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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 - (PR.com) - 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
"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 http://cc.talkpoint.com/barc002/042914a_bc/?entity=6_H37NBYO at the investor section of the Company’s website at www...

Fresh Coat Of Jackson Gives Room Painting To Woman Battling Breast Cancer »

April 17, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Jackson, MS (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - When Fresh Coat of Jackson owner Carlis Faler’s wife Tonya became a breast cancer survivor in 2013, the couple had an idea – they wanted to give a free room painting to someone who was facing the same challenges.
"We personally know the hardship and struggle other people battling breast cancer are going through and we thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free room painting to someone else dealing with those challenges. We wanted to brighten someone’s day," Faler said.
Fresh Coat offers professional residentialand commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Eminem's "Till I Collapse" Voted Ultimate Workout Song In March Music Madness Competition »

April 16, 2014 at 12:08PM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Celebrities, Music Enthusiasts and Fans Alike Crown this Year's Winner of the "Battle of the Sexes" Themed Music Competition Hosted by Gold's Gym, Women's Health and Men's Health
DALLAS - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority in health and fitness, with Men's Health and Women's Health, the world's best-selling fitness and lifestyle magazines, announced today that "Till I Collapse" by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg has taken the title of Ultimate Workout Song in this year's "March Music Madness" online tournament.
March Music Madness is an annual bracket-based competition to find out what gym-goers are listening to while breaking a sweat. Celebrities (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Ferrell, Trey Songz, Mickey Rourke and Brooke Shields), Gold's Gym members, fans and personal trainers all nominated their favorite workout songs...

New Owner Of Minuteman Press Urges Others To Explore Self-Employment »

April 16, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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Finds Solace in Franchising after 16 Years in the Technology Industry
Redmond, Wash. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - JD Klein always knew he wanted to transition from a career in corporate sales and marketing to being a small business owner. He needed to find the right kind of business and a way to fund it. As a new Franchisee of Minuteman Press, made possible by the financial services of Guidant Financial, he’s rapidly growing his own company while preserving the flexibility to enjoy life outside of work with his family.
"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur," said Klein. "The timing was right to make a move given the economy and our life situation."
In his search for the perfect franchise, he visited a business broker website, which is where he found Guidant Financial...

As USDA Nutrition Standards Approach, Fresh Healthy Vending Franchisees Gain Momentum In Schools »

April 16, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, continues to increase its presence on school campuses across the nation, as students and faculty become subject to changes in snack offerings, due to federal regulations imposed by the USDA this July. With these regulations taking effect this summer, the company is finding success in the procurement of more school locations and receiving positive feedback from franchisees in regions throughout the U.S.
As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the new nutrition standards require all U.S. schools to sell only food items that meet certain requirements, in relation to their calories, ingredients, sodium, fat and sugar...

Aaron's, Inc. Receives Strong Support From Franchisees »

April 16, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has received strong support from its franchisees in connection with the Company's acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), and Aaron's new strategic plan.
In connection with these announcements, Aaron's held a conference call and meetings with its franchisees where it outlined the significant benefits the Progressive acquisition will have for franchisees and reiterated the Company's commitment to supporting the franchisee community as it works to grow and develop the Aaron's brand. Franchisees made the following comments:
Dave Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEI and Aaron's Franchisee Board Member (106 stores)

"The Progressive acquisition moves Aaron's quantum leaps forward...

Vanguard Cleaning Systems® Of Northern New Jersey Celebrates 10th Anniversary Milestone »

April 16, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Vanguard Cleaning Systems

MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ - (Marketwired - Apr 16, 2014) - Vanguard Cleaning Systems® of Northern New Jersey celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Master franchise ownership team of Gary & Janet Gressler currently operate multiple Vanguard® Regional Offices in Central Pennsylvania, Northeastern Florida, and Northeastern Pennsylvania in addition to Northern New Jersey.
"The Vanguard® Master franchise has been a very rewarding opportunity for us ... and our entire family," said Gressler. "We're proud of what we've built and the impact it's made on business communities throughout Northern New Jersey."
"Gary and Janet have built a Vanguard® regional office that is highly valued by franchisees and local businesses for its service-orientation and reputation," said Mark Heisten, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Vanguard Cleaning Systems, Inc...

Another Milestone As Cafe2U Celebrates 10th Anniversary As A Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: Cafe2U

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // The world's biggest mobile coffee franchise, Australian born Cafe2U, has celebrated its 10th anniversary as a franchise. Cafe2U officially celebrated its emergence from a humble one-van operation on the North Shore of Sydney a decade ago into a fully fledged global franchise model.
It is now thriving international operation over 155 franchisees in Australia alone.
The UK has proven a traditional stronghold in that time with 60 franchises while Cafe2U continues to experience steady growth in New Zealand and the US, with 12 and 5 franchises there respectively.
Since Cafe2U sought expressions of interest South Africa last year there have been numerous enquires and tenders for territories, with the first franchises launching there soon...

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Honored At The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference In Columbus, OH May 14-17 »

April 15, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: Black Enterprise Magazine

Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO Central City Production will be presented with the Trailblazer Award at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo
NEW YORK - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Join the Small Business Revolution as Black Enterprise holds its 2014 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide Insurance on Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, with a powerhouse line-up of some of the nation's most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs.
An annual highlight of the conference is the presentation of the nation's top awards for African American business achievement and community involvement. The B.E. Community Empowerment Award which recognizes outstanding achievement of an individual dedicated to the economic empowerment of communities, as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities and wealth creation for African Americans, will be presented to civil rights activist and founder of Rainbow/PUSH, Reverend Jesse Jackson at the BE 100s Dinner on Friday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus...



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