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Cleaning Up America: Junk King Embarks on Epic Environmental Road Trip

Cleaning Up America: Junk King Embarks on Epic Environmental Road Trip

National Junk Removal Company Begins Cross-Country Mission to Declutter 15 Cities

SAN FRANCISCO – Fifteen cities. Six weeks. Junk King’s one goal—Cleaning up America.

Fueled by its ecofriendly mantra to recycle, reuse and repurpose, the nation’s leading junk removal company is embarking on its first cross-country road trip to tidy up cities coast-to-coast.

Departing on Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Junk King’s patriotic-branded Cleaning Up America truck is leaving San Francisco to visit various homeowners, small businesses and nonprofit groups across the United States. Throughout the six-week journey, Junk King’s team is lending its services to help these groups declutter while raising awareness about recycling. Junk King’s work these 6-weeks will involve no cost for the groups and individuals that participate.

“Cleaning Up America is by far the larges, longest running and most exciting giveback initiative we have put together yet,” said Michael Andreacchi, CEO of Junk King who personally kicks off the tour on April 20. “The process of clearing out is liberating and necessary, and its heartbreaking to know not everyone has the manpower or resources to haul everything away or maintain a clean space. That’s why we’re inspired to make this trip—to provide some relief to folks all over the States, hear their story and make a meaningful difference in their lives.”

Making the environmental movement a brand-wide effort, the Cleaning Up America truck will be driven and passed forward from one Junk King franchisee to the next in each local market. To capture the moments of generosity and gratitude, Junk King will be documenting the entire journey by recording the visits and later releasing city-themed episodes for the rest of America to see.

The cities on the Cleaning up America tour include:

  • Peninsula, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • New York City, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Washington D.C, Virginia

As part of the brand’s year-round commitment to being environmentally conscious, any items collected by Junk King will be taken to the nearest warehouse, where a team will facilitate managing and sorting of the materials. In fact, sixty percent of the junk collected from jobs is recycled, rather than being dropped at landfills. And through partnerships with local nonprofits and community organizations, the remaining items are donated and repurposed to benefit residents throughout United States.

To learn more about Junk King, visit www.junk-king.com. Follow the Cleaning Up America truck’s journey by visiting www.facebook.com/JunkKingFranchise. The full tour schedule can be seen on www.junk-king.com/promotions/cleaning-up-america.

About Junk King

Founded in 2005, Junk King was started by two friends in a two-car garage in San Carlos, California. In 2010, the company began franchising. Today, Junk King is the second largest junk removal company in North America with 350 units and 101 franchisees. Junk King saves consumers time and money by eliminating unwanted clutter quickly and efficiently. Junk King is best known for its professionalism, advanced technology programs and commitment to recycling, repurposing and reusing materials. The brand is currently the highest rated service business in North America with a net promoter score exceeding 89 percent.

All Points PR Senior Account Lead Gillian Losh Curates Confidence in Communication


The All Points team is a diverse group of individuals, but one of the most important things we have in common is our collective passion for communication. Our staff includes talented speakers, writers and communicators, and we’re always looking to learn more about the ways we can be more effective speakers.

Senior Account Lead Gillian Losh presented in the April seminar about building communication skills and led our entire team through a series of exercises designed to help us get to the next level when it comes to internal and external verbal and written communication.

These exercises stretched us to ask ourselves not only how we want to communicate, but to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and ask ourselves how we want to be perceived. She reminded us that everyone has a unique way of communicating, and to lean into our strengths while fixing our weaknesses in manageable pieces.

Gillian’s presentation encouraged the team to think deeper about their strengths and weaknesses in communication styles, and how to prioritize clear communication in all areas of life. Stay tuned for the May seminar!

City Wide Inspired to “Ripple On” at Annual Franchise Convention

City Wide Inspired to “Ripple On” at Annual Franchise Convention

Home Office Leadership and Franchisees Celebrate 15th Annual Franchise Convention and Awards Ceremony

LENEXA, Kan. – City Wide Maintenance, the nation’s leading building maintenance management company, hosted its 15th annual franchise convention and awards ceremony at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa in Clearwater, Florida from February 25-27, 2018.

With the inspirational theme of “Ripple On,” this year’s convention encouraged franchisees to learn from one another’s success and continue making waves in the building maintenance industry. To commend the brand’s impressive growth, the home office team and representatives from an impressive 95% of all franchise locations also celebrated key accomplishments from 2017, such as opening seven new offices, bringing the total to 54 franchise locations throughout the United States.

Equal parts fun and inspiring, the three-day convention invited City Wide franchisees from across the nation to engage during a variety of golf and evening activities, relaxation time, presentations, roundtables and educational breakout sessions. Among the learning opportunities was a series of high-level training sessions that focused on fundamental business development topics including client retention, growing sales, recruiting employees and other tangible skills to achieve continued success and increase revenue.

“After 15 consecutive years, this has been our most encouraging annual convention to date,” said Jeff Oddo, president of City Wide. “At every gathering, I’m constantly impressed by the thought-provoking strategy discussions and sense of collaboration between our home office and franchisees. I have the utmost confidence that our entire franchise system left with more advanced, creative tactics to implement into their business plans, and I’m eager to watch their inspiration unfold in the months to come.”

As always, an awards ceremony wrapped up the annual convention by giving special recognition to franchisees and their team members who preformed exceptionally in 2017. City Wide’s leadership team presented 16 different awards to a total of 64 winning franchise locations and individuals based on various achievements in sales, revenue generation, performance and other operations metrics.

Notable honorees from the 2018 convention include:

  • Platinum Markets – Central Maryland, Central Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Nashville
  • Highest Total Revenue Percent Increase – Central Pennsylvania
  • Total Revenue Retention – Chicago
  • Highest NJS by Percent – Louisville
  • Highest Revenue per Capita Increase – Nashville
  • Highest Net Gain – Central Maryland
  • Rookie of the Year – Wichita
  • Excellence in Performance – Central Maryland
  • Million Dollar Club – Central Maryland, Central Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Portland, Tampa Bay and Washington

As City Wide expands its footprint in 2018, the company continues to distinguish itself amongst competitors by further streamlining the commercial cleaning and maintenance management process. To learn more about City Wide, visit www.gocitywide.com.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 50-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent contractors to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.

For more information about City Wide’s services, please visit www.gocitywide.com.

All Points PR Secures Franchise Interviews Podcast Episode for Car Client

All Points PR secured an episode of the Franchise Interviews podcast for client Christian Brothers Automotive. The episode included an interview with the CEO which facilitated a great conversation between him and the host highlighting aspects that make Christian Brothers so unique, from the history to where the brand is today. Coverage ran online and on air.

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The Camp Transformation Center Named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s List of 2018 Fastest-Growing Franchises

The Camp Transformation Center Named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s List of 2018 Fastest-Growing Franchises

Fitness Concept Adds Nearly 50 Locations in 2017; Continues Extensive Expansion Strategy in the Year Ahead 

CHINO HILLS, Calif. – The Camp Transformation Center (The Camp), a national brand featuring fitness centers that focus on inspiring powerful physical and emotional transformations, has earned another national accolade. Entrepreneur magazine has just named the franchise concept to its 2018 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” list, a result of the brand’s growth accomplishments. The Camp is catapulting its presence across the nation through a plan that will significantly increase its footprint by the end of 2018.

The Camp was ranked in the top half of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” list, beating out competition to land its spot. The list highlights the year’s fastest expanding businesses within the franchising industry – a good indication of a sustainable brand.

“We are proud to have been named to this distinguished list,” said Alejandra Font, co-Founder of The Camp, who is leading the growth strategy. “This award proves that through the hard work of both our corporate team and franchise owners, we are able to stand out amongst a high class of remarkable franchises that have executed impressive growth strategies over the past year.”

Brands on this list are ranked according to the number of new locations added to the franchise system in the United States and Canada from July 2016 to July 2017. Companies with the same amount of new locations between that time period will then ranked based on percentage growth, according to Entrepreneur’s website.

“One of the main reasons that The Camp has been able to sustain steady growth is the team’s ability to select talented, passionate individuals,” said Brian Balconi, president – franchise of The Camp Transformation Center. “We are looking forward to adding more locations in the year ahead and taking our brand to even higher levels.”

Amid the strategy to significantly increase its unit count in 2018, the Southern California-based franchise has nearly 100 locations in 13 states and Mexico. The brand added 42 new locations in 2017 and plans to continue its ascension in 2018.

Ideal franchisees showcase an unwavering desire to help people with compassion and empathy. While not necessary, an aptitude for sales is preferred along with leadership skills and a collaborative disposition. The Camp supports its franchisees with proven marketing, sales and operations programs, including a robust opening strategy to fill the initial signature six-week Challenge. Cultivated to attract individuals or teams with an ambition to succeed, strong values and solid community and business connections, the franchise investment offers significant efficiencies of scale for multi-unit investors.

Locations are typically situated in light industrial spaces spanning 4,000-5,000 square feet. The Camp blends a positive group training setting with dynamic interval workouts, nutrition and supplement plans and highly qualified trainers. Franchisees drive membership through seven annual challenges. Successful Challengers most often endear themselves to The Camp and become members.

To learn more about The Camp, please visit: http://www.thecamptc.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, please visit: https://thecampfranchise.com.

About The Camp Transformation Center

Founded in 2010, The Camp Transformation Center has nearly 100 locations open or in development across 13 states and Mexico. Each gym employs the company’s signature Challenge, a six-week initial entry point for members, which aims to be a transformative moment in the lives of those who join and a launching pad for long-term membership. The Camp Transformation Center is known for its enthusiastic staff members, a clean environment, an open, spacious, and colorful design, nutrition and supplement plans, and fitness training that is motivating and affordable.

