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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.

Trending: Nike’s Colin Kaepernick Ad and Effects of Branding Social Activism

If you’ve been active on social media over the past week, turned on the TV or picked up a newspaper, it’s likely you didn’t have to look very long before stumbling upon Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention, a wealth of supporters and angry fans alike in its wake.

Just days before the NFL season opener, Nike released their new “Just Do It” campaign with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as its face. What many people have seen circulating on social media is a black and white close-up photo of Kaepernick’s face, with a text overlay reading: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Considering the controversy surrounding Kaepernick, who first knelt during the national anthem two years ago, Nike took significant risks when rolling out this campaign. Known for featuring elite athletes such as Michael Jordan and Serena Williams, Nike instead chose an inactive athlete with a large social presence and cause. As a major turning point for the brand, Nike’s ad campaign is prime example of the effects of branding social activism – the risks and rewards of partnering with a controversial figure.

When a brand stands by a celebrity, an athlete or influential figure on a political or social issue, they’re essentially drawing a line in the sand and making their position on the issue known. Considering that social media feeds have recently been flooded with angry fans protesting the brand with videos of their Nike gear cut to shreds or doused in flames, many voiced their doubts about Nike’s decision.

However, with a brand giant as big as Nike, this decision was undoubtedly a carefully calculated one. The ad shows that Nike is very aware of who their customers are and the backlash it would evoke – but without the risk, there’s no reward. With this knowledge and the state of today’s social climate, Nike knew this campaign would also resonate with just as many people, if not more.

In fact, a quick Google search will show that since the campaign, the effects of branding social activism for Nike have been huge: record likes on social media, an all-time high in stock shares and backing by celebrities and big-name athletes are just a few. Not to mention, the brand’s online sales have absolutely soared – from Sunday through Tuesday over the Labor Day holiday, Edison Trends reports that Nike online sales grew 31 percent.

It’s no question that Nike’s ad campaign produced effects that will reverberate for years. But when a brand chooses to stand by a figure and their activism and does their research well, the effects can be astoundingly positive.

All Points PR Secures Cover Story for Dessert Franchise

All Points PR secured a cover story with Franchise Times for client Cinnaholic. The story featured co-founder Shannon Radke in “Kitchen Royalty: 5 reigning chefs in franchising” and shared more about her personal and professional background, baking experience and business, with her photo on the print magazine’s cover. Coverage ran in print and online.

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Pizza Factory Hits Home Run Partnership with Spokane Indians

Pizza Factory Hits Home Run Partnership with Spokane Indians

 National Pizzeria Franchise Joins Minor League Baseball Team to Combat Bullying

 OAKHURST, Calif. – Pizza Factory, known for its great-tasting hand-tossed pizzas and its commitment to community involvement, announced today its partnership with the Spokane Indians of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to put an end to bullying.

One of Pizza Factory’s most iconic initiatives is its “No Bully Zone”—a brand wide program that emphasizes the importance of inclusion and tolerance. Through the program, the company works to combat bullying by placing anti-bullying messaging on uniforms and pizza boxes and sharing parenting tips on napkins. Plus, Pizza Factory CEO Mary Jane Riva personally travels to different Pizza Factory markets, visiting elementary schools to present them with “Buddy Benches” and to speak to the importance of friendship when the kids are at an impressionable age.

With this partnership, Pizza Factory will be joining forces with the Spokane Indians to further elevate the “No Bully Zone” program at Avista Stadium and engage communities to raise awareness about bullying and create a bully-free atmosphere.

“The Indians, who have fans across the region, have values and a strong moral compass that align perfectly with our goals,” said Mary Jane Riva, CEO of Pizza Factory, which has more than 100 locations throughout the country. “We pride ourselves on being involved in the communities we serve, and look forward to propelling our anti-bullying message forward with the help of the Indians’ local presence. Together we can reach the masses with love and stop bullying in its tracks.”

On August 14, the Spokane Indians and Pizza Factory installed the first “No Bully Zone” bench at Avista Stadium in the Kids Zone. The bench will be the first of many that will be placed throughout the ballpark in future seasons.

“Being a family gathering place in the community, and serving thousands of children during the summer, we’re proud to support this campaign,” said Spokane Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein. “We want to create a safe environment at all times for kids and adults.”

For more information about Pizza Factory, visit www.pizzafactory.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 more than 100 locations based in five 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, 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/.

All Points Promotes Continued Education with Seminars

Professional development continues to have a large impact on the satisfaction and performance of employees. In fact, one survey reports that 68 percent of workers say that training and development is the most important work policy. Millennials in particular value professional development, as a ClearCompany survey reported in 2016 that 87 percent consider it very important to their job satisfaction. Not to mention, professional development also positively influences employee retention.

