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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.

Wienerschnitzel Partners With 4 Wheel Parts During King Of The Hammers Races »

January 30, 2015 at 9:35AM PST | Source: Wienerschnitzel

Cross-Promotional Relationship Kicks Off at World-Renown Off-Road Automotive Event
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest Hot Dog chain, has announced its newly-formed partnership with 4 Wheel Parts, the global leader in off-road, Jeep and aftermarket performance products, and Smittybilt, a supplier of innovative truck and SUV accessories to thousands of active dealers and distributors worldwide. To kick off the relationship, Wienerschnitzel will join the two brands and event sponsors at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by 4 Wheel Parts, deemed one of the toughest and largest four-wheel drive, off-road vehicle races where contenders battle through a 200-mile natural terrain course...

BookKeeping Express Partners With Aire Serv® To Boost HVAC Franchise's Bottom Line »

January 30, 2015 at 8:36AM PST | Source: Bookkeeping Express Centre

January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va. - BookKeeping Express (BKE) has partnered with Aire Serv, a 175-location franchise that provides commercial and residential installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems.
BKE improves the organization's financial well-being through its specialized franchisor accounting platform, which leverages its expertise in business process outsourcing to create a win-win situation for the entire Aire Serv franchise system and its parent company, The Dwyer Group®.
The franchisor accounting platform ensures that the franchisor receives the right reports from each franchisee, turned in on-time so the profit picture is always complete, clear and current; and franchisees receive the back-office financial support they need to run their business...

Toys"R"Us® Announces Expansion Of Partnership With Special Olympics To Help Children Of All Abilities Experience #myfirstsportsmoment »

January 30, 2015 at 5:04AM PST | Source: Toys R Us

Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Provides $1.25 Million Grant in Support of 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles; Company Pledges Additional $500,000 Grant to Aid in Global Growth of Special Olympics Young Athletes™ Program; U.S. Shoppers Can Help Children Enjoy the Thrill of #MyFirstSportsMoment through In-Store Giving Campaign Beginning Saturday, January 31
January 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, N.J. - Toys"R"Us® today announced a significant expansion of its ongoing support of Special Olympics and pledged its continued leadership in advocating for children of all abilities around the world. With a $1.25 million commitment from the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund, the company will serve as a sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will welcome 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, to Los Angeles, CA from July 25 to August 2...

Crunch Franchise Partners With BDA Sports Management To Build Fitness Platform »

January 29, 2015 at 11:05AM PST | Source: Crunch

NEW YORK - Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch Franchise is pleased to announce that it has partnered with sports industry veterans BDA Sports Management to exclusively develop and operate Franchise ownership opportunities of health clubs with NBA athletes across the globe. The partnership currently includes franchise locations with BDA Sports clients Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Chase Budinger (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Darren Collison (Sacramento Kings).
The two companies are perfectly aligned to give athletes the ability to focus on physical fitness and provide them with an outlet through business to share a love of fitness and health with others. With only one year since its inception, the joint ventures of BDA Sports clients and Crunch have brought multiple fitness centers to Northern, Central and Southern California and are currently expanding with five locations in Chicago...

Wayback Burgers Strengthens Partnership With Stearns Bank To Help Franchisees Obtain Financing »

January 29, 2015 at 8:47AM PST | Source: Wayback Burgers
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Better Burger Brand Committed to Supporting its Current and Future Franchisees Nationwide
January 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Cheshire, CT – Wayback Burgers, recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious "better burger" brands in the United States, has announced a strengthened partnership with Stearns Bank, a leading provider of small business loans, business banking and equipment leasing, to assist its franchisees in obtaining bank financing.
Since launching the partnership in 2014, Stearns Bank has provided financing for several Wayback Burgers franchisees across the country.
In an International Franchise Association (IFA) survey, nearly half identified "financing/access to credit" as the top issue of concern for franchise business leaders...