For more information about The Camp Transformation Center and the franchise opportunity, visit thecampfranchise.com. Expansion is planned nationwide and internationally.

Earning Trust for National Tech Client through Integrated PR

All Points PR has been working with longtime client CMIT Solutions to secure publicity and create campaigns for several years. Always looking for ways to enhance our clients’ brand images, All Points put together an integrated social media, content marketing and publicity campaign around trending technology topics.

Our integrated plan included strategic national media relations, targeted social media, content marketing as well as local, national and trade media placements. The topics focused on the most pressing consumer-focused technology matters of the day.

All Points’ targeted pitching was quickly successful – the brand saw several placements in extremely well-read national publications such as USA TodayForbes and Inc. Locally, All Points trained CMIT Solutions’ franchise partners to go on regional TV stations to discuss trending technology issues as well. Coupled with compelling content marketing, social media and graphic design efforts, CMIT Solutions is positioned well in the public eye.

Click here to read the full CMIT Solutions case study and learn more about All Points’ strategic approach to helping franchise brands grow their images through integrated social media, content marketing and publicity.

Vitality Bowls Expands Superfood Lifestyle with Multiple New Signed Agreements

Vitality Bowls Expands Superfood Lifestyle with Multiple New Signed Agreements

 Vitality Bowls Signs Agreements to Open Three Superfood Cafés in Marin County, California and First Café in Ohio

SAN RAMON, Calif. – Vitality Bowls, renowned for its dynamic café vibe and superfood menu filled with extraordinary tastes, has signed agreements to open three locations in Marin County and its first café in Ohio.

The rapid growth stems from the excitement around Vitality Bowls’ health minded and nutritiously conscious menu that offers customers a delicious, wholesome meal.

“The fresh ingredients and superfoods that Vitality Bowls offers are unlike any other fast-casual eatery options,” said Tara Gilad, chief operating officer of Vitality Bowls. “The incredible taste of our menu items and the feeling they provide is an unbeatable combination.”

Originating in Northern California and specializing in açaí bowls that feature a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – Vitality Bowls has solidified itself as America’s superfood café. All items on the menu are made to order for each customer and are prepared in a kitchen to avoid cross contamination for customers with food allergies. No ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives are used, giving the purest taste possible to each menu item.

The menu features a variety of options, such as the Green Bowl (with organic graviola, spirulina and hemp seeds), the Dragon Bowl (featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and the signature Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). Plus, fresh juices, soups, panini and salads are available in each café.

“Simply put, we created Vitality Bowls to be a place where health-conscious individuals can go for a nutritional meal,” said Gilad. “We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual food and we are excited to continue to grow Vitality Bowls.

Since launching in 2011, the brand has ignited significant growth. In 2014, the concept began franchising and now has 100 locations open and in development across the country.

About Vitality Bowls

Roy and Tara Gilad, a pair of successful business owners, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the superfood café concept together as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find safe, healthy food alternatives. Since franchising began in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with 100 cafes open and in development. Named one the Top 100 new franchises in 2017 by Entrepreneur, Vitality Bowls is redefining the fast casual healthy food restaurant sector every day at each of its locations across the country.

To learn more about Vitality Bowls franchise opportunities, visit http://franchise.vitalitybowls.com/ and for more information about the brand, visit the company website at http://vitalitybowls.com.

All Points Coordinates Tech Day to Promote Internal Learning

The All Points team has many strengths – we’re creative thinkers, critical analysts and passionate learners – and when we work together to grow these strengths, great things happen.

That was the mentality behind Tech Day, conceptualized by Director Bailey Hewitt, where several members of the All Points team each put together presentations to teach a technical component of our work to the entire team. The goal was to make every member of the team more well-rounded, teaching everyone graphic design, content marketing, digital strategy and review management skills to enhance our team’s knowledge as a whole.

The group gathered at a beautiful meeting space at Bernie’s Book Bank and heard from Directors Stephanie Blake and Bailey Hewitt, Senior Content Marketing Lead Amy Lecza and Creative Lead Allie Kramer on various topics.

Stephanie’s presentation focused on Photoshop editing techniques, while Amy and Bailey showcased some email marketing management systems and how to track the analytics that generate leads for our clients. Allie discussed digital campaign management and showed the whole team some social media updates to take our current campaign work to another level. Finally, we heard from a Yelp team member who talked about interesting ways to leverage review management sites to clean up a brand’s reputation.

In an effort to utilize all the skills we learned at Tech Day, Project Lead Megan French introduced a new contest: Think Tank. Each pod has come up with an innovative digital/social client tactic to implement in the month ahead to garner the best results for the chosen client. We’re looking forward to kicking off the contest soon!

The whole All Points team enjoyed an engaging morning of learning followed by a delicious team lunch and left with a renewed enthusiasm for our work. Check out the All Points Facebook page for more photos!

Screenmobile Drives Growth in 2018 Amid Rising Demand for Screen Installation

Screenmobile Drives Growth in 2018 Amid Rising Demand for Screen Installation

Nation’s Leading Mobile Screen Service Rides Wave of Industry Momentum as Remodeling and New Construction Surges  

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. – Screenmobile, “America’s Neighborhood Screen Store,” is cruisin’ from coast to coast.

The nation’s leading mobile residential and commercial screen service announced today its strategic growth plan that stands to significantly increase the number of franchisee licenses it projects to sign in 2018—growing its franchise presence by more than 15 percent. Reinforcing the brand’s expansion plans are its existing franchisees, who overwhelmingly feel extremely positive about their Screenmobile business and are renewing their franchise licenses at a rate of 99 percent.

Additionally, interest in the franchise is mounting as several factors drive consumer and commercial demand:

  • Home remodeling activity nationwide is expected to rise more than 5 percent in 2018*
  • Commercial remodeling has grown annually during the last five years at a clip of more than 10 percent**
  • Single-family housing construction is projected to grow 9 percent***
  • Construction of education and public buildings are expected to grow 6 percent, leading the 4 percent increase that will be seen with non-residential construction***
  • Increasing concerns over the transmission of diseases carried by insects and pests such as the Zika Virus

“In addition to health, wellness and proper screen functionality, a trend we see today is bringing the outdoors indoors by incorporating a four seasons screened-in room with both home and commercial properties,” said Scott Walker, president and CEO of Southern California-based Screenmobile. “We’ve disrupted the screening industry by providing a cost-effective and convenient solution for an otherwise inconvenient home and business improvement experience. In doing so, we’ve paved the way for significant growth across the United States.”

Screenmobile has five new openings already planned for this year, and is strategically targeting 15 key markets to achieve its projected goal of more than 120 franchisee licenses in its collection. With its growing number of licenses, Screenmobile is covering the map and is well-suited to target select DMAs in California, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Ohio for expansion.

“We’re in the perfect position to award new franchise opportunities to individuals and teams who share our ambitious mindset,” said Walker. “Our franchise provides business owners with a chance to take control of their professional lives and make a difference in their communities by contributing to the economy and ensuring that families in their neighborhoods are enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of their homes.”

Customer satisfaction is generated from the convenience and professionalism of the business. In a single visit, the Screenmobile representative arrives in uniform, then measures, manufactures, installs and tests the screens on site. Afterwards, Screenmobile follows up with proactive communication to ensure the needs of the customer are met.

As franchisees, Screenmobile owners are provided a protected territory, marketing materials, tools and equipment, uniforms and a trailer. Another attractive aspect of owning a Screenmobile franchise is the corporate support system, which includes the brand’s training and guidance programs that empower the franchisee from day one. New franchisees are required to attend “Screenmobile University,” a two-week program to learn about business operations, goals and values. They then go through 13 weeks of ongoing video call training known as “The Fast Start Program.”

Screenmobile provides the perfect franchise opportunity for family-focused individuals or couples who are looking for the perfect work/life balance. Franchisees identify with the familial spirit that comes along with being part of the brand. Individuals interested in franchising with Screenmobile can learn more about franchise opportunities on the company’s website.

About Screenmobile

Founded in Glendora, California in 1980, Screenmobile has successfully become the nation’s leading mobile screen service franchise, with 106 licenses across more than 29 states. Screenmobile has proudly been ranked on the Entrepreneur “Franchise 500” list for the past 12 consecutive years.

Screenmobile specializes in window, door and patio porch screens, as well as solar shading products. The company is dedicated to establishing responsible, lasting partnerships with franchise owners and pledges organizational support through progressive leadership, continual training and company growth.

For information about franchising with Screenmobile, visit http://franchise.screenmobile.com.

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* Metrostudy Remodeling Forecast for 2018

** IBIS World Commercial Property Remodeling – US Market Research Report

*** Oldcastle 2018 North American Construction Forecast Report

Pizza Factory Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review 

Pizza Factory Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review 

Pizza Factory Featured on Distinguished List of Top Franchise Companies

OAKHURST, Calif.Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced that Pizza Factory has been named to their annual list of the Top 200 Franchise companies. The list, titled the Top 200 Franchises of 2018, ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction.

Pizza Factory was ranked in the top 20 in the “Food & Beverage” category, as well as in the top 20 in the “Midsize Brands” category, beating out competition to land on the list.

“We are thrilled to be named as one of the Top 200 Franchises of 2018,” said Mary Jane Riva, president and CEO of Pizza Factory. “Creating a welcoming and supportive environment for our franchisees is our top priority. We’re proud that our franchise family consistently provides positive feedback about our training process, support system, and rewarding business opportunity.”

The Franchise Business Review Top 200 ranking puts Pizza Factory into an elite group of the best franchise companies in the country. More than 3,000 companies franchise in the United States, but only those with exemplary fundamentals, great financial position and high franchisee satisfaction scores earn a spot in the ranking.

