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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...

Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Names PizzaRev CEO The 2015 Keynote Speaker »

June 30, 2015 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

June 30, 2015 // // LOS ANGELES – The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo has announced that Rodney Eckerman, PizzaRev CEO and co-founder, will serve as the keynote speaker at the August 23-25 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tradeshow and conference, sponsored by the California Restaurant Association, is the largest showcase of foodservice products in the Western US, giving attendees everything they need to know in terms of the latest trends, newest product options, and idea generating special events.
“We are thrilled to be working with PizzaRev and having Rodney Eckerman discuss his success as our keynote presenter and provide our attendees with real applicable business lessons,” said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for the Western Foodservice Expo...

The American Dream Is Alive And Well At Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip »

June 30, 2015 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Young franchisees in Dallas, Houston embody the promise of hard work breeding success.
June 30, 2015 // // RICHARDSON, TX – Don’t try to tell Luis Arango or Jorge Castillo that hard work and determination don’t pay off.
Both young men turned entry-level jobs at Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip into their own thriving businesses, thanks to a winning combination of supportive mentorship, a strong restaurant concept and their own innate determination to succeed.
Castillo started working at Nestlé Toll House Café in 2008, after emigrating to the United States from Mexico City at the age of 16 to pursue his education. He began as a front-line employee at the Galleria Dallas, and when his manager quit, he was given the chance to operate the café himself...

CruiseOne® Participates In #GiveThem20 Challenge To Raise Awareness For Military Veteran Employment »

June 29, 2015 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel franchise challenges VetFran, CLIA and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees.
June 29, 2015 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Members of the headquarters team of home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® recently spent the afternoon at the beach, all in the name of a good cause. The military-friendly franchise displayed their support of recruiting military veterans by participating in the new social media campaign #GiveThem20, which is sponsored by the non-profit American Corporate Partners (ACP) and helps returning military veterans find employment opportunities. The team completed 20 jumping jacks and challenged Cruise Line International Association (CLIA); International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee; and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees...

Retro Fitness 90-Day Challenge Helps Members Lose 3,000 Lbs. »

June 29, 2015 at 10:12AM PDT | Source: Retro Fitness
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National Low-Cost, High-Value Fitness Franchise Awards Toms River Member Mike Defalco $10,000 Grand Prize for Achieving 41 Percent Body Weight Loss
COLTS NECK, N.J. - June 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - When Retro Fitness gym members made their New Year's resolutions this year, they had more incentive than most. Retro Fitness held a 90-Day Challenge - with the grand prize of $10,000 going to the member who lost the most weight. With its recent completion, Retro Fitness saw a number of amazing transformations totaling nearly 3,000 pounds lost by nearly 1,000 members who worked with Retro Fitness trainers to effectively achieve their health and fitness goals.
The 90-Day Challenge itself was simple - Retro Fitness personal training clients had 90 days to transform their bodies and lose unwanted pounds...

Helen Doron Announces Winners Of The “Hello My World!” Competition »

June 29, 2015 at 4:19AM PDT | Source: The Helen Doron Group

Thousands of children from 31 countries across the globe joined together to say “Hello My World!” to raise awareness for the plight of the endangered orangutan and vanishing rainforests.
London, UK (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 - “Hello My World!” is an international social awareness and educational campaign initiated by the Helen Doron Educational Group to mark the 30th anniversary of Helen Doron English. The awareness campaign teaches students about how and why animals lose their natural habitats and how palm trees used for manufacturing palm oil can lead to the extinction of numerous animal species. Children of all ages were invited to participate and to submit a video in English to spread the message.
Helen Doron, CEO and founder responded, "I am thrilled to see the nearly 3000 videos you have submitted...

