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What We Can Learn from Huge, Public PR Crises

It’s certainly been a hectic few weeks for the corporate communicators and PR pros. Where to begin? Pepsi’s tone-deaf commercial? United’s trio of non-apologies? Sean Spicer’s epically disastrous White House press conferences? The subject of crisis communication training from these potentially reputation-altering disasters has been explored in depth over the last several days – PR Daily and PR News have good examples, if you’re curious.

What’s most interesting to me is how the PR discipline and profession is at the center of the news cycle. Suddenly, people are in tune to how mega corporations such as Pepsi and United “spin” controversial topics. Crisis communication is publically discussed, and everyone is a critic. This can be nerve-wracking for those of us who work in PR and represent different clients – the dawning realization that we’re all just one misstep away from being under a microscope.

So what can we learn from this? As PR pros, we have to conduct ourselves (and instruct our clients to conduct themselves) as if they’re always on the verge of the whole country seeing inside their operation. We need to push our clients to move toward proactive diversity in their executive team and company representation. We should be the gatekeepers of spin, ensuring that we never let the truth run away from us. And finally, if a mistake happens, we need to make sure that the apology is genuine.

The chances of one of our clients running into a major international PR crisis is slim, but most businesses will deal a public problem of some size at some point. The difference between our clients and mega brands such United or Pepsi is that our clients don’t have the firepower of a multibillion dollar brand behind them – it’s up to us, their PR representatives, to handle the situation as ethically as possible. Let’s let these big stories serve as a reminder to review crisis communication plans and rededicate ourselves to ensuring that telling truthful stories is at the center of our PR strategies.

City Wide Maintenance Celebrates “Change, Challenge, and Opportunity” at Annual Franchise Convention

City Wide Maintenance Celebrates “Change, Challenge, and Opportunity” at Annual Franchise Convention

Franchisees and Home Office Leadership Come Together for 14th Annual Franchise Convention and Awards Ceremony

LENEXA, Kan. – City Wide Maintenance, the nation’s leading building maintenance management company, hosted its 14th annual franchise convention and awards ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas from Sunday, February 26th through Tuesday, February 28th.

Themed “Change. Challenge. Opportunity,” the convention encouraged franchisees to “embrace the change, accept the challenge, and capture the opportunity” that 2017 brings. Home office leadership and franchisees also celebrated key accomplishments for the brand such as opening eight new offices and achieving a new record in company-wide sales.

The three day convention began with a welcome reception complete with food, drinks, and live music by the pool. The following days included a State of the System address by City Wide President Jeff Oddo, an inspiring speech by honored educator and world champion athlete Murray Banks, and roundtable discussions and breakout training sessions. Topics for those discussions included client retention, growing sales, recruiting employees, and other tangible skills to achieve continued success and increase revenue.

“Our convention is a key component to City Wide’s success and overall growth,” said Oddo. “Bringing our franchisees together with the home office leadership for a few days of training, learning, and idea sharing is greatly beneficial to achieving our goals. Everyone leaves with a renewed sense of inspiration, and it shows as City Wide sees exponential growth and new brand accomplishments each year.”

The convention wrapped up Tuesday evening with the annual awards ceremony, giving special recognition to franchisees and their team members who excelled in 2016.

During the awards ceremony, Oddo presented the prestigious “Platinum Market” designation to two City Wide locations – Nashville and San Diego. To earn the recognition, franchise locations needed to achieve a series of high marks in all criteria judged, including total revenue, revenue increase, operations, retention, community involvement, and participation within the franchise system. The award winners will receive a special visit from Jeff Oddo and/or the COO, Darin Hicks, who will take the team out for a “Platinum Market” celebration.

Another prestigious award presented at the ceremony was the “Chairman’s Club 2016” designation, which was awarded to seven locations for meeting high requirements in various aspects of sales and operations. Awarded markets were Nashville, San Diego, Boston, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, and Oklahoma.

City Wide also presented eleven other awards to franchise locations based on various achievements in sales, revenue generation, performance, and other operations metrics.

Additional honorees from the convention include:

  • Operations Team of the Year – Boston; North Carolina
  • Sales Representative of the Year – Julie Harris of San Diego
  • Highest Total Revenue Growth – Jacksonville
  • Highest Total Revenue Percent Increase – Nashville
  • Total Revenue Retention – San Diego
  • Highest NJS – Louisville
  • Highest Revenue per Capita Increase – South Carolina
  • Highest Net Gain – Tampa Bay
  • Rookie of the Year – Central Pennsylvania
  • Excellence in Performance – San Diego
  • Million Dollar Club – Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Metro Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, South Carolina, and Tampa Bay

Throughout 2016, City Wide achieved new sales records, celebrated many great accomplishments, and the brand has set new goals for the year ahead. The company has already opened three new locations in 2017 and looks forward to continued success.

 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.

Zippy Shell Zooms into Aggressive Franchise Expansion Phase

Zippy Shell Zooms into Aggressive Franchise Expansion Phase

Breakthrough Brand Disrupting Dual Industries Advances Cutting Edge Moving and Storage Concept

WASHINGTON D.C. – Built for the long haul (and the short haul too), Zippy Shell is making a move that further solidifies its undisputable presence as the most prominent and disruptive force in both the moving and storage industries.

The brand announced today that it has initiated a coast-to-coast expansion plan to double its U.S. presence in the next three years, expanding its innovative service offerings into key markets. Momentum has shifted into high gear with four first quarter 2017 openings – Atlanta, Cleveland, Tampa and Denver. Plus, projections call for up to 12 additional franchise units this year…with the second quarter forecasting to be equally as strong as the start of the year.

“We’ve cracked the code on a pair of antiquated sectors,” said Rick Del Sontro, president of Zippy Shell. “No other concept can do what Zippy Shell can to disrupt both the moving and storage industries. The business model has been designed to achieve maximum efficiencies on all sides of the business, which gives our franchisees and their customers the ultimate value proposition.”

There are several factors driving Zippy Shell’s dynamic growth. First, the brand has begun to tip the scale towards market dominance through its strategic franchising initiative. It is cementing its brand recognition now with more than 50 locations across the United States covering more than 120 territories from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. Because of the surging brand awareness, demand is growing and additional franchise territories are available to meet the needs of both consumer and business clients.

Additionally, Zippy Shell is advancing its position in the moving and storage industries with the introduction of a new all-weather storage container. The newly created container is better equipped to withstand all weather environments and can stay outside for longer periods of time than the original wire mesh unit.

Another indication of the climb Zippy Shell is making to the top of the moving and storage industries is the first quarter performance of its relocation services. Up 350 percent compared to the same timeframe last year, this portion of the company’s offerings serve as a significant sales opportunity for locations across the country to meet the corporate demand for more cost-effective and safer solutions.

“Our entire organization is motivated by the direction the company is headed,” Del Sontro said. “Between the new openings, the development of our new advanced container and record breaking relocation sales numbers last quarter, we’re on the brink of sailing past our competition. With the way things are going, there are so many reasons our corporate office team and our franchisees should feel energized.”

Zippy Shell bridges the gap between moving and storage in a cost effective way for both franchisees and their customers. Efficiencies are achieved on several levels, including Zippy Shell’s open-air, lightweight containers that are uniquely designed to be shipped inside a traditional dry van or freight truck and then can be collapsed and easily shipped back at freight rates that are much less costly than other containers. Further, customer convenience and security are prioritized through Zippy Shell storage services in nearby warehouses until ready for hauling or unloading.

Franchisees benefit from Zippy Shell’s competitive advantages. The model requires less capital and less equipment costs, which differentiates it from all other moving and storage companies. In turn, Zippy Shell is able to pass savings on to its consumer and business customers. Moreover, the Zippy Shell loading and delivery system is much more mobile and can access more locations than traditional services, and drivers do not need special training.

Offering entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs, Zippy Shell also provides a central call center that works to connect local offices with customers in their areas. Ideal franchise candidates are those who can consider the semi-absentee business model, are interested in opening multiple units and can invest a significant amount of capital at the onset in order to see the business develop into an empire over time. Franchise partners could be individuals, small teams and/or multi-unit owners of franchises.

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

About Zippy Shell:

Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has 51 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 120 markets. For more information, visit www.zippyshell.com.

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ Appoints Director of Education and Training

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ Appoints Director of Education and Training

Dallas-Based Educational Child Care Franchise Welcomes Dr. Martin-Smith to Brand’s Leadership Team

FORT WORTH, Texas – Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education child care provider in the United States, announced today the appointment of Dr. Kristi Martin-Smith as Director of Education and Training.

Martin-Smith will be responsible for managing the recently accredited Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ curriculum and providing training to the operations team and all franchisees, ensuring the best possible educational programs for all children enrolled at Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠ across the country.

“With Dr. Martin-Smith on board, Children’s Lighthouse will continue to achieve new successes and bring high quality education and child care to even more students,” said Pat Brown, CEO and co-founder of Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠. “Dr. Martin-Smith’s expansive background in early education and curriculum development makes her the perfect fit for this role. We are very happy to welcome her to the Children’s Lighthouse family, and we look forward to seeing all she accomplishes here.”

Martin-Smith’s professional education experience spans more than 30 years, and she has earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a master’s in Early Education Administration. She has experience in all facets of education from teaching at both the early education and collegiate levels, to developing early learning and extra-curricular programs for preschool students.

Most recently, Martin-Smith was the executive director of the Early Education Department at Harvest Christian Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, a position she held for more than 23 years. In this role, Martin-Smith managed all areas of the preschool program, including curriculum development and management, strategic planning, parent communication, staff training and development and securing and maintaining curriculum accreditation, uniquely qualifying her for her new role as Director of Education and Training for the entire Children’s Lighthouse franchise system.

“I’m very passionate about bringing quality education to as many families as possible, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do so with Children’s Lighthouse,” said Martin-Smith. “I’m looking forward to being a part of Children’s Lighthouse’s ongoing objective of engaging students and motivating them to enjoy learning at every age. With the recent curriculum accreditation and other national achievements, this is truly an exciting time to join the Children’s Lighthouse team.”

Launched 21 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in approximately 11,000 square-feet of space in attractive metropolitan areas. Complete with initial and ongoing training and marketing support, ownership in a Children’s Lighthouse franchise includes a full suite of support services ranging from access to strategic leasing and financing partners to pinpoint site selection support. The company delivers its thorough market analysis with its powerful demographic software programs and real estate network, and its architectural partner assists in all aspects of the design work, leaving the entrepreneur to focus on what is most important – the business.

About Children’s Lighthouse

Established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1995, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ is the leading values-based educational childcare system in the United States. Currently, Children’s Lighthouse has 40 centers in operation and 20 additional franchise locations in the pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal, and has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength and growth. For more information about Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠, visit www.childrenslighthouse.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.childrenslighthousefranchise.com or contact Stephen Dixon at sdixon@clighthouse.com, (888) 338-4466 x1.

All Points Team Prepares to “Switch & Pitch”

In the spirit of continual education and innovation, the All Points team hosts monthly seminars where team members give presentations on a variety of subjects with the aim of improving the company’s overall skill set. This month, PR Associates Liz Robinson and Mackenzie Coopman presented on pitching the media – specifically, how to make sure a pitch resonates with the media and several ways to rehab a pitch to be new and fresh.

