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Got an Ugly Screen? Screenmobile Wants to Fix It 

Got an Ugly Screen? Screenmobile Wants to Fix It 

Nation’s Leading Mobile Screen Service Offers Free Screening for Ugliest Screens in America 

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. – Screenmobile, “America’s Neighborhood Screen Store,” is kicking off 2019 with an offer: whoever believes their home has the ugliest screen should submit a photo to the Screenmobile Facebook page for a chance to win a free replacement.

As a homeowner, there’s nothing worse than an ugly screen ruining your abode’s curb appeal. Screenmobile is looking to help two lucky winners fix their screening mess by providing a free screen repair valued up to $1,000.

Those looking to submit their eyesore of a screen should upload a photo to Woobox. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, February 28, and the winner will be announced on the corporate Screenmobile Facebook page, as well as contacted directly via email on Wednesday, March 6.

“We’re always interested in helping our customers beautify and improve their homes, and for two lucky winners, we’re going to do it for free,” said Scott Walker, president and CEO of Southern California-based Screenmobile. “We have franchise locations across the country, so all are welcome to submit for a chance to upgrade their screen!”

Concerned about the inconvenience of getting a new screen installed? With Screenmobile, it’s a simple process. In a single visit, a Screenmobile representative arrives in uniform, then measures, manufactures, installs and tests the screens on site. Afterwards, Screenmobile follows up with proactive communication to ensure everything went smoothly.

For more information on Screenmobile and its services, visit www.screenmobile.com. For information on franchising opportunities, visit https://franchise.screenmobile.com.

About Screenmobile

Founded in Glendora, California in 1980, Screenmobile has successfully become the nation’s leading mobile screen service franchise, with 119 licenses across more than 26 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 Screenmobile, visit http://screenmobile.com.

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CMIT Solutions Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 40th Annual Franchise 500® List

CMIT Solutions Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 40th Annual Franchise 500® List

IT Service Provider Franchise Ranked # 1 in “Miscellaneous Tech Services” Category

 AUSTIN – CMIT Solutions 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. CMIT Solutions has been rated number #1 in the “miscellaneous tech services” category in the Tech section and #91 overall.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2018, the brand added more than 40 new offices, bringing the total to more than 220 communities throughout the United States.

“We are pleased to be ranked among the best of the best in franchising,” said Jeff Connally, president of CMIT Solutions. “We’re excited to continue on this path and build off the momentum of the past year as we prepare to build relationships and enter 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.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

CMIT Solutions is widely recognized as the frontrunner among IT support providers for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States. Offering a broad spectrum of proactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages, along with quick response services when unexpected crises occur, CMIT Solutions has carved out its niche as an industry innovator specializing in working with the SMB community.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a CMIT Solutions franchise should have the ability to invest 128,300, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of 49,950. CMIT franchisees are provided with a sizable territory based on ZIP codes and can expect to have 3,000 to 4,000 prime targets.

Over its 40 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. CMIT Solution’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view CMIT Solutions in the full ranking, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about CMIT Solutions, visit: http://www.cmitsolutions.com/.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: http://cmitfranchise.com.

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting small businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford. CMIT Solutions has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list for seven consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.cmitsolutions.com

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 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 Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 40th Annual Franchise 500® List

Kona Ice Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 40th Annual Franchise 500® List

Mobile Shaved Ice Truck Franchise Ranked # 1 in the Frozen Desserts Category

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice 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. Kona Ice has been rated number #1 in the Frozen Desserts category in the Food: Quick Service Restaurants section and #67 overall.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2018, the brand added nearly 150 new trucks, bringing the total to more than 1,000 trucks plus 250 Minis (the brand’s miniature version of the truck able to go indoors) to communities throughout the United States.

“It’s been an honor to earn a spot on this list for multiple years in a row now,” said Tony Lamb, founder of Kona Ice. “Our growth has been a team effort, and as we surpassed 1,000 trucks in 2018, we have no plan to slow down. We’re looking forward to introducing more communities to the Kona Ice experience in 2019.”

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.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice offers its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats across 47 states. Equally as appealing as the icy treats that the brand offers is its philanthropic commitment in the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $60 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

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.

Over its 40 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Kona Ice’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

To view Kona Ice in the full ranking, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about Kona Ice, visit: www.Kona-Ice.com

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

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given $60 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 1,000-plus franchise units in more than 47 states.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 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.

The All Points Team Looks to Bridge the World of PR and Upcoming Graduates

The All Points PR team recently enjoyed a seminar led by Account Lead JoeyLauren Jiracek, who introduced the “AP University Initiative” and its goals to the team.

The AP University Initiative is designed to strengthen partnerships between All Points and nearby or team alma mater colleges through three methods:

  • On-sight classroom and registered student organization visits
  • Speaking engagements
  • All Points agency tours

These face-to-face visits with our team can serve a great purpose for upcoming graduates who are looking to enter the public relations field and learn about our growing integrated PR firm.

By visiting schools both near and far, All Points looks forward to sharing our mission with students who are eager to learn more about what they can expect with a PR team like ours. Likewise, students who wish to explore our agency environment for themselves or inquire about job opportunities are welcome to contact Lauren Izaks: lizaks@allpointspr.com.

3 Workplace Resolutions to Explore in the New Year

For many, the new year offers a fresh start. It’s a great time to reflect on the past year to evaluate the goals set and aspire to achieve new ones. When asked about their New Year’s resolutions, the All Points team had many great workplace goals to share. Here are several workplace resolutions that are worth exploring in the new year and why our team feels they’re important.

Seek out leadership opportunities

The world of public relations offers plenty of opportunities to step into a leadership role. Whether it’s tackling a new project, leading a presentation or initiating an integrated campaign, new and established PR professionals can always find more ways to strengthen their skillset. Emily M., one of our Public Relations Associates, has just that in mind looking into 2019.

“One of my biggest workplace resolutions for this year is to take on more leadership opportunities,” says Emily. “As a growing PR professional, I am soaking in all that there is to know about my field. As I continue to master certain skills, I gain the ability to help my team grow with me. By taking on more projects with added responsibility, I can help guide newer colleagues as they learn and grow.”

