Stephan Baldwin

Franchise Gator

Stephan Baldwin received his B.A. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Interactive Design. He went on to start Traffic Media, a successful online consulting firm specializing in website design and marketing for real estate professionals in South Florida. Looking for a change in scenery, Stephan accepted the position of Marketing Director with Franchise Gator and moved to Atlanta where he currently resides. Stephan brings over 10 years of experience in UI design, SEM, SEO, email & affiliate marketing to Franchise Gator.

Articles by Stephan Baldwin:


Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise

Many people dream of being an entrepreneur. By purchasing a franchise, you can sell goods and services that have instant name recognition while benefitting from training and ongoing support to help you succeed. However, like any investment, purchasing a franchise is not a guarantee of success....

By | Posted December 01, 2016

How To Evaluate An Emerging Franchise

It's important to carefully evaluate a potential franchise opportunity before deciding to become a franchisee. Although successful franchises have spent considerable time building infrastructure, a broad customer base, and a system within which individual franchisees can be successful, there can...

By | Posted January 20, 2016

17 Things to Know About Franchise Contracts

Before you can take ownership of a franchise, you must sign a franchise contract. Also called franchise agreements, these complex documents govern the terms under which you will be allowed to conduct business and the rules you will need to follow as a franchisee. Franchise contracts are usually...

By | Posted December 10, 2015

Live Like the Rich on a Middle Class Salary

It used to be that if you wanted to be pampered, you had to take a day off and spend hundreds of dollars at the spa. If you wanted great food, you paid through the nose at your favorite restaurant. These days, however, franchises are making it possible to get a wax on your lunch break and a great...

By | Posted October 26, 2015

Will a $15 Minimum Wage Be the Death of Fast Food Outlets?

Supporters cry fairness and a living wage, while critics predict economic disaster, which they claim is already beginning. In April, Seattle took the first step to raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour, and other cities like New York and San Francisco may be following close behind if pending...

By | Posted October 26, 2015

Buying Multiple Franchises: A Path to Success

Buying multiple franchises can be a good business decision to make for several reasons. Managing multiple franchises is a challenge that requires many different skills, but can yield great rewards if the challenge is met well.  There are many factors to consider when deciding whether multiple...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

Best Franchises For Career Changers

Up until now, you've done the career thing - punched a time clock for the 40 hour work-week (maybe more), sat at a cubicle, gossiped at the water cooler, been at the beck and call of a boss.  Maybe you're just burnt out at your current job and want to do something different. Maybe what you're...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

Avoid These Pitfalls When Buying A Franchise

Franchising is a great way to be your own boss without being out in the world as a business owner all alone. As part of a parent company with an established record of success, you have the autonomy of being in charge of your location within the framework of a system that has shown itself to...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

8 Characteristics of Highly Profitable Franchises

Franchises may be less risky than independent businesses, but there are still varying degrees of success and profitability associated with being a franchisee. Some franchises are far more profitable than others. Here are some characteristics associated with highly profitable franchises: 1) An...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

6 Warning Signs of a Struggling Franchise

There are some definite advantages to buying a franchise with an existing, established unit rather than starting a brand new unit from scratch. Existing units have a customer base in place and have already done much of the work involved in starting up a new unit. Stepping in to take over existing...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

5 Simple Ways to Evaluate a Franchise

Trying to figure out whether a franchise is a good opportunity can be complicated and difficult. It's easy to get bogged down in details like the financials of the parent company, comparisons with other franchises or locations, or the minutiae of many franchise contracts. All of this is important...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

5 Reasons to Get Into Franchising Today

You've been going back and forth for a while now about whether to invest in a franchise. You've weighed the pros and cons, researched opportunities, and gotten all kinds of opinions, from "are you crazy?" to "you'd be crazy not to." As decision time looms, you may be feeling...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

Benchmark Report Ranks Franchise Gator Top Portal for 6th Consecutive Quarter

ROSWELL, GA (August 5, 2015) - Franchise Gator today announced it has once again been named as the Top Franchise Advertising Portal in the Franchise Benchmark Q2 2015 report. This marks the sixth consecutive quarter the website has been ranked in the top position as the number one...

By | Posted August 05, 2015

What Does A Prime Franchise Opportunity Look Like?

When seeking a great franchise opportunity, there are a number of signs that are indicative of worthy investments, as well as critical red flags to avoid. Since franchises require ample startup costs, it's important to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. Fortunately, with a keen eye for...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

5 Characteristics of a Worthwhile Retail Franchise

When purchasing a retail franchise, there are key aspects to identify that will enable you land the best deal possible. With the innumerable business models available to you, it can be overwhelming to choose the franchise best suited to your goals and objectives. By examining specific...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

From Red to Black: How To Get To Profit Faster

For emerging entrepreneurs, franchises offer a practical avenue to business ownership that is both easier and more affordable than starting a new company. When operating a franchise, maximizing your ROI is imperative for continued growth and higher profit margins. In order to get the most out of...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

7 Traits of Franchises That Appeal to Millennials

More and more millennials are turning to franchises as a way to successfully launch their first business venture. Franchises provide first-time entrepreneurs an easier, more cost-effective, and lower risk investment than new business models, providing fresh college grads an excellent avenue for...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

Customer Service: Help Your Business Stand Out from the Competition!

Customer service is an interesting thing. Everybody talks about it. Many companies claim that their level of customer service is unsurpassed. What does that really mean? And what IS good customer service?Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. talks about exemplary customer service...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

6 Characteristics of a Franchise with Growth Potential

Many first-time entrepreneurs invest in franchises because they entail lower risks, are more affordable, and are easier to operate than starting a brand new company. When choosing a franchise, you need to analyze the franchise growth potential to ensure that you're investing in a business that will...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

Are Low-Cost Franchises Really a Good Deal?

Low-cost franchises provide a practical option for entrepreneurs that are interested in launching a successful business venture with ease. They pose a significantly lower risk than larger franchises due to requiring a lower initial investment and fewer operational duties. Smaller franchises are...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

Top Reasons to Consider Restaurant Franchise Opportunities

When people think of franchises, chances are that restaurants may be the first thing to come to mind. The success of brands like Subway has made the restaurant franchise an attractive investment for those seeking success in the food industry.But are restaurant franchises really a good way to make...

By | Posted May 21, 2015

Russos New York Pizzeria Opens Fourth Location in the UAE

The wait for Russo’s New York Pizzeria at Abu Dhabi’s Dalma Mall is over. Now Abu Dhabi’s raving Russo’s fans, who have grown to love the brand since the first UAE location opened in 2013, can savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizzeria at the...

By | Posted May 12, 2015

Maui Wowi Hosts a Pau Hana Open House

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, global retailer of Hawaiian coffee and fresh made smoothies, invites the public to an Open House on May 14, 2015 in Oceanside, California to learn more about the company’s franchise opportunities and find out why so many people have left their old careers behind and said Aloha...

By | Posted May 11, 2015

Maui Wowi Brings Paradise to Padres Fans at Petco Park

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, a leading beverage retailer at events and venues, is bringing its fun, island flavor and quality products to Petco Park for the 2015 San Diego Padres Major League Baseball season. With two island oasis locations inside the ballpark, fans will enjoy high...

By | Posted May 11, 2015

Maui Wowi Takes Smoothies to Petco Park For MLB Season

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, a leading beverage retailer at events and venues, is bringing its products to Petco Park for the 2015 San Diego Padres Major League Baseball season. With two island oasis locations inside the ballpark, fans will enjoy quality, fresh fruit smoothies, as...

By | Posted May 11, 2015

Be Your Own Boss, But Include a Safety Net

Being your own boss is a goal that seems attractive to many people. Some reasons for wanting to be your own boss may include frustration with inept business practices at your workplace, wanting a more flexible schedule, or wanting to increase your income. There are many risks inherent in...

By | Posted May 07, 2015

Express Employment Professionals Certified as a 2015 World-Class Franchise

Express Employment Professionals® has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute®. The recognition comes after an independent franchisee validation survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in which 73.1% of all Express Employment...

By | Posted May 07, 2015

National Property Inspections Welcomes Five New Franchise Owners

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce five new franchise owners who will bring NPI to new areas of the United States: Garner Gremillion, who will operate his...

By | Posted May 07, 2015

Why the Franchise Business Model is Unstoppable

A company's business model encompasses the way it is structured and the way or ways that it brings in income, as well as the sources of that income, amount of income generated, and frequency of that generation. The business model will be different depending on what kind of goods or services a...

By | Posted May 05, 2015

Savor Springtime with la Madeleines Flavors of Provence

Residents of Provence, a region in the south of France, aspire each day to recognize the joie de vivre, or the joy of life, by slowing down, savoring each meal and cherishing time with family and friends. La Madeleine Country French Café is channeling this philosophy and way of life by...

By | Posted May 01, 2015

Self-Made Entrepreneur Eric Casaburi Launches New Book JUST MAKE MONEY

A debut book from the founder and CEO of Fierce Brands, LLC and Retro Fitness, LLC, hits shelves May 1, 2015. JUST MAKE MONEY!, from entrepreneur Eric Casaburi, makes his case to readers that there is no time like the present for the true entrepreneur to make their dreams a reality, offering...

By | Posted May 01, 2015

Dickeys Barbecue Pit Hits Victorville with Three Day Barbecue Bonanza

Victorville residents will have a new reason to eat out when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m. The new location is hosting a three day grand opening celebration where the first 50 guests will receive gift cards ranging from $5 to $50. “Spring is the perfect time for...

By | Posted April 30, 2015

Texas Favorite Arrives in Corona with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

On Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m., the new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is hosting a three day grand opening to introduce the community to slow smoked Texas-style barbecue. There will be something for everyone including three chances to win free barbecue for a year, merchandise giveaways and barbecue...

By | Posted April 30, 2015

Dickeys Barbecue Pit Arrives to Maumelle-North Little Rock in Time for Summer

Slow smokin’ Texas barbecue arrives to Maumelle/North Little Rock on Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m. To celebrate, the nation’s largest barbecue chain is hosting a three day grand opening party. The grand opening includes big barbecue giveaways like a $500 gift card and three free barbecue for a...

By | Posted April 30, 2015

Mr Rooter Plumbing celebrates 45 years including 23 in Canada

Mr. Rooter Plumbing is celebrating 45 years of business with a $45 discount on the company’s Advantage Plan. The plan offers customers priority scheduling, preferential pricing, multiple-site coverage and additional benefits. “This celebration marks 45 years of progress and a commitment to...

By | Posted April 29, 2015

Dubai-Based Hospitality Group to Open Five UAE Sloans Ice Cream Franchised Shops

Sloan’s Ice Cream today announced a major development deal that will expand the brand into the Middle East. West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Sloan’s – a premium brand combining innovative ice cream flavors with over-the-top aesthetics, including bold pink and neon green walls and heaping amounts...

By | Posted April 29, 2015

CMIT Solutions Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements at 2015 Annual Convention

CMIT Solutions franchise partners took their business to new heights this past week as the company brought owners and home office leadership together for its annual convention and awards ceremony. The three-day event was held from Tuesday, April 14th through Thursday, April 16th in Park City,...

By | Posted April 29, 2015

City Wide Maintenance of Tampa Bay Named 2014 Franchise of the Year

Franchisees, local market team members, and corporate leadership assembled at The Wild Horse Pass & Casino in Chandler, Arizona in March for City Wide’s annual franchise convention and awards ceremony. During the event, John Duffy and Steve Howerton, the co-principals of City Wide...

By | Posted April 29, 2015

Glass Doctor of the Gulf Coast Appears on Television Program

Glass Doctor of the Gulf Coast recently installed a shower for a house being featured on the television show “Tiny House Nation.” The season premiere episode of the FYI network program aired on April 13. Tiny House Nation features two renovation experts who travel across the country to find...

By | Posted April 25, 2015

Ten Things to Know About the Chikungunya Virus

MosquitoNix(R), the nation's leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, is alerting the U.S. population about Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitos. Historically, Chikungunya threatened areas in Africa and Asia. But in 2014, the virus arrived in the Americas...

By | Posted April 22, 2015

Yeehaw Mr Dickey Celebrates Five Year Anniversary in Wesley Chapel

Roland Dickey, Sr., barbecue expert and chairman of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is stopping by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Wesley Chapel on Saturday, April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a five year anniversary celebration. Guests will meet the man behind the barbecue and enter to win free barbecue for an...

By | Posted April 22, 2015

New Dickeys Barbecue Pit Opens in Chino with Barbecue Bash

Hary and Neha Sharma are excited to serve up Texas-style barbecue in Chino. On Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m., the couple opens a new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit with a three day grand opening. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the nation’s largest barbecue joint, smokes all meats onsite overnight, kids eat...

By | Posted April 21, 2015

Russos Restaurants Names Seasoned Franchise and Corporate Expert Steve Hubbard as Director of Operations

Russo’s Restaurants, which includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria as well as Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today the appointment of Steve Hubbard as its new director of operations. In his new role as director of operations, Hubbard will focus his efforts toward planning...

By | Posted April 17, 2015

Score Free Barbecue for a Year at the New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Denton

Nick and Dana Robinson are native Texans who grew up eating Dickey’s Barbecue. On Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m., the couple will open their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Denton. To celebrate, they are hosting a barbecue bash offering three chances to win free barbecue for a year, a $500 gift...

By | Posted April 16, 2015

Money Pages Acquires Myweb Refresh

Fast-growing monthly coupon magazine franchisor Money Pages recently acquired myweb refresh, a Web design and digital design agency. Based on Amelia Island, myweb refresh, which was established in 2008, is now under the umbrella of Money Pages’ digital division and sister entity, 3D Digital...

By | Posted April 16, 2015

Dickeys Barbecue Pit Rolls into Whittier with Three Day Grand Opening

Whittier residents will get a fast casual barbecue option on Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m., when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens in the Santa Fe Springs Plaza. Local owner, Kevin Vuu is hosting a three day grand opening celebration where the first 50 guests will receive gift cards ranging from $5...