Pizza Factory was among 307 franchise brands, representing over 28,000 franchise owners that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Pizza Factory’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

Entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise receive a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs. Plus, Pizza Factory is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10% off of the total franchise fee. Ideal franchise candidates are enthusiastic about the restaurant industry, have a strong work ethic and are passionate about their communities.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs when choosing which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list are the top performing brands in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Pizza Factory, please visit: http://pizzafactoryfranchises.com/.

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s annual Top 200 ranking, please visit: https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-franchise-opportunities/.

About Pizza Factory

Founded 30 years ago, Pizza Factory has become well known for serving fresh, high-quality pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. The brand is also widely recognized for its close community connection, which includes its iconic “No Bully Zone” program and impactful fundraising partnerships.

Currently, there are more than 110 locations based in six states throughout the West Coast. Pizza Factory looks to add additional franchise locations in key markets throughout the country, with a special focus on Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and California.

To learn more about Pizza Factory, please visit http://pizzafactory.com. For information about available franchise opportunities, please visit http://pizzafactoryfranchises.com/.

 About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

Emerging Social Media Trend Watch: Vero

If you’re tuned into social media trends, you’ve probably heard some buzz about Vero, an emerging social media app that aims to compete with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Vero found near overnight popularity by offering free accounts to the first million users, making it the No. 1 social media app on iTunes as of Feb. 27. At this point, Vero’s popularity has surpassed the one million subscriber mark and they extended the offer to even more users.

But we’ve seen this before – Meerkat, Ping, Orkut and others have dropped on to the scene as disruptors, only to fizzle out after the initial buzz dies.

Vero’s differentiators seem to be unique: it’s a no-ad platform with no algorithm. Their mission is to create a “more authentic” social media platform that “makes our users our customers, not advertisers.”

Though the staying power of Vero still has yet to be determined, its emergence and quick rise to popularity speaks volumes about what users want from a social media experience – an ad-free experience that doesn’t use algorithms to push posts up based on popularity.

Essentially, people want transparency – and as PR pros who work in the digital and social space, we can use this lesson to fuel our work both on and off the channels. We’ll be interested to see how these “ad-free” channels may impact the future of digital advertising, but one thing is clear: transparency in both paid and organic messaging is highly valued by consumers.

Meineke Growth Initiative Goes Full Throttle in Dallas with Newly Signed Franchise Agreement

Meineke Growth Initiative Goes Full Throttle in Dallas with Newly Signed Franchise Agreement

Local Entrepreneurs Transition into Meineke Franchise Ownership; Plan to Open in Dallas

DALLAS – Meineke is shifting growth into high gear in North Dallas.

Announced today, the total car care brand that affirms for customers: “Taking care of your car shouldn’t take over your life,” has signed a franchise agreement to bring a new franchise location to Dallas.

Mark and Claire Zimmerman have inked the agreement to expand the brand locally. Mark brings extensive executive management experience to his new business, as well as five years owning a fleet services company in central Illinois. Along with his wife Claire, who is a co-owner, their son will be involved in operating the business. This will be the Zimmerman’s second location in Dallas, joining the Meineke the pair opened in 2014 at 2972 FM 423 in Little Elm, Texas.

“As we expand into new markets, we are extremely calculated in how we award franchise opportunities. It has to be a perfect fit and Mark and Claire are just that,“ said Ed Pearson, Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. “They represent ideal candidates – savvy entrepreneurs who are ready to use their business expertise and appreciation of our processes and systems to push the forthcoming location to be the best in town.”

Since launching in 1972, Meineke has built an extremely loyal following for its commitment to being a trusted total car care partner. With immense brand admiration established throughout the past five decades, Meineke commands constant franchise investor inquiry. Today, there are more than 900 locations currently open nationwide. The signed agreement for Dallas reflects the momentum behind Meineke, which includes opening a planned 55 new locations in 2018.

Likewise, amid an infusion of innovation at Meineke centers through advanced business processes and systems, franchise locations are earning significant same store annual revenue increases across the franchise system. Plus, Meineke is invigorating franchise interest and consumer appeal with an aesthetic update to the brand’s car care center prototype. Already testing favorably in 20 locations, 200 additional Meineke locations are slated for the update this year – a new look to reflect the modern business model with new lighting and repainted interiors and exteriors. The Dallas location will be built to include the new prototype specs.

Further, Meineke’s robust customer rewards program, Meineke Rewards, provides convenient, mobile device access to redeem points earned through services and maintenance bonuses. Points are used for free service visits and the mobile app can be used to book appointments online, track points and store maintenance information.

Currently, Meineke is accepting franchise applications from around the country. To check market growth availability, fill out the Market Availability Request form online. And, for more information on the Meineke franchise model, visit: https://www.meineke.com/franchise-opportunities/

About Meineke

Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. is a division of Driven Brands, Inc., the leading automotive aftermarket franchisor in the world. Founded in 1972, Meineke has more than 900 centers that service approximately 3 million cars a year. In recent years, Meineke has expanded its product offerings to better meet the demands of its customers and a changing marketplace, becoming the “total car care” brand. Meineke continues to be ranked as one of the best franchise opportunities in the country. For more information on Meineke franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.meineke.com/franchise-opportunities/

Bottle & Bottega Inks First Multi-Unit Deal with Existing Franchisee to Open New Highland Park Studio

Bottle & Bottega Inks First Multi-Unit Deal with Existing Franchisee to Open New Highland Park Studio

Chic and Sophisticated Art and Wine Studio Debuts in Highland Park 

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – The wheels are off. Bottle & Bottega has parked itself permanently in Highland Park.

The premier art and wine concept announced today the official opening of its new permanent studio location in Highland Park, conveniently located on Sheridan Road. The studio will serve as a hub for public and private painting parties as well as corporate partners seeking a unique and vibrant setting for their events.

“We’ve been running events throughout Highland Park the past few months and we’re so excited to finally have a home to host daily events,” said Chris Bonk, owner of Bottle & Bottega Highland Park and Bottle & Bottega Arlington Heights. “After witnessing how much fun people were having in my Arlington Heights studio, I knew that Highland Park was the perfect fit. I can’t wait to welcome our loyal fan base and new guests to join us in Highland Park and toast over a glass of wine.”

Highland Park residents and architecture aficionados are sure to recognize the new studio, located at 1894 Sheridan Road, for it’s historic Prairie Style architecture synonymous with famous Highland Park resident John Van Bergen. The building, which was constructed in 1926 and is the last standing example of Van Bergen’s commercial work, formerly served as a furrier for 90 years. The building was also featured in the movie Risky Business in the famous Porsche chase scene with Tom Cruise.

Bringing out the creative side in all of us regardless of skill or practice, Bottle & Bottega is one part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party. Through a blend of hands-on DIY art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of wine, Bottle & Bottega helps guests create a masterpiece that they can be proud of taking home. Guests have the option to indulge in a variety of artistic mediums, including canvas, wood pallet, glassware, mosaics, Illumin-Art and various seasonal offerings. Whether enjoying a birthday, anniversary, mitzvah, bachelorette party, date night or just a girls’ night out, Bottle & Bottega offers a warm, chic and sophisticated DIY art studio where guests can relax, have fun and explore their creative sides.

For more information about Bottle & Bottega Highland Park and to reserve your spot at an upcoming studio event, visit the studio’s website, check out studio’s online event calendar, call (224) 334-3248 or email highlandpark@bottle-bottega.com.

About Bottle & Bottega

A stroke of artistic genius paints a totally new picture of what is possible when friends, couples or colleagues get together for a Bottle & Bottega art party — an experience unlike any other. One part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party, Bottle & Bottega inspires the inner artist in everyone regardless of skill or practice, through a blend of hands-on art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of your favorite wine. Bottle & Bottega paint and wine parties are perfect for individuals, couples and groups of all sizes for a variety of personal and professional occasions.

Bottle & Bottega is the art innovation leader in the paint & sip space, inspiring multiple art form innovations since 2009.

For more information about Bottle & Bottega, visit http://bottleandbottega.com.

Homewatch CareGivers Nationally Endorsed by Best of Home Care Awards

Homewatch CareGivers Nationally Endorsed by Best of Home Care Awards

Renowned Home Care Company Recognized as Endorsed National Provider by Home Care Research Firm Based on Client and Caregiver Feedback

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Homewatch CareGivers, an international leader in senior care and assistive in-home care company, has earned another national accolade in recognition of its exemplary client and caregiver satisfaction.

Home Care Pulse, a third party research company that gathers data on client and caregiver satisfaction scores and feedback, recognized Homewatch CareGivers as a 2018 Home Care Pulse Endorsed National Provider and a 2018 Best of Home Care Endorsed National Provider. Homewatch CareGivers has been recognized in the latter category since 2014.

“We pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of home care our franchisees provide to clients at offices across the country, and it’s an incredible honor to be recognized by Home Care Pulse,” said Chip Baranowski, director of franchise development for Homewatch CareGivers, LLC. “Being recognized as an Endorsed National Provider is further evidence that our franchisees are often the strongest ambassadors for our brand through the best-in-class service they provide.”

For both recognitions, Homewatch CareGivers met criteria on an annual basis to maintain the distinction. This includes having a minimum of 10 percent of North American offices actively participating in the Home Care Pulse Satisfaction Management Program and maintaining Home Care Pulse Certified Trusted Provider Status, while qualifying for multiple Best of Home Care categories in 2017.

Homewatch CareGivers strives to provide best-in-class support for its franchisees. In addition to its proven model, the home office works closely with each franchisee to establish a 52-week Business Implementation Plan (BIP), which addresses areas that are needed for a franchise owner to run a high-quality, successful operation in their first year.