Learn more about tools and programs

Technology plays a powerful role in today’s PR climate. Email platforms, design programs and other management systems are essential to running successful campaigns, generating leads and building brand awareness. Barbara, one of our team’s Digital and Creative Associates, understands that there is always the opportunity to learn more and seek efficiency with the programs she uses, no matter her experience.

“My workplace resolution is to learn more about the programs I use daily,” says Barbara. “Even if you think you are experienced with using certain software, it’s important to realize that you can be doing things more efficiently. Learning keyboard shortcuts is a great, universal way to get started no matter what software you use. There’s a multitude of tutorials online with specific ways of improving efficiency and learning new skills. Incorporating these new learnings every day is critical to cement them into your skill set.”

Go above and beyond for clients

At All Points, our team is always looking for more ways to exceed our clients’ expectations. Meredith, one of our Content Marketing Associates, recognizes that there is always room to grow when it comes to going above and beyond expectations.

“It’s important to not only meet the needs of clients, but to exceed them,” says Meredith on her workplace resolution. “Going the extra mile when working on a project shows the client that they are a priority, as well as encourages you to push yourself professionally in order to grow individually. It can be extremely rewarding to see your work benefit the client, and going above and beyond from what is expected of you can make that happen.”

The All Points team looks forward to 2019 and all the opportunities for personal and professional growth to come.

CMIT Solutions Celebrates Year of Rapid Growth and Reaching the 200 Location Mile Mark

CMIT Solutions Celebrates Year of Rapid Growth and Reaching the 200 Location Mile Mark

Nation’s Leading Provider of Information Technology (IT) Services to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Celebrates Year’s Momentum

AUSTIN, Texas – The nation’s leading provider of information technology (IT) services to the small and medium-sized business community is celebrating a monumental year of franchise growth. The brand opened 42 new offices/territories across North America and welcomed 26 franchisees to the CMIT Solutions system.

“We are beyond excited to celebrate our 200th office opening this year and the overall growth of the brand,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of CMIT Solutions. “In 2018, we were able to add more than 25 talented, experienced franchisees to our system. We’re overjoyed to be able to offer our services to more areas around the nation to meet their IT service needs.”

The momentum CMIT Solutions achieved in the last year is a clear indication that it has established itself as a major provider of IT services on the national level.

“2019 will be an exciting time for us,” added Connally. “With such rapid growth, we are looking forward to soon being an even bigger presence. As the IT industry continues to change and grow, our offices will continue to provide the support to small and medium-sized businesses. We are looking forward to having a great year ahead.”

CMIT Solutions’ impression will continue to grow as the brand plans openings in 2019. New offices are expected to open in Sioux Falls, Encino and Baltimore.

CMIT Solutions is widely recognized as the frontrunner among IT support providers for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States. Offering a broad spectrum of proactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages, along with quick response services when unexpected crises occur, CMIT Solutions has carved out its niche as an industry innovator specializing in working with the SMB community.

To learn more about CMIT Solutions and its services, please visit: http://www.cmitsolutions.com/.

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting small businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford. CMIT Solutions has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list for six consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.cmitsolutions.com

Allegra Marketing Print Mail Targets Growth in 2019 With Key Franchise Initiatives

Allegra Marketing Print Mail Targets Growth in 2019 With Key Franchise Initiatives

Leading Marketing and Print Franchise Targets Key Markets  Across North America

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Allegra Marketing Print Mail, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion dollar market for marketing, print and graphics services, is poised to expand its footprint in North America.

 According to Anne Nemer, vice president of Franchise Development, the growth plan includes British Columbia and Ontario, Canada; Palm Beach and Dade Counties in Florida; Sacramento and Los Angeles Counties, California; Jefferson, Kentucky and Maricopa Counties, Arizona; and King County, Washington, as parent company Alliance Franchise Brands LLC offers two flagship programs to independent printers and entrepreneurs looking for a proven model.

“With more than 40 years of experience, we’ve identified the ‘secret sauce’ for supporting franchise owners with the programs, tools and processes they need to thrive,” she said. “These are two exciting opportunities to gain the backing of a world leader in marketing and visual communications while maintaining an independently-owned and operated business.”

The Allegra MatchMaker® Program allows entrepreneurs to purchase an established business with an existing customer base, cashflow and staff. “We match business owners who are ready to retire or sell with qualified buyers or current franchise owners,” Nemer explained. “A re-branding to Allegra Marketing Print Mail allows the new owner to capitalize on the power of the network and hit the ground running.”

The Allegra Advantage℠ Program is an attractive solution for independent marketing and print services business owners who want to grow the value of their company by gaining access to a host of franchise network resources.

“The program enables business owners to diversify services to drive sales and earnings, build greater equity and operate more efficiently,” said Nemer. When the mid- or long-range plan is to sell, the association with the franchise creates a roadmap to a more profitable exit and can identify qualified buyers when the time is right.

To learn more about the Allegra Marketing Print Mail brand and its breadth of services, visit http://allegramarketingprint.com. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit http://allegrafranchise.com.

 About Alliance Franchise Brands LLC (parent company of Allegra Network LLC)

Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in marketing and visual communications, has grown to become a holding company for nine franchise concepts, linking more than 650 locations in North America.

Independently-owned and operated franchises provide national, regional and local businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced and strategically sound solutions for their graphics communications needs under the Allegra Marketing Print Mail, American Speedy Printing, Image360, Insty-Prints, KKP, Signs By Tomorrow, Signs Now and Zippy Print brands. RSVP Publications is one of the largest direct mail advertising companies in the U.S. Franchise locations deliver on the proven concept of “Direct Mail to the Upscale” through luxury card packages.

Visit https://alliancefranchisebrands.com/ to learn more.

The All Points Team Shares Their 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

The All Points team has big plans for heading into the new year. From traveling and volunteering to living healthier and continuing education, our team is looking forward to a fresh year filled with more opportunities to achieve our goals. Check out our 2019 New Year’s resolutions!

Maddy: …to get better about finding HAROs for my clients and to find more ways to be active after work.

 Megan: …to cook more! I want to spend time each week trying new recipes and figuring out my go-tos for lunch-prep, party hosting and everything in-between.

Emily M: …to adapt a healthier lifestyle and keep a positive mentality through 2019!  

Barbara: …to pursue continued education. There’s so much more to learn about the programs I use on a daily basis, and my goal is to stay on top of any new updates and changes.

