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Land Sales Lead Growth In Lifestyle(1) Real Estate Market »

May 21, 2015 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Land sales continue to show strong growth and stability in 2015. United Country is reporting a large increase in land sales volume driven by a 68-percent rise in recreational land and a 17-percent increase in vacant land in the first quarter of this year. Recreational land includes properties purchased primarily for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, watersports and nature conservation. Vacant land represents future development opportunities for residential, commercial or other investment uses.
“We have seen strong performance in land sales over the recent years,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate...

Watermill Express Provides Water For The Bayou Bash Relay »

May 21, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

HOUSTON, Texas – May 9th, 2015 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, provided water for the Bayou Bash Relay.
Over 75 gallons of pure drinking water were handed out to approximately 272 participants.
The Bayou Bash Relay is hosted by the Bayou City Road Runners running club (BRCC) to support the BRCC’s Young Runner Scholarship Fund. The BRCC is a social club for runners and non-runners in the Houston area who often support local charities.
“Watermill Express was a tremendous help to the success of our event,” said Bayou Bash Relay Race Director Lara Allen. “They provided wonderful drinking water to the runners, volunteers and spectators...

HoneyBaked Ham Combines U.S. Operations »

May 19, 2015 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Moves to Strengthen Company, Enhance Customer Experience
May 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Atlanta, GA – The owners of HoneyBaked Ham announced they are consolidating three regionalized operating divisions, currently based in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio. The combined organization, The HoneyBaked Ham Company, LLC, will be headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. and will serve customers online and at more than 400 year round locations in 40 states across the U.S. HoneyBaked Ham, Inc. will continue to operate in the state of California under a license agreement with the new organization, The HoneyBaked Ham Company, LLC.
HoneyBaked Ham will centralize management, sourcing and operations for the company nationwide. By pooling resources and establishing a single support structure, HoneyBaked Ham will increase its financial capacity, streamline operations, lower costs and enhance both the speed and flexibility of its decision-making...

Study Shows Waxing Habits Change Direction With Age »

May 19, 2015 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Waxing The City
Waxing The City Opportunities Available

Waxing the City Franchise Finds Above-the-Belt Services Sprout over the Years
HASTINGS, Minn. - May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - While most young waxers start off smoothing their lower regions and chests, later in life they are compelled to head north to groom more visible features, according to research conducted by a national waxing studio franchise.
Overall, the study found that waxing is prevalent in the general population and most common among women. While 90 percent of today's waxers are women, the number of men waxing their chests, backs, ears, nose and areas south of the equator is also steadily increasing. Apparently – a smooth and hairless lower region is a high priority for a majority of consumers – the research shows about 1 in 10 are doing a bikini or Brazilian wax...

New National Survey Reveals Moving Is A Money Nightmare »

May 18, 2015 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: Our Town

1 in 6 Moves Result in Debt Disaster; ½ say moving destroys relationships
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // May’s National Moving Month will kick off the busiest moving season in years as Americans are feeling good about finances again for two major reasons: A robust economy means companies are hiring and folks are heading back to work. Plus, people who foreclosed on their homes in the recession have waited seven years for their credit scores to come clean, and now can buy a home again.
However, while these new jobs, new homes and new moves are great for the economy as a whole, a recent survey suggests it’s a killer to individual wallets. This new survey, commissioned by Our Town America, the nation’s premier new mover marketing franchise, reveals 1 in 6 go into debt after a move...

Watermill Express Donates Water For The 10th Annual Bike To Work Day »

May 15, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

PHOENIX, Arizona – April 23rd, 2015 – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, donated water for the 10th Annual Bike to Work Day hosted by Maricopa County and the City of Phoenix.
Over 75 gallons of pure drinking water were handed out to an estimated 275 event participants.
The purpose of the Annual Bike to Work Day is to raise awareness about:

bicycling as a pollution-free form of transportation
bicycling as a healthy and productive form of exercise that burns calories instead of fuel
bicycling safety and accident prevention

“The County and City appreciate the support of the community, especially Watermill Express, who will be providing water to the event participants,” said Maricopa County’s Commuter Transportation Program Manager Pat Soria...

Cousins Subs® Honors Top Student Athletes »

May 14, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Company awards $14,000 in scholarships during third annual Wisconsin Sports Awards
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs® and its Make It Better Foundation awarded four Wisconsin high school seniors with $14,000 in scholarships as part of its third annual Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest.
Claire Monzel of Menomonee Falls, Wis. and Cannon Cooley of Waukesha, Wis. each received the grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship, and Kaitlin Squier of Appleton, Wis. and Alexander Van Dyke of Union Grove, Wis. each received a $2,000 scholarship during the Wisconsin Sports Awards on May 7, 2015 at the Beacon in Kohler, Wis. Finalists were able to walk the blue carpet and meet prominent athletes, including Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Sacramento Kings coach George Karl, as well as Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan, football coach Paul Chryst and athletic director Barry Alvarez...

