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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.

The Krystal Company® And Stevi B's® Selects OnsiteRIS To Manage Information Technology As Restaurant And Corporate Solution »

February 27, 2015 at 7:29AM PST | Source: Krystal Company, The

ATLANTA - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Krystal Company® and Stevi B's Pizza® announced that they have selected OnsiteRIS, Inc.® as their one-stop provider of information technology infrastructure maintenance. Effective immediately, OnsiteRIS will be responsible for the entire Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for both restaurant brands– from in-restaurant Point of Sale (POS), to back office management solutions to the corporate offices' data centers. Both The Krystal Company and Stevi B's are owned and operated by Argonne Capital Group.
"For Krystal, OnsiteRIS will eliminate the need for multiple IT partners, providing our restaurant chains with one go-to resource for managing data centers, hosting digital assets, maximizing POS connectivity and streamlining the flow of critical financial and operations data," said Carl Jakaitis, Chief Financial Officer for The Krystal Company...

Sears Hometown Stores Donates More Than $90,000 To Volunteer First Responders Through "Salute To Local Heroes" Campaign »

February 27, 2015 at 7:14AM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Concludes 2014 Campaign in Partnership With National Fire Volunteer Council; Supports Volunteer Fire and EMS Departments Across the Nation
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Feb. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - With the completion of its charitable holiday campaign in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Sears Hometown Stores is donating $92,762 to first responders throughout its stores' local communities. The goal of the "Salute to Local Heroes" campaign was to provide firehouses across the nation with critical funds to improve resources for training, equipment and financial support where fire and EMS departments need it most.
During the campaign, which ran from November 2 to December 31, 2014, Sears Hometown Stores customers and company employees had the opportunity to donate toward their local fire department while making a purchase...

Dunkin' Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company And Keurig Expand Partnership To Make Dunkin' K-Cup Packs »

February 26, 2015 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Brands

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass., ORRVILLE, Ohio, and WATERBURY, Vt. - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin' K-Cup® packs at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Dunkin' K-Cup® packs are presently available in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the U.S. Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin' K-Cup® packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin' Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold under license from Dunkin' Donuts...

RE/MAX London And GoCoin Partner To Accept Digital Currency For Property Rentals »

February 25, 2015 at 9:37AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

Can Now Offer Instant, Frictionless Lease Payments
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - (Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) - RE/MAX London, the London region of the worldwide property leader in residential sales, today announced a pilot program with GoCoin to accept digital currency for property rentals across the UK. GoCoin is a global leader in Blockchain payments and the first platform for processing Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin at checkout.
Thanks to the partnership with GoCoin, RE/MAX is the first estate agency in the UK to offer to its clients and consumers the possibility to make payments for property rentals through digital or cryptocurrency.
RE/MAX has an established presence in the UK, with 180+ associates and 46 offices, 16 of which are in London...

Jersey Mike's Subs Teams Up With 120+ Charities For 5th Annual Month Of Giving In March »

February 25, 2015 at 5:17AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

100 Percent of Sales Go to Charities on March 25 "Day of Giving"
February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J. – This March, Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, is joining forces with more than 120 local charities for the company's 5th Annual March "Month of Giving" fundraising campaign. Last year's Month of Giving raised $2.1 million for more than 100 different charities nationwide and this year Jersey Mike's hopes to raise even more.
During the month of March, all are invited to come into their local Jersey Mike's restaurant and make a donation to that location's designated charity partner. Charities include hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. To date the annual program has raised more than $5 million for these organizations...

Starwood Preferred Guest® And Uber Rev Up Rewards With One-of-a-Kind New Partnership »

February 25, 2015 at 4:27AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

New Global Partnership Super-Charges Ability to Earn Starpoints Anytime, Anywhere for SPG Members and Uber Riders
Take a #SuiteRide with Uber and SPG on February 28 to Earn a Free Night
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Uber are putting travelers on the fast track to valuable rewards with today's announcement of an exciting new strategic partnership that will give Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who ride with Uber the opportunity to earn coveted Starpoints during any Uber ride, anywhere worldwide.
"This new partnership with Uber accelerates our SPG members' drive to rewards and is just one more way that Starwood is combining high tech and high touch to transform their travel experiences," said Adam Aron, CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Window World Announces The Auction Of Its One-of-a-Kind IndyCar The Stinger »

February 25, 2015 at 4:11AM PST | Source: Window World

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, announced the upcoming auction of The Stinger car. This priceless salute to a century of excellence is scheduled to be auctioned at Mecum Auctions' Indianapolis event in May.
The Stinger combines Window World's passion for auto racing with its spirit of philanthropy in a platform that provides inspiration and hope. In celebration of 100 years of racing legends, Window World's charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, presented The Stinger as a modern-day interpretation of the 1911 Marmon Wasp, with the goal of raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
Over the past four years, The Stinger has traveled across the U...

