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Green Is A Good Choice For Good Earth Coffeehouse & Bakery »

March 12, 2012 at 12:33PM PDT | Source: Good Earth Cafes Ltd.

Small choices are adding up to a big difference in reducing Good Earth’s Environmental Impact.
CALGARY, March 5, 2012 – Since 1991, Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery has made environmental responsibility a part of its mission. The company and its customers continue to make a positive impact on the environment by making greener choices:
Greener Energy
All 35 Good Earth coffeehouses are 100% Wind Powered through Bullfrog Power®, a leading Canadian provider of 100 per cent green electricity. Good Earth is purchasing over 1,435 Mwh of clean, renewable power for our cafés annually. In doing so, Good Earth is reducing its environmental footprint by over 1,130 tonnes of CO2 per year. Good Earth’s cumulative carbon emissions reduction is a whopping 3,674...

Realogy's Proprietary 'LeadRouter' Lead Management System Experiences 40% Annual Increase In Leads Delivered To Brokers And Agents »

March 12, 2012 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

Affiliated Brokers Continue to Give LeadRouter Rave Reviews
March 12, 2012 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, today announced that its proprietary LeadRouterSM online lead management system had a 40% year-over-year increase in the volume of leads delivered directly to brokers and sales associates affiliated with its residential real estate franchise brands – Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty® – including offices owned by its brokerage subsidiary, NRT LLC. In 2011, LeadRouter delivered 1.4 million leads in 2011, up from 1 million in 2010.
"The dramatic success of our LeadRouter system in 2011 speaks volumes not only about the effectiveness of the underlying technology, it clearly validates the comprehensive Web marketing strategies employed by our world-class brands," said Alex Perriello, president and CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group...

Choice Hotels Names Robin Pence Vice President, Public Relations »

March 12, 2012 at 12:14PM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that it has named Robin Pence to the position of vice president of public relations. In this role, she will be responsible for developing and managing the external communications strategy for the company in the areas of public, media, industry and government relations. Ms. Pence will report to Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president, brand strategy and marketing.
"I'm excited that Robin is joining us to lead our external communications efforts and welcome a leader of her caliber to the Choice team," said Jaritz. "Robin is a skilled strategist who has helped shape company image and raise visibility of major brands in diverse industries...

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Opens First Park Inn By Radisson Hotel In California »

March 12, 2012 at 11:56AM PDT | Source: Radisson Hotels

March 12, 2012 // // Fresno, Calif.  - Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the further expansion of the Park Inn by Radisson brand in North America with the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson, Fresno, Calif.
“The opening of the first Park Inn by Radisson in California represents the continued momentum of our Ambition 2015 growth strategy and is aligned with plans to grow Park Inn by Radisson as a winning midscale brand in North America,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Americas.
The brand has grown to more than 125 hotels in operation globally with 65 hotels currently in development.
“We look forward to offering a bright, bold and fresh, uncomplicated, friendly and fun environment that provides both business and leisure travelers with the affordable hotel experience they desire,” said Lori Lascola, chief executive officer, Global Hospitality Management, Inc...

Area Residents Team Up To Open First LED Source Franchise In The State Of Florida »

March 12, 2012 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: LED Source

March 12, 2012 // // Tampa, FL - Despite their diverse career backgrounds, west Florida residents Scott Weber, Marc Soudijn and Haitham Charles have teamed up to open Florida’s first-ever franchised location of LED Source®, a company that supplies high-quality LED lighting products and specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits in both commercial and residential properties. Located at 402 Knights Run Avenue in Tampa, LED Source opens this month, servicing Hillsborough County. Charles, Soudijn and Weber signed on with LED Source to develop seven territories throughout Florida’s west coast, from Tarpon Springs to Naples.
A franchise law attorney for nearly 15 years, Weber represented a host of franchise systems from start-ups to international franchisors and individual franchisees through global law firm DLA Piper before later joining forces with Phelps Dunbar LLP, a world-renown law firm and franchise law giant...

Hyatt To Re-flag Avia Hotels In Napa And Savannah To The Andaz Brand In Summer 2012 »

March 12, 2012 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO (March 8, 2012) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that in summer 2012, the Avia hotels in Napa, Calif. and Savannah, Ga. will be re-flagged as Andaz Napa and Andaz Savannah, respectively, bringing the total number of hotels in the Andaz brand to eight. The opening of Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht the ninth Andaz hotel, is expected to follow shortly thereafter. Local architecture and design firms will work to showcase the surrounding areas through their design of the Andaz Lounge in both the Napa and Savannah hotels.
“Andaz provides exceptional experiences in refined, yet casual hotel environments, which are have unique touches and a modern, simple approach to service and style. Andaz hotels are a distinctive part of the neighborhoods in which they’re located, and the addition of these two hotels to Napa and Savannah will be a great complement to the growing number of hotels in places where our guests want to travel,” said Chuck Floyd, chief operating officer, North America, Hyatt Hotels Corporation...