Oklahoma Native Tony Garcia Opens Fresh Coat Painters In Edmond »

June 26, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat of Edmond, which serves Edmond, Piedmont and Arcadia in Oklahoma, offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application.
Edmond, OK (PRWEB) June 26, 2015 - Oklahoma native Tony Garcia is looking forward to opening his own business and bringing a better service experience to the painting industry through his new company, Fresh Coat of Edmond.
Fresh Coat of Edmond, a local Fresh Coat Painters franchise, offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Aaron's And "The Wendy Williams Show" Wow "Win A Room In June" Winner With Two Kids' Rooms Makeovers »

June 26, 2015 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc., (NYSE: AAN), a leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for furniture, electronics and appliances, in partnership with "The Wendy Williams Show," wowed Latasha Lee, a certified nursing assistant, with new furniture for her children as a part of the second annual "Win a Room in June" contest.
Aaron's and The Wendy Williams Show make over two children's bedrooms complete with furniture and electronics for Louisiana resident and Hurricane Isaac survivor Latasha Lee and her family as a part of the 'Win a Room in June' contest.
Lee, a single mother who previously lived in New Orleans with her three children, relocated to Slidell, Louisiana after her home was destroyed during Hurricane Isaac in 2012...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Official Guinness World Record Attempt In Support Of "Habitat For Humanity" »

June 26, 2015 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: easyhome

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - June 25, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), is excited to announce the launch of a unique fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity - Headstands for Humanity. The event taking place on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 10:00am in Rosedale's Ramsden Park, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people holding a headstand in one location. The Guinness World Record attempt is being organized to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity.
In order to beat the current Guinness World Record, which was set in Switzerland with 265 people, all participants will be required to hold the headstand at the same time for 15 seconds. To help document the World Record attempt, Toronto's Strong Eye Studios will be providing drones to capture aerial footage of everyone doing a headstand...

Low Unemployment And Increased Demand For Accounting & Finance Professionals Causing Talent Shortage »

June 26, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2015 - PrideStaff Financial reports that continuing low unemployment rates within accounting and finance will make hiring top industry professionals even more challenging for the foreseeable future.
"Unemployment within accounting and finance has been below four percent for a prolonged period, creating a chronic, wide-spread shortage of talent," states Ryan Williams, Vice President of PrideStaff Financial. "Employment market conditions aren't likely to change anytime soon, which means that time-to-hire for qualified accounting professionals will continue to increase."
To find the talent they need, Williams recommends that employers take a more open-minded approach to recruiting and hiring. "If you're struggling to hire a candidate with specific skills or experience, broaden the scope of your search...

Statement Of Mark Ciaramitaro, Vice President, Tax And Health Care Services »

June 25, 2015 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

H&R Block Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on ACA Advance Premium Tax Credits
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 25, 2015 - (NYSE: HRB) - "The Supreme Court decision today on a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affirms the ability for consumers who enrolled for health coverage via the Federal Marketplace to receive advance premium tax credits to help pay for their monthly insurance premiums.
For 2015, Health and Human Services estimated 6.3 million of the 7.4 million consumers enrolled in health insurance via the Federal Marketplace received an advance premium tax credit (APTC).
This decision indicates there will be no change going forward for the consumers, as well as health care and tax preparation industries with regard to the availability and impacts of premium tax credits...

One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®: Beat The Heat With These Top Summer Tips »

June 25, 2015 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

The summer heat and humidity can put pressure on your cooling system. Here are some top tips from the professionals at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating®, on ways to beat the heat as summer starts.
SARASOTA, Fla. - June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - We are now officially into summer. To make sure you and your family stay cool all season long, the trusted professionals at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating® offer these suggestions to help keep your cooling system operating at peak performance during the hottest months of the year.

Prepare for Summer StormsSummer often brings an increase in storms. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and your downspouts are extended to take water away from your home. Your walls can absorb this extra moisture, which can lead to an increase in humidity inside...

Assisting Hands Home Care Hosts Fifth Annual Retreat »

June 25, 2015 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Assisting Hands Home Care®

In-Home Care Franchise Attracts 75 Percent Conference Attendance With Resort Location and Retreat Atmosphere
June 25, 2015 // // NAMPA, Idaho - Assisting Hands Home Care, an in-home franchise company, drew more than 75 percent of its organization's members to its recent threeand-a-half day annual conference by strategically planning the event. Leaders accomplished a goal few franchisors can, by carefully planning an info-packed, productive agenda, while choosing the paradise-like location of El Dorado Royale Resort in Cancun, Mexico for its 2015 FEAR Retreat. FEAR stands for Franchise Education & Adventure Retreat. This was the fifth consecutive company retreat with more than 60 percent attendance as well as being the fifth overall annual conference...

