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Collegiate Challenge Students Prep For The SAT »

March 27, 2013 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Appleton Learning

Appleton Learning Awards over $7,000 in Test Prep Scholarships
March 27, 2013 // // Houston, TX – Fifteen Collegiate Challenge students from Spring Branch Independent School District are prepping for the May 4 SAT with Appleton Learning. Appleton recently awarded fifteen test prep scholarships, providing the students an opportunity to improve their test scores.
A higher SAT score can help students gain admission into their dream college or qualify for more scholarship money. The Appleton Test Prep Course scholarships were awarded to Collegiate Challenge students from Spring Woods High School, Stratford High School, Westchester High School, and Northbrook High School.
“The Collegiate Challenge program is designed to help junior and senior students prepare for college and career,” said Linda Buchman, Community Relations Officer for Spring Branch Independent School District...

Fear Of Falling Is A Major Contributor To Actual Falls Among Seniors »

March 27, 2013 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: LivHOME

Prevents Seniors from Participating in Activities that Would Build Strength, Balance, Says LivHOME’s Bunni Dybnis – Exercise, Proper Medical Care, Attention to Home Safety Are Important
March 27, 2013 // // Los Angeles – Falling has always been a serious concern for seniors, and for good reason. The injuries sustained in falls can be extremely serious for older adults.
However, the fear of falling itself is a big problem. This fear is a major contributor to actual falls because it prevents seniors from participating in the very activities that would build strength and balance and protect them from fall-related injuries, says Bunni Dybnis, Director of Professional Services at LivHOME®.
Dybnis discusses the reasons seniors fall and the steps that can be taken to prevent falling in Episode 34 of The Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME...

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen Dishes Out Pasta…ahh Triple Play Promotion And A New Take On Lasagna »

March 27, 2013 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

March 27, 2013 // // MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen launched an in-store food promotion, Pasta…Ahh, celebrating classic Italian pastas and the debut of Lasagna Casseroli, a unique twist on the classic Italian dish. Through the end of April, participating Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen restaurants invite baked ziti fanatics, mac and cheese enthusiasts, and lasagna lovers to indulge in one of three signature pasta dishes.
Consumers continue to crave authentic Italian classics and during the promotion they can choose one of the following - Baked Ziti, Mac & Cheese and the Lasagna Casseroli - a la carte or make it a Pasta Triple Play by adding a salad or veggie, and a garlic roll. In addition, pasta-loving fans who ‘LIKE’ Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen on Facebook or join the Villa eClub will have access to a downloadable coupon for a free medium fountain soda with the purchase of any Pasta Triple Play...

HomeVestors Continues Aggressive Trademark Enforcement In First Quarter »

March 27, 2013 at 9:42AM PDT | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

HomeVestors Franchise Continues Diligence in Protecting its Trademarks 
DALLAS - March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - HomeVestors of America, Inc. ("HomeVestors"), known for its registered trademark We Buy Ugly Houses®, has been diligent in protecting its trademarks. Since its incorporation in 1996, HomeVestors has aggressively defended its federally registered trademarks and enforced its right to prevent third parties from infringing these marks, in third-party websites, domain names, and in keyword advertising.
In the first quarter of 2013 alone, HomeVestors has initiated enforcement action against as many as fourteen new third-party infringers and has already secured victory in five matters. HomeVestors is also pursuing a number of Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy ("UDRP") proceedings against parties that are incorporating HomeVestors trademarks into domain names...

Zippy Shell Mobile Self-Storage Rapid Expansion Continues! Announces New Location In Southern California »

March 27, 2013 at 9:36AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

March 27, 2013 // // Zippy Shell USA, LLC announced today the sale of a franchise in San Diego California, marking its expansion into Southern California. Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage will open in the Golden State by June of this year. The franchise, owned by Rob Gibney will serve northern San Diego County.
According to Gibney, "I chose the Zippy Shell system because it offers better storage solutions and alternatives to what is currently available to the people looking for this service in San Diego. I've always liked the storage business model. The Zippy Shell model allowed me to get into his business with a reasonable amount of capital and an outstanding franchise management team to work with me."
The Zippy Shell franchise recently recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2013 Top 50 New Franchises Issue coming in at #37 and was also named as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's top 500 franchises for 2013...