“Our support system is what sets us apart from other concepts in the industry, and allows our franchisees to provide award-winning services to clients in their communities,” said Julie Smith, CEO of Homewatch CareGivers, LLC. “We’re proud of our system, which provides each franchisee with the tools to seamlessly increase their client base and revenue, as well as increase their quality of life. We believe this system will work very well for entrepreneurially spirited individuals who are interested in beginning their journey with us.”

Homewatch CareGivers provides entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs. Plus, Homewatch CareGivers is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10% off of the total franchise fee. Ideal franchise candidates are passionate about helping people and hold the concept close to their hearts. They love to work and build trusting relationships with not only their staff and clients, but also their local communities.

The estimated initial investment for a Homewatch CareGivers franchise ranges from $83,000 to 131,000, which includes a franchisee fee of $49,000. Interested individuals must also have a minimum net worth of $350,000 and $50,000 liquid capital to ensure additional funding is available while launching their franchise.

To view the full list of the 2018 Best of Home Care Award Winners, visit: https://www.homecarepulse.com/awards/2018-winners/.

About Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers, LLC is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company’s franchisees deliver a variety of person-directed, professional at-home services including elder care, care for individuals with developmental and physical conditions, after-surgery care and dementia care. With a heavy involvement in the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), the Homewatch CareGivers mission is to provide the best-in-class care for each and every client, to serve as a vital part of the continuum of care and to provide the support franchisees and caregivers need to find success and make a difference in their communities.

To learn more about Homewatch CareGivers services and franchising opportunities, visit www.homewatchcaregivers.com/franchise.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse is a third-party research company that gives home care clients a voice, allowing them to provide feedback that impacts the quality of care they receive. We do this by contracting with home care providers and interviewing a percentage of their clients each month. We ask questions to find out whether or not the client is satisfied with the services he or she is receiving.

All Points Team Hits Phoenix for IFA Convention

In what most in the franchising industry consider to be the most exciting few days of the year, several members of the All Points team headed for Phoenix to participate in round table discussions, educational seminars and plenty of networking time with current and future franchise clients.

The IFA team had lots of great takeaways from the convention, which they shared with our full All Points office during our February seminar. Here’s what stood out to them this year:

Bailey: This year, I really focused on finding networking opportunities in unexpected places. From the elevator to the women’s restroom, there’s no bad place to make a connection!

Gillian: Conducting casual conversations with people we met about PR and franchise development can really set you apart from the competition – we show our value by demonstrating expertise, not going for the hard sell.

Allie: The IFA was a great time for me to share how to “close the loop” with social media. Many franchisors are looking for the final step to close deals, and often, social media and digital lead generation tactics may be the answer.

Baca: At a convention the size of the IFA, you never know who’s sitting next to you. It pays to just say hello and start the conversation!

Jamie: It’s always great to see our clients face-to-face and to make connections that will lead to new clients. We have loyal clients who are our biggest cheerleaders, and we continue to look forward to doing great work for them for the rest of the year.

Check out our Facebook page for even more information and photos from All Points at the IFA!

Seattle’s Pain Relief is Coming: The Joint Chiropractic to Open New Location

Seattle’s Pain Relief is Coming: The Joint Chiropractic to Open New Location 

Brand Signs Agreement to Bring Convenient,  Affordable Chiropractic Care to Seattle

Seattle – The Joint Chiropractic (The Joint), the nation’s leading chiropractic franchise, announced today that it has signed an agreement to open a new chiropractic office in Seattle.

“There are countless benefits that can come from improving spinal and joint function, the most important being a healthier, more comfortable daily life,” said Eric Simon, Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for The Joint. “Providing the community with the chiropractic care it needs is going to be easier than ever before. I look forward to helping those suffering from pain to get relief, and to provide continual, preventative treatments to assist in insuring happy, healthy lifestyles.”

The new Seattle location will carry on the brand’s distinction as the only chiropractic care office that empowers customers with the ability to receive their much-needed chiropractic on terms that fit any lifestyle. Committed to both convenience and high quality care, The Joint follows a no-appointment, no-insurance and no-hassle business model.

As The Joint continues to expand, the brand is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified individuals who share the company’s passion for health and wellness. Ideal franchisees include chiropractors looking to launch a business or supplement their independent practice, multi-concept franchise owners and investors interested in pursuing semi-absentee business ownership.

For more information on The Joint Chiropractic’s services, visit https://www.thejoint.com/.

To learn about franchise opportunities in the booming health and wellness industry with The Joint Chiropractic, visit www.thejointfranchise.com.

About The Joint Chiropractic

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Joint is an emerging growth company that is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality care convenient and affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Its no-appointment policy and convenient hours and locations make care more accessible, and affordable membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance. With nearly 400 clinics nationwide and more than four million patient visits annually, The Joint is a leader in the chiropractic profession. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com. For more information about The Joint’s franchise opportunities, visit www.thejointfranchise.com.

Business Structure

The Joint Corp. is a franchisor of clinics and an operator of clinics in certain states. In California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee, The Joint Corp. and its franchisees provide management services to affiliated professional chiropractic practices.

Out with the Old: Junk King’s “Dump Truck” Helps the Heartbroken Say Farewell to Exes

Out with the Old: Junk King’s “Dump Truck” Helps the Heartbroken Say Farewell to Exes

National Junk Removal Company’s Valentine’s-Themed Trucks Invite Singles to Rid Themselves Of Past Lovers’ Items

 SAN FRANCISCO – Love is messy…but this Valentine’s Day, no one will be left down in the dumps.

A battle cry for the brokenhearted, Junk King—the nation’s leading junk removal company—is rallying men and women across the U.S to toss any leftover relationships and heal their heartache once and for all.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Junk King is driving “Dump Trucks” through cities coast-to-coast and empowering people to dump their ex-lover’s forgotten belongings—from picture frames and hoodies to corny gifts and more—into the truck for free. Vibrant red “Dump Trucks” will be making stops at businesses throughout Denver, Dallas and Detroit on February 13-14.

“Breakups are painful and it’s hard to shake the heartache during this time of year,” said Michael Andreacchi, CEO of Junk King. “The Dump Trucks are for anyone that’s ever been dumped or is struggling to move on from a relationship. We want people to feel courageous and free to declutter items that hinder their happiness—it’s therapeutic and almost thrilling to finally let go!”

As part of the brand’s year-round commitment to being environmentally conscious, any items tossed into the Dump Truck are taken to the large warehouse to facilitate managing and sorting of the materials. In fact, sixty percent of the junk collected from jobs is recycled, rather than being dropped at landfills. And through partnerships with local nonprofits and community organizations, the remaining items are donated and repurposed to benefit residents throughout United States.

On a national level, the company’s eco-friendly approach to junk removal is a major reason why businesses and homeowners alike choose Junk King. Customers also benefit from the brand’s state-of-the-art technology systems that facilitate scheduling a pick-up in real time. With the online booking system, all it takes is a few clicks and within a matter of minutes Junk King can be scheduled and the job can be completed.

Taken together, Junk King’s distinctive attributes separate it from its competitors, which are often characterized as unprofessional and unreliable. In fact, Junk King maintains the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS) for any service business in North America, a clear indication of the importance the company places on customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Junk King, visit www.junk-king.com.

About Junk King

 Founded in 2005, Junk King was started by two friends in a two-car garage in San Carlos, California. In 2010, the company began franchising. Today, Junk King is the second largest junk removal company in North America with 150 units and 75 franchisees. In the next five years, Junk King plans to add an additional 125 franchisees and 400 units in key markets throughout North America. Junk King saves consumers time and money by eliminating unwanted clutter quickly and efficiently. Junk King is best known for its professionalism, advanced technology programs and commitment to recycling, repurposing and reusing materials. The brand is currently the highest rated service business in North America with a net promoter score exceeding 90 percent.

Chef-Inspired U.S. Brand to Exhibit at Gulfood Show: Russo’s Restaurants Set on Middle East Expansion

Chef-Inspired U.S. Brand to Exhibit at Gulfood Show: Russo’s Restaurants Set on Middle East Expansion

 Classic New York Pizzeria and Upscale Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Concepts Target UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel and Egypt for Expansion

HOUSTON – Chef Anthony Russo, the creative culinary mind, founder and CEO of chef-driven concepts Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, is attending the Gulfood Show upon announcing a growth strategy to expand both brands’ international footprint across the Middle East, specifically targeting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel and Egypt.

This bold growth phase is reflective of the brands’ ever-growing presence in the region, with locations already in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Likewise, the first Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen is scheduled to open later this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia joining the Russo’s New York Pizzeria already in the market. The brand plans to add 30 franchise locations to the Middle East region in the next three years.

As part of this effort, Chef Anthony Russo will be meeting with interested and qualified investors while at the Gulfood 2018 food show (Booth #S3-D10). The event will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and runs February 18 – 22.

Additionally, Chef Anthony Russo will be hosting a Discovery Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. February 23 – 24 at the Russo’s New York Pizzeria Green’s location (Panorama Building, Dubai, UAE 04-4561229). Prospective franchisees are welcome to sample Russo’s Italian cuisines and authentic, New York-style pizza while touring the restaurant’s old-world charm, modern design and innovative hospitality. Interested guests will need to RSVP for this event by emailing franchise@nypizzeria.com.

“When it comes to increasing our global presence, expansion in the Middle East is quickly heating up,” said Russo, who has 40 years of culinary expertise featuring fresh, homemade Italian cuisine using family recipes since 1978. “We’ve seen incredible development in the UAE and Saudi Arabia thus far, but the demand for family-friendly, Italian dining continues to grow. Russo’s is dominating the classic pizza and Italian scene and we’re thrilled to award more international business teams an opportunity to be a part of this exciting franchise growth.”

