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Marco’s Pizza Scores Major Victory At International Pizza Expo »

March 27, 2015 at 1:42PM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Nation’s Fastest-Growing Pizza Company Takes Home Silver Prize with Pepperoni Magnifico
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Toledo, OH – Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco’s Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Magnifico – a true testament to its high Italian food standards.
The International Pizza Expo marks the largest pizza show in the world and since the International Pizza Challenge’s inception in 2007, it has grown in size and stature with over 80 entries in each of its categories...

Unique Milkshake Will Make You Jump (And Chirp) For Joy »

March 27, 2015 at 12:25PM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers Opportunities Available

Wayback Burgers Add New High Protein Milkshake Made with Crickets to Its Menu Nationwide Beginning April 1
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHESHIRE, CT – Wayback Burgers, serving delicious, fresh, never frozen burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes amidst an atmosphere reminiscent of a hometown burger joint, today announced the addition of its newest milkshake flavor: The High Protein Cricket Milkshake. Made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and high protein cricket powder, The High Protein Cricket Milkshake is masterfully blended to deliver a flavorful milkshake packed with protein and calcium. The High Protein Cricket Milkshake will jump onto the menu at Wayback Burgers locations nationwide beginning April 1 and is available in 22 oz...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

Valpak® Teams With IndyCar’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing For Second Year »

March 26, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Valpak announced today that it will once again partner with IndyCar Series team Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing. This will be the second year for the exciting partnership that combines America's love of racing with the Valpak loyal audience.
Featured driver Graham Rahal will make an appearance on the Valpak envelope later this year, as well as promote the Valpak smart phone app and spread the Valpak savings message nationwide on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. Graham will promote Valpak's mobile offerings and savings on the go around the country.
"We're excited that Graham and the team will share the Valpak message throughout the circuit," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media and Valpak...

Medifast General Counsel Jason L. Groves Named Top Baltimore Executive By SmartCEO »

March 26, 2015 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Jason L. Groves, Esq. Receives Executive Management Award For Building Value at Medifast
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, is proud to announce that its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Jason L. Groves, Esq., has received SmartCEO's Executive Management Award.
SmartCEO's Executive Management Awards honor Baltimore area executives who have a proven record of working creatively and collaboratively to support their organization's mission. Groves was one of just three General Counsel executives named to the list.
"Jason's leadership skills have been critical to our company's success," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Medifast...

FASTSIGNS® Recognized For 10 Years Of Outstanding Franchisee Satisfaction »

March 25, 2015 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS

Franchise Business Review Welcomes Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor to Inaugural, Elite List of Hall of Fame Inductees
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Demonstrating reliable performance through 10 consistent years of annual placement in Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) Top Franchises list, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has been named one of the inaugural inductees to FBR’s Hall Of Fame.
The worldwide franchisor of more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries was one of 10 franchisors to be the first members in this elite category. To be considered in FBR’s lists, franchisors must participate in its free benchmark franchisee satisfaction survey...

Dental Fix Awards 3rd Franchise In The State Of South Carolina »

March 25, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Davie, Fla. - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, is proud to announce the signing of its most recent franchise, in Columbia/Rock Hill, South Carolina. Owned and operated by Dennis Hunter, will be the company's third mobile repair van to launch in the South Carolina, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 500 all-new vans to be launched over the next five years.
“2014 was a record breaking year for Dental Fix as we sold 75 all-new franchises throughout North America,” said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix RX. “With the recent signing of Dennis Hunter, I am confident that 2015 will be another year to remember.”
Since 2009, Dental Fix has been the only on-site dental equipment repair franchise in North America...

Planet Sub Celebrates 2nd National Joe Day (March 27th, 2015) »

March 25, 2015 at 3:32AM PDT | Source: Planet Sub
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March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Planet Sub is buying anyone named "Joe" a free six inch sandwich this Friday for National Joe Day. This marks the 2nd year the oven-baked sandwich chain has offered their customers named Joe a free sandwich. The offer extends to anyone with "Joe" as part of their name, including names like "Joanne, Josephine, Joey, Joseph, Mary-Jo, etc." In addition to the 100% sandwiches for the Joe’s, Planet Sub is offering "friends of Joe" a discounted sub at $3.99 (but they must have a Joe with them). Director of Marketing Trevor Forssell said, "We are piggy-backing on other creative promotions like ‘super hero day’ to continue to develop our unique relational marketing platform."
Last year the 38 unit sandwich franchise served up over 300 free sandwiches to the Joe’s, and they aim to beat that number this year...

