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Local Entrepreneurs Sign On As First-Time Pearle Vision Licensees »

April 24, 2014 at 8:42AM PDT | Source: Pearle Vision

Community Opticians Assume Ownership of Pearle Vision in Columbia, Tenn.
MASON, Ohio, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, is proud to announce it has signed an agreement with two local entrepreneurs to assume ownership of the location in Columbia, Tenn. Tony and Donna Schlemmer now own and operate the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care center at 1301 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. The center was formally a corporate-owned location and has served thousands of customers since 1990.
"My wife and I are excited to be owners of our first center in Columbia," said Tony Schlemmer. "We look forward to applying our vast experience in the optometry industry to serve Columbia residents as a trusted source for all of their eye care needs...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Timing Of First Quarter 2014 Conference Call And Webcast »

April 24, 2014 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, will hold a conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Thursday, May 8, 2014. A Press Release will be issued after the market closes on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.



 
 
 


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Thursday, May 8, 2014


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Local Entrepreneurs Expand Business With Second Pearle Vision Location »

April 24, 2014 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: Pearle Vision

Jana Stark Continues to Serve Community in Hollywood, Fla. 
MASON, Ohio - April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, announced it has signed an agreement with a father and daughter team to assume ownership of the Pearle Vision location in Hollywood, Fla. Jana Stark, along with her father Alex Pyasky, now own and operate the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care center at 2914 Oakwood Boulevard. The center was formerly a corporate-owned location and has served customers for more than 20 years.
Stark and her father have been in business with Pearle Vision for more than 10 years as licensees of an eye care center located in Aventura, Fla. Stark was first introduced to the brand by a family friend who is a long-time licensee in Texas...

Beef Jerky Outlet In Richmond, Virginia Participates In The Annual A Taste Of Hanover In Ashland, Virginia »

April 24, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

Seymour, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - Beef Jerky Outlet in Richmond, Virginia will be participating in the annual A Taste of Hanover in Ashland, Virginia. The event will be held on April 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m., inside Bass Pro Shops at 11550 Lakeridge Parkway. With the purchase of a $25 ticket, all attendees will be able to try samples from participating restaurants, chefs, and caterers. There will be wine and beer tastings, as well as musical entertainment for the whole family.
The goal of this event is to raise $25,000 for children and adults with disabilities in Hanover County. The funds from the event will improve lives by providing communication devices, gait trainers, wheelchairs, portable ramps, and other adaptive equipment, and providing interval care for children, adults, and their families...

Virgil Moore Of 101 Mobility San Jose Receives Prestigious Professional Designation »

April 24, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: 101 Mobility

101 Mobility of San Jose awarded Certified Environmental Access Consultant (C.E.A.C.) designation from Accessible Home Improvement of America.
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Virgil Moore, owner of 101 Mobility San Jose, was recently awarded the Accessible Home Improvement of America (AHIA) issued Certified Environmental Access Consultant (C.E.A.C.) designation. This prominent designation recognizes Virgil Moore’s knowledge and field experience in the mobility and aging-in-place related industries.
The AHIA offers independent, accredited certifications to knowledgeable professionals who have required licensure, passed required exams, and demonstrated the application of wheelchair access. C.E.A.C. designated professionals have demonstrated knowledge and experience in wheelchair access, aging-in-place, nursing sciences, remodeling services, contracting and other related fields...

Medifast Sells 11 Weight Control Centers In Florida And Texas To Strategic Partner, Medix »

April 23, 2014 at 5:36AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

Medifast Updates First Quarter Guidance & Reiterates Full Year Outlook
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, announced today that its strategic partner, Medix, has acquired 11 Medifast Weight Control Centers in Texas and Florida.
This deal advances Medifast's previously announced plan to transition their corporate weight control centers to the franchise model. The 11 centers will provide both Medifast and Medix products and programs. Medix, a leader in pharmaceutical obesity products, has a 30-year heritage in the weight loss industry. The acquisition marks the first Medix-owned weight loss centers in the United States...

