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Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location In Ventura County »

April 18, 2014 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: Archadeck
Archadeck Opportunities Available

RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - Archadeck is excited to announce that Mike and Jamie Martin have opened a new Archadeck Outdoor Living franchise location servicing the Ventura County area of California.
Known as Archadeck of Ventura County, Mike and Jamie Martin will design and build custom outdoor living spaces for clients, including sunrooms, screened porches, decks, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, pergolas, poll decks, gazebos and more. Areas the Martins service include Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and all of Ventura County. "We are thrilled to bring Archadeck to the West Coast," said Jamie Martin. "We're excited to have this opportunity not only to help people realize the outdoor living space of their dreams, but to add value to their homes and quality of life...

Watermill Express Provides Free Water For National Lemonade Day »

April 18, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Colorado - Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up vendor of pure drinking water, along with the city of McAllen, Texas are teaming up to help enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of McAllen youth by aiding and teaching them how to start and run their own lemonade business.
Children who participate in National Lemonade Day will each be allowed to use 10 free gallons of Watermill Express water to start their lemonade business. Each child who shows their participant number at the 10th and Zinnia Watermill Express location in McAllen, Texas will be given 10 free gallons of water between Noon and 5pm on Saturday May 3rd. The children begin selling their product on Sunday May 4th throughout various locations in McAllen...

FASTSIGNS® Receives High Honors For Franchisee Satisfaction In Canada »

April 18, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
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Canadian Franchise Association Recognizes the Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise for Its Dedication to Superior Franchisee Relations, Team Work and Communication
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Constantly receiving top ratings by U.S. organizations for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. - the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers - has been recognized by an industry organization for reflecting that same commitment to its Canadian franchise partners.
The franchisor was a Silver finalist in the "Traditional - Mature Franchises" category of the 2014 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence in Franchising, and was also named a Franchisee Choice designee for the third consecutive year...

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...

CD One Price Cleaners Extends Market Reach With Opening Of 3 New Franchise Locations In Chicagoland Area »

April 16, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Industry Leading, One Price, Same Day Service Expands to Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview
WESTCHESTER, Ill. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Suburban Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners, an industry leader and franchisor in the $9 billion dry cleaning industry, is bringing its successful, value-driven, one price concept to three new markets in the Chicago area. Franchise agreements and store leases have been signed for Deerfield, St. Charles and Broadview, Illinois.
The largest dry cleaning and laundry operator in Chicago, CD One Price Cleaners has 30 franchise and company-operated "superstore" locations in the Chicago area. Since opening its first store in Lincolnwood, Ill. in 2001, the company has offered consumers a deeply discounted, one-price policy for all men’s and women’s garments and a same-day service policy (in by 10 a...

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

April 16, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

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...

Firehouse Subs Announces New "Hearty & Flavorful, Under 500 Calories" Menu »

April 16, 2014 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs Opportunities Available

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Firehouse Subs, the fast casual restaurant chain founded by firemen, introduces its new "Hearty & Flavorful, Under 500 Calories" menu, the largest and most significant menu addition in Firehouse Subs' 19-year history. The Hearty & Flavorful menu debuts six subs and four chopped salads each under 500 calories and is available at all Firehouse Subs nationwide.
Co-founders and former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen spent more than one year developing each signature recipe, ensuring the menu didn't sacrifice taste and retained the signature flavors Firehouse Subs guests expect. The sandwiches have the same portion size of meat as a medium-sized sub but cut calories with new recipes built upon Firehouse Subs' private recipe wheat sub roll, Sargento® cheeses and the addition of Duke's Light Mayonnaise...

New Sandler Training Owner Coaches Fortune 500 Companies »

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

Planet Beach CEO And Founder To Testify In Support Of Bill HB746 »

April 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
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April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Planet Beach, the first and only fully automated spa, is proud to announce its support of bill HB746. This bill, which is making its way through the Louisiana Senate, would no longer allow minors under the age of 18 to use UV tanning services, regardless of parental consent. The Senate Health and Welfare committee will hear the bill at 1:00 P.M. at the Louisiana State Capital on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Stephen smith, CEO and founder of Planet Beach will be attending and testifying at the hearing. "Planet Beach has chosen to support bill HB746 for several reasons," said Smith. "Our company’s services have evolved away from our past tanning roots. More importantly, we support this legislation because of our concern for all of our customers’ skin, health and overall wellness...

Founder Of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Franchise System Will Share His 'Lessons From Leadership' »

April 15, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Franchise CEO Todd Hopkins Is Featured Speaker at Eighth Annual MidSouth Economic and Business Development Summit
UNION CITY, TN - (Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - Todd Hopkins, the founder and CEO of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Franchise, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 MidSouth Economic and Business Development Summit.
The eighth annual summit will provide an opportunity for area business, government and university leaders to learn more about executive leadership strategies. The conference will be May 13 at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn.
"I'm going to share leadership lessons I've learned in the trenches of entrepreneurship," said Hopkins, who founded Office Pride while earning his master's degree at Butler University in Indianapolis in 1992...

5 Common Franchise Entrepreneurship Myths »

April 15, 2014 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

North America's leading career and franchise business coaching company, The Entrepreneur's Source, explores the top misconceptions that deter prospective entrepreneurs from pursuing franchising.
April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Southbury, CT – While franchise companies are expected to grow faster and create more jobs than the rest of the economy*, many people still have a false impression of what franchising means as a career path to entrepreneurship.
Terry Powell, founder of The Entrepreneur's Source® (E-Source), North America's leading career and franchise business coaching company, notes that many of the people looking to start a business typically don't consider franchising as an option. He says, “When people think of franchising, they think of McDonald's, Taco Bell and Subway, but what they fail to realize is that there are a wide variety of franchise opportunities available that span several industries and investment levels...

