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Rent-A-Center Donates To Boys & Girls Clubs Of Hawaii »

August 29, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

HONOLULU - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 23, 2014 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today donated computer equipment and software, including nine Lenovo all-in-one computers and a high-tech multimedia computer, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii (BGCH). The Charles C. Spalding Clubhouse is one of four across the nation sharing a total of $100,000 worth of Rent-A-Center funding for the development of "Tech Centers," aimed at providing Club youth the latest in available technology.
"The Rent-A-Center Tech Center at the Spalding Clubhouse will tremendously elevate the quality of our teen programs," said Natalie Pawluk, Clubhouse director. "Additionally, our staff will have an increased ability to monitor the use of the computers and ensure the safety of all teens as media consumers at the Club...

Baby Boomers Retire To Where Millennials Launch Careers: Franchising. »

August 29, 2014 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

The Entrepreneur's Source® Reviews Increased Entrepreneurial Tendencies in Baby Boomers and Millennials
August 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - You wouldn't typically compare the launch of a career with its retirement, but when it comes to the entrepreneurial tendencies of contrasting generations, Baby Boomers and their Millennial children, parallels are drawn. While the Woodstock generation is retiring, and their children are entering the workforce, the employment landscape looks vastly different than it has with previous decades.
For Baby Boomers, the economy has forced many of them to continue working, while others are continuously stimulated as an active generation and are not ready to leave the grind of the workforce...

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Impresses At The American Society Of Healthcare Engineering Conference »

August 28, 2014 at 5:34AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 - For the third consecutive year, Miracle Method Surface Refinishing exhibited at the American Society of Healthcare Engineering Conference (ASHE). More than 2,000 healthcare facility managers, project managers, and hospital executives attended the National ASHE Conference August 3-5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
The ability to upgrade and permanently seal tile grout using Miracle Method's surface refinishing process generated a great deal of interest. "While the end result of our process is attractive, durable, and cost effective, there are additional—and perhaps even greater—advantages for the healthcare industry," says Don Dominick, VP of National Accounts for Miracle Method...

PrideStaff Releases 2014 Workforce Hiring Projections Survey Findings »

August 28, 2014 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

August 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // PrideStaff has released the results of its 2014 Workforce Hiring Projections Survey, designed to gauge workforce and hiring trends across the U.S. Conducted in May, the online survey was completed by nearly 1,000 individuals, representing a wide range of industries and company sizes.
Overall, the results show that business growth and increased demand are the key drivers of hiring. Throughout 2013 and into 2014, unemployment rates continued to creep lower, creating hiring challenges that threaten continued business growth. Specifically, respondents cited "shortage of qualified talent" (56.2%), "budget/payroll constraints" (32.5%), "lack of time to hire" (8.4%), and "the cost of hiring" (2.9%) as the biggest hiring challenges they face...

Spare Ribs Equate To Far More Than Spare Change To Benefit At-Risk Children During Woody's Bar-B-Q® Annual Celebration »

August 27, 2014 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

National Franchise Hosted VIP Party and Annual Spare Rib Eating Contest to Celebrate 34 Years of Serving up Authentic Southern Barbecue While Raising Funds and Awareness for First Coast Child Protection Team; John Bello Crowned Victor While Setting New Record
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida -  In July 2014, the "Original" Woody's Bar-B-Q on University Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida hosted its popular Annual Spare Rib Eating Contest and VIP Party to celebrate the company's rich and flavorful history that spans more than 30 years while raising funds to benefit the First Coast Child Protection Team. Also known as Healing Hands, this deserving non-profit organization provides services to children who have been victims of abuse or neglect in Florida's Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St...

Pizza Patrón’s Brand Director Speaks At Hispanic Retail 360 »

August 27, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

Andrew Gamm Reveals Secrets to Making a Cultural Connection that Result in Sales
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Andrew Gamm, brand director for Pizza Patrón, the premier Mexican pizza chain, revealed the secrets to making a cultural connection that result in sales to a packed house at the Hispanic Retail 360 on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014.
In a presentation entitled "Way Beyond Buzz: Making a Cultural Connection that Results in Sales," Gamm disclosed some of Pizza Patrón's unorthodox strategies for creating authentic ties with its core Mexican target audience. As the brand has been successful in developing strong brand loyalty in the neighborhoods it serves for more than 25+ years, Gamm was able to deliver the tried-and-true branding strategies that have garnered the brand top-of-mind presence with its target demographic and millions of dollars in free press worldwide...

The Melting Pot Celebrates 35th Anniversary Of Landmark Tallahassee, Fla. Restaurant  »

August 27, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

With Special Limited-Time Menu Supporting Florida Charity
Owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Got Their Start as Tallahassee Franchisees 
TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that it will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the brand's entry into one of its earliest markets, Tallahassee, Fla., with a local celebration this September. The original Tallahassee location was opened in 1979 by the Johnston brothers, Mark, Mike and Bob, who now own The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla.
In honor of this milestone, the Tallahassee restaurant, today located at 2727 N Monroe St...