Snap-on To Webcast Annual Shareholder Meeting Live Via The Internet »

April 23, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 22, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) announced today that it will webcast its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders live via the Internet on Thursday, April 24.
The webcast will be available on the Snap-on website beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on April 24. The archived presentation will also be available on the Snap-on site for a period of time following the live webcast.
To attend this event, visit www.snapon.com/sna and click on the link to the webcast. To ensure that you gain access on the day of the presentation, please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to download and install any necessary audio software.
About Snap-on
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks...

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 22, 2014 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center


Total Revenues Increased 1.8%
Revenue Increased 37% in Acceptance Now and Over 67% in Mexico
Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.54, Including a Financing Charge of Approximately $0.03 per Diluted Share Related to Unamortized Financing Costs from a Previous Credit Agreement

PLANO, Texas - April 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced revenues and earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter 2014 Results
Total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, were $833.7 million, an increase of $14.4 million from total revenues of $819.3 million for the same period in the prior year...

Entrepreneur Magazine Chooses Iceborn As A "Top New Franchise To Watch" For 2014 »

April 22, 2014 at 10:38AM PDT | Source: IceBorn
IceBorn Opportunities Available

April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, FL – Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice and water vending technology, is proud to announce that its franchise brand, IceBorn, has been chosen as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 "Top New Franchise to Watch." Entrepreneur chose 57 new companies, which all started franchising within the last five years and managed to rank in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500® alongside companies that have been franchising for decades.
According to Entrepreneur Magazine, this group of 57 companies together provide a clear picture of the types of businesses that are seeing success right now. They go on to say that "You'd be hard-pressed to think of a tougher time to start a business than the past five years...

Woodcraft Now An Authorized Full-Line Shapton Dealer »

April 22, 2014 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Woodcraft

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Woodcraft Supply recently became an authorized full-line dealer for Shapton sharpening products, which means customers now have access to quality sharpening solutions for pretty much all their shop and home needs.
"With the addition of the complete line of Shapton products, we now provide the sharpening medium for a much wider range of tools – kitchen, garden and woodworking," Woodcraft product development manager George Snyder said.
Customers may choose from two types of ceramic stones – the new Shapton Glass Stone® series and the Traditional/Professional Series that has been updated and sold for several years. "Shapton stones are the flattest and easiest to use sharping stones available," Snyder said...

Worldwide Express Describes Five Mistakes College Graduates Should Avoid When Searching For A First Job »

April 22, 2014 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Worldwide Express

Company's CEO Describes Ways Job Seekers Could Unintentionally Ruin their Job Search
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based global package and freight-shipping firm, outlined the top five ways new college graduates ruin their chances of becoming full-time employees. Although job seekers frequently receive advice from articles or career advisors on steps that can land them a job, many fail to consider the mistakes that could cost them the position – and how to avoid them.
"As a top workplace for new professionals, we've seen a wide array of job applicants here at Worldwide Express," said Tom Madine, president and chief executive officer of Worldwide Express. "It may seem pointless at the time, but understanding how your actions are perceived by potential employers can dramatically impact a never-ending job search...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Pay Customers Over $17 Million For Gently Used Items »

April 22, 2014 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Salt Lake City, UT - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, announce that in 2013 they paid over $17 million to customers for their gently used clothes and accessories. According to the 2013 Annual Sales Report, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate recycled more than 9 million used items from customers throughout the United States, paying cash up front or offering in-store credit.
"This is recycling at its best," said Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid. "Customers get paid to recycle things they’re no longer using which helps our environment by reducing waste. Shoppers save by paying only a fraction of the cost of what they would spend in retail. And millions of quality items are conveniently recycled to new homes...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 »

April 22, 2014 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, will announce financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 on Monday, May 5, 2014, after market close. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details. Participants from the Company will be Michael C. MacDonald, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer; and Margaret Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on May 5, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Beef Jerky Outlet Richmond Welcomes NASCAR Fans Traveling To Richmond International Raceway  »

