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Non-Urban Real Estate, Land Sales Build Momentum In Spring, Early Summer »

July 31, 2014 at 11:54AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

United Country Reports Double Digit Increases in Farm, Country Home Volume
July 31, 2014 // // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country Real Estate, the largest seller of lifestyle and rural properties in the U.S., reported substantial gains in the first part of the year. Farms and country home sales volume realized extremely strong growth, experiencing double-digit increases, according to the global lifestyle property firm.
"It's clear non-urban real estate is going to continue to have strong sales again this year," said Jason Cole, chief financial officer of United Country Real Estate. "Spring and early summer numbers show an increase in the sales volume of farms at 38 percent and country homes over 6 percent year-to-date...

Dale Carnegie Training Unearths Key Drivers Of Employee Engagement In Small To Mid-sized Businesses »

July 31, 2014 at 11:24AM PDT | Source: Dale Carnegie Training

70% of Small Business Employees Want To Be Trusted To Do Their Job and To Feel Valued By Their Company
July 31, 2014 // // Hauppauge, NY – Dale Carnegie Training®, the worldwide leader in professional development, performance improvement, leadership training and employee engagement, releases new findings on how to drive employee engagement in small and mid-sized businesses. The study reveals that overall, small businesses have moderately more engaged employees than their larger business counterparts and that overall people are a company’s single greatest asset. While factors like innovative products, quality services and cutting edge strategies may contribute to this success, none of these can be created or implemented properly without engaged employees...

Spring-Green Adds Services To Help Franchise Owners And Customers »

July 31, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Spring-Green Lawn Care

Company Offers Water Conservation Strategies and Irrigation Maintenance Programs in Select Markets
Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Spring-Green Lawn Care continues its efforts to add services for customers and support for franchise owners with the introduction of an irrigation maintenance program. In 2013, Spring-Green's Plainfield-based support center successfully introduced the program throughout the Chicagoland area. Several franchise owners throughout the country are now offering the service as well. Candy Wolfe services the Michiana area, including Michigan's Berrien and Cass counties and Indiana's St. Joseph county, Rodney Gaddis covers the greater Franklin, Tennessee area, Jim Hoelsworth supports the New Jersey counties of Cape May, Camden and Gloucester, franchise owner Matt Holker services Maple Grove, Plymouth, and the surrounding greater Minneapolis and St...

Hertz Continues Expansion Of Neighborhood Locations Throughout The U.S. »

July 31, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz Opens 17 New Hertz Local Edition Locations
NAPLES, Fla. - July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) continues to add to its neighborhood market network with the opening of another 17 Hertz Local Edition locations in 13 states (listed below). These new locations are in addition to the approximately 80 neighborhood locations opened since January 2014, and more than 2,900 locations currently open across the U.S. The openings are part of a company-wide strategy to accelerate expansion in the off-airport, neighborhood car rental market servicing the replacement, leisure and business customers.
"It's imperative at Hertz that we are consistently expanding our network of neighborhood locations, especially in convenient suburban locations, such as auto repair shops," commented John Holt, Hertz Senior Vice President, Off Airport Operations...

Dental Fix Awards 9th Franchise In Texas »

July 31, 2014 at 10:49AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

July 31, 2014 // // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 49th franchise of 2014, in Houston, Texas to Mario & Ana Garcia, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Woodlands, Texas market, will be the 9th van to launch in Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 97 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Pizza Pizza's Slices For Devices Program Recycles Over 5,700 Small Electronics, A Record For The 11th Annual Campaign »

July 31, 2014 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

July 31, 2014 // // TORONTO, ON - Canadian pizza lovers have done it again! Pizza Pizza has successfully collected over 5,700 electronic devices in this year's Slices for Devices program, doubling last year's total, and setting a new record for the 11th annual campaign. Customers were offered a free slice for every small electronic device dropped off in-store as part of its 2014 Earth Month activities.
Throughout the month of April, Pizza Pizza locations collected smart phones, cameras, ink cartridges, adapters, and iPods that will now be turned over to GreenTec to be recycled and then sold to the refurbishing industry. Each collected device can generate up to $5. All funds raised will be donated to Children's Miracle Network and its 14 member hospitals across Canada...

