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Turn here for general news to keep current with developments in the ever-changing environment, economy, and marketplace. We choose the most important news and select from hundreds of press releases to keep you informed about the latest news likely to affect franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers. Check in frequently to stay abreast of the vital news and events influencing the world of franchising.

NEW: Special Veteran Benefits Offered To Military Veterans From My Music Skool Company »

July 22, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: My Music Skool

<p>July 22, 2014 // // My Music Skool Company just announced that Special Discounts are available to Qualified Military Veterans. As a new member of VetFran, My Music Skool is committed to helping military veterans.</p>
<p>If you're a military veteran who wishes to have a kick start at an exciting opportunity to own My Music Skool in any State listed below, you should contact My Music Skool Corporate Office at, (303)953-1731 or email,</p>
<p>To ease your entry into this exciting business model, you will receive 25% off of Initial Franchise Fees when you become our franchisee. In addition, you will be supported to serve your neighborhoods by offering special discounts to your local veterans...

Mosquito Joe Expanding, Franchises Available Nationwide »

January 08, 2013 at 9:25AM PST | Source: Mosquito Joe

<p>January 08, 2013 // // Virginia Beach, VA - Locally based Virginia Beach company Mosquito Joe has been making outdoors fun again for Hampton Roads residents since 2010, using barrier sprays to protect their yards from mosquitoes. Now they are giving you the opportunity to do the same for your area as they recently announced they are offering franchise opportunities locally and nationwide.</p>
<p>Mosquito Joe started as a mosquito control company whose mission was to make outside fun again by freeing resident's yards of mosquitoes so they could garden, entertain, eat and play without smelly sprays or candles. After seeing the success of the local operation, the company set their sights on expanding outside the Hampton Roads area to offer mosquito-free living to more communities...

Mosquito Joe Chooses FranConnect As Official Franchise Management System »

December 31, 2012 at 5:14AM PST | Source: Mosquito Joe

<h2>Pest Control Solutions Company Invests in New Technology to Lay Groundwork for New Franchisees</h2>
<p>December 31, 2012 // // Reston, Va. – Mosquito Joe has partnered with FranConnect, the leading provider of franchise management systems, in preparation for expanding the brand through franchising. FranConnect's integrated and comprehensive suite of applications provides the following solutions: franchise development, franchisee performance and royalty management, franchisee collaboration/training, franchise operations, franchise marketing, franchise e-commerce and more.</p>
<p>Based in Hampton Roads, VA, Mosquito Joe was founded in 2009 after one of the founders took a family vacation to the Caribbean...

Aviatech Continues Marketing Leadership In The Franchise Industry »

October 26, 2011 at 2:12PM PDT | Source: Aviatech, LLC

On the heels of the completion of Chicago-based Ace Hardware's domestic business development website to attract more owners, Ace has named Aviatech its agency to create its international business development website. Robert Moschorak, President of Ace International Holdings says, "Aviatech is a clear marketing leader in the franchise industry for lead generation and website development. After seeing the excellent work Aviatech did on the Ace domestic site, we extended the scope of their work to our international site to leverage their expertise and industry leadership in driving more potential candidates to our international site in support of our international growth.
The Maids franchise which is based in Omaha, NE has also hired Aviatech to develop and launch a series of digital marketing projects, including the redevelopment of TheMaids...

4 Tips For Re-joining The Workforce »

July 15, 2011 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Mom Corps

Written by Natalie Ermann Russell
July 3, 2011

With the economy in a recession, it's not surprising that stay-at-home moms are having to re-enter the workforce in part-time and work-from-home positions. We asked Allison O'Kelly of Momcorps, a back-to-work website for mothers, to help us navigate the sometimes rough waters.
Be prepared.
"It may sound trite, but you need an updated résumé, a modern wardrobe and an explanation for why you have a gap in your work history," O'Kelly says. Employers
may question whether you're ready, so you need to show them you are.

Redefine your success.
Just because you reached a certain level before doesn't mean you have to return at the same level...

Maid Brigade Inc.'s May 2011 Sales Numbers Mark Growth For Second Month In A Row »

July 13, 2011 at 3:21PM PDT | Source: Maid Brigade

July 13, 2011 // // ATLANTA -- As the overall economy continues to struggle and with consumer confidence plunging to a seven year-low in June according to a recent article by the Associated Press, Maid Brigade Inc. continues to experience steady sales growth.

Coming off of encouraging sales increases in April, Maid Brigade's May sales report surpassed even April's numbers showing monthly, year over year, and year to date sales increases for the leading cleaning service franchise.

Total same store sales for May show an increase of 4.5 percent over the same period last year. Total system wide sales for May were up 6.31 percent over April with year to date (January to May) total system wide sales showing an improvement of 6...

