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OpenWorks Hires Steve Moore As Regional Director »

July 29, 2015 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: OpenWorks

New Hire Will Oversee Washington Region
PHOENIX, AZ (PRWEB) JULY 29, 2015 - OpenWorks, one of America’s leading integrated facility services franchises, recently hired Steve Moore as Regional Director of the Washington market.
Moore will be responsible for evaluating operational needs to ensure the growth and development of OpenWorks’ region in Washington state. He will work strategically to maximize market revenue while maintaining franchise partnerships and developing new business opportunities throughout the area.
Moore will make several staff hires and manage these positions to continue franchise growth in the Washington region. He will add several sales executives, as well as a district manager who will serve as a liaison between customers and franchisees to ensure customer satisfaction and quality assurance...

Poof! PostNet Reveals Formula For Small Business Success »

July 29, 2015 at 11:21AM PDT | Source: PostNet Postal & Business Services

Neighborhood Business Center Shares Top 5 Magic ‘Tricks’ for Business Owners
DENVER - July 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - PostNet, the nation’s first Neighborhood Business Center, is tipping its hat to small business owners and the magic they make happen every day by revealing its top five tricks to reach target customers through direct mail.
PostNet works closely with business owners every day to provide printing, shipping, design and marketing solutions that meet the needs of small businesses – taking the stage as their magician's assistant. Now, the company has revealed its top five tips to assist the “magicians” in skillfully marketing their business through direct mail:

Steal the Show: You only have a few seconds to enchant your audience, so make it count! Imagery, content and design should be strong and captivating, and provide the reader with a reason to go to your website, call your business or walk through your doors...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Third Denver-Metro Location »

July 29, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Denver, CO - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Denver on July 22. Franchise owners Bob Merullo, Kevin Embree, along with operating partner Pete Cardillo, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support SungateKids.
The new restaurant, located at 1390 S. Colorado Blvd., circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to SungateKids.
SungateKids provides comprehensive investigation support services to victims of child abuse. They are national leaders in providing forensic interviews to child victims of crime...

Juice It Up! Offering Exclusive Opportunities In Southern United States »

July 29, 2015 at 11:04AM PDT | Source: Juice It Up!

Leading Raw Juice Bar and Smoothie Chain Seeks New Partners in Texas and Florida
July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chains, is excited to announce new franchise opportunities available to passionate entrepreneurs in the Southern United States. As a brand that has flourished in a competitive space, Juice It Up! has its sights set on steady expansion throughout the southern states, specifically Texas and Florida.
“We’ve done our due diligence in Orlando and Dallas, and these markets in particular are ripe for the Juice It Up! concept, which features a full raw juice bar and delicious, good-for-you smoothie options,” said Carol DeNembo, Juice It Up! vice president of business development...

Hyatt Place Los Cabos Reopens In Baja California Sur In Mexico »

July 29, 2015 at 10:54AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

CHICAGO - July 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Hyatt Place Los Cabos in Baja California Sur, Mexico reopens in Los Cabos after suffering extensive damage following last year’s passage of Hurricane Odile. The hotel underwent a $7.6 million reconstruction, including a redesigned lobby and new terrace with unobstructed views of the ocean. Hyatt Place Los Cabos is owned by a joint venture between affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Grupo Hermosillo.
“Hyatt Place Los Cabos was one of the most visual representations of Hurricane Odile’s aftermath, and today, we proudly reopen our doors to guests,” said Myles McGourty, senior vice president, Hyatt Latin America and Caribbean. “This opening is symbolic as it represents the beginning of a new chapter for the Hyatt Place Los Cabos team, which is looking forward to welcoming guests for many years to come...

Starwood Launches Four Points Brand In Turkey »

July 29, 2015 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Four Points by Sheraton

NEW YORK - July 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -
Point 1: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues to accelerate growth in Turkey with the opening of Four Points Istanbul Dudullu, the brand’s milestone entry into the country. Located in the heart of Dudullu – Istanbul’s largest industrial zone – the hotel is on the Asian side of the city with easy access to the Trans-European Motorway (TEM) and only a 20 minute drive from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW).
Point 2: Owned by Ever Group, the new Four Points hotel features 182 guest rooms, casual dining at The Restaurant, seven meeting spaces totaling 224 square meters, and a fitness center. Guests will enjoy all of the brand’s popular amenities including fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel, complimentary bottled water, and a chance to sample authentic local craft beers as part of the signature Best Brews™ program...