The Greene Turtle Signs 11-Unit Development Agreement For New Jersey »

July 31, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

Deal With Imperial Restaurant Group Will Bring the Popular Sports Bar and Grille to the Southern Half of the Garden State, Another Strategic Step Toward Expansion Throughout the Northeast
July 31, 2014 // // HANOVER, Md. - The Greene Turtle announced today that a group of investors with extensive quick-service and petroleum distribution/retail experience has signed an agreement to develop 11 units in New Jersey for the popular casual dining restaurant/sports bar chain, marking the first locations slated to open in the Garden State. The franchisees, operating as Imperial Restaurant Group LLC, consist of individuals with diverse business experiences and core competencies. The group will be led by Raj Rana, a former multi-unit QSR restaurant owner, and Balrup Hundal, Surinder Hundal and Parminder Singh, who operate a petroleum distribution business and more than 30 gas and convenience store locations, and will focus its development efforts on the southern half of New Jersey...

Smoothie King Reports Significant Growth During First Half Of 2014 »

July 31, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Smoothie King
Smoothie King Opportunities Available

Same-store Sales Increase by Nearly 10% in Second Quarter; Franchise Opens 21 New Stores across U.S.
NEW ORLEANS, - July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, released statistics today showing significant growth during the first half of 2014 compared to the same timeframe last year. Same-store sales jumped 7.16 percent in the first quarter compared to last year and increased to an even stronger 9.79 percent in the second quarter. Additionally, within the past six months, the smoothie franchise has opened 21 new locations across the U.S. The award-winning smoothie company now has 690 stores worldwide and plans to open an additional 55 by the end of 2014.
"While much of the foodservice industry experienced decreased traffic and sales earlier this year because of severe winter weather, Smoothie King remained ahead of the competition and continued that momentum into the second quarter with positive same-store sales and aggressive franchise development," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim...

Buffalo Wings & Rings Continues To Drive Expansion In The Middle East »

July 31, 2014 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wings & Rings

Global Family Sports Restaurant Brand Opens 9th Location in Jordan, Launches in Saudi Arabia and Signs an Area Development Agreement for Kuwait
CINCINNATI (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Further cementing its position as the hottest restaurant in the global casual-dining arena, Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its expansion in the Middle East with the opening of its 9th location in Jordan. The family sports dining restaurant has also opened the first of 12 planned locations in Saudi Arabia and signed its first area development agreement for Kuwait. Spearheading the expansion of the brand overseas is Haytham David, President and CEO of Buffalo Wings & Rings International.
"The inviting atmosphere and delicious food available at Buffalo Wings & Rings has led to impressive response from families in the Middle East," David said...

Right At Home Launches Care Partnership For Japan's Aging Population With Commemorative Seminar »

July 31, 2014 at 10:03AM PDT | Source: Right at Home

International In-Home Senior Care Franchise Opens to Serve Seniors and Disabled Adults in Japan
Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Right at Home, a leading in-home senior care company, is embarking on a project to improve care for Japan's rapidly growing aging population. In conjunction with Watahan Kouki Ltd., Right at Home has positioned itself to meet the in-home care needs of the more than 30 million seniors over the age of 65 living in Japan. The Statistics Bureau of Japan reports Japanese residents over the age of 65 account for 23.5 percent of the country's total population are predicted to swell to 40 percent of the population in 30 years, clearly demonstrating the need for Right at Home's services.
Understanding the importance of supporting the senior population of Japan, Watahan developed a "Platinum Life" business segment offering seniors equipment rentals, preventative care, and housing and day care centers; services that have all been very successful...

Ben & Jerry's Sails Into Seattle With Free Scoops »

July 31, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Ben & Jerry's

Vermont Ice Cream Maker Looks for Local Gems in the Emerald City
BURLINGTON, Vt. - July 31, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Calling all Ben & Jerry's ice cream fans! It is officially the sweetest time of year. Today, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Truck kicks of its annual month-long tour in Seattle, giving away FREE scoops to loyal fans. The truck will be scooping its newest line of flavor innovations: Ben & Jerry's Cores. And if that wasn't enough, this year Ben & Jerry's very own Storyteller, Doree Speidel, will be joining the truck crew, giving ice cream lovers the inside scoop on the truck's winding path and reporting on all the things that make Seattle so unique from the people she meets, to the food she tries and the experiences she has throughout the month...

Fatburger Opens First Doha, Qatar Location In The Pearl »

July 31, 2014 at 9:43AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

Hollywood Burger Chain Continues To Expand Internationally
July 31, 2014 // // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, the iconic Hollywood burger brand, has opened its first location in Doha, Qatar in The Pearl, a top tourist and recreational destination. Franchisee Khalifa Al Sowaidi, and Al Sowaidi Investment, will provide residents of the development with an all-American dining experience.
The fast casual burger brand currently delivers custom, made-to-order burgers, crispy "Fat Fries," hand-scooped milkshakes and hand-battered onion rings to over 150 locations in 32 countries. With successful openings in Abu Dhabi, Vancouver and Tunisia, the 62-year-old burger franchise now takes its next step into a booming international market with its opening in Doha, Qatar...

