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Maui Wowi Warms Up With Holiday Drinks »

October 30, 2014 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi adds two holiday espresso drinks to the menu for a limited time only; Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte return November 3, 2014.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a gourmet Hawaiian coffee and fresh fruit smoothie franchise, is releasing two holiday espresso beverages: Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte. These fan favorites join the menu for a limited time only and are available at participating locations nationwide beginning November 3, 2014.
Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte are delicious holiday drinks made with specialty espresso beans harvested on the Hawaiian Islands. Created from proprietary recipes, the flavorful roasts of premium espresso and rich flavored syrups gives each drink a smooth, enviable taste that make them a hit with holiday coffee lovers...

Intelligent Office Announces New Location In Downtown Chicago »

October 29, 2014 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

New Intelligent Office Offers Cost Efficient Virtual Office Solutions in the Heart of Chicago's Financial District
Chicago (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing administrative and staffing services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors, has announced it has signed a lease on a new location in Chicago, Illinois.
The opening of a location in the heart of Chicago's Financial District means that the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and small business community can tap into cost efficient administrative services and staffing resources that allow for flexibility and mobility, giving the constituencies a new way to easily conduct business anytime, anywhere...

Panera Bread Company Reports Q3 2014 Diluted EPS Of $1.46 »

October 29, 2014 at 7:59AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)
Highlights

Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.1%
Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 1.4%
Q4 2014 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 3.3%
FY 2014 EPS target range adjusted to $6.60 to $6.70

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $39 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2014. These results compare to net income of $43 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2013. The fiscal Q3 2014 results include favorable tax adjustments of $2.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, which were anticipated in the diluted EPS target for fiscal Q3 2014...

Gwyneth Paltrow And David Babaii Announce The Opening Of Blo Blow Dry Bar And Body By Blo In Naples, Florida »

October 29, 2014 at 7:47AM PDT | Source: Blo Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo offer affordable beauty from a flawless blo out to beautifully manicured nails.
Naples, FL (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Ari Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo's CEO, along with Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hairstylist to the stars, David Babaii are proud to welcome Kara Resop to their franchise family. Her Naples Blo & Body By Blo Naples location will be opening on Friday, November 7, 2014. It is located at 2349 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 516, Naples, FL and can be contacted at blonaples(at)blomedry.com or 239-631-6128.
Franchise partner Kara Resop (aka LovelyLadyLocks) says, "It is an absolute dream come true to bring Blo to the city my husband and I grew up in! I have been dreaming of opening a Blo for years, but was on an amazing journey with my husband, supporting his Major League Baseball career and raising our family on the road, now we're home in Naples, and I am finally able to Blo Naples away!" Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Kara also supports her Florida community and gives back to charities such as the Pediatric Cancer Foundation...

ZIPS Dry Cleaners Named On "Next 300" List By Franchise Times »

October 29, 2014 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaners, an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model, was recently recognized as one of this year’s "Next 300" chains, ranked by Franchise Times. The "Next 300" is a companion of the Franchise Times Top 200, an annual ranking of the largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales.
ZIPS Dry Cleaners made its ranking debut at #383.
"Our franchise growth has picked up serious momentum over the past couple of years and this recognition is a true testament to our continued focus on further establishing our category leading, highly profitable franchise opportunity," said ZIPS CEO Reid Bechtle...

ServiceMaster Of North Texas Boosts Their Internet Marketing Strategy By Joining RestorationMasterFinder.com »

October 29, 2014 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - ServiceMaster of North Texas is located in Garland, TX and they provide disaster restoration and cleaning services to homes and businesses in Dallas, Garland, Plano, TX and the surrounding communities. They are the most recent ServiceMaster franchise to boost their online marketing campaign by joining RestorationMasterFinder.com. RestorationMasterFinder, or RMF, was developed by Proceed Innovative as a lead generating website that provides cost-effective leads for ServiceMaster franchises.
The addition of ServiceMaster of North Texas to RestorationMasterFinder.com will help attract more internet traffic to their micro-sites which will result in a higher volume of calls and conversions. ServiceMaster is a nationally recognized brand and one of the most trusted service providers for disaster restoration and cleaning services...

