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National Institutes Of Health Report Recommends Alternative Medicine Over Pain Medication »

March 27, 2015 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: The Joint...the chiropractic place

March 27, 2015 // // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Chronic pain is an epidemic that affects an estimated 100 million Americans. Although numerous effective treatments are available, millions of chronic pain sufferers rely on prescription pain medication such as hydrocodone or oxycodone for long-term pain management. While effective for some, many long-term users continue to have moderate to severe pain and diminished quality of life.
A September 2014 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that a broader approach which includes alternative medicine may be more effective. The report stressed the need to use a range of progressive treatment that might initially include non-drug related options, such as physical therapy, behavioral therapy, and/or proven alternative medicine approaches (such as chiropractic), later followed by prescription medication if more needs to be done...

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30! »

March 27, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: California Pizza Kitchen

CPK Marks Three Decades of Imaginative, California-Inspired Cuisine with Restaurant Transformations Nationwide
“Taste of the Seasons” Cookbook Celebrates Milestone
March 27, 2015 // // LOS ANGELES, CA – California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the pioneer of creative dining with a California vibe, will celebrate its 30th anniversary today Friday, March 27. Since its inception in 1985, CPK fundamentally changed the way people think about pizza and California cuisine.
CPK’s leading edge continues as it transforms restaurants nationwide to create a brand new experience in culinary offerings, hospitality and design. To date, more than 20 pilot restaurants have been transformed including the restaurant’s first ever location on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA...

Home Care Assistance Featured On WJCT Radio »

March 25, 2015 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Bernie Katzman, Jacksonville Home Care Assistance’s ‘Music Through The Ages’ Specialist, interviewed by Warren Miller for his show ‘Closing The Loop’
March 25, 2015 // // Fleming Island, Florida – Jacksonville Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of non-medical, in-home care, is excited to announce that Bernie Katzman with Jacksonville Home Care Assistance was recently interviewed about the company’s ‘Music Through the Ages’ program on WJCT’s show Closing the Loop. The ‘Music Through The Ages’ program encompasses a wide variety of musical activities that include memory recollection reinforcement, cognitive stimulation, long-term memory enhancement, games with percussion and rhythm instruments and senior chorus...

Job Interviews Are Hard To Get... But Many Applicants Don't Show Up »

March 25, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

17% of Businesses Say 15% or More Don't Show UpFunk: "Interview Rule No. 1: Show Up!"
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals today released survey results revealing what percentage of job applicants are no-shows for interviews.
Of the more than 400 businesses surveyed, 17 percent said 15 percent or more of their interview candidates do not show up. Additionally, 35 percent of those surveyed said five to 10 percent are no-shows.
"Here's Rule No. 1 for job interviews: show up!" said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. "I'm amazed that so many businesses report that job applicants don't show up for their interviews. An interview is always a valuable experience. At the very least, it's good practice for that next interview...

Korean War Veteran Returns To The USS Midway After 60 Years »

March 25, 2015 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance and Wish of a Lifetime partner to fufill the wish of 85-year-old Navy Veteran, Robert Mountz
March 25, 2015 // // San Diego, CA - Home Care Assistance, North America’s leading provider of in-home care for seniors partnered with Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors fulfill their lifelong dreams, to fulfill the wish of Robert “Bob” Mountz. He had spent two years as a Hospital Corpsman aboard the USS Midway, the largest ship in the world at that time. Sixty years after his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert stepped foot on the ship that played such an important role in his life and paved the way for new heights in naval aviation.
Mountz, along with his childhood friend Wilma and his daughters Deborah and Laura, traveled from Indiana to San Diego, California to visit the USS Midway on Tuesday, March 17th...

MosquitoNix Advises To Fight Mosquitos As Early As March »

March 25, 2015 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: MosquitoNix

Company Urges Awareness of Mosquitos, West Nile Virus and Chikungunya
March 25, 2015 // // CARROLLTON, TX - MosquitoNix®, the nation's leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, is advising people, especially those who live in warmer areas, to start the fight against mosquitos as early as March this year. Aggressive steps against mosquitos are spurred by reports in 2014, of a large number of West Nile virus cases and an outbreak of Chikungunya. The MosquitoNix team is on hand to protect homes and businesses from mosquitos, and ensure a carefree spring and summer.
In 2014, the World Health Organization dubbed the mosquito the world's most dangerous animal. Every year more than 1 million people die of mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide...

