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Geek Squad Founder Robert Stephens Named Keynote Speaker Of CruiseOne® 2015 National Conference »

July 28, 2015 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

More than 30 workshops will complement his presentation and conference theme of “Connect”
July 28, 2015 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings - the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has announced that Robert Stephens, the founder of Geek Squad, will be the keynote speaker at its 2015 National Conference which takes place the week of November 14, 2015 aboard the brand new Norwegian Escape.
“Technology and travel are two industries that have many similarities because they are constantly growing and evolving. I am thrilled to illustrate these parallels and use my small business success story as a way to inspire CruiseOne franchisees in their entrepreneurial journey,” said Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad...

New ACA Post-Season IRS Notices, Filing Requirements Impact Millions »

July 28, 2015 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - July 28, 2015 - Estimates Show 1 Million Taxpayers at Risk of Losing ACA Tax Credit Used for Insurance Premiums
If the word "audit" didn't scare taxpayers enough, now there are at least a dozen IRS notices taxpayers could receive relating to the Affordable Care Act. The IRS recently announced one of those notices, for those who received an advance premium tax credit (APTC) but have yet to file a tax return, could be sent to taxpayers this summer. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax preparation company, has a number of audit and tax resolution services, including free Second Look®, to help clients comply.
The newly minted ACA-related notices include:

a letter notifying the taxpayer that the tax return is being held pending additional information, such as Form 8962 used to reconcile the APTC;
a notice that the taxpayer's tax refund is being held until the IRS is able to verify that the taxpayer is eligible for the premium tax credit;
a notice to alert the taxpayer that a penalty is being assessed since the taxpayer did not claim an exemption or have health insurance for all or part of the year, and more...

Minuteman Press In Oxford Helps Two Time World Boxing Champion Amir Khan Deliver A Knockout Punch To Combat Homelessness  »

July 28, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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And Support Underprivileged Children in The Gambia
Minuteman Press franchise owner Amad Hassan donates £250 to the Amir Khan Foundation, who has teamed up with Penny Appeal to raise funds and build homes that will support 100 orphaned children in The Gambia, West Africa
July 28, 2015 // // OXFORD, England - Minuteman Press in Oxford recently attended a charity fundraising dinner in support of the Amir Khan Foundation, who has teamed up with Penny Appeal to raise funds to build a complex in The Gambia, West Africa, which will offer housing and support 100 orphaned children. Once built, the complex will not only offer housing but include a community center, school and clinic as well. In addition, a dedicated foster mother will live in each home, which will accommodate 10 children and allow them to live together in as natural of an environment as possible...

Red Mango® Announces Grand Prize Winner Of Summer Sweepstakes »

July 27, 2015 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

Red Mango 4 Life sweepstakes names North Texas winner.
July 27, 2015 // // DALLAS – One lucky fan of Red Mango® has turned frozen yogurt love into red hot cash as the winner of the Red Mango 4 Life summer sweepstakes. Today the company announced that North Texas resident Cynthia Croom was selected as the grand prize winner of the ultimate summer giveaway.
“I am very excited to have been selected as the winner. I love Red Mango and frequently drop by for a quick healthy treat when I am on the go or traveling,” said Croom. “It is an honor to have won and I look forward to enjoying more Red Mango yogurt in the future.”
Running June 1 - July 12, the Red Mango 4 Life Sweepstakes kicked off summer delivering weekly and daily prizes for frozen yogurt lovers along with a chance to win the grand prize of Red Mango “for Life” or a $10,000 cash prize...

Local Artist Philip Figueroa Creates Stormtrooper® Costume Inspired By Domino's® »

July 27, 2015 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Fan art will be on display at Domino's global headquarters.
LOS ANGELES - July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is excited to gain a piece of fan art by local artist Philip Figueroa. Inspired by a classic movie series, Figueroa created a stormtrooper costume out of Domino's pizza boxes for a recycled objects fashion show. Domino's saw the costume on social media and quickly jumped at the opportunity to have it displayed at its World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"When I saw the artwork on Instagram, I knew we had to have it," said Amanda Platt, Domino's spokesperson. "It's not everyday you see our brand combined with one of Hollywood's most iconic series. We're very excited to display this expression of Domino's fandom at our headquarters...

Ziebart Of Rochester, NY Supports Local Resident In His Fight Against Cancer »

July 23, 2015 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Ziebart
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Ziebart of Rochester, NY is proudly supporting a long-time area resident and his family in his fight against cancer. On April 28th 2015, Rob Denk was diagnosed with Angioimmuneblastic T-Cell Lymphoma – a very rare form of cancer. Because he was unable to obtain local health insurance, he was forced to make the move, almost 3,000 miles from home to Washington State to get the medical treatment he so desperately needs. With full-body radiation and chemotherapy ongoing, Rob is feeling very weak and sick most of the time. Unfortunately, all of this has contributed to the fact that he has been separated from his family for almost 3 full months. More than anything, Rob wants to spend some quality time with his four children and to be expected, flying all of his children across the country is prohibitively expensive...