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

March 24, 2015 at 11:18AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Davie, Fla. – Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, is proud to announce the signing of its most recent franchise, in Columbus, Ohio. Owned and operated by Ted Chen, the signed agreement, the second in the city of Columbus, will be the company's twelfth mobile repair van to launch in the State of Ohio, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 500 all-new vans to be launched over the next five years.
“2014 was a record breaking year for Dental Fix as we sold 75 all-new franchises throughout North America,” said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix RX. “With the recent signing of Ted Chen, I am confident that 2015 will be another year to remember...

The Road Toward Self-Sufficiency: Independent Ownership Vs. Franchising »

March 24, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

National alternative career coaching company shares key factors to consider when exploring business ownership; hosts “Start a Business Weekend” virtual franchise expo March 26-28
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Southbury, CT – Small businesses are a vital component of the U.S. economy, making up nearly half of the American GDP and creating 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013, according to recent studies by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Entrepreneur’s Source, the nation’s leading alternative career coaching company, says that - considering the massive impact that small business ownership has on the economy - it’s crucial that small businesses succeed and continue to be a hub of employment...

Three Business Partners Open Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro »

March 24, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions
Caring Transitions Opportunities Available

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - Three long-time friends are looking forward to making a positive impact on their community while making their entrepreneurial dreams come true through their new business, Caring Transitions - Twin Cities West Metro.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing relocations for seniors and busy families, as well as downsizing and estate liquidations...

ServiceMaster Of North Texas Adds New Location To Their Micro-Site On RestorationMasterFinder.com To Improve Digital Marketing Strategy »

March 24, 2015 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

ServiceMaster of North Texas provides disaster restoration and cleaning services to Dallas, TX and the surrounding cities and they have recently added Denton to their RestorationMasterFinder.com micro-site to increase their digital marketing outreach in their service areas.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 24, 2015 - ServiceMaster of North Texas has been the leading provider of disaster restoration and cleaning services to Dallas, TX and the surrounding towns since 1978. They are currently listed on RestorationMasterFinder.com which is a lead generation website for restoration and cleaning professionals and they recently added a new location to their micro-site for Denton, TX to expand their internet marketing within their service area. With this new micro-site, those who need professional disaster restoration or cleaning services in Denton, TX will be able to find their service pages with local searches and through major search engines...

Joe Johnson Named New President Of Wireless Zone® »

March 24, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation’s largest Verizon Wireless franchisor strengthens management team with promotion.
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wireless Zone®, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has named Joe Johnson the company’s president and chief operating officer. Promoted in late 2014, Johnson now oversees all teams and departments of the franchisor paying close attention to the store level and the operational support offered to Wireless Zone® franchise owners for continued business growth.
“I am truly grateful to be a part of such a dynamic brand and it invigorates me to think about where we are going as a franchise company,” said Johnson at Wireless Zone®’s recent annual franchise convention in Orlando, Florida...

Sandler Training Announces Sandler Enterprise Selling »

March 24, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Sandler Training
Sandler Training Opportunities Available

New Systematic Approach to Create Lasting Success in Selling to Enterprise Clients
January 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Sandler Training, a leading provider of training for sales professionals worldwide, has been helping companies improve their sales processes for more than 40 years through its methodical approach to selling. Recognizing the unique challenges posed by selling to enterprise clients, Sandler has launched Sandler Enterprise Selling (SES), a strategic system that helps selling organizations win business with profitable enterprise clients, serve them effectively and expand the relationships over time.
Sandler Enterprise Selling organizes the enterprise selling cycle around a six-stage, continuous process and provides tools throughout the stages to help organizations land, keep and grow long-term clients...