CruiseOne® Sells Out 2015 National Conference Aboard Norwegian Escape »

June 24, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Annual conference theme will be CONNECT.
June 24, 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 its 2015 National Conference aboard the brand new Norwegian Escape, has officially sold out. With record-breaking attendance for the second year in a row of more than 900 attendees, the National Conference will feature the theme CONNECT and focus on setting the framework for developing strong relationships as well as new opportunities. Attendees will be encouraged to connect socially using the hashtag #ConnectConference.
“We are one of the first travel agencies to host a week long national conference at sea and are pioneers in creating a national conference featuring dynamic content designed to engage and educate everyone from newbies to seasoned agents at the same time,” said Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance for CruiseOne...

2015 Art Van Charity Challenge Winners Announced In Record-Breaking Competition That Raised $2.2 Million For Midwest Charities »

June 23, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Top 10 Michigan and Illinois nonprofit organizations to share $375,000 in charitable grants.
WARREN, Mich. - June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - A race to the finish! The spirited, five week competition among 120 Midwest nonprofits vying to win a portion of $375,000 in grants the 7th Annual Art Van Charity Challenge concluded on Monday, June 22 after shattering last year's fundraising tallies and garnering a staggering $2,222,483 in donations and grants. The first place winner of a $75,000 grant is Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Michigan, an organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted, which raised $188,858 during the competition. The participating charities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio competed to raise the most money for their organizations between May 18 and June 22...

Members Dominate The 2015 Gold's Gym Challenge »

June 23, 2015 at 6:08AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Lose An Estimated 216,678 Pounds And 226,527 Inches In Just 12 Weeks
$100,000 in Cash Prizes Awarded to 30 Most Inspiring Body Transformations; Demand Prompts Fall Challenge with Sign-Ups Starting in August
DALLAS - June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - In January 2015, as Gold's Gym kicked off its 50th Anniversary year, nearly 20,000 Gold's Gym members from across the U.S. enrolled in the Gold's Gym Challenge – a 12-week total body transformation competition to help people achieve their potential through fitness. The results showcased the incredible efforts of 19,698 total participants from 326 Gold's Gym locations nationwide – with a total of 216,678 pounds and 226,527 inches lost. The average participant lost at least 11 pounds and 11...

Express Employment Professionals And Volunteers Help Fight Hunger »

June 23, 2015 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Oklahoma City (PRWEB) June 22, 2015 - On Saturday, June 13, more than 225 Express Employment Professionals offices from California to North Carolina to Canada came together at local food banks and pantries across North America to help fight hunger—a growing epidemic that impacts millions of people in the U.S., Canada and around the world every day.
Offices spent time working and serving at their local food banks, pantries and other nonprofit organizations and were able to donate more than 65,000 meals through food drives that were held leading up to the day of service.
“Brand It Blue Day allowed the entire Express family to come together to help the communities we work and live in,” said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express...

AAMCO University Announces Inaugural Advanced CSM Graduating Class »

June 19, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

World's Largest Franchise of Transmission Specialists Drives Professional Development for Customer Service Managers through Advanced Training Program
HORSHAM, Pa. - June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, is proud to announce the first graduating class of AAMCO University's School of Management in Newnan, Ga. On June 14, advanced certification was awarded to 46 customer service managers from AAMCO's service centers across the U.S. and Canada for successfully completing its Advanced Customer Service Management (CSM) Training Program.
"AAMCO is committed to providing world-class training at every level of our organization and we are proud of the first graduating class of the School of Management and their achievements," said Jason Herman, director of training at AAMCO University...

Glass Doctor: Keeping A Home Cool This Summer »

June 19, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Summer heat can sneak in home windows. Glass Doctor has tips to prep windows for summer heat.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) June 18, 2015 - The summer months are synonymous with sun and heat. The ultimate goal to keep cool becomes a top priority. But many homeowners don’t realize that as the air conditioning is working overtime, the windows could actually be a counter-productive force acting against an actual indoor temperature cool down. has stated that as much as 30 percent of consumer energy dollars are tossed right out the window. That can add up to not only a warmer-than-ideal home, but also increased utility bills. Keeping all curtains and blinds closed during the hot, summer months is an obvious fix...

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