Liz and Mackenzie discussed how to eradicate overused corporate jargon (“synergy,” “thought leader,” “unicorn,” “the Uber of XXXX”) from pitches, isolating the correcting pitching channels and tailoring each pitch to the specific reporter and client. They also shared some helpful hints about building relationships with reporters and crafting thought-provoking subject lines.

The presentation, while informative on its own, served a greater purpose: to be the lead-in for a brand new All Points initiative spearheaded by Mackenzie and Liz. Dubbed “Switch & Pitch,” each All Points team member will be assigned a partner to switch clients and phone pitch for an hour during the month of May.

Switch & Pitch is an innovative way for the All Points team to bring fresh ideas to our clients and fully utilize the variety of skill sets that our team brings to each account. Stay tuned for results, and for next month’s seminar!

No Taxation without Relaxation: Kona Ice Invites Nation to “Chill” with Free Shaved Ice

No Taxation without Relaxation: Kona Ice Invites Nation to Chill with Free Shaved Ice

Tropical Shaved Ice Business to Giveaway FREE Shaved Ice on National Chill Out Day

 WHAT: To ease the pain of tax filing, Kona Ice is serving up a delicious cup of tax day relief for tense taxpayers in all corners of the country.

Kona Ice will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers and businesses nationwide to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

WHERE: The public can find the Kona Ice truck in their community by tweeting their zip code to @KonaIce. Here is a sample tweet for readers to use: “Hey @KonaIce! Where can I find the Kona truck on #TaxDay? My zip code is _____.”

WHY: Tax Day is America’s least favorite holiday. Between sifting through the mail for the correct paperwork, filling out form after form with painstaking detail and paying a hefty sum of money to Uncle Sam, it can be a real drag. National “Chill Out” Day is one of the many ways Kona Ice is encouraging the nation to take a step back, relax and enjoy a KonaThrough partnerships with schools, youth sports leagues and other neighborhood organizations, Kona Ice has given back over $40 million to the communities it serves. To learn more about Kona Ice’s giveback efforts, visit: http://www.kona-ice.com/giveback-programs/

Instagram: @konaice

Twitter: @konaice

ABOUT KONA ICE

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $40 million dollars 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 Kona Ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are 800-plus franchise units in more than 45 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.

All Points Team Gives Back with Positive Impact

“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. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations.”

This is the mission statement for All Points’ Positive Impact program, in which the whole company participates in community service activities throughout the year, and it’s something we always enjoy while adding to a fun All Points tradition. Not only do we get to spend some time as a team outside of the office, but we’re able to do our part to make our small corner of the world a brighter place.

A few weeks ago, All Points’ participated in Positive Impact by spending a day working with Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Forest, Illinois. Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission is to collect, process and distribute quality new and gently used children’s books to at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. This resonated with our staff, considering many of us are avid readers whose lives have been positively impacted through book ownership in our childhoods.

As the year progresses, the All Points team looks forward to giving back through different quarterly initiatives. We take our sense of social responsibility seriously, and we’re already looking forward to our next quarters’ Positive Impact event!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of our day at Bernie’s Book Bank!

Clean Water Here launches the largest safe drinking water social-media campaign in U.S. History on UN World Water Day 2017

Clean Water Here launches the largest safe drinking water social-media campaign in U.S. History on UN World Water Day 2017

Social Voice Tops 790 Million People

 Supporters include Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, UN-Water and Watermill Express

 DENVER, Colo. (March 23, 2017) – The Clean Water Here social-media initiative to promote safe drinking water was launched today in celebration of UN Water World Water Day. The overall social-media voice of the campaign exceeded 790 million people.

Thanks to the support of Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Kesha, Sting, Fergie, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, Christina Aguilera, Ziggy Marley, Shania Twain, Seal, Andra Day, Seal, Pentatonix, Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Jonas, Juanes, Niall Horan, Fifth Harmony, Sean Mendes and more, this campaign encouraged and empowered the public to lend their social voices to help people understand the nature and scope of the global water crisis by promoting safe drinking water here in the United States on UN World Water Day.

UN World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water and the 2017 campaign is led by UN Environment, UN-HABITAT, United Nations University and the World Health Organization.

“I want to thank the celebrities and the public who used their influence through social media to support Clean Water Here,” said Lani Dolifka, the Founder of Clean Water Here and president/CEO of Watermill Express, “There are too many communities in the United States and around the world that still don’t have access to safe drinking water. It’s particularly important for the lives of our children.”

A proud Founding Partner of Clean Water Here, Watermill Express has been providing a sustainable alternative for safe, affordable drinking water in the United States for over 30 years.

“Making the right to water a practical reality holds out the promise of transformed lives for billions of people.” said Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, whose world-renowned work as a professor and author/editor includes dozens of academic papers and books discussing the intersection of where water and health come together. “We also must make safe water available to those robbed of their own potential by neurotoxic pollutants, like lead in Flint and elsewhere in the United States.”

Evidence shows that children exposed to lead develop neurological deficiencies, leading to issues such as childhood intellectual disabilities, hearing problems, anemia, or behavior problems. There are an estimated 600,000 new cases of child lead exposure every year worldwide. Additionally in the United States, aging infrastructure, limited funding and management capacity for disadvantaged communities, the degradation of source water, and the risks from unregulated contaminants all contribute to the growing concern domestically.

“We believe that access to safe drinking water is a basic human right,” said David Clark, the co-creator of Clean Water Here and the Founder of Cause Flash. “We commend UN-Water for its leadership on this important issue, and their ongoing work as the effective mechanism that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation. Collectively, between all the parties involved, I am both pleased and proud of our ground-breaking campaign.”

 ABOUT:

CLEAN WATER HERE

Founded by Watermill Express CEO Lani Dolifka, Clean Water Here promotes the need for safe drinking water in the United States. Research indicates that out-of-date plumbing, sometimes over 100 years old is delivering water through pipes that often leak contaminants into the water. In addition, old-fashioned water treatment facilities may not always address 21st-century contaminants like pesticides, industrial chemicals and arsenic. So who is most likely to be drinking this water that is known to cause disease – the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Clean Water Here is dedicated to educating the public about this important issue. For more information visit www.cleanwaterhere.org

WATERMILL EXPRESS

Clean Water Here founding partner Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the U.S. and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Founded in 1984, Watermill Express supports causes that promote the health and welfare of children and families. For more information visit www.watermillexpress.com

UN WORLD WATER DAY

World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the annual “World Day for Water.” Coordinated by UN Water in support of the 193 member nations of the UN, this day is devoted to implementing recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water leverage World Water Day as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues facing the world. For more information visit www.worldwaterday.org

UN-WATER

UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. Building on a long history of coordination in the UN System, UN-Water was formalized in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes. It provides the platform to address the cross-cutting nature of water and maximize system-wide coordinated action and coherence. UN-Water promotes coherence in, and coordination of, UN system actions aimed at the implementation of the agenda defined by the Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on Sustainable Development as it relates to its scope of work. For more information visit www.unwater.org

CAUSE FLASH

Created by David Clark Cause, Cause Flash is a digital platform devoted to aggregating the social media voices (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ followers) of dignitaries, celebrities, charities, brands and the public at large, so large scale social media campaigns can be launched instantly. By harnessing talent and technology to rally people around important causes that deserve immediate attention, Cause Flash elevates the human condition by inspiring and empowering people to donate funds and their own social media voices to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. For more information visit www.CauseFlash.org

Homewatch CareGivers Announces New Million and Multi-Million Dollar Club Members

Homewatch CareGivers Announces New Million and Multi-Million Dollar Club Members

Renowned Home Care Company Recognizes Franchisees for Outstanding Annual Revenue

 GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Homewatch CareGivers, a leading home care company with a growing presence across the Americas, announced today its additions to the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Clubs. These new members are franchisees that have a reported annual revenue of more than one million dollars.

Homewatch CareGivers franchisees Deb Nelson and Thorn and Tamarha Ellerbe are now members of the prestigious Million Dollar Club, while Sue Cook, Paulette and Jim Nacchia and Kathryn Parks have earned their spots in the coveted Multi-Million Dollar Club.

“Reaching this milestone means the world to my team and me,” said Sue Cook, owner of Homewatch CareGivers of Summerlin. “For us, it means that we’ve been able to provide even more much needed services to elders and veterans in the Las Vegas Valley.”

Joining the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Clubs is an achievement sought after by all franchisees in the Homewatch CareGivers network. Past and present members are treated to a dinner hosted by the home office at the company’s annual convention.

“This recognition has allowed us to reflect on all of the hard work and passion that has gone into delivering the best possible care to our community,” said Kathryn Parks, owner of Homewatch CareGivers of Columbia in Maryland. “It reaffirms the impactful role we play in the lives of those we care for and encourages us to continue striving for greater goals.”

An industry leader known for its high quality care, the home care company also provided an astounding 6.3 million hours of care to communities across the country in 2016.

Pushing the needle for industry standard annual franchise revenue, Homewatch CareGivers reports an average annual franchise earning of more than $1.3 million across their network of over 200 units (refer to Item 19 in the 2016 Franchise Disclosure Document for details as financial results vary).

“It’s always a great feeling to see our franchisees grow,” said Julie Smith, president and COO of Homewatch CareGivers. “We’re pleased to welcome Deb and the Ellerbes to our Million Dollar Club and also Sue, Kathryn and the Nacchias to our Multi-Million Dollar Club. These individuals are all strong examples of outstanding Homewatch CareGivers franchisees. We’re grateful to them, along with our entire franchise network.”

Homewatch CareGivers provides home care services for families arranging care for senior-aged loved ones and others living with chronic illnesses, convalescing after illness or surgery, or who prefer to age in their own homes under the supervision and care of highly trained caregivers. With over 200 units across 34 states domestically, as well as in Canada, Central America and South America, Homewatch CareGivers is planning to open 15 franchised locations annually beginning with targeted markets in Florida. Additional key markets include Texas, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Ideal Homewatch CareGivers franchisees have a strong passion for helping people. They enjoy working with others – whether it be with their clients, their staff or their local communities – in order to ultimately make a difference in the lives of their clients and their families. The Homewatch CareGivers franchise opportunity is also optimal for those seeking a business venture that allows them to make a healthy living while keeping work-life balance top of mind. The estimated initial investment for a Homewatch CareGivers franchise ranges from $87,000 to $137,400, which includes a franchisee fee of $49,000. Interested individuals must also have a minimum net worth of $350,000 and $50,000 liquid capital to ensure additional funding is available while launching their franchise.

For more information about the Homewatch CareGivers franchise opportunity, visit www.homewatchcaregivers.com/franchise.

About Homewatch CareGivers

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

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

Kona Ice Rallies with Franchisees to Score Big at Eighth Annual Kona Konvention

Kona Ice Rallies with Franchisees to Score Big at Eighth Annual Kona Konvention

Celebrates $40 Million Giveback Milestone, Announces Plan to Adopt 100-Plus Classrooms

 FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice recently kicked off its milestone 10th anniversary huddling up with more than 650 franchisees and team leadership to game plan for a future that is certain to be filled with celebratory touchdown dances.

