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How Huddle House Franchise Is Cashing In On Comfort Food »

April 22, 2014 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Huddle House

Huddle House CEO Michael Abt Tells Bloomberg TV That Franchise Owners Know Customer Cravings Drive Business
SANDY SPRINGS, GA - (Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock" recently aired a segment featuring an interview with Huddle House CEO Michael Abt, who told interviewer Pimm Fox why the Huddle House franchise brand is on an upswing.
During the interview, Abt talked about the Huddle House "Any Meal. Any Time." motto of serving whatever customers want around the clock, because most Huddle House franchises are open 24 hours a day. He also talked about how Huddle House is attracting new franchise owners.
"Most of our franchise partners have business experience," Abt told Fox. "Not all of them have restaurant experience...

Paul Davis National's J. Murphy Receives Top Award For $76 Million In Sales  »

April 22, 2014 at 9:04AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
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April 22, 2014 // // Milwaukee, Wis. - J. Murphy, L.H.D. and co-owner of Paul Davis National, large loss specialists and part of the Paul Davis Restoration franchise network, has received top honors in total sales at Paul Davis Restoration Inc.'s national convention recently held in the Washington DC area. Murphy was honored for more than $76 million in total sales volume attained in the franchise network. He received the recognition on April 12 during the company's annual awards banquet at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Murphy and his team established the large loss, catastrophic restoration business in 2005. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. at 2000 South 4th Street. Murphy is based at the branch office location for Paul Davis National, 9540 Airport Hwy...

Worldwide Express Describes Five Mistakes College Graduates Should Avoid When Searching For A First Job »

April 22, 2014 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Worldwide Express

Company's CEO Describes Ways Job Seekers Could Unintentionally Ruin their Job Search
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based global package and freight-shipping firm, outlined the top five ways new college graduates ruin their chances of becoming full-time employees. Although job seekers frequently receive advice from articles or career advisors on steps that can land them a job, many fail to consider the mistakes that could cost them the position – and how to avoid them.
"As a top workplace for new professionals, we've seen a wide array of job applicants here at Worldwide Express," said Tom Madine, president and chief executive officer of Worldwide Express. "It may seem pointless at the time, but understanding how your actions are perceived by potential employers can dramatically impact a never-ending job search...

New Agents Attend EXIT Realty Training Workshop »

April 22, 2014 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Hosted by EXIT Elite Realty
Washington, DC (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2014 - EXIT Elite Realty recently hosted a training workshop for ten of our newest recruits. This was a mix of experienced and brand new agents who have decided to join the EXIT family. This is a monthly session where we encourage new agents to network and learn more about the valuable systems provided to all agents from EXIT Realty.
EXIT Realty is proud to offer extensive training, no desk fees, and unlimited earning potential. EXIT Elite Realty has three locations to better serve our agents and clients with locations in Washington DC, Lanham MD & Fort Washington MD.
"We are excited to have these agents on board as we continue to grow. With our training and support we hope to assist them in reaching their fullest potential...

ServiceMaster® Franchisees Form AAFD Chapter »

April 22, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
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ServiceMaster Franchisee Owners’ Association To Provide Unified Voice
April 22, 2014 // // SAN DIEGO – In an effort to provide franchisees with a proactive voice, ServiceMaster® franchisees have formed a franchisee owners association as a chapter of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD). The association, known as the ServiceMaster Franchisee Owners’ Association (SMFOA), will work to develop stronger relationships with customers, foster a collaborative and productive relationship with ServiceMaster management, and protect each franchisee’s business equity.
Longtime ServiceMaster franchisee, Jerry Winkley is the Chairman of the association’s steering committee until elections to adopt bylaws and elect an inaugural board of directors are completed in the next few weeks...

Cruise Planners Cites Family Travel As One Of The Fastest Growing Segments Of The Travel Industry »

April 22, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Through a travel trend infographic, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, explores what’s hot for summer travel this year for families and multi-generational groups.
April 22, 2014 // // CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – According to Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, families are traveling more. The brand saw a 15% increase in passengers cruising with children or multi-generational groups over the past 12 months*.
"As the travel industry continues to experience exciting changes in 2014, one of the fastest growing trends in travel involves the entire family," said COO of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel, Vicky Garcia...

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. To Present At The 2014 Barclays Retail & Consumer Discretionary Conference »

April 22, 2014 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 21, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today announced that the Company will present at an investor conference.
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Company will present at the Barclays Retail and Consumer Discretionary Conference held at the Barclays' offices at 745 Seventh Ave. in New York City. The presentation will begin at 8:45 AM Eastern time.
The presentation will be webcast live from the Company's web site,, under the investor relations section. An archived webcast will be available after the conclusion of the presentation.
About Chipotle
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience...

