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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.

ServiceMaster Restore And "Hoarders: Family Secrets" Cleanup Expert, Matt Paxton, Partner To Shed Light On Growing National Epidemic »

May 29, 2015 at 5:14AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - May 28, 2015) - Up to 5 percent (15 million) of Americans are estimated to suffer from hoarding, which is now recognized as its own mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. With the issue becoming more widespread, today ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest residential disaster recovery and hoarding cleanup service companies in the United States, has renewed its partnership with hoarding cleanup expert and television personality Matt Paxton to expand its hoarding cleanup services.
Paxton and ServiceMaster Restore, a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), are continuing their relationship to help more people across the country who are impacted by the effects of hoarding...

Wienerschnitzel Announces Newest Activation In Partnership With Toyota »

May 29, 2015 at 3:58AM PDT | Source: Wienerschnitzel

World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain Celebrates the Release of Toyota’s New RAV4 Rally Car
May 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain, has announced its newest activation in partnership with Toyota, around their recent unveiling of the RAV4 rally car, which will be driven by off-road race pro Ryan Millen in events throughout the U.S., including a portion of the 2015 Rally America season. The Wienerschnitzel logo and the company’s beloved hot dog mascot, “The Delicious One,” will be displayed on the ramped-up RAV4 rally car along with Millen’s race gear. Additionally, Wienerschnitzel will host social media contests with prizes including a one-year subscription to Racer Magazine and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and two passes to the 2015 SEMA Car Show in Las Vegas as a guest of Toyota...

SweetFrog And MDA Join Forces To Send Kids With Muscle Disease To Summer Camp »

May 28, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: sweetFrog

Stores nationwide to raise vital funds through MDA’s summer camp mobile program.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 - More than 300 locations of the Richmond-based company sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Summer Camp mobile program.
From June 1 to June 30, sweetFrog associates will sell $1 pin-up mobiles that offer customers the opportunity to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA Summer Camp – all at no cost to their families.
“MDA summer camp is often considered ‘the best week of the year’ for our kids, and it wouldn’t be possible without support from partners like sweetFrog and its generous customers and employees," said MDA Executive Director Andrea Shaver...

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Pods Now Available In Retail Outlets Nationwide »

May 28, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain partner to bring Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH, 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 announced that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods are now available for sale at thousands of retailers nationwide for the first time. As part of an agreement between the three companies first announced in February, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup® pods exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores...

Global Franchise Group™ Raises More Than $1 Million For The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Through 'A Bite For The Fight' Campaign »

May 26, 2015 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Global Franchise Group, LLC

Customers, franchisees and employees of Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery®, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery® and Hot Dog on a Stick™ locations across the U.S. and Canada come together to raise funds for lifesaving research.
ATLANTA - May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Global Franchise Group (GFG), LLC, the strategic brand management company and franchisor behind Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery®, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery®, and Hot Dog on a Stick™ has raised more than $1 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) through its "A Bite for the Fight" campaign. The funds were raised over three years through an annual drive that encourages customers, franchisees and employees to make donations in support of LLS's Light The Night Walks – a powerful and unique fundraising program that brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors and those lost to the diseases...

Sky Zone Peoria Partners With Hopekids To Host Charity Event For Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses »

May 22, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Gives Kids Hope with a Morning Full of Fun
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // PEORIA, Ariz. - Sky Zone Peoria is hosting a charity event that will give children suffering from severe illnesses a chance to defy gravity and have some fun. The world’s first trampoline park will plan the fun-filled morning with help from HopeKids, an organization whose goal is to restore hope and transform the lives of children with serious medical conditions.
Sky Zone Peoria will open its doors to 150 children from HopeKids on Saturday May 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Children attending the event will be able to fly high and jump for free before the park’s doors open to the public. The kids will have full access to the facility and will be able to bounce on the Open Jump Court, play on the Ultimate Dodgeball courts, and flip into the giant Foam Pit that’s filled with 10,000 foam cubes...

Premier Preschools Nationwide Complete First Year Of Child Sponsorship Initiative »

May 22, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Primrose Schools® program brightens future for children, nurtures generosity in students.
ATLANTA - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Preschoolers across the country are making a difference in the lives of children in rural communities of high need through a partnership between Primrose Schools, a high-quality early education and care provider with more than 300 schools coast-to-coast, and international nonprofit Save the Children®. For the past year, Primrose schools have been participating in Save the Children's U.S. Child Sponsorship Program, sponsoring more than 290 children and supporting better access to basic education, early child care and school nutrition in some of the country's most underserved communities.
Each participating Primrose school devotes classroom time to teach students about their sponsored "Primrose Pal" through discussions, letter writing, art projects and other activities...