Zaniac Debuts Fashion Design Program For Young, Aspiring Style Icons »

July 29, 2015 at 10:25AM PDT | Source: Zaniac

After-School STEM Enrichment Franchise Teaches Real Garment Techniques through Digital Design of Custom Clothing
SALT LAKE CITY - July 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - At Zaniac, fashionistas don’t just follow the trends, they master the skills to create them. Zaniac is a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment franchise for students in grades K-8, where learning feels like play. Zaniac has launched its newest STEM course, Fashion Design, which will be offered at campuses nationwide starting August 10, 2015.
In Fashion Design, fourth through eighth grade students will create their own one-of-a-kind looks using the open-source vector graphics software Inkscape. This tool will help budding designers assemble digital mood boards, draw custom garments using vectors, arrange nodes and layer color palettes...

Famous Dave's Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Release And Conference Call »

July 29, 2015 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - July 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) ("Famous Dave's") will announce its Second Quarter 2015 earnings at 7:00 a.m., Central Time on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The company will host a conference call on August 5, 2015 at 7:30 a.m., Central Time, to discuss its financial results. A live web-cast of the discussion will be available through the "Investor Relations" section of Famous Dave's web site at www.famousdaves.com.
A replay will be available for one week following the call by dialing (888) 640 7743 and entering the replay code "119957#".
About Famous Dave's
Famous Dave's develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of July 29, 2015, the company owned 49 restaurants and franchised 132 additional units, with locations in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Canada...

Dental Fix Awards Its 1st Franchise In The State Of Rhode Island »

July 29, 2015 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Davie, Fla. – Dental Fix RX, a national mobile dental equipment repair company, has officially signed Jeff Carlson, a Rhode Island based entrepreneur, as its 212th franchise owner. The agreement marks the first mobile repair van to launch in the State of Rhode Island, and is Dental Fix’s 38th franchise sale of 2015.
“2015 has been a record breaking year for us so far, and with each new franchise sale, we are getting closer to our goal of making Dental Fix the top-of-mind mobile dental equipment repair company across North America,” said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix RX. “This new signing is an indication that our model is built for success and that our growth is poised to continue at a rapid pace...

Paul Davis Offers Tips To Minimize Property Damage And Health Risks This Flood Season »

July 29, 2015 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
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Many Threats To People And Property Remain After A Flood Occurs
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) July 29, 2015 - This year, the threat of flooding is higher in many areas of North America due to record-setting precipitation levels this spring. And, where there is water, mold is not far behind. Paul Davis, a leading provider of property restoration services for residential and commercial property, offers tips for protecting against water and mold damage. Paul Davis is regularly called on to handle these types of emergencies, although much of the damage is avoidable if preventive steps are taken before the flood occurs.
“This time of year, Paul Davis receives many water-related calls from property owners,” said Rich Wilson, president and CEO of Paul Davis...

DineEquity, Inc. Reports 32% Increase In Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share For The Second Quarter 2015 »

July 29, 2015 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: DineEquity, Inc.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

Second quarter 2015 adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $1.53, an increase of 32% over second quarter 2014
Second quarter 2015 GAAP EPS of $1.40, a 40% increase over second quarter 2014
Returned approximately $37 million to shareholders, including $20 million in the form of share repurchases and approximately $17 million in cash dividends
Returned over $68 million combined to shareholders in the first six months of 2015
Second quarter domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 6.2% at IHOP and 1.0% at Applebee's
IHOP and Applebee's each ranked number one by Nation's Restaurant News for the eighth consecutive year in their respective categories based on last fiscal year's U...

Capriotti’s Opens First Nebraska Location In Lincoln »

July 29, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
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Sandwich Shop Celebrates Debut By Giving First 100 Guests Free Sandwiches
July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS – Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop announces the upcoming arrival of its first Nebraska location in Lincoln. Franchisee, Corey Tallman, will be opening the new Lincoln location on Monday, August 3rd, marking an important milestone in the company’s continued expansion across the United States. On opening day, Capriotti’s will be give the first 100 guests a free 9” Bobbie to commemorate the new store opening.
Corey Tallman first came across Capriotti’s while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Security at the University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, AZ. It only took one visit for Corey to fall in love with the sandwich shop’s subs...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Fresno Location »

July 29, 2015 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fresno, CA - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Fresno on July 22. Franchise owner Alvaro Garcia, held a grand opening and fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, August 2 to support Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County.
The new restaurant, located at 6709 N. Riverside Dr., circulated thousands of flyers throughout the community each containing various offers. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike’s will make a $3 donation to the participating charities from July 22 to August 2 as part of a twelve day Grand Opening Celebration.
"At Jersey Mike's our fundraising partnerships create a layer of sustainability for schools, youth sports leagues, and other nonprofits in and around our city,” said Garcia...

