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  • Your Franchise Team expands inventory
    July 31, 2012 10:49:00 pm
    Your Franchise Team, a franchise broker network is expanding it's inventory and inviting franchisors to apply to be included in their exclusive list of clients.  To learn more visit
  • Floor Hero Launches Concrete Product line
    July 29, 2012 09:32:00 pm
    Floor Hero Company, the leader in Wood Floor Refinishing products has just launched it's new line of Concrete Coating and Concrete Staining products. All products are waterbased which makes them low in VOC's, non- toxic and people and pet safe.There new product line is also Hi-Low approved for shop floors, factories, cafeterias, mechanical garages and just about any other residential and commercial application.  To learn for visit
  • 360clean is Expanding in Mobile and Seeks Franchisees to Manage Growth
    May 04, 2012 02:45:00 pm
    360clean, a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine, has dramatically expanded their client base in Mobile, Al and needs more franchisees to assist with the growth.Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) May 03, 2012 - You don’t hear often about businesses having dramatic growth from 2010 - 2012 due to the economy. But it’s a different story when you’re talking about 360clean, a specialized janitorial service firm. 360clean specializes in providing a hygienic office cleaning service to medical offices and other commercial offices that desire to have a clean, yet germ free environment.The company expanded to the Gulf Coast in 2010 and now needs more franchisees in Mobile, Alabama market to manage the current and future growth.360clean, which has 40 franchises in twelve states, has a specialized cleaning approach that provides a clean and healthy office. This is accomplished through their JaniMed system.“It’s a low investment and low overhead business opportunity, and it’s viewed by many as recession resistant,” said Barry Bodiford, Founder & CEO of 360clean. “Medical offices aren’t going anywhere. Office cleaning is a strong need and our specialization provides us a niche in the marketplace.”Bodiford said he would eventually like to have 15 franchises in the Gulf Coast area, which could also create up to 200 jobs. The typical 360clean franchise has seven to 15 employees. He also mentioned that 360clean, which was founded in 2005, recorded $2.8 million in total revenue in 2011, which was up from $1.7 million in 2010.About 360clean360clean is a rapidly growing franchised commercial cleaning service based in Charleston, S.C. Through its expanding network of independently owned cleaning businesses, 360clean is establishing itself as one of the nation’s most affordable business opportunities for eager entrepreneurs. Using a two-pronged approach to growth, including area development and single business franchises, 360clean is broadening its reach throughout the Southeast U.S. and beyond. 360clean was founded by Barry Bodiford, who is now its CEO. For more information about the company, visit its website.Contacts:Barry Bodiford360cleanwww.360clean.com843-552-0116Allison Bodiford360cleanwww.360clean.com843-552-0116
  • Hooters Selects Fitzgerald+CO as Lead Creative Agency to Launch Hooters 2.0 Brand Strategy
    May 04, 2012 02:44:00 pm
    ATLANTA, May 4, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- Today, Atlanta based Hooters of America, LLC announced the partnership with Fitzgerald+CO as its lead creative agency of record, concluding an extensive agency screening."We are very impressed with the unique and progressive concepts that Fitzgerald+CO presented, as well as their clear understanding of our culture and customer base," said Dave Henninger, CMO for Hooters of America LLC. "As we approach our 30 year milestone, we are thrilled to partner with a proven creative industry leader to focus on the next evolution of our brand."Fitzgerald+CO will immediately begin working on a creative campaign leveraging TV, radio and social media components, scheduled to launch late this summer."The international footprint of Hooters and unique brand attributes make this a great opportunity as Hooters expands its product and guest experience," said Dave Fitzgerald, CEO of Fitzgerald+CO. "Hooters is one of the restaurant industry's great fun brands. We're eager to get to work and are already enjoying this partnership as much as Hooters guests do when they visit their restaurants."About Hooters of America, LLCHooters of America, LLC is the franchisor and operator of over 430 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 27 foreign countries. The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly, world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit,, or Hooters of America, LLC###
  • Mosquito Squad Warns: You Better Be Protected before You Get Married
    May 04, 2012 02:44:00 pm
    RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mosquito Squad, the mosquito eliminator, advises that protection is the best course of prevention to stop mosquito bites from stopping the fun at outdoor weddings, special events, pool parties, barbecues, family reunions and everyday outdoor living.As seen in its latest social media viral video on YouTube, “Susie and Jonathan Get Married,” Mosquito Squad tells the tale of how an outdoor wedding fiasco could have been prevented if Susie practiced pre-marital protection with Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray mosquito defense.To see the dreaded mosquito-biting varmints eat wedding guests alive, watch this wedding story on YouTube at Mosquito SquadApproaching 100 franchise locations nationwide, Mosquito Squad is an Outdoor Living Brands company specializing in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces. For more information, visit everyday mosquito control in yards and outdoors spaces around your home, Mosquito Squad recommends the following tips, known as The 5 T’s™:Tip. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.Toss. Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.Turn. Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.Remove tarp. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.Treat. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.Contact:Mosquito SquadJane Campbell04-363-6999###