Given above, it’s no question that continued education and professional development in the workplace is a must. At All Points PR, we take the two very seriously to ensure employees feel fulfilled in the workplace, both personally and professionally. We have many programs in place to do so, one of our biggest being our monthly seminars.

Not only do our monthly seminars promote this ongoing education and development, but they also motivate and inspire our employees through relevant topics and exciting information. Individuals from the All Points team rotate each month to deliver these seminars, exposing the office to a variety of current topics such as the power of social media, tips for pitching and building better communication skills.

At All Points, employees come to find very quickly why we do seminar. Our seminars contribute to continued knowledge about topics that are most relevant to our work. Plus, they serve as the perfect time to come together as an office and experience something new.

Be sure to check out All Points on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to see what else is happening in our office!

City Wide Franchise Makes the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

City Wide Franchise Makes the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

LENEXA, Kan.Inc. magazine just revealed that City Wide Franchise is on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“This prestigious ranking is a great way for us to benchmark and measure our performance from year to year, and helps ensure we are providing our system with the best resources to improve and grow their businesses,” said Jeff Oddo, CEO and president of Kansas City-based City Wide. “We are honored to compete with the best of the best, and we’re looking forward to driving up our ranking even further next year.”

Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 15) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

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 in-house technicians and a collection of independent contractors and vendor partners, including janitorial, handyman services, parking lot maintenance among 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.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. 

For more information 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.

Methodology

The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

Andrew Bleiman Shares Important FDD Information in All Points Seminar

Andrew Bleiman, managing attorney of the Marks & Klein Illinois offices and co-founder of Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA) with colleagues Jamie and Lauran Izaks, discussed the basics of franchising and the importance of Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) guidelines in our recent August seminar. Sharing his expertise on the legal technicalities of franchising, Andrew delivered an informative seminar for the All Points team.

Working with franchisors and franchisees on matters such as preparation and review of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, area development agreements and similar documents, Andrew was ready to answer the team’s questions on abiding by FDD guidelines and other legal issues.

As we learned in detail, the purpose of an FDD is to provide prospective franchisees with information about the franchisor, the franchise system and the agreements they will need to sign so that they can make an informed decision on their investment. Most essentially, it is used to sell franchises while abiding by federal law. Understanding these guidelines allows us to be more informed about issues that affect our clients and clarify topics we wished to explore deeper.

Andrew began his presentation by covering the history of the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule, which requires the use of an FDD, and state registration and disclosure laws. He then guided the All Points team through a majority of the 23 items present in an FDD, identifying several items that are critical to disclose. As we work to bring awareness of a franchise to potential franchisees through press placements, content marketing and social media, it is vital that our language, numbers and other information about the franchisor are consistent with that of the FDD put together by our clients and their attorneys.

Thank you to Andrew for taking the time to share this important information and answer all our questions.

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in North Jersey

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in North Jersey

Local Entrepreneur to Bring Hoagie Shop to North Jersey

 MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Primo Hoagies, the Philadelphia-born Italian specialty sandwich franchise, announced it has signed an agreement with Christopher Amico for the North Jersey area.

The new hoagie franchise location will be the first of three locations that Amico will be opening in the area. Primo Hoagies prides itself on offering guests high quality, original products from a diverse menu, including the newest addition of an authentic Philly cheese steak. Amico’s combination of corporate experience and small business ownership prepares him well for this role. He will be managing daily operations.

“We’re proud to have Chris join our team, as he will be a great asset to our brand,” said Rocco Fiorentino, president and CEO of Primo Hoagies. “The North Jersey market will soon be able to take a bite into our tradition and become part of the buzz that has taken over the East Coast since the start of the company,” added Adam Biedenbender, vice president of development at Primo Hoagies. “We can’t wait to see the lines form at Chris’ store.”

Primo Hoagies, building on the momentum of the past year, has launched two multi-unit deals in Atlanta and Charleston, and a single-unit deal in Bel Air, Maryland. At more than 90 locations across seven states, the new locations bring excitement and authenticity to several more communities.

“When I began to research different franchise opportunities, I was looking for a unique concept with a rich tradition that has the ability to bring people together,” said Amico. “As an Italian-American, I believe I found the perfect fit with Primo Hoagies. Nothing beats serving up a classic Italian staple that anyone can enjoy.”

Since its start in 1992, Primo Hoagies has been known for its high-quality hoagies that are “Baked Fresh, Sliced Fresh, Made Fresh”. Each hoagie is assembled with the freshest ingredients available in order to produce classics such as the Sharp Italian or Soprano. “When a new customer bites in to our sandwich, it practically smacks them in the face. They don’t expect that flavor profile,” says Rocco Fiorentino. The brand prides itself on offering award-winning sandwiches that combine quality, consistency and originality.

For more information about Primo Hoagies and its many locations, visit: www.primohoagies.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.primohoagies.com/franchise.