L.A. Rocker Nate Beck Becomes Part Owner In Twin Cities School Of Rock Franchise »

October 29, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

St. Paul, MN, October 29, 2014 - (PR.com) - The School of Rock was founded in 1998 in Philadelphia PA on the premise that "taking music lessons and never playing a gig is like going to basketball practice and never playing a game. After a while, there's no point." So the School of Rock gets its students performing on stage – in a band - as early as 8 years old. "Not only does this teach them to play music," said Nate Beck. "But it teaches team work, it raises their self confidence….and it's a heck of a lot of fun!"
Beck should know. He is a graduate of the St. Paul School of Rock. Following High School graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute, where he formed a band that was nominated for an award in the Rock Single of the Year category in the Los Angeles Music Awards...

Maui Wowi Says Mahalo With Complimentary Smoothies At Oceanside Location »

October 29, 2014 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Oceanside, Calif. (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian is saying mahalo to the Oceanside community with a Customer Appreciation Event at its location in the Ocean Place Cinemas Plaza, Thursday October 30, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST. The store, which opened this past summer, has been blending fresh fruit smoothies and brewing hot cups of Hawaiian coffee for thirsty customers looking for a break in their day.
The Customer Appreciation Event is a family friendly way to thank the customers for their business and for new ones to come and give it a try. Visitors who stop by will get their chance at the prize wheel and treated to complimentary smoothies. There will also be a chance to win complimentary Tiki size smoothies for an entire year...

College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisee Revenue Grows 42.6% In Two Years »

October 29, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Average Revenue for College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisees Grew Quickly From 2011 to 2013, Continues Climb
TAMPA, FL - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Offering the "evergreen" service of moving and/or junk removal at reasonable prices is why College Hunks Hauling Junk continues to be one of America's most successful franchise operations, announcing revenue growth of 42.6% between 2011 and 2013.
In addition to being a valued service, College Hunks Hauling Junk also succeeds by being much more affordable in terms of start-up costs. Most College Hunks Hauling Junk franchises are up and running for between $95,000 and $207,950, and they are very easy to scale, in addition to having very turnkey startup financing options. Average revenue for franchise locations was $442,504 in 2013, which illustrates a great return on investment...

Medifast Launches New Digital Dashboards To Help Customers Track Success »

October 28, 2014 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, announced today the launch of customized digital dashboards, which allow Medifast customers to track nutrition, exercise, meals, weight, sleep, well-being and more, and enable Medifast to provide additional tools to help with long-term weight management and overall wellness.
Each dashboard was created with unique features for every Medifast sales channel. The MyWellness Dashboard and Community serves Medifast Direct customers; the MyPlan Tracker is an online dashboard customized for Medifast Weight Control Center members; and the Habits of Health Dashboard and Community was developed for Take Shape For Life Clients and Health Coaches, offering a Healthy Mind component, which tracks well-being and mindfulness...

Express Recognized By Entrepreneur Magazine »

October 28, 2014 at 4:23AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

Oklahoma City Headquartered Franchise Named One of the "Fastest Growing Franchise Systems"
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 - Express Employment Professionals has been named to the "America's Top Global Franchise System" list for the fifth year in a row by Entrepreneur Magazine and was ranked number 71 on the publication's Franchise 500® list.
"We're proud to be consistently recognized as a leader not only in the staffing industry, but also in the franchising industry," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "Being ranked 71 on the Franchise 500® list is an amazing accomplishment for our franchise network and a testament to the great team we have at our international headquarters...

Liberty Tax Service Announces Filing Of Shelf Registration Statement »

October 27, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service  Opportunities Available

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Oct 27, 2014) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3. The registration statement is intended to provide the Company with flexibility to access the capital markets more efficiently in the future.
At the present time, the Company has no specific plans to issue securities under the registration statement. If and when the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, the Company will be able to offer and sell, from time to time, up to $200 million of securities such as senior, subordinated or convertible debt securities, warrants, units, common and preferred stock, or any combination thereof...

Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2014 »

October 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, will announce financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 on Wednesday, November 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, 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 November 5, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Aaron's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

October 24, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Total Revenues of $707.6 Million
Net Earnings of $9.3 Million; Diluted EPS of $.13
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.39 Excluding Special Charges
Progressive Continues to Exceed Expectations
Executing on Strategic Cost Initiatives

ATLANTA - Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced revenues and earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
For the third quarter of 2014, revenues increased 32% to $707.6 million compared to $537.2 million for the same period in 2013. Net earnings were $9.3 million versus $21.1 million a year ago...

Country Kitchen® Hits It Home »

October 23, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Country Kitchen
Country Kitchen Opportunities Available

A Return to the Heritage that Defines the Brand
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, WI – Country Kitchen® Restaurant has spent the last three years re-focusing the brand towards the history, ideology and core competencies which helped define it over these past 75 years. This new focus has led the brand to the most successful years in the past decade and has reinvigorated the franchise community as well as the corporate team as 2014 continues on this upward slope.
It is well documented that times have been tough for the restaurant industry over the past four years but this reality has not dampened the mood at Country Kitchen International. Since 2011, when the company was acquired by Legacy Franchise Group, LLC, the brand has enjoyed a string of successful "Limited Time Offer" (LTO) campaigns as well as tremendously effective and well received menu launches...

Maui Wowi Makes A Splash With Latest Orange County Franchise »

October 23, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie retailer grants Southern California resident its latest franchise agreement, continuing the brand's expansion on the West Coast.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premium island coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, has recently signed a franchise agreement granting Orange County resident, June Padua, the rights to own up to three units. She joins a growing number of Maui Wowi franchisees in the Southern California market and along the West Coast, where the brand culture has thrived in recent years.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian currently has 32 franchisees in the state of California, operating 55 units that include seven fixed retail locations, as well as outlets on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton...

Infographic: Three Crucial Factors That Make Or Break A Business »

October 22, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business advisor AdviCoach® offers infographic exploring top factors that affect business success.
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, CT – According to The U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses (independent companies with fewer than 500 employees) make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employment. Recognizing the massive impact that small businesses have on the U.S. economy, AdviCoach has created an infographic titled "What’s Keeping You Up at Night?" exploring three obstacles businesses frequently face that likely impact success – time, team and money. The infographic can be found at http://advicoachblog.com/infographic-top-dangers-preventing-businesses-succeeding/.
AdviCoach, a national provider of business coaching and advisory services customized for small- to mid-size businesses, explains that over 50 percent of the population relies on wages that the more than 28 million U...

Pinot's Palette To Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting The National Breast Cancer Foundation »

October 22, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).
During the evening event, all Pinot's Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot's Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.
Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its "Painting It Forward" program.
"When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be," said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot's Palette...

Hired Today, Gone Tomorrow: Recent Grads Don’t Stay In First Jobs Very Long »

October 22, 2014 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

77% of Express Owners Surveyed Say the Average Grad Will Leave Their Job in the First Year
OKLAHOMA CITY, (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest franchised staffing company, today released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation.
More than three-quarters, 77 percent of franchises surveyed, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. Only 23 percent think the average graduate stays for more than a year.
Findings come from the 2014 edition of the "America Employed" survey of 115 Express franchises across the nation. This is the second year Express has released findings from its "America Employed" survey...

ReBath Northeast Offering Toilet With Purchase Of Tub To Shower Conversion »

October 22, 2014 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: Re-Bath Remodeling

Forty Fort, PA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Right now at ReBath Northeast, anyone who is interested in a tub to shower conversion can receive $700 off plus a comfort height toilet with install, absolutely free.
Tub to shower conversions are quite popular with homeowners 65 and older. Many people struggle to safely step over the bathtub and are worried about falling. Having ReBath Northeast convert this tub to an easy to use walk-in shower allows homeowners the freedom to bathe safely and ultimately, care for themselves in their own home.
Included in a tub to shower conversion are two grab bars and the option for a seated base. Both of these items can help someone who is worried about falling in the shower.
While many people realize that a shower is easier to use than a bathtub, not many people realize that there are more convenient options for toilets too...



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