Themed “Going Pro,” the Konvention featured an inspiring backdrop that celebrated a record-setting-year, several brand advancements, new products and a blueprint for franchisees and corporate leadership to continue to aim high, think big and to get involved. The Konvention included educational seminars, breakout sessions and several networking opportunities.

“It’s a humbling experience to be in front of the whole system and to see so many accomplished individuals and teams within our family,” said Tony Lamb, founder and CEO of Florence-based Kona Ice. “When you take a step back and look at what Kona Ice has turned into in 10 short years, it’s remarkable. Our franchisees are talented, passionate and eager. It’s amazing to see the impact Kona Ice has had in its communities, and the opportunities for us to support these communities.”

Consistent with the theme, former Seattle Seahawks NFL running back Shaun Alexander, who grew up near Kona Ice’s headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, delivered an electrifying keynote address highlighting some of the winning qualities that made it possible for him to go from playing football in high school to college and then to the NFL.

One of several speeches that thrilled the Konvention, it became clear to all in attendance that game time as a business owner requires more than just an understanding of Xs and Os…it takes relentless passion and determination to insure the entire franchise system continues to score big.

“Beyond just a solid business model, we want to make sure the intangibles of winning in business with Kona ice were shared and I couldn’t be more certain that we have all the pieces in place to carry us into our next decade and beyond,” added Lamb. “We’re now all coached up and ready to maximize our potential.”

Kona Ice has garnered a reputation for being an active member of the communities it serves. With more than 800 franchises throughout 45 states, the brand ended 2016 by reaching a new giveback milestone of $40 million.

Planning to close out 2017 with 1000 trucks on the road throughout the country, Kona Ice is already on its way to meeting the goal. New and existing franchisees drove more than 40 new trucks home after Konvention.

As Kona Ice gears up for another strong season, the brand is looking to give back to communities in a new way. For the past few years, the brand has held an Instagram contest called #SeeTheChange that encourages winners to pay it forward to someone in the community that could benefit from a fundraising donation.

For this year’s #SeeTheChange camapaign, Kona Ice is paying it forward to classrooms throughout the country by partnering with Adopt a Classroom, a national organization designed to help teachers buy necessary school supplies for their students and classrooms. Kona Ice’s corporate team is adopting 100 classrooms, with the goal of raising $600 for each adopted classroom, the average spent by an individual teacher for school supplies in a year. Franchisees are also encouraged to participate by adopting classrooms in their own communities. Kona Ice’s presence in schools across the country will grow immensely this year as the franchise system teams up nationwide to help students and their teachers.

The campaign launches March 1 and will go through September. Each Kona Ice customer that purchases one of the color-changing cups for an additional $1 will be helping to fund classrooms nationwide.

“Kona Ice is a natural fit for schools,” added Lamb. “With the addition of our Fruit First flavors, which meet all FDA nutritional guidelines, and Kona Days, we have been able to make a noticeable giveback to schools. This year, we’re excited to make that giveback more tangible. Whether it’s a 6th grade science teacher who needs new lab tech gear or a 2nd grade teacher looking to take the class on a special field trip, we are here to make it happen.”

As Kona Ice looks to get more involved in the communities it serves, the brand introduced at Konvention a new truck, Kev 2.0. It’s built to be smaller in size, but it possesses all of the same qualities as the regular truck, including solar panels and the Flavorwave™. Since the Kev 2.0 is smaller than a regular truck, franchisees can purchase it without paying any additional royalty fees as itis seen as an extension of the franchisees’ current fleet.

At this year’s Konvention, the brand had more great news to celebrate as it ranked No. 1 in the franchise industry’s most comprehensive franchisee satisfaction survey, Franchise Business Review’s “2017 Top Franchises Report.” Among more than 30,000 franchise owners in America surveyed representing more than 330 brands, Kona Ice’s franchisees scored Kona Ice higher than any other concept measured.

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

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $40 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 800-plus franchise units in more than 45 states.

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Saudi Retail Giant to Open 11 Sloan’s Ice Cream Franchised Shops

Saudi Retail Giant to Open 11 Sloan’s Ice Cream Franchised Shops

Diversified Conglomerate Omar Kassem Alesayi Group Signs Agreement to Expand Premium Ice Cream, Candy and Toy Brand

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Sloan’s Ice Cream announced today a major development deal that will expand the brand into Saudi Arabia. This marks the concept’s third multi-unit franchise agreement in the Middle East this year, joining the five-shop deals struck for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait.

West Palm Beach, Florida-based Sloan’s – a premium brand combining innovative ice cream flavors with over-the-top aesthetics, including bold pink and neon green walls and heaping amounts of candy and toys – has signed the multi-unit franchise development agreement with Alesayi Retail Company, a division of Omar Kassem Alesayi Group which owns and operates many well-known investment, technology, retail and real estate companies in Saudi Arabia.

“When we stepped into Sloan’s we knew that we wanted to bring this concept to Saudia Arabia,” said Ramzi Daklouche, Alesayi Retail Company’s Executive Managing Director. “The over-the-top atmosphere will appeal to the residents in Saudi Arabia and we’re excited to expand the footprint in the Middle East.”

Terms of the agreement include opening a total of eleven units in Saudi Arabia during the next seven years. The first location is expected to open by the end of 2017 in Jeddah.

“Simply put, we created Sloan’s to be a dreamland for everyone, kids and adults of all ages, and our focus has never changed,” said Sloan Kamenstein, founder and CEO of Sloan’s Ice Cream. “The time has come to share Sloan’s yumminess around the globe and we’re thrilled about expanding our huge following into Saudi Arabia. Sloan’s has a bright future in Saudi Arabia and beyond.”

In addition to this development agreement, Sloan’s is actively pursuing growth throughout the Middle East in similarly attractive markets. Firmly established as a concept that seasoned entertainment and restaurant ownership groups can expand with given the consumer appeal it commands, Sloan’s is a perfect fit for the lifestyle and shopping centers that have become extremely popular in the Middle East.

Since opening its first store in 1999 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sloan’s has become an iconic, palatial tribute to ice cream. Today, there are seven South Florida shops and three California shops with two in San Diego, one in Los Angeles and a Santa Monica location planned for a summer 2017 opening. Expansion plans call for a total of 200 franchise units open and in development in the next five to seven years.

Sloan’s shops are community destinations like no other. Plush toys line the walls, homemade sweets fill the countertops, and rich original ice cream flavors made from the finest ingredients are scooped at a fervent pace as fanatical guests enter each store. The stores that the Alesayi Retail Company develop will include the treats and atmosphere that has provided Sloan’s its cult following around the globe.

Kamenstein himself has designed the complete menu of creative ice cream, candy and sweet treats. These include dozens of innovative flavors such as Tracy’s Scrumptious Pretzel (caramel ice cream with milk chocolate covered salty pretzels and peanut butter swirls), Cookie Monster (made with homemade chocolate chip cookies) and Mom’s Apple Pie (apple pie ice cream with pieces of homemade apple pie).

Ideally suited for experienced restaurant, retail and hospitality franchise investors, as well as husband and wife teams and multi-generational investment groups, Sloan’s has demonstrated a track record of achievements in every economic climate. Owners of Sloan’s franchise units receive ongoing training and support, along with invaluable insight and leadership from Kamenstein and his franchise development team.

About Sloan’s Ice Cream

A true icon of South Florida, Sloan’s is renowned for its award winning luxury ice cream flavors, candies and world-class bakery items. The brand’s signature pink walls and ceilings, along with the plush toy collection lining its walls add to Sloan’s fun, funky experience, which includes magical glass bathroom doors. In 1999, Sloan Kamenstein, a classically trained chef and ice cream connoisseur, created Sloan’s along West Palm Beach, Florida’s famed Clematis Street.

For more information about Sloan’s, visit www.sloansicecream.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.sloansicecream.com/franchise, call (561) 839-3000 or e-mail David Wild at dwild@sloansicecream.com. 

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Named Best of the Best by Franchise Business Review

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced that Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services has been ranked No. 25 on their annual list of the Top 200 Franchise companies. The list, titled 2017 Top Franchises Report, ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction.

Due to Office Pride’s notable overall ranking, the company also made Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 list. In addition, the brand was ranked No. 2 in the residential and commercial “Cleaning and Maintenance” category. Since the top ranked in this category is a residential concept, Office Pride is the No. 1 commercial cleaning franchise in this category. Office Pride also brand beat out much of the competition and was ranked No. 7 in the overall sector of franchises that have between 100 and 249 units.

“We are thrilled to be named at the top of our category,” said Todd Hopkins, founder and CEO of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services. “Creating a welcoming and supportive environment for our franchisees is our top priority. We’re proud that our franchise family consistently provides positive feedback about our training process, support system, and rewarding business opportunity.”

The Franchise Business Review Top 200 ranking puts Office Pride into an elite group of the best franchise companies in the country.

Ranked in the top 25th percentile, Office Pride was among 334 franchise brands surveyed. These brands represent over 30,000 franchise owners across the United States that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research that was conducted between May 2015 and November 2016. All franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction and the franchisee community. An additional 16 questions asked franchisees about their market area, demographics, business lifestyle, overall enjoyment running their franchises and their roles in the franchisee community.

“Franchises that survey their franchisees realize that transparency and openness contributes to a trusting relationship,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “Franchisee satisfaction ratings show you whether or not a franchise opportunity is really as good as it appears and fits your values and vision by providing insight into a system’s culture, training, leadership, financial outlook, franchisee community and much more.”

The survey data showed the following:

Seventy two percent of the brand’s franchisees surveyed Office Pride, which gave the franchise an overall rating of 4.3 out of five. Office Pride’s average Franchise Satisfaction Index (FSI) sits at 81.2. This exceeds the 73.0 commercial cleaning industry average by 8.2 points. The concept also scored over 90.0 in the Trust, Respect, Honesty and Ethics, Would Recommend and Cares About Franchisee Success categories.

“We have had the pleasure of working with the corporate Office Pride team for ten years,“ said Michelle Rowan, president of Franchise Business Review. “I love that the team is so committed to providing superior support and the strongest opportunity for their franchisees. They’re continually looking for areas to improve despite their high satisfaction scores across the board.”

For more information about available franchise opportunities with Office Pride, please visit www.officepridefranchise.com.

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s annual Top 200 ranking, please visit https://franchisebusinessreview.com/todays-top-franchises-2017/top-200-franchises/.

About Office Pride

Office Pride is a faith based company and is one of the nation’s most admired full-service commercial cleaning companies that places its franchisees’ quality of life as its top priority in order to achieve companywide success. Office Pride provides top quality janitorial services and total floor care for commercial and community areas. For more information about Office Pride, visit www.officepride.com or call (727) 754-5990.

For more information about franchise opportunities with Office Pride, please contact franchise development manager Gene White at genewhite@officepride.com or visit www.officepridefranchise.com.

About Franchise Business Review

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

All Points Team Prepares to Celebrate No Taxation without Relaxation

During the March seminar, PR Associate Lizzie Baunach presented an agency-wide campaign for one of our most colorful clients, Kona Ice.

Beginning with colorful leis for the entire team, Lizzie kicked off the presentation by sharing some of the work that All Points has done on behalf of the Kona Ice brand in our tenure as its public relations agency, specifically for its National Chill Out Day campaign. From cultivating relationships with local media to share Kona’s dedication to givebacks to securing national TV segments and placements, All Points has dedicated an enormous amount of manpower and hours toward making this campaign a success.