Sydney: …to continue my 2018 resolution of reading one book every month, and to seek out new professional learning opportunities for myself, my teams and the office.

Lauren:  …to learn something new. Give back. Read more.

Katie: …to cook more often, finish decorating my apartment and appreciate the little things in life more! 

Stephanie: …to focus my attention on becoming the best new mom that I can be and ensuring that all is prepared ahead of my son’s arrival in May.

Emily B: …to stay on track with my fitness goals and get back to working out regularly like I used to.

Amanda: …to give myself and my plants more water, develop a consistent and healthy workout and weight routine, actually use my gym membership, read at least one book every month and dedicate more time to friends, family and my own self care.

Allie: …to clean my inbox in some way each day and to drink more water.

Mackenzie: …to make more time for volunteering in the community and to use my PTO time more wisely throughout the year rather than just saving the majority of it for the end of the year. I’m also hoping to start my Master’s degree before the end of the year!

Spencer: …to learn how to play the banjo. To accomplish this I plan to dedicate a minimum of three hours per week fumbling the strings until I can finally pluck a tune.

Jessica: …to make more memories through travel and new experiences.

Meredith: …to continue to exceed clients’ expectations and keep my apartment clean!

Alex: …to cut back on my daily screen time and read instead.

Gillian: …to learn how to garden and start growing fruits and vegetables indoors.

Jenna: …to implement healthy habits into my life in and outside of work like drinking more water, eating healthier and exercising more.

Annie: …to spend less money on Starbucks and Dunkin’ and to transition to a morning workout person.

Jamie: …to recalibrate my advisor role versus my tactical role. I will be more assertive with myself as it comes to strategy, leadership and coaching.

Joey: …to establish a morning routine that sets me up for a successful day. I want to get up earlier, enjoy a cup of coffee and consume the news before heading into work. More me-time in the morning will help me feel fully charged!

Bailey: …to spend more time volunteering with local youth organizations.

Gautier: …to get seven hours of sleep a night. It’s the key to consistent productivity and keeping your mind agile!

The All Points PR Team Reflects on 2018 Growth and the Years to Come

The All Points PR team recently celebrated the holiday season during our 2018 holiday party. There, the team enjoyed dinner, desert and a gift exchange, complete with the inaugural “APPRs” and a team seminar.

President Jamie Izaks kicked off the night with our Q4 contest, The 2018 APPRs. In the weeks leading up to the first-ever awards event, the team filled out ballots nominating team members and pods for their hard work in the following categories: Media Relations, Social Media & Graphics, Content Marketing, Client Management & Professionalism, and Integration. Winners included Senior Account Lead Gillian Losh for Top Notable Placement, Director Sydney Thompson for Strongest Byline and Creative and Digital Associate Barbara Krygowska for Best Integrated Campaign of the Year.

In the seminar, COO and Executive Vice President Lauren Izaks shared a reflective overview of the agency’s growth, as well as what’s to come in the new year with the collaboration of several team members. Lauren began the presentation with a timeline of the agency’s growth – from its founding in August 2011 to a new and improved office location, the introduction of team seminars, the Positive Impact program and much more. The team was then treated to a photo collage video highlighting 2018 as a whole, from conferences and holiday celebrations to team outings and general fun around the office.

Lauren then invited several team members to discuss new developments and systems moving into 2019. Lead Project Manager Megan French was the first to take the stage to review important scheduling information across the agency. Director Bailey Hewitt then went over 2019 dates for our monthly seminars, encouraging team members to seek out new learning opportunities to share.

On the creative side, Senior Creative & Digital Account Lead Allie Kramer and Creative & Digital Associate Barbara Krygowska shared exciting materials coming into play beginning in January. One reveal featured a client-focused newsletter, showcasing the diverse insights and services of All Points in digital marketing and social media, content marketing and public relations.

Lauren wrapped up the presentation with a few words of inspiration and an exciting announcement on an initiative designed to bring our team even closer to our clients. The team enjoyed reflecting on 2018 as a whole, taking a look at past years with the agency and anticipating all that’s yet to come. The holiday season and celebratory atmosphere of the night certainly set the stage for ringing in an exciting new year at All Points.

All Points PR Supports Escape from Domestic Violence with Positive Impact Program

On Thursday, December 6, the All Points PR team participated in a clothing & accessory drive and self-defense class for our Q4 Positive Impact program.

To partner with WINGS, an organization committed to helping adults and children escape domestic violence and abuse, the All Points team collected bags full of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and other accessories for donation. These items were given to WINGS Resale shops, as proceeds from these shops account for 25% of the program’s budget.

The team then participated in a self-defense class at the Alpha Krav Maga Compound in Northbrook. The national training center delivered a two-hour class packed with demonstrations, partnered drills and a Q&A session offering essential tips for defense in a variety of violent situations. At the end of our session, the instructors offered a generous gift of a week of free self-defense classes for each team member and a guest.

The All Points team strives to positively impact the communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts through our Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations.

The team enjoyed a rewarding experience by giving to those in need, while gaining perspective on escaping violence through the self-defense class. We look forward to the next Positive Impact program and the cause we will support.

NIFA Dives Into the On-Demand Economy During the 2018 November Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2018 November Luncheon at Somerset in the beautiful Viceroy Chicago. The Luncheon allows NIFA to continue its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

With more than 60 guests in attendance, the November Luncheon included a delicious lunch, followed by an insightful panel discussion during desert entitled “The On-Demand Economy.” Franchise Times editors Tom Kaiser and Nicholas Upton facilitated the panel, featuring the following panel of industry professionals with diverse connections to the on-demand economy:

  • Stacey Snyder Murray, Vice President of Brand, Naf Naf Grill
  • Dino Northway, National Director Off-Premise, Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Jim Phillips, Regional Manager, Ritual
  • Lee Kleiner, Multi-Unit Franchisee, Dairy Queen and Which Wich
  • Dennise Vaughn, Franchisee of Homewatch CareGivers of Naperville
  • Greg Gosman, Regional General Manager, DoorDash

Key issues and trends related to restaurants, franchising and third parties stood as a major focus among panelists, including the need for technology, innovation and ensuring an effective customer experience. Upcoming 2019 trends, such as the role of technology, loyalty programs and the sustainability in delivery, were also thoroughly evaluated. Guests enjoyed the unique perspectives shaped by the panelists’ expertise and roles in the on-demand economy.