Choice Hotels International Reports A 7% Increase In Second Quarter Domestic RevPAR »

July 29, 2015 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

New Executed Domestic Franchise Agreements Increase 11%
ROCKVILLE, Md. - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today reported the following highlights for the second quarter 2015:

Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2015 totaled $232.2 million, an increase of 17 percent from the same period of 2014.
Domestic hotel executed franchise agreements totaled 139 for the three months ended June 30, 2015, an increase of 11 percent from the same period of 2014.
New domestic hotel franchise agreements executed in the second quarter of 2015 for the Comfort family of brands increased 67 percent over the same period of the prior year with nearly 60 percent of agreements representing new construction hotels...

Zippy Shell Acquires New Franchise Location In Minneapolis »

July 29, 2015 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. - Zippy Shell is excited to announce the opening of a new franchise location in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis is the 14th largest city in the U.S. and is an integral link to the global economy, often referred to as the Global City.
The franchise will be owned by Jon Skyberg, an IT veteran, who has dedicated nearly 30 years of his career to IT operations for companies such as Hewlett-Packard (HP). In his role, Jon managed over 300 individuals in his department along with the oversight of customer contracts. His extensive customer service experience will serve as a valuable asset in his strategic efforts towards building a local brand presence in the Minneapolis area.
"Minneapolis is a thriving city in the Midwest and is an ideal location for Zippy Shell to open its doors," says Rick Del Sontro, CEO of Zippy Shell...

Hilton Worldwide Reports Second Quarter Results »

July 29, 2015 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Exceeding High End of Guidance for Adjusted EBITDA and EPS, Announces Quarterly Dividend and Raises Full Year Outlook
MCLEAN, Va. - July 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. ("Hilton," "Hilton Worldwide" or the "Company") (NYSE: HLT) today reported its second quarter 2015 results and raised its full year 2015 outlook. Highlights include:

EPS, adjusted for special items, for the second quarter was $0.25, a 19 percent increase from the same period in 2014; without adjustments, EPS was $0.16
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders for the second quarter was $161 million
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased 15 percent from the same period in 2014 to $777 million, and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 320 basis points
System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 5...

Five Essential Tips To Prepare Kids To Go Back To School »

July 29, 2015 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

Leading Early Education Provider Offers Insight Into Back-to-School Transition and Announces Fall Open Enrollment
DULUTH, Ga. - July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As the long days of summer begin to fade, children and parents are beginning to think about the start of a new school year. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies, a national early childhood education franchise with three decades of experience, has prepared the top five tips to help parents and kids transition into the new school year smoothly. Being prepared can ease apprehension and reduce stress that is sometimes associated with a new school year.

Get on Schedule. If a child's usual bedtime routine has changed over summer, get back into the routine as soon as possible...

Threat Of West Coast Wildfires Extends Beyond The Flames »

July 29, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
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Paul Davis offers tips for protecting people and property in 2015.
JACKSONVILLE, FL (PRWEB) July 29, 2015 - This year, fire conditions are the worst on record along the West Coast. In 13 states in the western U.S., $237 billion in property is at risk of wildfire damage. Paul Davis, a leading provider of water, fire, mold and smoke damage restoration for residential and commercial properties, wants to educate property owners now about how to avoid the often-overlooked impact of smoke, soot and ash. The aftermath of a wildfire can lead to costly repairs and health problems – even if the fire is miles away.
Wildfires are a serious threat in the western states, and fire season typically runs from June through September. However, the extreme drought in most areas of the country has led to fires occurring anytime of the year...

Panera Bread Company Reports Q2 2015 Diluted EPS Of $1.61, Excluding One-Time Items »

July 29, 2015 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - July 28, 2015) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)
Highlights

Q2 2015 Revenue increased 7% to $677 million
Q2 2015 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.4%
Q3 2015 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 4.7%

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $42 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, for fiscal Q2 2015. Diluted EPS for fiscal Q2 2015 was $1.61 or down 7%, excluding charges recorded in fiscal Q2 2015 related to the Company's previously announced refranchising initiative of $0.01 per diluted share, and excluding the $0.08 per diluted share benefit in fiscal Q2 2014 from a favorable resolution of an insurance coverage matter...

Jamba, Inc. Posts Update On Refranchising Initiative »

July 29, 2015 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba® Continues Move to Asset-Light Model; Nears Completion of Refranchising Initiative
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 29, 2015 - Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) a leading health and wellness brand and leading retailer of freshly-squeezed juice today posted an update of its ongoing efforts to transition to an asset-light model. With the closing of a multi-market deal announced yesterday, Jamba has completed a significant portion of its ongoing refranchising initiative.
Jamba announced the refranchising initiative at the end of 2014, with a stated goal of refranchising “up to 114” stores during 2015. The Company has significantly exceeded its initial goal with closed deals today representing 150 stores. The Company expects that deals for 74 additional stores will be refranchised for three California markets by the end of 2015 and the Chicago/Midwest market by the first quarter of 2016...



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