And 2017 is no different – with newer, bigger goals in mind, Lizzie pumped the team up to get involved at every level – pitching the media, securing interviews and analyzing the data to make this the most successful National Chill Out Day yet!

The presentation concluded with a surprise FaceTime appearance from Kona Ice’s CEO, Tony Lamb, who showed up on the big screen in the conference room to deliver a pep talk ahead of the campaign’s beginning.

After a thoughtful, articulate presentation, Lizzie generated lots of inter-agency excitement for the upcoming Kona Ice campaign. Stay tuned for next month’s seminar!

Alliance Franchise Brands Promotes Company Veteran to Head Franchise Member Field Support

Alliance Franchise Brands Promotes Company Veteran to Head Franchise Member Field Support

Proven Operations Executive, Mike Dye, to Lead Team Dedicated to Coaching Franchise Members at Every Stage of the Business Life Cycle

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in marketing, print and graphic communications, announced today the promotion of company and industry veteran Mike Dye to vice president of franchise member support in the organization’s Marketing & Print Division. In his new role, Dye’s responsibilities focus on four marketing and print concepts under the Alliance Franchise Brands umbrella: Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints and KKP. The parent company also has three sign brands.

A 30-plus year print industry veteran who has spent the majority of his professional career with the franchise organization, Dye now oversees all field operations activities for the family of companies. His responsibilities include leading a team of experts who guide, mentor and coach franchise members from the time they join a franchise brand, through growing their business with efficient operations, and then developing an exit strategy. His processes and systems come from years of successfully implementing proven methods within the company.

“Mike is a fantastic fit for this position. Given his perspective from years of experience, there is nobody I’d rather have working with franchise members as they transition into our network, whether they be conversions from independent printers or as career transitions,” said Kevin Cushing, president of Alliance Franchise Brands Marketing & Print Division. “His know-how is second to none. The understanding he brings to the table of how to launch, grow and build extraordinary value with our franchise brands has been and will be a benefit to our franchise members.”

A core focal point for Dye and his team is consulting with franchise members to carry out strategic business planning that aims to embolden them with setting goals through consistent benchmarking. Likewise, Dye is working alongside the development team at Alliance Franchise Brands to support franchise members as they look to acquire and merge existing businesses into their own to spark growth.

“Alliance Franchise Brands has a clear vision for what it takes to create a culture of success at all levels of our organization, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help implement that vision.” Dye said. “I look forward to empowering franchise members by sharing knowledge, skills and processes that have been proven to build value in businesses and create remarkable staying power.”

For more information about Alliance Franchise Brands and its family of franchises, call the Alliance Franchise Brands Marketing & Print Division at (248) 596-8600 or visit https://alliancefranchisebrands.com. 

About Alliance Franchise Brands LLC

Alliance Franchise Brands is one of the world’s largest business-to-business franchises, serving the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print, sign and graphic communication services. Through its subsidiaries, Alliance Franchise Brands’ 630 franchise members in North America and the United Kingdom provide businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced and strategically sound solutions for their graphic communication needs. Its Marketing & Print Division includes Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints and KKP. Its Sign & Graphics Division includes Image360, Signs By Tomorrow and Signs Now brands. Its Corporate Operations Division includes Allegra locations in Plymouth, Clawson and Troy, Mich. and Windsor, Ontario. Corporate-owned Image360 centers are located in Columbia and Middle River, Md.; Plymouth, Mich. and Windsor, Ontario. For more information, visit www.alliancefranchisebrands.com.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC Names Tom Coba as New CEO

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC Names Tom Coba as New CEO

Accomplished Franchise Industry Leader Appointed to Head North America’s Top Business Brokerage Company

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation (MB&FC), North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm, today announced the appointment of Tom Coba as its new CEO. In this role, Coba, who has 30-plus years of franchise industry experience with the majority of them in top executive roles, leads MB&FC’s strategic growth, franchisee support, marketing programs and development of brokerage services.

The move comes three months following the mournful passing of Roger Murphy, founder, president and CEO of MB&FC, and a pioneering force in the business brokerage industry. Coba is carrying on the company’s rich tradition in the brokerage field.

“This was an incredibly important decision, and we couldn’t have made a more solid choice for the role of CEO,” said Mason Myers, acting CEO and principal of Greybull Stewardship, which first invested in MB&FC in 2014 and is now the majority owner of the company. “Tom’s experience in leading, building excellent organizations to serve franchisees, and creating significant value in franchise brands is an asset to the MB&FC family and we’re excited about what the future holds for us.”

Coba is committed to serving Murphy brokers effectively, and can draw upon many experiences building organizations to do just that. Most recently, Coba has consulted with a collection of mid-size franchise brands advising them on strategic growth through the development of company leadership, strategy, and capital investments. This included structuring mergers and acquisitions and consistently assessing key business valuation metrics.

Previously, Coba also held key leadership roles in growing global and national category leading franchise brands on a variety of levels, including mergers and acquisitions. Most notably, Coba was President and CEO of ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group, which included five nationally recognizable brands in commercial and residential services. He also held top leadership positions with Dunkin’ Brands and Subway. In his 20 years with Dunkin’ Brands, Coba managed large franchise territories and, as vice president, played a key role in better integrating the Baskin Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts brands. Coba joined Subway in 2004 as Chief Operating Officer where he worked with Development Agents and franchisees to help the brand grow to 37,000 stores and nearly double its revenue with marketing initiatives such as launching the famous “$5 Foot-Long.”

“There is no doubt that Murphy Business & Financial Corporation is the market leader. I am honored to be appointed to the role and clearly recognize the responsibility I now have to lead,” said Coba, whose experience with ServiceMaster included structuring a successful initial public offering (IPO). “Together with the corporate office team and our talented franchisees and regional developers we will be focused on insuring all business strategies are effectively implemented to maximize profitability and create value for all stakeholders.”

With more than 180 offices in the United States and Canada, Murphy Business & Financial Corporation is North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm. Offering entrepreneurs both regional developer and unit franchisee operating models, the Murphy Business home office supports both groups and their agents with extensive training, along with initial and ongoing marketing efforts that leave Murphy Business owners to focus on the most important part of their business – spending more time with their clients.

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

About Murphy Business & Financial Corporation LLC

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

About Greybull Stewardship

Greybull Stewardship exists to provide business owners and management teams an ideal equity investor, co-owner, and steward of their business. Greybull’s evergreen fund structure and flexible investment horizon is designed to align with the objectives of portfolio company co-owners and management. Greybull was founded in 2010 and has a portfolio of eight companies in software, education, franchising, and food and makes minority and control investments in growing, profitable companies in the lower middle market with between $1 to $3 million in free cash flow. For more information visit: http://greybullstewardship.com.

All Points PR Secures Our Clients National Media Placements

Media relations is the crux of what we do at All Points PR. Our franchise industry clients rely on us to develop meaningful relationships with the media at all levels in order to shout the franchising message to a broader audience, and nothing showcases these mutually beneficial relationships like national press placements.

Our PR team dedicates hours every day to connecting to the influential national media on behalf of our clients, telling stories of small business victories, entrepreneurial journeys and industry expertise that persuade readers to look deeper into these franchise opportunities.

Every client has different media placement goals, so we consider which publications are the best fits for every brand. Our clients have appeared in some high-profile business publications, such as Inc., Business News Daily, Entrepreneur and the Huffington Post. We’ve also secured national consumer-focused placements in Thrillist, Foodbeast, Parade Magazine and Nation’s Restaurant News, among others.

We invite you to explore our Results tab to see the exceptional ways that All Points PR is secured press coverage on all levels – national, local, regional, social media, trade and consumer-facing – for our franchise industry clients. More eyes on your brand equals more franchise leads – a win-win!

America’s Dog & Burger Invites Nation to Join the Journey of a Lifetime

America’s Dog & Burger Invites Nation to Join the Journey of a Lifetime

Epic Cross-Country Road Trip Serves as Inspiration for Iconic Chicago Eatery to Ignite Nationwide Expansion

Brand Maps Out Path to Prolific Franchise Growth

CHICAGO – America’s vast highways have done more than simply provide the nation and its residents endless ways to discover the country’s glory…they’ve also fueled what is set to become a nationwide restaurant phenomenon.

Chicago’s celebrated America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B), the tastiest idea to ever come out of a great American road trip, announced today its strategic franchising plan. Bursting onto Chicago’s culinary scene more than 20 years ago on the heels of two brothers’ automotive adventure that included tasting the best dog in each city along the way, AD&B launches its franchising initiative. The expansion plan meets the demand Americans are demonstrating for a higher caliber of mealtime dog and burger favorites served in an environment unlike any other. The growth strategy also represents the widespread craze building with seasoned franchise restaurant owners and investors to align with AD&B.

“After 23 years of proven success in the world’s culinary epicenter, it is clear that America’s Dog & Burger is in position for massive growth,” said Manolis Alpogianis, who with his brother George took the famed road trip and co-owns AD&B with him. By franchising our distinctive concept, we’re confident this next step will strengthen the company and set the brand up for long-term success.”

Staying true to the brand’s slogan “Taste the Best from East to West,” AD&B uniquely positions itself in the dog and burger scene by offering guests a variety of the highest quality, fresh, gourmet burgers and city-themed hot dogs available in the quick-serve category. Accompanying the franchise initiative, AD&B is launching this spring its most innovative menu to date, including a collection of chef-driven items, which include eight burgers and hot dogs.

The creative and indulgent options range from the Santa Fe Hot Dog (Vienna all beef hot dog, hardwood smoked bacon, chipotle aioli, caramelized onions, beer battered jalapeno caps and cotija cheese on a Texas toast roll) to the Ghost Burger (hardwood smoked bacon, spicy ghost pepper cheese, guacamole and onion strings on a butter brioche bun). And, beyond its acclaimed city dogs and burgers, AD&B is also unveiling a selection of chicken sandwiches, salads and sides. Everything on the menu is fresh, never frozen and all ingredients are prepared in-house.

“We’re channeling the same energy and excitement into franchising and our refreshed menu that we had when we originally brought local flavors back to the home of the hot dog – Chicago,” added Manolis, who with George is also a partner of TAG Restaurants, his family’s multi-restaurant group in Chicago that operates several well-known concepts, including the awarding-winning Kappy’s Restaurant & Pancake House in Morton Grove, Illinois. “Fact is, we have applied Chicago’s incredible culinary scene to our unique brand and it has sustained a loyal fan following for more than two decades. We’ve had countless franchise requests over the years and now we’re ready to answer that calling.”

The strategic AD&B franchise growth will initially focus on expanding into key markets from Southern Wisconsin through Chicagoland and into Northwest Indiana. Plans call for 30 franchise locations to be added to these regions. National growth outward from its Midwest core will follow.

Maintaining a recipe for success, AD&B currently has three locations, each situated at prime destinations – Chicago’s Navy Pier, O’Hare Airport and in Chicago’s Loop at the corner of Randolph and State Streets.