By | Posted April 14, 2015

Different Look Same Values

After King Since 1895, one of Sanford’s oldest businesses, merged with Aire Serv of The Sandhills heating and air conditioning company earlier this year, former employees and local residents reminisced about a company with unmatched customer service and a hand in building the community —...

By | Posted April 14, 2015

Aire Serv to Open New Locations

Aire Serv announced the purchase of 12 new franchise locations in the first quarter of 2015. Aire Serv has been offering entrepreneurs and HVAC technicians the chance to own their own business since 1992. With these new franchisees, Aire Serv now has 202 franchisees worldwide. “Ultimately,...

By | Posted April 14, 2015

Aire Serv of Mansfield is Open

National heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, Aire Serv, has opened in north central Ohio. Aire Serv of Mansfield, owned by Dennis Riggans, will service communities in Ashland, Crawford, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Morrow, Richland and Wayne counties. Aire Serv offers residential and...

By | Posted April 14, 2015

The Smokes Poutinerie Gravy Train Departs on Global Domination Tour-First Stop United States

Smoke’s Poutinerie, the colorful, cult brand that has achieved icon status for its entertaining twist on Canada’s classic fries, cheese curds and gravy, is poised for immense expansion, planning to open 1,300 restaurants in the next five years with 800 in the United States. The original and...

By | Posted April 10, 2015

Rainbow International Ranked as Top Franchise Opportunity

Rainbow International was selected as one of Bond’s Top 100 Franchises by The World Franchising Network. The results are published in the 2015 Bond’s Top 100 Franchises (6th Edition), which is now available in bookstores or online. The publication includes a three page write up for each...

By | Posted April 10, 2015

Coconuts Fish Cafe Targets California for Franchise Growth

Coconut’s Fish Cafe (Coconut’s), announced today a franchise growth plan targeting California – a strategy that will position the island-themed cafe, known for its signature fresh fish tacos, for expansion into communities in all corners of the market, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

CMIT Solutions Announces Strategic Partnership with Jetico

CMIT Solutions, the nation’s premiere information technology solutions and services provider for small and medium-sized businesses, today announces a partnership with Jetico, a recognized leader in military-standard data protection software. Through this new partnership, CMIT Solutions will now...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

Coconuts Fish Cafe to Celebrate Sixth Anniversary with Fundraiser Benefitting Maui Humane Society

WHAT: Coconut’s Fish Cafe (Coconut’s), the famed home of Hawaii’s favorite fresh fish tacos is partnering with the Maui Humane Society to celebrate its sixth anniversary and Coconut the cat’s 14th birthday. To celebrate these milestones, the cafe will donate 25 percent of all restaurant...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in South Lebanon is a Family Affair

Randy and Kevin Daniel have over 25 years of combined restaurant experience. The brothers will add Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner operators to their resumes when they open on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. in South Lebanon. To celebrate, they’re hosting a three day grand opening. The Daniels will...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

Brothers Bring Barbecue to Middleton with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Brothers, Clint and Nick Ziegler knew barbecue would be a hit in Madison. On Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m., the Zieglers open their second location to the area in Middleton. To celebrate their expansion, the new location is hosting a three day grand opening celebration.  “Clint and Nick are...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

ATAX Advances Franchise Growth

ATAX, the first and only Latino-owned tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services Franchise Company in the United States, announced today an extensive growth initiative to more than double it’s U.S. presence by the end of 2016. The two-year plan projects 100-plus total units open and in...

By | Posted April 08, 2015

La Madeleine Advances Strategic Growth Plan with Key Executive Team Moves

Amid an exciting growth phase in which it will double its café count, la Madeleine Country French Café announced a pair of executive team moves that further reinforces the brand’s commitment to strategic expansion. John Cahill, who first joined the la Madeleine corporate team in 2002 and most...

By | Posted April 07, 2015

Sign and Graphics Franchise Sees Increased Domestic and International Demand

Just a month prior to opening its first Dubai location, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2015 ISA International Sign Expo April 9-11 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The worldwide franchisor for the more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual...

By | Posted April 07, 2015

Guiding Financial Partners with Russos Restaurants to Offer Credit Access to Franchisees

Together with BoeFly, Guidant Financial has announced a new partnership with Russo’s Restaurants to increase credit access to restaurant franchisees, enabling more entrepreneurs to make Russo’s Restaurants franchise ownership a reality. The new partnership between small business financing...

By | Posted April 06, 2015

The Dwyer Group Brands Selected Among Top 100 Franchises

The results are in and all eight of The Dwyer Group brands have been selected in the Top 100 Franchises for 2015 by the World Franchising Network. The World Franchising Network develops the list based on a rigorous analysis of several factors, including: historical performance, brand...

By | Posted April 03, 2015

Father-Daughter Duo Bringing Maui Wowi to South Texas

Maui Wowi Hawaiian welcomes father-daughter team Alejandro Hinojosa and Pamela Hinojosa-Arce as the company’s newest franchisees. Located in South Texas, the Hinojosas plan to bring paradise to the Rio Grande Valley and open up new avenues for success and growth with this family built...

By | Posted April 03, 2015

Maui Wowi Coming Soon to the Jersey Shore

Maui Wowi Hawaiian announces a new location coming soon to the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. The company says it plans to open up its fresh fruit smoothie and gourmet coffee shop in time for Memorial Day weekend, to kickoff summer. Just steps away from the beach at the Jersey...

By | Posted April 03, 2015

Smoothies Spur Healthy Sales

Smoothies are becoming ubiquitous on quick-serve and fast-casual menus due in no small measure to convenience, delicious flavor combinations and the perception of healthfulness that these fruit and vegetable beverages command. Carol DeNembo, Vice President of Marketing for Juice It Up!, an 80-unit...

By | Posted April 03, 2015

You Cant Be Afraid to Make the Jump to Become a Franchisee

When Amit Patel was laid off from his job as a product design engineer, he found himself working at his cousin's Subway shop. Soon, he was inspired to open up a location of his own. Once he caught the franchising bug, he couldn't stop. Today, he also runs a Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies...

By | Posted April 03, 2015

Sixth Russos New York Pizzeria Franchise Coming to UAE

On the heels of its fifth signed agreement to bring Russo’s New York Pizzeria to the United Arab Emirates, the well-known, Houston-based Italian restaurant and brand is now announcing its sixth signed franchise agreement with the well-established UAE restaurant developer and operator, Prime...

By | Posted April 02, 2015

Kalologie 360 Spa Expands Into Austin Texas

Kalologie Spa Destinations LLC announces the signing of a multi-unit agreement to open three locations in Austin, Texas. "We are extremely pleased to announce that Kalologie is expanding into Austin," states President & Founder Tracy Brennan. “The Austin market is a natural fit to...

By | Posted April 02, 2015

The Grounds Guys Ranked Fastest-growing Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

The Grounds Guys will finish the first quarter of 2015 with new franchisees and a new award, continuing their award streak from 2014. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the four year old landscape company as one of the Top Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2015. “Franchising is all about growth,”...

By | Posted April 02, 2015

Mr Rooter Plumbing Celebrates 45 Years of Success and Innovation

After 45 years of growth and success, Mr. Rooter Plumbing continues to uncompromisingly pursue industry innovation and unparalleled success for franchise owners. Starting as a small drain cleaning company in 1970 by David Duck in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has grown from humble...

By | Posted April 02, 2015

The 8 Wackiest Franchise Stores You Could Own

If you had, oh, $100,000 or so in your pocket, where would you invest it? You might want to skip the buzzy stock pick and look at a food or retail franchise. You’ll pay a one-time franchising fee (anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on the sector), foot the bill to set up your location,...

By | Posted April 01, 2015

Would You Buy Cone-Shaped Pizza

KONO Pizza co-founder David Ragosa explains why consumers will love new concept.

By | Posted April 01, 2015

Russos Restaurants Fast-Tracks US International Expansion

Russo’s Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands’ U.S. and international presence for the remainder of 2015 and beyond amidst preparations for the 2015...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

Grounds Guys Springing Up in the Area

During the past several years, Dalton Sommers has turned his lawn care hobby into a successful career. Sommers, who is from Cottage Grove and is currently a business major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has recently become the owner, salesman and account manager for the new Madison...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

National Property Inspections Inc-2015 Franchisee Survey Reveals Strong Satisfaction

In February and March 2015, National Property Inspections, Inc., a leader in residential and commercial property inspections, participated in an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. NPI scored 4.1 out of 5.0 and outperformed others in its industry,...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

Military-Inspired Fitness Franchise to Award One Franchise Grand Prize to Veteran

SOLDIERFIT, a unique, military-inspired fitness franchise headquartered in Maryland, announced today the launch of a contest that will award one U.S. military veteran with a grand prize of a waived franchise fee and one year with no royalties due. With more veterans turning to small business...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

Win Free Barbecue for a Year at New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Ladera Ranch

On Friday, April 2 at 11 a.m., Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens with a three day grand opening celebration in Ladera Ranch. The barbecue bash includes three chances to win free barbecue for a year, a $500 gift card and Dickey’s Barbecue merchandise. “We love getting the community excited about...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

Dickeys Barbecue Pit Rolls Out Egg-cellent Easter Feast

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launched their twist on the traditional Easter Feast this month. The nation’s largest barbecue chain is offering the popular Barbecue Honey Ham or a complete Easter meal that feeds up to twelve family members with the option to order online for convenience.  Easter...

By | Posted March 31, 2015

Top 10 Funding Sources For Your Franchise Venture

Many people dream of owning a business at one time or another but determining what products or services to offer can be difficult. Franchise businesses are an excellent option as these business ventures are already branded so that most customers are already familiar with the franchise and the...

By | Posted March 29, 2015

Sears Hometown and Outlet Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy

The appliance market landscape in America is changing, with customer research showing that brand name, quality and appearance are increasing in importance. Evolving to meet changing customer needs and to embrace its branding as "America's Appliance Experts," Sears Hometown and Outlet...

By | Posted March 25, 2015

Nashvilles First Potbelly Sandwich Shop to Open in the Gulch

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today a signed agreement that will soon bring Nashville’s first shop to the area. Currently slated to open in late summer, the 2,000-square-foot shop will be located in the MarketStreet Enterprises’ Gulch Crossing building at 220 11th Ave. South. The widely...

By | Posted March 25, 2015

The Grounds Guys are Planted in Auburn

If you’re looking for high-quality, professional landscaping, The Grounds Guys of Auburn are here for you. Providing services to both residential and commercial clients, The Grounds Guys offer top-of-the-line work. The Grounds Guys is a national brand with more than 200 locations in the U.S. and...

By | Posted March 25, 2015

MosquitoNix Advises to Fight Mosquitos as Early as March

MosquitoNix®, the nation's leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, is advising people, especially those who live in warmer areas, to start the fight against mosquitos as early as March this year. Aggressive steps against mosquitos are spurred by reports in 2014, of a large number...

By | Posted March 25, 2015

Yeehaw Yakima Dickeys Barbecue Opens with a Three Day Barbecue Bash

Slow smoked Texas barbecue arrives in Yakima on Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m., when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens their first location in the area with a three day barbecue bash. The nation’s largest barbecue chain offers an array of smoked meats including brisket, pulled pork and jalapeno...

By | Posted March 25, 2015

Franchise Business Model Provides Opportunity for California Women and Minorities and Other Aspiring Small Business Owners

When actress Patricia Arquette shined the national spotlight on wage equity for women in her recent Oscar speech, I was reminded of a major reason I decided to go into business for myself 19 years ago – to obtain more control over my financial security than I would otherwise find as a female...

By | Posted March 24, 2015

Coconuts Fish Cafe Celebrated the Opening of New Restaurant in Plano with a Founders Party

Coconut’s Fish Cafe, the famed home of Hawaiian fish tacos and the wildly popular phenomenon that has become an unquestioned sensation on the mainland, hosted a Founder’s Party for their second DFW location to welcome long-time, loyal fans and new DFW admirers alike.

By | Posted March 24, 2015

Amsterdam Falafelshop on 14th Street Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Amsterdam Falafelshop on 14th Street will host a special in-store celebration on Sunday, March 22nd in honor of its one-year anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, guests will be offered discounted food and beverages, including $5 falafel, $2 beer and $1 fountain drinks. Since its launch 12...

By | Posted March 20, 2015

City Wide to Open New Territory Serving the Inland Empire

Building maintenance in the Inland Empire is about to be redefined. City Wide, America’s premier building maintenance management company, today announced it will soon open a new office serving commercial properties throughout the Inland Empire and surrounding communities. The office is expected...

By | Posted March 20, 2015

CMIT Solutions Strengthens Senior Leadership with New Hires

CMIT Solutions, the nation’s leading information technology solutions and services provider for small and medium-sized businesses, today announces the appointment of Jeff Vogt as Technology Specialist, Rebecca Broussard as Marketing Coordinator, Setty Wagner as Franchise Support Coordinator, and...

By | Posted March 20, 2015

Executive Care Vice President Receives Certified Franchise Executive Designation

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...

By | Posted March 19, 2015

Potbelly Sandwich Shop to Open in Tomball Texas

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today a signed agreement that will soon bring a new location to the Houston area in Tomball, Texas. Currently slated to open in late summer, the 2,000-square-foot shop will be located in Tomball Marketplace at 14215 FM 2920 Road, at the intersection of SH 249 and FM...

By | Posted March 19, 2015

HVAC Company Opens to Serve Billings

Local HVAC service and repair company, Aire Serv of Billings, owned by Jay and Brenda Jodsaas, has opened. Aire Serv of Billings offers a number of residential and commercial HVAC services, from full service repair, replacement and upgrades to routine checks and special installations. "My...

By | Posted March 18, 2015

First Dickeys Barbecue Brings Pit Smoked Texas Barbecue to New Jersey

The nation’s largest barbecue chain, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is opening its first location in New Jersey on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m. The fast casual barbecue chain offers meats pit smoked onsite, home style sides and free ice cream with every meal. In celebration of the new location in East...

