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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.

Hertz Joins Forces With Expert To Crack The Code For The Perfect Road Trip »

July 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: Hertz

63% of UK population say they choose road trips to enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure *; Scientific formula helps bring out the fun and adventurous side of your journey
LONDON - July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - With the eagerly awaited holidays just around the corner, Hertz, the world's leading general use car rental brand, today reveals a scientific formula for the perfect summer road trip. Taking in factors including the number of passengers, destination, and a car's level of comfort, Dr David Holmes, Leading UK Psychologist and author, has devised the equation to help travellers plan the most enjoyable drive.
Survey information used to develop the theory has revealed that 42% of the UK population are more likely than ever to take a holiday by car this year compared to previous years and nearly 46% would like to take to the road to explore new places in the UK...

How Sweet It Is: Pizza Hut® And The Hershey Company Announce Plans To Broaden Partnership, Offer More Desserts »

July 14, 2014 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Opportunities Available

The Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie, Now Available At Pizza Hut
"Ultimate Bake Sale" to be held on Wednesday, July 16 with potential of up to $100,000 to be donated to World Food Programme
PLANO, Texas and HERSHEY, Pa., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pizza Hut, the world's largest pizza company, and The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), the leading manufacturer of quality chocolate in North America, have announced plans to team up and bring a portfolio of quality, great-tasting desserts to Pizza Hut.
First up: The Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie. The cookie, cut into 8 slices and measuring 8 inches, will feature an average of 165 Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips per cookie, offering a delicious and sweet dessert to the Pizza Hut menu...

GYMGUYZ Enthusiastic To Attract Military Veterans As Franchisees Through VetFran Partnership »

July 14, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: GYMGUYZ

NY-Based Personal Training Franchise Partners With IFA's VetFran to Help U.S. Veterans Become Entrepreneurs
New York (PRWEB) July 11, 2014 - GYMGUYZ, the #1 in home personal training company that brings premier health and wellness services directly to their clients, is honored to announce a partnership with the International Franchise Association's VetFran program. As part of its commitment to the initiative, which helps returning military members access franchise opportunities, GYMGUYZ offers honorably discharged former servicemen and women the opportunity to join the brand as franchisees at a $5,000 discount.
"It is with extreme pride that we are now able to provide a monetary incentive for those who have served our country, while providing them an opportunity to help them transition into business ownership," said Josh York, founder and CEO of GYMGUYZ...

Maui Wowi Minnesota Franchisees Team Up For All-Star Baseball »

July 11, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Two Minnesota Franchisees will be vendors serving fresh fruit smoothies to baseball fans from across the country, July 11-15.
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) July 11, 2014 - Maui Wowi franchisees are teaming up to bring their popular products to fans attending events for the MLB All-Star Game, being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 15, 2014 at Target Field.
The unique opportunity allows longtime franchisee and Director of Regional Support, Mary Bigler, to serve fans on Saturday, July 12 at the Target All-Star Concertgoing on at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus. Additionally, newcomer franchisee Ross Harried, who has grown his business quickly over the last year, will have a Maui Wowi location to serve customers at the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest held July 11-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center...

Pinot's Palette Announces VetFran Membership »

July 11, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fast-Growing Paint-and-Sip Studio Gives Back to U.S. Veterans
July 11, 2014 // // Houston – Pinot's Palette, a fast-growing paint and sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is pleased to announce that the company has recently partnered with VetFran, a program that helps U.S. military veterans locate franchise opportunities and provides a path toward business ownership with training, mentoring opportunities and financial assistance.
As a member of VetFran, Pinot's Palette will now offer veterans a 10 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $22,500. Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with VetFran is just one more way that the company is giving back to the community...

