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The Dairy Queen® System's 75th Anniversary Kicks Off With Free Cone Day »

March 03, 2015 at 5:28AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

Donations will be accepted for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – Ready for the end of the long, cold, record setting winter? Check. Dreaming of springtime on the horizon? Check. Celebrating the end of winter and beginning of spring with a FREE cool treat? Check - thanks to the Dairy Queen® system, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B) company.
In a true fan celebration and with the ultimate fan engagement in mind, the Dairy Queen system kicks off its 75th anniversary this spring with a Free Cone Day on Monday, March 16. On that day, the 75th day of the calendar year, participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill® locations will serve fans a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top (limit one per customer)...

USA Insulation Celebrates 30 Years Of Home Foam Insulation »

March 03, 2015 at 4:47AM PST | Source: USA Insulation

USA Insulation Celebrates 30 Years of Providing Comfort, Savings, and Energy Efficiency
Eastlake, OH (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 - This year marks the 30th Anniversary of USA Insulation, one of the largest retrofit insulation franchises in the country. Founded in 1985, USA Insulation has helped over 50,000 homeowners experience year round comfort, substantial energy savings, and greater energy efficiency.
30 years ago our country was in the throes of a serious energy crisis. The cost of energy usage was at an all-time high and the government was looking for ways to conserve our dwindling natural resources and decrease dependence on foreign oil.
"At the time, the federal government was offering $300 to homeowners who installed energy efficient systems in their homes," recalls Jeff Pitrone, owner and founder of USA Insulation...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Gears Up For Franchise Growth »

March 02, 2015 at 8:00AM PST | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Junk Removal Franchise and Moving Franchise Expects to Triple Locations and Quadruple Revenue in Next Three Years
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - The "reality-TV-famous" company College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving franchise, has celebrated its 10th anniversary in business and is gearing up to triple its number of franchise locations and quadruple system-wide revenues over the next three years.
The franchise system started by two college friends in 2005 in Washington D.C. has grown from its humble beginnings in a beat-up cargo van into a respected national franchise brand with more than 1,000 employees throughout the country. Its growth is picking up significant momentum. In the first two months of 2015, the brand has added more new franchise owners than it did in the entire year of 2014, and it is expecting to have a record year as an organization...

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants In Virginia And Maryland Celebrate National Pig Day »

March 02, 2015 at 5:22AM PST | Source: Red Hot & Blue

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 - Red Hot & Blue Restaurants in Virginia and Maryland are celebrating National Pig Day on Sunday. March 1, 2015 by offering a pulled pork sandwich with Red Hot & Blue’s famous potato salad for only $3.01 with the coupon available online. A link to the coupon is available at: http://bit.ly/1EVL354.
The observation of National Pig Day occurs annually on March 1. The celebration originated in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley of Lubbock, Texas and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Rave, the purpose of National Pig Day is "to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals."
"Our Memphis-style, slow, hickory-smoked pork is the most popular item at our BBQ restaurant; so celebrating National Pig Day has become an annual event," said Red Hot & Blue President, Randy McCann...

1Heart Caregiver Services Showcases Emerging Brand At Franchise Expo South And IFA Annual Convention »

March 02, 2015 at 4:47AM PST | Source: 1Heart Caregiver Services

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 - 1Heart Caregiver Services CEO Belina Calderon Tagarao fully supported and showcased emerging brand at Houston Texas Franchise Expo South and IFA Annual Convention held in Las Vegas sending its executive delegates headed by Vice-President of Operations Kevin Tagarao and Director of Business Development and Training Randolph Clarito.
Franchise Expo South, sponsored by International Franchise Association (IFA), was held last February 4-7 and featured Franchise brands of every industry and size. There were over 200 recognized companies who attended as franchise exhibitors. The expo also provided more than 40 free seminars covering a wide range of business topics and many comprehensive symposia...

Boardwalk No Longer Represented By Fransmart »

March 02, 2015 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries

March 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // Columbia, MD - Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries, Inc., which trades as Boardwalk Fries, Burgers, Shakes, has announced that they are no longer represented by Fransmart of Alexandria, VA.
Boardwalk's expansion continues. Boardwalk began expanding internationally last year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There are now two locations open, and a third is set to open this year. Dave DiFerdinando, President, says "We are very positive and excited about our successful expansion in the Middle East and look forward to a rejuvenated and energized growth in 2015." Boardwalk continues its international expansion with pending deals in the Middle East, as well as the U.S and Canada. Boardwalk has over 33 years of brand recognition and offers development opportunities to qualified candidates...