By | Posted March 18, 2015

Giddy Up Knoxville-Air Force Veteran Opens Dickeys Barbecue Pit Thursday

Knoxville is getting a new barbecue option on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m., when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens their first location to the area with a three day grand opening. Local owner, Anthony Hayes served 25 years active duty in the United States Air Force before deciding it was time to...

By | Posted March 18, 2015

Aire Serv Ranked Among Franchise 500

Aire Serv, a HVAC franchise of The Dwyer Group, has been ranked at 243 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. The annual ranking of the best franchises is based on financial and statistical data in surveys completed by franchisors across the nation. All franchises are judged based on...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Arbys Certified as a World-Class Franchise for 2015

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute®. The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in which 70 percent of all Arby’s franchisees participated. “Using...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Brightway Opens First Agency in Delaware

Brightway Insurance Agency Owner Robert Ware opened the company’s first insurance agency in Delaware on February 23. The office, located at 3301 Lancaster Pike, Suite 5B in Wilmington, is managed by Designated Agency Principal Christen Maroulis. Brightway Insurance is a national...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Paula Rhoden and Jonathan Zahler Become Newest Brightway Insurance Agency Owners in Jacksonville

When Paula Rhoden was looking for her next career opportunity, she knew she wanted to be her own boss and she wanted to help fellow Jacksonville citizens. Owning a Brightway Insurance agency gives her that opportunity. She and co-owner Jonathan Zahler opened the newest Brightway store at 14985 Old...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Brightway Insurance Recognized with Two National Awards

Brightway Insurance, Inc., a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country, has been named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for the second year in a row. The company has also been named to the Franchise...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Newest Brightway Agency Owners Unique Background Sets Her Up for Success

Nikki Hawkins will combine her years of insurance company claims handling and her insurance legal expertise as she serves the insurance needs of her Jacksonville and Orange Park neighbors at her new Brightway agency. Located at 1560 Wells Road, Suite 2, the office will be open and ready to sell...

By | Posted March 17, 2015

Wilmington Company Among Entrepreneurs Top New Franchises

A Wilmington company that specializes in mobility and accessibility equipment has landed on Entrepreneur magazine’s just-published Top New Franchises list. 101 Mobility is 29th out of 75 companies on the publication’s 2015 list, made up of companies that have begun franchise operations within...

By | Posted March 16, 2015

A Buyers Choice Home Inspections Offers New Franchise Partners First-Year Income Guarantee

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is poised to build on its monumental national growth in 2014 with innovations that will not only save inspectors valuable time in the field, but will utilize an automated marketing system with enough power and proven success to guarantee new franchisees a...

By | Posted March 16, 2015

City Wide Franchise Announces New Vice President

City Wide Maintenance, America’s premier building maintenance management company, today announced the appointment of Tim Spink to the role of vice president. In his new role, Spink will lead City Wide’s corporate franchise team in spearheading growth in new markets, supporting existing...

By | Posted March 12, 2015

Three Day Barbecue Bonanza Kicks off Thursday at New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Morgantown residents can battle the winter with slow smoked Texas barbecue when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. Local owner, Randy Miller opens the new fast casual option in his hometown with a three day grand opening. The party kicks off with first 50 guests...

By | Posted March 11, 2015

Navy Vet Takes on Barbecue in Issaquah with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Scott and Rachel Tyra grew up in Texas where barbecue is a way of life. Following his retirement from the United States Navy, Scott wanted to pursue his dream of owning a business. On Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m., Scott and his wife will open their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Issaquah with a...

By | Posted March 11, 2015

Maui Wowis Pacific Passion Coffee Returns

Back again to brighten your senses and remind us that the cold of winter is nearing an end, Maui Wowi Hawaiian announces the return of its spring coffee, Pacific Passion, as a limited time offer (LTO). This freshly roasted blend uses coffee beans from Hawaii and Papua New Guinea that combine into a...

By | Posted March 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Ushers in Spring With Pacific Passion Coffee

Maui Wowi Hawaiian announces the return of its spring coffee, Pacific Passion, as a limited time offer. This freshly roasted blend uses coffee beans from Hawaii and Papau New Guinea designed to help customers emerge from hibernation. Available beginning March 9 through May 31, 2015, customers can...

By | Posted March 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Rolls Out New Concession Trailer in Cincinnati

Local Cincinnati franchise owner of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies is broadening his reach and expanding his business with the launch of a new concession trailer that will soon be hitting the streets to serve the city some Aloha Spirit. Keith Mitchell and his wife Lori became...

By | Posted March 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Franchisee Adds Concession Trailer

Local Cincinnati franchise owner of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies is broadening his reach and expanding his business with the launch of a new concession trailer that will soon be hitting the streets to serve the city some aloha spirit. Keith Mitchell and his wife Lori became...

By | Posted March 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Calls in the Doctors

As part of a multi-pronged support system, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, an international franchise retailer of Hawaiian coffees and smoothies, has called in the “doctors.” The company’s Directors of Regional Support (DRS), or “doctors” as they are often referred to, paid a visit to the brand's...

By | Posted March 06, 2015

Its Getting Smokin Hot in Woodland with the New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Woodland residents get a new dining option on Thursday, March 5 at 11 a.m., when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens with a three day grand opening celebration. Big barbecue giveaways include three chances to win free barbecue for a year, a $500 gift card and Dickey’s Barbecue merchandise. “Our...

By | Posted March 04, 2015

Put on Your Cowboy Boots Orlando Dickeys Barbecue Pit Opens Thursday

Business partners, Cameron Steinagel and Patrick Bradford knew Floridians would love Texas barbecue. On Thursday, March 5 at 11 a.m., they’ll open the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Orlando with a three day grand opening. The new fast casual option offers an array of meats smoked onsite and a...

By | Posted March 04, 2015

Emory Gets Ready for Lake Season with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Family friendly Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is arriving in Emory on Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m. To celebrate, the new barbecue restaurant is hosting a three day grand opening party and the first 50 guests will receive gift cards ranging from $5 to $50. “I love seeing our footprint expand in...

By | Posted February 25, 2015

Mr Dickey Joins Barbecue Bash in Clovis for Dickeys Barbecue Grand Opening

On Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m. the new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Clovis opens with a three day barbecue bash. Special guest and barbecue expert, Chairman Roland Dickey, Sr., will stop by the party on Friday to celebrate and share his family recipes with 100 copies of Mr. Dickey’s Barbecue...

By | Posted February 25, 2015

AdviCoach to Increase US Presence as Demand for Business Coaching Services Intensifies

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...

By | Posted February 25, 2015

How These Caesars Palace Bellmen Opened Their Own Franchise

As bellmen at Caesars Palace, Will Dibos and Justin Ruiz meet plenty of interesting people. One person they met on the job would change their lives: Kris Antolak, the vice president of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning. While helping Antolak set up his booth at a Las Vegas franchise expo, the pair was...

By | Posted February 24, 2015

FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson Receives Advocacy Award from the International Franchise Association

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...

By | Posted February 22, 2015

Aire Serv opens new location in Mentor to serve heating and ventilation and air conditioning customers

National heating, ventilation and air conditioning company Aire Serv has announced the opening a new location in Mentor. Aire Serv of Mentor, owned by Edmund Krammer, has opened and is now servicing Mentor and the surrounding communities.

By | Posted February 20, 2015

SpendSmart Turns Profit in January 2015 Powered by Masterminds Mobile and Digital Licenses

SpendSmart Networks, Inc. (SSPC) a leading national full-service mobile and loyalty marketing agency, which operates the SMS Masterminds Mobile Loyalty Software License, has achieved its first profitable month in January 2015. Based on unaudited preliminary financials, and excluding non-cash...

By | Posted February 20, 2015

The Entrepreneurs Source Accelerates US Expansion

The Entrepreneur’s Source, the world’s largest franchise coaching organization renowned for its ability to help individuals achieve their income, lifestyle, wealth and equity goals, announced today an extensive franchise growth plan to expand its U.S. presence by 15 percent in 2015. Building...

By | Posted February 20, 2015

Deal Inked to Bring the Fifth Russos New York Pizzeria Franchise to UAE

Russo’s fans in The United Arab Emirates just can’t get enough. A well-established UAE restaurant developer and operator, Prime Hospitality, has signed a franchise agreement with Russo’s Restaurants to open another Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the United Arab Emirates. The well-known,...

By | Posted February 20, 2015

Native Nebraskan Opens Fourth Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Lincoln

Will Carter grew up in nearby Hickman and knew Dickey’s Barbecue Pit would make a great addition to the area. Due to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s popularity in Lincoln, Carter will open his fourth location on Thursday, February 19 at 11 a.m. To celebrate his expansion, he’ll host a three day...

By | Posted February 17, 2015

Mr Rooter Plumbing Ranked Among Franchise 500

The results are in and once again, Mr. Rooter Plumbing, an internationally franchised plumbing company, has been ranked among as a top franchise opportunity. Mr. Rooter Plumbing was ranked among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. Mr. Rooter ranked at 167 on the list. This marks the third...

By | Posted February 17, 2015

Electric Company To Serve Waxahachie Area

Local electrical service and repair company, Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie, owned by Gary Dagley, has opened and is now servicing Waxahachie and the surrounding communities. Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie offers a number of residential and commercial electrical services, from full service repair,...

By | Posted February 13, 2015

101 Mobilitys Franchise Opportunity Recognized on Two Fran Gator Curated Lists

Each year Fran Gator releases their Top 100 Franchises and a curated list of the Fastest Growing Franchises. 101 Mobility continued their unique work and expansion throughout 2014, which earned the company notable spot on both lists. The Top 100 list is compiled from a wide range of data which...

By | Posted February 12, 2015

Coconuts Fish Cafe Marks Millionth Customer with Grand Prize Giveaway

Coconut’s Fish Café (Coconut’s), the famed home of Hawaii’s favorite fresh fish tacos, will honor its one-millionth customer on Wednesday, February 11th in its Maui restaurant at 1279 South Kihei Rd. The lucky customer will be rewarded with a year of free dining. Guests that are...

By | Posted February 11, 2015

Native Texan and Longtime Guest Brings Dickeys Barbecue Pit to Palm Springs

Rodney Harper has been eating Dickey’s Barbecue Pit since he was a little kid and now at the age of 61 he’ll bring a barbecue tradition to Palm Springs. The first Dickey’s Barbecue location in Palm Springs opens on Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. with a three day grand...

By | Posted February 10, 2015

Rainbow International Ranked Among Franchise 500

Rainbow International Restoration, an international fire and flood restoration service has been ranked once again by Entrepreneur Magazine as a part of their Franchise 500. Rainbow International was ranked at 167 on the list. “We consider this recognition a great honor and validation of our core...

By | Posted February 06, 2015

Wayback Burgers Takes a Big Bite out of South Texas

Recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious “better burger” brands in the United States, Wayback Burgers today announced it has inked a franchise development agreement to open 47 restaurants in South Texas. “This franchise agreement marks a significant expansion milestone for...

By | Posted February 06, 2015

Ditch the Chocolate this Valentines Day Get a Maui Wowi Hawaiian Fresh Fruit Smoothie

In honor of the “Day of Love,” Maui Wowi Hawaiian is encouraging customers to ditch the chocolate this Valentine’s Day for a naturally sweet alternative – a fresh fruit Maui Wowi smoothie. On February 14, 2015, participating Maui Wowi Hawaiian retail locations across the country will be...

By | Posted February 05, 2015

Maui Wowi Franchise Advisory Council Tackles 2015 Initiatives

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a global retailer of premium island grown coffee and freshly blended fruit smoothies, recently wrapped up the annual winter gathering of the company’s Franchise Advisory Council. Meeting twice a year, the six person team of franchisees, along with a Director of Regional...

By | Posted February 05, 2015

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Relocates Global Corporate Headquarters to Sleek Denver Office Space

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is escaping the corporate ivory tower in Greenwood Village and relocating its global corporate headquarters to a stylish office space in the heart of Denver, Colo. The company’s central location provides closer proximity to its corporate-owned café that was recently announced...

By | Posted February 05, 2015

Dickeys Barbecue Restaurants Kicks-Off New Foundation Barbecue Boots and Badges

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain, is proud to announce the kick-off of their new foundation, Barbecue, Boots & Badges, a foundation committed to leaving a footprint on the communities they serve by providing funding and resources to law...

By | Posted February 04, 2015

Business News New Electric Company Opens in San Mateo

Local electrical service and repair company, Mr. Electric of San Mateo, owned by Jeffrey Balich, has opened and is now servicing San Mateo and the surrounding communities. Mr. Electric of San Mateo offers a number of residential and commercial electrical services, from full service repair,...

By | Posted February 04, 2015

Couple Spreads Barbecue Business to Hometown with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Donnie and Kelly Brooks knew Dickey’s Barbecue would be a great addition to their hometown of Tulare. On Thursday, February 5 at 11 a.m., the couple will open their second location with a three-day grand opening celebration. The party kicks off with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards...

By | Posted February 04, 2015

CruiseOne Certified as a World-Class Franchise

CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute® for 2015. The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute. The...

By | Posted February 03, 2015

Mr Rooter Named Top Franchise in Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review released its annual list of the Top 200 Franchises, naming Mr. Rooter Plumbing a leader in the home service category for 2015. The ranking is based on franchisee feedback and satisfaction, making it a unique list for franchise organizations to be included. According to...

By | Posted February 02, 2015

Lightbridge Franchise Company Signs 60th Franchise

Lightbridge Franchise Company has signed its 60th franchise agreement this January in partnership between two doctors - Clinical Cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Shetty and Hospitalist Dr. Ditina Ghetia. The physicians plan to open two Lightbridge Academy child care centers in the greater Cherry Hill,...

By | Posted January 30, 2015

Wayback Burgers Strengthens Partnership with Stearns Bank to Help Franchisees Obtain Financing

Wayback Burgers, recognized as one of the most aggressive and ambitious "better burger" brands in the United States, has announced a strengthened partnership with Stearns Bank, a leading provider of small business loans, business banking and equipment leasing, to assist its franchisees in...

