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

October 21, 2014 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

Total Revenues Increased 2.0%Consolidated Same Store Sales Increased 1.9%Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.48
PLANO, Texas - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 20, 2014 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Third Quarter 2014 Results
Total revenues were $769.5 million, an increase of $14.7 million from total revenues of $754.8 million for the same period in the prior year. This 2.0% increase in total revenues was primarily due to increases of approximately $36.6 million in the Acceptance Now segment and approximately $6.9 million in the Mexico segment, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $29...

Mosquito Squad Heads To Florida For Pest World To Meet With Area Business Owners »

October 21, 2014 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 - Mosquito Squad is proud to be North America's first, best and most trusted choice to eliminate mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they can bring to families and communities. Mosquito Squad will host area business owners and entrepreneurs as they attend the 2014 Pest World Convention on October 21-24 at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mosquito Squad has received the Inc. 5000 rating as one of the fastest growing privately held companies for four consecutive years.
"Mosquito Squad launched an awareness campaign with existing GHP license holders throughout the state of Florida and the team looks forward to meeting with existing business owners and entrepreneurs while attending this year's Pest Wold event"; stated Vice President of Operations for Mosquito Squad, Rob White...

New Wireless Zone® Franchise Owners Find Success In Wisconsin »

October 20, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

Two friends, and first time business owners, open successful Wireless Zone® franchise in Portage
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PORTAGE, Wis. – Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is celebrating the success of new franchise owners Matthew Williams and Eric Reynolds and their new store in Portage, Wisconsin. Already making a name for themselves in the industry and Portage community, Williams and Reynolds are achieving record-breaking numbers in their first five months of business.
"Being able to open a Wireless Zone store in Portage and have incredible success in the first few months has been a very rewarding experience," said Williams. "We have worked extremely hard to build a strong foundation, and the local community has been very supportive of the new store...

FASTSIGNS® Helps Independent Owners Thrive, Maximize New Channels For Growth »

October 20, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Exhibits at 2014 SGIA Expo to Share Success with Independent Owners through Company's Co-Brand and Conversion Franchise Programs
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Though more businesses are investing in effective signage and visual graphics, many of today's independent sign and print shop owners are not maximizing their businesses' true potential due to lack of support in key areas, such as marketing and technology advancements. FASTSIGNS International Inc. - the worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries - recognizes these challenges and provides the necessary resources through its Co-Brand or Conversion franchise programs for independent owners to thrive...

New Real Canadian Property Management Office Opens In Fort McMurray »

October 20, 2014 at 4:24AM PDT | Source: Real Property Management
Real Property Management Opportunities Available

VANCOUVER, BC - (Marketwired - October 17, 2014) - The "fly in, fly out" workforce in Fort McMurray has created a massive opportunity for investment in the rental housing market. In response, Real Canadian Property Management Elite, a franchisee of Real Canadian Property Management (RPM), has opened to serve Fort McMurray rental property owners, so they can watch their investment grow and avoid costly mistakes.
"Our services provide benefits to both tenants and owners, through tested and proven systems that add the consistency and efficiency the property management industry has needed," said Kap Hiroti, vice president, operations, Real Canadian Property Management. "Broker Lorna MacNeil has worked on all facets of real estate in Fort McMurray for over 10 years, from sales agent to property manager to designated broker...

Local St. Louis Family Assumes Ownership Of Valpak Territory »

October 17, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Former Valpak General Manager Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in the Community 
October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today Keith and Vickie Carpenter and their son, Brian and his wife, Jessica have acquired the Valpak of Greater St. Louis, Mo., territory.
As a former Valpak general manager, Keith brings 35 years of advertising sales experience to the business. Brian is no stranger to the Valpak brand either, having over 10 years of sales experience with the brand. With this territory, the Carpenters will mail Valpak’s signature blue envelope to 300,000 homes, and growing in the greater St. Louis area including St. Louis, St...

