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FASTSIGNS® Restores Beloved Vintage Guitar Sign »

July 30, 2014 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

CARROLLTON - Texas, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - While many businesses reinvent their brands, some companies focus instead on their roots and shine a light on their company's history. This was the case for Erie, Pennsylvania's World of Music and their well-known guitar sign.
As winners of the 2013 FASTSIGNS® MetamorphoSIGN makeover contest, World of Music met with FASTSIGNS to explain the history behind their sign. Discovered in a junkyard by World of Music founder, Dick Bulling, the guitar sign has been a fixture at the music store for over four decades. Although Bulling passed away in 1997, World of Music has remained a family-owned and operated business. His granddaughter Amanda Karns, World of Music's Marketing Manager, started a "save our guitar" campaign to update and refurbish the weathered sign after decades of withstanding the elements...

Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! Red Roof Inn® Revs Up, Launches Behind The Wheel Sweepstakes »

July 30, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Red Roof Inn

COLUMBUS, Ohio - July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Roof Inn is all revved up, excited to announce the launch of the Behind the Wheel Sweepstakes in celebration of the in-home - Blu-ray + Digital HD - release of the DreamWorks feature film "Need for Speed". The 30-day sweepstakes is accessible through various Red Roof® social channels and online at behindthewheel.com. From there, entrants will choose a car from a selection of vehicles featured in the film – the Keonigsegg Agera R, Bugatti Veyron, Ford Mustang GT, Shelby GT500, or the Saleen S7 - and "start their engines" for a thrilling, digital road rally across the country. Red Roof will also feature mini-sweepstakes on their social sites, providing fans a platform to share pictures and videos of their dream cars...

Snellville, GA EXIT Realty Office Gives Back To The Community »

July 30, 2014 at 6:31AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Snellville, GA (Grassroots Newswire) - July 28, 2014 - In gratitude for the support shown to EXIT Realty Integrity Group by the local community, the real estate brokerage recently announced its partnership with Mr. Eric Thigpen & the South Gwinnett High School Faculty & Students.
"It takes a village to raise a child!" EXIT Realty Integrity Group and its Associates are excited to be a part of the CLUSTER KICK-OFF on 8/4/2014 as well as the host of upcoming events, Academy launches and continual support!
"We appreciate being a part of this wonderful community and welcome the opportunity to give back," says LaShone Butler, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Integrity Group.
About EXIT Realty 
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents’ families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals...

Monkey Joe's Supports The American Heart Association For Second Year To Promote Active Living »

July 30, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Monkey Joe's

National Children's Entertainment Center Raises Awareness and Funds through Active Kids = Healthy Hearts
ATLANTA - July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Monkey Joe's, a children's entertainment franchise filled with indoor jumps, slides and obstacle courses, announces its continued national support of the American Heart Association, the largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. During the month of August, participating Monkey Joe's locations will be collecting donations to support the American Heart Association through Active Kids = Healthy Hearts, a campaign first created last year by Monkey Joe's to promote a more active lifestyle for children. Donations received during the month of August will benefit the cardiovascular health of children through programs such as Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and additional children's health initiatives...

Cousins Subs® Announces Winner Of Free Subs For A Year »

July 29, 2014 at 7:58AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

'Go Hog Wild' Contest Winner Features a Guest Skydiving with a Cousins Sub
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® has named Gabrielle Lulloff of Oshkosh, Wis., as the grand prize winner of its #GOHOGWILD contest. Lulloff will receive free Cousins Subs for one year. Throughout the 10-week contest period, guests were encouraged to capture their inner hog with a photo of themselves or their friends devouring Cousins' limited-time-only subs, the Cubano or the Pulled Pork and Slaw.
"I am honored to be the winner of the #GOHOGWILD contest," said Lulloff. "My love for Cousins Subs - especially the Cubano - and my passion for marketing helped me achieve this distinguished prize. I already make weekly visits to my local Cousins store, so it only made sense that I try my hardest to win free subs for a year!"
The #GOHOGWILD contest brought in more than 100 entries...

United Country Team Members Attend CLA Game Fair In Oxfordshire, England »

July 29, 2014 at 6:47AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Company Brings American Lifestyle Property to Europe
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Team members of United Country – the nation’s largest lifestyle1 real estate company – attended the Country Land Association Game Fair in Oxfordshire, England July 18 through 20. The CLA – which features the finest wares and purveyors for the hunting, fishing and land industries – is a highly attended event for United Kingdom and Western European land investors.
This event allowed United Country to bring its vast inventory of North American lifestyle properties to land buyers and investors overseas. The team produced a custom, high quality catalog to distribute to attendees and found the conference to be an excellent opportunity for both real estate sales and potential expansion of its international network...

