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Realty ONE Group Affiliates, Inc., Names First Franchisee: Prominent Real Estate Broker Barbara Baker Joins As  »

October 18, 2012 at 10:53AM PDT | Source: Realty ONE Group

Three Veteran Real Estate Professionals Appointed to Further Grow Franchise Opportunity Exponentially
IRVINE, Calif. - October 18, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Realty ONE Group Affiliates, Inc., today announced the debut of its first franchise: Temecula-area real estate icon Barbara Baker will open a new office as “Realty ONE Group Southwest.” (41463 Margarita Rd., Ste. 100, Temecula, 92591)
“Having Barbara on board – and as our very first franchisee – is an amazing coup, and proof that our franchise concept is attractive to the best in the business,” said Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO and owner of Realty ONE Group.
“Barbara exemplifies all that we are looking for in a strategic partner,” said Rick Hudson, Realty ONE Group’s executive vice president of franchise development...

Johnny Rockets Plans Further Central America Expansion »

October 18, 2012 at 10:46AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

Eight Restaurants to Open in Five Countries during Next Five Years
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Johnny Rockets has signed a franchise agreement with Maria Eugenia Handal Canahuati, owner of Desarrollos Gastronomicos Internacionales Corporation, to open eight Johnny Rockets restaurants in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala over the next five years. The first location in Central America for the iconic all-American chain opened in Panama City in August 2010.
With a strong business acumen and vast experience in the hospitality industry, Handal is well positioned to grow Johnny Rockets' unique brand of Americana in Central America. A graduate of The General Manager Program at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Handal is Executive VP of her corporation's hotel company and oversees the Crowne Plaza San Pedro Sula and the Holiday Inn Express San Pedro Sula in Honduras...

Red Lion Hotels To Report 2012 Third Quarter Results November 8 »

October 18, 2012 at 10:33AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) today announced that it will report third quarter results after the market closes on Thursday, Nov. 8.
The company will hold a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, to discuss the results for interested investors, analysts and portfolio managers. Hosting the call will be President and Chief Executive Officer Jon E. Eliassen and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Julie Shiflett. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer George Schweitzer will also be available to answer questions.
To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: (800) 230-1074...

IHG To Introduce Managed Service Centre For Hotels In Russia And The CIS »

October 18, 2012 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

October 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // IHG has announced plans to establish a managed service centre that will provide support services for its hotels as it grows Russia and the CIS.
Once it is open (most likely around March 2013) the Moscow-based centre will enable IHG hotels to access specialised clustered (non-guest facing) services including sales and marketing, finance, IT and human resources.
IHG’s VP Operations, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia, Robert Kennedy, said:
“Our decision to establish such a centre underlines our commitment to growing in Russia and the rest of the CIS: one of IHG’s priority markets.
“The managed service centre will be a bespoke offering for this region...

Verlo Named Official Mattress Of Green Bay Packers »

October 18, 2012 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Verlo Mattress Factory Stores

October 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE, WI - The Green Bay Packers' best defense against a poor night's sleep may be a mattress made by Verlo Mattress Factory, which was named the Official Mattress of the Green Bay Packers today.
The announcement, made jointly by the Green Bay Packers and Verlo, reflects a natural partnership between two organizations with a history of excellence and performance.
In fact, the Green Bay Packers sleep on Verlo mattresses while attending training camp each year at St. Norbert College, so they have first-hand knowledge of their comfort and durability.
Verlo Mattress Factory is the only manufacturer to back their mattresses with a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. For over 50 years, the Wisconsin-based manufacturer has built high-quality custom mattresses in their local factories, and then sold them at factory-direct prices...

Dunkin' Donuts Announces 16 New Restaurants In Salt Lake City, Utah, With Sizzling Donuts, LLC »

October 18, 2012 at 9:41AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

CANTON, Mass., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee Sizzling Donuts, LLC for 16 new restaurants in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013 and the remainder by 2018.
In February 2012, Sizzling Platter, LLC formed the subsidiary Sizzling Donuts, LLC and signed their first multi-unit agreement with Dunkin' Donuts to develop 11 new restaurants in Denver, Colorado, and eight new restaurants in El Paso, Texas, over the next several years.
"We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence in Salt Lake City and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," said Mitchell Lowe, Sizzling Platter's General Counsel and vice president of development...

Franchise Industry Gains Benefits And Incentives With Mobile Options »

October 18, 2012 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Matco Tools

Matco Tools Makes Franchise Ownership More Feasible with Mobile Stores
October 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // As the national unemployment rate rises to 8.1% and job opportunities decrease, many Americans are looking into franchise ownership opportunities. However, many of these options require large financial investments and force prospective owners to commit to a specific building location. Luckily, there is another option that lowers financial burdens involved in ownership and provides more flexibility: mobile franchises.
Mobile franchises have been around for years and are a popular option due to the added benefits they offer.

