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CruiseOne® Announces 900th Franchise Location »

July 24, 2014 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-Based Travel Franchise Also on Track to Reach Veteran Recruitment Goal
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has reached another milestone with the opening of its 900th franchise location, with more than 100 locations opening since January 2014.
"While we are thrilled to achieve such an impressive milestone of having 900 franchisees, our ultimate goal is providing our network of franchise owners with an unparalleled level of personalized support," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. "We have a saying that we are large enough to lead the industry, but small enough to care about each and every franchise owner...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Launch Dual-Branded Aloft And Element Hotel Development In Columbus, Ohio »

July 24, 2014 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Aloft Columbus and Element Columbus to Debut in early 2017, Adjacent to the campus of The Ohio State University
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Accelerating growth in markets worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its popular Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be ideally located adjacent to The Ohio State University, just minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017.
"Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

DoubleTree By Hilton Makes Minsk Move »

July 24, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hotel to Form Centrepiece of Galleria Minsk, the City's New Multi-Purpose Complex
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINSK, Belarus – Hilton Worldwide today announced further expansion of its fastest growing full service brand in Eastern Europe with the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Minsk. The brand's debut property in Belarus is expected to open by mid-2015 with project plans unveiled today at a press conference organized by property owners Galleria Concept JLLC, and follows May's successful opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Warsaw, in the capital of neighbouring Poland.
The agreement will see the development of 14 floors of a 21 storey multi-purpose tower block on the city's centrally located Pobediteley Avenue, which lies just over one kilometre from the city's historic old town and the National Exhibition Centre known as Bel Expo II...

Rockin' Jump - Jumps Back To The East With An Exciting 6 Unit Agreement! »

July 24, 2014 at 6:29AM PDT | Source: Rockin' Jump – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. - July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Rockin' Jump – the Ultimate Trampoline Park brand - headquartered in Pleasanton, CA - is celebrating an exciting new multi unit franchise agreement for the Maryland market. This six (6) unit agreement includes the territories of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Charles County and Howard County, MD.
After achieving success with their first four corporate locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rockin' Jump began offering franchises in June of 2013. With their first franchise location opening this past May, 2014 in Trumbull, CT. Rockin' Jump is continuing to realize excellent growth with this latest agreement bringing the total number of franchise units sold to 27 with 4 corporate units...

Wendy's Names Brandon Solano Senior Vice President Of Marketing »

July 24, 2014 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dublin, Ohio - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced today that Brandon Solano, 43, a veteran brand builder and product innovator, has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Solano will report to Wendy's® Chief Marketing Officer Craig Bahner and will lead the Company's Brand Marketing efforts.
"Brandon has a proven track record of building businesses and organizations. He's a step change thinker who delivers innovation in everything he does," Bahner said. "He will be a huge asset to The Wendy's Company and our system, and will help lead our brand transformation to the next level."
Over the course of his professional career, Solano has worked for some of the world's leading brands in positions of increasing scale and complexity...

Jamba To Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results On August 4th, 2014 »

July 24, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Jamba, Inc. (Nasdaq:JMBA) today announced that it will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET to review second quarter 2014 financial results. Participating on the call will be James D. White, chairman, president and chief executive officer and Karen Luey, executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer. A press release with second quarter 2014 financial results will be issued shortly after the market closes on Monday, August 4, 2014.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 407-3982 or for international callers by dialing (201) 493-6780. A replay will be available at 8:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the pin number is 13586372...

Truckload Sale Going On Now At ReBath Northeast »

July 24, 2014 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Re-Bath Remodeling

Forty Fort, PA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 - A truckload sale is going on right now at ReBath Northeast. With the announcement of the new acrylic surround colors and styles, ReBath Northeast received a truckload of product and wants to move some inventory.
Select colors and styles will be included in the sale. The colors included in the sale right now are: Sonoran Granite, White Marble, Desert Stone, Florentine Marble, Tivoli Travertine and Venetian Stone. Several colors that did not come in on the truck may be included in the sale at a later time.
ReBath Northeast has limited quantities of each color acrylic wall system. They will be sold on a first come basis. Anyone considering a bathtub replacement, liner system, tub to shower conversion or shower replacement should call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible...

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...

Corner Bakery Cafe Announces Technology Investments To Keep Pace With Record Growth »

July 24, 2014 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Corner Bakery Cafe

Neighborhood Cafe Improves Franchise Model with Increasingly Efficient Cloud-based Applications
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Corner Bakery Cafe, a fast-casual restaurant concept known for its ingredient-inspired menu and neighborhood cafe atmosphere, announces the implementation of Altametrics’ e*Restaurant and e*SmartClock to improve labor, food, human resources and administrative costs at all of its cafes. Through a variety of increased process efficiencies, these solutions will improve the franchise’s overall economic model beginning in August.
"Our ability to adopt forward-thinking technology has put us in the position to more than double our national footprint by 2017. For that reason, we knew there was room for growth in the way we handle a number of our staffing, scheduling, human resources and administrative functions," says Gary Price, president of Corner Bakery Cafe...