H&R Block Offers Tax Preparation Discount To Drivers Who Partner With Uber »

January 28, 2015 at 8:28AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Partnership Between H&R Block and Uber Benefits Partner Drivers at Tax Time
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - January 28, 2015 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, is offering drivers who partner with Uber, the global technology platform that connects riders with drivers, a discount on H&R Block tax preparation costs.
"With the rise of the sharing economy, a new type of freelancer and entrepreneur is becoming more common, including those that drive on the Uber platform. But in many ways, this partnership actually brings to mind H&R Block's days as a start-up on Main Street 60 years ago, helping small businesses with their tax and accounting needs," said Kip Knight, H&R Block president of U...

Hurricane Grill & Wings Chooses Datum To Manage Nationwide IT Services »

January 27, 2015 at 3:48AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
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January 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // SARASOTA, FL – Owners of Hurricane Grill & Wings and Denny's franchises (Hurricane AMT, LLC and RREMC Restaurants, LLC), have recently signed an agreement to outsource all IT services to Datum Corporation, a national technology consulting company specializing in the multi-unit restaurant industry.
The contract encompasses eight Hurricane Grill & Wings as well as 39 Denny's locations spread across the country within 14 states. Datum is providing dedicated resources to complete the integration of the restaurant back office solution Compeat, while also taking over corporate store and enterprise-level support. In addition, Datum will be installing business grade firewalls system wide as part of Hurricane AMT and RREMC's security initiative...

FASTSIGNS® Secures $15 Million In Franchise Expansion Funding With Benetrends »

January 26, 2015 at 11:06AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Extends Partnership with Benetrends; FASTSIGNS Now has $21 Million in Funds Available for New and Existing Franchisees
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – Due to continued high growth and increased demand in franchise opportunities, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has expanded its relationship with Benetrends to provide up to $15 million in funds to start-up and expanding franchisees for new center development. Benetrends has long partnered with FASTSIGNS® as a provider of 401(k) rollover funding, or its Rainmaker Plan.
"We are proud to partner with Benetrends to provide new and existing FASTSIGNS franchisees with access to millions in capital, with an expedited SBA loan approval process and attractive terms," stated Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS...

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Aligns With Make-A-Wish® To "Share Your Heart" For Valentine's Day »

January 26, 2015 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Contributions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland will help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
ST. LOUIS - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the second year in a row in the U.S., and for the first time internationally, Build-A-Bear Workshop® (NYSE: BBW) will commemorate Valentine's Day by offering the opportunity to "Share Your Heart" by making a donation to help Make-A-Wish® grant life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Make-A-Wish® are teaming up for the second year in a row in the U.S. and for the first time internationally with their joint "Share Your Heart" donation campaign. Huggable Hearts Puppy and Huggable Hearts Kitty are two furry friends available this Valentine's season in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online, where guests in the U...

Edible Arrangements Names Havas Worldwide New York Creative Agency Of Record »

January 23, 2015 at 7:41AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

NEW YORK - Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Edible Arrangements has named Havas Worldwide as Integrated Agency of Record.
Havas Worldwide will produce traditional and digital campaigns and work on brand strategy for the fresh-fruit gift company, including a new campaign for 2015.
"Havas Worldwide combines the keen consumer insights, creative imagination, and digital savvy necessary to support our growing global brand," said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. "Most of all, they are genuinely passionate about our business and the success of our talented franchisees."
About Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements is the leading online retailer and franchisor of stores offering hand crafted fruit arrangements, chocolate covered fruit and fresh fruit smoothies...

