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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.

Legendary Restaurant Brands Teams With Sysco For Next Stage Of Growth »

June 30, 2015 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Multi-year deal foodservice distribution agreement to fuel Bennigan’s, Steak and Ale brands.
June 30, 2015 // // DALLAS – Following two recent announcements of significant expansion throughout California and Latin America, Legendary Restaurant Brands today executed a new global agreement with Sysco Corporation to supply food to its Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale concepts.
The multi-year agreement begins in July and encompasses participating Bennigan’s restaurants in the United States and across the globe, in addition to future locations of Bennigan’s, the Bennigan’s On the Fly fast-casual concept and the iconic Steak and Ale brand.
“Sysco sets the standard for quality food distribution all around the world, so we felt they were the perfect partner for our Legendary brands as we embark on the next phase of our growth,” said Legendary Restaurant Brands Chairman and CEO Paul Mangiamele...

Zaxby's Partners With Buxton To Support Guest-Focused Growth »

June 30, 2015 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

FORT WORTH, Texas - June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Zaxby's, a Southeast fast casual restaurant known for chicken fingers and wings, has engaged Buxton to support the company's vision of guest-focused growth. Buxton's customer analytics solutions will allow Zaxby's to base market planning and franchise development decisions on in-depth customer insights for each trade area.
"Zaxby's needed a partner we could trust to provide in-depth analyses of potential key markets," said Amy Pritchett, senior director of franchising at Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. "We feel confident that Buxton is up to the task, and look forward to seeing the value they're going to bring to our business."
"By putting the guest at the center of their growth strategy, Zaxby's will be able to identify the best expansion opportunities," said Matthew Goggans, director of sales at Buxton...

7-Eleven® And Sour Patch Kids Partner On New Slurpee Flavor »

June 30, 2015 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

New Sour Patch® Watermelon flavored Slurpee® debuts July 1
DALLAS - June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire - Pucker up America, the Sour Patch® Watermelon flavored Slurpee® is the newest flavor to hit the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine this summer. This new flavor, inspired by chatter on social media from fans already asking for and enjoying these products together, will be exclusively available at participating 7-Eleven stores throughout its 100 Days of Summer, beginning July 1.
This summer, the world's largest convenience store retailer has teamed up with #1 Sour Candy brand, Mondel?z International's Sour Patch Kids, to make summer more delicious with the introduction of the newest Slurpee flavor, Sour Patch Watermelon, also with support from 7-Eleven's long-time beverage partner, Fanta...

Grease Monkey™ Supports K9s For Warriors In Summer Of 2015 »

June 29, 2015 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey™ Supports K9s For Warriors In Summer Of 2015
June 29, 2015 // // Greenwood Village, Colo. – Grease Monkey International, Inc. is supporting K9s For Warriors during 3rd Quarter of 2015. Participating Grease Monkey™ centers will be contributing and collecting donations throughout July, August, and September. In 2014 Grease Monkey collected over $75,000 for the organization.
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
“K9s For Warriors is grateful to Grease Monkey™ for their incredible support to our Nation’s Heroes that need our help so badly,” said Shari Duval, K9s For Warriors Founder and President...

Pop-A-Lock - North America's Largest Locksmith Network - Partners With »

June 29, 2015 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Pop A Lock

To Prevent Child Heatstroke Fatalities this Summer With the "Look Before You Lock with Pop-A-Lock" Campaign
LAFAYETTE, La. - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - With the start of summer, safety thoughts turn to keeping loved ones cool in the radically hot weather and high humidity conditions. As temperatures rise, parents and caregivers must re-double their efforts to ensure no children are left in cars or have access to unlocked cars. In honor of National Safety Month and the upcoming warmer summer season, Pop-A-Lock (PAL), North America's largest locksmith network, has partnered with, a world-renown national child safety organization, to educate parents and caregivers about the dangers of unknowingly leaving a child in a vehicle this summer through their "Look Before You Lock with Pop-A-Lock" campaign that aims to prevent child vehicular heatstroke fatalities...

PizzaRev To Host June 28 Fundraiser To Benefit Shelter Me »

June 26, 2015 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

LA’s Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept Celebrates National Pet Adoption Month
LOS ANGELES - June 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - To culminate a month-long effort of supporting pet adoption, PizzaRev will host a June 28 fundraiser to benefit Shelter Me, an award winning PBS program and social network which helps shelter animals get adopted. The fundraiser will take place all day at PizzaRev’s 17 Los Angeles area restaurants; 20 percent of proceeds from guests who mention “Shelter Me” or “PizzaRevPets” at the register will help fund pet adoption and spay-neuter initiatives.
“PizzaRev is a passionate supporter of pet adoption, and we’re proud of the programs that Shelter Me has developed to build awareness for shelter pets,” said Nicholas Eckerman, co-founder and COO of PizzaRev...