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. To Announce Preliminary Third-Quarter 2014 Results »

October 17, 2014 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced a plan to release its preliminary unaudited third-quarter 2014 financial results after 7 a.m. central time on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The company will hold a conference call to discuss its financial and operating results at 8 a.m. central time on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
The company invites all interested parties to join Chief Executive Officer Rob Gillette and Chief Financial Officer Alan Haughie as they provide an update on the company’s operating results and full-year 2014 financial outlook. Participants may join this conference call by dialing 800...

You Move Me Conquers LinkedIn »

October 17, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: You Move Me
You Move Me Opportunities Available

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Earlier this month, You Move Me was recognized by LinkedIn for their accomplishments with using the social media giant's marketing platform that led to a huge spike in web traffic and franchise inquiries.
The LinkedIn Marketing Solutions team published a case study profiling the success of You Move Me's Sponsored Update and InMail campaign, alongside industry titans such as General Electric, Chevron and Microsoft.
Excerpt from the case study:
"With LinkedIn's targeting capabilities and creative tools for reaching out to the right professionals at the right time, You Move Me attracted a new audience of possible franchise owners. Sponsored Updates saw engagement rates three times higher than average LinkedIn benchmarks, while InMails showed a click-through rate two times the average rates – and open rates five times the average rate...

The Entrepreneur's Source Welcomes Art Coley To Advisory Board »

October 17, 2014 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

44-Year-Old Successful Entrepreneur and Company Growth Expert Joins The Entrepreneur's Source Advisory Board to Help Enhance Company Growth Strategies
October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - The Entrepreneur's Source®, the nation's leading alternative career coaching franchise dedicated to the entrepreneur, announces that Art Coley, currently a consultant with AlphaGraphics, has joined the company's Advisory Board. Coley will work with other experienced franchise executives to give guidance and perspective in helping individuals find the right path in franchising and small business ownership, ensuring the growth and relevance of The Entrepreneur's Source in the franchise industry.
"Coley, along with other members of the Advisory Board, will be providing valuable perspectives, experience, and guidance to our team as we celebrate our 30th year in business and prepare for the next 10 years of rapid growth and exceptional unit economics for our Franchisees and Associates," said Terry Powell, founder of The Entrepreneur's Source and Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI), a multi-brand business coaching franchisor with several high-performance brands under its helm, including AdviCoach®...

FASTSIGNS® Continues U.S. Expansion Focus On California »

October 16, 2014 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Plans to Increase California Presence with 7-10 New Centers a Year; Exhibits at 2014 West Coast Franchise Expo to Meet Prospective Owners
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Committed to its franchise expansion efforts in California, FASTSIGNS International Inc. - the worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries - will be exhibiting at the West Coast Franchise Expo Oct. 23-25, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
During the three-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with FASTSIGNS representatives to discuss the franchise buying process and learn more about the company's proven business model, high franchise partner satisfaction rankings, $6 million funding through Franchise America Finance and a special incentive program for military veterans, including a 50 percent discount off the initial franchise fee...

Medifast Announces Winners Of National "Happy Afters" Contest »

October 16, 2014 at 5:19AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

Leading Weight Management Program Celebrates Success Stories
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, announces the winners of this year's annual Happy Afters contest. The challenge kicked off at the end of March to encourage participants to share their Medifast weight-loss journey. Seven lucky winners were chosen for an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago and were treated to personal shoppers at Nordstrom, makeovers at Anthony Cristiano Salon at Trump Tower, and a photo shoot. Winners will be featured on MedifastNow.com.
"We were thrilled to have thousands of participants nationwide submit their stories and inspired by their determination to achieve their weight-loss goals," said Brian Kagen, Medifast's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer...

Dental Fix Awards 12th Franchise In The State Of Texas »

October 15, 2014 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 64th franchise of 2014, in Denton, Texas to Michael Ryan, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Denton/Soutlake market, will be the 5th van to launch in the Dallas market, and the 12th van to launch in the State of Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 111 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been 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...

Successful Leather Medic Franchise Opportunity Available For Sarasota Area »

October 15, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Leather Medic®

Lehigh Acres, Florida (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Sarasota, Florida is growing so rapidly that Leather Medic is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand. The leather restoration company just announced a franchise opportunity available for this thriving area. Owning a franchise such as Leather Medic is an ideal solution for career changers igniting their entrepreneurial spirit.
According to Mike Welch, president of FranNet Minnesota, statistics show that franchises are five times more likely than non-franchise businesses to be in operations after 10 years. Purchasing a franchise like Leather Medic helps career-changers move successfully into a new occupation that allows them to be more productive, energetic and motivated in life...

New DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Opens In Morgantown »

October 15, 2014 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
October 6, 2014 - Morgantown, W.Va. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Morgantown DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 421 Suncrest Town Center. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.
The 2,618 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 59 guests inside and offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Morgantown DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added 50 new jobs, contributing to Morgantown’s employment growth...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Franchise Eyes California For Expansion »

October 15, 2014 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Global Smoothie and Coffee Franchise to Meet Prospective Franchisees in Anaheim at the West Coast Franchise Expo October 23 – October 25
Anaheim, Calif. (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Based on the success of its 33 franchisees operating a total of 55 units throughout California, Maui Wowi Hawaiianis expanding its footprint in the Golden State.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a 450-unit global leader in the mobile event business serving up premium fresh-fruit smoothies and gourmet Hawaiian coffee, first entered the California market in May 2001. Since then, Maui Wowi Hawaiian has been blending and brewing at sports stadiums, fairs and festivals, convention centers, various temporary events and non-traditional venues across the state, including the Orange County Fair, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Qualcomm Stadium – home to the San Diego Chargers...

DQ® Treat Store Opens In Lee's Summit »

October 15, 2014 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New, convenient location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.
October 6, 2014 - Lee's Summit, Mo. - The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Lee's Summit DQ® store located at 1000 NE Sam Walton Lane inside of the Wal-Mart. This location is the newest Dairy Queen location in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants worldwide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 800 square foot restaurant employs a staff of 15.
The DQ store in Lee's Summit features DQ favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats, DQ Cakes and a wide variety of other soft-serve items, as well as the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages...

Medifast Selects GKV As Agency Of Record »

October 15, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

Multi-Faceted Partnership includes Marketing Strategy and Creative Campaign Development
BALTIMORE - Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs has named GKV, a full-service marketing agency, as Agency of Record.
GKV will work with the Medifast team on the development of the 2015 multi-media campaign. Medifast will tap into a comprehensive set of GKV's in-house capabilities, including market research; strategic planning; branding; creative development, including TV, radio, print and digital; and direct response.
"GKV is beyond thrilled to be selected by Medifast as its new Agency of Record," stated Roger L...

Re-Bath® Franchisee Wins Annual Franchisee Of The Year Award »

October 15, 2014 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Re-Bath Remodeling

(PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Re-Bath® of New Jersey & Northern Delaware's Dan McGann and Brian Fleming were awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA).
McGann and Fleming were recognized at IFA's 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. for their exceptional performance and contributions to enhancing the growth and development of the franchising community.
"The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees," said Steve Caldeira, IFA President and CEO. "IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Dan and Brian with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank them for their work in the promotion of franchising as well as for their daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U...

First DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Opens In Slidell »

October 15, 2014 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
October 6, 2014 - Slidell, La. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Slidell DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 1130 Gause Blvd. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft serve treats.
The 2,600 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 92 guests inside, and also offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Slidell DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added more than 50 new jobs, contributing to Slidell’s employment growth...

Leading Commercial Cleaning Franchise Expands To Southern California »

October 15, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Anago Cleaning Systems
Anago Cleaning Systems Opportunities Available

Master franchisee, Bill Sole, fuels national expansion and development of Anago Cleaning Systems by opening first location in the Inland Empire. 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - October 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ - A testament to the continued success of the $100 billion dollar commercial cleaning segment, Anago Cleaning Systems (Anago), a leading commercial cleaning franchise with more than 2,400 Unit Franchisees throughout the U.S. and internationally, is pleased to announce that existing Master Franchisee, Bill Sole, has purchased the newest Anago Master Franchise in the Inland Empire. The new business will be located at 517 N Mountain Ave, Suite 206 Upland, CA 91786 and will service the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ontario, California also known locally as the Inland Empire...



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