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Mcdonald's® New York Tri-state Announces Competition Lineup For First Annual Mcdonald's B-Boy Royale »

July 25, 2014 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: McDonald's

Eight award-winning dance crews to battle it out at New York City's biggest breakdance competition of the year.
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Iselin, NJ – McDonald's New York Tri-State has announced the all-star lineup for its first annual McDonald's B-Boy Royale, New York City's largest breakdance competition of the year. Held on August 16 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the event will feature eight award-winning Asian American breakdance crews from across the nation battling it out in a head-to-head tournament for the chance to win a grand prize of $3,000. The competition will be hosted by Korean American rapper and YouTube sensation Dumbfoundead, who will also perform tracks from his latest album...

Chipotle Unveils Chef And Music Line-Up For Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth Festival »

July 25, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Amos Lee and O.A.R. to Headline; Lakewood Brewing Company to Craft Exclusive Ale
DALLAS - July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced today the celebrity chef and music line-up for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth, which is making its southern debut on Saturday, October 18 in nearby Irving, Texas at Lake Carolyn. The one-day festival includes cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, regional beer and wines, a special Chipotle festival menu, a Kids' Zone with games and other activities that emphasize fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients. Admission is free.
Celebrity chefs lined up for the event include Matt McCallister (FT33 in Dallas); Omar Flores (Casa Rubia in Dallas); Kent Rathbun (Abacus in Dallas and Jasper's in Plano, Houston and Austin); Paul Qui (Qui and East Side King in Austin); Sean Brock (Husk in Charleston and Nashville, and McCrady's in Charleston) and Amanda Freitag (Empire Diner in New York)...

Link Staffing Services Congratulates Hank Baldridge On 20 Years Of Service »

July 25, 2014 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Link Staffing Services

HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - July 25, 2014) - Link Staffing Services, a national provider of temporary staffing and productivity solutions, celebrates Hank Baldridge and his 20 years of commitment as a Link Staffing Franchise Owner in Oklahoma City. Hank began his career with Link Staffing in 1994 and has since been partnering with local companies to fill their needs for skilled crafts and trades, light industrial, general labor, and clerical employees.
Vice President of Franchise Operations, Michelle Bearden, said, "Hank consistently operates with the highest standards of quality service to Link's clients and safety for Link's employees. Meeting or exceeding client expectations and treating people with respect and dignity is what it is about for Hank...

Learning Express Toys Announces Its Vendor Award Winners »

July 25, 2014 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Learning Express

July 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // Devens, MA – Annually in various locations, Learning Express Toys hosts a franchise-wide Convention. The entire Learning Express Toys family, including store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors, gathered in Palm Springs, CA, last month. While there, LE Toys presented its top vendors with awards.
"Learning Express Toys is fortunate to work with wonderful vendors who understand our business and are interested in being true partners," says Lisa Visco, Vice President of Merchandising at Learning Express Toys. "The Awards Banquet is one of our favorite events of the year and allows us to showcase and recognize all that our vendors do to help make Learning Express Toys a special and fun place for our customers...

EXIT Realty: First-time Homebuyers Savings Plan »

July 25, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Future Homeowners Can Start Saving For Buying A Home
Culpeper, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) July 22, 2014 - Now that Virginia has put in place a tax free savings plan for first-time homebuyers, consumers can begin to think outside the box. When a child is born, not only can parents or grandparents set up a college fund, but now they can plan for the purchase of that child's first home!
This new plan allows up to $50,000 to be contributed to a savings account by any Virginian and can increase in value up to $150,000. The funds in the account can be put towards closing costs or other "eligible costs" on the purchase of a new home by any first-time homebuyer that the account holder designates or by the account holder themselves...

Wireless Zone® Announces Discovery Day For Entrepreneurs »

July 25, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

Nation's largest Verizon Wireless franchise retailer invites potential business owners to Connecticut headquarters to learn about owning a Wireless Zone® store
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middletown, CT – Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is inviting potential business owners to a Discovery Day at its headquarters in Middletown, Connecticut, on Monday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the company and lay the foundation for store ownership.
"Wireless Zone® is expanding rapidly throughout the country, and we've got a lot of entrepreneurs excited to start their own wireless business," said Janet Labanara, director of franchise development for Wireless Zone®...

The Dwyer Group Now Accepting Applications For Women In The Trades Scholarships »

July 24, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

Women in The Trades Program Continues to Advance Education and Career Opportunities for Women in the Service Trades Across The Country
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, a holding company of seven service-based franchise brands, is accepting applications now through September 30th for the next round of Women in the Trades scholarships.
Interested candidates can apply for a $1,500 scholarship to be used at a trade or technical school for any of seven specialties, including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical repair, glass repair and replacement, appliance repair, restoration or landscaping. The scholarships are available to women working towards a career in the trades, to students studying for a career in the trades, or to front-line female employees at franchise locations for any of The Dwyer Group service brands...

