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Keep on top of the latest products, services, and promotions from franchise companies in all industry sectors. Discover what franchisors are offering, or will be--from new menu items, price changes, and limited offers to new services from both established and emerging brands. Keep a step ahead and make the most of your opportunities in today's competitive market.

Wild Birds Unlimited Presents Live Streaming Barred Owl Cam With Intimate Glimpse Into Nesting Season »

March 26, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: Wild Birds Unlimited

National Backyard Bird Feeder Asks, ‘Hoo’s the Next Viral Sensation?’
CARMEL, Ind. - March 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, is partnering with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to re-launch its live Barred Owl Nest Cam to help bird enthusiasts connect with nature and learn more about spring nesting season.
“Our annual Barred Owl Nest Cam is a great opportunity for children, teachers and nature lovers to learn about and witness the nesting process of these amazing birds,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We encourage families to make this a learning opportunity, and try to spot specific behaviors they may see on the cam from mom, dad and the owlets...

Military-Inspired Fitness Franchise To Award One Franchise Grand Prize To Veteran »

March 26, 2015 at 11:53AM PDT | Source: Soldierfit

Soldierfit's 'Mission: Fit to Own' Offers Landmark Opportunity to Own a Military-Inspired Fitness Franchise
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // FREDERICK, Md. – Soldierfit, a unique, military-inspired fitness franchise headquartered in Maryland, announced today the launch of a contest that will award one U.S. military veteran with a grand prize of a waived franchise fee and one year with no royalties due. With more veterans turning to small business ownership, this contest will provide them a kick-start to a successful endeavor – coupled with the full support of the Soldierfit team and brand.
“We're seeking passionate veterans who have always wanted to start their own business but have never felt they had the guidance or direction to do it,” said Danny Farrar, co-owner and CEO of Soldierfit...

Kona Ice Invites Nation To "Chill" With Free Shaved Ice »

March 26, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Kona Ice
Kona Ice Opportunities Available

No Taxation Without Relaxation: Tropical Shaved Ice Business; Encourages the Nation to "Chill" on "National Chill Out Day"
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com //
What: To ease the pain of tax filing, Kona Ice is serving up a delicious cup of tax day relief for tense taxpayers in all corners of the country.
Kona Ice will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers and businesses in all corners of the country to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.
Why: April 15th is America’s least favorite holiday. Between sifting through the mail for the correct paperwork, filling out form after form with painstaking detail and paying a hefty sum of money to Uncle Sam, tax day can be a real drag...

New Book By Dina Dwyer-Owens Challenges Business Leaders To Focus On Values »

March 26, 2015 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

World-renowned business leader and author shares the importance of leading with values to achieve personal and professional goals.
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - Now, more than ever, the business community needs a return to values-based operations, says acclaimed author and speaker Dina Dwyer-Owens in her new book Values, Inc.
"It's been said that 95 percent of companies that have a code of values don't even use it," Dwyer-Owens said. "You see examples of this everywhere and it is disturbing. I want people to see that by leading with values and taking a stand, they can make a difference and change the world."
In Values, Inc. Dwyer-Owens hopes to revolutionize the way business leaders think about success by offering inspiring stories from admirable companies, business leaders and even heroes from across the globe who have overcome obstacles using a firm set of values...

OpenWorks To Offer Complimentary Consultations During National Cleaning Week »

March 26, 2015 at 5:29AM PDT | Source: OpenWorks

Nation’s Leading Integrated Facility Services Franchisor to Provide Cleaning Recommendations for Business Owners, Facility Managers
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - Just in time for National Cleaning Week, OpenWorks, one of America’s leading integrated facility services franchises, has announced the company’s plans to offer complimentary consultations to any business looking to create a cleaner work environment. From March 22 – April 3, 2015, all OpenWorks professionals will conduct on-site inspections of buildings at no cost as part of their initial consultations. Each of these experienced OpenWorks representatives will provide a full-scale review of these businesses and offer suggestions on how to improve cleaning practices...

HoneyBaked Prepares For Busy Easter Holiday »

March 26, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Extended hours and complete meal solutions take the stress out of meal preparations.
ATLANTA - March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Spring has sprung and according to a recent National Retail Federation survey, over 57 percent of consumers are already planning visits with friends and family this Easter. With over 85 percent of consumers surveyed planning to purchase food for a family meal or other festivity this Easter, HoneyBaked is prepared to make these traditions both easy and delicious with ready-to-serve, premium meals for busy families.
"With extended hours* at more than 400 locations nationwide, we expect to help more than half a million families have memorable and delicious Easter meals," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked** president...

Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort With Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera  »

March 26, 2015 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands  Opportunities Available

Named Top Cause-Related Campaign by Two Prestigious Communication Organizations
World Hunger Relief Effort Raises $600 Million for United Nations World Food Programme and Other Hunger Relief Agencies Since Program Inception
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Louisville, KY – Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and one of the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, announced its World Hunger Relief effort has been named the winner of the top Cause Branding Campaign and top Nonprofit Partnership of the Year by PR News’ CSR (corporate social responsibility) Awards. World Hunger Relief was also named a finalist for Global Campaign of the Year and a finalist for Cause-Related Campaign of the Year by PRWeek’s annual Awards...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

March 25, 2015 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

National Retailer Launches Major Campaign with Sears Hometown Stores; Locations to Undergo New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The appliance market landscape in America is changing, with customer research showing that brand name, quality and appearance are increasing in importance. Evolving to meet changing customer needs and to embrace its branding as “America’s Appliance Experts,” Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) announced today the reinvention of its appliance retail strategy at its store formats, starting with Sears Hometown Stores.
Beginning in March 2015, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc...

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Rolls Out Egg-cellent Easter Feast »

March 25, 2015 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Family Feast Includes Barbecue Honey Ham & Homestyle Sides
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launched their twist on the traditional Easter Feast this month. The nation’s largest barbecue chain is offering the popular Barbecue Honey Ham or a complete Easter meal that feeds up to twelve family members with the option to order online for convenience. Easter hams have been a Dickey’s tradition since 1952.
“We’re proud that our Barbecue Honey Ham is a holiday tradition for many of our guests across the country,” said Roland Dickey, CEO for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “It’s humbling that guests continue to trust our family for their family gatherings for holidays...

Art Van Furniture In Kalamazoo And Portage Hosting Free, In-store Career Information Sessions »

March 25, 2015 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Information Sessions Every Wednesday At 6 P.m. Through April
Individuals interested in embarking on a new career encouraged to attend
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Warren, MI – Art Van Furniture is a great place to shop as well as a great place to build a successful, satisfying career. Individuals eager to increase their earning potential and grow their career are invited to attend free, in-store information sessions Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Art Van Furniture, 550 Ring Road, in Portage. The Midwest’s No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer is looking to hire more than ten full time and part time home furnishing consultant positions at its Portage store as well as at its Art Van PureSleep location at 338 North Drake Road in Kalamazoo...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Provides "Tru Transformation" Strategic Update »

March 25, 2015 at 6:00AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Leadership Team Outlines Next Phase of Company’s Strategic Plan, Focusing on Further Transforming the Customer Experience, Optimizing e-Commerce, Growing Internationally and Leveraging Its Global Scale to Drive Category Leadership and Differentiation; Company Plans to Take an Aggressive Approach to Right-Sizing the Cost Structure of the Business and Designing a More Streamlined, Efficient Organization
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – At presentations today for investors, industry analysts and the media, Toys"R"Us, Inc. provided an update on its strategy to improve the company’s operational performance, as it continues its work to position the business for long-term profitable growth. Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc...

4 Weight-Loss Strategies That Guarantee Results From Fitness Boot Camp »

March 25, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Weight-loss can be one of the most daunting and seemingly impossible tasks for individuals unaccustomed to a healthy and fit lifestyle. Implementing Fit Body Boot Camp’s five weight-loss strategies will guarantee results for any fitness newcomer.
Chino Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) March 25, 2015 - Fit Body Boot Camp guarantees its clients will see significant results. This type of claim can be rare in the fitness industry, with so many facilities merely offering access to gym equipment rather than healthy living accountability.
Here are four weight-loss secrets Fit Body Boot Camp uses to help its clients lose weight and experience life-changing outcomes. Implementing these tips can help anyone achieve their desired results.

Find the right program, gym, or fitness center...

Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen CEO, Cheryl Bachelder Releases First Book, Dare To Serve »

March 24, 2015 at 9:55AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Story Highlights Dare-To-Serve Leadership as Secret to Driving Superior Performance
ATLANTA - March 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In her debut book, Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen CEO Cheryl Bachelder describes how a counterintuitive and countercultural approach – Dare-to-Serve leadership – has driven the turnaround of a once-ailing restaurant chain and turned it into a pace-setting competitor. Sharing her personal and professional experiences, Ms. Bachelder illustrates the power of Dare-to-Serve principles to drive results in organizations, large or small.
“The old model of power and ‘me first’ leadership no longer works in today’s workplace,” said Ms...

Cousins Subs® 'Three Point Shootout' Contest A Swish »

March 24, 2015 at 8:34AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Three Fans Score Big In Cousins Subs and UW Athletics Social Media Contest
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Three fans score big in Cousins Subs® 'Three Point Shootout' social media contest— the second promotion run with UW Athletics as part of a one-year partnership.
The contest, which ran from Jan. 26 to Feb. 22, had approximately 8,600 contest app visits and more than 3,300 entries. During the contest, fans were invited to answer three Badger trivia questions on Cousins Facebook page for a shot to win one of the three following prizes: a weekend pass to the Conference Basketball Championship Tournament in Chicago, Ill.; free Cousins Subs for a year; a $100 Cousins Subs gift card and many other Wisconsin Badgers prizes...

