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First-Time Franchisee Assumes San Mateo County, Calif., Valpak Office »

April 24, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Local Entrepreneur Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in Bay Area
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Kevin Oh has acquired the Valpak of San Mateo County, Calif., territory. Oh brings years of experience in the technology industry to Valpak. With this territory, Valpak’s signature blue envelope® will now mail to nearly 200,000 households in the San Francisco’s Bay Area.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Valpak team," said Kevin Oh, Valpak of San Mateo County franchisee. "As a first-time franchisee, I am eager to use my business management background and years of high-tech experience to bring savings to businesses and residents throughout the Bay Area...

Jan-Pro Orlando Unit Franchise Owners Gain National Recognition »

April 24, 2014 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Jan-Pro Franchise System

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 - Jan-Pro, a leading commercial cleaning franchise, has recognized Carlos and Rose Rodriguez as 2013 Unit Franchisees of the Year for their Jan-Pro of Orlando successes. This honorable accolade was presented to the couple at a recent Jan-Pro national conference in San Antonio, TX.
To win this award, Carlos and Rose exhibited superior customer service and were skilled in troubleshooting issues for the best business practices. Other Jan-Pro franchise owners often seek their advice on how to build a flourishing business like theirs, and their reply consistently reverts back to the importance of excellent service.
"We find that we do our best work when we anticipate what our clients need from us, even before they ask us," says Carlos...

What We All Need To Do: DIY Tips Revealed By Mosquito Squad To Protect From Ticks And Mosquitoes »

April 24, 2014 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

Lyme Disease In The Limelight With Debbie Gibson Diagnosis
RICHMOND, Va. - April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Lyme disease doesn't discriminate. While singer Debbie Gibson is the latest noteworthy individual to announce her fight with the illness, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, actor Alec Baldwin and President George W. Bush have all been given the Lyme disease diagnosis. Some say conditions are ripe for an increase in infected ticks and Lyme Disease this spring and summer due to warming temperatures, a particularly snowy and wet winter and, a fluctuating white tailed deer and fox population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 300,000 Americans are being diagnosed with Lyme disease every year...

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...

Dental Fix Recognizes One Of Its Own For Heroic Act »

April 23, 2014 at 12:02PM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

Canadian Franchise Owner Rescues Child from Leaking Car
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, Fla. - Dental Fix Rx, LLC, a mobile dental equipment and handpiece repair company, has recognized franchisee Chris Moore for his heroic efforts to help save a young boy trapped in an overturned vehicle after a woman lost control of her car near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Canada. Moore was the recipient of Dental Fix's Above and Beyond Award.
Moore, alongside a fellow good Samaritan, pulled the screaming child out of his car seat and safely into his mother's arms. The accident took place in the northbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway near Morden Road, after the car clipped a logging truck and was flipped into a ditch with the woman and her two children inside...

Fresh Coat Painters Offers New Level Of Customer Service »

April 23, 2014 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Lake Norman, NC (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - After a decade of being the main painter for her family’s construction company, Sue Ziegler is looking to bring a new level of customer service to the community with her new business franchise, Fresh Coat Painters.
Fresh Coat of Lake Norman serves Cornelius, Davidson, Lake Norman, Huntersville and the University City area as well as the surrounding communities. Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial paintingservices including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, deck staining, and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes...

Gelene Welch Brings Passion, Dedication To New Business »

April 23, 2014 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Oahu, HI (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Gelene Welch knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur, but she wasn't sure what KIND of entrepreneur - until she discovered Fresh Coat Painters.
"While on a self-actualization path to becoming an entrepreneur, I investigated many different franchise systems. When I finally made the decision to invest in a Fresh Coat franchise, I knew that I knew I had found the right franchise for my lifestyle and personality," Welch said.
Fresh Coat of Central Oahu just launched in April. The company serves Salt Lake, Aiea, Pearl City, Mililani and Wahiawa.
Operating as a handyman services company, Fresh Coat of Central Oahu offersprofessional interior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services, including pressure washing and gutter cleaning...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership With Touchscreen Point-of-Sale Device Provider, AirVend »

April 23, 2014 at 7:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

In Support of USDA School Regulations
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc.(OTC Markets: VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, remains at the forefront of technology with the announcement of its partnership with AirVend, now mounting the AV5 cashless touchscreen devices on its healthy vending combo machines. In addition to its cashless payment options and access to real-time machine data, AirVend is the solution for operators needing to adhere to new USDA snack-product requirements and legislation, making Fresh Healthy Vending an even more attractive option for school locations.
The new vending technology, AirVend, is an android-based, point-of-sale device, which can be retrofitted to all vending machines within a matter of minutes...

Al And Kelli Toelle Offer Dependable, Professional Painting Services With New Fresh Coat Painters Business »

April 23, 2014 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Edmonton, AB (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Kelli and Al Toelle are looking forward to bringing dependable, professional painting services to the Edmonton area through their new business, Fresh Coat Painters.
"Kelli and I have been in business for more than 22 years and we were looking for a way to expand. Commercial and residential painting is booming in this area and our community was in need of a dependable, professional painting company. Fresh Coat is here to provide a higher standard of painting services," Al said.
Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, deck staining, and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

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...