Bar Louie Celebrates 2 Years In The Woodlands With 2-day Event »

April 21, 2014 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

HOUSTON - April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As they approach their 2nd anniversary in The Woodlands, Bar Louie announced today they are celebrating with a 2-day event this Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th. The anniversary bash will feature some amazing all day food specials including the $1 burgers they've immortalized on Tuesdays at their world famous "Burger Night" and a Buy One Get One Free offer on all of their Limited Additions food selections.
They'll also be featuring all of their handcrafted martinis for only $2!
"The theme for the event is go big or go home," says Bar Louie Marketing Manager, Amanda Utter. "The surprises in store for our guests are just a small token of appreciation for the unbelievable support we've received over the last 2 years...

Qdoba Mexican Grill® Honors Top Suppliers »

April 21, 2014 at 6:15AM PDT | Source: Qdoba Mexican Grill

Tyson Foods Named Supplier of the Year; Suppliers Pick Up Awards in Six Categories
DENVER - April 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Qdoba Mexican Grill® honored five suppliers for outstanding performance in six awards categories at its 2014 Qdoba Leadership Summit, which concluded on April 15 in Denver. More than 400 people attended the two-day event, including leadership teams from Qdoba and parent company Jack in the Box Inc., as well as suppliers and franchisees.
"We commend our supplier community for partnering with us and aligning their businesses to support our strategic initiatives," said Vice President of Supply Chain Dean Gordon, who oversees the supply chains for both Qdoba and the Jack in the Box® brands. "Our suppliers have invested an incredible amount of time and resources to understand our business needs and to develop creative solutions to help us manage commodity costs and meet the high performance standards we’ve set for our Qdoba restaurants...

Las Vegas And Henderson Massage Envy Spas Support Area Teachers, Staff »

April 21, 2014 at 4:33AM PDT | Source: Massage Envy Spa
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Event Recognizes CCSD’s Education Services Division
Las Vegas, NV - April 19, 2014 - ( - For the second consecutive year, Massage Envy Spas in the Las Vegas and Henderson region are supporting deserving teachers and support staff in the Clark County School District’s Education Services Division Recognition Ceremony, to be held on May 7, 2014.
The event honors teachers and staff from 22 schools under the umbrella of the Education Services Division, which represents choice and consequence schools in the district. The teachers and staff receiving recognition have played integral roles in the development and implementation of school programs and have worked toward supporting and nurturing school culture and climate, as well as motivating students and helping improve their self-esteem...

ANY LAB TEST NOW® Awards Student With Catie Heil Scholarship »

April 21, 2014 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: ANY LAB TEST NOW

Lab Testing Company Presents Carrington College Student with Scholarship
Alpharetta, Ga. (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - ANY LAB TEST NOW® is proud to award the Catie Heil Scholarship to Waddell, Arizona woman, Lisa Rubrecht. The Catie Heil Scholarship was created in honor of Catie Heil, an ANY LAB TEST NOW medical assistant who goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service and care to customers. The $500 scholarship is awarded to students enrolled at Carrington College with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
Alongside working through school, Rubrecht works at an animal clinic and volunteers her time working with the needy. She will graduate in May with an impressive 4.0 GPA in order to begin building her career. Rubrecht has showed impeccable determination to complete school, as her parents did not attend college and she is responsible for caring for 5 children...

Watermill Express Provides Free Water For National Lemonade Day »

April 18, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

April 18, 2014 // // BRIGHTON, Colorado - Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up vendor of pure drinking water, along with the city of McAllen, Texas are teaming up to help enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of McAllen youth by aiding and teaching them how to start and run their own lemonade business.
Children who participate in National Lemonade Day will each be allowed to use 10 free gallons of Watermill Express water to start their lemonade business. Each child who shows their participant number at the 10th and Zinnia Watermill Express location in McAllen, Texas will be given 10 free gallons of water between Noon and 5pm on Saturday May 3rd. The children begin selling their product on Sunday May 4th throughout various locations in McAllen...

Compensation Steadily Decreasing As Most Important Aspect Of Job Satisfaction »

April 18, 2014 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

As Revealed in Smith & Wilkinson's 5th Annual Commercial Lender Salary Survey
April 18, 2014 // // Scarborough, ME - New data from Smith & Wilkinson, a leading banking executive search firm, indicates that a growing number of commercial lenders feel company culture and the ability to get along with team members are the most important components of job satisfaction. The firm's 5th Annual Commercial Lender Salary Survey sought to gain insight from commercial lenders throughout the Northeast, Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic relating to salaries, bonuses and raises segmented out and tied to tenure, location, bank ownership, and loan production. The survey polled 846 commercial lenders who were either team leaders or individual contributors...