By | Posted January 29, 2015

La Madeleine Signs Multi-Unit Development Agreement with Chalak Mitra Group

La Madeleine, the authentic country French café, announced today a multi-unit agreement that further advances the company’s strategic franchising initiative. Coming as another indication of la Madeleine’s strength and desire to elevate its footprint in select U.S. markets, the agreement...

By | Posted January 29, 2015

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise into Clearwater

Executive Care announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement to open an office in Clearwater. The new office located at 2753 State Road 580 #201 marks the company’s first Florida office and represents the organization’s 12th franchise location. Opening in March 2015, the new...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Coconuts Fish Cafe Blesses Historic First Franchise Opening with Traditional Hawaiian Ceremony in Dallas

Coconut’s Fish Cafe has given Dallas residents a strong dose of Hawaiian culture. At its historic, first franchise opening held recently at Dallas’ attractive Pavilion on Lovers Lane shopping center, guests witnessed a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony and sampled many of the...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Tyra Banks Interviews Tracy Brennan

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By | Posted January 28, 2015

ABC News Las Vegas Interviews Tracy Brennan

Tracy Brennan and Aria Spa Director Michelle Wilkos discuss Kalologie Skincare Products at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Opening an Education Franchise I Believe In

Kevin Lee believes there’s something wrong with the education system in the United States: there simply aren’t enough teachers in the public school system to give each student the attention he or she deserves. So, he decided to take action. Lee began franchising with Best in Class in 2006,...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Best in Class Franchise Promotes Teacher and Veteran Ownership With Incentive

The premier educational franchise, Best in Class Education Center, has announced that the United States Small Business Administration is including the brand in its official Franchise Registry. This designation will allow for the expedition of loan processes for new and existing franchisees...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Franchisee Players: How This Professor Became a Tutoring Franchisee

For a long time, Dr. Ming Hsu saw himself as a professor, not an entrepreneur. He taught at the University of Portland and tutored on the side. Eventually, he realized that his tutoring was more than a hobby, and turned his interest in supplementary education into a full-time job in 2001....

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Win Free Barbecue for a Year at Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs residents will have a reason to celebrate when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m. The new barbecue joint opens with a three day barbecue bash where three lucky guests receive free barbecue for an entire year. “We have been excited with the...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Owner Trades Pizza for Pork with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Buena Park

Richard Foiles spent over 10 years running a successful pizza restaurant. While visiting a nearby Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Foiles fell in love with the food and the fast casual concept. On Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m., Foiles opens his first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Buena Park. The...

By | Posted January 28, 2015

Retro Fitness on Track for 200 New Gyms in Two Years

Across the burgeoning $27 billion fitness industry, it’s common for fads and concepts to become obsolete overnight; however the survivors who will withstand the test of time are those that couple affordability with a first-class experience. Retro Fitness has set itself apart from competition...

By | Posted January 27, 2015

FASTSIGNS Secures 15 Million in Franchise Expansion Funding with Benetrends

Due to continued high growth and increased demand in franchise opportunities, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has expanded its relationship with Benetrends to provide up to $15 million in funds to start-up and expanding franchisees for new center development. Benetrends has long partnered with...

By | Posted January 26, 2015

National Property Ispections News

Founded in 1987 by Roland Bates, National Property Inspections is one of the oldest and most respected names in the home inspection and commercial building inspection business. NPI inspectors perform home inspections and commercial property inspections throughout the United States and Canada....

By | Posted January 23, 2015

Livingston gets first Aire Serv franchise

The name of the business is new, but Brian Byrne is an old pro when it comes to heating and cooling. Byrne has 20 years of experience in the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) industry. On Jan. 5, he became the first Aire Serv franchisee in Livingston County.

By | Posted January 22, 2015

Stay Warm with Smokin Hot Dickeys Barbecue Pit Grand Opening in Downers Grove

Throw on your scarf and gloves and get over to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Thursday, January 22 at 11 a.m., for a three day grand opening party. Downers Grove will have a reason to fight the cold when the new Texas barbecue chain serves up its famous smoked brisket, pulled pork and ribs.

By | Posted January 20, 2015

Mr Dickey Shares Family Recipes at Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Germantown

Dickey’s Barbecue chairman and barbecue expert, Roland Dickey is ready to celebrate guests and share his family’s recipes in Germantown.  On Saturday, January 24 from noon to 2 p.m. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Germantown is throwing a special guest appreciation event that...

By | Posted January 20, 2015

Maui Wowi Sends Holiday Care Package to Military Troops

Just in time for the holidays, an Army Reserve unit serving in Kuwait, received a little piece of paradise from Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, an international franchise retailer. The island themed company surprised Sgt. Jeremy Stover and his entire troop with a holiday care...

By | Posted January 20, 2015

Aloha has new meaning at Maui Wowi

Logan Patterson isn’t exactly an aficionado on coffee, but he says he knows his smoothies. The Oakview Elementary student and his younger brother Carson frequent the Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies shop in Franklin’s Berry Farms. The boys say, hands down, it has become...

By | Posted January 20, 2015

Maui Wowi to open first corporate-owned store, training center in Denver

Maui Wowi, a gourmet coffee and smoothie franchise, will open its first corporate-owned store to serve as a training facility in Denver, the company announced Wednesday. The Greenwood Village-based company is 100-percent franchised with a total of 450 locations in seven countries and 35 states,...

By | Posted January 20, 2015

Aire Serv to open HVAC location in Lima

Ralph Boroff wants to bring Lima residents something he feels they’re currently lacking: professional heating and air conditioning service. “We decided we could bring something to Lima the other companies aren’t providing,” he said.

By | Posted January 20, 2015

The Grounds Guys Ranked among Franchise 500

Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 is an annual ranking of the best franchises based on financial and statistical data listed in surveys completed by franchisors across the nation. All franchises are judged based on identical criteria regardless of size.

By | Posted January 20, 2015

The Dwyer Group Brands Ranked Among Franchise 500

Since 2012, all seven of The Dwyer Group brands have consistently ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. “We are pleased that all of our brands have been ranked once again,” said Mike Bidwell, CEO of The Dwyer Group. “This continued success is evidence of our...

By | Posted January 15, 2015

First Dickeys Barbecue Pit in San Diego Opens with Three Day Grand Opening

Slow smoked Texas barbecue arrives on Thursday, January 15 when the nation’s largest barbecue chain, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, opens its first location in San Diego. To celebrate the opening of the first location to the area, the new location is hosting a three day grand opening event with...

By | Posted January 15, 2015

The Dwyer Group Acquires Five Star Painting Franchise

The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has acquired Five Star Painting, a commercial and residential painting franchise with 77 locations across the U.S. and Canada, effective immediately. Terms of the deal were not...

By | Posted January 15, 2015

First Dickey Barbecue Pit in San Diego Opens with Three Day Grand Opening

Slow smoked Texas barbecue arrives on Thursday, January 15 when the nation’s largest barbecue chain, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, opens its first location in San Diego. To celebrate the opening of the first location to the area, the new location is hosting a three day grand opening event with...

By | Posted January 14, 2015

FASTSIGNS on Pace to Continue Strong Domestic, International Growth

FASTSIGNS International Inc.—the worldwide franchisor of more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries—ended 2014 with 45 new franchise agreements signed and 31 new centers opened in North America, as well as reporting record...

By | Posted January 13, 2015

Mr Dickey Stops by Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Laguna Niguel for Grand Opening

Dickey’s Barbecue chairman, Roland Dickey will visit California to celebrate the opening of the brand’s newest location in Laguna Niguel. The new fast casual barbecue option opens on Thursday, January 15 with a three-day grand opening. Mr. Dickey stops by on Friday to hand out free...

By | Posted January 13, 2015

Mans Hobby Turns Reality with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Santa Clarita

Anthony Pimentel has a passion for barbecue and a desire to own his own business, which attracted him to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, January 15 at 11 a.m., Pimentel’s dream will come true when he and his business partner, Kenneth Robles, open their first Dickey’s Barbecue...

By | Posted January 13, 2015

Sport Clips Haircuts Names Scott Perry CFO and Dan Miller CIO

Scott J. Perry has been promoted to chief financial officer and treasurer, and Dan Miller named chief information officer of Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s leading franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care. Perry most recently served as Sport Clips’ vice...

By | Posted January 09, 2015

Local Business Owner Honored as Franchisee of the Month

Kinderdance® International is recognizing Ms. Jennifer Reid as Franchisee of the Month for January, 2015. Ms. Reid purchased her franchise in 2004 and in eleven years has become a Top Kinderdance producer and leader. Ms. Reid has been awarded “Rookie of the Year”, in 2006 and...

By | Posted January 09, 2015

Amsterdam Falafelshop Fast-Tracks US Expansion

Falafel fans rejoice! - Amsterdam Falafelshop, the renowned top-it-yourself falafelshop with a vibe, culture and flavor that commands a global fan base, announced today an aggressive franchise growth plan for 2015 that will continue to fuel the band's falafel-frenzy across the U.S. With six...

By | Posted January 08, 2015

The Sunshine State Gets a Southern Favorite with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit

David Ambrose and Steven Phillips met in Brooksville over 10 years ago when their kids were growing up together. Ambrose was looking for a new business opportunity and Phillips’ restaurant experience made him the perfect business partner. Both men knew Hernando County was missing a southern...

By | Posted January 07, 2015

NPI News

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is excited to announce two new franchise owners who will take the NPI brand to new areas. Rich Segal is from Plantsville, Connecticut, and his...

By | Posted January 06, 2015

2015 Brings Tasty New Barbecue Option to Rocklin with Dickeys Barbecue Pit

The new year brings a new fast casual option to Rocklin residents when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, January 8 at 11 a.m. To kick off the grand opening, the new restaurant is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration. Guests get a deal on Thursday when the first 50 guests...

By | Posted January 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Hawaiian recognizes top franchisees

Maui Wowi Hawaiian honored its top franchisees at its International Franchise Conference held recently in Englewood, Colorado. According to a news release, the event included breakout sessions, one-on-one training and panel discussions, as well as speeches by CEO Mike Weinberger, Founder Jill...

By | Posted January 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Climbs 19 Spots on Franchise Ranking

Maui Wowi Hawaiian climbed 19 spots on the Annual Franchise 500 listing, a highly esteemed compilation of top companies published by Entrepreneur Magazine. “This great honor and valued recognition can be attributed to the ongoing support of a proven system and to the collaborative efforts...

By | Posted January 06, 2015

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Moves Up on Franchise 500 List

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the go-anywhere dual concept specializing in fresh fruit smoothies and premium specialty coffee beverages, has climbed 19 spots on the Annual Franchise 500 listing, a highly esteemed compilation of top companies published by Entrepreneur Magazine. “This great honor and...

By | Posted January 06, 2015

Kona Ice has Biggest Year on Record

The success of Kona Ice continues to snowball. In the past 12 months, the brand added a staggering 142 trucks to its growing fleet of mobile gourmet shaved ice vehicles, raising the overall unit count to 600-plus trucks on the road in 45 states. The expansion and continued adoration of the...

By | Posted January 05, 2015

Lightbridge Franchise Company Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters and Child Care Center

New Jersey-based child care franchise prepares for regional expansion with the construction of state of the art headquarters and child care facility.

By | Posted December 23, 2014

Sport Clips Haircuts celebrates opening of 1,300th store with three-way tie

Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s leading men’s and boys’ hair care provider, continues its fast-paced growth with the openings of its 1,300th locations – a three-way tie as stores opened simultaneously in North Charleston, S.C.; Woodstock, Ga.; and New Providence, N.J....

By | Posted December 23, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Ranks in the Top 200 of Entrepreneurs Franchise 500

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) has made its second consecutive placement in Entrepreneur magazine’s 36th Annual Franchise 500® list, placing at No. 157.

By | Posted December 19, 2014

Canadas Top Home Inspection Business A Buyers Choice Home Inspections Continues Explosive Growth in Canada and Across the Globe

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is finishing up an outstanding 2014 filled with dozens of office openings and an increased presence around the world. The company continues to provide trust, safety and security to homebuyers and realtors through an innovative home inspection business...

By | Posted December 18, 2014

New North Dallas Dickeys Barbecue Pit Celebrates with a Barbecue Bash

On Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m., North Dallas will have a new dining option -- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. The new fast casual restaurant is celebrating with a three day barbecue bash for the entire family where three guests will win free barbecue for an entire year. The longtime family...

By | Posted December 17, 2014

Three Day Barbecue Bash at the Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Waco

Waco is getting in the holiday spirit when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m. Native Texan, Ryan Curtis is hosting a three day grand opening party in honor of his fifth location. The barbecue bash kicks off with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to...

By | Posted December 17, 2014

SafeSplash Swim School Announces Franchises in LA Fitness Facilities

From age six months through adult, SafeSplash Swim School offers beginning to advanced swim instruction, swim-related activities and the sale of related retail products. With a history of nine years of excellence, and over 1.25 million lessons and counting nationwide, this incredible partnership...

By | Posted December 17, 2014

Dickeys Barbecue Dashes into Highland Just in Time for The Holidays

Local owner and native Californian, Andre May is hosting a three day grand opening celebration kicking off with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50. “Highland is a close-knit community where I know Dickey’s Barbecue is going to be well received with its great...

By | Posted December 16, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Surfs into West Palm Beach Florida

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the go-anywhere franchise, has just stationed its well-known mobile cart at the Palm Beach Outlets in warm weather Florida. The new location is perfect for the endless summer theme of the Hawaiian coffee and smoothie brand, which continues to seek out new and non-traditional...

By | Posted December 15, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Brings the Power of the Ohana Together During 2014 International Franchise Conference

Breakout sessions on controlling costs, maximizing catering, leveraging social media, boosting the bottom line and learning best practices all kept Maui Wowi Hawaiian franchisees inspired and motivated during the company’s recent conference at The Inverness Hotel and Conference...