AlignLife North Peoria Owner Raises Money For St. Jude »

July 24, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: AlignLife

Peoria, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 - Dr. Rob Kelch, owner of AlignLife North Peoria, will be running in the Kickapoo/Brimfield to Peoria St. Jude Run. To help raise money for this event Dr. Kelch's office is offering a consultaion, exam, and x-rays for $20 with 100% of the proceeds raised to be donated to St. Jude. Dr. Kelch has set an office goal to raise $1000. Dr. Kelch hopes to raise awareness of Natural Health Care options while raising money to help St. Jude continue to be able to help children and their families. Dr. Kelch stated "The children are our future, while I provide Natural Health Services and work to educate the masses, some children are already battling disease. This is a two fold project to help educate and support our future...

AdviCoach® Shares The Top 4 Reasons For Employee Turnover »

July 24, 2014 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business advisor, AdviCoach®, explores how to mitigate the most common mistakes that cause employees to leave.
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. – Employment rates in the United States are steadily increasing, meaning businesses are growing and, as a result, seeking the right talent to fit their teams. With all the positive growth, one thing business owners have to be cognizant of is the danger of employee turnover.
Terry Powell, founder of AdviCoach, a national provider of business coaching and advisory services customized for small- to mid-size businesses, says that "identifying the type of employee you want and how to reach that talent may be one of the hardest parts of the hiring process...

SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®: Small Business Employee Pay Gets A Bump »

July 23, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: SurePayroll

After Profitable First Half, Small Businesses Reward Employees
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // GLENVIEW, IL - Employees of the nation's small businesses saw their average paychecks rise for the first time this year, according to the July 2014 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. SurePayroll Inc., a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses nationwide, today announced results for the Scorecard, which saw the average paycheck rise 0.2 percent in July after being down throughout 2014.
The average paycheck increase comes on the heels of a profitable first half of the year for small businesses. The Scorecard optimism survey found in June that 62 percent of small businesses were profitable in the first half. Close to seven in 10 (68 percent) also say they're optimistic about the small business economy...

Joey Chestnut Breaks Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Record, Prepares For National Chicken Wing Day »

July 23, 2014 at 11:40AM PDT | Source: Hooters

Hooters calls on chicken wing enthusiasts to beat two million wing challenge with all-you-can-eat deal.
ATLANTA - July 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Professional eating wonder Joey "Jaws" Chestnut once again claimed victory in record-breaking fashion at the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship last night, devouring 182 Hooters world-famous wings in 10 minutes. The champ is now setting his sights on National Chicken Wing Day, as Hooters issues a significant call-to-action for chicken wing enthusiasts across the nation to collectively eat two million wings in one day. In full support of this mission, Hooters is offering a $12.99 all-you-can-eat wing deal on Tuesday, July 29, at participating locations throughout the country.
Hooters commissioned Major League Eating (MLE) to officially sanction the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas...

Minuteman Press Home Office Featured In Small Business Opportunities! »

July 23, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
Minuteman Press Int'l.  Opportunities Available

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Farmingdale, NY – Small Business Opportunities Magazine recently profiled Minuteman Press International Inc. in an article that tells of the history of the company, as well as what makes Minuteman stand out from its competition!
Nick Titus, Minuteman's Chief Marketing Officer, had this to say about the company, "We've always taken the approach of never saying no to a customer. Even if a particular store hasn't done what a customer wants, with almost a thousand franchises in the system, there's always somebody somewhere who has done what you are looking to do."
The article goes on to explain the secret of Minuteman Press's long time success. "A Minuteman Press owner today doesn't just print...

New Study Reveals The Qualities Employers Look For In Candidates »

July 23, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Oklahoma City (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - In Job Searching, Attitude Trumps Education; Attitude and Integrity Are Still Most Important in Hiring
Today, Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, released findings that reveal which traits are most important when hiring a candidate for a job.
The findings come from the 2014 edition of the "America Employed" survey of 115 Express franchises across the nation. Respondents were asked to rate various traits on a scale of one to five based on how important they are when evaluating applicants. This is the second year Express has released findings from its "America Employed" survey.
"Attitude" topped the list with an average rating of 4.53, followed closely by "work ethic/integrity...

Century 21 CEO Climbs For A Cause »

July 23, 2014 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: Century 21

Rick Davidson and Team of Adventurers to Climb Mount Elbrus
July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Century 21 Real Estate LLC today announced that its president and chief executive officer Rick Davidson will lead a team of climbers on the 2014 "Climb for Kids" with fundraising on behalf of Easter Seals. Although Century 21 Real Estate LLC is not an official sponsor of the "Climb for Kids," Davidson, who also serves as Chairperson of Easter Seals' International Board of Directors, is leading a team of adventurers up, and down, Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe and one of the world's Seven Summits. The brand will engage consumers to generate awareness and support for its philanthropic partner, Easter Seals. The CENTURY 21® brand is donating $1 for every "like" it gets on its Facebook page until mid-August, up to $10,000...