The Road Toward Self-Sufficiency: Independent Ownership Vs. Franchising »

March 24, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

National alternative career coaching company shares key factors to consider when exploring business ownership; hosts “Start a Business Weekend” virtual franchise expo March 26-28
March 24, 2015 // // Southbury, CT – Small businesses are a vital component of the U.S. economy, making up nearly half of the American GDP and creating 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013, according to recent studies by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Entrepreneur’s Source, the nation’s leading alternative career coaching company, says that - considering the massive impact that small business ownership has on the economy - it’s crucial that small businesses succeed and continue to be a hub of employment... Breaks All-Time Visitor Web Traffic Record In January »

March 24, 2015 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Internet Searches for Lifestyle1 Real Estate Hitting Historic Highs
March 24, 2015 // // - KANSAS CITY, Mo.– As 2015 gets underway, real estate consumers have been using the Internet to search for dream properties more than ever. In January, millions of these consumers searched the Internet, interested in lifestyle1 real estate. According to United Country Real Estate, the nation’s largest seller of non-urban real estate, visitor traffic at the firm’s national top-ranked lifestyle real estate website increased to record levels.
“At United Country, 2014 was a year of record breaking web traffic and the second highest sales year since 2007, and it looks like this upward trend will be continuing in 2015,” said David Dickey, chief technology officer for United Country Real Estate...

Growing Economy Sees Real Estate Investment Spring To Life »

March 24, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Texas Leads Top 10 Real Estate Market List; Several West Coast Markets Promising
March 24, 2015 // // DALLAS – The nation’s economy is growing at its fastest rate since 2000, which spells great news for residential property investors for the year ahead. The latest data from HomeVestors (the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” people) and Local Market Monitor, the national real estate forecaster, shows excellent conditions from coast to coast, whether the property is for rental or resale.
“The Top 10 markets for real estate investment all have a common thread: a fast growing economy, which means more jobs and more renters,” said Ingo Winzer, president and founder of Local Market Monitor...

ZIPS Dry Cleaners’ Shahid Hashmi Profiled In Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine’s Mega 99 »

March 23, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
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March 23, 2015 // // GREENBELT, Md. – Shahid Hashmi, owner of the ZIPS Dry Cleaners in Essex, Maryland, was recently profiled in Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine’s "Mega 99" issue, an annual list of the biggest players in franchising – the ones with dozens, even hundreds, of units, and plans for many more.
According to Hashmi’s profile, he wishes he’d gotten into franchising earlier, but according to reporter Helen Bond, who interviewed Hashmi for the piece, "he’s doing a heck of a job making up for lost time in a big way."
Armed with two MBAs and 20 years of financial experience in the telecom industry, Hashmi considered his initial foray into franchising an investment when he opened a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen store in Washington, D...

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates 70 Years Of Delicious Flavors With Nationwide "Celebrate 31" Promotion Kicking Off On March 31st »

March 23, 2015 at 7:41AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

Guests Are Invited To Enjoy Discounted $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops and $3.31 Classic Two-Scoop Sundaes on Tuesday, March 31st at Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops Nationwide
March 23, 2015 // // CANTON, Mass. – Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced the kick-off of a festive "Celebrate 31" promotion to help celebrate the brand’s 70th birthday throughout the year. On Tuesday, March 31st at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, guests can enjoy any 2.5 or 4 oz. scoop of ice cream in a cup or a cone for $1.31 per scoop and Baskin-Robbins’ Classic Two-Scoop Sundae for $3.31.* Additionally, Baskin-Robbins will offer other sweet frozen treat deals on each 31st of the month through the end of the year...

Ace Hardware Honors Its 2014 Vendors Of The Year At 2015 Spring Convention & Exhibits In Las Vegas »

March 20, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Ace Hardware

March 20, 2015 // // OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corp. celebrated seven outstanding vendors for their superior commitment and service to the world’s largest hardware cooperative, its retailers and customers at the 2015 Spring Convention and Exhibits held March 18-20 in Las Vegas. The following Vendor of the Year award winners represent various industries but all share a dedication to providing the best possible service, products and support to Ace Hardware.

Amerock, a premier supplier of decorative hardware and functional hardware solutions, based in Mooresville, N.C.
Briggs & Stratton, the Ace Hardware International Vendor of the Year is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment; headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc...

Ready To Spring Clean? The Cleaning Authority® Says Start By De-cluttering »

March 20, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Effectively Begins With Cutting Clutter
COLUMBIA, Md. - March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - This year, over 72% of American households will engage in spring cleaning according to the American Cleaning Institute. But to be effective in cleaning, start by cutting clutter.
Clutter in a home makes it more difficult to clean effectively and makes cleaning take significantly longer. Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home, according to the National Soap and Detergent Association.
Below are four tips on de-cluttering from The Cleaning Authority to make spring cleaning easier:

Sort it Out. Begin by sorting, room by room, into the following piles: keep, donate, sell, trash and recycle...