Lower start-up costs—Franchise owners can lighten the financial burden of starting a business by eliminating real estate costs and other fees involved in using a building and stocking an entire store...

Snap-on Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results »

October 18, 2012 at 8:13AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.26; Sales, excluding foreign currency effects, up 4.6%
KENOSHA, Wis. - October 18, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE)--Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the third quarter of 2012.

Sales of $711.6 million increased $14.4 million, or 2.1%, from 2011 levels; excluding $16.6 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 4.6%.
Operating earnings before financial services of $96.2 million, including $12.2 million of higher year-over-year stock-based, mark-to-market expense, compares to $94...

New Intelligent Office Survey Finds Ongoing Culture Shift In The Work Place »

October 18, 2012 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

North American Workers Are Using Social Settings to Extend Where They Work
Of the More Than 1,000 People Polled Nearly Half Work in Multiple Locations on a Regular Basis
DENVER - October 18, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - A new survey by Intelligent Office finds that people are choosing where they want to work rather than being assigned a standard work place location. There is a culture shift taking place in which today’s worker is personalizing and customizing where they work by finding and using creative, social locations to get their jobs done.
Supporting the results of Intelligent Office’s first Work IQ survey from earlier this year, these findings also point to an overall shift in today’s workers. While people still seek success and work hard to achieve it, the location in which they work on a daily basis is changing...

Burger King® Brand Debuts New Holiday-Inspired Menu Items »

October 18, 2012 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: Burger King

New, Limited-Time-Only Holiday Sweets Promise to Satisfy All Taste Buds
MIAMI - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 18, 2012 - To celebrate the start of the holiday season, Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) today proudly unveiled additions to its popular dessert menu: the Gingerbread Cookie Sundae and Gingerbread Cookie Shake. Infused with classic holiday flavors that you have grown to love, each gingerbread treat is sure to get everyone into the spirit of the season while fulfilling those cookie cravings. For cinnamon-flavor enthusiasts, BK® will also feature the irresistible Cinnabon® Minibon® Rolls, baked fresh daily using the world's best cinnamon and covered in rich, creamy frosting. Treat yourself to a sweet morning, snack on-the-go or pair with your favorite BK® meal...

Rebounding Consumer Spending And Small Business Lending Signal Growth For Firemans Contractors Franchises »

October 18, 2012 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: Firemans Contractors

Pent-up demand for pavement maintenance and repair creating jobs and openings for new franchise business nationally.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Firemans Contractors, Inc. (OTCBB: FRCN) (OTCQB: FRCN); A rebound in consumer spending is spurring businesses and retailers to focus on parking lot and pavement maintenance, creating opportunities for Firemans Contractors franchise owners.
Renee Gilmore, CEO of the Fort Worth-based company, which provides road and pavement improvement, maintenance, and repair services to commercial and government clients in Texas and across the country, says "the renewed interest in maintenance and repair, coupled with record lending to small businesses, are ideal conditions for new Firemans Contractors franchisees, veterans especially...

Hertz Extends Timing Agreement With The FTC Until November 16, 2012 »

October 18, 2012 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Hertz

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) today announced that, in connection with its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG) for $87.50 per share, Hertz has agreed to extend the term of its timing agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) until 11:59 p.m. on November 16, 2012.
As previously announced, Hertz and the FTC staff entered into a timing agreement whereby Hertz would not close the transaction prior to 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2012 without the prior agreement of the FTC. The FTC has not completed its review of the information provided by Hertz and Dollar Thrifty and has requested an extension of time to review the transaction beyond October 31, 2012...

Newly Converted Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown To Open Doors In 2013 »

October 18, 2012 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

Upper Upscale All-Suites Brand Moves into Historic Venue in Inner Harbor; Will Continue to Host Meetings and Events
October 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, Va. – Embassy Suites Hotels today announced the May 2013 opening of the Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown, which will be the largest full-service all-suites hotel in downtown Baltimore and the upper upscale hotel brand’s third property in the state of Maryland. This newly converted property, which is being called the Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue in the interim, is being developed by a joint venture between Garrison Investment Group and The Chartres Lodging Group, and managed by Kokua Hospitality, LLC. The 37-story, 300-room hotel is located within the celebrated cultural hub of downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at 222 St...

Transworld Business Advisors Names Tom Jones Senior Vice President »

October 18, 2012 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Transworld Business Advisors

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Transworld Business Advisors of Florida announced the appointment of Thomas I. Jones as Senior Vice President. Jones will oversee the company's general operations.
Mr. Jones has been with Transworld for almost 20 years and is one of the top producers over his tenure with the firm. He has been recognized in Transworld's President's club every year it has been in existence. He often specializes in medical practices and other medical related business sales, mergers and acquisitions. His medical specialty website is www.healthcarebizsales.com.
Andrew Cagnetta, CEO stated, "Tom is a leader in our firm and industry. We are happy to have him continue to serve in a senior capacity for us...