TCBY And Rovio Entertainment Catapult Into Summer With Angry Birds Character-Inspired Flavors »

July 10, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: TCBY

Rollout of bird and piggie flavors culminates in Grand Prize Space Encounter Trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
DENVER - July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - TCBY™, the country's best yogurt, and the world famous Angry Birds™ brand, are thrilled to join forces to offer animated, summer-friendly flavors for kids across America.
In honor of longer days and academic reprieve, TCBY will offer an array of limited-time Angry Birds flavors and exciting prizes. Flavors include:

Red's Birdberry Yogurt (Available July 17 – July 30): Offers a fun, bold, and creamy homage to fruity cereal-infused milk.
Piggies' Sour Apple Sorbet (Available July 31 – August 13): This refreshing, tart combo of sweet and sour will create silly, puckered faces and lasting memories...

United Country, PRDnationwide Formalize International Partnership »

July 09, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Market Leaders Combine Unique Expertise, Systems to Enhance Real Estate Services
July 09, 2014 // // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country Real Estate, a division of United Real Estate Group – the rapidly expanding North American franchise network operating under the United Real Estate and United Country Real Estate brands, announced today that it finalized an affiliate partnership with Colliers International's Asia-Pacific residential subsidiary, PRDnationwide, that will see the two groups combine their significant global influence, expertise and resources.
PRDnationwide is predominately based throughout Australia with four additional offices located in Asia and the Middle East. The new affiliation gives both organizations a wider global reach, bringing together more than 5,000 real estate professionals and 600 franchise offices in 11 countries...

Right At Home, Inc. Partners With The Institute For Professional Care Education For Caregiver State Compliance Training »

July 08, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Right at Home

Clackamas, OR (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 - Right at Home, one of the most trusted names in home care services, has selected the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) as a preferred vendor to provide online training for employee state compliance and professional development.
Right at Home has consistently been a top-rated home care service provider due, among other things, to their unique Right at Home University and CERT Program. Right at Home University – the educational arm of the Right at Home Caregiver Education Retention and Training Program (CERT Program) – offers Right at Home employees a specialized plan for training and education while their customers derive the highest standard of care. From training to help develop caregivers' skills overall to training on dealing with specific situations and diseases, Right at Home University offers a one-of-a-kind approach to educating and retaining quality Right at Home employees...

Cousins Subs® Partners With Johnsonville® To Offer Unique Brat Subs »

July 08, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Iconic Wisconsin-based Brands Team Up To Celebrate Grilling Season
July 08, 2014 // // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® is partnering with Johnsonville® Sausage to offer two new subs, the Wisconsin Steak & Brat on Italian bread and the Wisconsin Brat & Bacon on pretzel bread. Both subs are available now for a limited time only at all Cousins Subs locations.
"Johnsonville is a prominent Wisconsin brand and dominates the brat market nationwide," said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs. "We're thrilled to come together to offer our guests a special taste of summer with the new Wisconsin Steak & Brat and Wisconsin Brat & Bacon subs."
The Wisconsin Steak & Brat will feature steak, Johnsonville brat slices, cheddar cheese, lettuce, sautéed onions, pickles, tomato and brown mustard on Italian bread...

Pizza Hut® Powers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles In Blockbuster Movie Partnership »

July 07, 2014 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Opportunities Available

Pizza Hut reunites with Ninja Turtles to bring back crowd favorite Cheesy Bites Pizza In summer-long promotion tied to new Paramount Pictures film release.
PLANO, Texas - July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pizza Hut and the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will join forces on a summer-long promotion celebrating the return of an all-time favorite Pizza Hut pizza: Cheesy Bites and the arrival of the new movie featuring the pizza loving Turtle brothers, appearing in theaters nationwide on August 8th from Paramount Pictures.
The pizza/movie pact, which kicks off today, revives a long standing connection between the world's largest pizza company and the Turtles brand, going back decades to the previous animated films, live concerts and packaging promotions...