Famous Dave's Second Quarter 2011 Earnings Release And Conference Call »

July 13, 2011 at 3:01PM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 13, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) will announce its Second Quarter 2011 earnings after market close on July 27, 2011. The company is hosting a conference call, July 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., Central Time, to discuss its financial results. There will be a live web-cast of the discussion through the Investor Relations section of Famous Dave's web site at

A replay will be available for one week following the call by dialing (800) 642-1687, Conference ID "82283639".

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of July 13, 2011, the company owned 52 locations and franchised 130 additional units, in 37 states...

Sotheby's International Realty Advertisement On The New York Times IPad Application Generates Strong Results »

July 13, 2011 at 11:02AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

July 13, 2011 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its recent interactive advertising campaign in The New York Times iPad application generated strong results, driving leads to its network of affiliates.

The ad click-through-rate, which measures those who opted to learn more about the featured properties by clicking the ad for more information, was 2.6 percent. According to Medialets, the most widely deployed rich media ad platform for mobile, typical results for mobile rich media like the iPad range from 1 percent to 3 percent, with online norms for websites around 0.1 percent.

The Sotheby's International Realty® campaign ran on the NYTimes iPad App from February through May, generating nearly 24 million impressions and featuring a custom-built interactive experience...

Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Hosts A National Online Career Event Highlighting Opportunities For Success In Real Estate, With 62% Of Attendees Saying They Are Considering A Career Change To Or Within Real Estate »

June 28, 2011 at 1:07PM PDT | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Combination of the Workforce Changing Dynamic, Culture of Connectivity and Impact of Business Social Networking Attracting the Next Generation of Agents
June 28, 2011 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate LLC held a national online career event on June 7 that attracted more than 300 real estate agents and prospective agents throughout the United States. The webinar served as a platform to demonstrate the career opportunities that exist in the real estate industry, and in particular at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

"Now more than ever before, people want to chart their own course for their professional success," said Wendy Forsythe, senior vice president of network services for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and host of the event...

Snap Fitness Franchise Announces Are You 'Fit' To Be A Franchise Owner? »

June 15, 2011 at 3:11PM PDT | Source: Snap Fitness
Snap Fitness Opportunities Available

Snap Fitness CEO Peter Taunton Launches 'Partner with Peter' Contest;
Set to Award One Deserving Contestant with Free Fitness Franchise

June 15, 2011 // // CHANHASSEN, Minn. - The entrepreneurial spirit around the country is about to 'warm-up' and hit the gym. Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness, the world's fastest-growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, announces the launch of his "Partner with Peter" contest that will award one aspiring entrepreneur a free fitness franchise.

Kicking-off June 15, 2011, contestants visiting can enter to win by providing their contact information, along with a brief essay explaining why they would make an ideal owner of a Snap Fitness franchise...

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. To Present At Consumer Conference »

June 15, 2011 at 2:20PM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

MINNEAPOLIS, Jun 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), today announced that the Company will present at an upcoming consumer conference.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, the Company will present at the Oppenheimer 11th Annual Consumer Conference. The Company's investor presentation will be webcast live at 1:10 p.m. Central Daylight Time at

About the Company
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar(TM) restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings...

Hyatt Announces Hyatt Thrive, Comprehensive Corporate Responsibility Framework That Helps Improve Local Communities, Environment Worldwide »

June 10, 2011 at 12:13PM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Effort Includes Company's Inaugural Month-Long Global Volunteer Initiative
June 10, 2011 // // CHICAGO - Hyatt today announced Hyatt Thrive, the company's global corporate responsibility platform, designed to help make communities places where Hyatt associates are proud to work, where guests want to visit, where neighbors want to live and where hotel owners want to invest. Hyatt Thrive builds on Hyatt's rich history of community engagement and environmental stewardship by empowering over 85,000 Hyatt associates at more than 450 properties around the world to do one thing: Thrive.

Hyatt Thrive is grounded in four key pillars that Hyatt believes are crucial to foster thriving communities:

Environmental Sustainability: Reducing resource consumption, waste and emissions - and protecting the natural environment in local communities...

Red Mango Founder Dan Kim To Speak At The New York Times Small Business Summit, June 13th  »

June 10, 2011 at 7:17AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

DALLAS, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing a crowd of 700 aspiring small-business owners and entrepreneurs, Dan Kim, founder of Red Mango Yogurt and Smoothies, will share the business success strategies that have helped him establish the fastest-growing yogurt and smoothie chain in the nation as a speaker at The New York Times Small Business Summit on June 13th at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Now in its sixth year, The New York Times Small Business Summit will bring an audience face-to-face with the nation's most successful leaders in the small-business world.

Kim, who shepherds a national chain with more than 120 stores, can relate well to those with start-up dreams. Having opened the very first Red Mango store in 2007, Kim built his business from the ground up and one customer at a time...

BookKeeping Express Levels The Playing Field For U.S. Business Owners »

June 06, 2011 at 3:23PM PDT | Source: Bookkeeping Express Centre

Company's Innovative Service Center Offers the Business Community the Opportunity to Work on Their Business, Not in Their Business

June 06, 2011 // // VIENNA, Va. - It's the cry heard around the country every day: "There just isn't enough time to get everything done!"