Rita's Italian Ice Donates $300,000 To Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Toward The Fight Against Childhood Cancer »

July 29, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Thousands of Rita's Guests Contribute to 9th Annual Paper Lemon Fundraiser; Since 2006 Rita's has raised over $3.9 Million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
TREVOSE, Pa. - July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept, announced today it raised $300,000 for long-time partner Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a national nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer. A check presentation will take place Wednesday, July 30th at 9:30 a.m. at Rita's Cool Support Center, in Trevose, PA, with Liz & Jay Scott, Alex's parents and Co-Executive Directors of ALSF, accepting the donation from Jeff Moody, Rita's Chief Executive Officer. Childhood cancer survivors and their hero families will be in attendance and will learn how to make and scoop Rita's famous Italian Ice following the check presentation...

Cartridge World Offers A Lesson In Printing 101 »

July 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Cartridge World

Local Retailer Beats Big Boxes with Back-to-School Savings for Students
SPRING GROVE, Ill. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Cartridge World, the world’s leading retailer of eco-friendly ink and toner printer cartridges, is making sure students get a passing grade when it comes to selecting the right printing supplies. In addition to buying college essentials such as text books and computers, a reliable printer and budget-friendly ink or toner are necessary when heading back to school.
"Students are so busy getting ready for college, they don’t have time to research printers," said Tom McLaughlin, marketing director at Cartridge World North America. "They can save a small fortune if they visit Cartridge World before stopping at a Big Box store...

ServiceMaster Restore By Angler Participates In Fire House Poker Run For Charity »

July 29, 2014 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 - ServiceMaster franchises are not only dedicated to serving their communities with quality disaster restoration and cleaning services, but also to giving to the community by participating in charitable events. ServiceMaster Restore by Angler recently participated in the first annual Fire House Poker Run held in Greene County Ohio to benefit child victims of domestic violence. This event was held on Saturday July 19 and was organized by First Responders and Bikers Advocating Against Abuse (FRABAAA) to help raise funds for the “Shoe Barn Project” which provides shoes for children through the Greene County Children Services or the Family Violence Prevention Center. ServiceMaster Restore by Angler donated food to the Spring Valley Township Fire Station to feed the bikers participating in this event...

Giant Tiger Roars Into The Halifax International Busker Festival! »

July 28, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - As a proud community partner, Giant Tiger Stores Limited is pleased to present the Giant Tiger Fun Zone this year the Halifax International Busker Festival!
The Giant Tiger Fun Zone will be a free unique and friendly area offering free product sampling and coupons, the Tiger Taste Challenge, the interactive Giant tiger photo booth, a sandcastle station, a bubble station and lots of fun décor for the whole family! Giant Tiger will also be providing a cool down area with a free refillable water station.
Take part in this roaring good time from Wednesday, July 30th until Monday, August 4th!
Be sure to follow Giant Tiger on Twitter @gtboutique for updates during the Halifax Busker Festival...

Mcdonald's® New York Tri-state Announces Competition Lineup For First Annual Mcdonald's B-Boy Royale »

July 25, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: McDonald's

Eight award-winning dance crews to battle it out at New York City's biggest breakdance competition of the year.
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Iselin, NJ – McDonald's New York Tri-State has announced the all-star lineup for its first annual McDonald's B-Boy Royale, New York City's largest breakdance competition of the year. Held on August 16 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the event will feature eight award-winning Asian American breakdance crews from across the nation battling it out in a head-to-head tournament for the chance to win a grand prize of $3,000. The competition will be hosted by Korean American rapper and YouTube sensation Dumbfoundead, who will also perform tracks from his latest album...

Chipotle Unveils Chef And Music Line-Up For Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth Festival »

July 25, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Amos Lee and O.A.R. to Headline; Lakewood Brewing Company to Craft Exclusive Ale
DALLAS - July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today the celebrity chef and music line-up for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth, which is making its southern debut on Saturday, October 18 in nearby Irving, Texas at Lake Carolyn. The one-day festival includes cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, regional beer and wines, a special Chipotle festival menu, a Kids' Zone with games and other activities that emphasize fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients. Admission is free.
Celebrity chefs lined up for the event include Matt McCallister (FT33 in Dallas); Omar Flores (Casa Rubia in Dallas); Kent Rathbun (Abacus in Dallas and Jasper's in Plano, Houston and Austin); Paul Qui (Qui and East Side King in Austin); Sean Brock (Husk in Charleston and Nashville, and McCrady's in Charleston) and Amanda Freitag (Empire Diner in New York)...

Link Staffing Services Congratulates Hank Baldridge On 20 Years Of Service »

July 25, 2014 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Link Staffing Services

HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - July 25, 2014) - Link Staffing Services, a national provider of temporary staffing and productivity solutions, celebrates Hank Baldridge and his 20 years of commitment as a Link Staffing Franchise Owner in Oklahoma City. Hank began his career with Link Staffing in 1994 and has since been partnering with local companies to fill their needs for skilled crafts and trades, light industrial, general labor, and clerical employees.
Vice President of Franchise Operations, Michelle Bearden, said, "Hank consistently operates with the highest standards of quality service to Link's clients and safety for Link's employees. Meeting or exceeding client expectations and treating people with respect and dignity is what it is about for Hank...