EnVie's Liberty Harper Serves As Guest Speaker At University Of Akron's Women's Fitness Week »

February 27, 2015 at 12:58PM PST | Source: EnVie Fitness for Women

February 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – Liberty Harper, Director of Operations at EnVie Fitness for Women, a breakthrough concept in the women's fitness industry, will be one of the guest speakers at the University of Akron's first ever "Women's Fitness Week," which will be held March 1-6, 2015.
The event will include wellness seminars, fitness workshops, and self-defense training among other activities, and a panel of speakers who will share each of their success stories and how they continue to empower women every day.
"As a woman and a mom, I strive to motivate and encourage women to lead their best lives in the healthiest and most positive ways possible," Harper said. "I hope my experiences will inspire and empower others to work towards their health and fitness goals, as well as their career goals...

Aaron's Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Action-Packed 2015 »

February 27, 2015 at 9:21AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Tribute to 1955 Founding Kicks Off With March 1 NASCAR Race
ATLANTA - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - A yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, gets off to a fast start at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine driven by rising star Brett Moffitt at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1 features the Aaron's 60th Anniversary paint scheme.
One of NASCAR's rising stars, Brett Moffitt, will drive the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota that has been specially decorated for the 60th anniversary. For the March 1 race, the car will sport its usual No...

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®: Prolonged Use Puts Heating Systems Under Pressure To Perform »

February 27, 2015 at 6:39AM PST | Source: One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

According to professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, heating systems are more likely to fail during times of heavy use and stress on the system. What you need to know to stay warm.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As cold temperatures stretch into another weekend, your heating system may be stretched too. According to Dave Borowski, Director of Technical Training at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, heating systems are more likely to fail under two peak events, when they are first turned on for the season and during times of intense use. Because of the ongoing cold in recent weeks, some heating systems have been in use constantly. Many One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning locations have seen an increase in calls for service from customers dealing with heating systems or furnaces that have failed or are not working properly...

Amada Senior Care Stays Ahead Of Industry Curve »

February 26, 2015 at 6:25AM PST | Source: Amada Senior Care

Continues on Growth Trajectory Due to Strong Systems, Values and Unique Selling Philosophy
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Amada Senior Care, premier provider of non-medical in-home care and assisted living placement counseling, has now surpassed 40 franchises in 19 states and is poised for further expansion. The company began franchising in 2012, but has already earned high praise from within and outside of the senior care industry. Forbes recently included Amada Senior Care on its list of "10 Best Senior Care Franchises to Own."
A former professional athlete, Amada Senior Care CEO Tafa Jefferson has nearly 20 years of experience in this field of geriatric care. When he gave the green light to the franchise program, he knew that maintaining his company's core values while staying competitive would be paramount...

Cafe2U Celebrates Australia Day With Franchise Partners »

February 26, 2015 at 4:32AM PST | Source: Cafe2U

The mobile coffee franchise invited its franchise partners on a cruise to celebrate the country's founding and encourage business growth in 2015.
Bend, OR (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - In January 2015, Cafe2U decided to celebrate Australia Day, the country's founding celebration, with their franchise partners in order to kick off another year of business growth and development. The company held a Leadership Conference on the P & O Pacific Pearl, which sailed down parts of the coast, ending up back in Sydney Harbor in time for the Australia Day celebrations and fireworks. More than 65 franchise partners joined Cafe2U staff to discuss social media strategy, business growth and development.
Cafe2U was founded in Sydney, AU in 2000 and now has 160 franchise partners throughout the country, with another 15 in New Zealand, 2 in South Africa, four in the United States and 70 throughout the United Kingdom...

Coverall Celebrates 30 Years Of Clean »

February 26, 2015 at 4:28AM PST | Source: Coverall Health Based Cleaning System

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - Coverall North America, Inc., a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning franchised businesses, today celebrates 30 Years of Clean, a major milestone that marks the company's 30th anniversary.
Coverall started in 1985 as a three-person company headquartered in San Diego, Calif. and is now a leading global brand in the commercial cleaning franchising industry. Over the years, Coverall's passion and mission have remained consistent: To promote economic growth and independence for a diverse group of business owners by providing franchised business ownership opportunities. Today, the Coverall® System supports more than 8,000 Franchised Business Owners in 90 markets through local Coverall Support Centers in the United States and worldwide...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Debuts New Fresh Micro Market On "Good Morning San Diego" »

February 26, 2015 at 4:23AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Reporter Brad Perry of KUSI News interviewed Nick Yates, founder and chairman of Fresh Healthy Vending International, regarding the company's newest product offering to corporate and retail locations nationwide.
SAN DIEGO - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, showcased its newly designed Fresh micro market in spotlight broadcast interviews with Brad Perry on KUSI's highly-touted news program "Good Morning San Diego," which aired February 18th. According to KUSI, Good Morning San Diego is the County's most-watched, all-local news show, airing Monday – Friday, 5am -10am, and weekends, 6am-11am.
Held at the Fresh Healthy Vending Corporate office in Sorrento Valley, Brad Perry's interview with Yates provided an opportunity to highlight the Company's newest product, the Fresh micro market, and its recent deployment and installation in more than 30 corporate and reatil locations throughout San Diego county...