Menu innovation has been at the heart of the Russo’s Restaurants brands for more than 32 years, blending generations of the Russo’s family Italian recipes. Through Chef Anthony’s handpicked ingredients and a commitment to research and development, the brands have continued to stay ahead of culinary trends. A prime example is the restaurants’ full line of gluten-free pizzas and pastas – a sincere response to the request for great-tasting, gluten-free menu selections from health conscious families and thousands living with Celiac disease, worldwide. Also, since the company has gone international, local flavors of the Middle East can be found in many of the recipes, connecting the local culture to authentic New York style pizza and classic Italian cuisine.

Russo’s Restaurants offers a rare franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in proven brands that are entirely chef driven. Beyond consumer convenience, Russo’s is leading the Italian dining category by creating a business model that offers:

  • A smaller footprint (1,200-4,000 sq. ft.) for less overhead
  • A low-cost entry into the restaurant business with an initial investment starting around $395,000 in select markets
  • Average food costs and labor costs are 21.8% and 25.4% respectively*
  • Average sales volume per unit is $1,020,383 million*

To learn more about Russo’s franchise development opportunities, visit https://russosfranchise.com.

About Russo’s Restaurants

Russo’s Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the fast casual and casual dining brands Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants is composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida. Russo’s has entered international markets as well, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. Chef Anthony Russo created Russo’s Restaurants by applying his unique, family recipes featuring New York-style pizza, and by developing a broad variety of handcrafted pasta dishes, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. At its heart, Russo’s Restaurants reflects Chef Anthony’s commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. To learn more about Russo’s franchise development opportunities in the Middle East, visit www.russosfranchise.com.

* These figures represent the average restaurant revenue of six (6) U.S. domestic Company-operated Russo’s New York Pizzeria locations of various designs and sizes for fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, along with average Food Costs and Net Income for the six (6) U.S. domestic Company-operated Russo’s New York Pizzeria outlets only. Actual results could vary substantially from unit to unit and Franchisor cannot estimate the results of any particular franchise

The Joint Chiropractic Named to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 List

The Joint Chiropractic Named to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 List

 Chiropractic Care Company Featured on Distinguished List of Top Franchise Companies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Joint Chiropractic, the fastest-growing chiropractic franchise in the United States, has earned a national accolade for its growth and achievements during 2017.

FranchiseGator.com, a leading resource for prospective franchisees, announced that The Joint has been named to its annual list of top 100 franchise companies. The list, titled “Top 100 Franchises of 2018,” ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies based on their overall performance over the last 12 months. The Joint was ranked 57th.

The Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises of 2018 list measures the quality of a franchise system over time based on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. The ranking also evaluates investment range and franchise industry. The list includes three categories: Top 100 Franchises, Fastest Growing Franchises and Top Emerging Franchises.

In addition to being ranked in the Top 100 Franchises list, The Joint was also ranked among the Fastest Growing Franchises.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing franchises,” said Peter Holt, CEO. “Our goal is to build on this momentum to focus on growing the strength of our brand. Doing that means establishing new relationships and gaining traction in new markets while continuing to support our existing franchisees and ensure they have what they need to succeed.”

FranchiseGator.com collected and evaluated data based on various pieces of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) that focus on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. Hundreds of FDDs were studied in 2017 to establish the ranking from 2018.

As the nation’s largest network of clinics with no insurance required, The Joint is reinventing the chiropractic sector by making quality healthcare affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. By welcoming walk-ins and strategically placing locations near high-traffic shopping centers, grocery stores and retail areas, consumers have easier access to the clinics and can seamlessly visit a licensed chiropractor without disrupting their daily lives.

Additionally, The Joint’s unique membership model allows patients to customize ongoing treatment plans or take part in preventative care on a weekly basis. Plus, chiropractors across the company’s network have secure access to patient files, meaning members can use their membership at any The Joint clinic. Through pain management and ongoing treatment plans, The Joint and its doctors operate with a noble purpose to change the way people live their lives.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Joint Chiropractic franchise should have the ability to invest an estimated $211,400 to $339,900 for the total investment cost.

About The Joint Chiropractic

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Joint is an emerging growth company that is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality care convenient and affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Its no-appointment policy and convenient hours and locations make care more accessible, and affordable membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance. With more than 400 clinics nationwide and over four million patient visits annually, The Joint is a leader in the chiropractic profession. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com. For more information about The Joint’s franchise opportunities, visit www.thejointfranchise.com.

Business Structure

The Joint Corp. is a franchisor of clinics and an operator of clinics in certain states. In Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington, The Joint and its franchisees provide management services to affiliated professional chiropractic practices.

About FranchiseGator.com

Franchise Gator, a unit of Dominion Enterprises, is the leading destination for those seeking to invest in a franchise opportunity. Since 2001, Franchise Gator has provided information on hundreds of business and franchise opportunities available in more than 100 industries. Franchise Gator provides franchisors with a quality, cost-effective mode of franchise marketing.

Huddle House Named to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 List

Huddle House Named to Franchise Gator’s Top 100 List 

America’s “Any Meal, Any Time” Diner Featured on Distinguished List of Top Franchise Companies

ATLANTA – Huddle House, the nation’s most iconic neighborhood diner known for its Southern hospitality and big portions at fair prices, has earned a national accolade for its growth and achievements during 2017.

FranchiseGator.com, a leading resource for prospective franchisees, announced that Huddle House has been named to its annual list of top 100 franchise companies. The list, titled “Top 100 Franchises of 2018,” ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies based on their overall performance over the last 12 months.

The Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises of 2018 list measures the quality of a franchise system over time based on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. The ranking also evaluates investment range and franchise industry. The list includes three categories: Top 100 Franchises, Fastest Growing Franchises and Top Emerging Franchises.

“Its an honor to be recognized as one of the nation’s top franchises,” said Michael Abt, CEO of Huddle House. “2017 was a banner year for us – we signed 36 new franchise agreements to expand our footprint across the country, a third of which were signed by current franchise partners. We’re excited to continue to build upon this momentum in 2018 and beyond.”

FranchiseGator.com collected and evaluated data based on various pieces of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) that focus on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability. Hundreds of FDDs were studied in 2017 to establish the ranking from 2018.

To learn more about Huddle House, visit huddlehouse.com.

For more information on the Huddle House franchise opportunity, visit huddlehousefranchising.com or call 800-640-7125.

About Huddle House

Committed to serving “Any Meal, Any Time,” Huddle House restaurants have become icons in the communities they serve throughout the country. The core values on which the brand was founded – serving freshly prepared, quality home-style food in a warm, friendly environment that brings the community together – are as true today as they were when it was founded in 1964. Today, the brand has more than 350 locations open and an additional 49 in development.

To learn more about Huddle House franchise opportunities, visit huddlehousefranchising.com and for more information about the brand, visit the company website at huddlehouse.com.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

National Business Brokerage Franchise Ranked Among Top Franchise Brands

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation announced today that it has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2017, Murphy Business opened multiple offices across the nation. The business brokerage company is determined to continue its steady growth in 2018, with new openings planned for the first quarter this year and several others to follow.

“We are honored to receive this ranking,” said Tom Coba, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation. “We look forward to building upon this growth in 2018, as we form new relationships, expand into new markets, and offer our existing franchisees continued support.”

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

“This year’s Franchise 500 ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever-changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

Murphy Business permits entrepreneurs the opportunity to individually operate locally or as an office with a team of business brokers. The corporate office offers all franchisees with continuous support and a solid foundation as a result of its comprehensive training plan.

With more than 170 offices in the United States and Canada, Murphy Business & Financial Corporation is North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm. Offering entrepreneurs unit franchisee operating models, the Murphy Business home office supports the franchisees and their agents with extensive training, along with initial and ongoing marketing efforts that leave Murphy Business owners to focus on the most important part of their business – spending more time with their clients.

Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Murphy Business & Financial Corporation’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view Murphy Business & Financial Corporation in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, visit: https://murphybusiness.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: www.murphyfranchise.com.

About Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC

Clearwater, Florida-based Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC is a full-service business brokerage firm facilitating business sales, purchases, consulting, valuations, mergers and acquisitions. Closing deals at a higher ratio than the business brokerage industry average, several accolades have been bestowed upon the company including being recognized as one of Franchise Business Review ‘s Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winners for ten consecutive years.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Featured on Distinguished List of Top Franchise Companies

CLEARWATER, Fla.Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced that Murphy Business & Financial Corporation has been named to their annual list of the Top 200 Franchise companies. The list, titled the Top 200 Franchises of 2018, ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation was listed as a 10-year Hall of Famer, meaning that Murphy Business & Financial Corporation has been featured on the Best of the Best list for 10 or more years.

“We are thrilled to be named as one of the Top 200 Franchises of 2018,” said Tom Coba, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation. “Creating a welcoming and supportive environment for our franchisees is our top priority. We’re proud that our franchise family consistently provides positive feedback about our training process, support system, and rewarding business opportunity.”

The Franchise Business Review Top 200 ranking puts Murphy Business & Financial Corporation into an elite group of the best franchise companies in the country. More than 3,000 companies franchise in the United States, but only those with exemplary fundamentals, great financial position and high franchisee satisfaction scores earn a spot in the ranking.

Murphy Business and Financial Corporation was among 307 franchise brands, representing over 28,000 franchise owners that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Murphy Business & Financial Corporation’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs when choosing which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list are the top performing brands in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, please visit: www.murphyfranchise.com.

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s annual Top 200 ranking, please visit: https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-franchise-opportunities/.

About Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC

Clearwater, Florida-based Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC is a full-service business brokerage firm facilitating business sales, purchases, consulting, valuations, mergers and acquisitions. Closing deals at a higher ratio than the business brokerage industry average, several accolades have been bestowed upon the company including being recognized as one of Franchise Business Review ‘s Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winners for ten consecutive years.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

Generating Leads through Multi-Channel Earned Media Efforts

After working with mobile shaved ice franchise Kona Ice for several years to create campaigns and secure publicity, All Points put a new plan in place to generate qualified franchise leads that convert into completed franchise agreements for Kona Ice through a combination of national, trade and hyperlocal press.

At All Points PR, we understand the difference between franchisor and franchisee perspectives when it comes to earning media. That’s why we created and implemented a strategic national, trade and local publicity plan to further Kona Ice’s franchise development and grow the brand.

Our focused public relations efforts resulted in more than 100 million media impressions. Stories with Entrepreneur, Fortune, FOX News, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and Nation’s Restaurant News showcasing the uniqueness of the franchise opportunity and telling CEO Tony Lamb’s story encouraged dramatic growth in the number of qualified leads and deals completed. Local news placements also drove leads through All Points’ multi-channel earned media approach.

Click here to read the full Kona Ice case study and learn more about All Points’ strategic approach to helping franchise brands generate quality leads.

Meineke Steers Franchising into Fast Lane for 2018

Meineke Steers Franchising into Fast Lane for 2018

Enters New Year Geared Up for Strategic Growth into New Markets; Infusion of Tech-Driven Business Processes and Systems Spurring Franchisee Interest

CHARLOTTE – Make sure you look under the hood, because no two auto care franchises are built the same…and Meineke is making sure franchise investors can see the difference.

Thanks to an influx of innovation through advanced business processes and systems, which are driving significant same store revenue increases across the Meineke franchise system, the brand is generating an immense amount of momentum behind its modernized franchise model. Exemplifying the energy surrounding Meineke, in 2017 the brand opened 50 new locations and completed 65 resales of existing Meineke locations, the vast majority of which have a renewed presence in their markets following substantial updating, renovations and operational upgrades.

Early 2018 indications reveal even broader expansion, rife with opportunities for skilled business professionals who have a strong appreciation for the progressive and innovative business systems in place.

“The time is now…we’ve designed the Meineke of today and the future to be one that both leverages our iconic status and taps into a dynamic, tech-forward business model meant for today’s discerning franchise investors,” said Ed Pearson, vice president of franchise sales and development for Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. “We’ve mapped out a winning strategy and it all starts with our process and systems — a more dynamic enterprise built for individuals and ownership groups that want to be part of a forward-thinking concept.”

Under the guidance of Danny Rivera, president of Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., the brand has increasingly introduced multifaceted analytical techniques that consistently measure and assess key performance indicators all centered around three key objectives: convenience, reliability and transparency. The business compass pointing Meineke towards its refreshed model is the brand’s move to advance its concept into one tailored for franchise owners that want to manage teams and potentially multiple units versus day-to-day operations.

Likewise, Meineke is invigorating franchise interest and consumer appeal with an aesthetic update. Already testing favorably in 20 locations, 200 additional Meineke locations are slated for the update this year – a new look to reflect the modern business model with new lighting and repainted interiors and exteriors. Further, Meineke’s robust customer rewards program, Meineke Rewards, provides convenient, mobile-device access to redeem points earned through services and maintenance bonuses. Points are used for free service visits and the mobile app can be used to book appointments online, track points and store maintenance information.

“We’re at a pivotal point in the history of Meineke,” added Rivera, who joined the brand as its Chief Information Officer in 2012 and brought his knack for innovation into the top executive role. “If you consider the extent to which we have gone to accelerate Meineke’s franchising initiative, and blend that with the reputation we have established over the last five decades, the value proposition is unmatched in our category and among other concepts targeting talented franchisees.”

Playing off of its distinctions, in 2018, Meineke has plans in place to open 55 new locations. Nearly 75 percent of the growth planned for 2018 already has solid franchise agreements behind them. The balance of the expansion in 2018 will come from fresh franchise agreements with new and existing franchisees. Already in 2018, a new franchise location has opened in Baldwin, NY, a residential community in Nassau County on Long Island. Additionally, Meineke has signed a franchise agreement in early 2018 to bring a new location to the Salt Lake City, Utah market, joining four others in the region. Territories targeted for expansion this year include Nashville and Tampa in the Southeastern portion of the country, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix in the Southwest, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. in the Pacific Northwest and Minneapolis and Detroit in the Midwest, among others. Available franchise territories can be found on the company’s website.

Moreover, Meineke has another 100 existing units with ongoing cash flow that are prepared for resale. Key resale markets range from Houston to New York and Atlanta to Chicago. To inquire about resale opportunities, fill out a short information request form for details to be shared.

Ideal Meineke franchisees are coachable, yet demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit that fosters sales and revenue growth. Executive-level corporate experience and/or franchise ownership and operations experience is preferred, but not required.

About Meineke

Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., is a division of Driven Brands, Inc., the leading automotive aftermarket franchisor in the world. Founded in 1972, Meineke has more than 900 centers that service approximately 3 million cars a year. In recent years, Meineke has expanded its product offerings to better meet the demands of its customers and a changing marketplace, becoming the “total car care” brand. Meineke continues to be ranked as one of the best franchise opportunities in the country. For more information on Meineke franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.meineke.com/franchise-opportunities/

Zippy Shell Packs Up a Powerful 2017; Has Big Moves Planned for 2018

Zippy Shell Packs Up a Powerful 2017; Has Big Moves Planned for 2018

New On-Site Containers, Strong Move Sales, Robust Franchise Growth Set Zippy Shell Up For Robust Start to 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – The trail Zippy Shell is blazing rips through a pair of industries ripe for disruption — both moving and mobile storage will be forever changed.

Creating a new course for each sector, Zippy Shell’s shake up has put the brand in position for continued exceptional growth in 2018. In fact, as the franchise company enters the new year, it carries mounting momentum. The moving and storage franchise, is easily recognized by its signature blue shell and crate container system. The company closed 2017 with record revenues and a strong group of new franchisees extending the brand’s breakthrough services to more than two dozen new U.S. territories.

In 2017, Zippy Shell welcomed new franchisees covering 30 new territories for the brand, bringing the total number of territories to 150.

“This past year has been one for the record books,” said Rick Del Sontro, president of Zippy Shell, Incorporated. “We’ve grown our franchise network with knowledgeable and passionate franchisees, surpassed sales expectations and increased our service and franchise offerings. Our team is delivering what customers are looking for and we have fine-tuned our ability to fulfill their needs and meet demand. We’re anticipating a stronger 2018, and are already off to a great start.”

In addition to expanding the reach of Zippy Shell in 2017, the brand achieved remarkable revenue growth. One example of this was a 350 percent increase in relocation sales. This represented moving and storage services provided by Zippy Shell to the employees of major corporations during their relocations for new positions within their companies. This revenue stream stands to be a focal point for Zippy Shell in 2018 as it reinforces new and existing corporate relationships, which will benefit franchisees from coast to coast

Since launching U.S. operations in 2010, Zippy Shell has distinguished itself in the moving and storage industries, and strengthened that standing this year with the introduction of its portable onsite containers. Designed to handle all climates, the Zippy Shell onsite container can also be positioned in places that other portable storage solutions can’t, due to its unique delivery system. Zippy Shell’s onsite containers are ideal for construction contractors storing materials at a build site, customers who are renovating their homes and want to keep their personal belongings safe and nearby during the process, parks or outdoor venues seeking easy access to their seasonal supplies and more. These onsite containers have proven to be a valuable addition to Zippy Shell’s services and will continue to be rolled out in new and existing markets in 2018.

As a positive disruptor, Zippy Shell is gearing up to make a big move in 2018 in the franchising industry. Zippy Shell will be launching a fractional franchise opportunity that is designed to provide existing moving and storage businesses with the opportunity to add Zippy Shell onto their existing businesses. The addition of Zippy Shell provides local movers a long distance move solution as well as a portable storage option, and allows traditional storage operators the opportunity to get into the containerized moving market.

“We’re excited to build upon the fractional franchise opportunity in 2018,” added Del Sontro. “The moving and storage industries are rapidly developing, and this is a unique opportunity to help existing companies advance their service offerings to stay current with customers’ needs. The millennial generation commands a new breed of services – shorter, on demand, do-it-yourself moving and storage. It’s the generation that wants to be in control.”

Looking ahead to 2018, Zippy Shell intends to grow its franchise into key U.S. markets such as Connecticut, Florida’s West Coast, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh and Richmond. Zippy Shell’s franchise model requires less capital and less equipment costs from its competitors, which sets it apart from other moving and storage franchises.

With more than 50 offices throughout the country, and three planned to open in early 2018 in Detroit, Greensboro and Philadelphia, Zippy Shell is quickly becoming the go-to choice for moving and storage solutions to residents and businesses nationwide

For information on franchising opportunities, visit www.zippyshell.com/franchise.

About Zippy Shell:

 Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has more than 50 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 150 markets. For more information, visit www.zippyshell.com.

City Wide Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

City Wide Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

Building Maintenance Management Company Ranks in Top Half Of National Franchise Brands

 LENEXA, Kans. City Wide announced today that it has been named in the top third of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2017, the brand opened seven new locations, bringing the total to 54 offices throughout the United States.

“After a tremendous year of growth, we couldn’t be more honored to receive this ranking,” said Jeff Oddo, president and CEO of City Wide Franchise. “Every year, we look forward to strengthening our relationships and improving the systems we have in place to continue moving our franchise forward.”