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...

Paul Davis National's J. Murphy Receives Top Award For $76 Million In Sales  »

April 22, 2014 at 9:04AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
Paul Davis Restoration Opportunities Available

April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Milwaukee, Wis. - J. Murphy, L.H.D. and co-owner of Paul Davis National, large loss specialists and part of the Paul Davis Restoration franchise network, has received top honors in total sales at Paul Davis Restoration Inc.'s national convention recently held in the Washington DC area. Murphy was honored for more than $76 million in total sales volume attained in the franchise network. He received the recognition on April 12 during the company's annual awards banquet at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Murphy and his team established the large loss, catastrophic restoration business in 2005. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. at 2000 South 4th Street. Murphy is based at the branch office location for Paul Davis National, 9540 Airport Hwy...

New Express Employment Owner Takes Control Of His Future Via Self-Employment »

April 22, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Former Marketing VP Looks Forward to Placing Talented Candidates in Ideal Jobs
Smithfield, R.I. (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 - Dave Kalberer was tired of seeing the hardship done to loyal, hard-working people as a result of large-scale corporate layoffs when he decided to make a change.
"I wanted to gain control of my future as well as those individuals I work with," said Kalberer. "I knew a franchise was an effective option for business ownership."
He decided on Express Employment, a franchise that works with small- to medium-sized companies to simplify the function of finding and hiring the most talented individuals to help them grow their business. Through Express, he found Guidant Financial, who helped with the funding.
"[Using retirement funds] Guidant made it very easy to set up my corporation by leading me through the [necessary] steps to completion]...

PostNet Franchise Moves Into 3D Printing: Why It's A Big Deal »

April 22, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: PostNet Postal & Business Services
PostNet Postal & Business Services Opportunities Available

PostNet Franchise Rolls Out 3D Printing; Making the Technology Widely Accessible Empowers Inventors, Forges New Business Ties
DENVER, CO - (Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - When the newest PostNet franchise location opened this month in Minneapolis, it ushered in a new era. Dave Thorsen's Neighborhood Business Center is the first in the nation to offer 3D printing, which has been hailed as a revolutionary technology by The New York Times, "Wired" magazine, "The Economist," "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Popular Science" and many others. President Obama even mentioned 3D printing during his 2013 State of the Union address, citing the technology's potential to create manufacturing jobs in the United States.
Here's why PostNet's move is important:
PostNet is making the technology available to customers nationwide...

Aamco Taps R.J. Brunelli & Co. As National Real Estate Representative »

April 22, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: AAMCO Transmissions

April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // OLD BRIDGE, N.J. - R.J. Brunelli & Co. LLC today announced that it has been appointed by AAMCO to serve as its exclusive national real estate representative.
In this capacity, the Old Bridge-based firm will work with the transmission and total car care chain's real estate department to assist new franchisees seeking locations as well as existing franchisees who are looking to open additional shops or relocate following lease expirations. The retail real estate firm will assist with all facets of AAMCO's real estate process, from site selection all the way through helping franchisees with their lease negotiations.
The chain is seeking 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot spaces with 16-foot ceilings, zoned for automotive use...

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...

ServiceMaster® Franchisees Form AAFD Chapter »

April 22, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

ServiceMaster Franchisee Owners’ Association To Provide Unified Voice
April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO – In an effort to provide franchisees with a proactive voice, ServiceMaster® franchisees have formed a franchisee owners association as a chapter of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD). The association, known as the ServiceMaster Franchisee Owners’ Association (SMFOA), will work to develop stronger relationships with customers, foster a collaborative and productive relationship with ServiceMaster management, and protect each franchisee’s business equity.
Longtime ServiceMaster franchisee, Jerry Winkley is the Chairman of the association’s steering committee until elections to adopt bylaws and elect an inaugural board of directors are completed in the next few weeks...

Paul Davis Honored As National Franchise Of The Year With Top Local Staff Awards »

April 21, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
Paul Davis Restoration Opportunities Available

April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Milwaukee, Wis. - Dan Druml and Meg Boyle, owners of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Southeast and Fox Valley Wisconsin, and their staff continue to excel with industry expertise and exceptional service for local customers and the insurance industry. For more than 23 years, the franchise office is a leading provider of restoration and remodeling, emergency services, and contents cleaning while focusing on giving back to the community.
On April 12, Druml, Boyle and their staff accepted top performance awards at Paul Davis Restoration Inc.’s national convention held in the Washington DC area. The company received honors as Franchise of the Year and the leading office in its District by total sales volume throughout the company’s entire network of more than 300 offices...

Dental Fix Awards First Franchise In Kansas »

April 21, 2014 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida – Dental Fix continues its record setting year. Fresh off of awarding its 18th & 19th franchises of 2014 last week, Dental Fix has now awarded its 20th franchise of the year, and its first franchise in the State of Kansas to Albert & Cathy Becerra, of Shawnee, Kansas, Dental Fix announced on today.
The signed agreement, the second in the Kansas City market is part of an aggressive national expansion plan calling for 700 new vans in the next five years. With 86 vans currently on the road, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It has been a tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and the rest of the world," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix...



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