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Dogtopia Founder & Executives Attain Certified Franchise Executive Designation »

February 28, 2013 at 11:08AM PST | Source: Dogtopia

Leading Dog Daycare Franchise Ramps Up for Rapid Growth Across North America 
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va. – Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare and spa franchise, announced today that its entire executive team received their Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation last week by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. Amy Nichols, chief executive officer, Mike Schlegel, vice president of development, and Jakob Hunt, vice president of operations, completed a comprehensive course of study in franchise management which includes not only formal education but also experience and participation in franchising to ensure that graduates have a demonstrated ability in practical application of the degree...

Happy’s Pizza Reaches Milestone, Opening 100th Store In Detroit »

February 28, 2013 at 11:02AM PST | Source: Happy's Pizza

February 14, 2013 - DETROIT, MI - Happy’s Pizza is proud to announce they have reached a company milestone as they prepare to open their 100th location in Detroit, Michigan (7731 East 7 Mile Rd) on the corner of 7 Mile and Van Dyke, next week. The 100th location is only one mile from the first Happy’s Pizza location that opened 17 years ago.
Happy’s Pizza was founded by 18-year-old Happy Asker in 1996 on a busy Detroit corner, and has since grown into a nationwide brand with many locations across the United States. Happy’s Pizza is currently located in eight states and slated to expand into more by the end of 2013.
“We’re very excited to reach such an important milestone,” said Jason Curis, co-CEO of Happy’s Pizza...

Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App Adds Support For Apple’s Passbook »

February 28, 2013 at 10:25AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced its popular Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App for iPhone and iPod touch has added support for Apple's Passbook, allowing people to run on Dunkin’ faster and more conveniently than ever before.
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA - Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced its popular Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App for iPhone and iPod touch has added support for Apple's Passbook, allowing people to run on Dunkin’ faster and more conveniently than ever before. Guests can now easily add their Dunkin' Donuts Cards to Passbook and pay for food, beverages and merchandise at participating U...

Fitness Revolution Honored As Top Fitness Franchise In Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Awards »

February 28, 2013 at 10:16AM PST | Source: Fitness Revolution

Fitness Revolution has just been named the top franchise in the Fitness Category at Franchise Business Review’s annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. 
Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 - Franchise Business Review has revealed the winners of its 2013 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Fitness Revolution, headquartered in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has been named the top fitness franchise in the country. It also claimed top honors among all franchise types with 100-249 locations.
The Franchisee Satisfaction Awards are part of a project measuring franchisee satisfaction at the United States’ most prominent franchises. The only award honoring companies for franchisee satisfaction, the “FBR50” has reached its 8th year of existence...

Jersey Mike's Opens Fifth Location In Chicago »

February 28, 2013 at 9:58AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate Grand Opening with Free Subs
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // Chicago. IL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, opened its fifth Chicago location on February 27. Franchise owners Jeff Herter and Bobby Singh hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, February 27 to Sunday, March 3 to support South Loop Elementary School and Jones College Prep.
The new restaurant, located at 26 E. Roosevelt Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community, offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to South Loop Elementary School and Jones College Prep. Half of these 10,000 coupons will be designated for donations to South Loop Elementary School and half will be designated for donations to Jones College Prep...

Wiggin And Dana Partner Speaks At 47th Annual Heckerling Institute On Estate Planning »

February 28, 2013 at 9:51AM PST | Source: Wiggin & Dana

Steve's Top Ten List to Avoid Litigation Featured on CFA Institute Blog: Enterprising Investor
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // In January, Wiggin and Dana Probate Litigation Partner, Steven Malech, participated in a panel discussion titled, The Prudent Investor Rule After the Financial Crisis, at the 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the nation's leading conference for trust and estate attorneys, trust officers, accountants, insurance advisors, and wealth management professionals.
Steve's co-panelists, Max M. Schanzenbach from Northwestern University School of Law, and Susan Porter, a senior advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company, N.A., discussed the impact of the Prudent Investor Act on trust investment and management practices...

Batteries Plus Recognized For Success In Annual Entrepreneur Franchise 500® »

February 28, 2013 at 9:19AM PST | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
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Battery and Light Bulb Franchise Ranked #1 in the Battery Category
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // Hartland, WI – With more than 550 stores open in 46 states and Puerto Rico, Batteries Plus, the nation’s first, largest and fastest growing battery and light bulb franchise, recently ranked #1 in the battery category as part of the 2013 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®.
Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® is the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking based on objective, quantifiable measures of success. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. Only franchise companies that supply full Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs) or Canadian Disclosure Documents and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing...

