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ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. To Present At The Credit Suisse 2014 Global Credit Products Conference »

September 17, 2014 at 11:21AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - September 17, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced that Chief Financial Officer Alan Haughie will present at the Credit Suisse 2014 Global Credit Products Conference in Miami Beach, Florida at 1:30 p.m. eastern time tomorrow, September 18, 2014. To listen to the presentation via webcast and view the slide presentation, visit the company’s investor relations home page at www.servicemaster.com.
About ServiceMaster
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations...

Marco's Pizza Franchise On Track To 1,000th Store »

September 17, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

The Fast-Growing Pizza Franchise Is on Its Way to Becoming the 4th-Biggest Pizza Chain
TOLEDO, OH - (Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - One extra-large pizza franchise, coming up! Just months after opening its 500th location in June, Marco's Pizza is on its way to its next goal: 1,000 stores.
Marco's has been growing quickly as franchisees have been locking down the rights to bring Marco's to new cities and neighborhoods nationwide. Marco's has doubled in size in the past three years, and it expects to hit the 1,000 mark by the end of 2016. Its goal is to become the fourth-largest pizza franchise in America.
"As more Americans crave quality, Marco's is resonating with customers," says President and COO Bryon Stephens. "Our commitment to great ingredients gives our pizzas big, bold flavor that customers enjoy...

Planet Beach Sees Significant Improvement In Loan Success Rate »

September 17, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
Planet Beach   Opportunities Available

NEW ORLEANS - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - In the past five years, Planet Beach has improved its Small Business Administration (SBA) loan success rate to 86.67%. Planet Beach attributes this positive change to its move away from UV tanning and the full implementation of its automated spa concept.
For SBA loans closed prior to 2009, the company had a higher than acceptable default rate. However, out of the 15 new SBA loans during the period 2009 to 2013, there were only two failures, per the FRANdata report described below. This is very positive for the brand, considering that two-thirds of all small business startups fail within the first two years. (SOURCE: 2014 gaebler.com/Small-Business-Failure-Rates.htm)
Over the past few years, many misleading articles have been written about SBA franchise loan default rates...

Valpak Print And Digital Expands In Atlantic County »

September 17, 2014 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Local Entrepreneur Adds New Territory in South New Jersey 
September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Bill Reichert has expanded his existing Valpak business to include brand new territories in Atlantic County, N.J. Reichert has owned Valpak of South Jersey successfully since 1986 and currently mails Valpak’s signature blue envelope to residents in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, as well as part of Atlantic County. With this new expanded territory, he will now mail to 40,000 additional homes in Atlantic County.
"I am thrilled to be able to expand with Valpak, offering a suite of print and digital products to businesses and residents in Atlantic County," said Reichert, Valpak of South Jersey franchisee...

Dental Fix Awards 13th Franchise In The State Of Ohio »

September 17, 2014 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 61st franchise of 2014, in Sandusky, Ohio to William Mullen, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Sandusky market, will be the 13th van to launch in the State of Ohio, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 107 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...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In Franklin »

September 16, 2014 at 9:38AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First All-Trampoline Walled Playing Court Is Coming To Town
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // FRANKLIN, TN - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in Franklin with plans to open their doors in early 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 29,000 square foot facility will include an Open Jump Court, four Ultimate Dodgeball courts, a SkySlam Basketball court, SkyRobics classes, a SkyCafe for refreshments, and a Foam Zone.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering residents of Franklin the ultimate active play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Burger 21 Introduces Corporate Chef To Lead Menu Innovation »

September 16, 2014 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
Burger 21 Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Promotes Mike Remes to Culinary Leadership Role
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today the promotion of Mike Remes to Burger 21 corporate chef and field trainer earlier this year, a strategic move that gave Burger 21 its own dedicated corporate chef for the first time. In this role, Remes manages all aspects of the brand's menu development, including its monthly featured burgers and shakes, while overseeing training and operations for all new restaurant openings across the country.
"It is our pleasure to recognize Mike's leadership and contributions to the success of Burger 21's restaurant operations," said Mark Johnston, president and chief concept officer of Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21...