Medifast Inc. Launches Digital Campaign With Reality TV Chef »

July 07, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Leading Weight-Management Program Announces New Weekly Web Series Hosted By Chef Jason Hisley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, announces a new weekly Web series, The Front Burner™, hosted by reality TV chef and owner/executive chef of acclaimed La Cakerie bakeries, Jason Hisley. The series officially launches this week with new episodes posted each week.
The new social media campaign features Medifast Lean & Green™ Meal recipes as well as Medifast Meal makeovers created by Chef Hisley, and will air on Medifast's YouTube channel. Chef Hisley, who lost 40 lbs* at a Medifast Weight Control Center, will demonstrate how consumers can create healthier meals and will provide insight for those seeking a flavorful meal without adding calories...

Hertz Partners With Airberlin For Seamless Fly-Drive Experience »

July 07, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz and airberlin team up to ensure a seamless travel experience for customers at 171 destinations worldwide, kicking off the partnership with 10€ flight vouchers and up to 20% discounts in car rentals.
LONDON - July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use car rental brand, has entered into a two year partnership with airberlin to offer travellers exclusive offers and special car rental rates at all 171 airline's destinations around the world. The move follows Hertz's successful and ongoing affiliation with airberlin's frequent flier program topbonus. As a result of the new agreement, the airline's customers will have seamless access to Hertz's innovative products and services during the online flight booking process as well as from multiple touch points on the airberlin website...

Yumz Express Kiosks To Be Offered At Gulf-Branded Retail Locations »

July 02, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt®

July 02, 2014 // // Las Vegas, NV and Framingham, MA – Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., has selected Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt® as a Preferred Vendor for their Yumz Express® offering. Yumz Express is an innovative self-serve, compact frozen yogurt kiosk.
"Gulf Oil is pleased to add Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt as one of our preferred vendors," said Rick Dery, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Gulf. "We believe that Yumz Express creates a unique destination within Gulf-branded retail locations that can bring new foot traffic and incremental revenue through the front door of our dealers and Gulf franchisees."
"With convenience stores focusing more and more on food service, and the popularity of frozen yogurt continuing to grow across the country, the Yumz Express model is a perfect fit for many operators," Dery added...

New MRINetwork® Office Responds To Renewed Urgency In Hiring For Manufacturing Sector »

July 01, 2014 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

July 01, 2014 // // Raleigh-Durham, NC – The Siena Group announced that it has joined MRINetwork, one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world, as a new affiliate office in Youngsville, NC. Led by president and owner Keith Brown, the firm specializes in placing key professionals in the manufacturing arena.
"Mr. Brown brings to MRINetwork tremendous experience in developing innovative management and manufacturing solutions, and cultivating strong internal and external business relationships," says MRINetwork Interim President Stuart Batchelor. "With his understanding of the needs of his client companies and his proven track record in driving profitable growth, he will be a great asset to both our organization and to his clients, helping them deal with today’s pressing issues of employee attraction and retention...

RE/MAX Innovations Joins Real Living Real Estate »

July 01, 2014 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Long Island Brokerage now Operates as Real Living Innovations Realty Group
WANTAGH, N.Y. - July 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Real Living Real Estate, one of the nation's leading real estate franchisors and a member of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage networks, today announced the affiliation of Wantagh-based Innovations Realty, formerly a RE/MAX real estate brokerage. The company now operates as Real Living Innovations Realty Group.
David Spiegel, broker/owner of Real Living Innovations Realty Group, said the affiliation provides ample opportunity for growth and innovation. "In today’s fast-paced world, it’s critical to work with a brand open and willing to keep pace with technological advancements," he said...

CiCi's Pizza Teams Up With Special Olympics Georgia »

June 30, 2014 at 9:26AM PDT | Source: CiCi's Pizza

Local Restaurants Kick off Fundraising Efforts July 1
COPPELL, Texas - June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Beginning tomorrow through the end of July, CiCi's Pizza, home of the endless buffet, will raise money for Special Olympics Georgia at three participating CiCi's restaurants in the state. Guests can purchase Special Olympics paper logos for $1 and in return receive a coupon for a free regular-sized drink redeemable in August with the purchase of an adult buffet. All proceeds from the logo sales will benefit Special Olympics Georgia state programs.
To celebrate the beginning of the month-long fundraiser, Special Olympics athletes will be on hand for meet-and-greets with guests at most participating Georgia restaurants on Saturday, July 12, from 11a...

