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Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014 »

February 27, 2015 at 4:13AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, will announce financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 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, Executive 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 March 12, 2015. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Firehouse Subs® Welcomes New Technology With Apple Pay™ »

February 26, 2015 at 11:21AM PST | Source: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs Opportunities Available

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firehouse Subs, fast casual restaurant chain with more than 860 locations, announces a nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. Firehouse Subs offers guests the option to make mobile payments from their iPhone® 6, iPhone 6 Plus and soon Apple Watch™, bringing a faster and more convenient experience.
Mobile payments are changing the way guests pay, and Apple Pay provides a simple and seamless experience. It's easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.
“Innovation and exceptional customer service are two core values Firehouse Subs shares and as the No...

Pinot's Palette Signs First International Franchise Agreement »

February 26, 2015 at 7:49AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Becomes First Paint and Sip Franchise To Expand Internationally
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Houston, Texas – Pinot's Palette, the fastest-growing franchisor of paint and sip studios in the United States, is now expanding internationally with the signing of a master license agreement for as many as eight studios in Toronto and the Niagara Region over the next six years.
Chad M. Smith and Canadian native Joanne Christena Smith are the master franchisees and they are no strangers to Pinot's Palette, with two Pinot's Palette studios in Connecticut and New York. The husband and wife team plans to expand the international business quickly, opening their own Canadian locations as well as awarding franchise opportunities to qualified investors...

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Reports Preliminary Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2014 Financial Results »

February 26, 2015 at 4:38AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

Fourth-quarter 2014

Revenue increased 8 percent to $577 million with growth in all segments
Net income of $20 million or $0.15 per share versus net loss of $18 million or $0.20 per share a year ago
Adjusted net income(1) of $32 million or $0.23 per share versus $9 million or $0.09 per share
Adjusted EBITDA(2) increased 28 percent to $114 million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - February 26, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced preliminary unaudited fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results. The company reported fourth-quarter 2014 revenue of $577 million, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2013...

The Entrepreneur's Source Releases Your Career 2.0: A Survival Guide For The Battered Career And Investor Syndrome »

February 26, 2015 at 3:59AM PST | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

National Alternative Career Coaching Franchise Offers In-Depth Advice with Recent Book Launch
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - Recently released by the leading alternative career coaching franchise, Your Career 2.0: A Survival Guide for The Battered Career and Investor Syndrome is a thoughtful examination of making your dream of self-sufficiency a reality through exploring and learning about the best options for you to accomplish your goals, needs and expectations.
Authored by The Entrepreneur's Source®, the book is a must-read for any individual who is at a cross road in their career and has ever considered taking the path less traveled.
"We decided to take everything that our coaches do on a daily basis and put it into a form that can benefit the masses...

Primp And Blow, A National Blow Dry Bar, Will Expand Across The US »

February 25, 2015 at 4:36AM PST | Source: Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar

February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Paradise Valley, Arizona  - Announced today, Primp and Blow, a blow dry bar, announced today that they have retained Amante Franchise Consulting to lead the brand expansion across the country. "The blow dry bar segment is one that has a number of players but no real category king such as a Message Envy with over 1,000 franchises. I believe this concept is in the early stages of growth and aim to move Primp And Blow in the fast lane." Said Ben Amante, principal of the Amante Franchise Consulting.
Primp And Blow is offering franchise opportunities in many major cities across the country.
"Primp and Blow has already established itself as a premier blow dry bar in the Arizona market, our strategic partnership with Amante Franchise Consulting is meant to get us to the next level of growth, we are ready," said Melodi Harmon, founder of Primp and Blow...

Window World Announces The Auction Of Its One-of-a-Kind IndyCar The Stinger »

February 25, 2015 at 4:11AM PST | Source: Window World

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Window World®, America's largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, announced the upcoming auction of The Stinger car. This priceless salute to a century of excellence is scheduled to be auctioned at Mecum Auctions' Indianapolis event in May.
The Stinger combines Window World's passion for auto racing with its spirit of philanthropy in a platform that provides inspiration and hope. In celebration of 100 years of racing legends, Window World's charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, presented The Stinger as a modern-day interpretation of the 1911 Marmon Wasp, with the goal of raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
Over the past four years, The Stinger has traveled across the U...

Marketing Pro Acquires Central Alabama Valpak Territory »

February 24, 2015 at 11:20AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Husband and Wife Team Bring Savings to Businesses and Residents in the Metro Area 
February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Valpak a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Daniel and Ann Gallegly have acquired the existing Valpak of Central Alabama territory. With this territory, Valpak's signature blue envelope will now mail to nearly 130,000 households in Birmingham, Jefferson and Shelby counties starting Feb. 16.
"Ann and I are thrilled to join the Valpak team, using our sales and marketing experience to bring savings to the members of our community," said Daniel Gallegly, Valpak of Central Alabama franchisee. "The extensive support we receive from the Valpak network is truly amazing, and the brand's business model is one we believe in...