“We’ve pursued a dream, and it means the world to us to connect with passionate entrepreneurs that want to be a part of a cutting-edge concept like ours that is redefining its segment,” said Manolis. “Our processes and systems are fine-tuned and we have developed training programs that will allow our AD&B franchisees to effectively execute everything from marketing to restaurant management, build-out and design.”

In regards to the latter, AD&B has developed a new prototype design that will be rolled out with all franchise locations. Likewise, the new design is an inspiration for the remodeling project set to occur later this year at the brand’s existing Randolph Street location. Gensler, the esteemed international design firm, recreated the restaurant’s interior to exude a classic, all-American eatery. The revamped layout features new community picnic-style benches and tables and channels the nostalgia of the original road trip, all adding to the restaurant’s fun, casual and inviting atmosphere.

With the design prototype and new menu firmly in place, AD&B has engineered its franchise concept to minimize restaurant development costs, expand territory options and maximize return on investment, all while delivering a world-class dining experience.

AD&B’s business model, made up of extensive site selection procedures, training programs and marketing support, is designed to attract individuals with a strong business acumen, proven restaurant industry success and an interest in multi-unit franchising. The investment starts at $289,800, which includes the initial franchise fee.

To learn more about America’s Dog & Burgers and its franchise opportunities, visit www.adbfranchise.com.

About America’s Dog & Burgers (AD&B)

Entrepreneurial brothers Manolis and George Alpogianis co-founded AD&B after a cross-country road trip through the United States. This now famous journey inspired the two to open a restaurant that offered the most compelling hot dog tastes of the nation in one dynamic environment. The brand uniquely positions itself in the dog and burger scene by offering guests a variety of fresh, gourmet burgers, city-themed hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef, salads and more. After more than 20 years of proven success, the family-run business is in strategic growth mode, awarding franchise opportunities to passionate individuals and teams attracted to the brand’s distinguishable niche.

To learn more about America’s Dog & Burgers and its franchise opportunities, visit www.adbfranchise.com. For more information about the restaurant, visit www.americasdog.com.

City Wide Appoints Chief Technology Officer

City Wide Appoints Chief Technology Officer 

Nation’s Leading Building Maintenance Management Company Welcomes Travis Sill to Leadership Team 

LENEXA, Kans. – City Wide, one of the nation’s largest building maintenance management companies, announced today the appointment of Travis Sill to the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Sill will be responsible for all technical aspects of the franchise network, including developing new solutions, scaling architecture, and leveraging technology to support the growth of the business. His work will take place in the home office, supporting the corporate team and all franchisees across the country. In addition, Sill will assume daily management duties of all members of the technology team at the corporate office.

“We are pleased to welcome Travis to City Wide,” said Jeff Oddo, CEO and president of Lenexa, Kansas-based City Wide. “He will be key in the continued advancement of our business through technology, and his extensive experience will be an invaluable asset to the team.”

Before joining City Wide, Sill founded a consulting company working directly with franchisors to provide technological advice on how to leverage technology to grow their business and provide value to their franchise base. Previously he served as the Chief Information Officer of a privately held franchise company in the collision industry. Additionally, he served as the director of IT services for a major corporation, supporting core client facing applications for more than 12,000 retail locations, half of them being franchises. Sill’s extensive experience in technology and franchising will allow him to expertly serve in his new role with City Wide.

“City Wide is an emerging brand experiencing solid growth, and I look forward to joining the leadership team and enhancing City Wide’s value proposition to its existing and future franchisees,” Sill said. “It’s a great position to be in, given the continued growth and development of the brand. I couldn’t be happier to join City Wide at such an exciting time.”

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

For more information about City Wide Maintenance, please visit www.GoCityWide.com. For more information about available franchise opportunities, please visit www.CityWideFranchise.com.

About City Wide 

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

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

All Points’ IFA Team Shares Lessons from Convention

During the February seminar, the All Points PR IFA delegation – Stephanie Blake, Bailey Hewitt, Mackenzie Coopman and Liz Robinson – shared their takeaways, lessons and some fun photos with the team.

The IFA convention is sponsored by the International Franchise Association and is considered to be the premier global franchising convention – as a franchise-focused PR agency, we were especially excited to hear from our delegation as they shared what they learned in terms of trends in franchise relations, management and leadership, financing, multi-unit growth, international growth, franchise development and social media/marketing.

The IFA team met with prospective and current clients and spent ample time networking and both facilitating and attending roundtable discussions. During the seminar, the team shared what they learned: the importance of presenting and measuring the value of PR in tangible ways to franchisors, the significance of storytelling in selling a franchise experience, the difference it makes to clients to speak the franchising language and the importance of trying new social media tactics for lead generation on social media.

In addition, the team expressed how much they learned from the keynote speakers, specifically Tim Ferriss and Marcus Buckingham. Overall, everyone enjoyed themselves and took home some relevant lessons about franchising, leadership, teambuilding and the PR industry.

Stay tuned for March’s seminar!

Suite Management Franchising Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements and Brand Growth at 2017 Annual Convention

Suite Management Franchising Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements and Brand Growth at 2017 Annual Convention

Franchise Partners and Corporate Leadership Collaborate to Strengthen Company’s Role as Leading Salon Suite Franchise

NEW ORLEANS – Suite Management Franchising, the nation’s premier salon suite franchise including MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, brought franchise partners together for its annual convention and awards ceremony. The three-day event was held from Jan. 24-26 in Cancun, Mexico.

Themed “It Starts with Me,” the convention celebrated remarkable franchise accomplishments from 2016 and inspired all attendees to prepare for prolific franchise growth in the new year. The convention’s breakout sessions reinforced strategies aimed to grow the brand and offered best practices on recruiting sales-driven salon entrepreneurs.

“Bringing everyone together always ignites a tremendous energy throughout our franchise family,” said Ken McAllister, CEO of Suite Management Franchising and president of MY SALON Suite. “We share achievements, learn from our challenges and strengthen our joint efforts to move the brands forward. I’m confident that our dedicated team of franchise partners will continue to drive the growth and success of Suite Management Franchising.”

Under Suite Management Franchising there are 59 salon locations between MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza. Building on the brand’s 20 percent annual growth, MY SALON Suite starts the year strong with 14 signed agreements.

To expand its footprint, Suite Management Franchising has plans to open 40 more salons in 2017, which will bring its location total to 100. With a goal in place to move into major U.S cities including Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Chicago, Cincinnati and Seattle, Suite Management Franchising continues to establish itself nationwide as a leading luxury salon suite franchise.

Besides adding new locations, Suite Management Franchising also developed its exclusive “Suite Movement” smart phone application designed specifically for MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza beauty professionals. The new app, made to help the brand’s salon members build and grow their individual businesses, offers monthly marketing guides, personal branding and access to daily appointments and total revenue.

“On a larger scale, success is all about operational excellence,” said McAllister. “With our new app, we’re able to better support our salon entrepreneurs and empower them to bring in a six-figure income. This resource not only benefits our stylists, but also ensures our franchise partners retain talented individuals that help generate incredible profits.”

Suite Management Franchising is a salon suite concept created for franchise partners interested in joining the beauty industry while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. The brand is recognized throughout the United States and Canada for offering fully-equipped, upscale suites featuring a full-length style station, styling chair, shampoo sink and color station. Additional amenities include a state-of-the-art security system, luxurious bathrooms and an elegant lobby. In addition to the attractive accommodations, members are offered ongoing training and support to grow and develop their business, which includes access to a strong referral network.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in investing in the salon suite franchise will receive a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs. Plus, Suite Management Franchising is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10 percent off of the total franchise fee.

To learn more about Suite Management Franchising, please visit: www.suitemanagementfranchising.com.

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 nearly 60 locations in 16 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.

Vitality Bowls Kicks Superfood Craze into High Gear in Santa Clara

Vitality Bowls Kicks Superfood Craze into High Gear in Santa Clara

Local Entrepreneur Opens New Café; Serves as Community Hub for Eating Healthy

 SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The wait is over in Santa Clara.

Local residents, professionals and students no longer need to struggle with eating healthy when out and about. Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açaí bowls – a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich açaí berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – announced today the opening of its café in Santa Clara. The new franchise location will be the first for Chandani Singh, who plans to open additional cafés in the greater Santa Clara area.

“I have always been passionate about healthy living and eating and I knew that I wanted to own my own business,” said Singh, a former real estate professional. “After I met Tara and the rest of the Vitality Bowls team, I knew that this was the perfect fit for me. I look forward to opening many more locations and building a family business that I can pass down through the years.”

Slated to open on March 16th, the new restaurant will be located at 3555 Monroe St, Ste 70, conveniently situated in the luxury apartment complex and shopping center, Monticello Village. This restaurant will be the 24th Vitality Bowls café in California, joining the 31 locations based nationwide.

Originating in Northern California, Vitality Bowls has solidified itself as America’s superfood café – combining a dynamic café vibe with a unique collection of menu items containing high nutritional values and extraordinary tastes. Vitality Bowls offers an antioxidant-rich menu, with breakfast, lunch and dinner items made to order for each customer. All açaí bowls and smoothies do not contain ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives, giving the purest taste possible.

The menu, which is also offered for catering, features a variety of options, such as the Energy Bowl (with organic açaí, goji berries and bee pollen), the Dragon Bowl (featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and their signature Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). Additionally, the brand recently announced exclusive additions to their kids menu. Plus, fresh juices, organic soups, panini and salads are available in each café.

The eatery will also include a full-service coffee bar, complete with espresso and superfood drinks that are packed with antioxidant-rich açaí, pitaya and matcha – for example, the Açaí Latte (espresso, açaí, coconut sugar, steamed almond milk) or the Superfood Mocha (espresso, CaCoCo superfood chocolate blend, steamed milk). Organic cold brew nitrogen-poured coffee and organic kombucha will also be available on-tap.

“Simply put, we created Vitality Bowls to be a place where health-conscious individuals can go for a nutritional meal,” said Tara Gilad, founder and co-owner of Vitality Bowls. “We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual food and we are excited to have Chandani on board with this. We look forward to watching her grow her business in Santa Clara and sharing the Vitality Bowls message with the community.”

Since launching in 2011, the brand has ignited significant growth. In 2014, the concept began franchising and now has nearly 70 locations open and in development across the country.

About Vitality Bowls

Roy and Tara Gilad, a pair of successful business owners, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the superfood café concept together as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find safe, healthy food alternatives. Since franchising began in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with nearly 70 cafes open and in development. Today, Vitality Bowls is redefining the fast casual healthy food restaurant sector every day at each of its locations across the country.

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

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise into Three Brand New Markets

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise into Three Brand New Markets

Leading National Home Care to Open Offices in California, Washington and Pennsylvania  

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Executive Care, announced today that it has signed franchise agreements to open three new offices located in Pasadena, California; Seattle and Philadelphia. These agreements mark the company’s first offices in California, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Sensitive to the caregiving needs of those with illnesses and the local aging population, Executive Care launches in California, Washington and Pennsylvania with a clear understanding that individuals should receive care where they are most comfortable – in their homes. The opening of the three offices mean the markets will have a new level of care available for those in need of additional assistance.

Each new Executive Care office aims to bring up to 50 new jobs in the next two years, and is looking to expand the home care agency’s reach further in untapped markets throughout the country.