Monumental Pancake Party Attracts Six Thousand People From Around The World »

June 26, 2015 at 4:30AM PDT | Source: IHOP

IHOP® Restaurants Partners with Kiwanis International® for Fundraiser To Kick Off Its "Summer of Smiles" Campaign
INDIANAPOLIS - June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, more than six thousand pancake lovers from around the globe gathered in Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana for a pancake fundraiser hosted by IHOP Restaurants and Kiwanis International. Thousands of Kiwanis volunteers, in town for their annual convention, and members of general public enjoyed free IHOP pancakes and coffee. Two dozen IHOP cooks prepared the pancakes made from more than 240 gallons IHOP's famous buttermilk pancake batter, which were accompanied by 189 gallons of maple syrup, 94 pounds of butter and 625 gallons of coffee.
Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www...

Bruegger's Bagels And Jamba Juice To Open Co-Branded Stores »

June 25, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

New locations to offer one-stop convenience for bagels, egg sandwiches, fresh juices, smoothies and more.
DALLAS - June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Bruegger's Bagels, known for its authentic New York-style bagels and signature egg sandwiches, and Jamba Juice, a leading better-for-you specialty beverage brand, are joining forces to open nine co-branded stores in the Midwest, East Coast and New England.
The partnership will launch in September to bring the best of both brands together with greater convenience. Guests can enjoy Bruegger's Bagels' fresh-baked bagels, Vermont cream cheese, premium coffee, sandwiches, soups and salads along with freshly squeezed juices, signature smoothies and protein bowls from Jamba Juice, all under one roof...

Aaron's And "The Wendy Williams Show" Give Away New Dining, Kitchen, Laundry Room To Third "Win A Room In June" Winner »

June 19, 2015 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc., (NYSE: AAN), a leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for furniture, electronics and appliances, in partnership with "The Wendy Williams Show," surprised its third "Win a Room in June" contestant, Jacqueline Wilson, from Otisville, NY, with a new dining, kitchen and laundry room set as a part of the "Win a Room in June" contest.
With three men in her home –her husband of 26 years and two adult sons – Wilson is in desperate need of new appliances. She's attempted to cook meals on an outdated stove that has only three burners, broken knobs and an oven door that sticks. Currently without a dining room table, her family cannot share meals comfortably together...

Right At Home Announces Expanded Partnership With Institute For Professional Care Education® »

June 19, 2015 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: Right at Home

Right at Home announces an expanded partnership with the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed®) that will provide all franchise owners access to over 500 nationally recognized certification and training programs.
Omaha, Nebraska (PRWEB) June 19, 2015 - Right at Home has long been a leader in the home care industry with over 450 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Right at Home has become a leader in home care by providing its franchise owners the tools, support and training programs to provide the highest-quality care to the clients they serve.
Right at Home has been seeking a comprehensive partnership to provide state-specific, required training; approved continuing education; and more professional development opportunities to all its franchisees and their employees...

La Madeleine Raises Funds For Over 1.2 Million Meals To Feed Children In Need »

June 18, 2015 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

La Madeleine’s “Hearts for Hope” Campaign Exceeded Goal this May
June 18, 2015 // // DALLAS – La Madeleine Country French Café announced today the fundraising totals from its “Hearts for Hope” campaign, a collaborative effort with its loyal guests throughout the month of May. The widespread generosity resulted in raising $308,176 for Children’s Hunger Fund, a charity partner closely aligned with the brand’s philanthropic commitment to helping end childhood hunger. All proceeds from the Hearts for Hope campaign are being donated and will help provide over 1.2 million meals for children in need.
“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our guests, we are proud to have surpassed our goal of raising $250,000 or one million meals...

Hamra Enterprises, Missouri Noodles & Company Franchisee, Announces Fundraising Partnership With Make-A-Wish Missouri »

June 17, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: Noodles & Company

Goal is to grant two wishes before the end of 2015.
June 17, 2015 // // St. Louis, MO – Hamra Enterprises, a Noodles & Company franchisee for St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Missouri chapter. Make-A-Wish is a national nonprofit that arranges memorable experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Guests at Noodles & Company restaurants in both St. Louis and Columbia will be able to make donations supporting local wishes through the organization’s Missouri chapter, which has granted more than 5,000 wishes since 1983.
“At Noodles & Company, community involvement has always been one of our most important ingredients,” says Noodles & Company Franchise Partner Mike Hamra, President and CEO of Hamra Enterprises...

Pieology Donates More Than $2,000 To Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA »

June 16, 2015 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Pieology Pizzeria

100 Percent of Sales from Daly City Pre-Opening Events Benefited the Local Organization
June 16, 2015 // // RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California – Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is proud to announce that their recently-opened Daly City location raised $2,119.20 for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. To celebrate the Daly City grand opening and to kick off the company’s commitment to its local community, the restaurant pledged to donate 100 percent of sales generated from two pre-opening events, to the cause.
“We’d like to thank the Daly City community for a very warm welcome and for coming out to support the Peninsula Humane Society and the amazing work they do,” said Kevin Kawada, general manager of Pieology Daly City...