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

April 11, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida – Dental Fix has awarded its 17th franchise of 2014, to Walter Courtney of Calabasas, California, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement, the 12th in the State of California, is part of an aggressive national expansion plan calling for 500 new vans in the next five years. With 86 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. "We are excited about Walter joining our franchise family and look forward to helping him grow."
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Del Taco Franchisees Honored With Three Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine MVP Awards »

April 10, 2014 at 10:13AM PDT | Source: Del Taco

April 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lake Forest, Calif. – Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican quick service restaurant category, announced today that three of its franchisees received Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine's Annual MVP (Most Valuable Performer) Awards. The industry-wide awards recognize “the power operators, the innovators, and the creative thinkers who have demonstrated outstanding performance in growing both their organization and their brands.” Del Taco is the only quick service restaurant with three winners. Each Del Taco franchisee winner will receive their award at the 13th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas, April 23 - 25, 2014.
Del Taco's franchisees won in the following categories: Paul Hitzelberger was awarded the “Spirit of Franchising Leadership Award” for extraordinary performance, growth, and involvement in his local community; Nachhattar Chandi was awarded the “American Dream Award” for achieving remarkable success in his new country; and Sam Anabi was awarded the “Noble Cause Award” for his passion and support for those in need...

Giardino Gourmet Salads Announces Nine Consecutive Quarters Of Positive Comparable Sales »

April 10, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Giardino Gourmet Salads

South Florida-Based Salad Franchise Continues its Rise in Fast-Casual Industry 
MIAMI - April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Giardino Gourmet Salads, the premiere fast casual salad concept of South Florida, announced today that it has experienced nine consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales after posting an eight percent increase throughout the first quarter of 2014.
"Giardino Gourmet Salads' nine consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales increases is a true testament to the strength of our growing brand," said Kenny Lugo, founder and director of franchise development at Giardino Gourmet Salads. "Our success is directly related to consumers' increasing desire to live a healthier lifestyle and our franchisees continually delivering a superior customer experience...

Dental Fix Awards 1st Franchise In The State Of Tennessee »

April 10, 2014 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

April 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 16th franchise of 2014, to Roger Roberson, and Joanne McCaa of Chattanooga, TN., Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement, targeting the Chattanooga, Tennessee market, will the be 1st van to launch in the State of Tennesse 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. "We are excited about Roger and Joanne joining our franchise family and look forward to helping them grow...

Medifast, Inc. Announces Analyst Day Presentation »

April 09, 2014 at 7:56AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs, today announced it will host an analyst day with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael C. MacDonald and other members of Medifast's senior management team on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET in New York, NY.
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The presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www.medifastnow.com, and will be archived online for 30 days.
About Medifast
Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the leading easy-to-use, clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss program...

Fast-growing Premier Craft Beer Destination 'The Brass Tap' Arrives In Oldsmar, Florida »

April 09, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: The Brass Tap

Oldsmar, FL (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 - The demand for local craft beers has exploded in recent years and Oldsmar has just jumped aboard!
Tampa, Florida-based The Brass Tap has opened its doors this week with dozens of beers, premium wines, and tasty food to serve. "We are proud to introduce The Brass Tap to Oldsmar," said owner Vik Patel. "Oldsmar is a great community and we're excited to bring an upscale craft beer experience to our community."
The 2,800-square-feet square foot upscale beer bar offers over 70 taps of beer and 250 import, domestic, and local beers in bottles and cans. At all times, more than a dozen of our taps are dedicated to serving Florida craft beers. The beer list will rotate, and the latest brews in house will be highlighted on the bar's Facebook page...

Planet Beach Franchising Corporation Celebrates 18 Years Of Success »

April 08, 2014 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
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April 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS - Planet Beach Franchising Corporation celebrated 18 years of success and innovation last week! Did you know Stephen Smith had the Planet Beach concept in mind when he passed by a neon sign in front of a vacant uptown New Orleans tanning salon in 1994? He named it Electric Beach with a plan to franchise eventually. This was a natural tie-in with his gym business. He had been in the health club industry for many years and understood the value of helping people live healthy lives and feeling better about themselves.
April 1, 1996, Smith then decided to franchise his tanning business. A name change was in order; however, since funds were tight, he recognized the opportunity to keep some of the existing signage...

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens A New Location In Northeast Atlanta »

April 07, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT | Source: Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opportunities Available

RICHMOND, VA (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is happy to announce that Chuck Rich has opened a new location servicing the northeast Atlanta, Georgia area.
Known as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Atlanta Northeast, Mr. Rich and his team will design and install custom outdoor lighting systems for his customers, for home exteriors, landscapes and gardens, patios, decks, poolsides and all kinds of outdoor living spaces. They will service the entire Atlanta metro including the Conyers, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Decatur and Covington areas.
Chuck Rich is an Airforce veteran and former Director of the Eastern Region for Government Sales at WESCO. During his tenure at WESCO, Mr. Rich directed all government voice, data and electrical infrastructure business in the eastern region...

Burger 21 Targets Phoenix, Arizona For Franchise Expansion »

April 07, 2014 at 8:18AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
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Award-Winning Fast-Casual Chain to Exhibit at Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo, May 3-4 
April 07, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., announced today it plans to expand in the Phoenix market with future franchise development. The company currently has two Arizona locations in development in Scottsdale and Chandler, both expected to open later this year. To date, Burger 21 has 12 open locations and 18 franchised restaurants in development across the country.
"Burger 21 is dedicated to providing guests with a unique better burger experience," said Dan Stone, vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21...



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