“We have always seen California, Washington and Pennsylvania as excellent markets for Executive Care to grow in and we’re thrilled to have talented teams spearheading our expansion,” said Lenny Verkhoglaz, CEO and co-founder of the company. “Executive Care is committed to providing compassionate care to all and we are excited to introduce residents across the nation to our high quality services and care.”

Executive Care offers a variety of caregiving and in-home aid services to help families often overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing care to a loved one – all while ensuring the patient remains in the comfort of his or her own home. In a crowded sector, the company has built a reputation from the ground up.

To guarantee the highest quality, Executive Care requires all prospective caregivers to undergo an intensive pre-employment screening process, including a criminal background investigation, verification of references and an employment history check. All caregivers are insured, experienced and undergo skills and continuing education training. Registered nurses closely supervise and monitor all staff, conducting periodic evaluation assessments.

For more information about Executive Care’s expansion into California, Washington and Pennsylvania please visit http://executivehomecarefranchise.com/ or call (855) 393-2372.

About Executive Care

Executive Care, based in Hackensack, N.J., delivers a comprehensive selection of home care services tailored to every need of its customers. From companionship and personal care to 24/7 live-in care and skilled nursing, Executive Care ensures customers receive safe, reliable and certified in-home medical and personal services. At the heart of Executive Care is the relationship forged between caregivers, customers and families. The company has announced plans to grow, offering an attractive franchise opportunity in the fast-growing home care sector. To learn more about Executive Care’s services, visit www.ExecutiveHomeCare.com. For more information on the Executive Care franchise opportunity, email Todd Leonard, vice president of operations and franchise development for Executive Care, at todd@executivehomecare.com or call (855) 393-2372.

Will Snapchat’s IPO Influence the App’s Future?

Snapchat, the social media app best known for allowing users to send and receive images and videos that disappear in 10 seconds or less, has blown apart the world of social media as one of the pioneers of the “story” concept. Now, other apps like Instagram and Periscope are harnessing this component, but Snapchat remains immensely popular, with most of its users under the age of 18. The company itself is valued at over $20 billion after being on the market for just five years.

Earlier this month, Snapchat took the next step – releasing its IPO to investors eager to cash in on this opportunity. And when you talk about following the money, it extends further than investors – advertisers, already keen to reach younger audiences, are using sponsored geotags to promote brands to an engaged following.

However, concerns over the lack of marketing metrics for ads and demographic info have led many advertisers to transfer their budget into Instagram advertising instead, reaching a similar audience. Forbes says Snapchat is losing more money than ever, but also earning more, too, which may fluctuate in the months following the IPO.

As for its 158 million daily active users? No one seems to be giving up on Snapchat just yet. Users open the app an average of 18 times a day, which is all but compulsive usage. The model works – but is it sustainable?

Check out the full story on Mashable for more info on Snapchat’s IPO and industry experts’ opinions on the future of the app.

Bojangles’® Plans for Growth in Western Tennessee and Western Kentucky

Bojangles’® Plans for Growth in Western Tennessee and Western Kentucky

Popular chicken ‘n biscuits chain targets westward expansion with more franchise growth  

Charlotte, N.C. (February 14, 2017) – Bojangles’, Inc. (NASDAQ: BOJA), the popular, fast-growing restaurant operator and franchisor, is actively accepting inquiries from enterprising businesspeople and experienced multi-unit restaurant owners to grow the Bojangles’ brand in the Mid-South region, including markets in and around Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Tennessee; and Paducah, Kentucky.

“In 2016, we continued to establish our presence in several exciting new markets,” said Randy Icard, Bojangles’ Vice President of Franchise Development. “As part of our strategic approach to growth, we have identified the Mid-South region as an area of opportunity, and we are actively looking for potential franchisees to open Bojangles’ restaurants in this dynamic area of the country.”

Last year the company announced development agreements with both existing Bojangles’ franchise owners and newly signed franchisees to enter markets in Gainesville, Florida, Mobile, Alabama and the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. Bojangles’ also continued its measured growth in new markets, opening restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky, Charleston, West Virginia, and Montgomery, Alabama.

The Bojangles’ allure starts with its all-day breakfast, served hot and fresh every day. Since 1977, fans have enjoyed Bojangles’ proprietary, made-from-scratch offerings, featuring a flavor profile unlike anything in the market. The Company’s robust, Southern-inspired menu includes fresh, never frozen, marinated and hand-breaded chicken; buttermilk biscuits made-from-scratch every 20 minutes; salads; sandwiches; flavorful fixin’s like green beans and Cajun Pintos, and Legendary Iced Tea®, steeped the old-fashioned way.

Bojangles’ has a new forward-looking restaurant design, which will bring a modern architecture and ambiance to complement its freshly-made, high-quality food and restaurant hospitality. The first restaurant built using the new design opened in Greenville, South Carolina, on January 11, 2017. Many of the design elements being tested in the new concept will also be incorporated into several upcoming restaurant remodels. To learn more about Bojangles’ new restaurant concept, click here.

For more information about franchising at Bojangles’, visit Bojangles.com/Franchising. Follow Bojangles’ on Twitter (@Bojangles1977) and Instagram (@Bojangles_1977).

About Bojangles’, Inc.

Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’ serves menu items such as delicious, famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea®. At September 25, 2016, Bojangles’ had 699 system-wide restaurants, of which 301 were company-operated and 398 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.  

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Cottage Inn Pizza Expands Across U.S. Pizza Scene with Dynamic Franchise Growth Strategy

Cottage Inn Pizza Expands Across U.S. Pizza Scene with Dynamic Franchise Growth Strategy 

Ann Arbor’s First Pizza Restaurant Growing Rapidly to Provide Gourmet Pizza with Fresh Ingredients and Proprietary Crust to the Midwest  

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A longtime favorite of Michigan pizza lovers, Cottage Inn Pizza is expanding to bring its gourmet pies to more neighborhoods across the country.

The brand’s high-quality pizza, a Michigan favorite for more than 60 years, has gained a loyal fan following that has catapulted Cottage Inn Pizza into an aggressive growth phase announced today. Cottage Inn Pizza is set to have 10 locations open or in development in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio by the end of 2017. This Midwest expansion coincides with efforts to grow internationally, with up to 200 locations slated to open in China over the next 15 years, starting with its first restaurant already open in Qingdao. 

A neighborhood staple, Cottage Inn Pizza holds a sentimental place in the hearts and stomachs of alumni who went to schools in the college towns the brand serves. Local families have long prized Cottage Inn’s pizza as a true treat, with its quality a clear step above others in the category.

“You can feel the excitement in the air here at Cottage Inn. Our pizza is a mainstay of both college students and families in Michigan and now we’re ready to bring our brand to pizza lovers across the country,” said Deborah Masse, Senior Vice President at Cottage Inn Pizza. “We’re already Michigan’s favorite gourmet pizza restaurant, and now we’re looking forward to making our brand the go-to option for customers in the Midwest and beyond.”

A hometown brand run by the same family for over 65 years, Cottage Inn currently operates more than 50 locations in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Qingdao, China, offering a variety of menu options for carryout and delivery service. Some locations even have inside seating and an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

The successful concept has led fans to expect consistent quality with every experience at Cottage Inn Pizza.

Although the pizza might be the initial draw, many fans keep coming back for the sense of nostalgia that stopping by a Cottage Inn evokes, prompting an emotional connection for families, groups, teams and college students. When people want a quick, easy option without sacrificing gourmet quality, they go to Cottage Inn Pizza.

“When people think of Cottage Inn, they think of being back in college, having a special treat with their parents as a child, or celebrating a win with their sports team,” added Masse. “That’s what makes the brand so special: the memories it helps our consumers create. We couldn’t be more motivated to help pizza lovers across the country begin making memories with Cottage Inn Pizza.”

Community involvement is also rooted deep at Cottage Inn Pizza, as its locations become an integral part of the neighborhoods they serve. Local owners often team up with community charities that are part of Cottage Inn’s comprehensive local giveback program, further endearing the brand to its loyal customers.

As the brand expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified individuals who are looking to join the Cottage Inn family. The investment required to open a Cottage Inn Pizza Franchise is between $200,000 and $350,000, which includes the initial franchise fee that grants a license to run a business under the Cottage Inn Pizza name. Cottage Inn offers a world-class training program and ongoing support to keep each store running successfully and smoothly.

The brand has long been known for its signature crust, made from a proprietary flour mix that creates an incomparable taste and quality among competitors. The brand also offers a diverse menu of Mediterranean favorites, as well as 33 different styles of pizza, subs, salads and hot wings.

More info on menu items can be found at cottageinn.com.

About Cottage Inn Pizza

Cottage Inn Pizza opened its first restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1948, earning distinction as the first pizza restaurant in the entire city. The original restaurant at 512 E. William St. remains the company’s flagship store. With over 50 stores and franchises in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and China, offering a variety of menu options for carryout and delivery service, fans have come to expect a high-quality experience from the brand. Today, Cottage Inn Pizza is growing to become the standard for gourmet pizza products.

To learn more about Cottage Inn Pizza opportunities, visit cottageinnfranchise.com.

All Points Team Hits Vegas for IFA Convention

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

In addition to these enriching components, All Points President Jamie Izaks graduated from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives program through the IFA, which certifies the highest standards of quality training and franchise education. Congratulations, Jamie!

Let’s hear from the All Points delegation what their favorite part of the convention was!

Mackenzie: IFA was filled with so much energy and it was contagious! It was great to learn about all facets of the industry and share with others the valuable role PR plays in building trust and awareness of emerging brands.

Liz: My favorite part of this year’s IFA convention was the positivity — people were open to chatting with others and looking to learn bits of information to take back with them. There was such a willingness to share industry knowledge and help others; very exciting! 

Stephanie: I loved learning more about the franchising industry and different ways that we can advance our agency and our help our clients increase their brand awareness.

Bailey: I really enjoyed getting to meet, talk and share ideas with executives from a variety of franchises. During the roundtables, it was interesting to hear the hurdles brands have faced and the role marketing and public relations support have played in solving the problem. I’m looking forward to taking learnings from the convention and applying them to my work.

Jamie: It was great to see our clients face-to-face, learn more about franchising and marketing, listen to inspiring speeches (especially Tim Ferriss’!) and see All Points’ significant presence at the convention, including the beautifully branded tower.

Check out the All Points Facebook page for more photos of the convention.

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ Celebrates Monumental Year

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center Celebrates Monumental Year

Dallas-Based Educational Childcare Franchise Reflects on Year of Remarkable Success

FORT WORTH, Texas – Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education childcare provider in the United States, is celebrating a remarkable year. From significant growth to industry recognition, Children’s Lighthouse is reaching new heights in every aspect of the business.

“The past twelve months have been very exciting for us. We added additional centers in existing markets and expanded into new communities with talented franchise owners and investors who share our passion for high quality educational childcare,” said Steve Dixon, chief development officer for Children’s Lighthouse. “We are looking forward to continued growth in 2017.”

In 2016, Children’s Lighthouse signed ten agreements and built and opened four centers in Birmingham, Alabama; Overland Park, Kansas and Lewisville and Fulshear, Texas. These accomplishments exemplify Children’s Lighthouse’s expansion into new markets. Looking ahead to the new year, Children’s Lighthouse anticipates more than 12 openings in 2017 in cities such as Denver, Orlando, Houston and Chicago, preparing to join the 40 existing centers in communities across the country.

