuing their award streak from 2014.
Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the four year old landscape company as one of the Top Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2015. “Franchising is all about growth,” Entrepreneur Magazine stated in article featuring the listing. ”It’s the goal of every company and a clear measure of success.
The ranking is determined on the increase in number of open and operating U.S. franchise units from July 31, 2013 to July 31, 2014. The Grounds Guys added approximately 46 new locations in that time period...

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Named One Of Best Franchise Opportunities For 2015 »

March 27, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: Oxi Fresh
Oxi Fresh Opportunities Available

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAKEWOOD, Colo. – For the sixth time in seven years, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has been recognized in Franchise Business Review's annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, the only national ranking of franchise opportunities based exclusively on franchisee satisfaction and performance data.
Already securely established as one of the nation’s fastest-growing carpet cleaning franchises with more than 270 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Oxi Fresh was ranked as No. 39 in the 2015 list.
“Providing franchisees with the best possible support has always been a major priority for Oxi Fresh. It’s why we invest so much time into creating rigorous training tools, developing marketing solutions, and implementing new business management systems,” said Jonathan Barnett, founder and CEO of Oxi Fresh...

Aire Serv Of Eden Prairie Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award »

March 26, 2015 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Aire Serv of Eden Prairie has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
“Receiving this award means a lot to us,” said owner Doug Dill. “We have worked hard to establish a great heating and air conditioning company in Minnesota. This is the second year in a row we have received the Angie’s List award and look forward to getting it again next year by providing the excellent service our customers deserve.”
“Only about five percent of the air conditioning companies in Minnesota have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks...

Budget Blinds Announces Powerhouse To Excel Design Expertise »

March 26, 2015 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orange, Calif. - Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with nearly 1,000 territories, announced today that Tracy Christman, VP of Vendor Alliance, is taking the helm as design expert and trendsetter for the brand, bringing more fashion-forward trends to homeowners while helping to increase market share for Budget Blinds in the growing multi-billion dollar window coverings industry.
Traveling the world to identify color and style trends, Christman brings to homeowners through the Budget Blinds brand, beautiful and stylish window fashion designs, new technologies, and functional solutions for energy efficiency, child safety, moisture resistance and durability. Christman develops partnerships with well-known industry experts and recently placed Budget Blinds window coverings and drapery in the Las Vegas home of Jonathan and Drew Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, after their hit home-renovation show...

New Book By Dina Dwyer-Owens Challenges Business Leaders To Focus On Values »

March 26, 2015 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

World-renowned business leader and author shares the importance of leading with values to achieve personal and professional goals.
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - Now, more than ever, the business community needs a return to values-based operations, says acclaimed author and speaker Dina Dwyer-Owens in her new book Values, Inc.
"It's been said that 95 percent of companies that have a code of values don't even use it," Dwyer-Owens said. "You see examples of this everywhere and it is disturbing. I want people to see that by leading with values and taking a stand, they can make a difference and change the world."
In Values, Inc. Dwyer-Owens hopes to revolutionize the way business leaders think about success by offering inspiring stories from admirable companies, business leaders and even heroes from across the globe who have overcome obstacles using a firm set of values...

My Elder Advocate Launches Franchising Program To Fill Elder Care Gap »

March 26, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: My Elder Advocate

New Elder Care Franchise Solves Health Care Crises Facing Aging Americans and their Families
January 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK – Imagine a company that guides aging loved ones through the complex health care system, fights for their rights and takes swift action to solve care-related issues. This is now a reality with the launch of national franchise My Elder AdvocateTM, an overarching elder care services company, which is expanding to meet the unprecedented health care demands of aging Americans.
The number of Americans aged 65 years and up is expected to double in the next 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My Elder Advocate is particularly poised for growth as the population ages because it fills a critical gap in the elder care industry...

Home Care Assistance Featured On WJCT Radio »

March 25, 2015 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Bernie Katzman, Jacksonville Home Care Assistance’s ‘Music Through The Ages’ Specialist, interviewed by Warren Miller for his show ‘Closing The Loop’
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fleming Island, Florida – Jacksonville Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of non-medical, in-home care, is excited to announce that Bernie Katzman with Jacksonville Home Care Assistance was recently interviewed about the company’s ‘Music Through the Ages’ program on WJCT’s show Closing the Loop. The ‘Music Through The Ages’ program encompasses a wide variety of musical activities that include memory recollection reinforcement, cognitive stimulation, long-term memory enhancement, games with percussion and rhythm instruments and senior chorus...

RE/MAX Executive Charlotte Wins National And Local Recognition While Producing Record Numbers For Its Agents »

March 25, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

With eight offices in Greater Charlotte area, RE/MAX Executive had sales volume in excess of $1 billion in 2014
(PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Hadi Atri, President and CEO of RE/MAX Executive has been named the US Broker Owner of the Year. This prestigious honor is extremely competitive - nominees are chosen from different regions and then a winner is chosen overall based off factors such as sales performance, agent satisfaction scores and innovation.
Kourosh Sharifi, the CFO of RE/MAX Executive, was recently named to the Charlotte Business Journal’s list of the Top 40 people under 40 in the city. To be nominated for this list, candidates have to be sponsored by a member of the community and then the Charlotte Business Journal makes the final decision...