Home Franchise Concepts Achieves Goal, Gives $1 Million In Discounts To U.S. Veteran Entrepreneur »

May 21, 2015 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORANGE, CA - Home Franchise Concepts, Inc. (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds, Inc., Tailored Living, LLC and American Decorative Coatings, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has achieved its goal of giving $1 million in discounts to U.S. Veterans through its Million Dollar Franchise Event (MDFE) program. Through the MDFE program, HFC has welcomed 34 new Veteran business owners to its franchise network. The franchisees, who signed on through the MDFE program, represent a major growth milestone for HFC as nearly 10% of its entire franchise network is now made up of Veterans. To date, HFC has more than 1,100 franchise territories across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
“Reaching this $1 Million milestone is a celebration of the American Heroes that make up 10 percent of our franchise network,” says Chad Hallock, CEO and Co-Founder of Home Franchise Concepts...

The Dairy Queen System Announces Jurassic Smash Blizzard And Promotional Partnership For Jurassic World »

May 21, 2015 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment Film to be Released in North America on June 12, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Dairy Queen® system, the international retail food and treat category leader and part of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B), today announced a strategic marketing partnership for Jurassic World, the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park series.
“Beginning May 25, our fans can visit participating Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® restaurants to experience some of the unique and creative ways we are bringing Jurassic World to life in our locations,” said Tim Hawley, Vice President of Marketing Communications for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ)...

Back Yard Burgers Announces Retail Product Available At Local Walmart Stores »

May 21, 2015 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Back Yard Burgers

Better Burger Innovator Brings Its Big Bold Flavors to Retail Setting in May
Nashville (PRWEB) May 21, 2015 - Back Yard Burgers, a better burger concept with big, bold flavors, is increasing its customer reach via a new consumer branded initiative. Beginning in May, customers will be able to purchase Back Yard Burgers patties at Walmart stores across the Southeastern U.S.
“Our growth over the past few years has been incredible and we are proud to launch our Black Angus Backyard Burger with Walmart. This is the next step in our evolution as the premier better burger brand,” said Dave McDougall, Chief Executive Officer of Back Yard Burgers. “Extending our brand into markets where we don’t have a location will create our next wave of better burger fans...

Dogtopia® Partners With Paws With A Cause® For 11th Annual Charity Dog Wash Benefitting Veterans And Service Dogs »

May 21, 2015 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: Dogtopia

National fundraiser to be held at 32 Dogtopia locations across the U.S.
Tysons Corner, VA (PRWEB) May 21, 2015 - Dogtopia®, an award-winning, dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, announced today the company has partnered with Paws With A Cause®, a non-profit organization that provides Assistance Dogs to veterans and people with disabilities for its 11th Annual Charity Dog Wash. On Sunday, June 7, Dogtopia locations across the country will host Charity Dog Wash events, with proceeds benefitting programs that provide disabled veterans with Service Dogs to assist with physical needs, increase independence and improve quality of life.
“We are thrilled to partner once again with Paws With A Cause to further their mission of enhancing the quality of life for veterans through custom-trained Assistance Dogs,” said Amy Nichols, CEO of Dogtopia...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores Announces Spring Make-A- Wish® Donation Campaign »

May 20, 2015 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Continues Support of Make-A-Wish to Help Grant Wishes for Children With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - May 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish®, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms nationwide will participate in a charitable program this spring.
From May 21 to June 4, Sears Hometown & Outlet customers who donate $5 or more to Make-A-Wish in-store will receive a 10 percent-off shopping pass for the weekend of June 5 and 6. Customers who have not made a donation in advance may also receive 10 percent-off their purchases on June 5 and 6 with a donation of $10 or more...

GRILLiT Master Franchisor Engages Firm For Restaurant Design Upgrade »

May 20, 2015 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced that its Texas Master Franchisor has engaged the firm of Frausto Design out of San Antonio to create a new GRILLiT interior restaurant design focused on appealing to its largest target market, the "millennials."
For millennials, high nutritional value and unique restaurant design are key factors in deciding where to eat. As a group, they are one of the largest generations in history, and are ready to enter and define our economy for years to come. Therefore GRILLiT and Frausto Design are designing a restaurant that fulfills millennials' desire for open kitchens, food transparency, sharing tables that can be moved for gathering, social connections with ample electrical outlets and USB ports, and a unique design that is state of the art...

The Eco Laundry Company Announces Strategic Partnership With G-Star RAW On A Mission To Do More Social Good »

May 19, 2015 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: The Eco Laundry Company

The Eco Laundry Company to Offer Anyone Who Purchases from G-Star’s ‘RAW for the Oceans’ Collection Free Dry Cleaning for Life
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK – The Eco Laundry Company, the world’s first certified B Corporation dry cleaner and laundry service franchise, is announcing a strategic partnership with famed denim heavyweight G-Star RAW.
As part of the partnership, The Eco Laundry Company will offer free dry cleaning for life on any piece of clothing from the RAW for the Oceans collection, a clothing line curated by Pharrell Williams and made with fabric spun from recycled ocean plastic.
“We’re ecstatic to be aligning our brand with some of the most innovative, eco-minded people in the fashion and arts communities,” The Eco Laundry Company CEO and Founder Phillipe Christodoulou said...

