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Franchise Industry Strategic Alliances

Partnerships build strong alliances, and you can uncover the latest dealmakers right here. No need to look any further if you're in search of the latest news and opportunities revolving around today's emerging partnerships and strategic alliances. Whether the ink has dried or the deal's still in the talking stages, find all the details right here--including who's providing the financing.

Automotive Powerhouses MAACO® And Meineke® Partner With Uber »

November 21, 2014 at 5:02AM PST | Source: Driven Brands

MAACO®, Meineke® and Uber Team Up, Ensuring Passenger Peace of Mind, Comfort and Continued Convenience
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Nov 20, 2014) - MAACO® and Meineke®, both part of the Driven Brands family of automotive companies, are pleased to announce their partnership with Uber Technologies. The partnership is strategically designed to offer all Uber Driver Partners exclusive benefits on preventive maintenance, auto painting, and repair services from MAACO® and Meineke® locations throughout North America. Together MAACO® and Meineke®, through their wide array of services, offer drivers a complete car care solution.
"Uber has revolutionized the experience for drivers and riders. A vision we share here at Maaco," said Artemio Garza, CMO of MAACO®...

PrideStaff North Dallas A Proud Sponsor Of The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure »

November 20, 2014 at 9:47AM PST | Source: PrideStaff

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - PrideStaff North Dallas once again sponsored and raised funds in support of the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® on October 18, 2014 in the fight against breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen® Dallas County is the local source for funding breast cancer education, screening and treatment in Dallas County, serving thousands of women in 30 cities. Through events like the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure®, Komen Dallas County funds lifesaving breast health services to help uninsured and underinsured residents in the fight today.
"When I moved to Dallas to open our PrideStaff office, there were several inspirational women in the community," said Amy Linn, Owner PrideStaff North Dallas. "I was most moved by the promise that Nancy Brinker made to her sister that ultimately resulted in Susan G...

SONIC And Kevin Durant Team Up For All-Star Partnership »

November 20, 2014 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

America's Drive-In signs multi-year endorsement deal with 2014 NBA MVP
OKLAHOMA CITY - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) today announced it has reached a multi-year endorsement agreement with Kevin Durant - the 2014 NBA MVP, five-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and Male Athlete of the Year ESPY Award winner - as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of balanced menu items and promoter of co-branded philanthropic efforts.
"SONIC is a great national brand with charitable ties that match my own," said Durant. "I'm excited to have the chance to work with them to create healthier and affordable options for people across the country and to have some fun with the process...

HoneyBaked And Feeding America Continue Partnership To Give To Those In Need »

November 20, 2014 at 6:44AM PST | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Honeybaked Strives to Donate Two Million Meals this Holiday Season to Help Eliminate Hunger
ATLANTA - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - In the midst of its busiest season of the year, HoneyBaked, known for its premium ham and turkey breasts with sweet, crunchy glaze, is giving back. As customers visit HoneyBaked stores to purchase their holiday meals, they can also help HoneyBaked achieve their goal of donating two million meals** this holiday season. In their fourth consecutive year of partnership with Feeding America®, HoneyBaked stores will accept register donations, 100 percent of which will be donated to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
"More than 49 million people in the U.S. live in food-insecure households," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked* President and COO...

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory® Finalizes Exclusive Agreement With Maud Borup Inc.™ For Premium Hot Cocoa Mixes »

November 18, 2014 at 5:38AM PST | Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Walmart® Selects Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cocoa Mixes for Nationwide Roll Out
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 - Maud Borup Inc. and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory today announce an agreement that grants Maud Borupthe exclusive rights to package and distribute Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory hot cocoa mixes to mass, specialty, grocery, drug, and club stores in the United States.
In the initial roll-out, consumers can purchase Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gourmet hot cocoa mixes that are certified kosher in three indulgent, natural flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint – as everyday items in the warm beverage aisle at Walmart stores throughout the U.S. Each box contains six individual pouch servings...

Wyndham Hotel Group Partners With Polaris To Help Prevent Human Trafficking »

November 17, 2014 at 7:59AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Donates $150,000 and One Million Wyndham Rewards Points
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced its continued commitment to preventing human trafficking by partnering with Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.
As part of the joint effort, Wyndham Hotel Group and Polaris are developing comprehensive training and educational tools for hotel owners and franchisees, property-level staff and employees at its corporate offices and call centers to educate them about all aspects of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery whereby criminals profit by controlling and exploiting vulnerable people...

PRDnationwide Partners With Cancer Council Queensland »

November 14, 2014 at 8:55AM PST | Source: PRD Nationwide

November 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Newstead, Queensland – PRDnationwide announced a new partnership with Cancer Council Queensland during the real estate franchise network's Principal's Forum, held 10-11 November, at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff, NSW. To launch the affiliation, PRDnationwide commissioned the "Home Candle," a handmade soy candle with a custom blend of cedarwood and lemongrass. The candle was created as the company's signature settlement gift and is used across the network's 100+ franchise offices and clients.
The candle was inspired by Cancer Council's iconic Candlelight Ceremony used during its Relay for Life events of which PRDnationwide is a Community Supporter.
Of the first 100 candles produced, Candle #1 was reserved and auctioned during the Forum, which hosted owners of PRDnationwide franchise offices across Australia...