In addition to the panel and the delicious meal, attendees enjoyed free valet parking sponsored by All Points PR and Marks & Klein, as well as lively networking sessions before and after the panel. The event was sponsored by Bank of America.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming November 2018 NIFA luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.

The All Points Team Shares What We’re Thankful For

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling, the temperature outside is dropping and the All Points team is taking a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for. Whether personal or professional, our team has plenty of things to give thanks for. Check out what our team is thankful for this holiday season!

Emily M: I am thankful for my friends, family and incredibly supportive fiancé who all keep me motivated and driven. I am also thankful for all of my pets in my mini zoo of a home: my puppy, two bearded dragons, two frogs and a fish. Also, I am thankful for ranch dressing. I don’t know what I would do without ranch dressing.

Sydney: I am thankful for the support of family, true friends, amazing colleagues and the restorative power of puppy cuddles.

Jamie: I am thankful to be a part of a close-knit family that is equally as loving and caring as they are filled with fun and laughter.

Jessica: I am thankful for my supportive family and the memories we’ve had the opportunity to create this year.

Stephanie: I am thankful for my husband, health, job, supportive family and the blessings that I have received this past year.

Maddy: I’m thankful for my little sisters. They are a ton of fun and without them my life would be a lot more boring and much quieter.

Lauren: I am thankful for family, friends and community. I am also thankful for the journey.

Emily B: I am thankful that more companies are making strides to go green and create products that do less harm to the environment. I care deeply about my environmental impact and it’s great to see more corporations are starting to do the same.

Amanda: I am thankful for my loved ones, education, career and good health.

Katie: I am thankful for my friends and family for being such a great support system and also for such awesome colleagues who I continue to learn from every day!

Megan: I am thankful for all the professional growth I’ve experienced since coming on board at All Points ten months ago!

Allie: I am thankful for my family and loved ones, my APPR family for inspiring me and challenging me to be more creative and for Jamie and Lauren for making APPR such a great place to work.

Barbara: I am thankful for all the support and love from friends, family and my team here at All Points as I celebrated my marriage! It was an exciting year overall and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Mackenzie: I am thankful for family, friends, the opportunity to work with awesome people and for dogs!

Meredith: I am thankful for my supportive family and friends, co-workers that help make work fun and of course, mac & cheese.

Spencer: I am thankful for the tortilla chip. Tortilla chips are there for you through good times and bad. They’re my go-to snack and they pair well with a variety of dips. They’re also a great side for your Thanksgiving meal!

Gautier: I am thankful for my roommate — it’s great to come home to a positive attitude, and sometimes a glass of wine, every night!

Joey: I am thankful for my loving family, close-knit friendships and an office full of collaborative go-getters!

Jenna: I am thankful for every opportunity I’ve been given and the endless support of my family and friends.

Gillian: I am very thankful for my loving, supportive family, my health and my MVP best friend/roommate/cat Franklin.

Annie: I am thankful for receiving a great education, starting a fulfilling career at All Points and being surrounded by my family and friends.

Bailey: I am thankful to have friends and family that support me in whatever it is I want to do.

Suite Management Franchising Launches Suite Relief Fund

Suite Management Franchising Launches Suite Relief Fund

National Salon Suite Parent Company Announces Partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®; Starts Financial Assistance Program for Beauticians

NEW ORLEANS – Suite Management Franchising, the nation’s premier salon suite franchise housing both MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, announced today a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Franchise partners of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza have an opportunity to give back to the community by opting into the Suite Relief Fund, which partly benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to give back and help families in need. Part of the Suite Relief Fund will also go to support Salon Plaza and MY SALON Suite’s members in times of disaster or tragic life events.

MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza franchise partners who opt into the program will donate a monthly fixed amount to the collective fund. Members have the option to donate monthly into the fund as well. During the first year of rolling out the initiative, 100 percent of the donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By the conference in February 2019, the brand has a goal of raising more than $50,000 for St. Jude.

“We’re excited to launch our Suite Relief Fund and have a partner like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to give back to kids who need it the most,” said Ken McAllister, president of MY SALON Suite. “Not only will this fund give to a great cause, but part of the fund will also go to our own members who have fallen on hard times, and that show of support in our own system is crucial to us.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Raising the bar in luxury for salon entrepreneurs and consumers across North America, MY SALON Suite offers a fully equipped styling center and other eco-salon suite amenities to attract and inspire experienced health and beauty experts. Dedicated to empowering their members with the desire for growth, freedom and ownership, Salon Plaza provides a unique community for salon professionals to embrace the opportunity and operate their own private studio located within an upscale and vibrant plaza. Both concepts are customizable, secure and committed to investing in the modern day heath and beauty professional.

For more information about the Suite Relief Fund, visit http://www.mysalonsuite.com/the-suite-relief.html. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit www.mysalonsuite.com and www.salonplaza.com.

To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit https://www.stjude.org.

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About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in joining the beauty industry while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to successfully run their own business. Salon members are offered ongoing training, support and a strong referral network aimed to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and momentous success. A strategic alliance partnership with Ratner Companies, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 100 locations in 22 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 300 salons in the next five years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit www.suitemanagementfranchising.com. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit www.mysalonsuite.com and www.salonplaza.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

Huddle House Ignites Southern Hospitality in Western Tennessee Markets

Huddle House Ignites Southern Hospitality in Western Tennessee Markets

Local Entrepreneurs Sign 3-Unit Agreement to Expand Huddle House In Western Tennessee 

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – Huddle Up, Western Tennessee: Huddle House is coming your way!

The iconic neighborhood gathering place known for its round-the-clock breakfast, Southern hospitality and big portions at fair prices announced today it has signed a multi-unit agreement with local entrepreneurs, Kamlesh “Kevin” and Mina Patel to open three Huddle House locations in Western Tennessee markets over the next three years, with the first expected to open in early 2019.

“We are very excited to open our Huddle House locations,” said Patel, who is also a franchisee of brands such as Blimpies, Wings, Etc. and previously owned a chain of convenient stores across Tennessee. “This is a brand we are proud to be a part of and I know the communities across Western Tennessee are going to love all that we have to offer.”

Based in Atlanta, Huddle House restaurants have earned adoration in their communities for their warm, friendly atmospheres where every conversation, sip of coffee and bite of home-cooked meals are savored. Site selection is currently underway for the locations of the new restaurants.