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints Rob Smith As General Manager Of The Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis »

March 12, 2012 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

March 12, 2012 // // Minneapolis - Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the appointment of Rob Smith as general manager of the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis. Smith, who assumes his new role April 9, was most recently general manager of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa.
“Rob’s extensive experience leading upscale, full-service hotels and resorts will be an advantage in managing this important company-owned and managed Radisson hotel,” said Javier Rosenberg, chief operating officer, Radisson, Americas, and executive vice president of owned and managed hotels, Americas. “He has overseen several key projects, including spearheading a USD 30 million renovation of the Radisson Aruba Resort, while simultaneously improving customer and employee satisfaction...

IHG Partners With Rayadah Investment Company To Open The First Hotel Indigo In The Middle East & Riyadh’s Second InterContinental »

March 12, 2012 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 12, 2012 // // IHG, the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, and the biggest international hotel company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has signed an agreement with the Rayadah Investment Company to open two new hotels in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), including the first Hotel Indigo in the Middle East.
Hotel Indigo Riyadh KAFD and InterContinental Riyadh KAFD will be situated in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s new economic and financial hub. With easy access to the airport and in close proximity to the main business area of Olaya, the two hotels will be ideal for those people travelling for business who also want to explore the city.
Hotel Indigo pioneers a new concept targeting upscale travellers who seek a unique hotel experience...

Unishippers Ranks #40 In Franchise Business Review's Top 50 Franchises »

March 12, 2012 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Unishippers

Franchise Magazine Awards Company in Large Class Category
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, March 09, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC, the nation's first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, announced it's ranking of No.40 in the more than 200 units category on the Franchise Business Reviews prestigious 2012 Top 50 franchises list.
Franchise Business Review awards the Top Franchises awards annually to franchisors with the highest overall franchisee satisfaction according to a survey of more than 300 franchise brands in a variety of concepts, representing more than 65,000 franchisees. Franchisees from these concepts are asked their level of satisfaction with their franchise's level of training and support, its overall operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and other factors...

TruGreen Promotes Customized Lawn Care With Humorous Ad Campaign: "You Might Have A Plan" »

March 12, 2012 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: TruGreen

Ad Agency Publicis Dallas Taps Professional Comedians — including Penn & Teller — Adding Humor and Wit to TV Spots Satirizing Unsuccessful, Homespun Lawn Care Plans
DALLAS and MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TruGreen, the nation's largest professional lawn care service provider, today launched a new national ad campaign incorporating humor and wit to convey the hazards of do-it-yourself and makeshift plans to grow a healthy lawn.
Themed "You Might Have a Plan," the integrated ad campaign taps professional comedians, including Penn & Teller, to portray the potential dangers of thinking you have a plan, versus actually having a professional, customized lawn care plan from TruGreen. The new ad campaign was created by TruGreen agency of record, Publicis Dallas...

If You Want "More March," Buffalo Wild Wings Is The Place To Be »

March 12, 2012 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

Hot wings, cold beer and hoops action take center court this month.
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Who doesn’t want more March? Buffalo Wild Wings® is willing to bet that its Guests would give up another month to get more of the exiting atmosphere of the March basketball tournaments in its restaurants. The company poses that question in its new multi-platform ad campaign during a month that is one of its busiest times of the year.
“We know that the college tournaments are a favorite time for our Guests too. Our new campaign captures their passion for the competition and the energy that’s associated with March.”
In fact, during the 2011 college tournaments, basketball fans at Buffalo Wild Wings ate more than 63 million traditional and boneless wings...

Top Franchise Performers In 2011 Recognized By TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Moving Company »

March 12, 2012 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

LANSING, Mich., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the largest franchised moving company in North America, recognizes its top franchise performers this week by naming the company's "Achievement in Excellence" (AIE) winners.
The top 14 locations out of the company's 200 plus franchise locations are announced. Franchisees Mark Snyir and Chad Arnold were recognized for their Sacramento #5 location as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®'s top overall performer across all metrics including customer service, revenue and community service hours.
The Pinellas, Fla. location, owned by Bill Bass and Don Hughes and operated by Robin and Jay Bulmer, has been recognized as the top overall winner in customer service as reported by customers who used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® services in 2011...

Sport Clips Haircuts To Make Big Moments Happen With "MVP Moment Maker" »

March 12, 2012 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Sport Clips, Inc.

Leader in Guy's Hair Care Provides Participants the Opportunity to Win $10,000 and Other Prizes to Make MVP Moments Reality
GEORGETOWN, Texas, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sport Clips, the nation's largest franchise dedicated to men's and boys' hair care, announced its new promotion today, "MVP Moment Maker," that will give participants the opportunity to create their own MVP Moments with cash they could win now through April 8.
"This campaign was inspired by what we do in our stores every day with our signature MVP Experience, that includes a precision haircut, shampoo, steamed towel, and neck and shoulder massage. You leave feeling like an 'MVP,' so we wanted to give our current and potential clients the chance to feel like an MVP in a big way, their way," said Martha England, vice president of marketing for Sport Clips...