Carvel Partners With Nutella® For Limited Time Summer Ice Cream Treats »

June 30, 2014 at 7:01AM PDT | Source: Carvel

Carvel Debuts Soft Serve, Handmade Scooped Ice Cream and Sundae Dasher Line Featuring Popular Hazelnut Spread
ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Jun 30, 2014) - Just in time for summer ice cream breaks, Carvel...America's Freshest Ice Cream®, is launching a new line of treats with Ferrero's Nutella® hazelnut spread.
Nutella®, a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa will be incorporated into four ice cream desserts served all summer at participating Carvel® shoppes.
Carvel will introduce its line of treats with Nutella® hazelnut spread June 30 and it will be available until Sept. 30. Guests can choose from the new flavors in soft-serve, hand-scooped ice cream, as well as Sundae Dashers®, including:

Hand-Scooped Chocolate Ice Cream layered with Nutella® hazelnut spread and Carvel Crunchies, then topped with Nutella®
Soft-Serve Ice Cream made with Nutella® hazelnut spread
Sundae Dasher with Banana - Layers of soft-serve made with Nutella® hazelnut spread and Carvel Crunchies topped with whipped cream and Nutella®
Sundae Dasher with Chocolate Crunchies - Layers of soft-serve made with Nutella® hazelnut spread and bananas topped with whipped cream and Nutella®

"We could not be more excited to offer our handcrafted Carvel ice cream with Nutella® hazelnut spread as an exciting treat this summer," said Carvel President Scott Colwell...

Childhood Friends Become Franchise Business Partners »

June 30, 2014 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance offers business opportunities for those with non-insurance backgrounds.
Marianna, FL. (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 - Lifelong friends and Marianna residents Travis Ephriam and Tavares Horne wanted to extend their friendship into a business partnership for years. After searching, the pair discovered the unique opportunity with Brightway Insurance that allowed them to use their skills and grow an independent insurance agency business without previous insurance employment experience.
Ephriam and Horne now operate a new Brightway Insurance store at 4389 Lafayette St., Suite A in Marianna.
"We knew we wanted to start a business together and we began looking into options available to us in Marianna," Horne said. "Insurance was a great option for us as it’s something that everyone needs, and we wanted something that would sustain us for many years...

Popeye's And Little Caesar's Franchisees Add Checkers® To Growing Business Portfolio »

June 27, 2014 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Checkers Drive In
Checkers Drive In Opportunities Available

Experienced Franchisee Partner to Take On New Opportunity
June 27, 2014 // // Tampa, FL - Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc. (Checkers®), the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, continues to attract experienced entrepreneurs hoping to continue the brand's growth in new and existing markets. In the brand's latest developments, long-time friends and business partners Zeyad Farr and Khaled Hajahmed opened their first Checkers restaurant at 1801 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY on March 25, 2014.
"We continue to move Checkers forward by increasing our brand awareness through franchising relationships with growth-focused entrepreneurs like Zeyad and Khaled. Based on their experience and success with their other ventures, the pair is well positioned for success," Jennifer Durham, Vice President of Franchise Development of Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc...

Coldwell Banker Partners With BuzzFeed »

June 27, 2014 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

June 17, 2014 - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today announced it has engaged with BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company, to create custom content for the website's global audience of 130 million readers. As the first real estate brand to collaborate with BuzzFeed, Coldwell Banker Real Estate will be providing the site with exclusive content that highlights consumer sentiments about the emotional and light-hearted aspects of homeownership.
"BuzzFeed has an amazing ability to reach audiences who are craving sharable, searchable and meaningful content," said Sean Blankenship, senior vice president, marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Because real estate transactions are not traditionally frequent, there is inherent difficulty to maintain brand loyalty compared to other industries...

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