The new Huddle House locations arrive amid a dynamic growth phase for the brand. In addition to the new locations, Huddle House has several additional openings planned for 2019 including Petersburg, Virginia, Kershaw, South Carolina and Paragould, Arkansas. Huddle House’s commitment to serving freshly prepared home-style food in a friendly environment that brings communities together has won over a loyal and growing base of guests that clamor for the brand in their communities.

“We are so excited to have Kevin and Mina represent the Huddle House brand in Western Tennessee,” said Christina Chambers, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at Huddle House. “Kevin and Mina truly embody our service, spirit and focus on bringing friends and families together over delicious food, served from the heart.”

There are currently more than 343 Huddle House restaurants across the United States with an additional 47 in development.

For more information on Huddle House, visit huddlehouse.com.

About Huddle House

Committed to serving “Any Meal, Any Time,” Huddle House restaurants have become icons in the communities they serve throughout the country by bringing friends and family together over delicious food, served from the heart. 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 52 years ago. Today, the brand has 343 locations open and an additional 47 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.

Pearle Vision Signs Area Development Agreement Covering Northern Illinois

Pearle Vision Signs Area Development Agreement Covering Northern Illinois

Experienced Entrepreneurial Couple to Bring Premium Eye Care Brand to Multiple Communities Across the Region

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Pearle Vision, a national premium eye care brand, announced today it has signed an area development agreement for the northern section of Illinois with Vick and Monika Mehta, experienced, multi-unit business owners and longtime residents in the region. The agreement includes the opening of five new EyeCare Centers in the next three years across Boone, Dekalb, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Winnebago counties.

“Pearle Vision is the gold standard when it comes to optical franchise retailers. From the operating model, eyecon,™ to the marketing support, it’s exactly what we are looking for in a franchise investment,” said Vick, who together with Monika currently owns 35 Cricket Wireless retail stores throughout Illinois. “Plus, Pearle Vision’s strong reputation, commitment to patient care and frame selection make it the perfect addition to our portfolio. We are looking forward to joining the brand and using our background in business ownership and operations to bring genuine eye care to new communities in Illinois.”

Pearle Vision’s area development program grants large territories to qualified candidates to develop and open EyeCare Centers of their own. This type of development program allows for steady and predictable growth in a specific territory with one team, meaning quality and brand values remain protected. Earlier this year, Pearle Vision signed area development deals in Florida and Arizona.

“When we think of expanding Pearle Vision, our top priority is to make sure the quality of eye care remains consistent with the patient value proposition that has become expected of us,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager of Pearle Vision. “Vick and Monika share our commitment to patient care and understand what is involved in operating a business. Their past experience combined with our ongoing training and support has set them up to hit the ground running. They are great partners to join the team and we looking forward to working with them as they introduce Pearle Vision to new communities.”

Pearle Vision, which pledges “Nobody Cares for Eyes More Than Pearle,” prides itself on delivering exceptional care to patients that goes beyond a routine eye exam. The brand’s franchisees ensure each patient receives personalized, quality care that takes the whole individual into account. Additionally, Pearle Vision provides patients with everything necessary for healthy vision including a vast selection of high quality frames and contact lenses and state-of-the-art eye care examinations. In addition, Pearle Vision accepts a variety of managed vision care programs to ensure patients can use their benefits for all of their eye care needs.

Being a Pearle Vision franchisee offers distinct advantages. The brand’s operating model, eyecon, is designed to maximize efficiencies at each Pearle Vision EyeCare Center – including a turnkey supply chain, is one element that is paving the way for the brand’s emergent franchise growth. Along with eyecon, Pearle Vision’s local marketing approach, provides franchisees the support to attract and retain patients and customers. The digital component of the brand’s marketing package includes online exam scheduling, which has accounts for 25 percent of Pearle Vision franchisees’ patient scheduling. Likewise, Pearle Vision distinguishes itself in the marketplace with the sway of immense buying power on its side, bridging relationships with the most well-known name brands in eyewear and managed vision care, maintaining tight connections with lens and contact lens manufacturers and providing access to state-of-the-art equipment at favorable price points.

Pearle Vision aims to expand with qualified franchisees and area developers 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 today’s individual optometrists, independent practices owners and investors. For more information on franchising opportunities, visit ownapearlevision.com.

About Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision was founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, who began the concept of one-stop, total eye care with the opening of the Pearle Vision Center in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Pearle combined complete eye exams with an extensive selection of eyewear. In 1981, Pearle Vision began offering franchise opportunities to select doctors and opticians. Today, with more than 500 EyeCare Centers located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus to deliver genuine eye care to patients and become the neighborhood trusted source for all their eye care and eye wear needs. Pearle Vision is owned by Luxottica, a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. For more information, visit http://www.PearleVision.com. And, to learn more about the Pearle Vision franchise opportunity, visit ownapearlevision.com or call 1-800-PEARLE-1.

Huddle House Kicks Menu Up a Notch with New Big House® Burgers and Melts

Huddle House Kicks Menu Up a Notch with New Big House® Burgers and Melts

 All-Day Breakfast Chain Revamps Burger Menu, Adds Fruit Option  

ATLANTA – Huddle House has hit refresh on an American classic.

The nation’s iconic neighborhood restaurant has rolled out a completely overhauled burger menu. The new burger line, named Big House® Burgers and Melts, highlights quality ingredients to help Huddle House deliver on its mission of bringing friends and family together over delicious food, served from the heart.

The updated burgers will feature Huddle House’s signature burger seasoning on each burger patty. With flavorful new burgers to meet every craving, guests can choose from any of the following savory Big House® Burgers and Melts:

  • HuddleBurger® – Served on a toasted brioche bun, this mouthwatering burger consists of two seasoned patties stacked in between two pieces of cheddar cheese. Upgrade this burger with bacon or two more patties to make it a “Triple”.
  • Classic Patty Melt – Melted together on Texas toast, this melt is served with grilled caramelized onions, garlic mayo, two seasoned burger patties and American cheese.
  • Double Mushroom Swiss – Loaded high with a mix of sautéed mushroom and caramelized onions, this burger is served with breaded friend onion rings, Swiss cheese and two beef patties.
  • Mega Bacon Cheeseburger – Crafted with the bacon lover in mind, this burger is made with two layers of bacon and cheddar cheese sandwiched between two burger patties.
  • Black Bean Burger By Gardein™ – A delicious meat-less burger made from black beans layered between a grilled and buttered brioche bun and melted cheddar cheese.