Valpak® Launches "Valpak Saves" With KaBOOM! Partnership To Bring Play To Neighborhoods »

February 24, 2015 at 10:16AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Valpak significantly expands its local community service involvement with the official launch today of its "Valpak Saves" program, partnering with national non-profit KaBOOM! to bring more play to neighborhoods throughout the country.
This new initiative is part of Valpak's mission to not only be a trusted neighbor who connects people with great offers and deals, but to inspire giving back to the community and create environments that promote the importance of play to children of all ages. Through this partnership, Valpak will help support the KaBOOM! mission to ensure all kids get that balanced and active play they need to thrive.
"Valpak Saves is at the core of who we are as a company, as we want our community outreach efforts to truly impact neighborhoods," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media, provider of Valpak...

Pizza-and-a-Movie Partnership Fuels Continued Growth With 100 Locations Nationwide »

February 24, 2015 at 9:47AM PST | Source: Marco's Pizza

Marco's Pizza and Family Video Celebrate 100th Milestone in the Green Bay Area
TOLEDO, Ohio - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza franchise in the U.S., is proud to announce the opening of its 100th location with its largest franchisee, Family Video. The nation's leading privately owned movie and game retailer began its partnership with Marco's Pizza in 2012, putting kitchens alongside its video rental stores. The milestone location held its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at 1130 S. Commercial St. in Neenah, Wis.
"With its unique property ownership model and service-oriented culture, joining forces with Family Video has been a seamless venture that has enabled us to expedite our expansion plans while further setting Marco's Pizza apart in the burgeoning pizza segment...

Medifast Joins Waterfront Partnership In Bringing Free Fitness Classes To The Inner Harbor »

February 24, 2015 at 5:48AM PST | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers

Waterfront Wellness series returns to West Shore Park beginning May 23rd
BALTIMORE - Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Waterfront Partnership is pleased to announce Medifast, Inc., a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs based in Owings Mills, Md., has signed on as the title sponsor for the Partnership's Waterfront Wellness series. The annual series, which offers free fitness classes along the Waterfront on weekends throughout the summer, returns May 23, 2015.
"We are excited to partner with Waterfront Partnership as it launches the fourth year of the Wellness series," said Michael C. MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medifast. "Our joint mission to provide long-term health and wellness for everyone in our community makes this program a natural fit for Medifast...

ServiceMaster Restore Enhances Business Solutions »

February 24, 2015 at 4:49AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

New Disaster Restoration Operating System Provides Real-Time Tracking and Enhanced Mobility
February 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn – ServiceMaster Restore, a leading provider in emergency water, fire and mold damage cleanup and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, announced plans to introduce a new, industry-leading platform for its national claims administration and job management. This new platform, called Respond 365, will begin rolling out with its franchisees on March 2.
"As the leader in disaster recovery services, ServiceMaster Restore is excited about this major innovation in how we manage our business," said Gary Bauer, chief operating officer, ServiceMaster Restore. "When a disaster occurs in a home or business, response times, process and visibility are critical for us, insurance industry partners, and home and business owners...

AdviCoach To Increase U.S. Presence As Demand For Business Coaching Services Intensifies »

February 24, 2015 at 4:11AM PST | Source: AdviCoach

Nation's Leading Business Coaching Franchise Announces Strategic U.S. Expansion Plans; Company helps Entrepreneurs Everywhere "Franchizitise®" their Business
February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. – AdviCoach, America's premier business coaching franchise that has built a reputation for helping entrepreneurs create the business of their dreams, announced today an extensive franchise growth plan to expand its U.S. presence by 15 percent in 2015. Corporate growth plans call for adding nearly 20 new franchise offices in the coming year.
The company looks to meet the increasing demand for business coaching services, which has been largely stimulated by the growth in the small and medium-sized business sector...

ServiceMaster DAK In Northbrook, IL Updated Their Website With A Responsive And Mobile Friendly Design »

February 23, 2015 at 5:39AM PST | Source: ServiceMaster Clean
ServiceMaster Clean Opportunities Available

ServiceMaster DAK has recently redesigned their entire website to be more responsive and help reach more users on mobile phones and devices.
Northbrook, IL (PRWEB) February 23, 2015 - ServiceMaster DAK is one of the longest running ServiceMaster franchises in the Chicago suburbs and they provide a wide variety of residential and commercial cleaning services as well as disaster restoration services to Northbrook, Wilmette, Glenview, IL and the surrounding Northwest Chicago suburbs. They have recently completed a total redesign of their website to improve the navigation as well as the responsiveness of the design to display properly on mobile devices. The navigation is better organized to help users more easily locate their individual service pages and their contact information to inquire about their services...