McAlister’s Deli® Targeting Phoenix For Franchise Growth »

March 23, 2015 at 10:46AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Seeks Multi-unit Restaurant Operators to Expand Brand 
March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Alpharetta, Ga. - McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, announced today it is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth. The brand is seeking experienced multi-unit restaurant operators to help expand McAlister’s presence in the market through multi-unit development agreements in areas such as Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Goodyear.
“The National Restaurant Association has predicted Phoenix will lead the country in restaurant sales growth this year and continue to be a hot spot for the next decade. Additionally, Arizona fosters an environment that encourages small business ownership,” said Jeff Sturgis, McAlister’s Vice President of Franchise Development...

ZIPS Dry Cleaners’ Shahid Hashmi Profiled In Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine’s Mega 99 »

March 23, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: ZIPS Dry Cleaners
ZIPS Dry Cleaners Opportunities Available

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – Shahid Hashmi, owner of the ZIPS Dry Cleaners in Essex, Maryland, was recently profiled in Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine’s "Mega 99" issue, an annual list of the biggest players in franchising – the ones with dozens, even hundreds, of units, and plans for many more.
According to Hashmi’s profile, he wishes he’d gotten into franchising earlier, but according to reporter Helen Bond, who interviewed Hashmi for the piece, "he’s doing a heck of a job making up for lost time in a big way."
Armed with two MBAs and 20 years of financial experience in the telecom industry, Hashmi considered his initial foray into franchising an investment when he opened a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen store in Washington, D...

Lice Happens Open Franchise In Southwest Florida »

March 23, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Lice Happens

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Lice Happens Franchise has a new franchisee in Southwest Florida and the similarities are nearly harmonic. M.J. Eckert (a registered nurse) and her neighbor, Nancy Fields, partnered to start Lice Happens in Annapolis, Maryland in 2009. And six years later, Danelle Harden (a registered nurse) and her neighbor, Jenn Stek is opening a Lice Happens Franchise in Southwest Florida.
"This is fantastic," said Nancy Fields, "as franchisors we could have never imagined that we would have franchisees operating in Florida who are on such a parallel path to us." Couple the friendship with the fact that both groups got involved with the business of lice treatment because of a personal experience with the annoying insects...

Valpak® Partners With The 'Bridesmaid For Hire' To Provide Bridal Budget Tips »

March 20, 2015 at 4:41AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

March 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - According to The Knot and a study that polled 16,000 brides, wedding costs are at an all-time high, with the average bride spending more than $31,000 on her big day. This bridal season, Valpak is excited to announce it has partnered with professional bridesmaid and well-known blogger, Jen Glantz, to help spread the word about savings tips for brides who are on a budget or looking for unique ways to cut costs for the big day.
Best known for her business, BridesmaidForHire.com, which started after an ad she posted on Craiglist went viral, Jen Glantz is a bridal expert offering professional bridesmaid services to brides across the country. Valpak has teamed up with Glantz to provide five top savings tips for brides looking for a budget break...

Executive Care Vice President Receives Certified Franchise Executive Designation »

March 19, 2015 at 11:23AM PDT | Source: Executive Care
Executive Care Opportunities Available

Todd Leonard achieves recognition with franchising standard of excellence.
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // HACKENSACK, N.J. - Todd C. Leonard, vice president of operations and franchise development at Executive Care, was recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, the academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation.
The institute’s career development program is the recognized standard of excellence in the franchising community and the IFA – the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The program requires rigorous training and advanced education courses on the franchising business industry...

Pinot’s Palette Honors Top Franchisees At National Conference »

March 19, 2015 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fastest Growing International Paint-and-Sip Franchise Celebrates Best of 2014
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Proving that great art makes great business, Pinot’s Palette - the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the nation and internationally - recognized its top artists and business owners recently at the third annual Pinot’s Palette National Conference and Retreat in Galveston, Texas.
Franchisees Chris and Emma Harvey, of Ridgewood, N.J., received the chain’s highest honor, The Decanter Award, presented to the franchise group that best represents the company’s values.
“Decanter is the vessel that brings out the ‘values’ of wine,” said Craig Ceccanti, CEO and Co-founder of Pinot’s Palette...



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