Helen Doron Confirms Commitment To China And Announces Further Expansion Plan »

February 28, 2013 at 9:04AM PST | Source: Helen Doron Group, The

Six new learning centres opening in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Qingdao in March.
Shanghai, China (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 - Helen Doron, Founder and CEO of Helen Doron Educational Group, visited Shanghai today to reaffirm the company’s commitment to the China market by outlining an aggressive expansion plan. Six new learning centres are slated to open by March 2013; the company will also expand and diversify its local operational management team to support the company’s growing portfolio of learning centres.
With the vision of providing excellent English education to young learners in China, Helen Doron currently operates a total of 12 learning centres across China, and its programmes have benefited over 10,000 Chinese children...

Caring Senior Service Names Vanessa Wagster Director Of Support Services »

February 28, 2013 at 8:56AM PST | Source: Caring Senior Service
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Newest Addition To National In-Home Care Franchise Brings Diverse Background In Elderly Care
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO – Caring Senior Service, a national homecare company, is pleased to announce the addition of, Vanessa Wagster, Support Services Director. Wagster will be responsible for overseeing human resource functions, regulation compliance, and operational procedures. In addition, Wagster will lead the support services team and focus on providing solutions for the company’s 45 franchises nationwide.
Wagster has over 10 years of experience in assisted living and hospice care, specializing in Memory Care. Wagster obtained a Masters in Social Work from Texas State University. Her enthusiasm for finding custom care solutions that improve both the quantity and quality of life of aging seniors brought her to Caring Senior Service...

Christina Rodriguez Named Systems Administrator At Labor Finders International »

February 28, 2013 at 8:47AM PST | Source: Labor Finders

February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Labor Finders International, Inc. the oldest and largest privately held industrial labor staffing franchise company in the United States has announced the appointment of Christina Rodriguez as Systems Administrator.
“I am very excited that Christina has joined our Information Technology (IT) team here at Labor Finders’ corporate location, she brings a lot of enthusiasm, and experience in emerging technologies. I am positive she will be a huge asset as we continue on our path of developing new solutions for our corporate headquarters and for our franchisees,” stated Jorge Quintana, Director of Information Technology.
Prior to joining Labor Finders Christina worked for various private corporations and city/government municipalities where she was responsible for overseeing their Datacenter Virtual Infrastructure’s as the Network Systems Engineer...

Panera Bread Introduces New Platform To Express Brand Values, Purpose And Culture: "Live Consciously" »

February 28, 2013 at 8:30AM PST | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18, 2013 — Since its founding, Panera Bread Company (Nasdaq: PNRA) has always aspired to elevate the lives of its guests and associates while also making a difference in the communities itserves. Today Panera unveiled a new initiative that for the first time articulatesthis purpose-driven philosophy.
“Panera began with a simple commitment:to bake fresh bread every morning in our bakery-cafes,” said Michael Simon, Panera’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “That single, powerful commitmentset the stage for a series of deliberate, challenging decisions that have essentially made this company what it is — how it conducts business, the kind of cultural values it wants to reflect, and the impact it wants to have on society...

Seeing & Being Seen Is Critical To Safe Driving »

February 28, 2013 at 8:17AM PST | Source: NOVUS Glass

Safety on the roads starts with a driver who can properly see and be seen by other vehicles.
February 28, 2013 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis, MN – Safety on the roads starts with a driver who can properly see and be seen by other vehicles. Good vision is essential for an optimal safe driving experience. If you are unable to see properly, it makes it almost impossible to drive safely. Bad weather and dangerous driving conditions are common any time of the year, which makes practicing proper car maintenance that affects vision clarity imperative. Because 90% of your driving decisions are based on a clear, unobstructed view of the road, it is more important than ever to review some key tips on how to ensure visual clarity.
Windshield Preservation
Because the vast majority of driving decisions depend on vision clarity, a clean, clear windshield is imperative...

360clean Recognizes Top-Performers At Annual Regional Developer Conference »

February 28, 2013 at 8:06AM PST | Source: 360clean

360clean recognizes achievements of their Regional Developers at an Awards Dinner held in Atlanta, GA.
Charleston, SC (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 - 360clean, the fast-growing commercial janitorial franchise best known for its specialization in cleaning medical offices, recognized its top performing Regional Developers at the company’s recent conference in Atlanta, Ga.
360clean Regional Developer, Mike Fiebig, of Charleston, SC was awarded the Regional Developer of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Fiebig owns the Regional Developer territory that is based in Charleston, but extends along the entire South Carolina coast.
The Regional Developer of the Year Award is given to the 360clean Regional Developer that stands out in overall performance, i...