Starwood To Present At The Raymond James Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 3:44AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - February 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) will present at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Tom Mangas, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, will speak at the conference at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Time.
The live webcast will be available on Starwood's investor relations website under the Events & Presentations section at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/about/investor/events.html. A few hours after the event, a replay of the webcast will be posted on the investor relations website; the replay can be accessed for 30 days.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

Express Releases State-by-State Analysis Of Labor Force Participation Rates »

February 25, 2015 at 11:38AM PST | Source: Express Employment Professionals

OKLAHOMA CITY (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Express Employment Professionals today released a new analysis of state labor force participation rates (LFPR), revealing which states have the highest and lowest percentage of people in the workforce. The most recent state-by-state LFPR data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December 2014 report. The national LFPR in December 2014 was 62.7 percent.
North Dakota has the highest LFPR at 71.6 percent. West Virginia has the lowest at 52.8 percent, which is 9.9 percentage points below the national average.
The higher the LFPR, the larger the size of the workforce, relative to the population. The lower the rate, the smaller the size of the workforce. Nationally, the LFPR has declined sharply in the last few years, hitting lows not seen since the 1970s...

Jack In The Box Inc. To Present At Investment Conferences In March »

February 25, 2015 at 10:52AM PST | Source: Jack in the Box

February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO – Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) will participate in two upcoming investment conferences. The dates of the presentations are as follows:

March 3, 2015, 8:50 a.m. ET – Bank of America Merrill Lynch Consumer & Retail Conference in New York.
March 4, 2015, 8:45 a.m. ET – UBS Global Consumer Conference in Boston.

Live webcasts of the presentations can be accessed via the Jack in the Box Inc. corporate website. To access the live webcasts through the internet, log onto the Jack in the Box Inc. investors page at http://investors.jackinthebox.com at least 15 minutes prior to the presentations to download and install any necessary software...

Century 21 Real Estate Survey Reveals "Binge Watching" TV Programs Brings People Together In The Home »

February 25, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: Century 21

62% Of Co-Bingers Have or Would "Binge Cheat" on a TV-Binging Partner
Millennials Largest Demographic of Binge Watchers, Living Room Most Popular Viewing Location for Binging
February 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. – Century 21 Real Estate, the iconic brand and franchisor with the largest global network in the residential real estate industry including approximately 6,900 independent offices worldwide, today announced the results of the Century 21® commissioned "Binge Watching Survey" which was conducted online by Harris Poll on their behalf in January among over 4,000 U.S. adults. In anticipation of this week's release of the hit Netflix series, House of Cards, Century 21 Real Estate sought to gain insight into the prevalent practice of binge watching, which consists of viewing multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession and is an increasingly common method of television consumption...

GNC Holdings, Inc. To Present At The Bank Of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference »

February 25, 2015 at 4:56AM PST | Source: GNC

PITTSBURGH - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, today announced that GNC and dunnhumby will be co-presenting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference on March 3, 2015 at the New York Palace hotel in New York, NY. The presentation, which is scheduled for 1:00 pm EST, will be available via webcast on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.
The Company's CEO Michael Archbold will be co-presenting with Peter Miles-Prouten, Senior Vice President of dunnhumby USA.
About GNC Holdings, Inc.
GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products - including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products - and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC...

H&R Block: Taxpayers Following ACA Rules, Refunds Take A Hit »

February 24, 2015 at 7:07AM PST | Source: H&R Block

So Far Taxpayers Seem to Be Indicating True Insurance Status as Refunds Dip 17 Percent
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - February 24, 2015 - So far in the 2015 tax season, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, is seeing a majority (52 percent) who enrolled in insurance via the state or federal Marketplaces paying back a portion of the Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC). The average amount paid back is $530, decreasing the tax refund on average by 17 percent, according to analysis almost six weeks into the 2015 tax season. In addition, it seems taxpayers are accurately indicating their insurance coverage status as the number of those selecting a penalty and/or qualifying for an exemption is in line with preseason projections...

Sonic To Attend The Bank Of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference »

February 24, 2015 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

OKLAHOMA CITY - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that the company will be presenting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference at the Palace Hotel in New York, NY on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:40 PM Eastern Time.
Investors and interested parties may listen to a webcast of the presentation by visiting the Company's website at www.sonicdrivein.com under the investor relations section.
About Sonic
SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1 million drink combinations, friendly service by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning Limeades for Learning® program...



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