All Big House Burgers and Melts are served with the choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots and newly introduced seasonal fresh fruit. Fresh fruit will also be available to guests a la carte and include cantaloupe, grapes and pineapple as well as rotate in seasonally appropriate fruit.

The new menu additions are available at all 400 Huddle House restaurants across the country.

For more information on Huddle House’s flavorful menu or to find a location near you, visit http://www.huddlehouse.com/.

About Huddle House

Committed to serving “Any Meal, Any Time,” Huddle House restaurants have become icons in the communities they serve throughout the country by “Bringing Friends and Family Together, Over Delicious Food, Served from the Heart”. 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 54 years ago. Today, the brand has more than 400 locations open or in development. Named one of the Top 200+ Franchises by Franchise Times and ranked among Thrillist’s list of “Regional Breakfast Chains that Should Be Everywhere,” Huddle House continues to be adored in each of the markets it serves.

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.

Pizza Factory is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List 

Pizza Factory is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List

National Pizza Restaurant Franchise Ranked In List of Largest United States Franchises

OAKHURST, Calif. – Pizza Factory announced today that it has been named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list, which is an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. Based on the company’s worldwide system sales and number of locations, Pizza Factory has been placed alongside the largest franchises in its industry.

This recognition validates the tremendous growth the company has experienced in the past year. In 2017, the brand generated over $67 million in sales. Pizza Factory now operates 106 locations nationwide.

“We are humbled to achieve this incredible milestone,” said Mary Jane Riva, president and CEO of Pizza Factory. “This ranking is a direct result of our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to succeed. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we grow into new markets and offer continued support to our existing franchisees.”

Using a combination of companies’ voluntary reports and the most recent franchise disclosure documents, the Franchise Times Top 200+ is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

To qualify for the ranking, companies must be a legal United States franchise, with its headquarters based in the United States or at least 10 percent of their total units located in the country. Franchisees must also own at least 15 percent of the company’s total units. The 200 franchises with the top global systemwide sales, including total sales for both franchise and company units, receive the highest rankings.

Founded more than 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.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Pizza Factory franchise should have the ability to invest $151,000 – $638,000, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of $25,000. 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.

To learn more about Pizza Factory visit: www.pizzafactory.com.

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

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 106 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 Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.

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

ABOUT THE FRANCHISE TIMES TOP 200+
The Franchise Times Top 200+® is the only ranking by systemwide sales and units of the largest 500 U.S.-based franchise brands. Published in the October issue and available in a searchable database online, the Franchise Times Top 200+ also analyzes industry sectors based on percentage change in sales growth, reports the 10 fastest- growing franchises by four different measures, and includes exclusive news stories about the biggest names in franchising. The rankings and full report, and the searchable online database, are available at www.franchisetimes.com.

To learn more about Franchise Times, visit http://www.franchisetimes.com.

Party Princess Productions Reimagines Franchise Growth

Party Princess Productions Reimagines Franchise Growth

New Marketing, Strategic Investor and Character Enhancements Foster Fairytale Franchise Plan for High-End Character Entertainment Brand

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Once upon a time, in a land made of both fairytales and franchises, one high-end character entertainment brand declared a revitalized franchise growth strategy to bring smiles to faces worldwide.

Party Princess International, through the Party Princess Productions brand, is the leader in providing costumed party characters at children’s birthday parties and special events, announced today a reimagined franchise development strategy that entails several new key initiatives focused on supporting the expansion of its enchanted concept into new markets, including the New York metro region, Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.

With several pieces to the strategy in place, PPI is already creating a magical amount of momentum with its fortified franchising strategy. Several new locations are on the horizon.

“To put it in our terms – we have all of the right characters on stage to share our brand’s charming narrative,” said Morgan Rothschild, CEO & Founder of Party Princess Productions. “Remember that feeling you had on your first trip to Disneyland? Party Princess Productions helps create that experience every day and it’s a dream come true working with local entrepreneurs to bring that sentiment into their local communities through realistic parodies.”

As part of its franchise strategy revamp, Party Princess Productions has added entrepreneurial power couple Meg Schmitz and Peter Layton to its roster of franchise development executives. Schmitz, a senior franchise consultant with FranChoice, is serving as managing director of global development, advising on U.S. franchise development and licensing around the world. Schmitz and husband Layton will also help oversee high-net investor relations for the concept, developing and executing a focused strategy on attracting talented investor/operator groups.

“I have experienced all aspects of franchising in the last 27 years, and Party Princess International is the first brand I have felt compelled to invest in at the corporate level,” said Schmitz.

“Entertainment is one of the most profitable business segments, and the ‘hot’ component is that these character actors love what they do, and are committed to their craft,” added Schmitz. “That isn’t true of all franchise concepts, or of all employee populations. To be able to bring joy to both the young and old makes PPI a brand that will stand the test of time.”

Another recent addition to the brand’s strategic partners is Troika Digital, the renowned brand marketing and advertising agency. Known for its work with top tier clients that include AT&T, Hulu, ABC and ESPN, Troika aligned with Party Princess Productions as one of its very few start-up clients, further validating the brand’s longevity and investment value.

Plus, Party Princess Productions has teamed up with the most trusted wig manufacturer in the world, which will now be the company creating all of the character wigs for each Party Princess Production location across the country.

These new key partnerships in place validate the brand’s projected path to expand its kingdom, positioning Party Princess Productions for the brand’s most prolific growth phase, which is set to kick into high gear in the second half of 2018 and into 2019.

The brand currently has more than 20 locations open across the country. As the brand continues to grow, it is seeking qualified franchise prospects to join its team. For more information on franchising opportunities with Party Princess Productions, please visit https://partyprincessproductions.com/franchise/.

About Party Princess Productions

Founded in 2011 by Morgan Rothschild, Party Princess Productions provides high-end birthday party character entertainment specializing in princess parties, superhero parties and many other character themed events. With custom handcrafted costumes and wigs, along with a top-notch cast, the concept ensures the most authentic performance for every special occasion and celebration.