Big O Tires Recognizes 43 Scholarship Recipients For 2015 »

July 22, 2015 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Big O Tires, LLC
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Organization Believes in The Power of Education and Giving Back to Future Generations 
July 22, 2015 // // Palm Beach Gardens, FL – For more than 50 years, Big O Tires, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with nearly 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 19 states, along with its franchisees, have worked diligently to give back to the local communities they serve. Recently, the organization once again took that concept of giving back into their own hands through the Big O Tires Scholarship Fund.
The Big O Tires Scholarship Fund was established in 2003. To-date, the scholarship fund has impacted the lives of more than 200 students by providing over $300,000 in financial assistance for continuing their education and, ultimately, pursuing their dreams...

Assisting Hands Sponsors Interfaith Concert To Benefit Local Food Banks »

July 22, 2015 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: Assisting Hands Home Care®

July 21, 2015 // // NAMPA, Idaho - Assisting Hands Home Care, an in-home franchise company, is sponsoring a free, Nampa concert where Marie Osmond will perform with the Nashville Tribute Band at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater Tuesday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m.
As one of several corporate sponsors for the event, Assisting Hands's CEO Lane Kofoed says the company wants to give back to the community where the franchise company is headquartered.
"Assisting Hands is based on care and compassion, so supporting this event was an easy decision," said Kofoed. "With more than 90 franchise locations across the U.S. and Canada, we encourage Assisting Hands Home Care owners to support events such as this one in their local communities...

Rental Rates Continue To Outpace National Inflation Rate, Real Property Management And RentRange Findings Reveal »

July 16, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Real Property Management
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Rental Market Leaders Team Up to Release Q2 Rental Housing Statistics, Showing Rates up 3.3 Percent since Q1
SALT LAKE CITY - July 16, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Real Property Management, the nation’s leading property management organization, and RentRange, the nation’s leading provider of Rental Market Intelligence™, released their quarterly rental statistics, which show rental rates are rising more rapidly than U.S. inflation rates.
During the second quarter of 2015, the companies found that the average monthly rent for single-family homes now exceeds $1,320, up 3.3 percent since just last quarter and representing a 6.1 percent year-over-year increase. The rental market data was limited to three-bedroom single-family homes in the U...

MRINetwork Survey Reveals Slow Adjustment To The Candidate-Driven Market »

July 16, 2015 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

Employers Increasing Feeling Pressure to Reevaluate Recruitment Efforts to Attract and Retain Talent
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 16, 2015 - Workforce expansion is a priority for many companies throughout 2015, yet employers are struggling to recruit the best talent, according to new data from the 2015 1st Half edition of the MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study. The biannual employment landscape survey, which polled 347 MRINetwork recruiters worldwide from the organization’s approximately 600 franchised offices, reveals the executive, managerial and professional labor market has become increasingly candidate-driven since 2011, and particularly in 2015. This workforce reality is becoming more apparent to top candidates who typically have multiple job offers and the advantage in the applicant process...

Art Van Furniture To Host Career Fair In Novi And Shelby Township July 23 »

July 16, 2015 at 7:41AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Applicants invited to apply online or in person at company-sponsored career event.
WARREN, Mich. - July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Art Van Furniture is adding new jobs in Michigan! The Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer will host a career fair on Thursday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its Novi store, located at 27775 Novi Road, and its Shelby Township store at 14055 Hall Road, to fill over 20 full time and part time home furnishings consultant positions. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend.
Known for stylish, affordable name brand home furnishings, Art Van Furniture offers one of the highest paid commission structures in the furniture industry. Many of the retailer's sales associates earn an annual income between $40,000 and $80,000...

The Melting Pot Commemorates 40 Years Of Fondue With Major Accomplishments »

July 15, 2015 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Premier Fondue Franchise Hits Milestone with New International Growth, Brand Updates and Award Recognitions
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant franchise, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 with international expansion, continued brand evolution and new honors with recognition as the top casual dining franchise in the 2015 Nation's Restaurant News Consumer Picks report. As The Melting Pot commemorates this milestone, the franchise boasts its first location outside of North America, with a newly opened unit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Melting Pot first opened in Maitland, Fla. in 1975. Ten years later, the Johnston brothers, Mike, Mark and Bob, purchased all rights to the restaurant and established The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc...

Labour Market Boosts Canadian Real Estate In The Second Quarter »

July 15, 2015 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Royal LePage Real Estate Services

Royal LePage reports that 2015 is shaping up to be a record year; urges Bank of Canada move cautiously on further interest rate cuts.
July 15, 2015 // // TORONTO – Against the backdrop of mixed economic signals at home and abroad, Canada’s real estate market remained healthy in the second quarter of 2015, with solid national average price appreciation across housing segments. Furthermore, the combination of high sales volumes and vigorous price appreciation in Canada’s largest cities has put the national residential real estate market on track for a record year in terms of total sales. With most Canadian real estate markets across the country advancing modestly, and some rapidly, Royal LePage advises that a further interest rate cut by the Bank of Canada could over-stimulate markets such as greater Toronto and Vancouver...