Valpak® Launches "Valpak Saves" With KaBOOM! Partnership To Bring Play To Neighborhoods »

February 24, 2015 at 10:16AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Valpak significantly expands its local community service involvement with the official launch today of its "Valpak Saves" program, partnering with national non-profit KaBOOM! to bring more play to neighborhoods throughout the country.
This new initiative is part of Valpak's mission to not only be a trusted neighbor who connects people with great offers and deals, but to inspire giving back to the community and create environments that promote the importance of play to children of all ages. Through this partnership, Valpak will help support the KaBOOM! mission to ensure all kids get that balanced and active play they need to thrive.
"Valpak Saves is at the core of who we are as a company, as we want our community outreach efforts to truly impact neighborhoods," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media, provider of Valpak...

Pizza-and-a-Movie Partnership Fuels Continued Growth With 100 Locations Nationwide »

February 24, 2015 at 9:47AM PST | Source: Marco's Pizza

Marco's Pizza and Family Video Celebrate 100th Milestone in the Green Bay Area
TOLEDO, Ohio - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza franchise in the U.S., is proud to announce the opening of its 100th location with its largest franchisee, Family Video. The nation's leading privately owned movie and game retailer began its partnership with Marco's Pizza in 2012, putting kitchens alongside its video rental stores. The milestone location held its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at 1130 S. Commercial St. in Neenah, Wis.
"With its unique property ownership model and service-oriented culture, joining forces with Family Video has been a seamless venture that has enabled us to expedite our expansion plans while further setting Marco's Pizza apart in the burgeoning pizza segment...

Medifast Joins Waterfront Partnership In Bringing Free Fitness Classes To The Inner Harbor »

February 24, 2015 at 5:48AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Waterfront Wellness series returns to West Shore Park beginning May 23rd
BALTIMORE - Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Waterfront Partnership is pleased to announce Medifast, Inc., a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs based in Owings Mills, Md., has signed on as the title sponsor for the Partnership's Waterfront Wellness series. The annual series, which offers free fitness classes along the Waterfront on weekends throughout the summer, returns May 23, 2015.
"We are excited to partner with Waterfront Partnership as it launches the fourth year of the Wellness series," said Michael C. MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medifast. "Our joint mission to provide long-term health and wellness for everyone in our community makes this program a natural fit for Medifast...

Woodcraft Partners With Black Dog Salvage To Expand Upcycling Program »

February 20, 2015 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Woodcraft

New Woodcraft partnership with Black Dog Salvage involves support for DIY TV reality show, "Salvage Dawgs."
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 - Woodcraft Supply, LLC, one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools, supplies, and plans, has entered into a partnership with Black Dog Salvage, a Roanoke, Virginia, firm that is the focus of a DIY Network TV reality series, "Salvage Dawgs." Woodcraft hopes to expand its upcycling program through the partnership.
Black Dog Salvage, founded by Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, is one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States. The two Navy veterans salvage everything from doors, windows and mantels to vintage plumbing and hardware and in turn sell the valuable vintage pieces to a wide range of clients who use them to restore other historical structures or add character to newer buildings...

Valpak® Named A Google AdWordsTM Premier SMB Partner »

February 19, 2015 at 7:33AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

February 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Valpak a leader in local print and digital coupons, has been named a Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner.
"The Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Program is a great way for small businesses to connect with companies who can help them make the most of their online advertising," says Ben Wood, head of Google's Americas channel sales partnerships. "Guided by the expertise of our trusted partners like Valpak, small- and medium-sized businesses can maximize the value and performance of their campaigns." Valpak's strategic alliance with Google AdWords is on ongoing effort to provide its customers a way to extend their reach to consumers and will allow businesses to increase their visibility in search engine marketing...

Choice Hotels International And Rebuilding Together Join Forces To Rejuvenate A Phoenix Nonprofit »

February 18, 2015 at 8:48AM PST | Source: Choice Hotels

More than 100 volunteers to revitalize indoor and outdoor space for Chicanos Por La Causa De Colores program, which provides a safe home for women and children that are victims of domestic violence.
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), a leading worldwide lodging company, is working with Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, to give a much needed face lift to the apartments of De Colores, a program of Chicano Por La Causa (CPLC), next Wednesday, February 25, 2015. CPLC De Colores program offers a safe home for women and children who have been forced to flee their homes due to domestic violence.Choice Hotels International
Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Choice Hotels volunteers will provide free critical repairs to six apartments, the transitional housing facility and facility grounds...

Wayback Burgers Partners With Uncle Willie’s BBQ, Debuts New Franchisor »

February 17, 2015 at 9:41AM PST | Source: Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers Opportunities Available

Connecticut-based Brands Join Forces to Introduce Uncle Willie's International LLC
CHESHIRE, Conn. - February 16, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious "better burger" brands in the United States, Jake's Franchising LLC, franchisor of Wayback Burgers today announced a partnership with authentic real down home barbecue joint, Uncle Willie's BBQ, to begin franchising the concept nationwide in April 2015. The new company, Uncle Willie's International LLC, is based in Cheshire, Connecticut.
As an established franchisor, Jake's Franchising LLC will be able to lend its franchise expertise and backhouse operations to grow the Uncle Willie's brand to its full potential, all while Uncle Willie's BBQ offers a stellar product and is recognized as one of America's top 10 barbeque restaurants by Roadfood writers Jane and Michael Stern...

