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Treat Mom From Head To Toe This Mother's Day With The Gift Of Wellness »

April 17, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa  Opportunities Available

Massage Envy Spa Honors Moms with Relaxation this Mother's Day, May 11th
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Finding that perfect "something" for Mother's Day can be a challenge. One thing is for sure - a day at the spa is something every mom deserves to help relax and de-stress. At Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, you can treat her to a full day of pampering from head to toe.
With a gift card to Massage Envy Spa, you can start mom on the path to wellness and have her customize her own "ME" day. We suggest beginning with a Swedish massage, which uses light to medium pressure that releases tension and heals aching joints. You can enhance the massage with one of four AromaTherapy blends, such as Lavender Garden or Mint & Rosemary, because mom will love the natural fragrant oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to help relieve stress...

Intelligent Office Announces New Location In Princeton, New Jersey »

April 17, 2014 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors, has announced it has signed a lease on a new location in Princeton, New Jersey.
The opening of a location in Princeton, New Jersey means that the entrepreneurial ecosystem and professional community can tap into professional services and resources that allow for flexibility and mobility, giving people the ability to easily conduct business anytime, anywhere.
"With the high concentration of people that are critical thinkers in our area and the ongoing innovation that happens as a result of the University, Princeton is an ideal location for services and resources that are targeted specifically to entrepreneurs and professionals," said Tom Smith, President of Intelligent Office Princeton...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Sets Up Shop In Coney Island »

April 17, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

The fruit smoothie retailer opens its newest location at Luna Park, a New York amusement park in historic Coney Island.
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Greenwood Village, CO - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular fresh fruit smoothie and Hawaiian coffee company, announced the opening of its newest location at Luna Park in Coney Island. The seasonal tiki hut opened this week to greet the visitors that waited anxiously for the amusement park fun to begin.
The famous New York City attraction and home to The Cyclone, a historic Coney Island roller coaster, Luna Park is a perfect fit for the fun Hawaiian themed Maui Wowi concept. The company’s cool treats blend well with the outdoor, family friendly destination where franchise owner, Mitch York, is excited to draw in new customers...

Dental Fix Awards 2 More Franchises In Illinois  »

April 17, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 18th & 19th franchises of 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreements, targeting the Evanston/Wilmette, and Northbrook/Highland Park markets, will the be 2nd, and 3rd vans to launch in the State of Illinois for Dental Fix, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 500 new vans over the next five years. With 84 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's gonna be another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Charter Fitness Eyes Growth In St. Louis Market »

April 17, 2014 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: Charter Fitness
Charter Fitness  Opportunities Available

Popular Health Club Looking for Qualified Franchisees For Individual, Multi-Unit Agreements
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLAND PARK, IL – Charter Fitness, one of the Chicago area's largest and fastest growing health-club businesses, has set its sights on the St. Louis metropolitan area as a market for growth. The company plans to build as many as 10 fitness centers in the area, and is actively seeking two to three franchise groups to own and operate these up to 20,000-square-foot facilities.
"St. Louis is an attractive market for our brand of fitness center and we offer the business entrepreneur a great opportunity to join us as a partner," said Michael Vogel, Charter Fitness senior vice president of development...

Fresh Coat Of Jackson Gives Room Painting To Woman Battling Breast Cancer »

April 17, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Jackson, MS (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - When Fresh Coat of Jackson owner Carlis Faler’s wife Tonya became a breast cancer survivor in 2013, the couple had an idea – they wanted to give a free room painting to someone who was facing the same challenges.
"We personally know the hardship and struggle other people battling breast cancer are going through and we thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free room painting to someone else dealing with those challenges. We wanted to brighten someone’s day," Faler said.
Fresh Coat offers professional residentialand commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

New Owner Of Minuteman Press Urges Others To Explore Self-Employment »

April 16, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Minuteman Press Int'l.
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Finds Solace in Franchising after 16 Years in the Technology Industry
Redmond, Wash. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - JD Klein always knew he wanted to transition from a career in corporate sales and marketing to being a small business owner. He needed to find the right kind of business and a way to fund it. As a new Franchisee of Minuteman Press, made possible by the financial services of Guidant Financial, he’s rapidly growing his own company while preserving the flexibility to enjoy life outside of work with his family.
"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur," said Klein. "The timing was right to make a move given the economy and our life situation."
In his search for the perfect franchise, he visited a business broker website, which is where he found Guidant Financial...