Woodcraft Offers Tips For Upscaling Home Décor With Crown Molding »

July 09, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Woodcraft offers homeowners tips for using crown molding to achieve dramatic visual statements in home décor.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) July 08, 2015 - Crown molding, long a popular element in upscale home décor for walls, windows, doors, and cabinets, is gaining popularity as homeowners use social media websites for inspiration and to share ideas. Woodcraft offers tips for tools and materials a homeowner will need for crown molding projects.
Although crown molding is generally identified as trim for the area where a wall meets the ceiling, molding is used for many other home décor applications. It creates an appealing visual element when used at chair height along a wall, sometimes with thin vertical pieces attached to accent a wider area...

The Next Trend In Employment – Retaining Workers In A Tight Labor Market »

July 08, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals today released a new analysis of the labor market, focused on the growing challenge of retaining good employees as the labor market tightens. Express has identified three actions employers are increasingly taking to improve employee retention.
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) July 08, 2015 - Express Employment Professionals today released a new analysis of the labor market, focused on the growing challenge of retaining good employees as the labor market tightens.
As the unemployment rate declines, workers are increasingly willing to change jobs for pay increases or better benefits. In many cases, this is because the demand for skilled labor is increasing, while the supply is not. “We’ve been seeing musical chairs in the local community,” said Mike Nolfo, an Express franchise owner in Parsippany, New Jersey...

Black Bear Diner Announces Sponsorship Of Loyal Customer And Professional Rodeo Star Lori Lewis »

July 07, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Black Bear Diners

Black Bear Diner sponsors loyal customer and professional rodeo star for her 2015 rodeo circuit tour.
Redding, California (PRWEB) July 07, 2015 - Black Bear Diner, an award-winning family dining concept offering bear-sized portions of comfort food classics in a bear-themed restaurant, announced today the sponsorship of professional rodeo rider and loyal customer, Lori Lewis, for her 2015 rodeo circuit tour.
“Lori has been a loyal Black Bear Diner customer for several years at our Goodyear location and this was a very special way to honor her loyalty,” said David Doty, chief marketing officer for Black Bear Diner. “She also has an incredible, feel-good story that just resonated with us from a brand perspective...

Worth The Weight. Lapels Dry Cleaning Drive For Big Brother/big Sister Reaps 11,565 Pounds Of Donations From Customers »

July 06, 2015 at 10:21AM PDT | Source: Lapels Dry Cleaning

July 06, 2015 // // HANOVER, MA - Each year, Lapels Dry Cleaning stores across the country host clothing drives to benefit Big Brother/Big Sister organizations. With seven states participating in this year’s drive, held May 2 to May 17, customers donated 11,565 pounds of clothes. That has a value of $11,565 or a $1 per pound.
As impressive as the weight of the clothes might be, what it represents to Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in those states is the real value of the drive. The clothes donated will be resold at various thrift shops and other second-hand clothing stores, helping to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Rhode Island...

The Melting Pot Seeks New Owner For Newport News, Va., Restaurant »

July 06, 2015 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Offers Turn-Key Business Opportunity to Interested Entrepreneurs
July 06, 2015 // // TAMPA, Fla. – The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that a recently closed unit is available for re-opening under new ownership in Newport News, Va. The brand is seeking qualified owner-operator candidates who are interested in owning their very own Melting Pot restaurant. Currently, The Melting Pot has six additional restaurants throughout Virginia.
The Melting Pot in Newport News is located in the Jefferson Green Shopping Center at 12233 Jefferson Ave, Suite 3 and opened in July 2006...

Pieology Fresno Donates Over $1,000 To Multiple Sclerosis Society »

July 01, 2015 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Pieology Pizzeria

100 Percent of Sales from Pre-Opening Event to Benefit Locals Living with the Disease
July 01, 2015 // // RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California – Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, has announced that their recently opened Fresno location at the El Paseo Marketplace raised $1,155.83 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. To celebrate the new location and to affirm the company’s focus on social responsibility, the restaurant pledged to donate 100 percent of sales generated from a pre-opening event, to the MS Society.
“We are grateful to the many people in the Fresno community who came out to support such a worthy cause” said Juan Rivera, Pieology general manager...

Two AdvantaClean Owners Team Up To Help Flooded Texans »

July 01, 2015 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: AdvantaClean

Two AdvantaClean franchises were able to respond to far more clients in need, and together provided much-needed relief to Dallas residents days sooner than they would have gotten help from competitors.
Dallas, Texas – June 29, 2015 (PRWEB) July 01, 2015 - As Texans reeled from yet another storm system over Memorial Day weekend in a spring weather cycle that has been drowning the state since April, two AdvantaClean franchisees teamed up to give residents and business owners some much-needed relief.
In February 2013, former executives Bryan and Cheri Bennett opened their AdvantaClean business in Dallas, Texas. As of August 2014, the Bennetts were on track to gross $500,000 in total revenue for the year, providing them with $180,000 in net owner benefit, including $156,000 in paid salaries...

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