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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.

Miami Marlins And Orangetheory Fitness Announce Charitable Partnership »

April 24, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness To Donate $200 To The Marlins Foundation For Every Giancarlo Stanton Home Run at Marlins Park 
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced that they have partnered with Orangetheory Fitness to benefit the Marlins Foundation. For every Giancarlo Stanton home run at Marlins Park in 2015, Orangetheory Fitness will donate $200 to benefit Marlins RBI.
“The Miami Marlins welcome Orangetheory Fitness to the Marlins Foundation and appreciate their support of Marlins RBI,” said Alfredo Mesa, Vice President and Executive Director of Marlins Foundation. “This partnership will highlight the talent of Giancarlo Stanton and support the kids who participate in the Marlins RBI program...

BookKeeping Express Partners With Mr. Rooter To Clean The Drains Of The Plumbing Franchise’s Financials »

April 23, 2015 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Bookkeeping Express Centre

April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va – BookKeeping Express (BKE) today announces a partnership with Mr. Rooter, the largest all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the world. BKE will help simplify operations for Mr. Rooter franchise owners by combining its secure cloud-based technology with skilled teams of people, enabling franchisees to reclaim their time – working on their business instead of in their business.
BKE’s specialized franchisor accounting platform and expertise in personalized business bookkeeping services is designed to improve the financial well-being of the Mr. Rooter organization. Following the partnership between BKE and Aire Serv, this is the second Dwyer Group brand that has brought on BKE as the preferred vendor...

Rita's Italian Ice Partners With Sandella's Flatbread Cafe To Bring Guests Extended Menu Offerings »

April 23, 2015 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Nation's Largest Italian Ice Concept Celebrates the Opening of its First Store with New Partnership
TREVOSE, Pa. and NEW CITY, N.Y. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, announced its partnership with Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, a leader in the fast-casual market with more than 130 locations. The company will formally announce its partnership and the first-ever Rita's Italian Ice featuring Sandella's Flatbread Cafe at its grand opening celebration, bringing Rita's guests a dining option in addition to its signature "cool treats."
"We were looking for a delicious and fun, yet contemporary, food concept to add to our Italian Ice portfolio and help franchisees grow," said Jeff Moody, CEO of Rita's Franchise Company...

Maui Wowi Brings Paradise To Padres Fans At Petco Park »

April 22, 2015 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, premium coffee and smoothie retailer, sets up shop as a vendor inside Petco Park for the 2015 Major League Baseball Season, serving smoothies and “smoothies that party.”
San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, a leading beverage retailer at events and venues, is bringing its fun, island flavor and quality products to Petco Park for the 2015 San Diego Padres Major League Baseball season. With two island oasis locations inside the ballpark, fans will enjoy high quality, fresh fruit smoothies, as well as adult beverage “Smoothies that Party” that include Pina Coladas, Strawberry Daiquiris, and more.
Southern California Franchisees Ron and Barb Putman will be running operations at the two units with one located at the Mercado Food Court and the other at Park at the Park...

Spring-Green Lawn Care Works With Arbor Day Foundation By Donating To Community Tree Recovery Program »

April 22, 2015 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care donates $10,000 to Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees for the Community Tree Recovery Program, targeting areas affected by natural disasters.
Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - Spring-Green Lawn Care has been donating $10,000 to Arbor Day Foundation each year for the planting of trees since 2010, totaling over 50,000 trees planted. Since 2010, the donations were allocated by Arbor Day Foundation towards the planting of trees in forests across the country, such as Florence County State Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Michigan State Forest, and Douglas County Forest. This year, however, the donation to plant trees will be allotted to Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program...

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations Announces New Restaurant Client, PizzaRev »

April 22, 2015 at 3:48AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

Leading Los Angeles-Based Public Relations Agency Selected as Agency of Record for PizzaRev
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Murphy O’Brien Public Relations, a leading Los Angeles public relations firm, today announced that it has been selected as the strategic communications agency of record by PizzaRev, a fast-casual, build your own pizza concept that stands to reinvent the way America eats pizza. The 2015 communications work will include strategic marketing programs to introduce even more consumers to the award-winning, custom-crafted PizzaRev dining experience and further raise awareness for the PizzaRev franchise opportunity.
“We were most impressed with Murphy O’Brien’s creativity, innovative ideas and breadth of experience working with esteemed restaurant brands,” said Irv Zuckerman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of PizzaRev...