By | Posted December 15, 2014

Streamlining Franchise Development

Lightbridge Academy franchise locations will develop six to eight months faster now that Lightbridge Franchise Company, a child care franchisor, has entered into to a new, non-binding joint venture agreement with Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:WHLR) Under the terms of the...

By | Posted December 11, 2014

Stampede Stew Now On the Menu at Dickeys Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is giving guests a taste of TNT’s ‘On the Menu’ with new limited edition menu item, Stampede Stew.  The fast-casual restaurant chain known for slow smoked Texas barbecue is unveiling the signature dish created by Atlanta resident Sarah...

By | Posted December 08, 2014

Texan Spreads Family Tradition with New Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Lawrence

Sam Kafoure grew up in Dallas where Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been a family tradition since 1941.  He knew Dickey’s Barbecue would be a big hit in his new home. On Thursday, December 11 at 11 a.m., Kafoure brings a Texas tradition to Lawrence when he opens his second Dickey’s...

By | Posted December 08, 2014

A Buyers Choice Hits the Mark with Minority Franchise Investors

The World Franchising Network has designated A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) as one of the top U.S. franchises for Minorities. Among hundreds of companies considered for the honor, World Franchising Network spotlights ABCHI in the 8th annual list of the “50 Top Franchises for...

By | Posted December 08, 2014

Franchise Deal Inked to Bring the First Russos Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Franchise to San Antonio

A local developer and experienced business owner has signed a franchise agreement with Russo’s Restaurants to open a Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in San Antonio. The well-known, Houston-based upscale Italian restaurant brand and its fast casual sister concept Russo’s New...

By | Posted December 08, 2014

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise into Cherry Hill

Executive Care announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement to open a new office serving Cherry Hill and neighboring Camden County communities. It marks the Hackensack, N.J.-based company’s first agreement to open an office in South Jersey, and represents the organization’s...

By | Posted December 05, 2014

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Targets North Carolina for Franchise Growth

Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB) (“Potbelly”) announced today a franchise growth plan targeting North Carolina – a strategy that will position the lively neighborhood hangout for expansion into communities in all corners of the market, including Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham,...

By | Posted December 05, 2014

Power Train Launches Franchising Initiative Introducing Elite Athlete Training for Everyday Americans

Power Train, the performance-driven fitness concept that has built a reputation for training everyday people like professional athletes, today announced a strategic franchise growth initiative that aims to add 600 new franchise locations in markets across the country in the next 10 years. The brand...

By | Posted December 05, 2014

Massage Heights Expands Canadian Reach

Massage Heights continues the aggressive growth of its franchise system with the announcement of its newest Retreat openings in Canada and plans to develop an additional six Retreats within the next two years. “We are extremely pleased with the performance of the Massage Heights Canada...

By | Posted December 04, 2014

Russos New York Pizzeria Opens 20th Houston Area Restaurant Expands with Continued Franchise Growth

The wait is over on Houston’s southwest side. Russo’s New York Pizzeria has arrived. Now, more of Houston’s raving Russo’s fans can savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizzeria. The well-known fast casual Italian restaurant...

By | Posted December 03, 2014

Liberty Tax Service Has the Tools to Help Consumers Meet December 15 Health Insurance Deadline

At many Liberty Tax Service offices, individuals can receive, free of charge, Affordable Care Act (ACA) reviews and help with applying for exemptions. Health insurance agents are available for consultations at many Liberty locations. They can suggest health plans that best suit specific situations...

By | Posted December 03, 2014

Coconuts Fish Cafe Sets Stage for Prolific Franchise Growth in 2015

Coconut’s Fish Cafe (Coconut’s), the famed home of Hawaiian fish tacos and the celebrated fast-casual phenomenon that has become an unquestioned sensation on the mainland, announced today a franchise expansion plan that positions the brand for strategic growth into prime U.S. markets in...

By | Posted December 02, 2014

Mr Dickey Stops by Dickeys Barbecue Pit in Cumming to Kick off New Menu Item

Dickey’s Barbecue’s lead chef and chairman, Roland Dickey, Sr. will be celebrating barbecue lovers in Cumming with a Guest Appreciation Event from noon to 2 p.m.  The chairman of the nation’s largest barbecue chain is in town to kick off a new menu item for the brand. Guests...

By | Posted December 02, 2014

Texas Couple Blend Together a Fruitful Life as Maui Wowi Franchise Owners

Maui Wowi Hawaiian says ‘Howdy’ and ‘Aloha’ to its newest franchisees, Mike Kruitwagen and Debbie Hedrick from Friendswood, Texas, a city just outside of Houston. The fresh fruit smoothie and premium Hawaiian coffee retailer has a growing presence in the market, making...

By | Posted December 02, 2014

Maui Wowi Moves into Shops at Mangrove in Chico, California

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is coming soon to Shops at Mangrove in Chico, California. This is the first location for local Franchisee Jules Jackson who has big plans for her Hawaiian themed coffee and smoothie shop and her Northern California community. The recently signed lease sets the stage for Maui...

By | Posted December 02, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Offers 45 Percent Online Discount on Premium Hawaiian Coffee

Once the frenzy of Black Friday is in the rearview mirror, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is giving online shoppers something to look forward to. On Cyber Monday, which falls on December 1 this year, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is offering an online exclusive deal (shop.mauiwowi.com) where...

By | Posted December 02, 2014

Expedia CruiseShip Centers Gives Back At Sea

As Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia® Inc., the largest travel company in the world, celebrated its annual 2014 National Conference aboard Norwegian Breakaway, the company once again leveraged the opportunity to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness....

By | Posted November 24, 2014

Southeast Franchise Forum panel discussion highlights IFA Initiatives

On November 11, 2014, the Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF) held its monthly meeting, this time to discuss International Franchise Association (IFA) initiatives, including VetFran, the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative, and Minorities in Franchising. The panel discussion included the...

By | Posted November 24, 2014

New Greenville fast casual restaurant promises 'fine food fast'

It takes a solid opportunity to draw someone out of retirement, and Doug Sheley thinks he's found it. The serial entrepreneur and CEO and president of The Real Restaurant Group this week opens Fresh to Order at Magnolia Park on Woodruff Road. Sheley, who lives in Charlotte with his wife, Kathy,...

By | Posted November 21, 2014

NPI/GPI Franchise Owners Win Big at 2014 Annual Conference

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, gave awards to 39 franchise owners who are top performers in four categories: the Platinum Award, the President’s Club, the Pinnacle Award and...

By | Posted November 21, 2014

RedBrick Pizza to Debut in Nebraska

RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000⁰ open flame terra cotta ovens, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, today announced its...

By | Posted November 21, 2014

Veteran Expands Barbecue Business with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Daphne

John Lockett retired from the United States Air Force and Mississippi Air National Guard with over 20 years as an air traffic control officer. Lockett found his next career in barbecue with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Lockett will open his third location in...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Nampa Feeds Their Barbecue Cravings with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Jenny Hughes began he career with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 2011 as a general manager and brand ambassador. Today, with over 20 years of restaurant experience, Hughes is the district manager to four Dickey’s Barbecue locations in the Treasure Valley area. On Thursday, November 20 at 11...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Cooking Passion Leads Man to Open New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Hometown

Joe Mamary’s passion for cooking attracted him to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Mamary opens the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre. To celebrate his new barbecue business, Mamary is throwing a three-day grand...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Retired Army Engineer Joins the Barbecue Business with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Timothy Brock spent 20 years serving in the United States Army, but his dream was to run his own restaurant. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Brock’s dream comes true when he opens the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Macomb Township with his business partners, Dave Schwartz and...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Fresh To Order Opens First South Carolina Unit in Greenville

Fresh To Order (f2o), the pioneer of “Fast-Fine” dining, celebrates the opening Nov. 19 of its first Greenville, S.C. location.  The opening will mark the 13th restaurant for the fast-casual brand and the first South Carolina location.  The new Fresh To Order will offer its...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Chronic Tacos Ongoing Philanthropic Support Continues to Benefit No Kid Hungry

Through a recent month-long fundraising campaign by Chronic Tacos, a California inspired Mexican grill that celebrates the authenticity and individuality of its customers, the initiative to end childhood hunger in America took another step forward. Raising $10,000 to benefit No Kid Hungry®,...

By | Posted November 19, 2014

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Invited to Experience a Quantum Leap in Cruising

Expedia® Inc., is gearing up for the highly anticipated 2-night inaugural cruise of the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas sailing from Bayonne, New Jersey from November 16-18. As valued travel partners, all Expedia CruiseShipCenters corporate leadership staff and franchise partners have been...

By | Posted November 14, 2014

Businessman & Barbecue Lover Opens Dickey’s Barbecue in Springtown

Abid Masood has quite the resume with experience as a loan officer and licensed realtor, district manager to a chain of convenience stores and most recently running his own convenience store and deli. On Thursday, November 13 at 11 a.m., Masood will add Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner operator to...

By | Posted November 14, 2014

Dickey’s Barbecue Arrives in Gillette with Three Day Celebration

John Thomson’s passion for the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit brand has made him a successful area developer and owner operator for the nation’s largest barbecue chain.  He owns locations in Utah, Colorado and Idaho. On Thursday, November 13 at 11 a.m., Thomson will open...

By | Posted November 14, 2014

Pak Mail Austin Announces New Franchise Owners and Grand Re-Opening for Davenport Village Store

Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announces the grand re-opening of Pak Mail Austin in Davenport Village at 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite E240 in Austin, Texas. Long-time Austin residents Jerry and Susan Gatlin purchased the store in August, which has been in business and serving Westlake...

By | Posted November 13, 2014

Butcher Takes on Barbecue with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Fullerton

Fullerton, CA -- Danny DeMarco’s experience at a local butcher shop and a career as a food and beverage director make him the perfect person to run a barbecue joint. On Thursday, November 13 at 11 a.m., DeMarco will open the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Fullertonwith a three...

By | Posted November 12, 2014

Liberty Tax Service Offices to Open Early This Tax Season

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, In an effort to help Americans understand the tax implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to offer health insurance enrollment assistance, Liberty Tax Service and its franchisees will open many of their offices across the country on November 15. The 2014 Tax Year is...

By | Posted November 10, 2014

Liberty Tax Service Creates New, Hispanic-Focused Brand -- SiempreTax+

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, -- Liberty Tax, Inc., the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today the launch of SiempreTax+, a national tax preparation brand focused on the unique and diverse needs of the Hispanic community. SiempreTax+ is an independent brand under the Liberty Tax...

By | Posted November 10, 2014

Lewis Center Gets a Taste of Texas with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Lewis Center, OH -- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a new family friendly dining option, will open in Lewis Center on Thursday, November 6 at 11 a.m. The Texas barbecue joint offers a quality selection of signature smoked meats, home style sides and free ice cream. The new location is...

By | Posted November 04, 2014

The Entrepreneur’s Source Recognizes 17 Coaches at Annual Conference

SOUTHBURY, Conn. -- North America’s leading alternative career coaching franchise, The Entrepreneur’s Source® has recognized 17 regional & area developers, franchisees and associates for outstanding performance and leadership at the company’s 15th annual...

By | Posted November 04, 2014

Maui Wowi Makes a Splash with Latest Orange County Franchise

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premium island coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, has recently signed a franchise agreement granting Orange County resident, June Padua, the rights to own up to three units. She joins a growing number of Maui Wowi franchisees in the Southern California market and...

By | Posted November 03, 2014

Trick or Treating Gets Tastier in Lewis Center with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Lewis Center, OH -- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit arrives just in time for Halloween in Lewis Center when the new family friendly dining option opens on Thursday, October 30 at 11 a.m. The grand opening festivities kick off when the first 50 dine in guests receive gift cards worth up...

By | Posted October 28, 2014

Instant Imprints Launches New Campaign to Drive Franchise Growth

SAN DIEGO -- Instant Imprints, North America’s innovative network of sign, promotional products, and digital printing centers, announced today the start of the Drive Your Franchise Campaign. This new campaign, which also rewards current franchisee involvement, aims to support the...

By | Posted October 24, 2014

Albuquerque Wins Big with First Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Albuquerque, NM -- On Thursday October 23 at 11 a.m., Deepak Shah will open the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location in Albuquerquewith a three day grand opening.  Shah, the former chief financial officer of Southwest Cheese Company, is ready for the new challenge. The...

By | Posted October 21, 2014

FASTSIGNS® Helps Independent Owners Thrive, Maximize New Channels for Growth

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Though more businesses are investing in effective signage and visual graphics, many of today’s independent sign and print shop owners are not maximizing their businesses’ true potential due to lack of support in key areas, such as marketing and technology...

By | Posted October 21, 2014

FASTSIGNS® Continues U.S. Expansion Focus on California

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Committed to its franchise expansion efforts in California, FASTSIGNS International Inc."the worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries"will be exhibiting at theWest Coast...

By | Posted October 17, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Franchise Eyes California for Expansion

Anaheim, CA -- Based on the success of its 33 franchisees operating a total of 55 units throughout California, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is expanding its footprint in the Golden State. Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a 450-unit global leader in the mobile event business serving up premium fresh-fruit...

By | Posted October 17, 2014

Bach to Rock Franchise Instructor Debuts on NBC’s Hit Show The Voice

Bach to Rock, America’s music school franchise for students of all ages, announced today that Matt McAndrew, a musical instructor at one of its franchise-owned schools in Wayne, Pennsylvania, took the stage last night on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, The...

By | Posted October 09, 2014

Man Takes Barbecue Hobby to the Big Leagues with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Flowery Branch, GA -- Shannon Skains’ restaurant experience and passion for the art of barbecue make him a perfect new member of the Dickey’s Barbecue family. Skains will open his first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Flowery Branch on Thursday, October 9 at 11 a.m....

By | Posted October 08, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Continues Dallas Expansion With New Opening in Plano

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a 450-unit beverage chain known for its premium fresh-fruit smoothies and Hawaiian coffee, is continuing to grow its presence in Dallas with the opening of its newest location in Plano on September 30th. Located in the food court of The Shops at...