Domino's Pizza® Partnering With Pebble, Putting Domino's Tracker® On Your Wrist »

November 13, 2014 at 10:39AM PST | Source: Domino's Pizza

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - When Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, launched its fan-favorite Domino's Tracker® nearly seven years ago, smartwatch technology was likely never a part of the plan. It is now.
The pizza tracker, which allows customers to trace their order from the time it is taken, baked and out for delivery, will now be available on a new innovative platform: Pebble. This marks the first time that Domino's Tracker has been available on any smartwatch device.
Pebble Technology Corp. of Palo Alto, California, debuted its first smartwatch, Pebble, on Kickstarter in 2012, which remains one of the most successful crowd-funding campaigns to date. The company introduced a premium model, Pebble Steel, in January of this year...

H&R Block To Help Consumers Enroll In Health Insurance Coverage »

November 13, 2014 at 6:17AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Website, Licensed Health Care Advisors to Help Find Best Plan On and Off Marketplace
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - November 13, 1014 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, for the second year will offer nationwide health insurance enrollment services through its partnership with GoHealth. H&R Block's enrollment services, free of charge, help consumers understand their options, apply for the Advance Premium Tax Credit and select and enroll in health insurance coverage. Consumers can call a Licensed Health Care Advisor or visit a website to find plans and enroll.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most people to have health insurance or face a potential ACA tax penalty. To avoid a potential ACA tax penalty, taxpayers can sign up for health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period, which for the ACA Marketplace is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015...

Dental Fix RX And Boyd Industries Enter Support Services Agreement »

November 12, 2014 at 5:25AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

Davie, Florida (PRWEB) November 12, 2014 - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, is proud to announce an agreement with dental equipment manufacturer Boyd Industries.
"Working with dental industry leader Boyd Industries is an incredible opportunity," said Brian Dershow, COO of Dental Fix RX. "We are looking forward to working with Boyd's team of experts and servicing their dental equipment."
Established in 2009, Dental Fix RX is a mobile dental equipment repair business that focuses on customized services that produce high-quality repairs in a short amount of time. Dental Fix is committed to the repair, service, and maintenance of all types of dental equipment.
"For more than 55 years, we at Boyd Industries have been dedicated to the design and manufacturing of specialty dental and medical operatory equipment," said Adrian LaTrace, Boyd Industries CEO...

Caribou Coffee Partners With The Food Group To Donate Highly Requested Food Shelf Item »

November 10, 2014 at 10:11AM PST | Source: Caribou Coffee

Partnership Provides Two Simple Ways for Guests to Give Back
MINNEAPOLIS - November 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Many could use a little extra boost this time of year and that’s why coffee is one of the most requested items at food shelves. To address this need, Caribou Coffee is encouraging guests to join them in donating coffee to The Food Group this holiday season.
"We are always grateful for food donations around the holidays. There is a shortage of coffee in food shelves and food banks and we’re thrilled to partner with Caribou Coffee to ensure shelves are stocked with coffee this season"
Guests can donate Reindeer Blend coffee at their local Caribou Coffee to be distributed to The Food Group, formerly known as Emergency Foodshelf Network...

Taco Bell® And ESPN Team Up For First Student Section At College Football Playoff »

November 10, 2014 at 6:43AM PST | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

November 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, Calif. - Taco Bell® is bringing the biggest games back to the biggest fans by creating the first ever student section at the College Football Playoff. Taco Bell’s Live Más Student Section will provide undergraduate students with tickets and the unique opportunity to see their teams at each of the three final College Football Playoff games.
"The Live Más Student Section brings one of the most important and impactful elements of football typically reserved for the regular season into the inaugural College Football Playoff," said Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer for Taco Bell. "The passionate student fans define what it is to Live Más, especially at playoff games, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide such a memorable experience with a Taco Bell twist...

Build-A-Bear Workshop And Toys For Tots Join Team Santa To Help Children In Need Have A Happy Holiday »

November 10, 2014 at 5:28AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 10, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop® is inviting Guests to join Team Santa to help all children have a special holiday season. The Company announced today that it will launch a national Stuffed with Hugs® event Nov. 14 through Nov. 16, where Guests will be invited to make a special bear for free to donate to Toys For Tots. This is the seventh consecutive year Build-A-Bear Workshop has supported The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation during the holiday season.
Now through Dec. 14, Build-A-Bear Workshop Guests can visit any store nationwide to make or donate new, unwrapped toys for local children in need. The Company will match each Guest's donation, up to 20,000 with a Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friend...