Learning Express Toys Announces Its Vendor Award Winners »

July 25, 2014 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Learning Express

July 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // Devens, MA – Annually in various locations, Learning Express Toys hosts a franchise-wide Convention. The entire Learning Express Toys family, including store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors, gathered in Palm Springs, CA, last month. While there, LE Toys presented its top vendors with awards.
"Learning Express Toys is fortunate to work with wonderful vendors who understand our business and are interested in being true partners," says Lisa Visco, Vice President of Merchandising at Learning Express Toys. "The Awards Banquet is one of our favorite events of the year and allows us to showcase and recognize all that our vendors do to help make Learning Express Toys a special and fun place for our customers...

EXIT Realty: First-time Homebuyers Savings Plan »

July 25, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Future Homeowners Can Start Saving For Buying A Home
Culpeper, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) July 22, 2014 - Now that Virginia has put in place a tax free savings plan for first-time homebuyers, consumers can begin to think outside the box. When a child is born, not only can parents or grandparents set up a college fund, but now they can plan for the purchase of that child's first home!
This new plan allows up to $50,000 to be contributed to a savings account by any Virginian and can increase in value up to $150,000. The funds in the account can be put towards closing costs or other "eligible costs" on the purchase of a new home by any first-time homebuyer that the account holder designates or by the account holder themselves...

Wireless Zone® Announces Discovery Day For Entrepreneurs »

July 25, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

Nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer invites potential business owners to Connecticut headquarters to learn about owning a Wireless Zone® store
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middletown, CT – Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is inviting potential business owners to a Discovery Day at its headquarters in Middletown, Connecticut, on Monday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the company and lay the foundation for store ownership.
"Wireless Zone® is expanding rapidly throughout the country, and we've got a lot of entrepreneurs excited to start their own wireless business," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®...

The Dwyer Group Now Accepting Applications For Women In The Trades Scholarships »

July 24, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

Women in The Trades Program Continues to Advance Education and Career Opportunities for Women in the Service Trades Across The Country
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, a holding company of seven service-based franchise brands, is accepting applications now through September 30th for the next round of Women in the Trades scholarships.
Interested candidates can apply for a $1,500 scholarship to be used at a trade or technical school for any of seven specialties, including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance repair, restoration or landscaping. The scholarships are available to women working towards a career in the trades, to students studying for a career in the trades, or to front-line female employees at franchise locations for any of The Dwyer Group service brands...

AlignLife North Peoria Owner Raises Money For St. Jude »

July 24, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: AlignLife

Peoria, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 - Dr. Rob Kelch, owner of AlignLife North Peoria, will be running in the Kickapoo/Brimfield to Peoria St. Jude Run. To help raise money for this event Dr. Kelch's office is offering a consultaion, exam, and x-rays for $20 with 100% of the proceeds raised to be donated to St. Jude. Dr. Kelch has set an office goal to raise $1000. Dr. Kelch hopes to raise awareness of Natural Health Care options while raising money to help St. Jude continue to be able to help children and their families. Dr. Kelch stated "The children are our future, while I provide Natural Health Services and work to educate the masses, some children are already battling disease. This is a two fold project to help educate and support our future...

AdviCoach® Shares The Top 4 Reasons For Employee Turnover »

July 24, 2014 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business advisor, AdviCoach®, explores how to mitigate the most common mistakes that cause employees to leave.
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. – Employment rates in the United States are steadily increasing, meaning businesses are growing and, as a result, seeking the right talent to fit their teams. With all the positive growth, one thing business owners have to be cognizant of is the danger of employee turnover.
Terry Powell, founder of AdviCoach, a national provider of business coaching and advisory services customized for small- to mid-size businesses, says that "identifying the type of employee you want and how to reach that talent may be one of the hardest parts of the hiring process...

SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®: Small Business Employee Pay Gets A Bump »

July 23, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: SurePayroll

After Profitable First Half, Small Businesses Reward Employees
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // GLENVIEW, IL - Employees of the nation's small businesses saw their average paychecks rise for the first time this year, according to the July 2014 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. SurePayroll Inc., a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses nationwide, today announced results for the Scorecard, which saw the average paycheck rise 0.2 percent in July after being down throughout 2014.
The average paycheck increase comes on the heels of a profitable first half of the year for small businesses. The Scorecard optimism survey found in June that 62 percent of small businesses were profitable in the first half. Close to seven in 10 (68 percent) also say they're optimistic about the small business economy...



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