August 24, 2019
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Noodles & Company To Address Childhood Hunger And Match Fundraiser Donations

Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS), known for serving noodle and zoodle dishes from around the world, today announced it will once again team up with No Kid Hungry to help address childhood hunger in America.

RLH Corporation Announces Collaboration With National Safe Place Network to Provide for Youth in Need of Immediate Help and Safety

RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today a collaboration with National Safe Place Network (NSPN) to designate Americas Best Value Inn properties as Safe Place® TXT 4 HELP sites.

Hand and Stone Upgrades to Zenoti Software to Leverage the Cloud

Zenoti Software announced it has been selected by Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas as their new technology partner for POS, digital marketing and analytics.

The Joint Corp.

The Joint Chiropractic is the Official Chiropractor for Georgia Tech Athletics

The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation’s leading chiropractic franchise, is proud to announce it is the official chiropractor for Georgia Tech Athletics for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Valpak® and United Way's "United to Strengthen Our Local Communities" Campaign Launches

Valpak, North America's trusted direct marketing company, and United Way Worldwide, the world's largest privately funded charity announced the launch of their "United to Strengthen Our Local Communities" campaign.

Corner Bakery Announces National Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Corner Bakery is proud to announce a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that works alongside families to build and improve affordable places they can call home.

Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered to bring national optical retail centers to naval bases in Virginia Beach, Va., San Diego, Calif., and Groton, Conn.

Franchise Leaders Partner To Form Empire Franchise Group

Franchise leaders Dennis McKinley of Detroit Equities and Greg George of Rising Phoenix Group officially closed a deal to form Empire Franchise Group.

Keyrenter Property Management Teams Up with 919 Marketing Company

Keyrenter Property Management, a nationwide leader in residential property management, recently launched a new partnership with 919 Marketing.

Wayback Burgers Partners with Uber Eats

Wayback Burgers, America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint and one of the nation’s fastest-growing burger franchises, has partnered with Uber Eats to offer burger fans a terrific deal.

As The New School Year Begins, Club Pilates® Collaborates With Elements Massage® To Reinforce Self-Care

Club Pilates®, the nation's largest Pilates franchise, announces a collaboration with Elements Massage®, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage franchises in the country.

Travelodge by Wyndham Calls on Travelers to "Adventure Responsibly," Organizes National Park Cleanup Events Coast-to-Coast

Travelodge® by Wyndham, known for being travelers' basecamp for adventure, is ramping up efforts to protect and preserve our nation's parks this summer with the launch of "Adventure Responsibly."

Keller Offers Partners with Offerpad

Keller Offers, the iBuyer offering of Keller Williams (KW), the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count and the U.S. leader in units and sales volume, announces a partnership with Offerpad.

milliCare Becomes a Brand Partner with CGI Franchise

milliCare, an environmentally sustainable commercial floor and textile care franchise, has become a Brand Partner of CGI Franchise.

Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe Invest in iCRYO Cryotherapy

iCRYO Cryotherapy, the leading Cryotherapy franchise in the United States, announced today that Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe will be joining the company as equity partners.

Newk's Eatery

Newk's Cares Enters Sixth Year Of Fighting Ovarian Cancer

Newk's Cares, the ovarian cancer awareness movement founded by fast-casual restaurant Newk's Eatery, begins its sixth year raising critical awareness for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, honoring co-founder Lori Newcomb.

Coolgreens Names Champion Public Relations Agency of Record

Coolgreens, the healthy lifestyle eatery, today announced the engagement of Champion Management as the brand’s Public Relations Agency of Record.

Tony Roma’s Strengthens Retail Presence with New Licensing Agreement for Saucy Meat Snacks

Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s®, announces today a new licensing agreement with Golden Nest, Inc. that will continue expanding its U.S. and international retail presence.

JDog Foundation Launches the Baugher Initiative to Honor Post-9/11 Heroes

The JDog Foundation has kicked off its first national awareness campaign with the Baugher Initiative, which was inspired by Marine Corps Veteran and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchise owner, Rob Baugher.

Children’s Lighthouse Partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers(SM), widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education provider in the United States, announced today a national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Senior Helpers® Sponsors Rock Steady Boxing Coaches to Attend National Conference

Senior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care, today announced its support of six local Wilmington Rock Steady Boxing coaches to attend the organization’s national conference from September 4 – 6, 2019.

Tijuana Flats Partners With Rip Medical Debt To Eliminate $1 Million Of Medical Debt For Florida Families

Tijuana Flats is clearing more than $1 million in medical debt for more than 1,000 individuals and families in the greater Orlando area - where the Tex-Mex chain is based.

Gap Inc. Signs Renewable Energy Agreement With Enel Green Power to Achieve 2020 Emissions-Reduction Goal, Sets Course for 100% Clean Energy By 2030

Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that it has signed a 90 Megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes to Open in First KidZania USA

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, has partnered with KidZania USA, an interactive city for kids ages 4-14, to be one of the featured restaurant experiences in KidZania’s first North America...