Bar Louie Celebrates 8 Years In Cleveland With 2-day Event »

April 18, 2014 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

CLEVELAND - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As they approach their 8th anniversary in the Cleveland area, Bar Louie announced today they are celebrating with a 2-day event on Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th. The blowout bash, which will take place at all three metro Cleveland locations is offering specials that have made them famous over the years, including $1 burgers and $1 domestic bottles. In addition, they'll be featuring all of their handcrafted martinis for only $2! Food specials will be available from open to close all day and drink specials until 9 p.m.
"Go big or go home," says Bar Louie Marketing Manager, Ashley Kouns. "Guests aren't going to believe what we have in store for them. It's our way of saying thank you to the people of Cleveland for the unbelievable support we've received over the last 8 years...

Sky Zone Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship To Award $50,000 In Prizes »

April 17, 2014 at 1:25PM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
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April 17, 2014 // // LAS VEGAS - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court and the sport of Ultimate Dodgeball, will host the Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship Friday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 10 at Sky Zone Las Vegas. $50,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs amongst the final eight teams, which will compete in the championship bracket Sunday following the regional brackets Friday and Saturday. The Ultimate Dodgeball event combines the high-flying action and athleticism of Sky Zone's patented playing courts with the tradition of regular dodgeball. The championship bracket will be filmed and later broadcast throughout the U.S.
Prior to the highly anticipated regional and championship brackets in Las Vegas, Local Qualifier tournaments will take place Monday, June 23 to Sunday, June 29 at more than 50 Sky Zone parks throughout the United States and Canada to determine which teams will advance to Las Vegas...

Wellness Screenings Move Employees Out Of The ER And Onto The Road Of Wellness »

April 17, 2014 at 1:19PM PDT | Source: Star Wellness

April 17, 2014 // // DALLAS – As our nation's healthcare habits shift from costly trips to the emergency room to preventive care, Star Wellness® is at the forefront of educating both employees and employers on the importance of early detection.
With onsite wellness clinics providing a convenient way for a company to offer health screenings to employees, Star Wellness can help avert potentially devastating healthcare crises.
Since 2006, Star Wellness has conducted over 104,000 blood draws and tests, over 21,000 vascular ultrasounds and over 106,000 inoculations (78,000 of those for the flu). While the result can vary from industry to industry, here are the most common health issues Star Wellness has found facing today's workforce:

Obesity / high BMI
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Vitamin D deficiency

Left untreated, these issues can lead to more serious problems ranging from diabetes and thyroid disease to heart disease and various cancers...

Starwood Hotels' Innovative Aloft Brand Embraces The Creative Spirit At Moogfest 2014 »

April 17, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft's Sponsorship at Moogfest Blends Art, Technology, Music and Design for the Next Generation Traveler
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced Aloft Hotels has partnered with Moogfest, The Synthesis of Technology, Art and Music Festival taking place April 23rd – 27th in Asheville, North Carolina. Aloft has redefined the traveler experience in a vibrant, innovative way with its design-led focus, live music programming and technology initiatives and is a key sponsor of the festival's New Media Art Exhibit.
"Aloft has a passion for innovation and shaping the guest experience through design-led initiatives that provide an atmosphere that fosters creativity and self-expression," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Aloft Hotels at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

Jersey Mike's Subs Raises $2.1 Million For Charities During Nationwide "Month Of Giving" »

April 17, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

April 17, 2014 // // MANASQUAN N.J. – Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, joined with its generous customers this March during the 4th Annual "Month of Giving" to raise an unprecedented $2.1 million for more than 100 different charities nationwide. For the total amount raised in your local market as well as a complete listing of participating restaurants and charities in your area, go to
"Our extraordinary customers, franchise owners, team members and charity partners have outdone themselves this year during our 4th Annual Month of Giving," said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's founder and CEO. "We exceeded our goal and are grateful to everyone who helped make a difference in people's lives...

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Growth Results In Less Waste In Landfills Just In Time For Earth Day »

April 17, 2014 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Miracle Method Surface Refinishing continues to grow rapidly in both sales and number of locations. This growth is not just good for business; it also means a cleaner environment, with a record number of old bathtubs, sinks, tile walls and kitchen countertops kept out of landfills.
While Earth Day is celebrated every spring, Miracle Method Surface Refinishing is committed to a greener Earth year round. Miracle Method has been passionate about remodeling without demolition since the company was founded 35 years ago. When a technician refinishes an existing tub, tile surround, bathroom vanity or kitchen countertop, those fixtures stay out of a landfill.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a home remodeling project can generate between 70 and 115 pounds of waste per square foot, making traditional home renovations a major contributor to overflowing landfills across the country...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. To Present At The Barclays 2014 Retail & Consumer Discretionary Conference »

April 17, 2014 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Presentation to be held in New York on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that Tony Woodard, Vice President, Finance and Rebecca Gardy, Director of Investor Relations, will present at the Barclays 2014 Retail & Consumer Discretionary Conference on Wednesday, April 30, at 9:15 A.M. ET. Mr. Woodard and Ms. Gardy will provide an update on Popeyes’ strategy and business.
All interested parties are invited to listen to the live presentation, beginning at 9:15 A.M. ET at at the investor section of the Company’s website at www...

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