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

“This year’s Franchise 500 ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever-changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

City Wide has made a name for itself in major U.S. cities by streamlining commercial facilities and maintenance management of more than 20 services through a collection of independent contractors and vendor partners, including janitorial, floor care, window washing, parking lot maintenance and several others. Taking the onus from building owners and property management companies that typically have to choose separate companies for each task, City Wide eases the selection and management processes for its clients.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a City Wide franchise should have the ability to invest $200,000, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of $55,000.

Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. City Wide’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view City Wide in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about City Wide visit:www.gocitywide.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: www.citywidefranchise.com.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 50-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent contractors to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.

For more information about City Wide’s services, please visit www.gocitywide.com.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Kicks Off Fundraiser for Life-Saving Cancer Research

Russo’s New York Pizzeria Kicks Off Fundraiser for Life-Saving Cancer Research

 Authentic New York-style Pizza Restaurant Launches Brand-wide Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  

HOUSTON– For the next couple months, Russo’s New York Pizzeria restaurants throughout the region are banding together in support of 1.3 million Americans living with blood cancer.

From January 19-March 1, participating pizzerias are rallying their diners to donate an additional $1 to their bill. The goal is to cure blood cancer once and for all. 100 percent of donations collected at Russo’s will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) toward research and assistance programs aimed at helping those with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma live longer, healthier lives.

“Countless loved ones, including members of my own family, have been struck with cancer and have battled through the hardship,” said Chef Anthony Russo, founder and CEO. “My heart breaks to see people close to me suffer through this terrible disease, so we’re doing everything we can to support LLS’s live-saving research. And how do you cure cancer? You donate.”

Russo’s New York Pizzeria’s fundraising initiative runs parallel to the LLS’s Student of the Year campaign—a philanthropic development program that calls upon the most engaged high-school students and provides them an opportunity to plan and implement their own fundraising campaign for people who have blood cancers and are survivors. Russo’s New York Pizzeria is sponsoring one of the Houston-area students, Anson Moore, by hosting the brand-wide fundraiser to amplify the donation efforts. Donations to the LLS Student of the Year campaign can be made here: http://events.lls.org/txg/HoustonSOY2018/amoore.

What started as a family-owned establishment in Houston in 1992, Russo’s New York Pizzeria features a full menu of authentic New York-style pizza and Italian dishes, blending the freshness of fine ingredients with the magic of a handcrafted Italian meal. Beyond the brand’s specialty traditional crust and gluten-free pizzas, menu items include fresh salads, soups and made-from-scratch sauces and pastas: authentic Italian cannoli, fresh-baked, Italian flatbread sandwiches and, of course, hand-tossed pizzas are just some of the distinctive menu items.

For more information on Russo’s New York Pizzeria, visit www.nypizzeria.com. And for more information on The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org.

About Russo’s Restaurants

Russo’s Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the fast casual and casual dining brands Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo’s Restaurants is composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii. Russo’s has entered international markets as well, with locations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Chef Anthony Russo has created his concepts from years of applying his unique, family recipes featuring New York-style pizza, along with a broad variety of handcrafted pasta creations, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts, reflecting his commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first. To learn more about Russo’s franchise development opportunities visit www.russosfranchise.com or call us at 1.855.978.7767.

Earning Credibility is Top of Mind for Huddle House

All Points PR began working with restaurant franchise Huddle House with one goal in mind: to expand Huddle House’s franchise footprint with qualified leads in markets targeted for growth through an integrated public relations strategy.

At All Points PR, we understand the importance of establishing and earning brand credibility for franchises of all sizes – and the critical role that integrated public relations can play in a strategy that accomplishes this.

Our team put a plan in place to accomplish Huddle House’s goals by leveraging its popularity in the South and proven successes to growth into the northeastern U.S., as well as many untapped small markets in its established territories.

All Points’ lead generation strategy, comprising integrated PR, produced more than 125 qualified franchise leads out of the more than 3,000 leads generated. As a result, these leads led to 34 closed deals in markets such as Jacksonville, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, helping to lay the groundwork for what became the brand’s most prolific growth phase in more than a decade.

Click here to read the full Huddle House case study and learn more about All Points’ strategic approach to helping franchise brands earn credibility.

Bojangles’® Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

Bojangles’® Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 39th Annual Franchise 500® List

Popular Chicken ‘n Biscuits Brand Ranked #57 Overall

CHARLOTTE, NC – Bojangles’, the popular, fast-growing restaurant operator and franchisor renowned for its bold, Southern-inspired recipes, announced today that it has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Bojangles’ has been listed number 57 overall out of the top 500.

The prestigious award validates the franchise development progress the company has made in the past year. The brand had 749 restaurants across 11 states and Washington, D.C. as of September 24, 2017.

“We are honored to receive this ranking,” said Randy Icard, Bojangles’ Vice President of Franchise Development. “We look forward to working alongside our new and existing franchise partners to share the Bojangles’ experience and our freshly-made food across the Southeast and into new markets.”

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

“This year’s Franchise 500 ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever-changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

For 40 years, fans have enjoyed Bojangles’ proprietary, made-from-scratch products that offer a flavor profile unlike anything in the market. The menu features southern classics with Bojangles’ one-of-a-kind flavors, including fresh, never frozen, hand-breaded bone-in chicken, buttermilk biscuits made from scratch every twenty minutes, salads, sandwiches, flavorful fixin’s like green beans and Bojangles’ Cajun Pintos®, and Legendary Iced Tea® steeped the old-fashioned way.

Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Bojangles’ position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view Bojangles’ in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

For more information about franchising at Bojangles’, visit www.Bojangles.com/Franchising. Follow Bojangles’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Bojangles’

Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’ serves menu items such as delicious, famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea®. At September 25, 2017, Bojangles’ had 749 system-wide restaurants, of which 316 were company-operated and 433 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Kona Ice Takes First in Elite Franchise Ranking

Kona Ice Takes First in Elite Franchise Ranking

 Ranks #1 in Franchise Industry’s Most Comprehensive Franchisee Satisfaction Survey; Franchise Business Review’s “Top 200 Franchises of 2018”

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice is rolling in at number one for 2018.

For the second year in a row, the country’s premier mobile gourmet shaved ice brand, renowned for creating over-the-top experiences for tens of millions of consumers across the nation, has earned the number one spot in the franchise industry’s most comprehensive franchisee satisfaction rankings.

Among more than 28,000 franchise owners surveyed representing more than 307 brands, Kona Ice’s franchisees scored Kona Ice higher than any other concept measured in the Franchise Business Review Top 200 Franchises of 2018.” Remaining in the top spot demonstrates Kona Ice’s true commitment to keeping its franchisees the happiest in America.

In addition to ranking first overall, the brand has been atop the survey’s “Food & Beverage” category for several years.

“We’re tremendously honored to receive this type of validation from our franchisees year after year,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “You don’t build an empire without supporting your foundation…and that’s our franchise family. I’m proud of the reputation we’ve established, and we’ll continue to invest the time and resources needed to keep our owners satisfied.”

Franchise Business Review, the national franchise market research firm that conducted the “2018 Top Franchises Survey,” provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

Kona Ice’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction, and the franchisee community.

In addition to Kona Ice consistently ranking highly on the Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises Report”, the brand was recently ranked as a top franchise in Entrepreneur’s 2018 “Franchise 500®” list, which evaluates factors such as costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. Kona Ice’s continuous spot on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity. Likewise, Kona Ice was listed on the Franchise Times “Fast & Serious” 2018 list for its systemwide sales growth and unit growth over time.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs when choosing which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list are the top performing brands in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

Providing entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs, the Kona Ice investment ranges in price from $117,125 – $135,925. An initial franchisee fee of $20,000 is required, and finance programs are in place to support qualified entrepreneurs in their Kona Ice investment.

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Kona Ice, please visit: http://www.ownakona.com.

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s annual Top 200 ranking, please visit: https://www.franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-franchise-opportunities/.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $50 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand’s iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 franchise units in more than 47 states. 

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

Kona Ice Achieves Coveted Franchise Industry 1K Status: 1,000 Franchised Trucks in Ten Years

Kona Ice Achieves Coveted Franchise Industry 1K Status: 1,000 Franchised Trucks in Ten Years

Holds Honor of Having America’s Most Satisfied Franchisees, Ranks Atop Franchise Industry Rankings and Community Giveback Surpasses $50 Million 

FLORENCE, Ky. – Where the rubber meets the road, there is no other franchise in America that compares to Kona Ice.

As the nation’s iconic mobile shaved ice franchisor continues to earn an intensifying amount of accolades, its franchise growth is reaching a milestone reserved for a rare breed of brands. In early 2018, Kona Ice will have more than 1,000 of its colorful, tropical-themed trucks running across the country, captivating even more of America with a one-of-a-kind gourmet shaved ice experience.

“The energy behind our brand is incredible. Our franchisees, both the new and those that have been with us for many years, are immersed in their businesses and they never cease to amaze us with their dedication to the communities they serve,” said Tony Lamb, the brand’s president and founder who has been celebrated in recent years for the entrepreneurial ambition he has shown in launching and successfully expanding the business. “We are bursting through the 1,000 truck mark. Orders are already in to take us well beyond the 1K milestone in 2018 and there is unmistakable excitement across our franchise system for what remains ahead to achieve together.”

In 2017 alone, Kona Ice added nearly 130 franchised trucks, further solidifying the brand as the next generation ice cream truck – a sleeker, more entertaining, safer and increasingly profitable business model. Kona Ice expanded its presence in existing key markets such as Houston, South Florida, Charlotte and Las Vegas. Moreover, Kona Ice leveraged 2017 as an opportunity to enter new territories, including bringing its tropical tunes and cups of Hawaiian shaved ice for the first time to Alaska…introducing Anchorage to the brand’s unique blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats.