Chronic Tacos Hits Home Run With Baseball Fans, Partners With Angels Baseball For Fourth Straight Year »

April 21, 2015 at 8:49AM PDT | Source: Chronic Tacos
Chronic Tacos Opportunities Available

Eclectic & Authentic Mexican Grill Celebrated as Park’s Most Popular Vendor, Showcases New Branding & Promotions for 2015 Season
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, CA – Recognized as Angel Stadium’s top performing food vendor, Chronic Tacos has become a park staple for baseball fans in Anaheim. Kicking off another season, Chronic Tacos is partnering with the Los Angeles Angels for the fourth straight year, bringing with them a new look, new promotions, and the same quality food and service that fans have been craving through the off-season.
The locally based fresh Mexican grill, known for its eclectic and authentic menu that caters to the individual, diverse and unique palettes of its customer, will open the season with a rebranded image the franchise system has recently undergone...

FranConnect, BoeFly Add New Financing Weapon To Franchising Arsenal »

April 20, 2015 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: FranConnect

Integration Streamlines Business Financing Options for Franchising
April 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // RESTON, Va. and NEW YORK, N.Y. - FranConnect has taken yet another step in offering franchisors cutting-edge tools and services by partnering up with BoeFly, a leading business financing marketplace that makes it a breeze for prospective franchisees to determine their financial positions and obtain much-needed capital.
From franchisee data collection to marketing automation, FranConnect focuses on simplifying operations and outreach for more than 600 franchise brands that comprise over 110,000 franchisee locations. Now, together with BoeFly, FranConnect is able to provide its users with additional vital information.
“The goal of our company has always been to make successful franchising easier,” said Keith Gerson, president of global operations at FranConnect...

Pizza Pizza Spreads Smiles With Annual Fundraiser In Support Of Children's Miracle Network, April 20 To May 3 »

April 20, 2015 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

Pizza chain kicks off Slices for Smiles 2015 fundraising campaign.
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - The Pizza Pizza team is wearing their biggest smiles this spring with the return of the chain's Slices for Smiles fundraiser. From April 20 to May 3, Pizza Pizza restaurants across Canada will offer discounted menu items in support of Children's Miracle Network.Over the next two weeks, Pizza Pizza customers are invited to support the cause by walking in to their local restaurant and picking up a special 10" half smile pepperoni pizza for $2 or a large cheese pizza for $6.99. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these two menu items will be donated to Children's Miracle Network, to benefit eight of its member children's hospitals in Canada...

Toys"R"Us® In-Store Campaign Raises More Than $2 Million To Benefit Special Olympics »

April 17, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Company’s U.S. Shoppers Pledged Significant Support through In-Store and Online Fundraising to Help Ensure Youth of All Abilities Can Experience #MyFirstSportsMoment; Customer Donations Combined with Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund Grants Totaling Nearly $4 Million Aid Special Olympics World Games and Global Growth of Young Athletes™ Program; 100-Day Countdown to 2015 Special Olympics World Games Begins Today
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, N.J. - Toys"R"Us® today announced that a recent campaign hosted in its stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million. Throughout the duration of the eight-week awareness and fundraising program, Toys"R"Us customers pledged their support to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience #MyFirstSportsMoment by learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more through Special Olympics...

Window World Announces Sponsorship Of DIY Network Blog Cabin For Third Consecutive Year »

April 17, 2015 at 3:52AM PDT | Source: Window World

April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, announced its continued partnership with the DIY Network® Blog Cabin® 2015, which marks the third year in a row.
This season, hosts from popular DIY Network programs such as Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers will travel west for the first time to transform an original 1970s mountain retreat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This cabin is being rebuilt from the ground up and redesigned to highlight the spectacular views of neighboring Lake Coeur d’Alene. Once complete, the renovated home will serve as the ultimate prize for one lucky winner.
For this multimedia experience, fans were given the opportunity to visit DIYNetwork...

IHOP® Restaurants' Tenth National Pancake Day® Inspires Record Giving »

April 15, 2015 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: IHOP

Celebration of a "Decade of Giving" Raises over $3.5 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Other Local Charities; Brings Total Raised to Nearly $20 Million
GLENDALE, Calif. - April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The results are in and they're record-breaking! IHOP® Restaurants announced today that it raised more than $3.5 million with its annual National Pancake Day® fundraiser in March. Celebrating a "Decade of Giving", the family-friendly restaurant chain gave away short stacks of pancakes and invited guests to show their appreciation by making a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other local charities. IHOP's National Pancake Day has raised nearly $20 million for charity since it began in 2006...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Resale Stores Raising $100,000 To Build Schools In Africa »

April 15, 2015 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate have teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with under-served communities around the world, to raise enough funds through a charity Fill-A-Bag sale to build three new schools in Africa.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) April 15, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, have teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on April 25, with 100 percent of the proceeds being used to build three schools with buildOn in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso...