Express Employment Professionals Releases A Book Entitled "Portraits Of Hope." »

April 16, 2014 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Upcoming Book to Profile 42 Inspirational Stories of Struggle and Success in the American Economy
Oklahoma City (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - As the American economy continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest privately held staffing firm, will release on April 16 a book entitled "Portraits of Hope," a collection of 42 stories of people who have overcome great obstacles to succeed in America. The book was authored and published to mark the company's 30th anniversary.
It includes stories of people seizing opportunities in the American economy to build a better life. Some were helped by friends and neighbors; others were guided by faith and determination. In each of their lives, they persevered in their struggles and were able to pick themselves up, find work and create new lives full of opportunity and hope...

As USDA Nutrition Standards Approach, Fresh Healthy Vending Franchisees Gain Momentum In Schools »

April 16, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America's leading healthy vending franchisor, continues to increase its presence on school campuses across the nation, as students and faculty become subject to changes in snack offerings, due to federal regulations imposed by the USDA this July. With these regulations taking effect this summer, the company is finding success in the procurement of more school locations and receiving positive feedback from franchisees in regions throughout the U.S.
As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the new nutrition standards require all U.S. schools to sell only food items that meet certain requirements, in relation to their calories, ingredients, sodium, fat and sugar...

New Local Home Cleaning Service Business Opens Just In Time For Spring Cleaning »

April 16, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Window Genie
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Window Genie of West Los Angeles officially opens for business on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker and his team will offer window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more.
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OH – Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Santa Monica, CA on Monday April 21st. Brian Stocker is the owner/operator. Window Genie is a nationally ranked home service franchise offering window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie of West Los Angeles will service the Westside communities of Bel Air, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Westwood and surrounding areas.
Before joining the Window Genie team, Stocker spent 20 years in corporate finance helping entrepreneurial companies develop and implement strategies for growth...

Pet Supplies Plus Appoints Alex Roberts As Vice President Of Franchising »

April 16, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
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April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Livonia, Mich. – Pet Supplies Plus announced today that Alex Roberts has been named Vice President of Franchising. Pet Supplies Plus, a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital, is the third largest pet specialty retailer in the United States.
Prior to Pet Supplies Plus, Roberts was most recently the president of Mr. Handyman International, where he was responsible for overall brand performance of the 200+-unit franchise system, which operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Previous to that, he held roles with ProTect Painters International and Service Brands International.
Roberts is a veteran franchise executive who will bring an impressive set of skills and experiences to Pet Supplies Plus...

Aaron's, Inc. Receives Strong Support From Franchisees »

April 16, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has received strong support from its franchisees in connection with the Company's acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), and Aaron's new strategic plan.
In connection with these announcements, Aaron's held a conference call and meetings with its franchisees where it outlined the significant benefits the Progressive acquisition will have for franchisees and reiterated the Company's commitment to supporting the franchisee community as it works to grow and develop the Aaron's brand. Franchisees made the following comments:
Dave Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEI and Aaron's Franchisee Board Member (106 stores)

"The Progressive acquisition moves Aaron's quantum leaps forward...

The Arthurs Bring Painting Experience, Customer Service To Fresh Coat Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Buda, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - While in Bloomington, Indiana, Kenny Arthur started a painting business – a business that was successful through his college days and after. But when his wife Tonya got a job offer in Texas, the two decided to give up the business and move to South Austin.
Now the family is excited to be opening their new painting business – Fresh Coat of South Austin.
"When we moved here, Kenny joined corporate America with me as an account manager in sales and marketing. He's always been drawn to working for himself and it's a good fit for us, so we started looking to invest in a franchise. Fresh Coat was a perfect fit," Tonya said.
Fresh Coat's services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Another Milestone As Cafe2U Celebrates 10th Anniversary As A Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 4:28AM PDT | Source: Cafe2U

April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // The world's biggest mobile coffee franchise, Australian born Cafe2U, has celebrated its 10th anniversary as a franchise. Cafe2U officially celebrated its emergence from a humble one-van operation on the North Shore of Sydney a decade ago into a fully fledged global franchise model.
It is now thriving international operation over 155 franchisees in Australia alone.
The UK has proven a traditional stronghold in that time with 60 franchises while Cafe2U continues to experience steady growth in New Zealand and the US, with 12 and 5 franchises there respectively.
Since Cafe2U sought expressions of interest South Africa last year there have been numerous enquires and tenders for territories, with the first franchises launching there soon...

