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Entrepreneur Turns Painful Life Experiences Into Business Inspiration »

March 31, 2015 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

After living through many hardships and major reconstructive surgery, Ron Brendahl is looking forward to making a difference with Caring Transitions Southeast Michigan
Howell, MI (PRWEB) March 31, 2015 - Ron Brendahl has lived an extremely rough life and now he’s looking forward to helping others have happier days through his new business, Caring Transitions of Southeast Michigan.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of Southeast Michigan serves Howell, Fenton, Holly, Highland, Commerce, Milford, New Hudson and the surrounding areas...

FASTSIGNS® Gears Up To Refresh A Bike Shop »

March 31, 2015 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

CARROLLTON, Texas, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As brand identities evolve, companies and organizations need to update their signage and visual graphics. Bill's Bike and Run, an iconic part of the Idaho Falls, Idaho community since 1947, decided to combine a relocation with a visual communications makeover from FASTSIGNS® to better reflect the brand's mission and visually communicate their passion for biking.
"Visual graphics should be designed and implemented to engage and connect with the established customer base, and should position the company for future success with new clients," said Drue Townsend, Senior VP of Marketing for FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
While Bill's Bike and Run's new building was under construction, FASTSIGNS interpreted architectural drawings with elevations and superimposed sign and visual graphic designs on them to help plan for interior decor and wayfinding signage...

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Named Among Top 50 Franchises By Franchise Business Review »

March 31, 2015 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Pillar To Post - Professional Home Inspection

North America’s Largest Home Inspection Company Recognized for Franchisee Satisfaction
March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla. - Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, North America’s largest home inspection company, received Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) 2015 Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. Pillar To Post President and CEO Dan Steward accepted the award at the recent 2015 International Franchise Association convention in Las Vegas along with Vice President of Franchise Field Support Charles Furlough and Vice President of Franchise Sales Brian Wieters.
Pillar To Post was recognized for its franchisee satisfaction as rated by the company’s franchisee partners. In September, FBR surveyed Pillar To Post franchisees through an online survey to rate the company in eight major categories; Training & Support, Franchise System, Leadership, Core Values, Franchise Community, Self-Evaluation, Financial Opportunity and General Satisfaction...

Local, Eco-Friendly Automotive Franchise Hosts Information Sessions To Counter Underemployment Just In Time For Earth Day »

March 31, 2015 at 5:01AM PDT | Source: DetailXPerts

DETROIT, MI - (Marketwired - March 31, 2015) - Franchises have piqued national interest in the news lately. Nationwide protests by employees of traditional food and beverage franchises have taken place as a result of these employees seeking higher pay. However, one local, eco-friendly automotive franchise, DetailXPerts, wants to provide those who are underemployed and undervalued in all industries with a different alternative - starting their own green auto wash and detailing business.
Next month, DetailXPerts will host information sessions for people who are curious about the green automotive industry or may be interested in opening an eco-friendly automotive franchise but are currently underemployed. The sessions will cover topics such as the green industry, the profitability of an eco car wash, financing, the DetailXPerts Business model, and the support DetailXPerts provides...

National Property Inspections, Inc., 2015 Franchisee Survey Reveals Strong Satisfaction »

March 30, 2015 at 7:42AM PDT | Source: National Property Inspection
National Property Inspection Opportunities Available

Over 90 percent of respondents have a positive attitude about their affiliation with NPI
March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Omaha, Neb. - In February and March 2015, National Property Inspections, Inc., a leader in residential and commercial property inspections, participated in an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. NPI scored 4.1 out of 5.0 and outperformed others in its industry, showing high franchisee satisfaction. NPI received the same score in its 2014 survey. Some of the highlights of the 2015 survey include the following:

Nearly 95 percent of respondents rated NPI’s training program above average.
More than 91 percent of respondents rated NPI’s marketing and promotional programs above average...

TapSnap To Unveil Photo Marketing Kiosk At Nightclub And Bar Show »

March 30, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: TapSnap
TapSnap Opportunities Available

TapSnap is excited to be unveiling its new Photo Marketing Kiosks at the Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas from March 31 to April 1.
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC - March 30, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ - Branching out from its established event Photo Entertainment Platform, TapSnap for Business will offer venues the chance to entertain their customers while expanding their brand's reach with permanently installed Photo Marketing Kiosks.
"We've seen how TapSnap amplifies the success of a company's brand activation, store opening, or promotional event. So we thought, why couldn't we let businesses do this every day?" remarked Scott McInnes, TapSnap's CEO and Founder. "That's why we developed our permanent placement Photo Marketing Kiosks...