The Alternative Board (TAB) Asks: Do You Lead Or Manage Your Business? New Study Breaks Down The Difference »

July 23, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Alternative Board

When Asked How Well Employees Understand Their Role in Leadership's Vision, Business Owners Gave Themselves a Disappointing C- Average, According to a New Survey by The Alternative Board (TAB)
DENVER, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Accomplishing goals is the most essential function of running a company, according to 46% of entrepreneurs polled by The Alternative Board. By comparison, 38% place more importance on providing a vision for their business. Despite acknowledging how crucial that vision is to the company's success, most leaders need help communicating it: participants averaged just 7.1 out of 10 when grading themselves on how effectively they expressed their vision to their team.
"It's important that the leader establishes and communicates a vision...

Mr. Rooter Plumbing: Top Three Plumbing Hacks To Save You Money »

July 22, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers three tips to save every homeowner money on by avoiding costly repairs.
Waco, TX (PRWEB) July 21, 2014 - Torrential summer rain, ubiquitous family barbecues, and an influx of weekend visitors can have unforeseen effects on a home’s pipes. Plumbing systems do a lot of extra work during the summer, so Mr. Rooter offers these three tips to help keep a home’s plumbing system in tip-top shape.
Check Washing Machine Hoses
The warm weather and longer days equal more time spent outside and more dirty clothes. This excess use can put a strain on washing machine hoses, so taking the time to ensure that everything is working correctly could save a homeowner both time and money down the road. Inspect hoses for bulges, kinks, or cracks that could result in a burst...

Inman News Features United® Real Estate Franchise Model And CEO Dan Duffy »

July 21, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Expanding Franchise Group Recognized for Rapid Growth and Unique Model
July 17, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. and SYDNEY, Australia – United® Real Estate, the rapidly expanding North American franchise network, and CEO Dan Duffy were recently featured in Inman News after finalizing a partnership with Colliers International's Asia-Pacific residential subsidiary, PRDnationwide (PRD) that will see the two groups combine their significant influence and resources.
Operating under the United PRD International brand, the newly formed alliance plans to be highly active on the global residential property landscape, with the first order of business to be an expansion of its coverage in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia-Pacific and other select international markets...

Starwood Preferred Guest And Westin Hotels Show 'Love' For Members With One-Of-A-Kind 2014 US Open Experiences »

July 21, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

SPG Member Experiences Include Private VIP Clinic with Legendary Brothers John and Patrick McEnroe, Match Viewing in the SPG Luxury Suite and More
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), is giving members courtside seats to best of tennis with the launch of its 2014 US Open SPG Moments schedule today. Known for providing its members access like no other for the most exclusive events around the world, SPG is offering elite US Open packages between August 25 and September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Members can bid Starpoints® on once-in-a-lifetime experiences including luxury suite and courtside seats to key matches, behind-the-scenes tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and a private tennis clinic with John and Patrick McEnroe...

Planet Beach Helps Promote Annie's Fight With Fundraiser »

July 21, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
Planet Beach   Opportunities Available

July 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Planet Beach, the leader in automated spa services, is giving back to the community with a fundraiser to benefit Annie's Fight.
Annie Rossignol is a beautiful 7-year-old girl from Mandeville, LA. On September 4, 2012, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Annie's Fight was set up to inform all whom are interested in helping support, donate, volunteer or raise money for Rossignol's expenses. "We are thrilled to be able to make this donation," said Stephen P. Smith, CEO of Planet Beach. "We hope to raise awareness of Annie's situation and hopefully, create some momentum so that more people join the fight against Leukemia and Lymphomia."
Along with Planet Beach, many other businesses and groups are selling bracelets, as well as t-shirts and necklaces to help support Rossignol...

Rainbow International Offers Tips On What To Do Before During And After A Flood Disaster »

July 18, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

Be Prepared to Act Quickly When Flooding Occurs
WACO, TX - (Marketwired - July 18, 2014) - Soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are only the beginning of what homeowners in the Midwestern and Northeastern states dealt with after recent flood waters hit their area. Flooding can happen anywhere and be caused by heavy rains, severe storms, poor drainage, plumbing issues, and other water-related issues. The key is to be prepared and take quick action when a flood disaster occurs.
Rainbow International offers these general suggestions on how to be prepared before, during and after a flood:
Before…

Check with an insurance agent about flood insurance for the home.
Prepare a home inventory of furniture and valuables in the home, including details and pictures...



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