The brand currently has more than 20 locations open across the country.

To learn more about franchising with Party Princess Productions, please visit https://partyprincessproductions.com/franchise/.

CMIT Solutions is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List

CMIT Solutions is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List

IT Service Provider Franchise Ranked On List of Largest United States Franchises

AUSTIN – CMIT Solutions announced today that it has been named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list, which is an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. Based on the company’s worldwide system sales and number of locations, CMIT Solutions has been placed alongside the largest franchises in its industry.

This recognition validates the tremendous growth the company has experienced in the past year. In 2017, the brand generated $58 million in sales revenue and currently has more than 220 territories nationwide.

“We are humbled to achieve this incredible milestone,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of Austin-based CMIT Solutions. “This ranking is a direct result of our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to succeed. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we grow into new markets and offer continued support to our existing franchisees.”

Using a combination of companies’ voluntary reports and the most recent franchise disclosure documents, the Franchise Times Top 200+ is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

To qualify for the ranking, companies must be a legal United States franchise, with its headquarters based in the United States or at least 10 percent of their total units located in the country. Franchisees must also own at least 15 percent of the company’s total units. The 200 franchises with the top global systemwide sales, including total sales for both franchise and company units, receive the highest rankings.

CMIT Solutions’ services help companies keep their strategic IT goals in focus by ensuring their computer systems are running, their data is protected, their network is secure, and, most importantly, their employees are productive. As a result, business owners increase the productivity of their employees, eliminating the frustrations that go along with today’s modern technology issues.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a CMIT Solutions franchise should have the ability to invest 128,300, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of $48,950. CMIT franchisees are provided with a sizable territory based on ZIP codes and can expect to have 3,000 to 4,000 prime targets.

To learn more about CMIT Solutions, visit: http://www.cmitsolutions.com/

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: http://cmitfranchise.com

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting small businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford. CMIT Solutions has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list for six consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.cmitsolutions.com

ABOUT THE FRANCHISE TIMES TOP 200+
The Franchise Times Top 200+® is the only ranking by systemwide sales and units of the largest 500 U.S.-based franchise brands. Published in the October issue and available in a searchable database online, the Franchise Times Top 200+ also analyzes industry sectors based on percentage change in sales growth, reports the 10 fastest- growing franchises by four different measures, and includes exclusive news stories about the biggest names in franchising. The rankings and full report, and the searchable online database, are available at www.franchisetimes.com.

To learn more about Franchise Times, visit http://www.franchisetimes.com.

Facebook’s 3D Photo Feature a Visual Storytelling Game-Changer

You’ve experienced films in their three-dimensional glory through the power of 3D glasses, but with Facebook’s latest photo feature, those glasses won’t be necessary. The social media giant is fully rolling out its 3D photo experience, simulating depth and movement where users can scroll, pan and tilt photos to see the visual content in realistic 3D.

While the technology behind it is a little more complicated, users can share 3D photos to their feed simply by taking a “portrait mode” photo using a compatible, dual-lens iPhone and sharing it through Facebook’s 3D photo option. According to The Verge, a number of other phones feature dual cameras such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35 ThinQ, but Facebook will be adding support for more devices in the future. Essentially, the technology works by capturing the distance between the subject in the foreground and background, which is why a dual-lens camera is needed.

Facebook’s 3D photo feature was first announced in May during its “F8” event. Currently, everyone can now view 3D photos on their desktop or mobile Facebook news feed, or in virtual reality through Oculus Go’s browser or Firefox on Oculus Rift.

The ability to create these 3D photos will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Through this new feature, Facebook has given people and brands a unique way to improve visual storytelling and challenge creativity through the use of this advanced technology. 3D photos have the ability to provide a more immersive experience for Facebook users following the pages of their favorite brands, products, people and services. For example, 3D photos can provide for a more realistic online shopping experience, making objects such as cars and furniture pop off the news feed and allow viewers to more realistically picture the product in their home.

Not to mention, this technology amps up the way brands show off event-based experiences and behind-the-scenes, providing a whole new way to connect with followers on a more intimate level. Whether someone wants to capture a more interactive shot at an amusement park, a museum or a celebration, viewers are one step closer to feeling as though their visual experience is reality.

All Points PR President Jamie Izaks Featured on Franchising Podcast

All Points PR president Jamie Izaks was recently featured on The Seth Brink Show. The podcast discussed franchise marketing and PR, where Izaks covered topics including the launch of All Points PR and NIFA, his history with franchise PR and the difference between paid and earned media today. He also highlighted how storytelling social media has become its own media channel as well as his thoughts on where each platform is headed. Coverage ran online.

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Kona Ice is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List 

Kona Ice is Named To Franchise Times Top 200+ List

Mobile Shaved Ice Franchise Ranked on List of Largest United States Franchises

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice announced today that it has been named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list, which is an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. Based on the company’s worldwide system sales and number of locations, Kona Ice has been placed alongside the largest franchises in its industry.

This recognition validates the tremendous growth the company has experienced in the past year. In 2017, the brand generated $166 million in sales and added 133 trucks. Kona Ice now operates over 1,000 trucks.

“We are humbled to achieve this incredible milestone,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “This ranking is a direct result of our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to succeed. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we grow into new markets and offer continued support to our existing franchisees.”

Using a combination of companies’ voluntary reports and the most recent franchise disclosure documents, the Franchise Times Top 200+ is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

To qualify for the ranking, companies must be a legal United States franchise, with its headquarters based in the United States or at least 10 percent of their total units located in the country. Franchisees must also own at least 15 percent of the company’s total units. The 200 franchises with the top global systemwide sales, including total sales for both franchise and company units, receive the highest rankings.

Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice offers its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats across 47 states. Equally as appealing as the icy treats that the brand offers is its philanthropic commitment in the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $50 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Kona Ice franchise should have the ability to invest $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.

To learn more about Kona Ice, visit: https://www.kona-ice.com.

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

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 THE FRANCHISE TIMES TOP 200+
The Franchise Times Top 200+® is the only ranking by systemwide sales and units of the largest 500 U.S.-based franchise brands. Published in the October issue and available in a searchable database online, the Franchise Times Top 200+ also analyzes industry sectors based on percentage change in sales growth, reports the 10 fastest- growing franchises by four different measures, and includes exclusive news stories about the biggest names in franchising. The rankings and full report, and the searchable online database, are available at www.franchisetimes.com.