  • Wingstop Signs Panera Franchisee for Multi-Unit Deal in the Southeast
    May 04, 2012 02:43:00 pm
    Richard Connolly Signs Multiple Development Agreement with The Wing ExpertsMay 04, 2012 // // RICHARDSON, Texas – Wingstop is expanding in the Southeast thanks to a development agreement to open several new locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.Richard Connolly of Hilton Head, S.C. has signed a multi-unit development agreement that includes Savannah, Pooler, Hinesville, and Fort Stewart in the state of Georgia and Lexington and Richland Counties in the state of South Carolina.Connolly, who also owns 13 Panera Bread locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina, was drawn to Wingstop’s ease of operations and focused menu of cooked-to-order wings and sides.“I heard about Wingstop from friends in the restaurant industry who had very good things to say about the brand, and its parent company, Roark Capital Group,” said Connolly. “That led me to research the company for myself, and try the product. I love the simplicity of the concept and keeping the focus on fresh, made-to-order wings and fries.”Prior to Panera Bread, Connolly operated 11 Burger King locations for more than 20 years. He expects to open his first Wingstop within the next six months and is currently scouting locations.“In my career I’ve always tried to attach myself to the leader within an industry,” he said. “From what I’ve learned, and seen for myself, I believe Wingstop is at the top of its class. This concept is building an excellent long range business plan that I’m excited to join.”"We're very excited to welcome Rich as a member of the Wingstop family," added Steve Sweetman, director of franchise sales for Wingstop. "He's a strong operator who brings years of QSR experience to the brand. We look forward to growing with him in the Southeast."With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken, the Wingstop menu features traditional and boneless wings, chicken strips and Glider sandwiches – all sauced and tossed in 10 original flavors. Homemade side dishes include fresh-cut seasoned fries, baked beans and potato salad.About WingstopHeadquartered in Richardson, Texas, Wingstop has more 500 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. The Wingstop menu features 10 wing flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory Smoked BBQ and the newest offering, Louisiana Rub. Wings are made fresh, cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including Wingstop’s award winning fresh-cut seasoned fries. Wingstop has experienced eight consecutive years of positive sales increases, was named a Top 10 Best Franchise Deal by QSR magazine, was crowned Wing King at the National Buffalo Wing Festival and has been voted ‘best wings’ in markets across the country. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain’s national spokesman since 2003 and recently joined the Wingstop Board of Directors. Wingstop was acquired in 2010 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in business and consumer service companies with attractive growth prospects and revenues ranging from $20 million to $1.0 billion. For more information visit, or Associates PRLeah
  • Special Olympian Inspires Others to Get Fit and Test Their Limit
    May 04, 2012 02:42:00 pm
    CHICAGO, May 3, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- 22-year-old, 5-foot-tall Marc Isabel is quite a celebrity at Charter Fitness of Sycamore. In fact, he is an inspiration to people to test their own limit.Marc, who has Down Syndrome, plays in a Special Olympics soccer team called "The Ice Cubes" which represents DeKalb County in competitions across Illinois. His soccer coach, Mary Forest, works as the general manager of Charter Fitness of Sycamore where Marc and his mother have been members since 2007."Three days a week, Marc comes in and does his routine of cardio and a variety of weights, while his mom, Jeanne, trains in our personal-training program," said Mary.Marc works very hard to be an athlete. He is extremely strong, and impresses everyone with how much weight he is able to lift.When Marc comes into the club, the entire atmosphere changes. Yelling his signature "Hubba! Hubba!" Marc goes around fist-bumping everyone to get them pumped up. Everyone at this Charter Fitness location knows Marc and his mother. As Marc does his routine, the other members cheer him on, inspired by this young man to push themselves to the limit."Coaching Special Olympic athletes has taught me so much. Most importantly, they have taught me how insignificant excuses are. They have taught me perseverance and drive. Lastly, they have shown me that limitations are not something that should stand in the way of reaching your fitness goals!" said Mary.Touched by Marc's love for fitness, Charter Fitness is hiring him to work part-time at the club, in addition to offers of free months of membership for him and personal training sessions for his mother."To feel inspired to get fit, one only needs to visit our Sycamore club and spend some time in Marc's presence," said Dan Collins, Director of Sales, Charter Fitness.Marc's DeKalb, IL-based soccer team "Ice Cubes" will be competing in the Special Olympics Soccer Regionals on Saturday, May 5th, 2012, at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, IL, for a chance to advance to the Special Olympics State Soccer Tournament in Normal, IL."Marc is training hard and determined to help his team advance to the next round," said Mary.About Charter Fitness Franchising LLCBased in Orland Park, IL, Charter Fitness Franchising LLC is a health club franchise with over 40 locations in six states. Charter Fitness health clubs offer members a clean, comfortable and convenient workout experience with best-in-class fitness equipment for as low as $10 per month. Charter Fitness strongly believes in community involvement and is a member of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). http://www.CharterFitness.comSOURCE Charter Fitness###
  • Franchise Nation brings on more advertisors
    May 04, 2012 02:40:00 pm
    Franchise Nation Network has signed agreement to generate Direct Hit Franchise Leads for Extreme Pizza, Amramp, Sediment Removal Solutions and Zoned In Marketing Group.This adds the list of clients now using the Direct Hit method by Franchise Nation Network.