Service Center to the rescue!

BookKeeping Express' (BKE) innovative back office solution, which has proven to put business owners and management in position to grow their businesses, is giving back the greatest resource of all - their time. With business owners spending up to 40 percent of their time on office paperwork (U.S. Small Business Association), BKE's Service Center serves an intense need.

"As a business owner, your day-to-day can become consumed by crunching numbers and/or managing staff, leaving you with little to no time to focus on your business' growth," said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express...

Before You Start Your Summer Travels, Take A Closer Look At Your Windshield »

June 03, 2011 at 11:05AM PDT | Source: NOVUS Glass

June 03, 2011 // // Minneapolis, MN - As drivers across the country prepare for their Memorial Day travels, NOVUS® Glass, the windshield repair experts, share the importance of inspecting a vehicle's windshield before getting on the road.

A windshield is a vital part of the car and its safety system. Jay Bickford, Director of Training and Development of NOVUS Glass states that the windshield does more than just keep out bugs, road debris and weather conditions from hitting our face, it is also critical to the safety of the vehicle's passengers. Many drivers assume that a crack or ding only affects the vehicle's aesthetics, but in actuality windshield breaks can compromise the windshield's ability to support the roof and structure of the vehicle...

AdviCoach Says Understanding Online Marketing Strategies Is Critical To Positioning A Business For Growth »

May 24, 2011 at 2:55PM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

Internet Marketing Is Your Best Lead Generator

SOUTHBURY, CT--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - There is no way around it. Technology is changing our lives whether we choose to embrace it or not -- both personally and professionally. According to AdviCoach®, business owners can benefit greatly when they understand how to take advantage of many of the internet technologies to grow their businesses.

Brian Miller, COO and president of AdviCoach, says, "This is an exciting time for business owners to explore new ways of bringing more targeted visibility to their business. Internet marketing, including social media marketing, is a more personal way to reach customers and prospects, and it can be more effective in lead generation than traditional forms of marketing...

Realogy Expects Continued Improvement In National Existing Home Sale Data »

May 24, 2011 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

Anticipates a Modest Increase in Its Company-wide Year-over-Year Average Sales Price for April and May
May 24, 2011 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Realogy Corporation reported that based on closed and open home sale contract information from its franchisees and company-owned brokerage operations, it expects that the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of existing home sales on a national basis should remain between 5.0 million to 5.2 million in each of April and May 2011. On that SAAR basis, existing home sales this year are tracking ahead of the full-year 2010 pace, even without the benefit of a Home Buyer Tax credit. Realogy also expects a modest increase in its average home sales price in April and May 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, which is consistent with the 2% increase the Company reported for the first quarter of 2011...

Sandler Training Offers Free Sales Training Resources For Non-Profit, Small Business And Start-Up Firms »

May 24, 2011 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: Sandler Training

Content Designed to Offer Basic Sales Tools to Help Small Businesses, Start-Ups Succeed

May 24, 2011 // // OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The latest census figures indicate that economic growth is fueled in part by small businesses, start-ups and non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, when companies first start out, or rely primarily on volunteers, they often don't have the capital to invest in outside sales training, when that might be one of their greatest needs and paramount to their future business growth.
That's why, Sandler Training, a world leader in sales and management training, has made available a free multi-media library that provides small businesses and start-ups with sales training tools to help them succeed...

Local Make-A-Wish(R) Child, Who Inspired Drink On National Maggiano's Menu, Has Wish Granted  »

May 19, 2011 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: MaggieMoo's Ice Cream

Brinker International to host luau send-off party for 8-year-old Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas recipient DALLAS, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), parent company of Maggiano's Little Italy® will host a send-off party for Make-A-Wish Foundation North Texas recipient, Leslie at the company's second annual Make-A-Wish Day Friday, May 27 at their Dallas headquarters.

Sponsoring Leslie's wish to visit the sunny, tropical beaches of Hawaii, Brinker is surprising Leslie with the news that her wish will be granted. Tiki men and torches will transform Brinker's front lawn, as restaurant support center team members don grass skirts and leis to surprise Leslie during her wish granting ceremony...

Franchise Consultants Cite 21st Century Quality Control Tools As The Key To Franchising »

May 18, 2011 at 1:35PM PDT | Source: iFranchise Group

iFranchise Group Discusses the Importance of High-Tech Information Storage and Delivery for Successful Franchise Systems

HOMEWOOD, IL – The iFranchise Group (, a leading franchise consulting firm based in the Chicago area, recently held a seminar for the franchise community that included information and guidance on how to use technology to help ensure quality control within franchise systems.

“Controlling quality and maintaining operational consistency is vitally important to the success of any franchise,” stated franchise consultant and iFranchise Group CEO, Mark Siebert. “It is the cornerstone of replicating any business model across a network of locations. That’s why franchisors continually need to find ways to provide easy access to current information to their franchisees...

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