Korean War Veteran Returns To The USS Midway After 60 Years »

March 25, 2015 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance and Wish of a Lifetime partner to fufill the wish of 85-year-old Navy Veteran, Robert Mountz
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // San Diego, CA - Home Care Assistance, North America’s leading provider of in-home care for seniors partnered with Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors fulfill their lifelong dreams, to fulfill the wish of Robert “Bob” Mountz. He had spent two years as a Hospital Corpsman aboard the USS Midway, the largest ship in the world at that time. Sixty years after his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert stepped foot on the ship that played such an important role in his life and paved the way for new heights in naval aviation.
Mountz, along with his childhood friend Wilma and his daughters Deborah and Laura, traveled from Indiana to San Diego, California to visit the USS Midway on Tuesday, March 17th...

MosquitoNix Advises To Fight Mosquitos As Early As March »

March 25, 2015 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: MosquitoNix

Company Urges Awareness of Mosquitos, West Nile Virus and Chikungunya
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, TX - MosquitoNix®, the nation's leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, is advising people, especially those who live in warmer areas, to start the fight against mosquitos as early as March this year. Aggressive steps against mosquitos are spurred by reports in 2014, of a large number of West Nile virus cases and an outbreak of Chikungunya. The MosquitoNix team is on hand to protect homes and businesses from mosquitos, and ensure a carefree spring and summer.
In 2014, the World Health Organization dubbed the mosquito the world's most dangerous animal. Every year more than 1 million people die of mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide...

Realty ONE Group Reports Record Growth Plus New Agent Tools »

March 25, 2015 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Realty ONE Group

The Leading Real Estate Brokerage Announces Explosive Growth in Q1 with East Coast Expansion
IRVINE, Calif. - March 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Realty ONE Group, a full-service residential real estate brokerage, today announced record growth as the real estate industry leader approaches the end of Q1, 2015. With new office openings nationwide, the launch of an East Coast offering, new technology tools and top agents joining the company, Realty ONE Group is confident 2015 will be its biggest year for growth, to date.
“We believe we can attract over 100 new agents to our business in Lancaster, PA, organically, because of Realty ONE Group’s unique agent benefits. We believe in what Realty ONE Group is doing because of the innovative marketing tactics and industry-leading technology insights...

UnitedCountry.com Breaks All-Time Visitor Web Traffic Record In January »

March 24, 2015 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Internet Searches for Lifestyle1 Real Estate Hitting Historic Highs
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // - KANSAS CITY, Mo.– As 2015 gets underway, real estate consumers have been using the Internet to search for dream properties more than ever. In January, millions of these consumers searched the Internet, interested in lifestyle1 real estate. According to United Country Real Estate, the nation’s largest seller of non-urban real estate, visitor traffic at the firm’s national top-ranked lifestyle real estate website increased to record levels.
“At United Country, 2014 was a year of record breaking web traffic and the second highest sales year since 2007, and it looks like this upward trend will be continuing in 2015,” said David Dickey, chief technology officer for United Country Real Estate...

Three Business Partners Open Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro »

March 24, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Three long-time friends are looking forward to making a positive impact on their community while making their entrepreneurial dreams come true through their new business, Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Enters Brazil »

March 24, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Imobiliaria Bossa Nova in Brazil has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and now will do business as Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty.
The firm, led by owners Luciano Amado as president and Marcello Romero as vice president, is located at Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva 2027, Pinheiros, São Paulo.
“São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are exciting markets that encompass extraordinary properties in a broadly diverse destination, and they provide a highly influential source of avid real estate buyers,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC...

Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Announces National Philanthropic Partnership With Rebuilding Together »

March 24, 2015 at 7:34AM PDT | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Partnership Based on Shared Mission to Help Homeowners Live Better Lives and Improve Local Communities
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced this week at its international brand conference, Fusion, a national philanthropic partnership with Rebuilding Together. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is the exclusive residential real estate brand partner for Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades to those unable to maintain their homes, including elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners. As part of the partnership, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate will engage its network of nearly 10,000 affiliated real estate professionals to help raise awareness of the Rebuilding Together organization and help to improve the communities in which they serve...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Extends Relationship With ESPN's Baseball Tonight »

March 24, 2015 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

Will Air New Commercial "Catch" with the Start of Baseball Season
Latest Ad Spot Captures the Irreplaceable Memories that Happen at Home
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - There is nothing quite like the memories of playing catch in the backyard. It’s warm out, the sun is going down, and in that moment only a few things matter; two people, their mitts, a baseball and a backyard. The latest ad from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC titled "Catch" perfectly captures this experience in a commercial that will air during shows such as ESPN Baseball Tonight along with other ESPN programming. Coldwell Banker® is now in its fourth year as a of sponsor of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and the show’s Coldwell Banker® Home Field segment, during which the show’s hosts demonstrate plays and strategy on an in-studio baseball diamond...



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