  • Franchise Nation Network Announces New "Pre-Paid Lead Program"
    April 23, 2012 11:58:00 pm
    Franchise Nation Network announced today that it is now offering a pre-paid lead program for its very unique and very effective DIRECT HIT lead generating program.  Franchise Nation Network provides both Franchisers and Business Opportunity concepts the option of pre-paying for leads and getting DIRECT HITS for as little as $22 per lead.As more and more franchisers realize that DIRECT HIT leads are the very best when it comes to Internet leads, they are jumping at the opportunity to buy these quality leads that produce such a high ROI.To learn more you can contact Franchise Nation Network by clicking this link > > Franchise Nation Network
  • GNC Holdings, Inc. Schedules Conference Call and Webcast to Report First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
    April 19, 2012 10:50:00 am
    PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: "GNC"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, has scheduled a conference call and webcast to report its first quarter 2012 financial results on Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00 am EDT. During the call, discussions may include material developments that occur subsequent to the distribution of this press release but before the scheduled earnings call.To listen to this call, dial 1-877-232-1784 inside the U.S. and 706-679-4448 outside the U.S. The conference identification number for all callers is 73749831. A webcast of the call will also be available on – via the Investor Relations section under "About GNC" – through May 25, 2012.About GNC Holdings, Inc.GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC".As of December 31, 2011, GNC has more than 7,600 locations, of which more than 5,900 retail locations are in the United States (including 924 franchise and 2,125 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 53 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. Our broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, GNC Total Lean, Pro Performance® and Pro Performance® AMP, and under nationally recognized third party brands.Contact:Michael M. NuzzoExecutive Vice President and CFO (412) 288-2029Dennis MagulickSenior Director Treasury & Investor Relations (412) 288-4632 Web site: GNC Holdings, Inc.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results Release Date, Webcast and Conference Call
    April 19, 2012 10:49:00 am
    ST. LOUIS, Apr 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive, entertainment-based retailer of customized stuffed animals, will report results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2012, on May 3, 2012 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company's investor relations Web site, The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone. The replay of the conference call webcast will be available at the investor relations Web site for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately 12 p.m. ET on May 3, 2012, until 12 a.m. ET on May 10, 2012. The telephone replay is available by calling (858) 384-5517. The access code is 392073.About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball(R) mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino(R) stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world Web site at The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For(R) list for the fourth year in a row in 2012. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $394.4 million in fiscal 2011. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning Web site at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.Contacts:Build-A-Bear WorkshopInvestorsTina Klocke314-423-8000 x5210
  • The UPS Store Helps SMU Students Return Home for the Summer
    April 19, 2012 10:47:00 am
    Dallas, TX, April 19, 2012 --( The UPS Store ® located on the corner of E. Mockingbird and Greenville is helping local students pack and ship their belongings home for the summer break. Between now and the end of the semester, students can bring clothes, electronics, books and more to The UPS Store where it all will be properly packed and shipped home or to their summer destination.“Between finals and saying goodbye to friends, the end of the school year can be stressful and busy for students," said David Jones, owner of The UPS Store. “Our certified packing professional can help ease some of the stress so they can focus on studying.” In addition, they will deliver and pickup boxes at no additional charge.“And no item is too big,” added Jones. “Our freight services are a great option for the student who needs to ship a couch or small refrigerator home. Our trained staff will not only pack it properly but also arrange to have it delivered right to the student’s front door.”For the do-it-yourselfer, The UPS Store carries a variety of moving supplies, such as small, medium and large boxes, dish pack and wardrobe boxes, tape, bubble pack and foam packaging peanuts.The UPS Store is offering SMU students 50% off boxes when they show student identification. Their hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday – Friday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. For more information or to schedule a pickup or delivery, please call 214-824-5100.About The UPS StoreWith nearly 4,400 locations in the U.S., The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest system of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. For additional information, please visit JonesThe UPS
  • Local Las Vegas Moving Company Ranked Top Franchise Yearly Since Establishment
    April 19, 2012 10:47:00 am
    The Las Vegas Two Men And A Truck® franchise was recently recognized as a top performer for 2011.Las Vegas, NV, April 19, 2012 --( The Las Vegas Two Men And A Truck® franchise was recently recognized as a top performer for 2011. It ranked No. 7 out of 220 locations across the United States. It ranked No. 7 out of 220 locations across the United States.Franchises are judged annually based on a scorecard system that measures excellence in customer service, operations, education, citizenship and community involvement. Remarkably, the Las Vegas Franchise has ranked in the top 10 every year it has been in business.These awards represent a milestone that every franchisee strives to achieve,” said Brig Sorber, President and CEO of Two Men And A Truck®. “The franshisees recognized in our AIE Awards are those that are living and teaching out company’s core values every minute of every day and these values of integrity and hard work are what set us apart from the rest of the moving industry. I congratulate our 2011 winners and I thank them for their dedication to our brand.”The Las Vegas franchise has been in the Two Men And A Truck® system for 5 years. The location currently operates a fleet of moving trucks and has 17 employees.“A strong customer service focus has worked for us and that makes the difference between a good and an exceptional moving company, we strive only for the best for our customers and we feel privileged to have been recognized for it,” said Gordon Shaffer, General Manager at Two Men And A Truck Las Vegas.For more information, contact the Las Vegas office at 702-877-6683 or e-mail To learn more about Two Men And A Truck® Las Vegas, go to Men And A Truck Las VegasKarina Bruce702-877-6683
  • Battery Giant Goes Green in Support of Children in Need with Beaumont’s Recycle-A-Thon!