Taking into consideration Kona Ice’s mini version of its truck and its kiosks, which bring the brand into venues and spaces where the truck cannot go or as a method to expand its local presence, the country’s most recognizable mobile shaved ice experience already has more than 1,400 units operating.

Serving tens of millions of consumers across the nation every year, the franchisees that run the units are generating revenues that directly impact the communities they serve in incredibly positive ways. Along with the 1K truck benchmark, Kona Ice’s giveback to community schools and organizations across its franchise system has just passed the $50 million milestone.

“Even as we add a significant number of new franchisees and trucks, our greater purpose remains our road map for the business,” added Lamb. “From our Kona Korporate team to our franchisees and their team members, serving from the inside out is where it all begins for us — entrepreneurship is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others.”

This type of selflessness sets the tone for Kona Ice. Heading into 2018, Kona Ice will advance its innovative partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom, a national nonprofit that provides funding for K-12 teachers throughout the United States. Kona Korporate and franchisees together have adopted 120-plus classrooms, donating more than $60,000 in just one year.

The mantra to serve from the inside out also extends to Kona Korporate’s support of its franchisees. As a clear indication of just how far Kona Ice goes to maintain franchisee satisfaction, the brand holds the esteemed designation of being the top brand in the franchise industry’s most comprehensive franchisee satisfaction rankings for the last two years. Among more than 30,000 franchise owners in America surveyed representing more than 330 brands, Kona Ice’s franchisees scored the concept higher than any other franchise measured in the Franchise Business Review “Top Franchises Report.” Kona Ice even topped their Franchisee Satisfaction score from last year, exceeding expectations even further. Likewise, the satisfaction score reflects Kona Ice’s commitment to keeping its fixed annual franchisee royalty fee at a remarkably low $3,000 each year.

In addition to Kona Ice consistently ranking highly on the Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises Report”, the brand was recently ranked as a top franchise in Entrepreneur’s 2018 “Franchise 500®” list, which evaluates factors such as costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. Kona Ice’s continuous spot on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity. Likewise, Kona Ice was listed on the Franchise Times “Fast & Serious” 2018 list for its systemwide sales growth and unit growth over time.

“We continue to propel growth with a commitment to what we do best — innovating with our trucks and products, and supporting our franchisees to the nth degree,” added Lamb. “The growth and profitability of our existing franchisees is what is allowing us to accelerate franchising.”

With 2018 already off to an exciting start for the brand, Kona Ice will soon be introducing its Krafted line aimed at offering innovative shaved ice options to the adult demographic. Thirty-plus new flavors are set to be unveiled including coffee, sour, spicy and mock tail flavors.

Moving forward, Kona Ice aims to grow with qualified franchisees that embody a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and who have a deep appreciation for following the brand’s processes and systems. The franchise opportunity has been designed to meet the needs of individuals, both seasoned and new business owners, seeking greater purpose, structure, support and marketing expertise. 

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $50 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand’s iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 franchise units in more than 47 states.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Soars in 2017, Looks Ahead to Exciting Changes and Growth in 2018

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Soars in 2017, Looks Ahead to Exciting Changes and Growth in 2018

Business Broker Franchise Announces Brand Changes for 2018, Including a New Logo and Tagline

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation is having another record-breaking year.

In 2017, Murphy Business opened multiple offices across the nation. The business brokerage company is determined to continue its steady growth in 2018, with new openings planned for the first quarter this year and several others to follow.

In addition to the persistent growth of the past year, Murphy Business & Financial Corporation facilitated a record dollar amount in total transactions – proving a strong year of success in all depths of the franchise.

“This past year has strengthened our system as a whole,” said Tom Coba, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, who was appointed president in early 2017. “With each year that we continue to grow, we are able to help more clients across the United States and Canada. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful our franchisees are at providing excellent service to each individual that we support. The brokers are more than willing to going above and beyond at making their clients feel at ease during what can be an emotional time for them, either buying or selling their business.”

The new president, Coba, has held key leadership roles with many brands, most notably, serving as president and CEO of ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group, and previously COO of Subway Global and VP of Dunkin’ Brands.

Looking ahead to 2018, the brand is excited to unveil its new tagline, icon and logo with contemporary colors and fonts in January. The tagline, “Excellence and Business Transactions”, provides potential clients with a concise snapshot of what the brand offers in an easy-to-understand manner. Additionally, the new logo featuring Business Sales is a total revamp of the logo that was used in the past. The new tagline and logo both signify the brand’s commitment to being a dynamic player in the industry.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation offers unique advantages for its franchisees to elevate their professional skills and utilize their talents on a daily basis. Franchisees join a collaborative environment of individuals who come from backgrounds of mid-level management to C-Suite positions. When joining the Murphy Business & Financial Corporation family, franchisees will become a part of a network of business brokers known for their skills and knowledge in the industry.

Murphy Business permits entrepreneurs the opportunity to individually operate locally or as an office with a team of business brokers. The corporate office offers all franchisees with continuous support and a solid foundation as a result of its comprehensive training plan.

With more than 170 offices in the United States and Canada, Murphy Business & Financial Corporation is North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm. Offering entrepreneurs unit franchisee operating models, the Murphy Business home office supports the franchisees and their agents with extensive training, along with initial and ongoing marketing efforts that leave Murphy Business owners to focus on the most important part of their business – spending more time with their clients.

For more information about Murphy Business & Financial Corporation and available franchise opportunities, please visit: www.murphyfranchise.com.

About Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC

Clearwater, Florida-based Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC is a full-service business brokerage firm facilitating business sales, purchases, consulting, valuations, mergers and acquisitions. Closing deals at a higher ratio than the business brokerage industry average, several accolades have been bestowed upon the company including being recognized as one of Franchise Business Review ‘s Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winners for ten consecutive years.

Zippy Shell’s Growth Spurs Relocation of Corporate Tampa Office

Zippy Shell’s Growth Spurs Relocation of Corporate Tampa Office

New 16,000 Square-Foot Facility Supports Company’s Extensive Coast-to-Coast Franchise Expansion 

TAMPA – Zippy Shell, the nation’s leading moving and storage franchise, announced today it has relocated its corporate office in Tampa to a much larger space situated at 3405 Benjamin Rd, Suite A, in Tampa. This move comes as the brand has doubled its sales and added 30 new territories in 2017, as well as the addition of its new on-site container services.

The new 16,000 square-foot facility will house the call center and additional departments related to operations and development, and will greatly increase operational efficiency and productivity of the fast-growing moving and storage franchise. With the addition of more space, the call center will expand to meet the growing demands of the industries, allowing Zippy Shell to continue providing supreme customer service.

“The process of moving has been an experience that is often dreaded due to complications and frustrations over pricing and service, on top of all this, it is one of the most stressful life-changes that many people will encounter,” said Gareth Taylor, co-founder of Zippy Shell and current Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal has been to make moving simple through improved customer facing technology, straightforward pricing and providing a one-stop seamless service solution. Customers are taking note and we appreciate them picking us to be a part of their life transition.”

The corporate office in Tampa works closely with the brand’s headquarters in Washington DC. Together both offices are equipped to manage operations, executive franchise development efforts, spearhead further product innovation and support customers.

“Our company is growing rapidly in all areas”, added Zippy Shell CEO Mark Kuhns. “And, we believe our customer service team needs expanded facilities in order to accommodate our growth and to drive many of our initiatives aimed at providing the best customer experience in our industry.”

Since launching U.S. operations in 2010, Zippy Shell has distinguished itself in the moving and storage industries, and strengthened that standing this year with the introduction of its portable onsite containers. Designed to fit into the places that other portable storage solutions can’t, Zippy Shell’s onsite containers are ideal for construction contractors storing materials at a build site, customers who are renovating their homes and want to keep their personal belongings safe and nearby during the process, parks or outdoor venues seeking easy access to their seasonal supplies and more. These onsite containers have proven to be a valuable addition to Zippy Shell’s services and will continue to be rolled out in new and existing markets in 2018.

To learn more about Zippy Shell, visit: www.zippyshell.com.

About Zippy Shell:

 Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has more than 50 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 150 markets. For more information, visit www.zippyshell.com.

Zippy Shell Lands Spot On Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500® List For Sixth Consecutive Year

Zippy Shell Lands Spot On Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500® List For Sixth Consecutive Year 

National Moving & Storage Company Ranks Among Top Franchise Brands

 WASHINGTON D.C. Zippy Shell announced today that it has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

The prestigious award, which Zippy Shell has now landed six years in a row, validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2017 alone, Zippy Shell welcomed in a number of new franchisees which resulted in 30 new territories for the brand, bringing the total number of territories to 150 throughout the United States.

“Our whole team is honored to receive this industry recognition year after year,” said Rick Del Sontro, president of Zippy Shell, Incorporated. “We’re moving toward an even stronger 2018, as we form new relationships, expand into new markets, and offer our existing franchisees continued support and enhanced business systems.”

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

“This year’s Franchise 500 ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever-changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

Since launching U.S. operations in 2010, Zippy Shell has distinguished itself in the moving and storage industries, and strengthened that standing this year with the introduction of its portable onsite containers. Designed to fit into the places that other portable storage solutions can’t, Zippy Shell’s onsite containers are ideal for construction contractors storing materials at a build site, customers who are renovating their homes and want to keep their personal belongings safe and nearby during the process, parks or outdoor venues seeking easy access to their seasonal supplies and more. These onsite containers have proven to be a valuable addition to Zippy Shell’s services and will continue to be rolled out in new and existing markets in 2018.

Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Zippy Shell’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view Zippy Shell in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: www.zippyshell.com/franchise.

About Zippy Shell:

Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has more than 50 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 150 markets. For more information, visit www.zippyshell.com.

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