Pie Five Partners with Leading Global Interactive Children’s City, KidZania

Pie Five Pizza recently signed a deal to partner with KidZania, the leading global brand of interactive education and entertainment centers for children.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, becomes Trustee of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative announced it is officially a Trustee member of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Growing Market Leader Vogler Feigen Realty Joins Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced today that Vogler Feigen Realty, one of Riverside County’s top companies with the leading market share in Hemet, Calif., has affiliated with the brand.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe® Donates More Than $1M To Camp Sunshine In 2019

Tropical Smoothie Cafe®, a national fast-casual cafe concept inspiring healthier lifestyles, announced today that they raised more than $1.14 million for Camp Sunshine in their 12th year of partnership, the most in their annual eight-week fundraising.

Subway® Restaurants and Beyond Meat® Unveil its Strategic Culinary Partnership and the Beyond Meatball™ Marinara

Subway unveils a new culinary innovation partnership with Beyond Meat® to test exclusive plant-based protein options.

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa Partners With Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowdy Gaines, To Launch “Be The Splash” Charitable Giving Initiative

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail, service, and repair franchise, announced that is has teamed up with three-time Olympic gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines, to launch its nationwide charitable giving initiative.

Maggiano's Hosts Wish Wednesday to Raise Money for its Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish Campaign

Maggiano's Little Italy® has been raising funds for Make-A-Wish® to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses for 16 years during its annual Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish campaign.

CARSTAR Partners With Axalta For The NASCAR Cup Series Race At Watkins Glen International

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, is ready to race at the NASCAR Cup Series event at Watkins Glen International.

Wayback Burgers Celebrates Successful First Year of Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Wayback Burgers, America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint and one of the nation’s fastest-growing burger franchises, is celebrating a successful first year of their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Fibrenew Celebrates Sponsorship of Pioneering Female Pro FMX Rider Kassie Boone

Kassie Boone is one of only two women in the world who jumps 75 feet on a bike and performs Superman feet grabs, heel clickers and switchblades.

Amazing Athletes Partners with Spartan Race, Inc.

“We are very excited to offer Amazing Athletes Training Camps Powered by Spartan,” said John Erlandson, President of Amazing Athletes

Wisconsin First Responders Receive Crucial Information to Help Save Lives

First responders who are often on the scene of an accident before anyone else need to act quickly in these moments, but safety is always paramount during these challenging situations.

Backing Students Going Back to School

HealthSource, the nation's largest group of chiropractic and wellness clinics, is on a mission to help students select the right backpack as well as give backpacks to students in need.

The Joint Corp.

The Joint Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic Announce Endowment to Palmer Center for Business Development

he Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation's leading chiropractic franchise, committed to gifting a $150,000 donation through an endowment for the Palmer Center for Business Development at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Freddy’s Announces Fourth Annual Kids In Need Partnership for National Frozen Custard Day

Fast-casual restaurant concept, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers®, announced today that it will offer $1 single cone, single dish or custard cookie sandwich purchases at locations nationwide in honor of National Frozen Custard Day.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Launches Coral Propagation Program

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is launching a coral propagation program in collaboration with the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang to protect and preserve the pristine, yet fragile, marine ecosystem surrounding the resort.

Wireless Zone’s 3rd Annual Backpack Giveaway Donates 70,000 Backpacks to Kids

For the last three summers, something magical has happened in the communities where Wireless Zone franchises operate.

Sky Zone Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Of America To Offer Big Fun While Doing Good

In honor of International Day of Friendship and to further the brand’s commitment to “Do Good,” Sky Zone begins today a nationwide, year-long partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America.

Dog Haus Introduces Chris Oh’s Korean Fried Chicken Wings in August for its Chef Collaboration Series

Dog Haus, the craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, is firing up the second limited-time offer of its 2019 No Kid Hungry Chef Collaboration Series that’ll make being in the Dog Haus even.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Activates New Eco-initiatives Paving the Way for a Greener Future

Starting late summer 2019, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will work with Parley For The Oceans to take an active role in becoming part of the solution to the challenges that face the world’s oceans.

Auntie Anne's Partners with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Eighth Year to Rise Against Childhood Cancer

Auntie Anne's®, the world's largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is partnering with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), for the eighth year, to take a stand to end childhood cancer.

Wayback Burgers Introduces its Caramel Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake

Wayback Burgers recently hosted a national fundraiser with its nonprofit partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and announced an exciting new Shake Naming Contest.

Walk-On’s Named Official Sports Restaurant & Bar for Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge’s very own Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a leading full-service family sports bar that provides gourmet takes on game day favorites, has been named the “Official Sports Restaurant & Bar of LSU Athletics.”


7-Eleven And Honeywell Collaborate To Reduce Carbon Footprint With Solstice® N40 At Stores In The United States And Canada

Honeywell and 7-Eleven, Inc. today announced the adoption of Honeywell Solstice® N40 (R-448A) refrigerant as 7-Eleven's standard for remote condensers supporting their refrigeration cases installed across the United States and Canada.

Panera Bread Partners With American Red Cross To Support Volunteers Who Overdeliver For Communities Affected By Severe Summer Storms

Each year, the American Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters across the country with a largely volunteer corps of people who always over-deliver for others in need.

Senior Helpers, Curavi Health, and Capital Coordinated Medicine Announce Results of Telemedicine Pilot Study

Senior Helpers® along with Curavi Health, and Capital Coordinated Medicine (CCM) announced the results of a pilot study that tested a new model of connecting frail, functionally limited patients with primary care physicians via telemedicine.

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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

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