Precision Concrete Cutting Named #2 Overall For The First Time By Franchise Business Review »

March 27, 2013 at 9:31AM PDT | Source: Precision Concrete Cutting

LINDON, Utah - March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Based on a survey of franchisees done by the Franchise Business Review, Precision Concrete Cutting was ranked #2 overall for the first time out of more than 350 franchise brands in the 2013 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.
"We're in the business of improving lives, and that applies to our franchisees as well as our customers and the people they serve," remarked Aaron Ollivier , President of Precision Concrete Cutting. "It's huge for us to know that we really are doing our part to make our franchisees happy and help them succeed, and it's an honor to be ranked #2 overall among so many other strong brands."
The industry leader in innovation, green technology, and affordability, Precision Concrete Cutting has been repairing trip and fall hazards from uneven sidewalks for eighteen years...

Sign & Graphics Franchise To Share Global Growth Strategies At 2013 ISA Expo »

March 27, 2013 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® to Discuss International Franchise Opportunities and Franchise Co-branding and Conversion Initiatives
March 27, 2013 // // CARROLLTON, Texas – FASTSIGNS International Inc., the worldwide franchisor of FASTSIGNS® visual communications, signage and graphics centers, will be exhibiting at the 2013 ISA International Sign Expo to speak with independent business owners about all of its franchise programs and opportunities for international franchise agreements.
The show, which will be held April 4-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is the largest show in the world serving the on-premise sign industry, with the largest array of sign industry and digital imaging products available, valuable educational programs and invaluable networking opportunities...

Lights Out For Le Meridien St Julians »

March 27, 2013 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Le Meridien

Hotel goes dark for Earth Hour 2013 as part of the Worldwide Movement for Environment.
St Julians, Malta, March 27, 2013 - ( - Le Méridien St Julians Hotel & Spa joined millions around the world in turning off lights for Earth Hour 2013 to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.
Earth Hour 2013 took place on Saturday, 23rd March at 8:30 p.m. local time. Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million.
This year’s theme is “Uniting People to Protect the Planet.” With that in mind, Le Méridien St Julians activated a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour...

Dickey’s Says 'I Do' To New Wedding Packages »

March 27, 2013 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Nation’s Largest Barbecue Franchise Offers Full Service Wedding Options
DALLAS - March 27, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With wedding season right around the corner, Dickey’s Barbecue is introducing big day catering packages that make tying the knot unforgettable. The barbecue restaurant known for authentic pit smoked barbecue is now offering catering packages specifically geared toward wedding rehearsals and receptions.
“With the popularity of rustic wedding events, we’ve seen an increase in brides and grooms booking our full-service catering options,” said Michelle Sarlls, Director of Catering Sales for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “Dickey’s provides an affordable solution for both rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions...

Forbes Names Menchie's CEO Amit Kleinberger To Most Promising CEOs Under 35 List »

March 27, 2013 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Franchise Rises to Prominence Under Kleinberger's Leadership
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) - Forbes magazine has named Menchie's Frozen Yogurt CEO Amit Kleinberger one of its Most Promising CEOs Under 35, a subset of the renowned business publication's list of America's Most Promising Companies.
The 33-year-old Kleinberger partnered with Menchie's, a self-serve chain of family-friendly frozen yogurt stores, in 2008 after a career in the military. Against formidable competition in the frozen dessert industry, the chain has flourished thanks to its superior frozen desserts and Kleinberger's steadfast devotion to Menchie's "We Make You Smile" philosophy.
"We offer a unique experience," Kleinberger said...