Cousins Subs® In Appleton, Wis. Supports Those In Need »

January 23, 2015 at 5:29AM PST | Source: Cousins Subs

Restaurant Makes Monetary Donation To Fox Valley Warming Shelter
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // APPLETON, WIS. – Cousins Subs® located at 706 W. Northland Ave. in Appleton, Wis. recently donated approximately $838 to the Fox Valley Warming Shelter (FVWS), which provides homeless men and women with life’s basic needs - shelter, food, clothing and safety - along with referrals to local resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Funds were raised through the restaurant’s "Stuff the Stocking" fundraiser that ran throughout the holiday season. Supporters were able to purchase paper ornaments for $1 or stop by the restaurant’s donation night event where 10 percent of proceeds went to FVWS.
"As a member of this community, I feel it is imperative to come together to help those in need," said Kim Seidler, owner of the Northland Avenue Cousins Subs...

TruGreen Named Official Lawn Care Provider Of The PGA Of America And The PGA Championship »

January 22, 2015 at 6:55AM PST | Source: TruGreen

Multi-Year Partnership Announced at 2015 PGA Merchandise Show
ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 - The PGA of America and TruGreen today announced a multi-year partnership, with TruGreen becoming the "Official Lawn Care Provider of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship." The relationship will not only bring shared benefits and education to PGA Professionals and TruGreen associates but also combined support for community-based open space initiatives.
The announcement was made at the 62nd PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.
"We are proud to welcome TruGreen to the PGA of America family," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. "We are especially excited about our partnership with TruGreen because of its shared commitment to growing the game by providing healthy, green spaces for youth and adults alike to enjoy active lifestyles...

RLHC Forms Joint Venture, Refinances Debt To Accelerate Execution Of National Growth Strategy »

January 22, 2015 at 5:07AM PST | Source: Red Lion Hotels

JV Will Convert Three of 12 Hotels to New Hotel RL Brand
SPOKANE, Wash. - Jan. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Officials at RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) announced today that the company has completed a comprehensive transaction to accelerate the execution of its national growth strategy. Key components include selling a 45 percent ownership stake in 12 hotels wholly owned by RLHC to a joint venture and concurrently refinancing all of the company's secured debt. Three of the hotels will be renovated and converted to the recently announced lifestyle, three-star Hotel RL brand. The remaining nine Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites will also undergo comprehensive renovations. All 12 hotels will continue to be managed by RLHC's wholly owned subsidiary, Red Lion Hotels Management, Inc...

Wienerschnitzel Partners With Toyota At West Coast Supercross And Motocross Events »

January 20, 2015 at 11:07AM PST | Source: Wienerschnitzel

Cross-Promotional Relationship Sealed with Wienerschntizel-Branded Toyota Tundra
January 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California - Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest Hot Dog chain, has announced its newly-formed partnership with Toyota, to engage in fun cross-promotional efforts around both brands' participation at Monster Energy west coast Supercross and Motocross events throughout 2015. The relationship with Toyota began when Wienerschnitzel signed on as the official Hot Dog of professional Motocross team Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (JGRMX) in October 2014, which Toyota is a title sponsor along with AutoTrader.com and Yamaha.
Toyota will serve Wienerschnitzel's famous Hot Dogs at the "Toyota Owners Lounge" at all Monster Energy Supercross races across the west coast, in addition to various Toyota-sponsored events throughout the year...

Healthy Foods And Drinks Coming To Government Workplaces »

January 20, 2015 at 7:42AM PST | Source: HUMAN Healthy Vending

Randolph-Sheppard Blind Vendors pen Healthy Vending partnership with HUMAN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) January 20, 2015 - After bringing healthier snacks to students in the massive "Smart Snacks in School" healthy vending switchover of 2014, HUMAN (http://www.HealthyVending.com), Entrepreneur's #1 Healthy Vending Franchise in 2014, and the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA) have partnered to provide government and private sector facilities with healthy vending solutions.
"Teaming with the Randolph-Sheppard blind vendors is a win-win," said Sean Kelly, HUMAN's founder and CEO. "We believe that providing easy access to healthier foods in our nation's workplaces is the fastest way to fight the growth of diet-related health problems like heart disease and obesity...