IHOP® Restaurants Support Breakfastarian Community »

May 19, 2015 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: IHOP

GLENDALE, Calif. - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, IHOP® Restaurants, the leading restaurant in the family dining category and one that has been famous for serving "Everything You Love About Breakfast" for almost 57 years, announced that it firmly supports breakfastarians and is championing their passion for enjoying traditional breakfast items anytime they choose, especially for dinner.
A community of breakfast lovers, breakfastarians have been creating a buzz on social media recently by encouraging others to spread the word and see the light, eat breakfast at night.
Breakfastarians represent a large percentage of the American population. According to the National Restaurant Association's 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, 70 percent of Americans wish that restaurants would serve breakfast all day long...

Wienerschnitzel Sponsors Driver Competing In The Indianapolis 500 »

May 18, 2015 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Wienerschnitzel

World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain Signs Endorsement Deal with Race Pro J.R. Hildebrand
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest Hot Dog chain, has announced its sponsorship of American race car driver J.R. Hildebrand for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. As part of the endorsement, Wienerschnitzel’s logo will be displayed on Hildebrand’s helmet worn during the race, where he’ll drive the No. 6 car for Indianapolis-based CHF Racing. This will be Hildebrand’s fifth Indy 500 start.
“I’m pumped to get back on track at Indy this year, and to have Wienerschnitzel on board for the ride,” said Hildebrand. “Seeing what they’ve done in Supercross and in the racing world has been really cool, so it’s exciting to be part of their motorsports family...

TeamLogic IT Redefines Industry Role As Technology Advisor To Small Businesses »

May 18, 2015 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: TeamLogic IT

Acting as a Trusted Partner vs. Just a Vendor of "Break-Fix" Services Sets Company Apart in Growing IT Services and Support Industry Sector
MISSION VIEJO, CA - (Marketwired - May 18, 2015) - When TeamLogic IT added "Your Technology Advisor" to its logo recently, it wasn't just to highlight what the company does so well. It was meant to differentiate TeamLogic IT from the "break-fix" vendors crowding the IT arena.
"A lot of thought went into that, even though it's just a few words," said Chuck Lennon, TeamLogic IT President. "We wanted to start talking about what distinguishes us in the marketplace. For TeamLogic IT, that's the fact that we provide guidance, as well as excellent service, to our customers."
TeamLogic IT franchise owners, as well as their customers, report that the technology advisor relationship means a much deeper bond than most vendors achieve with their clients...

Philly Pretzel Factory To Donate All Sales From Tebow Inspired Pretzel At Flagship Location »

May 15, 2015 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: Philly Pretzel Factory

140-Plus Unit Pretzel Franchise Gives Back to Cause Close to Tebow’s Heart
Philadelphia (PRWEB) May 15, 2015 - The nation’s leading Philly-style soft pretzel chain, Philly Pretzel Factory, recently released a special Tim Tebow-inspired pretzel welcoming him to the Eagles. Now, the booming franchise is doubling down on Tebow mania by donating all of the sales from the Tebow inspired pretzel at its flagship Mayfair location to the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“No one at Philly Pretzel Factory expected our pretzels honoring Tim Tebow to explode in pop culture the way it did,” said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of the company.
The brand decided to follow Tebow’s example and give back by donating all sales of the $1 customized pretzels at its Mayfair, Philadelphia location to a good cause...

Jersey Mike’s Subs Partners With Wreaths Across America For Memorial Day »

May 14, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J. – Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, is teaming up once again this year with Wreaths Across America, accepting donations on behalf of the nonprofit veterans’ organization and honoring those in uniform during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 25.
From May 20 to May 26, Jersey Mike’s will collect donations at all locations nationwide in support of Wreaths Across America and its mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach our children the value of freedom. Customers who make a donation will receive a free mini American flag to help celebrate Memorial Day.
On Memorial Day, Jersey Mike’s will serve lunch to 1,000 active duty troops who are marching in the parade and will air five, 60-second radio ads on the Radio America Network of more than 250 radio stations throughout the country in proud support of Wreaths Across America...

Rosati’s Pizza Partners With Hireology To Streamline Hiring Process »

May 14, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Rosati's Pizza

Hireology Provides Restaurant Franchise Brand with Data-Driven Hiring Solutions to Promote Consistently Successful Talent Acquisition
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO  – Hireology, the leading provider of employee hiring and selection management technology for franchise systems has announced a partnership with Rosati’s Pizza to provide a proven hiring process across more than 100 Rosati’s franchises.
Rosati’s Pizza, a Chicago staple with locations in thirteen U.S. states, previously had no system-wide hiring process in place, making it difficult for franchisees to identify the right employees to fill necessary roles. When implementation of the Hireology platform is finalized, franchisees will have more insight into their hiring decisions, resulting in a lower turnover rate, as well as increased productivity and profitability...



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