Pizza Rustica Signs First Two Leases In The Middle East »

October 18, 2012 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica to Open First Two Locations under Master Agreement
Miami Beach, FL, October 18, 2012 - (PR.com) - Pizza Rustica has signed its first two leases under a Master Franchise Agreement to open Pizza Rustica units in the Middle East. Pizza Rustica, a beloved South Beach institution, serves fresh, top quality pizza, along with healthy salads and panini sandwiches.
The first new location will be in Bahrain in The Lagoon retail development in the heart of Amwaj Island www.thelagoonbahrain.com. The second is in Kuwait in city of Sabah Al-Salem on the country’s coast. The locations are expected to open in next few months.
“We have taken the first steps of our expansion into the Middle East,” says Pino Piroso founder of Pizza Rustica...

Friends And Valpak Offer Fans A Thrill: Enter For A Chance To Win A Trip For You And Five Friends To Universal Orlando Resort »

October 18, 2012 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Valpak and Universal Orlando Resort have taken their comradeship to the next level by teaming up and inviting Friends fans to enter the “Friends Flyway Sweepstakes.”
Burbank, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2012 - To celebrate all 236 original broadcast episodes of Friends airing in syndication in HD and now available for the first time ever as a box set completely remastered in 1080p high-definition video and 5.1 audio, we are giving Friends fans a chance to choose five of their “friends” to go on a vacation getaway to Universal Orlando Resort. There, they will experience two amazing theme parks where guests are not just entertained – they become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created...

European Wax Center Union City Offers New Payment Plans »

October 18, 2012 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

A California Waxing Center is Making it Easier than Ever to Wax Regularly
Fremont, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2012 - European Wax Center Union City is now offering several new payment plans for guests. With the new payment plan, guests can now split the total cost of their waxing services into three easy payments when they purchase a Wax Pass with a value over $150. These payments, payable every 30 days, will make bikini line waxing in Union City, Fremont, CA even easier and more affordable.
European Wax Center Union City provides professional, convenient Brazilian waxing in Union City, Newark, CA at affordable pricing. The center’s exclusive four-step wax process gives guests an unrivaled virtually pain-free waxing experience...

Gloria Solomon-Aggrey Honored As The Recipient Of The 2012 Home Health Aide Achievement Award »

October 18, 2012 at 5:38AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance Caregiver, Gloria Solomon-Aggrey, Recognized for her Professional Commitment to her Senior Clients
(PRWEB) October 17, 2012 - Home Care Assistance, North America’s premier provider of in-home care, is proud to announce Gloria Solomon-Aggrey, a caregiver with the Washington D.C. office for four years, as the winner of Maryland National Capital Home Care Association (MNCHA)’s 2012 Home Health Aide Achievement Award. Each year, the Home Health Aide Achievement Award recognizes a single exemplary caregiver in the greater Maryland and Washington D.C. area who demonstrates the highest quality care and professionalism for client service.
Gloria Solomon-Aggrey was selected based upon her extensive client care experience and, in particular, her willingness to go above and beyond to deliver exceptional care to her client for the past three years...

‘Tis The Season For Jack In The Box® Holiday Shakes »

October 18, 2012 at 5:32AM PDT | Source: Jack in the Box

SAN DIEGO - October 18, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The holidays are here! The holidays are here! Well … almost. To help ease people into the holiday spirit, Jack in the Box® restaurants are once again offering their perennially popular Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog Shakes.
“Pumpkin pie and egg nog are two of the most popular and familiar treats of the holidays, and our Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog Shakes have been seasonal favorites of our guests for several years,” said Bobby Brown, marketing manager for Jack in the Box. “The shakes are rich and thick and pack a lot of flavor. But they’re only available for a limited time, so don’t wait too long to begin celebrating the season!”
As with Jack’s other Real Ice Cream Shakes, the Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog Shakes are available in regular (16 oz...

Jamba Juice And Twilight Saga Fans Get Berry Bitten™ This Fall  »

October 18, 2012 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice to debut a nutritious, exclusive Limited Time Only TWILIGHT SAGA-themed smoothie and special social media sweepstakes.
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, in partnership with Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, proudly announces the debut of the all-new Berry Bitten™ smoothie to celebrate the upcoming November theatrical release of "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2." As part of the special promotional activities around the long-awaited conclusion to the beloved film series, Jamba® is also sponsoring a "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2" Premiere Sweepstakes on Facebook, in which one lucky fan will win a Grand Prize trip for two to attend the world premiere screening of the film on November 12 in Los Angeles...



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