Domino's Pizza Announces 2012 Financial Results »

February 28, 2013 at 7:19AM PST | Source: Domino's Pizza

Delivers 23% EPS Growth in Fourth Quarter; Initiates Regular Dividend
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012, comprised of strong EPS and global store count growth, and positive same store sales. Historically consistent cash generation also enabled the Board of Directors to declare a regular dividend. Domestic same store sales grew 4.7% during the fourth quarter versus the year-ago period, and 3.1% for the full year, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. International also posted strong results with same store sales growth of 5.2% for both the quarter and full year periods...

GNC Expands Boundaries Of Innovation In Sports Nutrition »

February 28, 2013 at 7:11AM PST | Source: GNC

Latest technology breakthroughs, exclusive formulations, and stronger products boost workout performance and recovery for athletes of all levels.
PITTSBURGH - Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health, wellness and sports nutrition products, today announced its latest technology breakthroughs in sports nutrition and the evolution of several products in its industry-leading Pro Performance® line. GNC's expanded offerings will come as exciting news to athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all levels who seek to enhance overall workout performance with the latest product innovations.
"Over the last 25 years, GNC has built a powerful and unmatched reputation for creating cutting-edge performance nutrition products," said Tom Dowd, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and General Manager for GNC...

The Briad Group® Names Robert Fix Vice President Of Franchise Sales For CUPS Frozen Yogurt - That's Hot™ »

February 28, 2013 at 7:07AM PST | Source: The Briad Group

LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Restaurant and hospitality leader The Briad Group® announced today that it has named industry veteran Robert Fix as Vice President of Franchise Sales for CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That's Hot™. Fix will be responsible for franchise sales, franchise relations and trade show management.
"Rob is a very successful sales executive with an impressive track record with several national restaurant brands. We are excited to add someone with Rob's credentials to the CUPS management team," said Rick Barbrick , President and COO of The Briad Group. "CUPS is poised for rapid growth and Rob's background and experience will help us continue to be one of the fastest growing franchises in the frozen yogurt industry...

Just Between Friends Franchise System Expanding Programs To Promote Safe Secondhand And Consignment Shopping »

February 28, 2013 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends is working with national safety groups to educate families across the country about recalls to help reduce the number of recalled products available in the secondhand market.
Tulsa, Okla. (PRWEB) February 27, 2013 - Just Between Friends (JBF), the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event, is expanding its efforts to educate families nationwide about safe shopping at consignment events and second hand stores. As the company gears up for more than 125 spring consignment events, they are focusing again on safety first.
While Just Between Friends strives to help families save money, their top priority is safety. The company has a safety and recall specialist who tracks all recalls and product information...

HoneyBaked Partners With Feeding America® To Provide More Than 100,000 Meals To The Hungry »

February 28, 2013 at 6:49AM PST | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Customers urged to join in the fight against hunger by donating at HoneyBaked stores across the nation.
CINCINNATI - Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - With the season of giving concluded, the season of need has arrived, and millions of low-income families are now choosing between heat and hunger. To help those in need this winter, HoneyBaked has joined with Feeding America®, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization, to donate 100,000 meals.* To officially launch the program, HoneyBaked is donating 4,000 pounds of ham (10,000 immediate meals)** in the Washington, D.C. area, where one in five children is at risk of or experiencing hunger.
From February 27 through March 27, customers are invited to help HoneyBaked reach its goal of providing 100,000 meals*...

Brightway Insurance Opens New Franchise Store In Davie »

February 28, 2013 at 6:45AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Store owner's new location provides clients with a quality insurance products because of Brightway partnership.
Davie, FL (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 - Brightway Insurance, a leading national independent insurance retailer, added its newest agency owner, Kunie F. Lorenzo, who opened a new franchise store at 11356 West State Road 84 in Davie.
Owning a Brightway franchise will allow Lorenzo to provide her clients with a many quality insurance products because Brightway partners with the best carriers in the industry.
“My decision to choose Brightway was based on the company’s positive corporate culture and knowing that the franchise provides tremendous support by very knowledgeable people,” Lorenzo said. “Brightway also provides a wide range of quality carriers and options to customers, which is a great advantage and allows me to help my clients with their insurance needs...

Valpak® Announces New Franchisee In Shenandoah Valley »

February 28, 2013 at 6:39AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

First Time Entrepreneur Brings the Blue Envelope® Back to Local Community
LARGO, Fla. - Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Elizabeth Hui , a first-time franchise entrepreneur, to bring the Blue Envelope® back to residents in Shenandoah Valley, Va. Valpak had previously mailed to residents in the area, but has been dormant since 2011. The first Blue Envelope will be mailed to residents in Rockingham, Augusta, and Page counties, which include the cities of Staunton and Harrisonburg, beginning March 2013.
"I am elated to have the opportunity to bring Valpak back into Shenandoah Valley," said Elizabeth, Valpak of Shenandoah Valley franchisee...



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