By | Posted October 07, 2014

LEADING BRAND IDENTITY HOUSE ADDS NEW PARTNER

ATLANTA, GA -- Atlanta’s leading brand identity house is strengthening its ability to ignite passionate brands by adding Jonathan Bolden as an equity partner. The new partnership means increased value for Matchstic as well as its many clients. As partner and director of brand strategy,...

By | Posted October 03, 2014

Nothing Bundt Cakes Celebrates 100th Bakery Amid Steady Growth

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Nothing Bundt Cakes today celebrates its 100th bakery in the United States with the grand opening of its San Marcos, California, location and announces plans for continued national expansion over the next five years. The company, which was founded...

By | Posted October 02, 2014

New Sears Home Appliance Showroom Store Opens in Apex

APEX, NC -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest North Carolina Sears Home Appliance Showroom on October 2, 2014 at the Beaver Creek Crossings shopping center, located at 2016 Creekside Landing Drive in Apex. The new store will provide...

By | Posted October 02, 2014

Seva Launches Phase Two of Franchise Growth Strategy: Aggressive Expansion Targets Shopping Centers in Key U.S. Regions

HIGHLAND PARK, IL -- Seva, the pioneer of the fast casual spa experience in the United States, announced today that it is advancing strategic franchise growth into its second phase. The company’s planned progression into its new growth stage comes amid rapid expansion that is meeting...

By | Posted October 01, 2014

Texas-Style Barbecue Arrives at Travis Air Force Base with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Fairfield, CA -- The city of Fairfield and those serving at Travis Air Force Base will soon get a taste of Texas-style brisket when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens on Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m. The new fast-causal barbecue restaurant is throwing a three day grand opening...

By | Posted October 01, 2014

Mr. Rooter® Plumbing and ServiceTitan Announce Global, Strategic Partnership

WACO, Texas -- Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, a leader in plumbing and drain cleaning, and ServiceTitan, a premier service management software company, have announced a strategic partnership to create technologically advanced solutions for both the franchisee and the end user. “We have been...

By | Posted October 01, 2014

Californian Expands Barbecue Business with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in West Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA -- On Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m., West Sacramento gets a little bit of the lone star state when the newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens. Raised in California, Jared Katzenberger owns five Dickey’s Barbecue locations throughout the Sacramento area....

By | Posted October 01, 2014

Pak Mail Ships Holiday Gift Packages to Troops Overseas by Supporting “Operation Christmas Stocking 2014” Donation Drive

Centennial, Colorado -- Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announced its support of the Chief Wiggles “Operation Christmas Stocking 2014” donation drive. For the tenth year in a row, the drive provides Christmas cards, non-perishable food, personal items, candy, and more to troops...

By | Posted September 30, 2014

Executive Care Appoints Seasoned Franchise Industry Leader to Vice President of Operations and Franchise Development

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Executive Care, the New Jersey-based home care franchise that is quickly gaining a national reputation as the premier caregiving agency in its field, announced today the appointment of franchise operations and growth expert Todd Leonard to vice president of operations and...

By | Posted September 30, 2014

From Boots to Barbecue: Man Opens Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV -- John Schouten spent 7 years working for Ariat Boots where he moved up the ranks from merchandiser to a territory sales representative. Looking for a change, Schouten decided to pursue his dream of owning his own restaurant. On Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m., Schouten will...

By | Posted September 30, 2014

Maui Wowi Franchisee Returns to Baltimore Book Festival

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Two East Coast franchise owners of Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular coffee and fruit smoothie company, are teaming up for the Baltimore Book Festival held at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland Sept. 26-28, 2014, where they will join other vendors for the...

By | Posted September 30, 2014

Entrepreneur Brings Barbecue to Hometown with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Natchitoches, LA -- Lee Waskom’s résumé includes experience in property development and management, a chain of college book stores and a Smoothie King franchise. On Thursday, September 25 at 11 a.m., Waskom takes on barbecue when he opens the first Dickey’s...

By | Posted September 25, 2014

Taking This Show on the Road

Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...

By | Posted September 24, 2014

Mr. Electric Celebrates 20 Years of Franchising

WACO, Texas -- Mr. Electric, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., will be celebrating 20 years as an electrical franchising company in the month of September. The Mr. Electric franchise was founded in 1994 as the fourth company under The Dwyer Group franchising corporation. At that time, it...

By | Posted September 24, 2014

Navy Vet Cooks Up Barbecue in Wyoming’s Capital with First Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Cheyenne, WY -- While serving in the Navy, Nate Schott heard about Dickey’s Barbecue numerous times from family in Nebraska. One day he decided to make the hour drive from San Diego to Temecula to try Dickey’s Barbecue and he was glad he did. On Thursday, September 25 at 11...

By | Posted September 23, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Gains Momentum in Colorado Market

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, builds its presence in its own backyard. The Colorado-based coffee and smoothie franchise says it’s gaining ground in the Colorado market with the addition of a new franchise owner. There are now four operators located throughout the...

By | Posted September 23, 2014

Rainbow International, The Dwyer Group Reacquire Germany Master License

WACO, Texas -- Rainbow International® Restoration, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group®, one of the world’s largest international service franchising organizations, announced Friday the re-acquirement of the Germany master franchise license from the previous master licensee. Terms of...

By | Posted September 23, 2014

Mr. Appliance of New York City Wins Franchisee of the Year Award

WACO, Texas -- Mr. Appliance of New York City, owned by Stuart Kauder, earned the Mr. Appliance Franchisee of the Year Award at The Dwyer Group® International Conference September 7-10 in Orlando, Florida.  The Franchisee of the Year Award is the highest honor than can be earned by a...

By | Posted September 23, 2014

Life Gets Sweeter in Sweetwater with New Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Sweetwater, TX -- Jay and Ratna Devdhara’s love for cooking is what attracted them to opening a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in their hometown of Snyder. OnThursday, September 18 at 11 a.m., the couple will expand their business with a new location in nearby Sweetwater. To celebrate...

By | Posted September 18, 2014

Brightway's vision taking it coast-to-coast

When Brightway Insurance Inc. has run into speed bumps in its business, it has taken the challenges and turned them into opportunities. For example, starting and growing an insurance agency in Florida with difficult regulatory issues due to hurricanes can be difficult, but David Miller,...

By | Posted September 17, 2014

Put On Your Party Pants: Dickey’s Barbecue Celebrates One Year Anniversary in Appleton

Appleton, WI -- Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m., marks the one year anniversary of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Appleton. In honor of this location’s anniversary, guests can stop by for music, giveaways and barbecue deals. Special guest, Mr. Dickey joins the party to mingle with...

By | Posted September 15, 2014

Catering Sales Are Smokin’ Hot at Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants

Dallas, TX -- Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. announced sales from its catering hotline have surpassed the $6.4 million sales mark. In August 2011, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. introduced 1-866-BARBECUE, a national catering hotline that gives guests direct access to...

By | Posted September 15, 2014

New Sears Hometown Store Opens in Sidney

SIDNEY, Mont. -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) opens its newest Montana Sears Hometown Store today, September 12, 2014 within the Trifecta Home Center location at 1051 S. Central Ave. in Sidney. The Sidney location marks the 11th opening of a new Sears...

By | Posted September 15, 2014

The Grounds Guys among Top 10 Best for Vets Franchises

WACO, Texas -- Military Times announced its Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 rankings. The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused on financial incentives, brand performance and policies that cater to veterans and reservists when...

By | Posted September 10, 2014

Maui Wowi Cruises into Cary, North Carolina

Greenwood Village, Colo. --  Maui Wowi has made its way to Cary, North Carolina, a thriving community just outside Raleigh. A new store and drive-thru is now open, serving Maui Wowi Hawaiian’s popular fruit smoothies and gourmet Hawaiian coffees. Franchisee Zach Dunbar, owner of the...

By | Posted September 10, 2014

Batteries Plus expands into Europe, acquires UK company

Batteries Plus LLC, the Hartland, Wis.-based operator and franchiser of Batteries Plus Bulbs stores, said Monday that it has acquired privately held LED Hut Ltd., a European provider of light emitting diode (LED) lighting products, including bulbs and light fixtures. Terms of the agreement were...

By | Posted September 10, 2014

Maui Wowi Franchisee Takes Advantage of No Territory Restrictions

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian franchisee is expanding her mobile business into a second state, growing her coffee and smoothie operation from San Diego, California to now include Orlando, Florida. Doreen Mejias has announced additional mobile Maui Wowi units will soon be...

By | Posted September 09, 2014

Once Upon A Child Opens 300th Store

MINNEAPOLIS -- As consumers continue flocking to resale stores for greater discounts and to stretch their families’ budgets, Winmark Corporation’s resale brands are seeing the results and continuing to grow rapidly across the United States and Canada to meet demand. Winmark...

By | Posted September 09, 2014

Mr. Dickey Visits Virginia Beach for Grand Opening of New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Virginia Beach, VA -- On Thursday, September 11 at 11 a.m., the newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Virginia Beach is kicking off a three-day grand opening. The first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth up to $50.  On Friday guests get the chance to meet Roland...

By | Posted September 09, 2014

Franchisee Born and Raised in Oregon Brings First Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to Portland

Beaverton, OR -- Todd Saperstein grew up in Gresham and moved to Beaverton over 20 years ago. After working in the mortgage industry, Saperstein wanted to be his own boss leading him to open the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in the Portland area. On Thursday, September 11 at 11...

By | Posted September 08, 2014

The Dwyer Group® Named Among Top Innovative Franchises

Waco, Texas -- Entrepreneur Magazine recently listed The Dwyer Group as one of their Top Innovative Franchises. The Dwyer Group, the parent company for seven home service brands, was recognized on the list for a program initiated by Dina Dwyer-Owens, Co-Chairman of The Dwyer Group. “It...

By | Posted September 05, 2014

Rainbow Academy Appoints New COO Ahead of Regional Growth

Piscataway, N.J. -- Rainbow Academy, a New Jersey-based early child care education franchise, announced that Gigi Schweikert has joined the company’s executive team as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Schweikert will report directly to President and CEO Guy...

By | Posted September 04, 2014

Pudgie’s Gets Naked

Following a name change and new menu, Pudgie’s has once again taken wing on Long Island. The chain, known as Pudgie’s Famous Chicken, has been newly rebranded as Pudgie’s Naked Chicken, which opened its first prototype restaurant at 7 Hicksville Road in Massapequa last month. Its...

By | Posted September 04, 2014

FASTSIGNS® Continues Targeted Franchise Expansion in Canada

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Recently honored by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) for high franchise partner satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International Inc."the worldwide franchisor of more than 550 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers"is committed to expanding...

By | Posted September 03, 2014

Atlanta Vets Join Forces to Protect the Public

Law enforcement and armed forces veterans often leave their service job while they're still young enough to embark on second careers, but it can sometimes be tough for them to find a working environment that's conducive to the discipline and structure to which they've become accustomed. In 2013,...

By | Posted September 03, 2014

Freight Shipping Hyper-Growth Giant Recognized On Inc.'s List Of Fastest Growing Companies, Adds Over 50 Franchises To Network

Tampa, Fla. -- BlueGrace Logistics, nationally recognized freight shipping company and award-winning B2B Franchise reported hyper-growth in Q3 2014. The company received several awards for outstanding achievement and growth in Q2 and plans to set new standards for both their corporate and franchise...

By | Posted September 03, 2014

Mr. Appliance® adds 6 new franchise locations

WACO,Texas "  Mr. Appliance announced the opening of six new franchise locations in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2014. Two of these new franchises are veteran owned. Year to date, Mr. Appliance has welcomed the addition of 14 new franchises. “We are very excited...

By | Posted August 29, 2014

Rainbow International Restoration® expands by 10

Waco,TX -- Rainbow International had a shining second quarter of franchise sales in 2014. Rainbow International announced the addition of 10 new franchise locations. In addition to these new locations, four existing franchise locations have expanded their service territory, increasing the...

By | Posted August 29, 2014

Restaurant Leader Takes on Barbecue with New Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Fletcher

Fletcher, NC -- As the former senior vice president for Huddle House, Mike Wiemers knows about operating restaurants.  On Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m., Wiemers will take on barbecue when he opens his first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Fletcher. To celebrate his newest...

By | Posted August 28, 2014

The Grounds Guys' Elmore expects continued growth with parent company's acquisition

Private equity firm The Riverside Co. acquired The Dwyer Group from TZP Group. It’s the second time Riverside has owned the Waco, Texas-based parent company of landscape maintenance franchisor The Grounds Guys. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Riverside...

By | Posted August 27, 2014

Franchisee Opens Second Dickey's Barbecue Pit Location in Wisconsin

New Berlin, WI -- After working as a corporate trainer, Sherri Povolo always dreamed about owning her own restaurant. A year ago, Povolo’s dream came true when she opened her first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Pewaukee with her son-in-law, Craig Hatfield. On Thursday, August 28 at...

By | Posted August 27, 2014

FASTSIGNS to Exhibit at National Business Media Show in Philadelphia

CARROLLTON, Texas -- FASTSIGNS International Inc."the worldwide franchisor for more than 550 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers"will be exhibiting at the Philadelphia National Business Media (NBM) Show. The show, which will be held September 4-6, 2014 at...

By | Posted August 27, 2014

Planet Sub Debuts Drive-Thru Prototype

Planet Sub opened its first new drive-thru prototype location in North Sioux City, marking its first store in South Dakota. The franchise group who opened the new store earlier in July of 2014 has extensive restaurant experience and being new to the Planet Sub franchise family, was eager to be a...

By | Posted August 25, 2014

The Grounds Guys named one of the Top 100 Landscape Companies in the U.S.

Waco,TX -- As the newest member of The Dwyer Group franchise family, The Grounds Guys, are holding their own in 2014. Lawn and Landscape Magazine consider The Grounds Guys one of the most successful landscape companies in the U.S., a feat few 4-year-old companies can match. “These 100...

By | Posted August 25, 2014

The Dwyer Group brands listed among the Top 50 Franchises for Vets

WACO, TEXAS -- The World Franchising Network has compiled and published its fifth annual list of the “50 Top Franchises for Veterans.” The results were featured in the June 20, 2014 issue of USA TODAY in the Franchising Today section. The World Franchising Network selected 50...

