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Mosquito Squad Recognized As Leading Franchise Concept By Entrepreneur Magazine's 2015 Franchise 500 List »

December 19, 2014 at 12:00PM PST | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

"The Squad" Only Mosquito Control Company Named to Prestigious List
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosquito Squad (www.mosquitosquad.com), America's largest mosquito elimination and tick control brand, has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 2015 list of top franchise concepts. Ranking at number 343, Mosquito Squad is the only mosquito control firm to make the prestigious list.
For the past 36 years, Entrepreneur has compiled a list of most successful franchise concepts in the United States. Mosquito Squad, founded in 2006, has more than 160 franchise locations that specialize in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, so that Americans can enjoy their yards, business spaces and outdoor events...

Canada's Top Home Inspection Business 'A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections' Continues Explosive Growth In Canada And Across The Globe »

December 18, 2014 at 10:21AM PST | Source: A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

Company Celebrates its Tremendous Success in 2014 and Plans to Become Largest Home Inspections Firm in the World
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is finishing up an outstanding 2014 filled with dozens of office openings and an increased presence around the world. The company continues to provide trust, safety and security to homebuyers and realtors through an innovative home inspection business model.
And, 2015 is projected to be even bigger and better.
Growth plans in 2015 call for another year of double-digit office increases in Canada, building on the incredible 16 additional franchises added in 2014 so far. And now, more realtors across Canada are recommending ABCHI, boosting the brand's increase rate of inspections year over year to more than 15 percent in 2014...

Merry Maids Recognizes Outstanding Franchise Owners »

December 17, 2014 at 11:13AM PST | Source: Merry Maids

Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel Receive Highest Honor: Founder's Award
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn. - Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning company and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, announced the recognition of several outstanding franchise owners at its annual seminar held in Orlando, Fla. The highest honor of the year, the Founder's Award, was given to franchisees Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel, of Mobile, Ala., Pinellas Park and Jacksonville, Fla.
Merry Maids has more than 35 years of experience helping families clean up messes, creating home cleaning plans customized for each household's needs, and providing expert tips to keep living spaces clean and organized - ultimately giving them time back to spend with their families...

RE/MAX Holdings Announces CEO Transition »

December 12, 2014 at 11:18AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

DENVER, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "RE/MAX") (NYSE: RMAX), today announced that Margaret Kelly has decided to retire from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and resign from the Board of Directors. The RE/MAX Board of Directors elected Dave Liniger, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, to the position of CEO. The changes are effective December 31, 2014.
"I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the RE/MAX team over the last 28 years and honored to have led the company for the last nine years," said Ms. Kelly. "RE/MAX has grown into one of the largest real estate franchise networks in the world due to the perseverance and commitment of our brokers and agents, who are passionate about helping their clients achieve their real estate goals...

Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith To Its Board Of Directors »

December 11, 2014 at 11:11AM PST | Source: Realogy Corporation

Former Chief Financial Officer of SuperValu Inc. Appointed as Independent Board Member
MADISON, N.J., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, today announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Ms. Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee.
Most recently, Ms. Smith served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of SuperValu Inc. (NYSE: SVU), a $17 billion grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she played a critical leadership role in finance and related functions, including strategic initiatives, acquisitions and business transformation activities...

Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith To Its Board Of Directors »

December 10, 2014 at 10:02AM PST | Source: Realogy Corporation

Former Chief Financial Officer of SuperValu Inc. Appointed as Independent Board Member
MADISON, N.J. - Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, today announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Ms. Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee.
Most recently, Ms. Smith served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of SuperValu Inc. (NYSE: SVU), a $17 billion grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she played a critical leadership role in finance and related functions, including strategic initiatives, acquisitions and business transformation activities...

Window World® Celebrates Fifth Annual 'Window World Day' With Patients Of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® »

December 10, 2014 at 7:18AM PST | Source: Window World
Window World Opportunities Available

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, celebrated the fifth annual "Window World Day" Thursday, Dec. 4, along with patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
The "Jingle Bell Jamboree" themed party was a celebration to honor the patients of St. Jude and their families. The Window World team, comprised of representatives from locations nationwide, hosted various activities, including arts and crafts, a toy giveaway, lunch, a photo booth and live country music.
Window World's philanthropic efforts are spearheaded by its charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, which provides year-round support for St. Jude...

Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Expands Presence In Florida With The Addition Of Lifestyles Realty Web »

December 10, 2014 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and MADISON, N.J. - Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced today the addition of Lifestyles Realty Web to its franchise network. Led by broker Dan McCarthy and general manager Geoff Burt, the newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles Realty will continue to serve the greater Jacksonville area. It is the newest brokerage to be added to the brand's network, and the third Florida brokerage to join in the past three months.
"The Florida market is thriving and we are thrilled to continue our momentum in the state with the addition of this forward-thinking brokerage," said Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC...

HomeVestors Continues Aggressive Trademark Enforcement In 2014 »

December 09, 2014 at 11:42AM PST | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

HomeVestors Franchise Continues Diligence in Protecting its Trademarks 
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - HomeVestors of America, Inc. ("HomeVestors"), known for its registered trademark We Buy Ugly Houses®, has been diligent in protecting its trademarks. Since its incorporation in 1996, HomeVestors has aggressively defended its federally registered trademarks and enforced its right to prevent third parties from infringing these marks in third-party websites, domain names, social media ads and in keyword advertising.
Since 2013, HomeVestors has initiated enforcement actions against over one hundred and sixty infringers. In 2014 alone, HomeVestors has initiated new enforcement actions against eighty-one new third-party infringers and successfully resolved actions against eighty-four infringers by various methods, including the direct transfer of ten domains from infringers to HomeVestors, with a total of twenty-two domain take downs...

Century 21 China Real Estate Announces Termination Of The Strategic Cooperation Agreements With SouFun »

December 09, 2014 at 7:50AM PST | Source: Century 21

BEIJING, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 the strategic cooperation agreements with SouFun Holdings Limited (NYSE: SFUN) ("SouFun"), previously entered into on October 7, 2014, have been terminated in accordance with their terms. This termination is due to the fact that the parties did not reach agreement with respect to third-party consent to the transaction.
About Century 21 China Real Estate
IFM Investments Limited ("Century 21 China Real Estate" or "CTC") is a leading comprehensive real estate services provider and the exclusive franchisor for the CENTURY 21® brand in China...

United Country Joins Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation At Cowboy Christmas, Hunter Expo In Las Vegas December 4-7 »

December 08, 2014 at 6:25AM PST | Source: United Country Real Estate

December 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As a continuation of the strategic partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, United Country has sent a team of representatives to promote land ownership to conservation-minded people around the United States. This year's annual Elk Camp held by the RMEF, is being conducted in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo, the Cowboy Christmas and the Hunter Christmas Show in Las Vegas this weekend.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to talk directly with the people that love to hunt and recreate on the lands that we know are critical for big game to flourish for generations to come," said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate. "We enjoy working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on a grassroots level through their local chapter events, as well as, big national events such as these...

JDog Hauling Toys For Tots Donations This Holiday Season »

December 08, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: JDog Junk Removal

Veteran Owned Junk Removal Franchise Utilizes Hauling Services for Charitable Cause
BERWYN, Pa. - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - JDog Junk Removal, a veteran owned and operated junk removal franchise, is getting into the holiday spirit this year by helping transport donations to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The professional junk removal company will now utilize its newly added hauling feature, normally reserved for large appliances and furniture, to pick up toy donations within the community and deliver them to select drop off sites.
"Supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation makes great sense for us. Both organizations are founded in military roots and values," said Army veteran Jerry Flanagan, Founder of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling...

Outdoor Living Brands Welcomes Victoria Brox To Their World Class Franchise Development Team »

December 08, 2014 at 4:07AM PST | Source: Renew Crew
Renew Crew Opportunities Available

Outdoor Living Brands expands their franchise development team by hiring seasoned franchise professional Victoria Brox.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) December 06, 2014 - Outdoor Living Brands, home to award winning franchise opportunities, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Mosquito Squad and Renew Crew, announced Monday, December 1st that they have welcomed Victoria Brox to their franchise development team.
"Victoria is a seasoned franchise development professional with an impressive track record in the franchising industry. We are excited to see her assist our efforts to grow and develop the Renew Crew brand with our franchise development team in the coming year," stated Scott Zide, Chief Operating Officer at Outdoor Living Brands...

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections Named As Top Franchise For Minorities »

December 05, 2014 at 7:47AM PST | Source: A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

World Franchising Network Selects ABCHI for its Prestigious Listing
December 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – The World Franchising Network has designated A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) as one of the top U.S. franchises for Minorities. Among hundreds of companies considered for the honor, World Franchising Network spotlights ABCHI in the 8th annual list of the "50 Top Franchises for Minorities."
The results were recently featured in USA TODAY's "Franchising Today" section.
"Diversity is a cornerstone of our company," said Bill Redfern, the CEO, founder and president of ABCHI. "From our home office to our regional directors and our unit franchisees, a diverse set of individuals has helped ABCHI become a world-class franchise...