About Primo Hoagies

A South Philadelphia original, today Primo Hoagies has more than 90 locations across seven states. Longtime loyalists and new fans cherish the brand for its fresh, made to order Old Fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches created with true Italian-style authenticity and from the finest gourmet meats and cheeses. Since its beginnings more than 25 years ago, demand for the brand’s hoagies has resulted in long lines during lunch and dinner, and unrelenting requests for catering orders. This popularity continues today as Primo Hoagies grows around the country through franchising. With continued expansion, Primo Hoagies is continuing to become the industry standard for high-quality hoagies.

Cleaning Up America: Junk King Documents Epic Environmental Road Trip

Cleaning Up America: Junk King Documents Epic Environmental Road Trip

National Junk Removal Company Returns From 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 recently embarked 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 left San Francisco to visit various homeowners, small businesses and nonprofit groups across the United States. Throughout the six-week journey, Junk King’s team lent its services to help these groups declutter while raising awareness about recycling. Junk King’s work during those six weeks involved no cost for the groups and individuals that participated.

“The Cleaning Up America trip was such an unforgettable and rewarding experience for everyone who was involved,” said Michael Andreacchi, CEO of Junk King who personally kicked off the tour. “Having everyone band together was incredibly heartwarming, and I know our efforts truly made a difference in each city we visited. As a company, we’re inspired to make this trip bigger and better than ever next time…but we also will continue to create meaningful relationships in our communities on a daily basis.”

Making the environmental movement a brand-wide effort, the Cleaning Up America truck was 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 documented the entire journey by recording the visits and releasing city-themed episodes for the rest of America to see.

The cities on the Cleaning up America tour included:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Orange County, 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

To watch Junk King’s Cleaning Up America journey, visit http://bit.ly/JKCUAYouTube. 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 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 Team Supports Project Linus Through Positive Impact Program

On Friday, August 17, the All Points PR team created cozy fleece tie blankets in support of Project Linus for our Positive Impact program, providing comfort and a sense of security for children in North and Central Chicagoland. Through the gift of handmade blankets, Project Linus aims to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need.

Filled with love and care, the All Points team made and donated more than 50 handmade tie blankets featuring bright colors and fun patterns that will be given to children from premature babies to 18 years of age. The blankets inspired plenty of teamwork from All Points, as members broke up into small groups to help create as many blankets as possible. The All Points team combines teamwork, collaboration and passion to perform for our clients daily, and volunteering for Project Linus provided a teambuilding service opportunity that allowed us to work together in a positive way and benefit children in our own local communities.

Driven by our core values, All Points strives to positively impact the communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts through the 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. Creating blankets for children in need of comfort was an incredibly rewarding experience for the entire All Points team, and we look forward to the next Positive Impact.

Young Rembrandts Illustrates New Picturesque Franchising Strategy for 2019

Young Rembrandts Illustrates New Picturesque Franchising Strategy for 2019

Illustrious childhood art education draws on mid-year success and outlines new expansion plans through end of year and beyond

 ELGINIll. – Building on the momentum of a sensational national campaign celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary in 2018, Young Rembrandts has etched its name in stone as the leading childhood art enrichment program with the announcement of a new franchising initiative to bring its proprietary art education curriculum to even more kids and communities across the country.

With more than 100 existing franchise partners already in place in the United States and across the globe, Young Rembrandts has identified several additional new markets targeted for expansion as part of the brand’s strategic effort to provide its cognitive development-centric art curriculum programs into the second half of 2018 and onward into 2019.

“Young Rembrandts celebrated 30 years in business this year, which is not only an incredible milestone but the turning of a leaf and marking of an era. The generation of students we first started with are now bringing their own children to Young Rembrandts,” said Bette Fetter, founder and CEO. “It’s truly humbling to see this program’s legacy come to fruition and it’s the reason why we want to bring our specialized art enrichment program to even more students and communities across the country through franchising.”

Young Rembrandts’ new masterpiece franchising strategy places it on track to sign 20 to 25 new franchise agreements by the end of 2019 amid further growth into 11 key markets, including California, Massachusetts, New York and Texas, among several others.

The brand’s strategic growth initiative comes amid newly opened locations in West Houston, Texas as well as San Diego, in addition to transfers of existing territories to new franchisees in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington state.

A unique art enrichment program that solely focuses on cognitive development through drawing, Young Rembrandts is based on the belief that when foundational art skills are taught to preschoolers and elementary students, there is a strong correlation between that involvement in the arts and future strong academic performance and personal achievement.

“The strength of our concept comes from our franchisees, and the passion and dedication they bring to our mission and to the communities they serve – the proof is in our annual franchisee sales, which continue to increase year over year,” added Fetter. “Our ideal candidate is persistent, a problem solver and a team player, and they have the people skills needed to bring our curriculum to as many children as possible. We’re an investment opportunity for an individual who wants to create an independent, profitable lifestyle.”