    April 19, 2012 10:46:00 am
    Battery Giant is helping to give back to the local community with the sponsorship of Beaumont’s Children’s Hospital’s 2012 E-Clutter for Kids Recycle-A-Thon.Rochester Hills, MI (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 - The Battery Giant location in Rochester Hills has always been a drop off point for local battery recycling. On Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22nd, Battery Giant will expand its efforts to collect E-waste and donate the proceeds to raise scholarship funds for Beaumont Children’s Center for the treatment of Speech and Language Disorders.The scholarship program aids children between the ages of 12 months to 14 years who have speech and language impairments due to such conditions as a cleft palate, autism, downs syndrome, or a traumatic brain injury. Beaumont’s specialized Speech and Language Pathologists help the children achieve their maximum communicative, functional and social potential.The Recycle-A-Thon will run from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Battery Giant location at 1178 Walton Boulevard in Rochester Hills. The community is welcome to do some spring cleaning and drop off all their E-waste items such as car batteries, cell phones, digital cameras, computers, printers, stereo equipment, washers and dryers, scrap steel and more (TV’s are not accepted). Tax deduction forms will also be provided.Battery Giant Franchise owner, Jim Annessa, shares his perspective, “Battery Giant is pleased to assist the Beaumont Hospital network and this recycling charity event and supporting the effort to collect expired batteries and other related products and electronics and give back to the communities we do business in. We look forward to meeting donators on Saturday and Sunday at our Battery Giant location in Rochester Hills.”About Battery GiantHeadquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the company currently operates twelve franchised retail locations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, and Puerto Rico. They carry a wide range of replacement batteries and battery products, plus offer an energizing opportunity for franchise ownership in the ever- expanding battery market.With a focus on the environment, Battery Giant helps consumers recycle their rechargeable batteries and old cell phones by conveniently offering free recycling at each of their franchise store locations. They are proud to provide their customers with the most innovative, cost-effective, and knowledgeable solutions available along with friendly customer service.For more information about Battery Giant, battery recycling, green power solutions, or franchise opportunities, visit their website at, or contact Greg Danziger, President, at 586-446-6194.Contact:Eva RejBattery Giant Franchise, LLCwww.batterygiant.com586-446-6194
  • Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Makes Donation to the IDEAS Student Organization at the University of Central Florida for its Earth Day Celebration
    April 19, 2012 10:46:00 am
    Filta has made a donation to the IDEAS Student Group at UCF in honor of Earth Day 2012. Filta hopes that its donation promotes sustainability and environmental awareness across the UCF campus.Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 - Filta, the world’s largest cooking oil micro-filtration and fryer management service headquartered in Orlando, Fl, has made a donation on behalf of its management and Franchise Owners to the IDEAS Student Organization at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for its Earth Day Celebration. Earth Day is a time when the world celebrates the world and all that it has to offer. It is a time when people remember the Earth and are reminded to care for the planet that we love. Eco friendly companies such as Filta see Earth Day as an opportunity to spread the message of sustainability and to support environmental groups that seek to educate the public on the benefits of being green.Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (IDEAS) is a youth-led, grassroots, International sustainability movement growing across universities, K-12 schools and communities around the World, providing people of all ages with the opportunities to grow their ideas and leave a positive impact for generations to come. The UCF chapter mission is to Educate, Engage, and Empower people of all ages in Sustainability through a database of resources, initiatives and experiential learning activities to create positive environmental change on campus and in their community.Filta believes that IDEAS is a great representative of sustainability and they parallel well with Filta’s core values. Filta has made its mark in commercial kitchens by prolonging the life of cooking oil and offering a unique bin free cooking oil recycling program.About Filta Environmental Kitchen SolutionsEstablished in the United Kingdom in 1996 and brought to the USA in 2002, Filta is the world’s leader in commercial fryer and cooking oil management services and offers its services through a worldwide franchise network. Filta is dedicated to saving its client’s money, creating a safer working environment, and providing customers with the tools to increase the quality of their product, all while preserving the environment. Filta services over 5,000 customers every week and has recycled over 1/3 of a billion pounds of oil and counting! http://www.gofilta.comContact:Chris YoungFilta Environmental Kitchen Solutions 407-996-5550 116
  • Annex Brands Stores Offer Shoppers Tips for Supporting Their Local Small Businesses
    April 19, 2012 10:46:00 am