Budget Blinds Partners With Momeni Rugs »

April 14, 2015 at 10:19AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

Expands Product Offering in Home Decor Category
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orange, Calif. – Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with nearly 1,000 territories, is expanding its business reach and product offerings through a new partnership with Momeni Rugs. The new partnership will add depth to Budget Blinds’ existing product line and will work to provide additional sales opportunities in the growing home décor industry. Currently, Budget Blinds’ shop-at-home offerings include hard and soft window treatments, from shutters, shades, and blinds to custom drapery, panels, and fabric pillows.
“There is a growing number of our consumers that have homes with some type of hard flooring, which also means there is an additional need for area rugs,” said Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds...

Smashburger® Selects Mono As New Creative Agency Of Record »

April 14, 2015 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Smashburger

DENVER - April 14, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Smashburger, a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant, has named Minneapolis-based mono as its new creative agency of record, effective immediately.
With a strong business growth plan for 2015, Smashburger wanted to find a new creative agency to put greater emphasis on its brand story – particularly how the burgers are smashed to lock in the flavors and their use of premium, fresh ingredients. After an extensive search that started with 12 agencies and was narrowed down to 4, mono was chosen for their all-in approach that combined strategic insights with their ability to translate those insights into outstanding creative.
“We are always pushing ourselves and our agencies to deliver world-class creative with appeal that engages our customers and drives business growth,” says Josh Kern, Chief Marketing Officer at Smashburger...

Camp Bow Wow Teams Up With The American Cancer Society As The First National Sponsor For Society's Bark For Life Program »

April 14, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // DENVER - The American Cancer Society recently announced that Camp Bow Wow®, the Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, is supporting the Society's fight against cancer by becoming the first national sponsor for the Society's Bark For Life events.
"The American Cancer Society is pleased to welcome Camp Bow Wow as the first national Bark For Life sponsor," said Sarah Robinson, Vice President, Great West Division Community Engagement, American Cancer Society. "As a premier pet services company in 37 states, their sponsorship offers a new level of support and capability to bring the community's fight against cancer to a broader audience."
Last year, more than 20,000 registered canine and caregiver participants at 300 Bark For Life events across the country raised $1...

Simon Says Give® To Receive $10,000 From Express Employment Professionals »

April 14, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Simon Says Give, an Organization Helping Children In-Need, to Receive Donation in Support of Charitable Efforts
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - (Marketwired - Apr 14, 2015) - Simon Says Give, an organization founded by Mandi Simon, a local child who is working to make a difference in the lives of children in-need, is receiving a $10,000 donation from Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest franchised staffing company, along with its franchise locations in Edina and Eagan, Minnesota.
The donation is part of The Impact Project, an initiative of the Express Employment Professionals philanthropic committee, designed to give back to nonprofits nominated by franchisees among their 725 franchise locations.
"We pride ourselves on having a culture built on giving and service at Express," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals...

Circle K And Kangaroo Become New Title Sponsors For 2015 Speed Street »

April 13, 2015 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: Circle K

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola Returns to Uptown Charlotte May 21-23
HARRISBURG, NC - (Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - One of the largest street festivals in the Southeast, Speed Street, is returning to Uptown Charlotte for its 21st year with two new title sponsors: Circle K and Kangaroo.
Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola offers an unprecedented consumer experience in the "Queen" city. The three-day event brings live entertainment, access to racing's brightest stars and interactive displays from sponsors including Circle K Stores, Inc, Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola and many more. The family-friendly event will take place May 21-23 from noon to midnight."We are thrilled to be joining an event that perfectly aligns with our company values," said Tom Harman, Circle K marketing director...

W Hotels Worldwide, Will.i.am And The Coca-Cola Company Introduce The EKOCYCLE™ Brand To W Hotel Guest Rooms Across The Globe »

April 13, 2015 at 8:42AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Stylish Sustainability Initiative Launches Tonight in New York City; W Hotel Guest Rooms around the World to Have Sheets and Bedside Chargers Made In Part with Recycled Plastic Bottles
NEW YORK - April 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company to shake up the hotel industry, one guest room at a time. Together, they are bringing the EKOCYCLE™ brand to W Hotel rooms around the world, changing sheets and changing minds.
W Hotels will soon begin re-making their beds with new EKOCYCLE™ branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic)...

The Jack In The Box Foundation Donates $325,000 To Big Brothers Big Sisters »

April 13, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Jack in the Box

SAN DIEGO - April 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Jack in the Box Foundation today announced a $325,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will allocate a large portion of the funds to provide mentors to children from military families, including children of the deployed, children of the fallen and children of the wounded and disabled.
Monies for the donation were raised during the 25th annual Jack in the Box® Charity Golf Tournament, which was held April 9-10 in Indian Wells, California. Nearly 400 Jack in the Box® restaurant franchisees, employees and vendors attended the event at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Joining the Jack in the Box Foundation as co-title sponsor for this year’s event was the Jack in the Box National Franchise Association, which represents more than 100 franchise owners with more than 1,700 Jack in the Box restaurants...



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