Gold's Gym And Robert Irvine Dish Out Healthy Restaurant Meal Options In First-Ever Golden Plate Awards »

August 27, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

The Leading Authority on Health and Fitness Partners with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine to Select the Top Ten Healthiest Restaurant Dishes from Member Nominations
DALLAS - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the leading authority on health and fitness, is excited to announce the winners of its first-ever "Golden Plate Awards." Partnering with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, the Golden Plate Awards recognizes ten of the healthiest dishes on menus from restaurant chains throughout the nation – arming members with the best choices to stay on track to reach their health and fitness goals and enjoy the pleasure of going out to eat, minus all of the calories.
Culling through hundreds of nominations from Gold's Gym members and consumers throughout the nation, Gold's Gym nutrition experts and Chef Irvine chopped down the field to ten grilled, steamed and low-fat winners – chosen not only as best options for your body, but also for your palate...

National Preparedness Month Spotlights The Need For An End-to-End Approach To Disaster Readiness »

August 27, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Servpro Industries

Disaster Recovery Specialist Servpro® Urges Business Owners to Conduct a Preparedness Assessment and Create a Disaster Recovery Plan
GALLATIN, TN - (Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. This is good advice for everyone; but for business owners, being prepared to respond to the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors forever. According to FEMA, up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster; just a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.
Servpro Industries, Inc...

SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®: Hiring Up Nationwide, First Time In 2014 »

August 26, 2014 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: SurePayroll

Small Business Owners Increasingly Comfortable with Independent Contractors
August 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // GLENVIEW, IL - Small businesses with primarily 1-10 employees, often referred to as micro businesses, saw a month-over-month increase in hiring (0.1 percent) for the first time in 2014, according to the August 2014 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. SurePayroll Inc., is a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses nationwide since 2000.
The increase, though seemingly small, is significant considering that the Scorecard has reported small business hiring as flat to down month over month for a year. Year-over-year hiring is down 0.7 percent nationwide. Optimism among small business owners is also high at 70 percent...

FASTSIGNS® Celebrates Achievements At Fourth Annual Outside Sales Summit »

August 26, 2014 at 9:41AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

August 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - On Aug. 21-24, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. held its fourth annual Outside Sales Summit in Frisco, Texas with 213 attendees from FASTSIGNS centers across the U.S. and Canada. Twenty-seven Outside Sales Professionals were honored as the first group to earn FASTSIGNS Sales Professional Certification, and 32 Outside Sales Professionals from different FASTSIGNS locations were recognized for personal sales achievements exceeding half a million dollars in annual sales, including eight who achieved more than $1 million in sales.
"Our FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Professionals are committed to helping their customers build their brand, generate more revenue and create a positive and motivating experience for their customer’s customer," said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc...

Three Mr. Rooter Plumbing Owners Offer Tips And Advice For Preparing Your Home For An Earthquake »

August 26, 2014 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Mr. Rooter

Is Your Home Safe? Expert Tips to Prepare for and Recover from Disaster
Napa, Calif. (PRWEB) August 25, 2014 - Following the earthquake yesterday morning, thousands of homes and businesses are dealing with the aftermath of the natural disaster, including unsafe plumbing conditions. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing offers tips to help protect your greatest investment, as well as things to look for following an earthquake that could save home and business owners money.
No one can be fully prepared for a natural disaster, but there are steps one can take to minimize the damage caused by an earthquake. Steve Ferguson, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oakland, suggests ensuring the homes water heater is secured via a seismic stabilizer. "Not only does it keep your water heater from shaking and breaking loose from water and gas lines, but it’s a code violation in California if you don’t have this done...

Precision Concrete Cutting Brings In World Class Mountaineer For Team Building Expedition »

August 26, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Precision Concrete Cutting

Adrian Ballinger Joins Franchisees in Grand Canyon Expedition
August 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // New York, NY – World class mountaineer and CEO of Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger will join Precision Concrete Cutting (PCC), a leading concrete cutting agency, as celebrity guest and speaker at PCC's annual team building event which is being held on the 200 miles of rapids that run through the Grand Canyon.
"Who better to motivate us than one of the most accomplished adventurists in the world?" said Aaron Ollivier, President and CEO of Precision Concrete Cutting. "We're excited to have Adrian on our trip and we're looking forward to his motivating presentations and interaction with our franchisees to help them go further in business...