By | Posted August 25, 2014

Army Engineer and Brisket Lover Opens Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Hometown

Huntsville, AL -- Larry Hoffmeister discovered Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s slow smoked brisket during business trips to Texas and it immediately became a favorite. On Thursday, August 21 at 11 a.m., Hoffmeister will bring his favorite barbecue joint, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit...

By | Posted August 21, 2014

The Dwyer Group, Inc. Acquired by The Riverside Company

WACO, Texas --The Dwyer Group®, Inc., one of the world's largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The...

By | Posted August 18, 2014

The Grounds Guys Mow through the 2nd Quarter

Waco,TX -- They’re lean. They’re green. And this quarter, they’re a franchising machine. The Grounds Guys have added 16 new franchise locations in the 2nd quarter. Year to date The Grounds Guys have added 26 new franchise locations. “As a young brand in the U.S., it is...

By | Posted August 18, 2014

Chance to Win Free Barbecue for a Year at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Richardson

Richardson, TX -- Local franchisee, Mo Afzal has been with the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit family for over ten years and will open his fifth location in the Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday, August 14. Afzal’s newest location in Richardson near the intersection of Coit and...

By | Posted August 15, 2014

BlueGrace ORD Named Rookie of the Year

Bloomingdale, IL -- BlueGrace Logistics, a national freight and shipping franchisor, named Chicago entrepreneurs Randy Vlasic and Alex Veinot of BlueGrace ORD as the company's 2014 Rookie of the Year. Vlasic and Veinot were presented this prestigious award during the company's 4TH Annual Franchise...

By | Posted August 14, 2014

Kinderdance Announces New Program “Kinder Dance with Me”

Melbourne, FL -- Kinderdance® International is excited to announce “Kinder Dance with Me”a brand new program developed to support our focus on a child’s gross motor and language development while providing the foundational skills for which higher learning is built...

By | Posted August 14, 2014

CruiseOne Named Among Top Private Companies in Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Leading home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, has been recognized by Florida Trend and South Florida Business Journal on their annual lists of Top Private Companies based on revenue. “We are...

By | Posted August 14, 2014

New Website and Tools Make Franchise Decision Easier

Planet Beach, the inventor of the automated spa concept, continues to innovate but this time in the form of new prospective technologies. We are now re-launching the new franchise website, MyPlanetBeachFranchise.com, and Virtual Brochure today! The newly revamped sites offers visitors a deeper look...

By | Posted August 14, 2014

Mr. Dickey Visits Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Overland Park for Customer Event

Kansas City, KS -- Roland Dickey, Sr. barbecue expert and chairman of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is stopping by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Overland Park on Friday, August 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Customer Appreciation Event. Mr. Dickey will give out 100...

By | Posted August 14, 2014

New Sears Home Appliance Showroom Store Opens in Gresham

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Oregon Sears Home Appliance Showroom on August 14, 2014 at 590 NW Eastman Parkway in Gresham. The new location will provide customers access to a full suite of top brand name home...

By | Posted August 13, 2014

Maui Wowi Hires Franchise Business Manager and Aims for New Level of Success

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian has hired on a Franchise Business Manager with over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to join the team at the franchise company’s Colorado headquarters. Jeff Lougee will take on the new role to offer increased...

By | Posted August 13, 2014

New Sears Hometown Store Opens in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Oklahoma Sears Hometown Store on August 12, 2014 at 14040 Joel McDonald in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City location marks the eighth opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and...

By | Posted August 12, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Opens a New Oasis in the Beach Community of Oceanside, Calif.

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, premium coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, has done it again with a new location now open in Oceanside, California. This is the second store to open in the state within the past few months, as the company continues to experience growth...

By | Posted August 12, 2014

CAPS Off to Garol Orr at 101 Mobility North Georgia for Her Aging In Place Certification

Atlanta, GA -- 101 Mobility North Georgia celebrates a new distinction for co-owner Garol Orr as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). The CAPS designation further identifies Garol as an expert in the field of aging-in-place, specifically in regards to modifying and remodeling...

By | Posted August 11, 2014

Pak Mail Announces Preferred Shipping Partnership with Fine Art Platform, The Agora Culture

Centennial, CO -- Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announced it has partnered with The Agora Culture, a multi-cultural arts platform where collectors can explore and buy investment-grade pieces from emerging artist. Pak Mail will be the Agora Culture’s preferred shipping solution for...

By | Posted August 11, 2014

Multi-Unit Franchisees Converge at First-Ever Regional Multi-Unit Franchisee Summit

NEW YORK -- Providing a platform for growth-oriented multi-unit franchisees to network, learn and become inspired, the first-ever Regional Multi-Unit Franchisee Summit recently took place at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The exclusive, educational...

By | Posted August 07, 2014

CruiseOne Announces 900th Franchise Location

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has reached another milestone with the opening of its 900th  franchise location, with more than 100 locations opening since January 2014. “While we are thrilled to...

By | Posted August 04, 2014

Maui Wowi Expands California Presence With Latest Franchisee

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Hot on the heels of a new store in Highland, Calif. and one opening later this month in Oceanside, Calif.,Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the gourmet coffee and fruit smoothie franchise, is planning to add one more store to the growing list in the state. Dennis Lundy and his...

By | Posted July 29, 2014

Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Germantown Celebrates Customer Appreciation Event Thursday

Germantown, MD -- On Thursday, July 31 at 11 a.m., Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Germantown will reopen under new ownership. The new owner, Jim Hickin is an experienced Dickey’s Barbecue Pit team member whose past experience includes roles as general manager of the...

By | Posted July 29, 2014

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Renovates and Expands Kansas City Retail and Distribution Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Revamping and remodeling in Kansas City, Sears Outlet Stores, a subsidiary of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHOS), has leased the former Sears location on E Front Street, expanding Outlet Store operations and services, while offering an...

By | Posted July 29, 2014

Athena Learning Centers Adds In-Home Franchise Opportunities to Traditional Retail Storefront Model

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Athena Learning Centers of Princeton, New Jersey, today introduced an In-Home brand model to potential franchisees that would enable them to offer K-12 one-to-one tutoring in math, reading, writing and science, as well as SAT and ACT college test preparation...

By | Posted July 23, 2014

Mark Kartarik Named President of Sport Clips Haircuts

GEORGETOWN, Texas " Salon industry leader Mark Kartarik has been named president of Sport Clips Haircuts effective August 1 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan.  Kartarik comes to the nation’s leading men’s and boys’ hair care franchise after a long, established career...

By | Posted July 22, 2014

Maui Wowi Minnesota Franchisees Team Up for All-Star Baseball

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi franchisees are teaming up to bring their popular products to fans attending events for the MLB All-Star Game, being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 15, 2014 at Target Field. The unique opportunity allows longtime franchisee and Director of Regional...

By | Posted July 16, 2014

America's Got Talent Contestant Performs at New Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Tracy

Tracy, CA -- On Thursday, July 17 at 11 a.m., Veronica and Miguel Ruiz will fulfill their dream of owning their own restaurant when they open Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Tracy. To celebrate their achievement, the Ruiz’s will throw a three-day, action-packed grand opening...

By | Posted July 15, 2014

NBA Star Opens 2nd East Coast Wings & Grill Restaurant in Orlando

East Coast Wings & Grill, an upscale casual dining chicken wing franchise, announced the opening of its second location in the Orlando market, offering the community 75 different flavors of chicken wings based on nine heat intensities to create over 675 flavor combinations. Located at 3138 S....

By | Posted July 14, 2014

FASTSIGNS Named a Top Franchise for Military Veterans by USA Today and G.I. Jobs Magazine

CARROLLTON, Texas --FASTSIGNS International Inc."the worldwide franchisor for more than 550 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries"has been named one of the top franchises for military veterans by USA Today and G.I. Jobs...

By | Posted July 08, 2014

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, Announces Three Executive Promotions within its Management Team

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, today announced the promotion of three award-winning team members to executive positions " Brian Shultz, Dan Hicks and Cathy...

By | Posted July 08, 2014

Planet Beach Names David Mesa President

Planet Beach is pleased to announce the promotion ofDavid Mesa to President of Franchise Operations. Planet Beach is committed to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic management team. Mesa will be responsible for overseeing and managing the company’s various franchise...

By | Posted July 08, 2014

Maui Wowi Turns Retirement into Adventure

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular premium coffee and fresh fruit smoothie company, knows that retirement isn’t for everyone. Some people want a little more excitement and have a lot left to explore. When retired U.S. Air Force Officer, Larry Gerber, and his...

By | Posted July 02, 2014

Franchise Gator Sponsored Event for Southeast Franchise Forum's Supplier Advisory Council

Franchise Gator was proud to sponsor a recent event hosted by the Southeast Franchise Forum's (SEFF) Supplier Advisory Council, where Zaxby's founds and childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley received the 2014 Franchise Founders Award.  The award "was established to recognize...

By | Posted July 02, 2014

Couple Opens First Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Palmdale

Palmdale, CA -- On Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m., Palmdale residents will get a new barbecue option when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens just in time for the Fourth of July. To celebrate, the new location will throw a three-day grand opening celebration. The first 50 guests will...

By | Posted July 01, 2014

Maui Wowi is Expanding Into More Texas Events With New Franchisees

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a popular refreshment retail destination that specializes in fresh fruit smoothies and Hawaiian coffees, is continuing its growth in the Texas market. Successful business owners Kimberly and Tony Revis are adding to their portfolio by becoming...

By | Posted July 01, 2014

Pak Mail Provides New Management For USAFA Cadet Package Receiving Services Facility

The Pak Mail Center located at 4419 Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs announced today that it is the new Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contractor for the Cadet Package Receiving Services at the US Air Force Academy. Colorado Springs resident and Pak Mail storeowner, Christine...

By | Posted July 01, 2014

Forbes Magazine Names Plato’s Closet a Top Franchise in America

MINNEAPOLIS -- Plato’s Closet®, a national franchise that focuses on buying and selling name brand, gently used clothing and accessories for teens and twenty-somethings, has earned the number one spot, when ranked against similarly priced franchises,...

By | Posted June 26, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Helps Teachers Supplement Summer Incomes with Reduced Franchise Fee

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- As the school year comes to an end and summer begins to heat up, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, an international franchise specializing in Hawaiian coffees and fresh fruit smoothies, has announced its Teacher Discount. The offer, which is valid until the end of August...

By | Posted June 23, 2014

Massage Heights Announces Chairman of the Board of Managers

San Antonio, Texas -- Massage Heights, a family-owned wellness franchise with 109 locations across the U.S. and Canada, announced today that David Humphrey, a prominent franchise industry consultant and the former CEO of Massage Envy Spa, has joined Massage Heights as Chairman of the...

By | Posted June 19, 2014

Why DreamMaker Remodeling Franchise Owners Are Thriving

WACO, TX -- The remodeling industry is back in growth mode, and the DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling franchise is dramatically outpacing its peers thanks to business systems that were developed and refined during the recession. The remodeling industry grew 3.1% in 2013 according to the...

By | Posted June 19, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Comes to Carlsbad, Calif.

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a well-known brand in Southern California that specializes in Hawaiian coffees and freshly blended fruit smoothies, is adding more fun to the area with a new franchisee in Carlsbad, California. The company has granted a franchise agreement to...

By | Posted June 19, 2014

Save Two Hours Every Day & Get More Done

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you're on 24/7. Your inbox is overflowing, you've got fires to put out, and you're too crunched for time to even think about getting organized. Could you use an extra two hours a day? Absolutely! Some experts estimate that we lose as much as two hours a day...

By | Posted June 19, 2014

Maui Wowi Plans to Inspire at International Franchise Expo, New York

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies returns to New York City for the 23rd International Franchise Expo (IFE), sponsored by the International Franchise Association, being held June 19-21, 2014 at the Javits Center. During the three day event, Maui Wowi...

By | Posted June 17, 2014

Forbes Magazine Names Retro Fitness One of America's Best Franchises

COLT’S NECK, N.J. -- Retro Fitness, a leading low-cost, high-value fitness franchise, has been named one of America’s Best Franchises, according to Forbes magazine’s first-ever list of the best and worst franchises in the nation. The Forbes “Best...

By | Posted June 16, 2014

FASTSIGNS Shows Industry Advances at International Franchise Expo

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Continuing to stay on top of the latest trends to position itself as a leader in the market, FASTSIGNS International Inc."the worldwide franchisor for more than 550 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries"is living up to...

By | Posted June 16, 2014

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Brings Slow Smoked Texas Barbecue to Brentwood

Brentwood, TN -- John Clark has always dreamed about being his own boss and on Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m., Clark’s wish will be granted when he opens his first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Brentwood. The new location kicks off with a three-day grand opening celebration where the...

By | Posted June 12, 2014

Couple Opens First Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Louisville

Louisville, KY -- David Robinson, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), wanted to open a business he could leave to his children one day. That’s just what he discovered when eating at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit while visiting Nashville. On Thursday, June 12 at 11 a.m.,...

By | Posted June 10, 2014

Friday The 13th Gets Lucky with Dickey's Barbecue Pit Customer Appreciation Day in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV -- Roland Dickey, barbecue expert and chairman of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is stopping by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Las Vegas on Friday, June 13 from noon to 2 p.m. for a Customer Appreciation Day. Dickey’s Barbecue fans can start crafting their barbecue...

By | Posted June 10, 2014

FASTSIGNS Expands Globally Across the UAE and North Africa

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Further increasing its global expansion to solidify its spot as the leader in the visual communications industry, FASTSIGNS® International Inc., the worldwide franchisor for the more than 550 FASTSIGNS sign, graphics and visual communications centers, has signed master...

By | Posted June 09, 2014

Local Franchise Owner Elected to Advisory Position for Pak Mail Centers of America

Derry, New Hampshire -- Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announces that local Pak Mail franchisee, JoAnn Godin, has been elected to the Franchise System Advisory Council (FSAC). The FSAC comprises eight Pak Mail franchisees that represent and provide a voice for all Pak Mail franchisees. Of...