Aaron's Reveals Keystone Club Remodel Of The John F. Beecher Clubhouse At Boys & Girls Clubs Of Buffalo »

June 16, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading 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 Buffalo to remodel The John F. Beecher Clubhouse Keystone Club teen center in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo.
The makeover of the Keystone Club teen room includes a sectional, an entertainment and gaming system, an electric fireplace with a fridge and fresh paint. The new Keystone Club teen room was revealed in a surprise unveiling on Friday and attended by teens who are members of the John F. Beecher Clubhouse at Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. Senator Tim Kennedy (D-NY), Aaron's associates and Boys & Girls Clubs officials were in attendance...

Azul Hotels By Karisma And My Gym Introduce Parents Night Out »

June 15, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Gourmet Inclusive® Resorts and World’s Leader in Children’s Fitness Partner to Give Parents the Night Off in Paradise as one of Many New Resort Activities
MIAMI - June 15, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Karisma Hotels & Resorts and My Gym, the world’s premier children’s fitness franchise, are pleased to introduce Parents Night Out by My Gym and a variety of additional activities and programs at Azul Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of family-friendly Gourmet Inclusive® properties in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Enhancing an advantageous partnership that started in 2008, Azul Hotels and My Gym create fun, lively and engaging activities for children and memorable quality time for parents.
“The Gourmet Inclusive® Experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma is designed with the entire family in mind, complete with memorable experiences and special moments...

Easyhome Ltd. Partners With EnRICHed Academy To Offer Financial Education To Canadians »

June 15, 2015 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: easyhome

Giving Every Canadian the Power of Financial Education
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - June 15, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, announced a partnership with EnRICHed Academy to offer financial education to every Canadian regardless of their background or financial situation.
In the spring of 2014, easyhome began its search for a partner that could create a custom program to help close the gap in financial education. EnRICHed Academy was a natural fit to work with easyhome in developing a program that would help their customers rebuild their credit and fulfill the Company's mission of helping them return to bank rate credit...

Liberty Tax Service Partners In IRS Fraud Initiative »

June 15, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Jun 12, 2015) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), parent company of Liberty Tax Service, has joined forces with the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax authorities to implement specific and actionable strategies to combat tax refund identity theft fraud, beginning with the 2016 tax season. In a Memorandum of Understanding, Liberty Tax, along with the IRS, state tax agencies and various industry leaders, has committed to developing taxpayer authentication protocols, providing aggregated analytical data to the IRS to help identify fraud, and continuing discussion of information sharing initiatives.
"Tax refund identity theft fraud is a growing threat to the tax system and our customers. It can have a devastating effect on honest taxpayers," said John Hewitt, president and CEO of Liberty Tax Service...

Aaron's And The Wendy Williams Show Present Second "Win A Room In June" Winner Rosa Serna »

June 15, 2015 at 3:42AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

With New Living Room Group on Show Set
ATLANTA - June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc., (NYSE: AAN), a leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for furniture, electronics and appliances, in partnership with "The Wendy Williams Show," presented Rosa Serna, the second winner of the "Win a Room in June" contest, with a brand new living room group on the set of The Wendy Williams Show this week.
Aaron's and The Wendy Williams Show surprised San Antonio resident Rosa Serna and her family with a brand new living room group and electronics entertainment package as a part of the 'Win a Room in June' contest.Rosa Serna and her husband received round-trip air transportation to New York to attend a taping of "The Wendy Williams Show," hotel accommodations for one night and ground transportation to the show...

Bd’s Mongolian Grill Partners With Punchh To Develop Loyalty App »

June 12, 2015 at 8:46AM PDT | Source: bd's Mongolian Grill

QSR Brand To Encourage Fans To Stir It Up Your Way® Through New Loyalty Program
June 12, 2015 // // SUNNYVALE, CA – Punchh (, a brand-centric mobile customer engagement platform for restaurants, announces a new partnership with casual dining brand, bd’s Mongolian Grill. Punchh will develop and roll out a new mobile loyalty app for the brand’s cult-like following of fans to connect with bd’s Mongolian Grill directly on their mobile devices.
Punchh increases mobile consumer engagement with its cloud-based POS-integrated platform. Punchh’s loyalty platform will give bd’s Mongolian Grill guests the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards, including an all-expense paid trip to Mongolia! Aside from making purchases to collect points, guests can also use the app to order online, send real-time feedback to operators and receive promotional deals from bd’s Mongolian Grill...

Cousins Subs® Make It Better Day Launches Major Partnership With Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation »

June 12, 2015 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

June 11, 2015 // // MILWAUKEE – In honor of the great Coach Vince Lombardi’s birthday, on June 11, Cousins Subs® will donate more than 500 free lunches to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF). The Foundation will distribute the lunches to cancer patients, their families and caregivers at all Aurora Cancer Care Centers, which include 13 Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics, throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Cousins Subs Make It Better Day kicks off a larger partnership between Cousins Subs and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Cousins has selected the Foundation as part of its first-ever month of giving promotion. Throughout the month of September, a percentage of combo meal proceeds from all Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs locations will benefit the charity...

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