Take The Leap: 3 Effective Strategies For Eliminating Fear In Entrepreneurship »

September 16, 2014 at 3:53AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

The Entrepreneur's Source®, a National Alternative Career Coaching Franchise, Offers Advice to Minimize the Common Barriers Prospective Entrepreneurs Face
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn - Ten years ago when Mary Beth Gibson, founder and executive director of Beyond Boobs!, imagined where her life path would lead her, she never thought she would be a cancer survivor, business owner, or co-founder of a non-profit organization. Like many would-be entrepreneurs, Gibson was happy in her corporate position, hesitant to chase her entrepreneurial dream - until her circumstances inspired her to.
Before pursuing her career goal, Gibson needed to gain confidence in herself as an entrepreneur. She became a franchisee of The Entrepreneur's Source®, a national alternative career coaching franchise, and learned the ins-and-outs of business ownership...

Bill Colvin Establishes New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchise »

September 15, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Competitive Athlete Hopes to Give Back to Community with Nutritional Supplement Store
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bill Colvin loves a good challenge. From participating in sports competitions to conquering his fitness goals, he's always taken pride in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. Now, he's applying that same mindset to his new business — Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
"I take pride in ownership," he said. "I want to follow my passion for health and fitness, plus be able to control my destiny and create my own work-life balance."
Max Muscle is a retail store selling nutritional supplements and services to help people from varying walks of life meet their health goals. The supplements are made with premium ingredients, and employees knowledgeable in nutrition can assist customers in finding the right blend of products to further their fitness efforts...

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

September 15, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 60th franchise of 2014, in Toledo, Ohio to Michael Ehle, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Toledo market, will be the 12th van to launch in the State of Ohio, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 107 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...

Dental Fix Awards 10th Franchise In The State Of Texas »

September 12, 2014 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 59th franchise of 2014, in Frisco, Texas to Scott Welch, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Frisco market, will be the 4th van to launch in the Dallas/Forth Worth area, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 107 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...

FASTSIGNS® Eyes Southeast Asia For Next Global Market »

September 12, 2014 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Signage & Visual Graphics Franchise Seeks Master Franchise Partners and Area Developers for Significant Expansion throughout the Region
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – With its recent master franchise agreements for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and North Africa as well as other international deals in the works, FASTSIGNS International Inc. is now focusing its global expansion efforts on Southeast Asia.
The worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries is specifically targeting Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos for master franchise partners and area developers...

Caring Senior Service Named One Of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies By Inc. Magazine »

September 12, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Caring Senior Service
Caring Senior Service Opportunities Available

Nationally Recognized In-Home Care Franchise Ranked Number 4,207 in Inc. 5000
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN ANTONIO, TX. – Caring Senior Service, the nation’s premiere non-medical in-home care company announced today that Inc. Magazine has named it one of the 5000 fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for the third time. The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy- America’s independent entrepreneurs.
Caring Senior Service, the leading national in-home care company believes that every senior should be able to remain Happy, Healthy and Home. The company’s proprietary GreatCare® method addresses the main concerns when choosing an in-home care agency...

Military Times Names National Property Inspections A Top Franchise For Veterans »

September 12, 2014 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: National Property Inspection
National Property Inspection Opportunities Available

September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // Omaha, Neb. - National Property Inspections, Inc., is excited to be ranked on the Military Times "38 Best for Vets: Franchises" list. The organization focused on financial incentives, brand performance, and policies that cater to veterans and reservists when conducting and scoring the Best for Vets: Franchises survey, a highly respected, nearly 110-question analysis of a franchise’s efforts to provide veterans an environment for success.
"As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Franchises is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for military veterans and spouses," said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine...

First-Time Franchisee Assumes Ownership Of Charlotte, N.C. Valpak Territory »

September 11, 2014 at 7:12AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Former Valpak Sales Representative Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in Charlotte 
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Patti Neeley has acquired the Valpak of Charlotte, N.C. territory. As a former Valpak sales representative, Neeley brings 25 years of advertising sales experience to the business. With this territory, she will mail Valpak’s signature blue envelope to 300,000 homes, and growing, in Charlotte, N.C. and the northern region of South Carolina.
"I am thrilled to own my first Valpak after being with the company for so many years," said Neeley, Valpak of Charlotte franchisee. "When I heard that the franchise was seeking new ownership, I had no doubt I needed to purchase the Charlotte territory...