Introducing "Your World Rewards": Starwood Preferred Guest® And Emirates Skywards® Join Forces To Extend Benefits »

November 10, 2014 at 4:23AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Across the Sky and around the Globe
New Partnership Takes Loyalty to New Heights in Growing Travel Markets with Extra Rewards and Elite Earnings
STAMFORD, Conn. & DUBAI, U.A.E. - November 9, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Emirates Airline® are announcing a new partnership providing reciprocal benefits to Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) and Emirates Skywards® members. The program, Your World Rewards®, begins Nov. 19 and allows SPG and Skywards elite members who register for the program, to elevate their earnings and benefits when they fly with Emirates or stay with SPG Participating Hotels.
With Your World Rewards, SPG and Emirates Skywards members will now earn in the air, on the ground and around the world...

Sears Hometown Stores Launch "Salute To Local Heroes" Charity Campaign To Support First Responders »

November 05, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Partners with National Volunteer Fire Council to Donate Funds through System-Wide Campaign Nov. 2 – Dec. 31, 2014
November 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Hometown Stores is partnering with the National Volunteer Fire Council to raise money for one local fire department for each of their stores’ communities as part of its "Salute to Local Heroes" charity campaign. The objective of the campaign is to provide firehouses across the nation with critical funds to improve resources for training, equipment and financial support where the local heroes need it most.
From now through Dec. 31, 2014, Sears Hometown Stores, customers and company employees will have the opportunity to donate toward their local fire department while making a purchase...

Budget Blinds Partners With Homes For Our Troops To Provide Window Coverings For Specially Adapted Veteran Homes »

November 04, 2014 at 5:41AM PST | Source: Budget Blinds

California Franchise Brand Outfits Ten Homes for Veterans in 2014
ORANGE, Calif. - November 04, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Budget Blinds, a custom window covering franchise and Home Franchise Concepts brand, has partnered with national non-profit, Homes for Our Troops, to provide specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through this partnership, Budget Blinds will provide window coverings in ten homes across the country between November 1 and December 31, 2014, and in every HFOT home over the next three years. The homes built for these Veterans will help to restore the freedom and independence that they sacrificed while serving our nation and enables them to focus on family, recovery and re-building their lives...

Orange Leaf Partners With InMoment To Launch New Guest Experience Initiative »

November 04, 2014 at 5:29AM PST | Source: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

SALT LAKE CITY - November 04, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, America's fastest-growing frozen yogurt concept, is partnering with InMoment™, a cloud-based customer experience (CX) optimization platform that gives companies the ability to listen to and engage with customers to improve business results. InMoment is providing the technology to power Orange Leaf's guest satisfaction program.
Orange Leaf has more than 300 locations in the United States and Australia, with plans to reach 1,000 franchised units worldwide by 2020. Orange Leaf points to an exceptional customer experience and continual innovation, such as its uniquely-configured yogurt machines, 70-plus flavor offerings and technologies like the MyOrangeLeaf mobile app with interactive voting, as keys to its success...

Home Instead Senior Care Partners With Local Nonprofit And Community Organizations For Their Annual “Be A Santa To A Senior” Program »

November 03, 2014 at 10:24AM PST | Source: Home Instead Senior Care

"Be a Santa to a Senior" helps bring smiles and joy to seniors who need it most in your community this holiday season with Home Instead Senior Care.
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) November 03, 2014 - Home Instead Senior Care is ready to spread holiday joy this season with their Be a Santa to a Senior® program! For the past six years, Home Instead has partnered with local nonprofit and community organizations to identify seniors who may not receive gifts this holiday season. The company then reaches out to local businesses and retail stores to help arrange the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees in their locations that contain gift tag “ornaments” with gift requests for each senior. The trees go up in Wesley Chapel participating businesses on Wednesday, November 5th until Monday, December 15th...

Baskin-Robbins To Donate Portion Of Proceeds From Ice Cream Scoops Sold On Veterans Day »

November 03, 2014 at 9:36AM PST | Source: Baskin Robbins

To The USO In Honor Of Troops and Military Families
Special Flavor of the Month First Class Camouflage and Camouflage Waffle Cone will celebrate the military community throughout November
CANTON, Mass., Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - On Veterans Day, Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, will donate 10 cents from each ice cream scoop sold in its U.S. locations to the United Service Organizations (USO), in honor of U.S troops, military families and veterans.* Baskin-Robbins' support is part of the USO's "Every Moment Counts" campaign, which calls on Americans to honor and create special moments for troops and their families, who make daily sacrifices as they serve.
Baskin-Robbins will also celebrate the military community all month long with its November Flavor of the Month, First Class Camouflage, and with a special Camouflage Waffle Cone...

Edible Arrangements® Teams With Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America To Serve Our Nation's Military Veterans »

November 03, 2014 at 7:03AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

Partnership to Focus on Veteran Employment and Includes Veterans Day Promotion and Events
WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Edible Arrangements, the leading franchisor of stores offering fresh-cut fruit arrangements and other fruit products, has expanded its commitment to military veterans and their families with a new partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families. As unemployment continues to plague many of our veterans, the partnership aims to bring career opportunities to IAVA's membership through mentorship, franchise incentives and the funding of job training programs. To kick off the partnership, Edible Arrangements will conduct a promotion this Nov...



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