Through its unique methodology that gives kids the confidence to create art with a great amount of skill, Young Rembrandts helps kids boost cognitive development, hand-eye coordination, spatial learning and critical thinking. Unlike many other childhood art enrichment programs, Young Rembrandts provides students with a tangible takeaway project with each lesson. Students are able to learn a new technique and complete a finished, exceptional piece of artwork within a single class period.

As Young Rembrandts continues to trace more paths into new communities across the country, the concept is awarding the franchise opportunity to highly qualified entrepreneurs with the desire to carry on Young Rembrandts’ mission through art and drawing lessons, as well as being a brand ambassador within their communities. Franchisees lead art instructors to teach students the fundamentals of drawing using Young Rembrandts’ unique curriculum and step-by-step teaching method.

Ideal franchisees include former educators as well as business professionals that enjoy working with children and are looking for a meaningful and profitable home-based business model.

In order to be eligible to open a Young Rembrandts franchise, candidates must have at least $40,000 in liquid capital and net worth of $100,000. The total investment cost to open a new franchise territory ranges between $41,250 to $48,120, which includes the franchisee fee of $34,500. Young Rembrandts awards franchisees with protected, exclusive territories for success that are large in size and designated by zip code.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts, visit https://www.youngrembrandts.com.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts franchise opportunities, visit: www.youngrembrandtsfranchise.com.

About Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts is a recognized leader in art education, offering a curriculum focused on teaching children to draw, using demonstration and a structured step-by-step process. Through the process of weekly instruction students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history and mastery of their materials. Classes are taught to children ages 3 ½ to 12 years old. Young Rembrandts teaches more than 40,000 students each week in 31 states and four provinces. Through franchising, Young Rembrandts offers individuals the chance to grow their own business while creating a positive impact within the community.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts, visit https://www.youngrembrandts.com.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts franchise opportunities, visit: www.youngrembrandtsfranchise.com.

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in Atlanta

Primo Hoagies Signs Agreement to Open New Locations in Atlanta

Local Entrepreneur to Bring Hoagie Shop to Atlanta

ATLANTA – Primo Hoagies, the Philadelphia-born Italian specialty sandwich franchise, announced it has signed an agreement with Brian Ottaviano for the Atlanta area. He plans to open his Primo Hoagies location in Atlanta in the fall of 2018.

The new hoagie franchise location will be the first Primo Hoagies in Georgia and will be the first of three units that Ottaviano will be opening in the area. Primo Hoagies prides itself on offering guests high quality, original products from a diverse menu, including the newest addition of an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Ottaviano’s background in business and his roots in Philadelphia prepare him well for this role. Ottaviano and his business partners will be managing daily operations.

“We’re proud to have Brian join our team, as he will be a great asset to our brand,” said Rocco Fiorentino, president and CEO of Primo Hoagies. “The Atlanta market will soon be able to take a bite into our tradition and become part of the buzz that has taken over the East Coast since the start of the company,” added Adam Biedenbender, vice president of development at Primo Hoagies. “We can’t wait to see the lines form at Brian’s store.”

Primo Hoagies, building on the momentum of the past year, has launched two multi-unit deals in Charleston and North Jersey, and a single-unit deal in Bel Air, Maryland. At more than 90 locations across eight states, the new locations bring excitement and authenticity to several more communities.

“When we began to research different franchise opportunities, we were looking for a unique concept with a rich tradition that had the ability to bring people together,” said Ottaviano. “We found our perfect fit with Primo Hoagies. Nothing beats serving up a classic Italian staple that anyone can enjoy.”

Since its start in 1992, Primo Hoagies has been known for its high quality hoagies that are “Baked Fresh, Sliced Fresh, Made Fresh”. Each hoagie is assembled with the freshest ingredients available in order to produce classics such as the Sharp Italian or the Soprano. “When a new customer bites in to our sandwich, it practically smacks them in the face. They don’t expect that flavor profile,” says Rocco Fiorentino. The brand prides itself on offering award-winning sandwiches that combine quality, consistency and originality.

For more information about Primo Hoagies and its many locations, visit: www.primohoagies.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.primohoagies.com/franchise.

About Primo Hoagies

A South Philadelphia original, today Primo Hoagies has more than 90 locations across seven states. Longtime loyalists and new fans cherish the brand for its fresh, made to order Old Fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches created with true Italian-style authenticity and from the finest gourmet meats and cheeses. Since its beginnings more than 25 years ago, demand for the brand’s hoagies has resulted in long lines during lunch and dinner, and unrelenting requests for catering orders. This popularity continues today as Primo Hoagies grows around the country through franchising. With continued expansion, Primo Hoagies is continuing to become the industry standard for high-quality hoagies.