Clicks Or Bricks? Cartridge World Reveals Buying Habits Of Small Businesses »

March 30, 2015 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: Cartridge World

MCHENRY, Ill. - March 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - While B2B retailers continue to invest heavily in e-commerce solutions, they may want to put equal attention toward their brick and mortar stores, according to a recent study.
Research sponsored by Cartridge World, the leading ink and toner retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry, set out to determine the methods, and preferences of how small to mid-sized businesses order printing supplies.
Among other findings, Cartridge World’s study revealed that 76 percent of small to mid-sized businesses use the internet to order printer cartridges, followed by 58 percent that prefer in-store visits. The research analyzed results based on a sample of 400 respondents from 40 different states and included companies of up to 100 employees...

YoFresh Yogurts Franchise Enters South Carolina »

March 30, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: YoFresh Yogurt Cafe

YoFresh Expands Into South Carolina.
Ballentine, SC (PRWEB) March 30, 2015 - New YoFresh Yogurt Café promises a wake-up call for your taste buds huge variety means you never need to order the same flavor twice.
They offer a huge variety of flavor and topping combinations at the new YoFresh Yogurt Café kiosk located at 1311 Dutch Fork Rd. in Ballentine, South Carolina. In fact, each of the area’s 18,075 residents could create their own yogurt masterpiece, without repeating the same one, according to owner Brandi Companies, Inc.
Often, when something sounds too good to be true, it is. But in the case of YoFresh Yogurt’s menu, not only are the beneficial health and nutrition claims true, but the taste is great, too...

Express Employment Professionals Donates $75,000 To Nonprofits Across The U.S. »

March 30, 2015 at 4:23AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

(PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - OKLAHOMA CITY, March 27, 2015 – Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing company, along with its franchise locations in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Colorado and Tennessee, is donating $75,000 to seven different nonprofits.
The donation is part of The Impact Project, an initiative of the company’s philanthropic committee designed to give back to nonprofits nominated by franchisees among their 725 franchise locations.
“We pride ourselves on having a culture built on giving and service at Express,” said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board of Express Employment Professionals. “With that in mind, we know how important it is to support the communities where we work, serve and live...

Marco’s Pizza Scores Major Victory At International Pizza Expo »

March 27, 2015 at 1:42PM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Nation’s Fastest-Growing Pizza Company Takes Home Silver Prize with Pepperoni Magnifico
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Toledo, OH – Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco’s Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Magnifico – a true testament to its high Italian food standards.
The International Pizza Expo marks the largest pizza show in the world and since the International Pizza Challenge’s inception in 2007, it has grown in size and stature with over 80 entries in each of its categories...

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Named One Of Best Franchise Opportunities For 2015 »

March 27, 2015 at 3:43AM PDT | Source: Oxi Fresh
Oxi Fresh Opportunities Available

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAKEWOOD, Colo. – For the sixth time in seven years, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has been recognized in Franchise Business Review's annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, the only national ranking of franchise opportunities based exclusively on franchisee satisfaction and performance data.
Already securely established as one of the nation’s fastest-growing carpet cleaning franchises with more than 270 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Oxi Fresh was ranked as No. 39 in the 2015 list.
“Providing franchisees with the best possible support has always been a major priority for Oxi Fresh. It’s why we invest so much time into creating rigorous training tools, developing marketing solutions, and implementing new business management systems,” said Jonathan Barnett, founder and CEO of Oxi Fresh...

Budget Blinds Announces Powerhouse To Excel Design Expertise »

March 26, 2015 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orange, Calif. - Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with nearly 1,000 territories, announced today that Tracy Christman, VP of Vendor Alliance, is taking the helm as design expert and trendsetter for the brand, bringing more fashion-forward trends to homeowners while helping to increase market share for Budget Blinds in the growing multi-billion dollar window coverings industry.
Traveling the world to identify color and style trends, Christman brings to homeowners through the Budget Blinds brand, beautiful and stylish window fashion designs, new technologies, and functional solutions for energy efficiency, child safety, moisture resistance and durability. Christman develops partnerships with well-known industry experts and recently placed Budget Blinds window coverings and drapery in the Las Vegas home of Jonathan and Drew Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, after their hit home-renovation show...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

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...