To keep up with franchise growth, Children’s Lighthouse has taken many steps to continue developing resources and training for franchisees and staff at each center. In 2016, Children’s Lighthouse hosted regional training sessions for center directors across the county, had more than 150 owners present for the annual owner’s conference in Cancun, Mexico and hired two additional franchise business consultants to keep up with the brand’s growth.

These resources implemented for franchisees have not gone unnoticed. This year, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ was certified as a World-Class Franchise® by the Franchise Research Institute®, with franchisees giving 100 percent positive ratings to the overall opportunity provided by the system and a 97 percent positive rating to the overall quality of the franchisor. The brand was also ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

“We pride ourselves on being able to provide high quality training and resources to all members of our franchise system,” Dixon continued. “From conferences to curriculum, we all have the best interests of our students, center directors and owners in mind. We relate this year’s success to our ability to identify and provide solutions to areas that need advancement.”

The combination of a comprehensive curriculum for young children and nurturing care puts Children’s Lighthouse at the head of its class. Children’s Lighthouse has embedded Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠, a highly respected curriculum, into its programming. Along with the educational component, their curriculum incorporates physical motor skills and technology-enhanced learning to keep kids engaged at all times. Plus, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ give parents peace of mind with online video links to rooms, computerized building entry, security monitoring and transportation to and from area elementary schools.

“There is not another educational childcare concept that exceeds expectations like we do,” added Dixon. “The demand for educational childcare continues to grow and families in the communities we serve identify us as the best option for their children. We are looking forward to introducing more families in new markets to our world-class childcare.”

Launched 21 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in approximately 11,000 square-feet of space in attractive metropolitan areas. Complete with initial and ongoing training and marketing support, ownership in a Children’s Lighthouse franchise includes a full suite of support services ranging from access to strategic leasing and financing partners to pinpoint site selection support. The company delivers its thorough market analysis with its powerful demographic software programs and real estate network, and its architectural partner assists in all aspects of the design work, leaving the entrepreneur to focus on what is most important – the business.

About Children’s Lighthouse

Established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1995, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ is the leading values-based educational childcare system in the United States. Currently, Children’s Lighthouse has 40 centers in operation and 20 additional franchise locations in the pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal, and has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength and growth. For more information about Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠, visit www.childrenslighthouse.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.childrenslighthousefranchise.com or contact Stephen Dixon at sdixon@clighthouse.com, (888) 338-4466 x1.

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections Signs Nine Franchise Agreements Across India

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections Signs Nine Franchise Agreements Across India  

Canada’s Largest Home Inspections Company Continues Explosive Growth in India

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Bill Redfern, founder and CEO of internationally recognized A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI), announced today a list of nine signed franchise agreements that expands the company’s presence further across India. These agreements are a part of ABCHI’s aggressive expansion strategy to open 390 units across India in the next five years. Currently, the company’s footprint is within 19 countries across the globe.

The nine new unit agreements, which are located in Mumbai-Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nasik, Kolkata-Tollygunj, Chennai and Gurgaon, have been signed through a joint venture partnership between ABCHI and MACJ Services LLP, owned by Mahendra Sureka, Arvind Kumar Bhotica and Rohit Drolia. MACJ Services LLP already operates additional locations themselves in Kolkata and Mumbai.

“This expansion is a result of our successful partnership with MACJ Services LLP,” said Redfern. “Mahendra, Arvind, Rohit and their team are matching India’s demand for home inspections and we couldn’t feel more prepared to begin the process in these new markets and beyond. We’re confident in what lies ahead as we continue to expand our reliable, certified home inspection services across India.”

MACJ Services LLP – the India master franchise partners with ABCHI – markets the franchise to motivated small business-oriented people around the country, which is how these nine unit franchise agreements were signed. Under the arrangement, the home inspection business in India operates under the aegis of MACJ – A Buyers Choice Home Inspections Private Limited.

“It’s been a pleasure working under a master franchising agreement with Bill and his A Buyer’s Choice Inspections team,” said Mahendra Sureka of MACJ Services LLP. “We’ve successfully adapted the concept ourselves in Kolkata and Mumbai and are working full steam ahead with the new franchisees in these markets and the others across India. The momentum of the brand is remarkable and we are thrilled to continue bringing ABCHI’s high-quality services and franchise opportunities to India.”

These nine signed agreements come on the heels of a successful year for ABCHI. The home inspections franchise completed 2016 with four signed master agreements across Africa, multiple unit franchise openings across Canada, and further expansion in the United States with the brand’s first South Carolina signed agreement in Myrtle Beach and expansion of ownership in Tampa Bay. The company continues to provide trust, safety and security to homebuyers and realtors across the globe through an innovative home inspection business model.

Additionally, Redfern’s professional repair concept, iHandyMan, home health care concept, iCare – Intelligent Home Care Solutions (iCare), and the three concepts’ parent company Global Franchise Opportunities saw successful growth throughout 2016. Redfern has signed master franchise agreements for iHandyMan in Canada, the United States and countries within Africa, and he signed a master agreement in Alberta for iCare. A proven expert in international franchising, Redfern and Global Franchise Opportunities together are responsible for the development, growth and success of these standout home-focused concepts.

“We soared through 2016 with flying colors, and it’s always incredibly rewarding to reflect on what our talented franchise partners have accomplished throughout the year,” said Redfern. “We’re passionate about seeing our franchise partners succeed, and we take pride in our ability to provide extensive training, ongoing marketing assistance and a collection of proven systems to help them do so.”

The success ABCHI franchise partners are currently experiencing is a reflection of the incredible marketing horsepower and industry relationships as well as ABCHI’s proven business model. With demand growing for reliable and professional home inspections that publish easy-to-understand results, the company is filling a void in what is often seen as an ad hoc home inspection industry. Using proprietary software, ABCHI creates comprehensive reports for consumers that help them make more informed decisions about homes they are considering purchasing. A growing number of real estate firms, agents and mortgage companies are also commonly recognizing ABCHI franchise partners as unparalleled in working with their clients.

Ideal for corporate escapees in search of greater work-life balance, opportunities to work from home and a fast growing sector with unlimited potential, ABCHI offers franchise investors a turnkey operation. According to company estimates, franchisees can make a healthy living working less than eight hours a day following the ABCHI business model. The low-cost franchise investment includes training, marketing tools and ongoing support from the home office.

For more information about A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections in India, call (954) 933-7129 or email bill.redfern@gfoonline.biz.

About A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is a franchise business meeting the huge demand for home inspections. The company is rapidly expanding throughout the United States, Canada and worldwide, on a path to become the world’s largest home inspection company. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, ABCHI is creating a home inspection business unlike any other. Currently, there are nearly 200 franchises internationally across 19 countries. For more information, please visit www.ABuyersChoice.com.

For more information about A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections franchise opportunities, call (954) 933-7129 or email bill.redfern@gfoonline.biz.

City Wide Franchise Celebrates Monumental Growth in 2016

City Wide Franchise Celebrates Monumental Growth in 2016

Nation’s Leading Building Maintenance Management Company Opens Five New Offices, Plans for 10 More in 2017

LENEXA, Kan. – City Wide, the nation’s leading management company in the building maintenance industry, is celebrating a great year of franchise growth. The brand, recognized for its ability to provide innovative solutions for commercial property managers and real estate owners, opened five new offices in 2016, with three more signed and scheduled to open in early 2017. New offices opened in Wichita, Kansas; Providence, Rhode Island; Salt Lake City; Charleston, South Carolina; and Phoenix, of which the last two were expansions by existing franchisees to become multi-unit owners.

“When we decided to first get involved with franchising, our goal was to welcome in franchisees who possess similar values and a desire to succeed by establishing a sound reputation in the communities we serve,” said Jeff Oddo, president of City Wide and the architect of the company’s national expansion. “In 2016 we added new franchisees who helped us do just that. We couldn’t be more excited to continue growing our footprint throughout the country.”

The momentum City Wide achieved in the last year is a clear indication that it has established itself as a major building maintenance management franchise on the national level.

“From coast to coast, growth is on the horizon for City Wide,” added Oddo. “ We expanded into new territories and will continue to do the same this year, as we have plans to open offices in new markets. As the demand for management in the building maintenance industry increases, we will continue to be the trusted ally businesses can rely on to get the job done. We have big goals for 2017 and have plans in place to reach new heights.”

City Wide’s footprint will continue to widen as the brand plans eight to 10 openings in 2017. New offices are expected to open in Southwest Philadelphia, Central New Jersey, and New Hampshire in the coming months.

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

Beyond the loyalty it builds with clients, City Wide plays an important role within the local economies it serves by putting business back into the community. Smaller, independent, and locally owned maintenance companies pair up with City Wide, benefitting from the professional demeanor City Wide brings to the table with its clients.

To learn more about City Wide Maintenance, visit www.GoCityWide.com. To learn more about franchising with City Wide, visit www.CityWideFranchise.com.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the nearly 50 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.

Senior Content Marketing Lead Amy Lecza Gives Instagram and Twitter Tips

During the January seminar, All Points PR Senior Content Marketing Lead Amy Lecza shared some pro tips for increased engagement on Instagram and Twitter to help brands increase their interaction.

Amy’s presentation was centered on visibility – ensuring that all posts are easily searchable through relevant and popular hashtags as well as making sure that the most imperative information is easily found in the captions. Amy gave lots of examples of hashtag ratios to use, including national, local and topical hashtags to increase engagement.

For Twitter, Amy discussed ways to bring life to dry accounts, sharing information about how to turn general business news and articles about productivity, company culture and industry know-how into posts that generate likes and retweets. She also shared examples of how graphics and visuals affect engagement numbers, reminding us to supplement our posts with photos, videos and even gifs.

As the social media landscape changes, it’s important that we be able to provide our clients with the best tips to keep their pages growing and their audiences engaged. Amy’s seminar helped us keep these goals in mind.

Stay tuned for February’s seminar!

Executive Care Celebrates Tremendous Growth in 2016

Executive Care Celebrates Tremendous Growth in 2016

Northern New Jersey Home Care Company Opens Six New Locations, Plans 12 More in 2017

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Executive Care, the Hackensack-based home care widely recognized as the most trusted provider of skilled and personal care services, is celebrating a remarkable 2016 with plans for prolific franchise growth in 2017. This past year, Executive Care opened six new offices in Dallas and San Antonio in Texas; Fort Myers, Florida; Great Neck, New York; and Tom’s River and Somerville in New Jersey.

Though the brand only added a franchising concept four years ago, this monumental growth phase is a clear indication that Executive Care has quickly established itself as a major home care franchise on the national level.

“We expect Executive Care to grow across the country this year,” said Todd Leonard, vice president of operations and franchise development. “In 2016, we extended our footprint to two new states, and this year we plan to expand into major U.S. cities such as Boston, Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix. As the demand for high quality senior care increases amid the growing baby boomer population, we look forward to providing high-quality care to more families in need.”

Building on the momentum of a record-breaking year, Executive Care continues to grow its brand with plans to open 12 more locations in 2017. The company starts the new year strong with signed agreements in Seattle, Philadelphia and Detroit, the last of which is a multi-unit deal.