    Packaging and Shipping Specialists Celebrate National Small Business Week by Highlighting the Contributions of Small Businesses to Healthy Local EconomiesSAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) - Participating members of the Annex Brands franchise network, comprised of PostalAnnex+, Navis Pack & Ship, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship stores nationwide, are offering small business owners 100 free black and white copies during National Small Business Week, May 20-26, to show support for the role that entrepreneurs play in building and maintaining healthy local economies. National Small Business Week, sponsored annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), celebrates the economic impact that small businesses have on both the local and national level."Our franchisees are small business owners," said Steve Goble, vice president of marketing communications for Annex Brands, "and they understand both the challenges and rewards of small business ownership. They also understand the value that small businesses bring to their own community and to communities throughout America, and they are proud to support their fellow entrepreneurs."According to statistics compiled by the SBA, between 1993 and 2009 small businesses were responsible for 65 percent of the 15 million net new jobs created -- making small businesses crucial to economic development and new jobs creation. Even more important to local communities, according to Goble, is the fact that studies show that up to three times as much money stays in the local economy when products and services are purchased from locally owned businesses rather than national chain stores."We hope that all small business owners will take advantage of our free copy offer during National Small Business Week," said Goble. "But shoppers can also play a huge role in helping small businesses thrive all year long. Here are some easy ways to support local entrepreneurs and local economies, too."Pay in cash. Credit card companies charge business owners a processing fee for using their services. Using cash saves the business owner from having to pay this fee, which is typically passed along to consumers in price increases.Rave about them online. Many new customers turn to review websites like Google Places and Yelp to figure out where to take their business. Giving local small businesses five star ratings and glowing reviews can help them tremendously by driving new traffic to their stores.Help save resources. For example, bringing shopping bags from home is eco-friendly and it saves the business owner from having to purchase more.Tell them how you found their business. This helps business owners know which of their advertising dollars are actually bringing in customers.Shop at small businesses as often as possible. This keeps local small businesses open and it keeps money in the local community. For example, drink coffee from the local coffee shop; or make home improvement purchases at the local hardware store."Local business owners often live, shop, send their children to school, attend religious services and volunteer in the town or city where their business is located," said Goble. "They are invested in supporting the economic growth of their communities. When local shoppers make it a point to support these businesses, they contribute to that growth -- and that's a win-win situation."PostalAnnex+, Navis Pack & Ship, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship stores are one-stop support centers for packaging, postal and office supply needs as well as back-office support services. For more information, visit PostalAnnex+, Navis, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & ShipPostalAnnex+, Navis, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship stores are members of the Annex Brands franchise network. Their locations offer one-stop support for packaging, shipping and office supply needs. Founded in 1985 in San Diego, Annex Brands has more than 425 locations operating in 41 states across the U.S. and into Canada. All PostalAnnex+, Navis, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees. For more information on the company's services or for franchise information, visit Annex BrandsAnnex Brands, Inc. is a franchisor of the PostalAnnex+, Navis Pack & Ship, AIM Mail Center, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship brands. Formerly known as Postal Annex+, Inc, Annex Brands is headquartered in San Diego, California. Its brands offer shipping and business services such as moving van, freight shipping, small parcel and overnight document delivery services, private mailbox rental, notary service, high-speed copying in black & white and color, office supplies, web site/e-commerce services, faxing service, printing, stationery, rubber address stamps, key duplication, greeting cards and assorted gift items, all in a convenient, service-oriented environment. To find out more about the company, visit GobleVice President of Marketing CommunicationsAnnex Brands, Inc.sgoble@annexbrands.com619-563-4800
  • Surrey Pizza Maker Competing To Keep World's Fastest Title
    April 19, 2012 10:44:00 am
    World’s fastest pizza maker, Domino's Pizza franchisee Pali Grewal, will return to Las Vegas to defend his title.(PRWEB UK) 19 April 2012 - Pali Grewal, a Domino’s Pizza franchisee from Surrey, is preparing to return to Las Vegas next month [May] in a bid to retain the prestigious title of the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker.Pali from Camberley first scooped the title in 2010 for the biennial World’s Fastest Pizza Maker competition. He beat off stiff competition from across the globe to make three large pizzas in an impressive 39.1 seconds – that’s just 13 seconds per pizza! Pali set a new world record and claimed the title for the UK for the first time in the competition’s history.Next month, Pali will return to Las Vegas for the competition in a bid to retain his title. He has been training hard – spending as much time as he can in-store making pizzas for customers and practising the three pizzas required for the competition every other day in preparation. He can’t wait to get back to take on pizza makers from across the world once more.Pali Grewal, World’s Fastest Pizza Maker, said: “I’ve been making pizzas since I was 13 and to win the World’s Fastest title in 2010 was the culmination of thousands of hours of practise, hard work and dedication. Now that I have the title, I’m more determined than ever to keep it! I can’t wait to get to Las Vegas and take on the competitors. 