Go West Young Man »

March 12, 2012 at 9:50AM PDT | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

First Quarter 2012 Data Points toward California as a Top Market for Rental Real Estate, but Opportunities Abound Nationwide
DALLAS, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The shine may have been off the Golden State lately, but not when it comes to purchasing rental properties. A just-released survey of the Best 100 U.S. Markets to Invest in Rental Property shows California with a commanding lead, boasting 12 markets. But opportunities are noted nationwide. Florida is second with nine markets, Texas is third with seven, North Carolina is fourth with five, and New York, Ohio and Tennessee tie for fifth with four markets each. From Hawaii (Honolulu) to the smallest state (Providence, RI), a total of 39 states and the District of Columbia are represented...

Second Of Three UFood Grill Locations Breaks Ground At Aberdeen Proving Ground Military Base »

March 12, 2012 at 9:32AM PDT | Source: UFood Grill

American military marches toward healthier eating.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UFood Restaurant Group Inc. (OTCBB: UFFC) proudly announced today that they have begun construction on their second of three UFood Grill locations at the Aberdeen Proving Ground military base in Maryland. UFood was awarded a contract by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to build and operate three new UFood Grill units on the base in Aberdeen.
“We’re confident the busy, health-conscious men and women at Aberdeen will really appreciate our healthier, better-for-you options.”
Located in the military’s PX building, this 1,120 square foot express version of UFood Grill will offer a limited but varied menu – boasting an array of fresh, healthier options including breakfast paninis and burritos, fire-grilled burgers, signature sandwiches & paninis and specialty salads...

Friendly's Ice Cream To Launch MICROS WebOrdering And Loyalty Program »

March 12, 2012 at 9:25AM PDT | Source: Friendly Ice Cream Corporation

76 year old restaurant chain plans to build upon customer relationships and attract new patrons through online ordering and loyalty campaigning.
COLUMBIA, Md., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that Friendly's Ice Cream, LLC has expanded its partnership with MICROS through the addition to its technology solution set of online ordering and a guest loyalty program. To support its initiative of adding to its customer base and retaining current customers, Friendly's has elected to deploy MICROS webOrdering and MICROS iCare Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.
The implementation of the MICROS webOrdering solution allows Friendly's to increase its sales through new distribution channels such as off premise ordering...

Togo's Announces Creation Of $15 Million Fund To Fuel Franchise Growth »

March 12, 2012 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

 Fund Established with Franchise America Finance and The Bancorp Bank
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971 serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, announced today the formation of a $15 million fund to fuel its development in 2012 and beyond. The funding is available through a franchisee lending program agreement between Togo's Eateries, Franchise America Finance™ (FAF) and The Bancorp Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBBK).
With this funding, both new and existing qualified Togo's franchisees will have access to $10 million for remodels and transfers and $5 million to build new restaurants...

Jackson Hewitt's Top 5 Reasons To File Now »

March 12, 2012 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

From Getting Your Money Sooner to Preventing Identity Theft, It is Advantageous to Tackle this Annual Task Today
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Internal Revenue Service data, over 51 million people filed a tax return by this time a year ago*. Even though over 75 percent of taxpayers who filed received a tax refund -- the average being nearly $3,000 -- many chose to wait until the tax filing deadline to tackle this important annual task. While the 2012 filing deadline of April 17 may seem far off, there are clear incentives to completing a tax return now, according to Jackson Hewitt Tax Service®.
"There is no real advantage to waiting to file a tax return because, even if you owe taxes, you can delay making a payment until April 17," said Mark Steber, chief tax officer, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc...

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Nine New Restaurants In Omaha And Lincoln, Nebraska With QSR Services, LLC »

March 12, 2012 at 9:04AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

CANTON, Mass., March 12, 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 QSR Services, LLC for nine new restaurants in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013, and the remainder by 2017.
QSR Services, LLC is led by attorney and Nebraska native Bryce Bares. "We are excited to expand Dunkin' Donuts' presence in Omaha and Lincoln and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," said Bares, President of QSR Services, LLC. "We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the years to come...

Planet Smoothie Launches Flavors Of The Tropics »

March 12, 2012 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Planet Smoothie/Tasti D-Lite
Planet Smoothie/Tasti D-Lite Opportunities Available

Special Sambazon® Açaí Smoothies, Bowls Available for Limited Time
March 12, 2012 // // Franklin, TN - Planet Smoothie, which serves fresh fruit smoothies with low calorie, low sugar and high protein options, will launch its Flavors of the Tropics campaign Monday, March 19. The campaign promotes the Sambazon® products including the limited time only Açaí smoothies and bowls. Açaí (ah-sigh-ee), a fruit packed with antioxidants, healthy omegas and delicious powers, is found atop 50-foot palm trees in the Amazon.
From March 19 through April 15, the Açaí Gold Smoothie, featuring Sambazon Açaí blended with pineapple, mango and orange juice, will be offered along with the Crazy Carnival Bowl, made up of Sambazon Açaí blended thickly with mangos, raspberries and a splash of apple juice, then topped with sliced banana and granola...

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