H&R Block And NBA Announce New Partnership »

January 20, 2015 at 5:10AM PST | Source: H&R Block

Partnership Tips Off Jan. 28 in Cleveland
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - January 20, 2015 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) today announced a new promotional partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA). The multiyear agreement marks the company's first-ever partnership with a North American sports league.
As Tax Services Partner of the NBA, H&R Block will make stops at several upcoming league events along the company's 2015 national consumer activation tour. The first of these events is at the Cleveland Cavaliers home game on Jan. 28, followed by activities during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York, where H&R Block will showcase their expertise during one the league's biggest events of the year.
H&R Block will leverage its relationship with the NBA in upcoming advertising, and will work with the league to develop custom content on NBA...

Sport Clips Haircuts Expands Partnership With Joe Gibbs Racing For 2015 Season »

January 16, 2015 at 8:58AM PST | Source: Sport Clips, Inc.

January 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Sport Clips Haircuts announced the race and driver lineup for the 2015 season today after signing a multi-year contract extension. Sport Clips will increase their sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and continue to have a presence in the newly named XFINITY Series.
Denny Hamlin will remain a key driver for Sport Clips, piloting the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry for two Sprint Cup Series races during the 2015 season at Auto Club Speedway on March 22 and under the lights at Darlington Raceway on September 6. In addition, Hamlin will return to the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the Sport Clips-sponsored Help A Hero 200 night race at Darlington Raceway on September 5...

Chicken Salad Chick Partners With PeopleMatter To Attract And Retain Best-Fit Employees »

January 15, 2015 at 4:52AM PST | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Popular Southeastern Chain Automates Hiring and Onboarding to Keep Pace with Massive Growth Plans
CHARLESTON, SC (PRWEB) January 14, 2015 - Chicken Salad Chick, one of the Southeast's fastest growing fast casual concepts with plans to open more than 110 new locations over the next three to five years, announced its partnership with PeopleMatter today at the grand opening of its twenty-ninth location in Summerville, SC. Named one of QSR Magazine's "Ones to Watch" and the 2014 Alabama Restaurateur of the Year, Chicken Salad Chick selected PeopleMatter to automate its hiring and onboarding processes to keep pace with growth plans while continuing to provide exceptional customer service and the best work-life balance for its employees.
"With more than 200 potential franchisees on a waiting list, we're overwhelmed by the passion and support from our fans to expand the company...

United Real Estate Announces Continued Sponsorship Of Autism Speaks »

January 14, 2015 at 10:51AM PST | Source: United Real Estate

January 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces that it will be partnering with Autism Speaks for its' second charity golf event. The tournament, which will kick off United's annual real estate convention, will be donating all funds raised to the organization.
"One of the guiding principles of United Real Estate is the belief that we need to be a positive contributor to the communities we serve," said Peter Giese, President, United Real Estate. "With approximately 50,000 individuals diagnosed with autism turning 18 each year, there is a growing need to help these individuals successfully transition into adulthood. Autism has touched my family personally; the more time and resources we donate to autism research and support, the more we are able to help individuals on the autism spectrum succeed...

The Little Gym® Expands Partnership With LEGO Systems, Inc. »

January 14, 2015 at 8:40AM PST | Source: Little Gym

Creative Play Using LEGO® Juniors Will Be Featured in Birthday Parties, Camps and Other The Little Gym Programs
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Jan 14, 2015) - There's more building going on at The Little Gym than just building self-confidence and physical skills. The Little Gym International and LEGO Systems, Inc. announced they have expanded their ongoing partnership to integrate building time with LEGO Juniors into birthday parties, camps and Parents' Survival Nights.
Since last spring, The Little Gym has been the exclusive childhood development center home to LEGO-based activities, with a special LEGO® DUPLO® building block curriculum incorporated into a number of the gym's "Serious Fun" programs. Adding LEGO Juniors will provide opportunities for children ages 4-7 to build projects on their own or together with parents as part of extended programs at The Little Gym...



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