2012 will be the 30th anniversary of the competition so it will mean even more to me if I can bring the trophy back to the UK again.”Domino’s began the “World’s Fastest Pizza Maker” competition in 1982 to honour pizza makers who best exemplify the company’s philosophy of keeping efficiency in the store to allow sufficient time for safe, timely pizza delivery.Finalists from Domino’s stores around the world have to hand-stretch fresh dough, sauce and top three large pizzas – one pepperoni, one mushroom and one cheese – as quickly as possible. While speed is important, it is only part of the recipe. Quality is hotly scrutinised as two judges inspect the stretching of the dough, application of the sauce and portioning of toppings during the competition. If the pizza is not perfect, it is returned to the competitor to remake the entire pizza, while still being timed.World’s Fastest Pizza Maker 2012 will take place on Wednesday May 16, 2012 in Las Vegas. For more information on Domino’s Pizza, log onto Domino’s Pizza UK & IRDomino’s Pizza UK & IRL plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market and holds the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Germany. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in 1991. In April 2011, the Group acquired a majority stake in the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in Germany.As at 25 March 2012, there were 732 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Germany. Of these, 580 stores are in England, 49 are in Scotland, 28 are in Wales, 19 are in Northern Ireland, one is on the Isle of Man, one is a mobile unit, 48 are in the Republic of Ireland and six are in Germany.About Domino’s PizzaFounded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands. Through its primarily franchised system, Domino’s Pizza operates a global network of more than 9,350 Domino’s Pizza stores in 70 international markets. Domino’s Pizza has a singular focus – the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.Customers in the UK can order online at, customers in the Republic of Ireland can order online at and customers in Germany can order online at In addition, mobile customers can order by downloading Domino’s free iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.Contact:The Domino’s Pizza Press OfficeDomino’s Pizza Group LtdClaire McGillMedia Relations 580
  • Franchise Sales Force Gives Franchise Nation Network 2 Thumbs UP!
    April 12, 2012 04:27:00 pm
    Franchise Sales Force, a national franchise recruiting firm, cites Franchise Nation Network as Best Value for Lead Generation.
  • Franchise Nation Network Cited as BEST VALUE!
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  • Red Mango, Inc. Introduces Classics Line of Frozen Yogurt
    April 05, 2012 02:43:00 pm
    America's #1 Zagat-rated yogurt chain debuts sweet flavors in its uniquely delicious and healthy kind of way.DALLAS, April 5, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- How sweet it is.Red Mango, the #1 Zagat-rated brand of frozen yogurt and smoothies, has made the best even better. The healthy, award-winning frozen yogurt chain known for more than 40 rotating tart and tangy flavors is proud to announce its new Classics line. Now available nationwide, Red Mango Classics frozen yogurts offer all-natural flavors that are sweet, creamy and uniquely delicious. Tart or sweet, Red Mango now has both.Branded with the tagline "Our Healthy Reinvention of Your All-time Favorites™", the Classics flavors include Cake Batter, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Cookie Cream, Strawberry Milkshake and the innovative Sugarcane Cola."I'm quite excited to introduce our newest frozen yogurt creation," said Dan Kim, founder and chief concept officer of Red Mango. "Over the past year, I've been working hard to recreate the sweet and creamy flavors of frozen desserts we all loved growing up, but in the delicious and nutritious way Red Mango does best. The new all-natural Classics line is our healthy recreation of America's favorite frozen treats. It represents our tribute to the nostalgic comfort of ice cream and frozen yogurt, which always makes us smile."The Classics frozen yogurts, which have all of the same healthy attributes as the original Red Mango yogurt flavors, are all-natural, kosher, gluten-free and fortified with patented probiotics that promote digestive health and support the immune system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.The Classics line will have a permanent place on the expanding menu of rotating flavors. And Kim, a pioneer of the tart-flavored frozen yogurt craze that has swept the nation, admits he has a "sweet spot" for these additions."I'll always enjoy our tangy and fruity flavors," Kim said. "But sometimes, we all crave something sweet and comforting. That's when I look to Red Mango Classics."About Red MangoRed Mango, one of the fastest growing retailers of all-natural nonfat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, opened its first U.S. store in July 2007 in Los Angeles, and has since celebrated more than 160 store openings across the U.S. Red Mango was named the number one smoothie and frozen yogurt chain in America in Zagat's 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey. Other awards have included the prestigious Nation's Restaurant News' "Hot Concepts!" award and the industry-recognized SupplySide's "Scientific Excellence Award," as well as best frozen yogurt honors in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Utah and New York by highly-regarded independent publications. Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango serves uniquely delicious frozen yogurt that is all-natural, nonfat and lowfat, gluten-free and fortified with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30® (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), which has been shown to promote digestive health and support the immune system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Cultures seal for meeting the required criteria for healthy frozen yogurt. Red Mango recently expanded its menu to include satisfying meal options such as its all-natural made-to-order fruit and yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies, and also introduced the world's first all-natural probiotic iced teas that are hand-shaken to order.More information about Red Mango is available at Visit Red Mango on Facebook at or, or on Twitter at or For franchising information, please visit or call 214-871-6865.SOURCE Red Mango###
  • Five Star Painting Ranks #16 for Franchise Business Review's Top 50 Midsize Franchise Business for 2012
    April 05, 2012 02:43:00 pm
    Springville, UT, April 05, 2012 --( Five Star Painting ranked #16 for Franchise Business Review's Top 50 Midsize Franchise Businesses for 2012.Scott Abbott, CEO of Five Star Painting, says, "We are extremely proud of our company and the prestigious awards we've been receiving from places such as Franchise Business Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. We hope to improve our rankings each year and with the direction we're going, I have confidence that we'll do just that."Abbott and his four friends founded Five Star Painting in 2000. The company began franchising in 2005 and has sold over sixty locations since then in not only the United States, but Canada, Mexico, and Brazil as well."Five Star Painting is becoming a household name," says Abbott. "It's exciting to see a business grow from initial conception to where it is now."Contact:Five Star FranchisingMichelle Eging801 806 4224 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. to Conduct a Webcast of Its First Quarter 2012 Results
    April 05, 2012 02:42:00 pm
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 5, 2012 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD), today announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2012 results on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be available by visiting the investor relations section of the Company's website at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar(tm) restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings' menu specializes in 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ(tm) to Blazin'(r). Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 830 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 48 states in the United States, as well as in Canada.Contact:Investor RelationsMary Twinem - CFO 952.253.0731Source: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
  • HuHot Reaches 100,000 fans on Facebook
    April 05, 2012 02:42:00 pm
    April 05, 2012 // // Missoula, Mont. – HuHot Mongolian Grill, a growing create-your-own stir-fry restaurant concept, has recently received over 100,000 likes on their Facebook page. HuHot has been invested in social media since Facebook first rolled out fan pages. Early on, the company’s CEO, Andy Vap saw the value in creating an online community, and has dedicated marketing resources to growing HuHot’s online presence. “Facebook is the largest social media outlet, we found it crucial to create a presence there, and we are extremely excited to see our fans reach such huge numbers,” says Vap. Since HuHot restaurants allow the guests to interact with every facet of the traditional restaurant process, it was natural to continue this successful interaction on Facebook. “We consider Facebook to be an extension of our restaurants,” says Director of Web Development, Monica Minford. “The interaction with our guests is continued online.”HuHot’s Facebook page has seen steady growth over the last 4 years, and has been an integral part to many of the company’s marketing efforts including their annual recipe contest, as well as marketing promotions dedicated to the medium, such as an online scavenger hunt. On top of the marketing benefits, Facebook has also allowed loyal HuHot “fans” to communicate their love for HuHot online. Reaching 100,000 fans is a milestone that puts the medium-sized company among the ranks of much bigger restaurant chains, such as Pei Wei Asian Diner and Qdoba Mexican Grill.For more information contact: Monica Minford, Director of Web Development ( HuHot Mongolian Grill, LLCHuHot is a create-your-own stir fry concept that offers a wide variety of meats, seafood, noodles, fresh veggies, and signature sauces to suit your tastes. Select your favorite ingredients then have it cooked to perfection before your eyes on a 6-foot Mongolian grill that puts out 950,000 BTUs. With unlimited trips to the grill, you can create a different meal every time.HuHot Mongolian Grills, LLC opened its first restaurant in Missoula, Montana in 1999 focusing on fresh food, signature sauces and great service. Over the past 11 years, the concept has grown to 42 locations in 14 states and that focus has remained unchanged.HuHot Mongolian Grill, LLC was named on the Future 50 list of fastest growing restaurant chains by Restaurant Business magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and in the 2010 and 2012 Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur.To learn more, visit the website at Minford Director of Web Development 406-251-4303
  • Domino's Pizza to Consumers: We're Saying 'No' for You!