Leading National Battery & Light Bulb Franchise Launches "Smarter Power California" Campaign »

September 10, 2014 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

Batteries Plus Bulbs Unveils Energy Efficiency Education Program for State Consumers, Businesses
LOS ANGELES - September 10, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans could save 10 to 30 percent on their energy bills by taking advantage of energy-efficient products and services. While the state of California has already demonstrated exceptional efforts to help save energy, the nation’s fastest-growing battery and light bulb retail chain is stepping forward to ramp up educational efforts by expanding its franchise presence throughout the state.
Batteries Plus Bulbs, with more than 30 stores throughout California and over 625 nationwide, is launching a statewide campaign called "Smarter Power California" to help residents reduce energy demands, save on energy costs and ultimately push California back to the top of the list as the country’s most energy-efficient state...

Decor&You Shares 4 Simple, Stress-Free Steps To Reclaim Your Space »

September 10, 2014 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: Decor&You

National Interior Decorators Share Tips on Designing a Room From Scratch - and Enjoying It
SOUTHBURY, CT - (Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - Some life events, like purchasing a new home, having a child move out or simply being ready for a change, can leave homeowners facing a bare and empty room - and a decorating challenge.
Decor&You, one of America's leading, full-service, interior decorating franchises, understands how overwhelming this process can feel. To begin the transformation, the design experts at Decor&You encourage homeowners to take a step back and visualize their empty space as a blank canvas where they have the opportunity to create a masterpiece.
"Finding yourself in a position to completely design a room is a rare occasion and can be exciting," stated Karen Powell, founder and CEO of Decor&You...

Window World Sells 10,000,000th Window »

September 09, 2014 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Window World
Window World Opportunities Available

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and home remodeling company, has announced it recently sold its 10,000,000th window.
Dana Deem, president of Window World said of the achievement, "Hitting the 10 million window mark is an incredible accomplishment. We're proud of the products, value and quality that Window World provides, and we are beyond excited about reaching this landmark because it indicates our customers agree."
10 million windows is an incredible number to fathom. Accounting for the industry-standard window height of 60 inches, 10 million windows laid touching, from bottom to top, equates to 9,470 miles, or 1.2 times the diameter of the earth! Vice President Mark Bumgarner said, "It's astonishing to me we've hit this milestone in so little time...

Liquid Capital Welcomes New 2014 Principals Aboard »

September 09, 2014 at 10:08AM PDT | Source: Liquid Capital
Liquid Capital  Opportunities Available

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto - Liquid Capital Corp., a Canada-based franchisor specializing in factoring, has welcomed five new principal owners to their ever-expanding system so far in 2014. Among them, they will be servicing Western Pennsylvania, South and West Palm Beach Counties, Florida, Southeast Texas and the greater Vancouver area.
"The true strength of a franchise system lies in the mutually rewarding relationship between a franchisor and its franchisees," said Michael Peterson, Director of Franchise Development. "We have been thrilled to welcome aboard our new principal owners this year."
New principal owner, John Kraus, 56, opened Liquid Capital of Western Pennsylvania serving the greater Pittsburgh area this past March...

Fast-Growing Office Pride Franchise Targets Louisville For Expansion »

September 09, 2014 at 7:41AM PDT | Source: Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

The Commercial Cleaning Franchise Is Seeking an Area Developer to Support Franchisees and Help Capture More Market Share
LOUISVILLE, KY - (Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - The franchising industry has proven its mettle in Louisville. When the University of Louisville Cardinals football team hits the gridiron this fall, it will be playing in a stadium that a pizza franchise helped build. The stadium stands as testament to the success that is possible in the $40 billion pizza industry.
What's even more popular than pizza? Commercial cleaning. (Yes, really!) Commercial cleaning generates $78 billion in annual sales, and Office Pride, one of the fastest-growing commercial cleaning franchises in America, is seeking an area developer to help expand its presence in Louisville...



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