Mattress Firm Announces Fourth Fiscal Quarter And Full Fiscal Year Financial Results »

March 27, 2013 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: Mattress Firm

Net Sales Increased 37.0% in the Fourth Fiscal Quarter 
Fourth Fiscal Quarter Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.30 on an Adjusted Basis, $0.22 on a GAAP Basis
Provides Financial Guidance for Fiscal Year 2013 

HOUSTON - March 26, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM) today announced its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter (13 weeks) and full fiscal year (52 weeks) ended January 29, 2013. Net sales for the fourth fiscal quarter increased 37.0% to $258.2 million, reflecting incremental sales from new and acquired stores, offset by a comparable-store sales decline of 1.6%. For the full fiscal year, net sales increased 43.1% to $1,007.3 million and comparable-store sales increased 6...

Century 21 Real Estate Builds Momentum In Hispanic Market, Welcomes National Real Estate Leader And His Firm »

March 27, 2013 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: Century 21

President of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and His Company Join the Most Recognized Brand in Real Estate
PARSIPPANY, NJ -(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) - Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the world's largest real estate sales organization, is pleased to welcome Juan Martinez and his firm, CENTURY 21 Martinez & Associates, to the CENTURY 21® System. Martinez, who was ranked the No. 1 Latino agent* in the nation in 2012, was installed yesterday as the 2013-2014 president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"If you ask nine out of 10 Hispanic families in the United States, 'Who is the best real estate company?' they will say, CENTURY 21," said Martinez...

Last Chance To Host Fantasy Baseball Draft At Hooters »

March 27, 2013 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: Hooters

Host your fantasy baseball draft at Hooters and receive a free draft kit.
ATLANTA - March 26, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hooters of America, LLC announced today that less than one week remains to host a fantasy baseball draft at Hooters locations across the United States. Baseball fans who register at and host a party at their favorite local Hooters restaurant on or before March 31 will receive a free draft kit.
“A successful draft can make or break a fantasy baseball season. Hooters equips fans with the right tools and the awesome atmosphere to start baseball season off right,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “Watching baseball teams from across the country with large-screen TVs at every turn and world famous chicken wings served with Hooters Girl hospitality gives fans a home field advantage like never before, every day and night...

7-Eleven® Turns To 'Idea Hub,' Hackathon For New Smartphone App Capabilities »

March 27, 2013 at 7:01AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

7 Retailer Invites Users to Help Develop Future Features
DALLAS - March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - 7-Eleven, Inc. is turning over the future development of its new smartphone application (app) to the public. Well, sorta. With hopes of making U.S. consumers' lives even more convenient, the world's largest convenience retailer is seeking public feedback as it expands features and capabilities of its recently released app. Available for Apple and Android operating systems, the free 7-Eleven®app can be downloaded at the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android.
In the short time since launching the original app, 7-Eleven has added the Idea Hub, where people can share ideas about how to build onto the app's basic platform and add services that would enhance its usefulness...

Great American Cookies® Announces Expansion Of Stores In Puerto Rico »

March 27, 2013 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Great American Cookie Inc.

Global Franchise Group Expands Brand in New Market with Proven Multi-Unit Operator
ATLANTA - March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Global Franchise Group, LLC announced today the expansion of Great American Cookies® in Puerto Rico with multi-unit operators Dan Margolis , Carol Margolis and Wilson Castillo of A.M.A. Pretzels International, LLP. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.
A.M.A. Pretzels International, LLP opened two Great American Cookies stores, along with four other of their portfolio stores within a 100 day period, demonstrating the ease of the business model's operations and build-out demands for multi-unit operators. The Great American Cookies stores are located in Plaza Carolina in Carolina, Puerto Rico as well as Plaza Rio Hondo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico...