Royal LePage Announces Major Expansion In British Colombia's Lower Mainland And Sunshine Coast »

December 05, 2014 at 4:47AM PST | Source: Royal LePage Real Estate Services

Sussex Realty joins forces with Royal LePage to Expand Powerhouse Brokerage
December 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // TORONTO – Royal LePage is pleased to announce the addition of Prudential Sussex Realty to the Royal LePage network. Operating as Royal LePage Sussex, its team of close to 300 agents joins Royal LePage's company-owned brokerage operation, the number one brokerage in the nation.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Sussex team to the Royal LePage family," said Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage. "Sussex is one of the most admired names in real estate, with a long history of successfully marketing some of Canada's most valuable homes. This transaction is a game-changer in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, adding more strength and quality to the nation's largest real estate company...

Screenmobile Services One Millionth Customer »

December 04, 2014 at 12:10PM PST | Source: Screenmobile

December 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // THOUSAND PALMS, CA – Screenmobile, one of the nation's largest screen repair companies, continues to capitalize on the growing demand for residential screen repairs, having recently serviced its one millionth customer.
"We've been so busy, we didn't even see this milestone coming. After realizing it, I sat back and was so proud of the company and our franchisees," said CEO and co-founder Scott Walker. "Screenmobile exists in the acquisition and retention of very satisfied and loyal customers, who return frequently to our products and services and recommend us to their family and friends. We are excited for the next million."
One of the main reasons for reaching such a milestone so quickly is Screenmobile's unique process...

Harcourts USA Opens New Office In Oregon »

December 04, 2014 at 9:05AM PST | Source: Harcourts

Opening in Clackamas, Oregon, Harcourts USA introduces their 17th office to open within the last year.
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - December 04, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Harcourts USA, one of the fastest growing real estate companies worldwide, has announced the official opening of a new office in Clackamas, Oregon. The office previously operated under the name, Real Estate Network Group, but officially opened its doors under the Harcourts name mid-November, making Harcourts Real Estate Network Group the 2nd office Harcourts has opened in Oregon, and 28th office in the USA.
Harcourts Real Estate Network Group joins the Harcourts brand with 19 years of experience in the industry. Excited for the changeover, principal broker Jennifer Maben says what attracted her to Harcourts was, "the culture of the company, the tools that they offer to the agents that provide the best experience when they buy and sell homes, and the support they offer to the brokers...

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise Into Cherry Hill »

December 04, 2014 at 7:39AM PST | Source: Executive Care
Executive Care Opportunities Available

Local Entrepreneur to Open First South Jersey Office of Leading National Home Care Concept
December 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Executive Care announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement to open a new office serving Cherry Hill and neighboring Camden County communities. It marks the Hackensack, N.J.-based company's first agreement to open an office in South Jersey, and represents the organization's tenth franchise location. The office is scheduled to open in January 2015.
Dr. Kara Conliffe is the local resident launching the business.
"Reaching this moment in my professional life comes with great pride," said Conliffe. "I am thrilled to be part of the Executive Care family. Without a doubt, the company has established itself as the most trusted home care provider in New Jersey, and beyond...

Steamatic, Inc. Announces The Lindy Berry Memorial Scholarship Recipients »

December 04, 2014 at 6:20AM PST | Source: Steamatic

December 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // Steamatic, Inc., an international leader in cleaning and restoration services, is excited to announce the 2014 recipients of the Steamatic Lindy Berry Memorial Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program was introduced earlier this year to honor the memory of Lindy Berry, who passed away in April 2014. Berry spent the majority of his professional career as vice president and general manager of Steamatic, Inc.. His peers and colleagues see his accomplishments as an inspiring example of leadership, character and integrity.
The Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to Steamatic franchisees, their children and grandchildren who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs...

Michael Begley Brings Caring Transitions To Spokane Area »

December 04, 2014 at 4:48AM PST | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

This locally owned and operated franchise serves Greater Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Hill, Millwood, Veradale, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas.
Spokane, WA (PRWEB) December 03, 2014 - Michael Begley knows a few things about managing the estates of loved ones when they downsize or pass away, including how overwhelmingly stressful it can be – he helped with the estates of both his parents and his grandmother. That's why, when he decided to open his own business, Caring Transitions was a natural fit.
Begley just opened Caring Transitions of Spokane. This local franchise serves Greater Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Hill, Millwood, Veradale, Liberty Lake and the surrounding areas.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations...



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