H&R Block CEO Statement On IRS Working Group On Identity Theft And Refund Fraud »

March 20, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO  - (Marketwired) - March 19, 2015 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) released the following statement from its president and CEO, Bill Cobb:
"I applaud Commissioner Koskinen for organizing this important meeting. We are here today because an explosion of stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) through DIY tax preparation methods this tax season has highlighted a problem that is costing our country over $5 billion a year and has victimized some three million taxpayers since 2010. We are also here because this SIRF threat will continue to grow without a set of mandatory standards in the DIY tax space. Today's meeting is the first step to stop talking about the problem and start solving it; a collaboration of industry, the IRS, Treasury Department, Congress and state departments of revenue to develop effective fraud prevention protocols and processes...

Zaxby’s Celebrates 25th Anniversary »

March 20, 2015 at 3:42AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

Co-founders Reflect on Chain’s Journey from College-Town Favorite ?to Thriving 670-Location Enterprise
March 20, 2015 // // ATLANTA – Zaxby’s, the "indescribably good" fast-casual restaurant chain, famous for its chicken fingers and wings, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It started in March 1990 as a local restaurant serving the college community of Statesboro, Georgia. Today, it is a rapidly expanding chain, with more than 670 corporate-owned and franchise locations throughout the southeastern United States and as far west as Utah.
The original Statesboro location is being rebuilt to reflect Zaxby’s commitment to its guests’ overall dining experience. Its new farmhouse design offers guests a high-end, fast-casual experience with redesigned exteriors, dining areas and kitchens...

Staffing Company Donates More Than $75,000 To Nonprofit At International Leadership Conference »

March 19, 2015 at 11:54AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals raised more than $75,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during their recent leadership conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Express has been a partner with the nonprofit for more than 20 years.
OKLAHOMA CITY (PRWEB) March 19, 2015 - During their recent International Leadership Conference (ILC) in Nashville, Tennessee, Express Employment Professionals continued to show their commitment to giving back through donations to national and local nonprofit organizations.
From March 4 to 7, franchisees and their staff members from the international staffing company took part in raffle and live auction fundraisers to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). Their donations resulted in more than $75,000 raised for the organization that includes a network of more than 170 hospitals in the U...

Amsterdam Falafelshop On 14th Street Celebrates One-Year Anniversary »

March 19, 2015 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Amsterdam Falafelshop

The 14th Street Hangout Turns One on March 22nd; Shop to Host Neighborhood Celebration with Discounted Beer, Falafel and More
March 19, 2015 // // WASHINGTON – Amsterdam Falafelshop on 14th Street will host a special in-store celebration on Sunday, March 22nd in honor of its one-year anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, guests will be offered discounted food and beverages, including $5 falafel, $2 beer and $1 fountain drinks.
Since its launch 12 months ago, the shop has become a staple in the community, offering Dutch-style fries or “frieten,” among other late-night delicacies. Situated at 1830 14th Street NW in Washington D.C., local entrepreneur Dane Cherry co-owns and operates the shop with a team of investors...

Aaron's Gives Back To New Orleans On 10th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina »

March 19, 2015 at 3:47AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Thousands of Aaron's Managers Participate in Annual Day of Community Service
ATLANTA - March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - 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, will mark the 10th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina by dedicating Wednesday, March 18, as a day of service to New Orleans-area communities in need.
More than 2,000 managers from Aaron's will participate in 15 community outreach activities while in New Orleans. This is the seventh year in a row that Aaron's associates will transform the Company's annual national managers meeting into a city-wide giving initiative.
Across New Orleans, Aaron's is investing $260,000 in product and monetary donations and 4,000 hours of service to seven non-profit organizations...

Meineke Shares The Top Five Reasons Oil Changes Save Vehicles »

March 18, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
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Total Car Care Experts Offer the Most Important Reasons to Routinely Change a Vehicle's Oil
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - Engines are made up of many moving parts, and those parts need to be properly lubricated to avoid damage. Oil in the engine provides this vital function. Over time, that oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dust, dirt and debris from the engine as well as the environment. When that happens, oil can't properly do its job. A recent study by the Car Care Council of the Be Car Care Aware campaign stated that 22% of vehicles have low or dirty engine oil. Proactively changing a vehicles' oil and filter will help the engine continue to work at its best and prevent costly repairs to drivers down the road...

New Sheraton Hotels Survey Reveals More People Reach For Wine Over Spouse Or Smartphone After A Long Day »

March 18, 2015 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

A Great Glass of Wine Also Trumps Sex and Social Media Among Global Travelers, According to New Wine Survey
Pinot Noir Takes Center Stage as the Latest Installment of the Successful Sheraton Selects Spotlight Program
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global wine and travel trends as part of the brand’s signature premium wine program, Sheraton Selects Wine program. The survey found that after a long day, one out of every two people would reach for a glass of wine (48%), rather than their smartphone/tablet (15%) or even their spouse (15%). The research was conducted by leading market research firm, StudyLogic, and surveyed respondents from the United States, Germany, China, Chile, and Argentina...

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