European Wax Center Is A Brides Beauty Secret To Looking Great On The Big Day »

March 24, 2015 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: European Wax Center

Get Your Glow On At EWC
NEW YORK - March 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - With all eyes on the bride, revealing beautiful skin on your wedding day is almost as important as the dress you choose. European Wax Center (EWC) has compiled a list of waxing do’s and dont’s for brides seeking picture perfect skin for their big day. Now, beauty obsessed brides can save the stress for the seating plan and leave the smooth glowing skin to EWC.
Below is EWC’s “Waxing for Wedding” countdown all brides can put in their planners:
Areas for Consideration:

An eyebrow shaping will accentuate your eyes and frame your face. Under a veil or not, eyes will reflect your every emotion so it’s important to define the perfect shape for your face...

First Watch Rolls Out Leading Waitlist-Management Platform, NoWait, In All Corporate Restaurants »

March 24, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: First Watch Restaurants

Restaurant Leadership Conference Serves as Backdrop for Innovation, Announcements
PHOENIX - March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - As restaurant-industry influencers gather in Scottsdale for the invitation-only 2015 Restaurant Leadership Conference (RLC) this week, NoWait, the first mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, and First Watch, the nation's leading Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch concept, today announced that NoWait is now available at all 113 corporate-owned First Watch restaurants. The NoWait app enables First Watch guests to get in line remotely instead of waiting in a busy entryway on a crowded day.
"Since launching with NoWait early last year, First Watch has been the fastest and most complete adopter of our NoWait suite of products," said Ware Sykes, CEO, NoWait...

Taco Bell® Unveils Another Reason To Ditch Your Same Old Routine And “Defect” To The Next Generation Of Breakfast »

March 24, 2015 at 6:49AM PDT | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

The Innovators Behind the Doritos Locos Tacos add the Biscuit Taco to its Breakfast Menu at Participating Restaurants Nationwide; Announces New Crispy Chicken Menu Items Including the Chickstar, Crispy Chicken Grillers and Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, Calif. – It’s been one year since Taco Bell® shook up morning routines and launched its innovative Breakfast menu of Burritos, all-in-one AM Crunchwraps and Cinnabon Delights. Now, the brand is launching the Biscuit Taco on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and encouraging people to escape the same round breakfast sandwich by defecting to the next generation of breakfast at Taco Bell.
Taco Bell listened to fans and friends who shared that biscuits are a breakfast staple...

Great American Cookies® Sweetens Tax Day 2015 With One Free Sugar Cookie For Customers! »

March 24, 2015 at 5:01AM PDT | Source: Great American Cookie Inc.

ATLANTA - March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire - Sugar! Sugar! Great American Cookies®, the national gourmet cookie shop, is continuing its annual Tax Day freebie tradition by offering a free regular sugar cookie to customers who stop by participating stores on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.* No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary.
This marks the third year Great American Cookies has offered this sweet deal on Tax Day, and the first year it has offered a sugar cookie to customers. Great American Cookies' sugar cookie is a customer favorite topped with fun and celebratory colored sugar flakes. It's sure to bring on a lot of smiles on Tax Day.
"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," said David Kaiser, Brand Vice President, Great American Cookies...

Celebrate The Sweetness Of Spring At Krispy Kreme »

March 24, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

New Egg and Chick Doughnuts Now Available at Participating Krispy Kreme® US and Canadian Locations
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Mar. 24, 2015 - Spring is in full swing at Krispy Kreme! Krispy Kreme’s newest assortment of seasonal treats is just what you need to feed your spring fever. Krispy Kreme Chick doughnuts, Egg doughnuts and Chocolate Iced with Spring Sprinkles doughnuts are available now through April 5, 2015 at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations. Follow the springtime fun on Tumblr at krispykreme.tumblr.com.
These cute and tasty treats just scream SPRING!

Chick Doughnut: A yeast, Kreme™ filled shell dipped in yellow icing, topped with granulated sugar, and hand-decorated like a baby chick...

Sandler Training Announces Sandler Enterprise Selling »

March 24, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Sandler Training
Sandler Training Opportunities Available

New Systematic Approach to Create Lasting Success in Selling to Enterprise Clients
January 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Sandler Training, a leading provider of training for sales professionals worldwide, has been helping companies improve their sales processes for more than 40 years through its methodical approach to selling. Recognizing the unique challenges posed by selling to enterprise clients, Sandler has launched Sandler Enterprise Selling (SES), a strategic system that helps selling organizations win business with profitable enterprise clients, serve them effectively and expand the relationships over time.
Sandler Enterprise Selling organizes the enterprise selling cycle around a six-stage, continuous process and provides tools throughout the stages to help organizations land, keep and grow long-term clients...



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