To learn more about Franchise Times, visit http://www.franchisetimes.com.

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The All Points Team Shares How to Best Prepare for Client Meetings and Conferences

In our recent seminar, Director Bailey Hewitt and Account Lead Mackenzie Coopman shared the best practices for traveling to client meetings and conferences. There is a significant amount of preparation that goes into successful client meeting and conferences, and the duo covered all of the essentials and prep necessary for before, during and after each client interaction.

Bailey and Mackenzie kicked off their informative presentation with purpose, as the pair explained that it’s important to define your purpose in each client meeting and conference. These gatherings serve to build and strengthen client relationships, learn more about the client, discuss strategies, plus much more. In addition to defining your purpose, it’s important to ask yourself questions to effectively establish the technicalities and the goals of each meeting.

The “before” stage requires careful preparation over the course of a few weeks leading up to the meeting, including office prep, travel arrangements, collection of materials, plus proper items and attire to pack. While each stage holds its own significance, this planning stage is crucial to ensure the next two stages go as smoothly as possible. As a helpful tool for the team, Bailey and Mackenzie passed around copies of checklists for everything needed during client meetings and conferences.

In the “during” stage, Bailey and Mackenzie reminded the team of what can be expected out of these client interactions, and what exactly is expected out of our team to ensure the client is on the same page regarding the goals and initiatives of our work. They also shared several ways to make the most out of client visits, such as taking notes, participating in any sessions or roundtable discussions and taking opportunities to network with others.

Finally, the two wrapped up their presentation by sharing immediate action items after each meeting or conference, which include briefing the team and recapping the takeaways for the client. These items help establish the next steps for the account after a successful meeting.

Both seasoned travelers for the All Points team, Bailey and Mackenzie were able to weave in their own personal experiences and takeaways as well to make for an effective seminar on meeting clients and building relationships.

3 Common Professional Fears and How to Conquer Them

Fears come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to professional fears, they can have a big impact on your development and confidence in the workplace. While it’s not uncommon to have certain professional fears, it’s important to recognize them and address your fears before they seriously affect your performance. The All Points team shared a few common professional fears they’ve encountered and how they conquered them.

Organization

 Organization is key, and for good reason. While being organized helps us perform more successfully, good organizational skills can be difficult to develop. Emily B., one of our Creative and Digital Associates, shares how she conquered her fear of organization with the All Points team.

“One professional fear that I’ve dealt with is organization,” says Emily. “I thought I was very organized before starting at All Points, but as a new employee I quickly found that my old organization tools weren’t working anymore. This used to be a big fear of mine when I first started, but with the help of my team and coworkers, I’ve developed the perfect organization system that’s helped keep me on task.”

If organization is a source of struggle, enlist the help of your coworkers, discover what works for them and see how these methods can apply in your own personal system.

Public speaking

While there are those who enjoy public speaking, and even do so professionally, it can be a daunting task for many others. Katie, one of our Public Relations Associates, addresses her fear of public speaking and what has helped her gain more confidence.

“One professional fear that I’ve dealt with is public speaking,” says Katie. “One way I’ve started to overcome this is by starting off small, first presenting with my Pod in the office (much less scary) to eventually working my way to present in front of a client. Although it’s a work in progress, starting off small helped me gain the confidence I needed.”

Public speaking is not an easy task, but with plenty of practice in front of a small, comfortable group, you can gain the confidence you need to tackle a larger presentation without fear.

Meeting expectations and goals

 As a professional, you want to set the bar high for yourself and exceed expectations. However, this can often result in fear of falling short. Emily M., one of our Public Relations Associates, discusses how she overcomes this fear.

“A professional fear of mine is not meeting or growing my goals and expectations in my career,” says Emily. “One way to overcome this fear is to set real and achievable expectations for myself. Nobody knows my capabilities better than myself, and it is very important to be realistic when setting goals.”

With overcoming any professional fear related to growth, it’s essential to reflect on your performance and identify what is and isn’t working for you in achieving your goals.

“Don’t aim too low or too high,” Emily adds. “I set personal goals weekly and refer to them at the end of the week to assess myself and what I can do to continue to reach my goals and grow as a professional.”

The All Points team is committed to each other’s professional growth and is always seeking new and improved ways to tackle professional fears and achieve big goals.

 

 

 

All Points PR Team Shares Strategies for Fostering Better Client Communications

In our recent September seminar, Lead Project Manager Megan French presented the significance of client communication. Within this presentation, she shared strategies for fostering a better understanding between the team and our clients.

With the goal of easing communication on both sides, Megan shared her ideas on succinct and clear ways to ensure that everyone is on the same page during update and strategy check-ins. For example, because our office works with clients from all around the United States, many updates with clients are conducted over the phone. Since this eliminates the face-to-face factor, Megan shared helpful reminders when speaking with clients. This included speaking clearly and confidently so that ideas can be heard and absorbed, both by the team and our clients.

Additionally, Megan took some time to remind the team the importance of action items following the call. By actively taking notes throughout client calls, our team is able to effectively keep track of next steps and outline them for our clients.

With these reminders and strategies in place, All Points is able to create a helpful environment where everyone is clear on the work, goals and initiatives. It’s important that these items are understood all around to ensure we’re productively moving forward.

The entire All Points team enjoyed learning more about Megan’s strategic plan to ease client communications. Our office is always working to build a strong bridge that connects us with our clients and establishes a better understanding of our work.

NIFA Welcomes IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti to 2018 September Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2018 September Luncheon in Chicago, continuing its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

With more than 60 guests in attendance, the September Luncheon included important insight and a Q&A exploring the topic “The State of Franchising: Midterm Elections and Beyond” by IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. The event was sponsored by Patriot Software, Bank of America and Plante Moran.

Cresanti’s dynamic presentation covered the state of franchising and the implications of multiple political factors on business, including the outcome of the 116th Congress, government relations, tax reform and joint employer. He wrapped up the presentation discussing where to go from here, offering actions that can be taken to have an impact on the future of franchising.

In addition to Cresanti’s presentation, attendees enjoyed free valet parking and a delicious lunch at Erie Cafe that included chicken, pasta, steak and other menu items. Guests were also able to network before and after the presentation.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming November 2018 NIFA luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.