European Wax Center Announces Winners Of Dallas Bride Of The Year »

August 22, 2014 at 9:12AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

First Prize Was $2,500 Check for the Bride's Dress of her DreamsWinners Selected from Dallas Bridal Show Held July 26th and 27th
DALLAS - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - David Coba, CEO of European Wax Center (EWC) is pleased to announce that two lucky Dallas-area brides-to-be have won the first and second prizes as part of the Dallas Bride of the Year drawing. The drawing was held at the Dallas Bridal Show last month, and brides attending the show entered a contest at the EWC booth during the two day show. EWC had over 530 entrants for the drawing. The First Prize winner, Vanessa Martinez of Dallas, won a cash prize of $2,500 to buy the wedding gown of her dreams; the Second Prize winner, Ashley McDonald, won a day of beauty for herself and her Bridal Party at a European Wax Center near them in Bedford, Texas...

Beat The Meat: America's Hometown Burger Joint Cooks Up Nine Patty Triple Triple Burger Challenge »

August 22, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers Opportunities Available

Wayback Burgers Launches National Burger Eating Contest, Training Begins Now
CHESHIRE, Conn. - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wayback Burgers, a Connecticut-based franchise with over 80 locations nationwide, announced it will be hosting its seventh annual Triple Triple Burger Eating Contest on September 18. The Triple Triple Burger is Wayback Burgers' novelty menu item – a monstrous nine-patty burger with nine slices of American cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato. Whichever customer eats the Triple Triple burger the fastest will win the grand prize, a whopping $3,330.
This year, there is a spin on the contest where customers are encouraged to submit their own training videos. The contest begins now and goes until September 18...

ServiceMaster Restore By Angler To Sponsor The Yellow Springs 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb »

August 22, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

To Raise Money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Dayton, OH (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - ServiceMaster Restore by Angler out of Dayton, OH is sponsoring and participating in the 1st Annual Yellow Springs 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Antioch College. The Memorial Stair Climb is a charity event commemorating the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and all funds raised by this event will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help support the surviving families of fallen firefighters. This event will take place on the morning of September 27, 2014 at the North Hall Dormitory of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was created to honor the FDNY firefighters who courageously gave their own lives in the rescue effort on September 11, 2001...

Franchising: Where Baby Boomers Retire And Millennials Launch Careers »

August 22, 2014 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

The Entrepreneur's Source® Reviews Increased Entrepreneurial Tendencies in Baby Boomers and Millennials
SOUTHBURY, Conn. - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - You wouldn't typically compare launching a career with retirement, but when it comes to the entrepreneurial tendencies of two contrasting generations – Baby Boomers and their Millennial children –The Entrepreneur's Source®, the nation's leading career and franchise business coaching network, says you can draw those types of parallels. While the Woodstock generation is retiring, their children are entering the workforce; and the employment landscape looks vastly different than it has in previous decades.
The economy has forced many Baby Boomers to continue working, while other members of this active generation welcome the stimulation of remaining in the workforce and still others are left with the task of supporting their Millennial adult children...

Acing Home Cleanliness To Ensure Back-to-School Success »

August 22, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Chem-Dry Shares Germ-Busting Techniques for a Healthy and Successful Academic Year
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Nashville, TN – For many families, the start of a new school year means buying shiny new school supplies and getting back into a routine. Unfortunately, it also means it's time to face what is commonly referred to as the "back-to-school plague". As the new year kicks off, schools quickly become infested with germs from "hot spots" like drinking fountains, cafeterias, door knobs and more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American children miss approximately 22 million days of school every year from colds alone, and 20 million miss due to the flu. Plus, the average elementary school student gets eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu every year...

Mr. Rooter Plumbing Explains The Messages A Home's Plumbing Is Sending To Owners »

August 21, 2014 at 7:37AM PDT | Source: Mr. Rooter

We Need to Talk: Five Things Your Plumbing is Trying to Tell You
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 - When it comes to home plumbing, nonverbal clues and cues are the best resources for identifying hidden and yet undiscovered issues. However, it's not always easy to pick up on the messages a home's plumbing is sending out.
To help decipher what the toilet is touting and the sink is saying, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has offered insight into five things a home's plumbing is trying to tell its owner.
Plumbing Issue: When the dishwasher runs, it causes water to back up into the kitchen sink.
What your plumbing is telling you: A large volume of water is attempting to drain from the dishwasher all at once, but if there is an obstruction, it won't drain at full capacity...

United Country – Trophy Properties And Auction Conducting Multi-Tract, Online-Only Auction Through October 1 »

August 21, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

1,300± Acres of Missouri Land, 1,220 Build Lots to Be Sold to Highest Bidder
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 - Qualified buyers will have the opportunity to purchase 1,220 lots; 1,300± acres of development, farm, recreational/hunting and timber land; and commercial property an hour south of St. Louis, Mo. United Country – Trophy Properties and Auction of St. Louis is working in conjunction with United Country – Coffey Realty & Auction of Bloomington, Ind., to sell this acreage via an Internet-only auction. The land is currently being offered to the public in 11 separate parcels.
The auction includes 1,220 lots, a commercial office and roughly 1,300 acres in the Terre du Lac community. This community includes 16 lakes (including four waterskiing lakes) and its own self-contained police and fire departments...



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