    April 05, 2012 02:41:00 pm
    Confident in Domino's Artisan(TM) Pizza recipes, Domino's tells customers no need for substitutions or additions.ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is so confident in its Artisan Pizza recipes, it continues to push the boundaries of the industry's tiresome advertising and is doing something it never would have imagined: telling customers "no."A national campaign beginning today light-heartedly demonstrates the confidence Domino's has in its Artisan Pizza recipes, and the importance of showing customers how special these four pizzas are - while debuting the latest flavor to its Artisan lineup: Chicken & Bacon Carbonara."We pride ourselves on saying 'yes' and giving people exactly what they want - especially considering there are more than 34 million ways to make a single Domino's pizza," said Russell Weiner, Domino's Pizza chief marketing officer. "But our Artisan Pizza isn't just any pizza - and what makes our four Artisan Pizza recipes special is that each was meticulously designed by our chefs to have the perfect balance of ingredients. If we put anything else on this pizza, it wouldn't be Artisan."The Chicken & Bacon Carbonara is the first of Domino's Artisan Pizzas to feature either topping - and boasts the hand-stretched dough and unique ingredients that those who didn't think Domino's could create a gourmet pizza have come to enjoy."While this latest of our many 'Oh Yes We Did' moments contains the word 'no' - we are confident that people will love these recipes as is," said Weiner. "We hope they agree that when it comes to our Artisan Pizzas, 'no is the new yes.'"In addition, Domino's will be giving away 75,000 Artisan Pizzas throughout four days beginning on Monday, April 9. The giveaway will be first come, first served - fans and consumers can find out more at Domino's Pizza®Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." As of the fourth quarter of 2011, through its primarily locally-owned and operated franchised system, Domino's operated a network of 9,742 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and over 70 international markets. Domino's Pizza had global retail sales of over $6.9 billion in 2011, comprised of over $3.4 billion domestically and over $3.5 billion internationally.In May 2011, Pizza Today named Domino's its "Chain of the Year" for the second straight year - making the company a three-time overall winner, and the first pizza delivery company to receive the honor in back-to-back years. In 2011, Domino's was ranked #1 in Forbes Magazine's "Top 20 Franchises for the Money" list. Helped by the launch of its Domino's Smart Slice school lunch pizza in late 2010, Domino's is collaborating with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to serve healthier school foods and beverages in the United States. In late 2009, Domino's debuted its "Inspired New Pizza" - a permanent change to its hand-tossed product, reinvented from the crust up.Order - www.dominos.comMobile - http://mobile.dominos.comInfo - www.dominosbiz.comTwitter - - Domino's Pizza
  • Edible Arrangements Opens 1000th Location
    April 05, 2012 02:40:00 pm
    "Only in America," say pioneers in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements.WALLINGFORD, Conn., April 4, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- The American Dream is alive and well. Just ask Edible Arrangements International, LLC founders Tariq and Kamran Farid. Today, the brothers who emigrated with their family from Pakistan as youths, opened their 1000th location in Cranston, R.I."It's the 'American dream,'" says Tariq, who founded the company as a teenager and serves as the company's CEO. "Every time I think about it, I get a bit emotional. I remember my grandparents, who were immigrants and told us about the possibilities in America. I think about how hard my parents worked. This is the American Dream come true.""My hair stands on my arms when I consider what we and our franchisees have done," adds Kamran, Tariq's younger brother and COO. "I have traveled the world, and I can tell you that only in America could we have done this."Growing up as immigrants, Tariq and Kamran watched their father work three jobs to support the family. By his mid-teens, Tariq was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and while still in high school opened a flower shop. With Kamran and family members helping out in the store, one flower shop bloomed into four.In the process, they realized that existing software didn't meet their needs and created a customized program to organize delivery and other aspects of the business. That idea has since evolved into Netsolace, Inc., a company that sells software to franchise companies.Tariq's next venture changed their world and the gift industry forever. It was an inventive take on flower bouquets made of carefully sculpted fresh-fruit. Tariq and Kamran launched Edible Arrangements from an East Haven, Conn., storefront in 1999 and two years later opened their first franchise.With Tariq serving as the visionary and Kamran putting the ideas into practice, the brothers have built Edible Arrangements into the undisputed leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements."When we opened the first store we never expected it would grow like this," says Tariq. "To open our 1000th store is confirmation that all our hard work has been rewarded."About Edible ArrangementsWith over 1100 locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC. is the leading purveyor of artistically designed, fresh fruit arrangements. More information about Edible Arrangements is available at 888-727-4258 or online at Edible Arrangements###