FASTSIGNS® Certified As A 2015 World-Class Franchise® For Fourth Consecutive Year »

February 23, 2015 at 5:00AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Recognized by The Franchise Research Institute® for Superior Franchise System and Franchisee Satisfaction
February 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // LINCOLN, Neb. - FASTSIGNS International, Inc. - the worldwide franchisor of more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries – has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute® for the fourth consecutive year.
The recognition comes after an independent franchisee validation survey was conducted by the Franchise Research Institute®, in which 63 percent of all FASTSIGNS franchisees participated. The survey was designed to determine the quality of 10 key metrics crucial to franchisee success within the FASTSIGNS franchise system...

Dental Fix Awards 1st & 2nd Franchises In The State Of Utah »

February 23, 2015 at 4:22AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

February 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Davie, Fla. – Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, is proud to announce the signing of its two most recent franchises, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Owned and operated by Philip May, the signed agreements will be the company's first two mobile repair vans to launch in the State of Utah, and are part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 500 all-new vans to be launched within 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 Philip May, 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...

FASTSIGNS® CEO Catherine Monson Receives Advocacy Award From The International Franchise Association (IFA) »

February 20, 2015 at 3:30AM PST | Source: FASTSIGNS

February 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., was honored as the first ever recipient of the International Franchise Association's "FAN of the Year Award" for her dedication and efforts to protect, promote and enhance the franchise industry. Monson was presented the award on Feb. 18 at the IFA's 55th annual convention.
As the inaugural recipient of the FAN of the Year award, Monson is recognized for championing franchise and small business issues locally and nationally through her work with the Franchise Action Network. An initiative of the IFA, the Franchise Action Network seeks to mobilize the franchise industry at the grassroots level to present a united front against anti-franchising forces as well as educate policymakers about the franchise business model and its positive impact on communities across the country...

Primp And Blow, A National Blow Dry Bar, Continues Franchise Expansion In AZ »

February 19, 2015 at 11:30AM PST | Source: Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar

February 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Paradise Valley, Arizona – Announced today, Primp and Blow, a blow dry bar, continues their franchise expansion with its newest location in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Brigid Sullivan, native Arizonan, is the newest addition to the growing Primp and Blow franchise family. She brings the Primp and Blow experience to Paradise Valley residents offering professional shampoo blowouts, curly or straight, up-do's, sleek pony tails, full makeup services and most of all a place to make women feel beautiful and provide affordable luxury, without compromising on quality or service!.
Sullivan's location becomes the second franchise to join our four successful company locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix...

Planet Sub Set To Open First Unit In Cuyahoga Falls Mid­ February »

February 19, 2015 at 11:14AM PST | Source: Planet Sub
Planet Sub Opportunities Available

February 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // The Portage Crossing commercial development just got a bit brighter with another new tenant opening to the public. Planet Sub opened their doors in the new development on February 4th, which hosts other national tenants like LA Fitness, Cinemark Theater, Starbucks, Chipotle, Burger Fi, a new Giant Eagle market, along with other national retailers. This is the Kansas City based brands' first location in Ohio, which features their new prototype and famous oven baked sandwiches.
Planet Sub's signature bread recipe is in full effect with their commercial mixer, proofer, and baking table all in full view of the customers; a staple in all of their locations. Fresh made bread is one of the key differentiators central to the brand...

Primp And Blow, A Blow Dry Bar, Partners With Shu Uemura Art Of Hair »

February 19, 2015 at 10:06AM PST | Source: Primp and Blow, a Blow Dry Bar

February 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // Phoenix Arizona - The blow dry bar brand, Primp and Blow has chosen "Shu Uemura" as their hair care product supplier launching a full range of products which should score many "likes" from their loyal customers.
The brand is renowned for its "Art of Oils" category, a premiere collection of beautifying hair oils, Essence Absolue – nourishing oil that provides intense hydration and a smooth, silky finish.
This luxurious line will allow Primp and Blow to offer its customers the Shu bar which essentially enables stylists to customize the perfect cocktail for each individual client’s hair.
Founder & CEO Melodi Harmon said, "Our professional stylists love working with Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s all-encompassing product range as it allows them to unleash their creativity and artistic ability to create beautiful, unique styles...



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