By | Posted June 09, 2014

Forbes Recognizes Brightway Insurance as a Top U.S. Franchise

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Forbes magazine has named independent insurance agency Brightway Insurance as one of the "Best Franchises in America." Brightway Insurance placed No. 9 of 10 in the category of franchises with entry costs of up to $150,000, which was one of three...

By | Posted June 09, 2014

Maui Wowi Drives Into Arkansas with New Location

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- A new Maui Wowi Hawaiian has opened in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The popular island coffee and fresh fruit smoothie concept just announced the opening of a drive-thru located at 4621 JFK Blvd. Owned by franchisee Carol Occidental, the unit is a...

By | Posted June 09, 2014

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise in Northeast Ohio

HACKENSACK, N.J. " Executive Care announced today that it has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to open offices serving two new territories in Northeast Ohio. It marks the company’s first agreement to open offices outside of its home New Jersey market, and represents the...

By | Posted May 30, 2014

Back by Popular Demand: Maui Wowi Offers Seasonal Orchard Peach Smoothies for Limited Time

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Just in time for summer, Maui Wowi Hawaiian welcomes its popular Orchard Peach smoothie back to the menu. An all-natural, mouthwatering refreshment to indulge in, the seasonal flavor is back by popular demand and available while supplies last. Beginning...

By | Posted May 28, 2014

Former deputy chief passes one-year mark with Mr. Appliance franchise

Retiree Joseph LoSchiavo decided to purchase a Mr. Appliance franchise in October 2012, even though his wife, Linda, was nervous about the late-in-life large investment. The former Stratford deputy police chief and the former town of Stratford human resource assistant, respectively, had settled...

By | Posted May 27, 2014

DreamMaker Franchise Makes Remodeling Magazine Big50 List

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Bakersfield has been named to "Remodeling" magazine's Big50 list, which celebrates remodeling businesses nationwide whose expertise, business practices, professionalism and success make them role models for the industry. DreamMaker...

By | Posted May 22, 2014

Computer Troubleshooters and Geeks On Call Franchise Owners Attend Technology Mini-Camp

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Computer Troubleshooters and Geeks On Call are pleased to announce the success of their recent mini-camp that was hosted at the American Management Association Executive Conference Center in Arlington, VA on May 2nd and 3rd. The two companies comprise the...

By | Posted May 22, 2014

Pak Mail Announces New Full-Service Packing, Shipping, and Freighting Store Opening in Marysville, Ohio

Marysville, OH -- Pak Mail Centers of America announces Marysville, Ohio’s first full-service packing and shipping Pak Mail store opening June 17, 2014. Pak Mail Marysville will be a great addition to the Pak Mail system; providing the premier packing, crating, shipping and freight services...

By | Posted May 22, 2014

FASTSIGNS Receives High Honors for Franchisee Satisfaction in Canada

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Constantly receiving top ratings by U.S. organizations for its high levels of franchisee satisfaction, FASTSIGNS International, Inc."the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers"has been recognized...

By | Posted May 22, 2014

Kinderdance Approaches 30th Franchising Anniversary after Years of Global Success

Kinderdance International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to expand globally. Arizona founded child fitness franchise Kinderdance® is celebrating its 30th year in  franchising as of next year. The concept dates back to...

By | Posted May 21, 2014

Franchise Gator represented at Southeast Franchise Forum

Our very own Eric Bell was recently asked to speak at the monthly breakfast for the Southeast Franchise Forum. The Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF) is a regional organization established to foster professional relationships throughout the franchise community and to enhance the reputation of...

By | Posted May 21, 2014

Postal Connections Franchisee Recognized by DHL as #1 U.S. Retail International Shipper for Second Year Running

NEW YORK -- India-born/America-raised Postal Connections of America (PCA) franchise owner Kal Bodawala, was recognized " for the second straight year -- as the number one DHL international retail shipper in the U.S. by DHL at the Retail Shippers Associates (RSA) Annual Expo...

By | Posted May 20, 2014

New Franchise Adds 'Hop' to Plumbing Industry with Creative Brand Personality

TEMPE, Ariz. -- While plumbing isn't exactly known as a sexy business, that doesn't mean franchises trying to compete in the segment have to flush all their creative thinking down the toilet. With a creative name and memorable, playful bright-blue frog as a brand icon, bluefrog Plumbing +...

By | Posted May 15, 2014

Planet Beach Names Jessica Matherne Vice President

NEW ORLEANS -- Planet Beach is pleased to announce the promotion and appointment of a new member to a key position within their management team. Planet Beach is committed to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic management team and has announced the promotion of Jessica Matherne...

By | Posted May 15, 2014

Dickey's Barbecue Kicks off National Barbecue Month with 400th Restaurant

Dallas, TX -- Roland Dickey’s goal has always been world barbecue domination.  Today, the nation’s largest barbecue franchise is one step closer to that goal by officially opening their 400th restaurant. The 400th Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened in Phoenix, Arizona and...

By | Posted May 14, 2014

Maui Wowi Franchisees Dive into Dover Days

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Delaware’s Dover Days gets some refreshment from Maui Wowi Hawaiian who will be a vendor at this year’s event held May 2-4, 2014. Local Delaware residents Chris and Erica Bruno were recently granted a franchise agreement with the Hawaiian...

By | Posted May 13, 2014

Pak Mail Cedar Rapids Celebrates New Location & Military Appreciation Month, May 15-17, 2014

Cedar Rapids, IA -- Pak Mail Cedar Rapids celebrates its move to a new location at 5249 North Park Place NE. The celebration includes a three day event that features an Open House Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Celebration...

By | Posted May 13, 2014

The Dallas Franchise Expo partners with the City of Dallas and the Office of Economic Development

DALLAS, TEXAS -- The Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo is pleased to announce a partnership with the City of Dallas and the Office of Economic Development. The Dallas Franchise Expo takes place at Dallas Market Hall, May 17 & 18, 2014. The event is the ideal opportunity for...

By | Posted May 12, 2014

Franchise Business Review Aims To Answer Question: “How Much Money Can You Make?”

Portsmouth, NH -- Franchise Business Review (FBR) has announced an online course for franchise seekers that will seek to answer the enduring question, “How much money can you make in franchising?” The three hour course will take place over 2 sessions on consecutive evenings...

By | Posted May 12, 2014

Winston Salem Duo Win Mainstream Boutique’s Top Franchise Awards

Winston Salem, NC -- Mainstream Boutique, a national women’s fashion and accessories boutique franchise, honored Winston Salem’s mother-daughter team Charlotte Parris and Anitra Mitchell with a Franchise of the Year Award. The duo also was honored for their tremendous growth with...

By | Posted May 08, 2014

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens a New Location in Rochester, New York

Richmond, VA -- May 1, 2014 -- Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is happy to announce that Brent Conley has opened a new location servicing the Rochester, New York area.   Known as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Rochester, Mr. Conley and his team will design and install custom outdoor...

By | Posted May 01, 2014

Flip Flop Shops Continues Explosive International Expansion with Caribbean Development Deal

ATLANTA -- Flip Flop Shops®, one of the fastest growing retail chains in North America, today announced the latest deal in an international development hat trick: a master franchise agreement with the retail-savvy team behind Happy Toes Caribbean. The agreement calls for the establishment...

By | Posted April 30, 2014

Pak Mail Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Provide Troops with Donated Calling Cards

Centennial, Colorado -- In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Pak Mail and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking local residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving...

By | Posted April 30, 2014

Watertown franchisee of Jake’s Wayback Burgers nets Small Business Excellence Award

WATERTOWN -- Joseph A. Biccum, franchisee of Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Watertown, will receive the Small Business Excellence Award on May 5 at the 16th annual awards luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Syracuse hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Nominated by Watertown...

By | Posted April 28, 2014

Costa Vida Appoints Terry Jennings Director of Franchise Development

With over 60 restaurant locations spread across the U.S. and several new markets opening this year, Costa Vida is riding a high tide of company growth. To augment that growth, Costa Vida welcomes a seasoned veteran to the management team, Terry Jennings, as the new director of franchise...

By | Posted April 28, 2014

City Wide Maintenance Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements at 2014 Annual Convention

LENEXA, KS -- The spirit of solidarity filled four days of productive educational and networking sessions during the 11th Annual City Wide Franchise Convention. Held recently at the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center in St. Pete Beach, Fla., City Wide’s largest convention to date...

By | Posted April 25, 2014

New Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Pinole Kicks Off 3-Day Party

Pinole, CA -- On Thursday, April 17 at 11:00a.m., the newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in California will kick off a three-day grand opening celebration.  The first 50 guests at the Pinole location will receive a gift card for up to $50. “Coming from a...

By | Posted April 24, 2014

East Coast Wings & Grill Blazes to the Top with Sizzling Achievements

Winston Salem, NC -- East Coast Wings & Grill, a casual dining restaurant known for its 75 flavors of award-winning buffalo-style wings, is elevating the climate of casual family dining by focusing on success one unit at a time. Set to average more than 23 percent new unit growth in 2014...

By | Posted April 23, 2014

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Sets Up Shop in Coney Island

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular fresh fruit smoothie and Hawaiian coffee company, announced the opening of its newest location at Luna Park in Coney Island. The seasonal tiki hut opened this week to greet the visitors that waited anxiously for the amusement park...

By | Posted April 22, 2014

BlueGrace Marietta Franchise Owner Participates in 2014 Boston Marathon

MARIETTA, GA -- BlueGrace Logistics Franchise owner Slade Casey of BlueGrace Marietta (http://www.mybluegrace.com/mga), is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Casey qualified for participation in 2014 and will be leading the way for BlueGrace. Slade has been a Franchise owner since 2013 and...

By | Posted April 16, 2014

Maui Wowi Helps Business Owner Diversify with Franchise Agreement

Maui Wowi Hawaiian granted an Empire Franchise Agreement to Lisa Giacobbe, an independent business woman with her sights set on building Maui Wowi’s presence in Maryland. Giacobbe’s entrepreneurial fire pushed her and her husband Ivane to start their own commercial cleaning business...

By | Posted April 16, 2014

Maui Wowi Promotes Corporate Responsibility with Launch of Team Karma

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi, the Greenwood Village, Co.-based coffee and smoothie franchisor, continues to broaden its stewardship by looking for new opportunities where they can help make a difference in the Denver region. Recently, Maui Wowi launched Team Karma, a new philanthropic...

By | Posted April 15, 2014

TravelHost.com Debuts as the Destination Resource for Travelers

Dallas, TX -- TravelHost, Inc., The Premier Destination Resource, announced today the launch of its all new multi-functional website. This site was purposely re-designed to complement its in-room travel magazine that is currently read by more than 9 million readers per month....

By | Posted April 07, 2014

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens a New Location in Dallas, Texas

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is happy to announce that Santiago Casanova has opened a new location servicing the Dallas, Texas area. Known as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Dallas, Mr. Casanova will design and install custom outdoor lighting systems for his customers, for home...

By | Posted April 04, 2014

Massage Heights Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

San Antonio, Texas " It started as a simple dream, a South Texas husband and wife team determined to change the way people looked at living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Ten years later, Shane and Wayne Evans’ dream is touching more than five million lives and it continues to...

By | Posted April 03, 2014

The Online Giants: Strong Q3 Earnings and a Stock Bounce

Three technology giants announced their earnings this week. Amazon, Microsoft and Zynga all did better than expected. Amazon may not ever be profitable, but investors don’t seem to mind. The online retailer seems to be spending its massive revenues faster than it can rake in the cash, for...

By | Posted November 01, 2013

No matter what your background, there will always problems you encounter. Some are minor bumps in the road and some can make you feel like Chicken Little screaming, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” What can make these moments easier to handle? Maybe it’s just knowing that you’re...

By | Posted September 21, 2013

So much research and time are spent trying to figure out what franchise is right for you not to mention how much money is needed to make your dream a reality. Something that is hard to research is what expectations you should have when entering this industry. That kind of information can only be...

By | Posted September 14, 2013

Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? Most people say no to this question. Some may have harbored a dream to one day start their own company, but franchising specifically is not usually among the list of childhood ambitions. In fact, a lot of franchise owners have ventured into this...

By | Posted September 07, 2013

CEO Brings Compassion and Expertise to the Non-Medical Home Care Field

David Goodman, Founder and President of Companion Connection Senior Care and a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), has spent his entire professional life helping seniors and others to live with dignity in their own homes while receiving the care they need in order to remain living independently. Over...

By | Posted September 04, 2012

Is it a good idea to start a franchise business during these uncertain economic times?

QUESTION: I was wondering if it's a good idea to start a franchise business during these uncertain economic times? Thank you, Confused in Colorado ANSWER: Dear Confused: The answer to your question is a resounding yes! By looking at opportunities that offer products or services that are...

By | Posted March 23, 2010

Is Franchising Right For Me?

When determining whether or not franchising is the right path to business ownership for you, first consider whether or not you believe you will be able to abide by a franchisor's system. Becoming a franchisee essentially means conforming to a pre-set system, so you must be willing to follow a...

By | Posted December 14, 2009

7 Easy Tips To Help You Purchase A Hotel Or Motel Franchise Business

With the recent slump in the economy, many entrepreneurs are weighing their options very carefully before jumping into a new investment or business opportunity, yet the fact that many are choosing to wait to see what happens to the economy could give the prospective business owner a jump on the...

By | Posted August 22, 2008

What's a Turnkey Franchise?

FranChoice, Inc. You've probably heard the term "turnkey" many times and may have wondered what it means in terms of franchising. Turnkey basically refers to a franchise package so complete that everything you need to start the franchise will be done for you. On the surface, this...

By | Posted May 06, 2008

What do Franchisors Look for in a Franchisee?

After you've done all your research and made an informed decision about which franchise is right for you, your first step toward buying a franchise business will be your application, which "according to Craig E. Yaris of The Lemon Tree"is basically a "weeding out process" for...

By | Posted June 15, 2007

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