Aaron's Reveals Keystone Club Remodel At Boys & Girls Clubs Of San Antonio »

February 17, 2015 at 4:53AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Teen Center at Eastside Branch Gets Makeover
ATLANTA - Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - In a partnership to empower teens in San Antonio, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to remodel a Keystone Club teen center on the city's east side.
London Watkins, 17, shoots pool on a new table as Aaron's employees and members of the Eastside Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio unveil the newly remodeled Keystone Club (Teen Center), in San Antonio, Monday, February 16, 2015. (J. Michael Short/AP Images for Boys & Girls Club of America)The makeover, which includes new furniture, electronics and fresh paint, was revealed in a ceremony this morning attended by teens who are members of the Keystone Club at the Eastside Branch Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio...

SuperGreen Solutions Announces Partnership With The Madison Energy Group »

February 13, 2015 at 10:13AM PST | Source: SuperGreen Solutions

SuperGreen Solutions to Market Energy-Saving EnerG² Device for Coolers and Freezers
February 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // West Palm Beach, Florida - SuperGreen Solutions, the company known for its extensive array of energy-efficient products and solutions, has announced a partnership with The Madison Energy Group, the company focused on energy solutions which include commercial refrigeration and HVAC efficiency. SuperGreen Solutions will market The Madison Energy Group's energy-saving EnerG² device to any business with a walk-in cooler or freezer. The retrofit device is designed to reduce energy consumption of commercial grade coolers and freezers.
Manufactured in the U.S., the EnerG² comes with a manufacturer's money-back guarantee that it will reduce a monthly energy bill by 15% when used with a walk-in cooler; for walk-in freezers, savings can be even greater...

RealBiz Media Group, Inc. Teams Up With Keller Williams’ Newest Division, Farm And Ranch »

February 13, 2015 at 4:31AM PST | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Additional listings make RealBiz Media the largest video real estate database.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) February 13, 2015 - RealBiz Media Group, Inc. (OTCQB: RBIZ) is teaming up with Keller Williams' new Farm and Ranch division in conjunction with Lands of America as the data supplier to power video creation, virtual tours and mobile solutions for its agents. Farm and Ranch specializes in land for sale over five acres, including farms, ranches, mountain properties, lake houses, river homes, country homes and residential homes in smaller towns across the country.
This solution will allow Keller Williams Farm and Ranch agents to display approximately 400,000 listings and, depending on seasonality, the listing count could move to as high as 800,000...

Guidant Financial And BoeFly Announce Joint Initiative To Increase Credit Access To Franchise Systems »

February 12, 2015 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Guidant Financial Group

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of its $350 million capital pledge to American small businesses, Guidant Financial today announced an exclusive partnership with BoeFly.com, an online marketplace for small business loans. The two companies will introduce Guidant's Funding Assurance™ program at the International Franchise Association's Annual Convention in Las Vegas next week.
Guidant Financial helps franchisees and entrepreneurs access capital – via rollovers as business start-ups (ROBS), SBA loans, unsecured loans and portfolio loans, among others – to help individuals acquire and initially grow businesses. Last week, the company announced a partnership with MultiFunding (press release), which adds financing solutions for recapitalizing existing businesses and accessing crisis capital...

Window World Announces 2015 Season Partnership With Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows »

February 11, 2015 at 6:04AM PST | Source: Window World

February 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, announced its partnership with Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows for the 2015 season.
As a previous Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows sponsor, Window World is no stranger to the excitement of airshow entertainment. With performances slated in over 20 premier airshows across the country, including SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, The Great New England Air Show, 2015 Rhode Island National Guard Air Show and EAA Airventure Oshkosh, this year's lineup will thrill attendees all season long.
"It is very exciting to work with an individual whose commitment to his craft and giving back match that of the Window World family," said Todd Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Market Development...

Doc Popcorn, Dippin' Dots To Debut First Co-Brand Store »

February 10, 2015 at 6:12AM PST | Source: Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn Opportunities Available

Two Leading Snack Franchises Join Forces in New Dual-Concept, Strategic Move Expands Day-parts and Product Offerings for Both Brands
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - February 10, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Just seven months after the leading snack franchisor was acquired by Dippin' Dots Franchising, LLC, Doc Popcorn announced today it is joining forces with Dippin' Dots to debut its first dual-brand location. The first Doc Popcorn/Dippin' Dots co-brand unit will be owned and operated by a local entrepreneurial couple, Clay and Sarah Talley, and plans to open soon at the Battlefield Mall in Springfield, Mo.
Combining the two leading snack and treat brands under one roof, the new dual-concept store occupies nearly 1,000-square-feet of retail space and will give mall-goers the opportunity to satisfy any sweet or savory snack craving with the offerings of Doc Popcorn's fresh-popped, kettle cooked popcorn and Dippin' Dots' iconic flash-frozen ice cream, sundaes, floats, shakes and quakes...



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