National Backyard Bird Feeder Celebrates The Birth Of Owlets »

May 13, 2015 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

Owl Cam Viewers Get a Hoot Out of Wild Birds Unlimited 2nd Annual Naming Contest
CARMEL, Ind. - May 13, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - They’re fluffy, white and oh, so adorable - and they need names! Who are they? A pair of rambunctious owlet siblings that were recently brought into the world.
“Now that the eggs are hatched, we’re able to observe behavior as the owlets grow and witness the owlets exploring before they fledge from the nest. We’re hoping our viewers will help name the owlets by voting in the naming contest.”
Earlier this year, Mom and Dad Barred Owl moved back into the nest box, which is equipped with a camera to give viewers a peep into the nocturnal lives of these mysterious creatures...

Landon Cassill Hits The Road To The NASCAR Hall Of Fame »

May 13, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Snap Fitness
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NASCAR Driver Will Run to the Historic Site After Coca-Cola 600
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - With summer right around the corner, Landon Cassill announced that he will run 14 miles to the NASCAR Hall of Fame immediately after competing in the Coca-Cola 600 May 24 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to inspire fans to get active with Snap Fitness and help support a worthy cause.
Between his run and NASCAR race during Memorial Day weekend, Cassill will log over 600 miles by car and foot that day with America’s Fitness Brand supporting him every step of the way.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to combine my passion for running with encouraging others to embrace a healthy lifestyle while recognizing those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country,” Cassill said...

MRINetwork Celebrates 50 Years Of Making Recruitment History »

May 13, 2015 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // Philadelphia, PA – Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI) opened its doors in Cleveland, OH in 1965, in response to a growing, but largely unmet demand in the business world - the need for executive, managerial and professional recruitment services. Founded by the late Alan R. Schonberg, MRI answered that need, and has grown into one of the largest, franchised, executive search and recruitment organizations in the world, with approximately 600 offices in over 40 countries. With a proven business model that has survived the toughest economic times, including the Recessions of the early 1980s and 2009, MRI celebrates in 2015, 50 years of success in executive search franchising.
Since the organization’s inception, MRI has introduced several industry firsts that shaped the way recruitment is still conducted today, namely the concept of employer-paid fees and contingency search, which obligates clients to pay recruitment costs, only if their search was successfully completed...

United Country Real Estate Celebrates 90 Years Of Innovation »

May 13, 2015 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Lifestyle, Rural Real Estate Firm Pushes the Limits of Marketing for Nearly a Century
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country Real Estate – the nation’s leading lifestyle, small city and rural real estate company – is celebrating its 90-year anniversary during May, the month the firm was established in 1925. Founded by Roscoe Chamberlain in Kansas City, Mo., the company began looking for ways to advertise local properties nationally long before television and the internet. United Country changed the real estate industry forever by producing the first national real estate catalog to expose local small city, town and surrounding properties for sale on a much broader scale, regionally and nationally...

Making A Home Seller-Ready For Summer Buyers »

May 12, 2015 at 4:35AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor Explains How Glass Shower Door Enclosures Increase Home Value
Waco, Texas (PRWEB) May 11, 2015 - School’s out and schedules are more flexible making the summer months the top home-buying months of the year for buyers and sellers nationally. But to get a house in tip-top shape for summer buyers, the planning has to start now.
Some of the most common mistakes when selling a house are asking too much money and simply neglecting curb appeal. But there are also little things inside the house that can be deal breakers as well. An outdated and dingy master bath doesn’t exactly scream, “buy me” to potential buyers.
Small touches like a custom vanity mirror and a glass shower door enclosure can spruce up a bathroom and pull at potential buyer’s heartstrings to the point of sealing the deal...

Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Raises $540,000 For Local Boys & Girls Clubs »

May 11, 2015 at 5:50AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

New summer fundraising promotion aims to bring back previous "limited time offer" sauces with proceeds going to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
MINNEAPOLIS - May 11, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings today announced that it raised more than $540,000 as part of its annual Community Day fundraiser that supports local Boys & Girls Clubs through the Team Up for Kids™ mission. On April 22, 2015, 746 restaurants donated 10 percent of their total in-restaurant sales to support youth sports opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs in their community, while Guests made additional donations. This year's Community Day fundraising total represents an increase of nearly 50 percent over 2014.
Participating restaurants hosted a variety of activities to encourage Guest participation in Community Day, such as games, raffles, stunts, wing-eating contests, and participation by local Boys & Girls Club members and ALL STARS cheer teams...