Valpak® Teams With IndyCar’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing For Second Year »

March 26, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Valpak announced today that it will once again partner with IndyCar Series team Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing. This will be the second year for the exciting partnership that combines America's love of racing with the Valpak loyal audience.
Featured driver Graham Rahal will make an appearance on the Valpak envelope later this year, as well as promote the Valpak smart phone app and spread the Valpak savings message nationwide on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. Graham will promote Valpak's mobile offerings and savings on the go around the country.
"We're excited that Graham and the team will share the Valpak message throughout the circuit," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media and Valpak...

Medifast General Counsel Jason L. Groves Named Top Baltimore Executive By SmartCEO »

March 26, 2015 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Jason L. Groves, Esq. Receives Executive Management Award For Building Value at Medifast
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, is proud to announce that its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jason L. Groves, Esq., has received SmartCEO's Executive Management Award.
SmartCEO's Executive Management Awards honor Baltimore area executives who have a proven record of working creatively and collaboratively to support their organization's mission. Groves was one of just three General Counsel executives named to the list.
"Jason's leadership skills have been critical to our company's success," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Medifast...

FASTSIGNS® Recognized For 10 Years Of Outstanding Franchisee Satisfaction »

March 25, 2015 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

Franchise Business Review Welcomes Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor to Inaugural, Elite List of Hall of Fame Inductees
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Demonstrating reliable performance through 10 consistent years of annual placement in Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) Top Franchises list, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has been named one of the inaugural inductees to FBR’s Hall Of Fame.
The worldwide franchisor of more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries was one of 10 franchisors to be the first members in this elite category. To be considered in FBR’s lists, franchisors must participate in its free benchmark franchisee satisfaction survey...

Job Interviews Are Hard To Get... But Many Applicants Don't Show Up »

March 25, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

17% of Businesses Say 15% or More Don't Show UpFunk: "Interview Rule No. 1: Show Up!"
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - March 25, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals today released survey results revealing what percentage of job applicants are no-shows for interviews.
Of the more than 400 businesses surveyed, 17 percent said 15 percent or more of their interview candidates do not show up. Additionally, 35 percent of those surveyed said five to 10 percent are no-shows.
"Here's Rule No. 1 for job interviews: show up!" said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. "I'm amazed that so many businesses report that job applicants don't show up for their interviews. An interview is always a valuable experience. At the very least, it's good practice for that next interview...

Father-Daughter Duo Bringing Maui Wowi To South Texas »

March 25, 2015 at 5:19AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, gourmet coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, welcomes new franchisees who are teaming up to build a business where family is a priority.
McAllen, Texas (PRWEB) March 25, 2015 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian welcomes father-daughter team Alejandro Hinojosa and Pamela Hinojosa-Arce as the company’s newest franchisees. Located in South Texas, the Hinojosas plan to bring paradise to the Rio Grande Valley and open up new avenues for success and growth with this family built business.
Alejandro is the owner of a successful electrical contracting business and has grown it over the past 13 years with the help of his daughter. Pamela’s dream was to become a lawyer but after working in the industry, she realized she wanted to be involved with something that made her happy and would provide her with the flexibility to raise a family...

Unique Shopping Venues Crave Johnny Rockets With Grand Opening Of 13th Outlet Center Restaurant »

March 25, 2015 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets Opportunities Available

All-American Restaurant Franchise Opens at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Johnny Rockets, an international restaurant franchise that offers food and fun reminiscent of modern Americana, announces today the grand opening of its newest restaurant, located in the food court at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Ga. This is the 13th Johnny Rockets to open in an outlet center, demonstrating the global brand's success in unique shopping venues. Joining more than 330 locations worldwide, this Johnny Rockets expands the brand's presence in metro Atlanta and marks the sixth location in Georgia.
Bringing Johnny Rockets to the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta is Horizon Group Properties, a leading owner and developer of factory outlet shopping centers in the United States...



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