New Sandler Training Owner Coaches Fortune 500 Companies »

April 15, 2014 at 11:02AM PDT | Source: Sandler Training
Sandler Training Opportunities Available

Former Banker Becomes His Own Boss
Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - After helping friends improve the revenue of their companies, Bob Min realized that he could build a career using his consulting skills.
"I felt I had the experience, education and knowledge to succeed," said Min.
He used a franchise consultant to find the perfect business and left a 23-year career in banking and lending to launch his new venture.
Sandler Training was a natural fit. His new franchise provides training and consulting for everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Their offerings include: Sales and sales management training; management and leadership training for business owners and senior executives; negotiations training; customer service training and coaching and mentoring...

Aaron's, Inc. Acquires Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC, A Leading Virtual Lease-To-Own Company »

April 15, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Provides Important Expansion into Virtual Rent-to-Own Market
Accelerates Revenue and Earnings Growth by Providing Complementary Strategic Channel and Enhancing Aaron's Customer Payment Capabilities
John Robinson, CEO of Progressive, to Join Aaron's as EVP of Aaron's and CEO of Progressive
Transaction Will Be Double-Digit Accretive to Cash EPS in 2014 and Significantly More Accretive in 2015

ATLANTA and DRAPER, Utah - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE:AAN) the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced that it has acquired Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC ("Progressive"), a merchandise lease-to-own company from Summit Partners, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $700 million...

BodyBrite Grows Franchises, Removes Hair In Canada »

April 15, 2014 at 9:07AM PDT | Source: BodyBrite
BodyBrite Opportunities Available

Successes Across Europe and the Americas Signal Additional Global Growth Opportunities; Brand Outlines Aggressive Canadian Franchise Growth Strategy
April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS – BodyBrite, the internationally acclaimed beauty and style centers specializing in advanced hair removal, skin rejuvenation and teeth whitening treatments, today announced a robust Canadian franchise growth strategy.
Targeting attractive commercial retail districts throughout the country – keying in on the Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal markets – BodyBrite projects its first Canadian center opening in late-2014.
"For years, permanent body hair removal has been an expensive luxury," said Chris Hardy, CEO of BodyBrite, who first introduced the BodyBrite brand in North America (United States) in 2011...

Aaron's, Inc. Issues Open Letter To Shareholders »

April 15, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Transformative Acquisition of Progressive Will Create Lease-to-Own Leader
Transaction Will Be Double-Digit Accretive to Cash EPS in 2014 and Significantly More Accretive in 2015
Outlines Plan to Deliver Top-Line Growth, Operating Margin Expansion and Increased Cash Flow from the Core Aaron's Business
Board Unanimously Determines to Reject Vintage Capital Unsolicited Proposal as Inadequate and Illusory
Names Ray Robinson Chairman of the Board and Adopts Substantial Corporate Governance Enhancements
Names Steve Michaels as President and John Robinson, Progressive's CEO, as EVP of Aaron's

ATLANTA - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today issued a letter to its shareholders...

Energy Audits Help Historic Campus Homes Prioritize Maintenance »

April 15, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Pro Energy Consultant

Independence, OH - April 14, 2014 - PR.com - Modernizing and maintaining historic homes can be a daunting task; a building with decades of settling and deteriorating materials will have several issues and it is hard to define where to start. The Greek Life Sustainability Team from the University of Michigan turned to an energy audit to help them identify problems and prioritize improvements on one of the many historic homes on the University's campus.
"Energy audits aren't just a good starting point if you want to make a home more energy efficient, they are a good activity to do before any renovation or retrofit," stated Douglas King of Pro Energy Consultants of Ann Arbor. "It increases the chances of getting exactly what you want out of your updated space...

Aaron's, Inc. Reduces 2014 First Quarter Revenue And Earnings Guidance »

April 15, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the leading lease-to-own specialty retailer that offers flexible payment options for credit-challenged individuals, today announced it is reducing the Company's 2014 first quarter revenue and earnings guidance.
"Like many retail companies, we continue to be adversely affected by the current macroeconomic environment, and many of our stores were negatively impacted by abnormal weather conditions during the quarter," said Ronald W. Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's. "As a result, our revenues and earnings will not meet expectations for the quarter."
"Both same store revenue and customer growth in Company-operated stores declined by approximately 2% in the quarter, and franchised stores as a collective group also experienced negative same store revenues and customer growth...



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