Executive Care’s franchise expansion, which started in 2013, significantly extends the company’s impact on thousands of families seeking affordable care for their loved ones. Compared to industry competitors, Executive Care has maintained top-notch customer engagement through its various companion and home health care services.

“Our tremendous growth over the past year represents our success in one of America’s fastest growing sectors,” said Lenny Verkhoglaz, the CEO and co-founder of Executive Care who launched and operates the business with his wife, Mila Feldman. “We attribute a large part of our achievements to our new and existing franchisees, who share the vision and passion to uphold the most dynamic home care concept.”

System wide, Executive Care generated $15,217,050 in sales for 2016, which is a 45 percent sales increase from the previous year. Among several notable franchisee accomplishments throughout the year, the Freehold, New Jersey office generated $2 million in sales and the Stratford, Connecticut office reached $1 million in sales.

Executive Care offers a variety of caregiving and skilled nursing services to help families often overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing care to a loved one — all while ensuring the patient remains in the comfort of his or her own home. In a crowded sector, the company has built a reputation from the ground up.

About Executive Care
Executive Care, based in Hackensack, N.J., delivers a comprehensive selection of home care services tailored to the every need of its customers. From companionship and personal care to 24/7 live-in care and skilled nursing, Executive Care ensures customers receive safe, reliable and certified in-home medical and personal services. At the heart of Executive Care is the relationship forged between caregivers, customers and families. The company has announced plans to grow, offering an attractive franchise opportunity in the fast-growing home care sector. To learn more about Executive Care’s services, visit ExecutiveHomeCare.com. For more information on the Executive Care franchise opportunity, email Todd Leonard at todd@executivehomecare.com or call (855) 393-2372.

Kona Ice Earns Elite Franchise Designation

Kona Ice Earns Elite Franchise Designation

Ranks #1 in Franchise Industry’s Most Comprehensive Franchisee Satisfaction Survey; Franchise Business Review’s “2017 Top Franchises Report”

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice is reigning supreme in 2017.

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

Among more than 30,000 franchise owners in America surveyed representing more than 330 brands, Kona Ice’s franchisees scored Kona Ice higher than any other concept measured in the Franchise Business Review “2017 Top Franchises Report.” The extraordinary results of the survey demonstrate just how far Kona Ice has carved out its distinctions.

“This is incredibly powerful validation for the franchise…there is nothing more meaningful to us than having our franchisees reaffirm what we aim to do each and every day – set them up to execute the brand and their business as best possible,” said, Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “The foundation of the concept comes back to franchisee satisfaction. Without our resources pointing towards it, we would never be in the position that we are today.”

Compounding the impact of Kona Ice earning the #1 spot in Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises Report”, the mobile shaved ice brand with more than 800 trucks on the road motors into 2017 carrying a significant amount of momentum. Kona Ice recently introduced a collection of new Fruit First flavors on the heels of monumental scientific research that insures Kona Ice remains compliant with school nutrition standards. Plus, the concept is unveiling a new version of its signature truck – more eco-friendly than ever before and capable of better serving the brand’s immense following coast to coast.

And, amplifying the product and truck, Kona Ice’s marketing programs continue to position the brand for both local and national awareness beyond any other mobile frozen snack and dessert franchise. From the emergence of Island Rush, the highly sought after mobile device gaming app, to the brand’s celebrated giveback program that has provided more than $40 million to community schools and organizations, Kona Ice connects like no other brand can with its fans.

“This doesn’t all happen over night,” added Lamb. “It’s calculated, planned and executed with our whole organization behind it and it aims to keep our franchisees pointed in the right direction with a business model they can’t refuse to follow.”

Franchise Business Review, the national franchise market research firm that conducted the “2017 Top Franchises Survey,” provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

This is the first year Kona Ice has earned the top spot in the rankings, and for several years it has been atop the “Food & Beverage” category in this survey. Likewise, Kona Ice consistently ranks highly in the prestigious Entrepreneur “Franchise 500”, even earning the coveted “#1 New Franchise” designation. 

In this year’s “Top Franchises Report,” Franchise Business Review published the results of the survey issued to Kona Ice’s franchisees. They were asked 33 benchmark questions in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values (e.g., honesty and integrity of franchisor), general satisfaction and the franchisee community.

The survey data showed the following: Kona Ice received rankings of 4.7 in core values, 4.6 in self-evaluation and 4.5 in overall satisfaction out of 5, among high marks in all other categories including training and support, franchise system and leadership.

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

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

To learn more about Franchise Business Review’s annual Top 200 ranking, please visit: https://franchisebusinessreview.com/todays-top-franchises-2017/top-200-franchises/.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $40 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 800-plus franchise units in more than 44 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 Franchise Business Review

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

CMIT Solutions Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List

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CMIT Solutions Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List

IT Service Provider Franchise Ranked #117 Overall

AUSTIN, TX – 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 #1 in the Miscellaneous Tech Services section in the Tech category and #117 overall.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2016, the brand added 16 new locations, bringing the total to more than 155 offices nationwide.

“We are honored to receive this ranking,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of Austin-based CMIT Solutions. “We made a significant jump in the rankings and credit this to our team’s dedication to growing the brand and strengthening our franchisee support system. We look forward to building upon this growth in 2017, as we form new relationships, expand into new markets, and continue to supply our franchisees with the tools and resources they need to achieve success.”

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.

“We spend months gathering and crunching data in order to produce the Franchise 500 ranking,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “We’re proud of the result and the way it continues to be a resource for the franchise community. Like every industry, franchising is ever-evolving and must smartly react to new technologies and consumer demands. We know it takes a lot to stay competitive and are excited to celebrate those that do it best.”

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 $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.

“In order to reflect the evolving business world at large, we at Entrepreneur continue to evolve our annual ranking, too,” says Ryan Shea, president of Entrepreneur. “We’ve developed new ways to measure and analyze our collected data as new critical data points come into play. We take into account pertinent factors such as social media presence and financing availability, which have become increasingly important in today’s economy. The result is a more complete and relevant Franchise 500® that can serve as a valuable resource for our readers.”

To view CMIT Solutions in the full ranking, visit 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 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 Entrepreneur Media Inc.

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

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Bottle & Bottega Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List

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Bottle & Bottega Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List 

Paint and Sip Franchise Ranked #316 in the Recreation Category

CHICAGO – Bottle & Bottega 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. Bottle & Bottega has been rated number three in the Paint & Sip Studios section in the ”Recreation” category and top two-thirds overall.

The prestigious award validates the progress the company has made in the past year. In 2016, the brand added more than five new locations, bringing the total to 24 locations throughout the United States.

“We are honored to receive this ranking,” said Nancy Bigley, CEO of Bottle & Bottega. “We look forward to building upon this growth in 2017, as we form new relationships, expand into new markets, launch new product lines and continue to elevate our franchisee support.”

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

“We spend months gathering and crunching data in order to produce the Franchise 500 ranking. We’re proud of the result and the way it continues to be a resource for the franchise community,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Like every industry, franchising is ever-evolving and must smartly react to new technologies and consumer demands. We know it takes a lot to stay competitive, and are excited to celebrate those that do it best.”

One part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party, Bottle & Bottega inspires the inner artist in everyone regardless of skill or practice, through a blend of hands-on art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of your favorite wine. Bottle & Bottega paint and wine parties are perfect for individuals, couples and groups of all sizes for a variety of personal and professional occasions.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in investing in the wine and paint studio franchise will receive a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs. Plus, Bottle & Bottega is a proud member of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10% off of the total franchise fee. Ideal candidates are outgoing individuals who enjoy throwing parties and love the idea of serving the community. Additionally, Bottle & Bottega offers exclusive territories.

“In order to reflect the evolving business world at large, we at Entrepreneur continue to evolve our annual ranking, too,” says Ryan Shea, president of Entrepreneur. “We’ve developed new ways to measure and analyze our collected data as new critical data points come into play. We take into account pertinent factors such as social media presence and financing availability, which have become increasingly important in today’s economy. The result is a more complete and relevant Franchise 500® that can serve as a valuable resource for our readers.”

To view Bottle & Bottega in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about Bottle & Bottega visit: http://bottleandbottega.com.

For more on the franchise opportunity with Bottle & Bottega, visit: http://bottleandbottegafranchising.com.

About Bottle & Bottega

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

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

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

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

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

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Sir Grout Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List

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Sir Grout Soars To New Heights On Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® List 

Home Services Franchise Ranked #231 Overall; Top 25 in the Home Improvement Category

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Sir Grout 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. Sir Grout has been rated in the top 25 in the Home Improvement Maintenance category and in the top 50 percent overall, climbing 99 spots on the list from its 2016 ranking.

“We are honored to receive this ranking,” said Jeff Gill, co-president of Sir Grout, which he co-founded in mid-2005 with co-president Tom Lindberg. “We look forward to building upon this growth in 2017, as we form new relationships, expand into new markets, and offer our existing franchisees continued support.”

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

“We spend months gathering and crunching data in order to produce the Franchise 500 ranking. We’re proud of the result and the way it continues to be a resource for the franchise community,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Like every industry, franchising is ever-evolving and must smartly react to new technologies and consumer demands. We know it takes a lot to stay competitive, and are excited to celebrate those that do it best.”

Specializing in services that make surfaces such as tile, grout, wood floors and stone look new again, Sir Grout transforms the look of homes and businesses faster and more affordably than most major renovations. The brand is known for its signature one-day grout color seal and tile restoration processes, proprietary services customized to Sir Grout’s standards, which require no demolition and minimal home or office disruption.

The concept appeals to professionals transitioning into business ownership from corporate sales and marketing backgrounds who appreciate adhering to a collection of proven processes and systems that consistently deliver high quality results. Ideal franchise candidates are creative self-starters who appreciate the proven system Sir Grout has designed and evolved during the past 9-plus years. Franchisees within the Sir Grout system also take advantage of the knowledge and experience shared between owners – the domino effect of the expertise is invaluable. Fostering entrepreneurship with minimal overhead, Sir Grout franchisees primarily manage their employee base and day-to-day customer interaction. Plus, with the planning and assistance of the founders, franchisees are able to focus on consistently executing effective sales and marketing programs.

“In order to reflect the evolving business world at large, we at Entrepreneur continue to evolve our annual ranking, too,” says Ryan Shea, president of Entrepreneur. “We’ve developed new ways to measure and analyze our collected data as new critical data points come into play. We take into account pertinent factors such as social media presence and financing availability, which have become increasingly important in today’s economy. The result is a more complete and relevant Franchise 500® that can serve as a valuable resource for our readers.”

To view Sir Grout in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

To learn more about Sir Grout, visit: www.sirgrout.com.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit: franchise.sirgrout.com or contact Jeff Gill at (845) 406-8255.

About Sir Grout

Sir Grout specializes in services that make surfaces look new again, including grout, tile, wood floors and stone for homes and businesses. It is known for its signature one-day grout color seal and tile restoration processes, proprietary services customized to Sir Grout’s standards, which require no demolition and minimal home or office disruption. Currently, there are 35 Sir Grout locations in the United States. For seven straight years the company has been ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® list.

For more information about Sir Grout, please visit www.sirgrout.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, visit franchise.sirgrout.com.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

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

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.