Budget Blinds® Becomes Proud Sponsor Of The 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin® »

July 24, 2014 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds Provides Window Coverings for the Blog Cabin Home Renovation and Consumer Sweepstakes
Orange, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 - Budget Blinds - the largest window coverings franchise in the nation - has become the exclusive window coverings sponsor of the 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin, an annual interactive homebuilding series and consumer sweepstakes. As part of the interactive process, DIY Network asks fans to vote on the design features of a home to be renovated and then invites eligible viewers to enter for a chance to win the finished residence. This year's Blog Cabin was a historic 1920s era bungalow that was remodeled and relocated to a location by a lake in the beautiful city of Winter Haven, Florida.
The 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin follows an all-star team of renovation experts as they transform the original 1,700 square foot home into a dream vacation retreat boasting 3 bedrooms, 2...

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Is Now Open In Lafayette, Louisiana »

July 24, 2014 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Mellow Mushroom

Handcrafted pizzas, endless amounts of unique beers, all in a classic rock ‘n’ roll setting, are just a few great reasons to stop into Mellow Lafayette today.
Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - Located at 3151 Johnston St. on the corner of Doucet Rd., Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers offers the ultimate dining experience for guests of all ages.
The owners of this location, Todd Moffatt and William Maisano, are excited about bringing Mellow Mushroom to Lafayette, in which they have some history themselves - their college Alma Mater from University of Lafayette is there. “Between the amazing food, beverage selection and unique environment, we felt that the community of Lafayette was in need of something fun and different," states Maisano...

Dunkin' Brands Announces Third Quarter Cash Dividend »

July 24, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass. - July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders. The dividend of $0.23 per share of common stock is payable on September 3, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 25, 2014.
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin' Brands nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants, which are primarily owned and operated by approximately 2,000 franchisees, licensees and joint venture partners...

Brinker International To Host Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call »

July 24, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), has scheduled its earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 to review fourth quarter fiscal 2014 earnings, which will be announced before the market opens on Aug. 7, 2014.
The live audio webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of Brinker International, Inc.'s Web site at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=119205&p=irol-irhome. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's Web site for 30 days after the event and via Thomson StreetEvents for their service subscribers.
About Brinker International 
Brinker International either owns, operates, franchises, or is involved in the ownership of restaurants under the names Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy...

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...

Maui Wowi Gives Back And Celebrates At New Location »

July 24, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, gourmet coffee and fruit smoothie company, kicks off a new location in Highland, Calif. with a fun community celebration, giveaways, and informational franchise opportunity sessions.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - It's almost here! The new Maui Wowi store in Highland, California recently opened its doors earlier this summer and now it's time to celebrate! Located at 28924 Greenspot Rd., the new store's owners, franchisees Jason Kounas and Jordan Lovato, invite the community to a fun Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, July 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day will kick off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. There will also be live entertainment from local hula dance groups and not to mention, two hours of free smoothies...

FaegreBD's IP Team Adds Associate Nick Anderson »

July 23, 2014 at 12:05PM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis - Nicholas M. Anderson has joined the intellectual property team in Faegre Baker Daniels' Minneapolis office as an associate.
Anderson handles patent preparation, prosecution and infringement analysis for clients in a range of industries. He is experienced with trademark searches and applications and domain name dispute resolution. Anderson also supports clients in preparation for and during intellectual property litigation. He is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Previously, Anderson was an associate attorney with Crawford Maunu in St. Paul, Minn., for more than three years. During law school, he served as a legal intern in the National Institutes of Health's Office of Technology Transfer and as a clerk with Australian firm Allens...

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...

Battery Giant To Open Retail Location In The City Of Detroit »

July 23, 2014 at 11:23AM PDT | Source: Battery Giant

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 - Retail battery store, Battery Giant, has announced that they have a franchise agreement in place for a store to be opened in the city of Detroit. The Detroit store joins 5 other Michigan Battery Giant locations and is scheduled to open in late 2014. The franchise owned store is part of a growing network of 25 locations throughout the United States, Panama and Mexico for the Michigan-based retail franchise.
Battery Giant is a specialty store that sells and distributes batteries of all sizes, powering devices from hearing aids to forklifts. Their customers range from retail walk-in customers, to large commercial accounts. “In a world of electronic devices which take all different types of batteries, consumers need a place to turn to and be confident that they are getting what they need,” stated store owner Chaundra Haynes...

New Orleans-Based Company Opens In Cairo, Egypt »

July 23, 2014 at 11:18AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
Planet Beach   Opportunities Available

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Planet Beach is excited to announce the opening of the first Planet Beach automated spa in Cairo, Egypt. Planet Beach Cairo has strategically partnered with Gold's Gym to ensure a strong and consistent member base.
The unique partnership between Planet Beach and Gold's Gym is seen to serve both customer bases well. After a strong workout, members can walk over to Planet Beach to get a quick hydration or massage session in before heading out to enjoy their day.
While the spa industry in Egypt is booming, most spas are located in four- or five-star hotels, which makes it very expensive. Planet Beach offers affordable luxury to those wanting to relax and achieve a healthy glow or rejuvenate their skin...



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