H&R Block Surprises Michigan High School Senior With $120,000 Scholarship »

May 11, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Sean Lawrence Deemed "Most Real-World Ready" in Nationwide Teen Financial Literacy Program
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - May 11, 2015 - Seventeen-year-old Sean Lawrence earned a $120,000 college scholarship through the H&R Block Budget Challenge - a financial literacy program that rewards high school students for mastering personal finance. The St. Clair, Michigan, senior was deemed "most real-world ready" out of more than 93,000 high school students - from 5,621 U.S. classrooms - that competed in the budgeting simulation during this school year.
The scholarship was presented at St. Clair High School during a school celebration. It came as a surprise to Lawrence, who thought he was receiving just one of the 133 $20,000 scholarships H&R Block awarded to financially savvy teens nationwide...

Jersey Mike's Subs Brings Authentic Fresh Sliced Subs To RECon 2015 »

May 11, 2015 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

May 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // Las Vegas, NV - For the fourth year in a row, Jersey Mike’s Subs, one of the nation’s fastest growing restaurant chains, will serve up authentic fresh sliced subs at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual RECon conference, May 17-20, 2015, in Las Vegas.
At Booth S494Q (located in South Hall 4), Jersey Mike’s is recreating a restaurant complete with bantering sub makers – and most importantly, the slicer. The company plans to serve more than 20,000 pieces of subs, with premium meats and cheese sliced right at the booth, topped “Mike’s Way®,” with the freshest vegetables – onions, lettuce and tomatoes – and an exquisite zing of “the juice...

Fountain Valley Fitness Boot Camp Raises Money For Special Olympians »

May 08, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp, along with the rest of the Fountain Valley community, will be hosting the entire Netherlands Special Olympics Team while they compete in the Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games from July 21-24.
Fountain Valley, Calif. (PRWEB) May 08, 2015 - The city of Fountain Valley, CA will be hosting the Netherlands’ Special Olympics athletic team as they compete in the Los Angeles games. To help facilitate the host city’s efforts, Fountain Valley Fit Body Boot Camp will be conducting their second session of fundraising boot camps.
Fit Body Boot Camp is a family of indoor fitness boot camps dedicated to helping Americans lose weight and adopt healthier lifestyles. The popular fitness franchise has hundreds of locations dotted across North America, Europe and Australia...

Home Rent Rates Jump 5 Percent, Real Property Management And RentRange Findings Reveal »

May 07, 2015 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: Real Property Management
Real Property Management Opportunities Available

Rental Market Leaders Team Up to Release Rental Housing Statistics on Rent, Vacancy and Saturation Rates
SALT LAKE CITY - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Real Property Management, the nation’s leading property management organization, and RentRange, the nation’s leading provider of Rental Market Intelligence™, together release rental statistics that show national rental home rates are rising.
Through the first quarter 2015, the companies reveal that the average monthly rent for single-family homes was $1,286, representing a 5.4 percent year-over-year increase. The rental market data was limited to three-bedroom single-family homes in the U.S.
Rental rates were up in all 10 regions analyzed. The Pacific and Northeast regions saw the largest upturns with 13 percent and 10...

NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set For May 9 »

May 07, 2015 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Valpak® includes promotion on 36 million Blue Envelopes to increase food donations.
May 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - To bring awareness to the country’s largest single day food drive, Valpak® will feature the Stamp Out Hunger food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers on 36 million blue envelopes this month, reminding consumers to donate non-perishable food items to help support families that need assistance.
The food drive will be held Saturday, May 9, with letter carriers throughout the nation once again picking up bags of donated food from the communities they serve.
“Letter carriers are in the neighborhoods every day and they see the families, children and senior citizens that need help,” said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media and Valpak...

Express Releases Mother's Day Poll Of Working Moms »

May 06, 2015 at 9:26AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Poll Asks, "Would You Work If You Didn't Have To?" - 72% Say "Yes," Compared to 80% of Fathers
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals today released the results of a special Mother's Day survey of working moms in the United States and Canada.
Express polled working mothers, asking them "Would you work if you didn't have to?"
Of those surveyed, 72 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, while 28 per cent said they would not.
Express also polled working fathers, asking them the same question. Among fathers, 80 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, and 20 per cent said they would not.
"It's fascinating to see the number of parents who would work outside the home for the love of the profession-and not just because they have to," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express...

Jackson Hewitt® Reports Strong 2015 Tax Season »

May 05, 2015 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

New Consumer Promise to Work Hard for America’s Hardest Working Resonates with Taxpayers and Drives Growth
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 05, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® today announced the best results it has seen in over five years following what has been a transformative 2015 tax season with the launch of a new consumer brand promise and growth across all major areas of its tax business. Total revenues increased 7.4% compared to prior year, and same store sales increased 4.3%. Total returns were up nearly 3% with same store assisted returns increasing 0.5%, driven by new customer growth and improved customer retention. These results are in contrast to a flat in-person tax preparation industry as a whole, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics through April 17...



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