April 21, 2014 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

The Toyota Owners 400 April 25-26
Seymour, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 - Beef Jerky Outlet Richmond is proud to welcome NASCAR fans traveling to Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 this weekend, April 25-26. Beef Jerky Outlet is a unique national franchise founded by business entrepreneurs Paul Lyons and Scott Parker.
Beef Jerky Outlet Virginia is located in Ashland, Virginia in The Shoppes at Winding Brook, 11670 Lakeridge Parkway, Suite 2B. The busy retail shopping district just north of Richmond features the Bass Pro Shops and other quality retailers. The Richmond International Raceway is only a few mile south on I-95, so NASCAR fans find it very convenient to drop by the beef jerky store to pick up snacks for race day...

Battery Giant Launches Battery Recycling Initiative On Earth Day »

April 21, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Battery Giant

Sterling Heights, MI (PRWEB) April 20, 2014 - Environmentally conscious residents know that household batteries need to be recycled, but most recycling centers do not accept Alkaline, Sealed Lead Acid, Lithium, and other battery types because of their chemical components.
"While 97% of automotive batteries are recycled, less than 20% of household batteries are recycled," expresses Battery Giant CEO Kurt Smith. "More than 300 million pounds of single-use batteries make their way into landfills each year. Battery Giant wants to assist local citizens in becoming more environmentally positive while offering a solution to meet each community’s battery recycling needs." Last year, Battery Giant, in conjunction with Energy Products, another company owned by Smith, managed the recycling of over 5...

Newly Remodeled Sears Hometown Store Opens In Helena »

April 18, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Refreshed Look Allows Local Retailer to Expand Product and Service Offerings to Better Suit the Community's Needs
HELENA, Mont. - April 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is pleased to announce that the Sears Hometown Store located at 3120 Dredge Drive in Helena, Mont. has recently undergone a remodel to better serve its customers.
Locally owned and operated by Sharon Kangas, the store now has a fresh look, coupled with the continued high-level service and products customers expect at the Helena Sears Hometown Store.
"The Helena community has been so great to us for the past 20 years, so we wanted to reinvest in our business to make it even better for local residents," said Kangas, whose store is known in the community for its pink tractor raffle in support of the St...

Big Rapids Sears Appliance & Hardware Receives Best Small Business Award »

April 18, 2014 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores

Retailer Recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center for Outstanding Performance and Job Creation
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - While some retailers are depleting their staffs and struggling to make profits, a Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Michigan has done the opposite and is being honored by a local organization for its outstanding growth. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is honoring the Big Rapids store, located at 14305 Northland Drive, with its 2013 Best Small Business Award for successfully creating jobs, increasing sales and improving business strategy.
The retailer was one of a dozen stores chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses throughout the state that the Michigan Small Business Development Center provided confidential counseling and training to in 2013...

Snap-on Announces First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.62 increases 15.7%;Operating earnings before financial services of 15.5% of sales improves 100 basis points;First quarter sales up 6.2%
KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 17, 2014 - 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 first quarter of 2014.

Sales of $787.5 million increased $45.8 million, or 6.2%, from 2013 levels; excluding $15.2 million of acquisition-related sales and $5.9 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 5...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,057,500 (or $.78 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2013.
Earnings growth during the first quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio as well as increased royalties in the franchising business. John Morgan, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We experienced solid growth in our lease portfolio during the quarter, and when coupled with the continued growth in new signed franchise agreements positions us well for long-term success."
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business...

FASTSIGNS® Receives High Honors For Franchisee Satisfaction In Canada »

April 18, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Canadian Franchise Association Recognizes the Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise for Its Dedication to Superior Franchisee Relations, Team Work and Communication
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Constantly receiving top ratings by U.S. organizations for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. - the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers - has been recognized by an industry organization for reflecting that same commitment to its Canadian franchise partners.
The franchisor was a Silver finalist in the "Traditional - Mature Franchises" category of the 2014 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence in Franchising, and was also named a Franchisee Choice designee for the third consecutive year...



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