Sky Zone To Hire 100 Energetic People In Syracuse »

July 31, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
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Sky Zone Syracuse Set To Open Largest All-Trampoline Park
July 31, 2014 // // SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring more than 100 employees for its new park in Syracuse. Set to open in August, Sky Zone Syracuse will become the city's largest trampoline park with nearly 16,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 25,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Syracuse residents and visitors the ultimate 3-D play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens First Property In Canada »

July 31, 2014 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Brand Expands North American Footprint and Reaches 38th Property Milestone with Opening of West Edmonton, Alberta Hotel
July 31, 2014 // // EDMONTON, Alberta, and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced the opening of its 37th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton. This is the brand's second international property and first in Canada. The hotel also showcases Hilton Worldwide's continued commitment to expanding its footprint in the market with the company recently opening its 100th Canadian property.
"Opening our first property in Canada and continuing to expand our footprint in North America is a testament to the desirability of the Home2 Suites model from both the owner and guest perspective," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton...

Hyatt Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 31, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 31, 2014 // // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) today reported second quarter 2014 financial results as follows:

Adjusted EBITDA was $231 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $212 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 9.0%.
Adjusted for special items, net income attributable to Hyatt was $72 million, or $0.47 per share, during the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $70 million, or $0.43 per share, during the second quarter of 2013.
Net income attributable to Hyatt was $74 million, or $0.48 per share, during the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $112 million, or $0...

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Athena Learning Center Set For Tomorrow »

July 31, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Athena Learning Centers

Gina Riojas Follows in Family's Entrepreneurial Footsteps
Katy, Texas (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Business ownership is in her blood. Gina Riojas grew up with a father and grandfather who were both entrepreneurs, so the values of tenacity and determination were instilled in her from a young age. Now, she’s following in her family’s footsteps by opening an Athena Learning Center franchise.
"I couldn’t be happier," Riojas said of her choice to become an entrepreneur. "I know myself to be a hard worker and a strong organizer. This opportunity fit right into what I knew to be right."
Athena Learning Centers offer after-school tutoring services to K–12 students to help them succeed in school, prepare for exams and equip them with the skills they need to work in the 21st century...

Menchie's Collaborates With Make-A-Wish® »

July 31, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Frozen Yogurt Brand Raises Money And Brings Smiles To Children With Life-threatening Medical Conditions
July 31, 2014 // // ENCINO, Calif. - Menchie's, North America's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, is teaming up with Make-A-Wish® to help raise funds and make a difference in the lives of
From August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014, Menchie's will be raising money to help Make-A-Wish grant life-changing wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions, with a guaranteed minimum contribution of $115,000. This fundraiser is giving both Menchie's and guests the opportunity to truly make a difference in a child's life. With donations of $1 or more, guests will receive a coupon sheet worth $8 as a thank you for their donation...

Philadelphia Retains Top Spot In Fifth Annual Ranking Of Most Bedbug-Infested Cities »

July 31, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Terminix

Terminix® Research Indicates Bedbugs Remain Problem Throughout United States
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - July 30, 2014) - Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, today released its fifth annual ranking of the most bedbug infested cities in the United States, with Philadelphia, Penn. retaining the top spot for the third consecutive year. New York City topped the list for the first two years of the rankings in 2010 and 2011.
The 2014 list of Most-Infested Bedbug Cities include:

Philadelphia, Penn.       
Baltimore, Md.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Washington, D...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 600th Franchise Awarded »

July 31, 2014 at 7:49AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - July 31, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce it awarded its 600th franchise, located in San Jose, CA. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation, stated, “We’re all excited here upon reaching this bench mark. We remain confident that we’ll hit our target of 650 franchises by the end of the calendar year. Not only are our domestic sales remaining strong, but our International franchise/master franchise sales are booming, with quite a number of development deals in the pipeline, including China, India, Italy, Ghana, Honduras, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia Cyprus, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and a few other countries...

Easyhome Ltd. Reports Results For The Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2014 »

July 31, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: easyhome

Record Revenues +18%, Net Income Growth +46%Earnings Per Share Increased by 27%
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - July 30, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $63.2 million, an increase of 17.6% from $53.8 million in the second quarter of 2013. The growth was driven primarily by the expansion of easyfinancial and the related growth of its consumer loans receivable portfolio. Total same store sales growth in the quarter was 19.7%. Operating income for the quarter was $7.7 million, up $2...

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