Fort Myers Elevation Burger Salutes Sweet 16-Bound Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles With March Madness Merriment And Game Watch On March 29 »

March 27, 2013 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Elevation Burger

Game Day Celebration Includes Buy One, Get One Free Deals; NCAA Score Contests; Special Eagles-Inspired Milkshakes and In-Store Big-Screen TV for Game Night Viewing
March 27, 2013 // // FORT MYERS, FL – To honor the Cinderella story of this year’s 2013 Men’s NCAA Tournament and its home town team – Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) – Elevation Burger Fort Myers (9902 Gulf Coast Main Street) today announced plans for a March Madness celebration on Friday, March 29. That evening (at 10:17 p.m. EDT), the No. 15 seed Eagles will take on the No. 3 seed Florida Gators in the Sweet 16 South Regional semifinal.
According to General Manager Sean Rowland, festivities will include BOGO Friday (Buy One burger [excluding the Vertigo Burger], fries and drink, Get One burger free) for any student, staff or alumni with a valid FGCU ID; hand-scooped vanilla ice cream milkshakes topped with blueberries and Key lime honoring the university’s colors of cobalt blue and emerald; “Guess the Score” prize-winning contests throughout the game; and a big-screen TV for guests to watch the FGCU game live, as well as the semi final match-up between Kansas and Michigan airing at 7:47 p...

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Opens Its First Location In Alabama »

March 27, 2013 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Nation’s Fastest Growing Chain Opens in Tuscaloosa
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - March 26, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - It’s always exciting when a new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens, but it is especially rewarding when it’s the first location to come to the state! Dickey’s Barbecue is opening on Thursday, March 28 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and giving the first 100 customers a free Pulled Pork Big Barbecue sandwich.
“Our brand has really grown over the past year and we are planning on entering new markets throughout the country.”“We’re excited to open this first location in Alabama,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., president and CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “Our brand has really grown over the past year and we are planning on entering new markets throughout the country...

RE/MAX Names Top 3 Commercial Brokers And Teams In Northern Illinois For 2012 »

March 27, 2013 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

CHICAGO, March 25, 2013 – RE/MAX recently honored its affiliated brokers in the northern Illinois real estate market whose commercial property sales achievements in 2012 earned them coveted spots in the year-end Commercial Top Three. Each year, RE/MAX gives special recognition to its Top Three commercial brokers and Top Three commercial teams, as well as its Top 20 residential brokers and teams. A team involves the combined efforts of two or more licensed brokers.
Basel Tarabein of RE/MAX At Home in Rolling Meadows, Ill., led the No. 1 team. David Shalabi of RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park, Ill., ranked as the top individual broker. The complete list of RE/MAX Commercial Top Three teams and individuals is as follows:
Commercial Teams

Window Genie Ranked #44 On Entrepreneur Magazine's List Of Top Home-Based Franchises For 2013 »

March 27, 2013 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: Window Genie

Window Genie receives high ranking on Entrepreneur Magazine's list of nation's top franchises you can run from your home office. Article is seen in their April 2013 edition.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) March 27, 2013 - Window Genie was ranked #44 in America on Entrepreneur Magazine's list of top franchises you can run from your home office. Window Genie is the nationally ranked franchise of home services known to "Clean Windows and a Whole Lot More!" Other services include window tinting, pressure washing, gutter clean-out and much more. Founded in 1994 by Rik Nonelle in his home office, the Window Genie corporate team now operates out of a 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Cincinnati. The Window Genie system has grown to over 120 units in 28 states...

Raleigh Residents 'Request' A Business Come To Town »

March 27, 2013 at 5:34AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Traffic from Raleigh-area residents to the Max Muscle Sports Nutrition website grew to such extremes a local woman who achieved her own great personal results as a client to a Virginia Max Muscle store purchased the Raleigh franchise. Now the Carolina Hurricanes, a radio station group, and a region hungry for health help is welcoming the first Max Muscle store to town!
RALEIGH, N.C., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - "Raleigh is a great city filled with people who are very interested in health and fitness," said Kelley Spence , who recently opened the Max Muscle Sports Nutrition franchise on Falls of Nuese Road. "Max Muscle Sports Nutrition has been in business for more than twenty years and was known here, but the only North Carolina stores are in Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Charlotte...

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