August 24, 2019
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Mighty Welcomes New Franchise Partner in Birmingham: Flynn Distributing

Mighty Distributing System is pleased to announce that Birmingham, Alabama-based Flynn Distributing has added a Mighty Auto Parts franchise.

Valvoline to Acquire Assets of Minit Lube in Alberta, Canada

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain business assets of Minit Lube in Alberta, Canada.

Ziebart of Morgantown, West Virginia Celebrates with a Successful Weekend-Long Grand Opening

Brothers Nick and Mark Lambie had a successful weekend opening their first Ziebart store in Morgantown, WV.

CARSTAR To Exhibit A 2019 SEMA Show

At this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, will host an exhibit on the show floor, located in the 2019 SEMA Show Westgate Hall, Booth No. 16320.

Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Continues Rapid Expansion Across the U.S.

Meineke Car Care Centers has announced that Joe Cooper, owner of seven franchise locations throughout the greater Charlotte area, has agreed to open ten more locations over the next five years.

"Monumental" Snap-on Franchisee Conference

Legions of Snap-on franchisees were equipped for future success at the company's annual conference in the nation's capital.

Brightway Insurance Celebrates 11 Years Of Making Futures Brighter Together

When brothers David and Michael Miller founded Brightway Insurance in 2008, they set a lofty goal of growing into a $10 million business (measured in annualized written premium) within 10 years.

Valvoline Announces Opening of Another Company-Owned Quick-Lube Center in Virginia

Valvoline Inc. announced today that it has opened a new company-owned Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Valvoline Announces Opening of New Franchised Quick-Lube Center in Greater Baltimore

Valvoline Inc. announced today its franchisee, Henley Companies, has opened a new Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Tint World® Named to 2019 Inc. 5000 List

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies, coming in at No. 4,129 on this year’s Inc. 5000 list.

Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Offers Significant New Incentives For Investors And Entrepreneurs

Meineke Car Care Centers has just announced brand new limited-time incentives for entrepreneurs looking to become a Meineke franchise owner and current franchisees looking to open additional centers.

Brightway Insurance opens four new stores in Florida, South Carolina and Colorado

More consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy a better way to shop for insurance as Brightway Insurance continues to expand across the country.

Valvoline Announces Opening of New Franchised Quick-Lube Center in Raleigh, North Carolina Area

Valvoline Inc. announced today its franchisee, Quality Automotive Services Companies, has opened a new Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in the Raleigh metro area.

Tint World® Expands to Virginia

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, announced today the opening of its first Virginia location in North Chesterfield under the ownership of local entrepreneurs Jeffrey Corbett and...

We Insure Group Welcomes Two New Agency Owners To South Florida Market

We Insure Group welcomes two independent agents, Ralf Heyer in Miami and Katie Sexton in West Palm Beach, to its growing agent-owner franchising program.

Take 5 Oil Change Opens New Franchise Store in Gastonia, N.C.

Take 5 Oil Change® is focused on the continued growth of its corporate and franchise footprint across the United States. As part of this strategy, Take 5 is excited to announce the opening of a new franchise store in Gastonia, NC.

RNR Tire Express Gives Away 3,000 Backpacks, Helps Get Families in Need Ready to 'Roll' into New School Year

As summer comes to a close and parents and children across the nation gear up for back-to-school season, RNR Tire Express (RNR) nows just how important it is to start off the school year on the right foot.

Snap-on Incorporated Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) board of directors declared today a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.95 per share payable September 10, 2019 to shareholders of record on August 20, 2019.

Snap-on Acquires Cognitran Limited

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA today announced that it has acquired Cognitran Limited (“Cognitran”) for approximately $31 million in cash.

Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Opens New Franchise Store Location In Holly Springs, N.C.

After 30 plus years in a corporate job, Darrick Finan decided to, as he said “do my own thing”. His thing, was becoming an independent business owner, and Meineke was his franchise choice.

Brightway Insurance Named A Top Franchise For Women And A Top Service Franchise

Franchise Business Review named Brightway Insurance as among the best on two of its lists in which it ranks top franchise opportunities in the United States.

Tint World® Names Deja Holley as Social Media Manager and Creative Designer

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has named Deja Holley as social media manager and creative designer.

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.

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.

Brightway Insurance welcomes three new Independent Agents in July

More consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy a better way to shop for insurance as three insurance sales professionals are now on the path to the American dream of business ownership through the Brightway Insurance Independent Agent program.

Sixt Drives International Expansion: Diverse Premium Mobility Services Now Also Available In Oman

The right mobility for holidays and business trips: SIXT is pushing ahead with its international expansion and is now also present in Oman.

Brightway Insurance opens new store in Texas and announces new Franchise Owners in Florida

The company just opened a new store in Texas and announced the new owners of one of its Florida locations.

Milex/Mr. Transmission Store Opens in Bradenton

Moran Family of Brands announced its newest franchise location with a Milex Complete Auto Care/Mr. Transmission store in Bradenton, Florida.

Tint World® Opens New Location in Mississauga

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ announced today the opening of its second Canadian location in Mississauga under the ownership of local entrepreneurs Graham and Angie Kingma.

Brightway Insurance welcomes newest Enterprise Owner, Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt, the Owner of a Brightway Insurance Agency in Harahan, Louisiana, is expanding his business enterprise.

Matco Tools Adds Revolutionary Capabilities to Diagnostics Lineup with MaximusFlash+

Matco Tools, a leading innovator in the automotive tool and mobile franchise industry, introduces the MaximusFlash+.

Signarama

Signarama Announces New Director of Marketing

Signarama, a brand of United Franchise Group and the world’s largest sign franchise, announced today the addition of marketing industry leader, Kristin Gallucci to assume the position of Director of Marketing.

Tint World® Employees Named National Finalists for Industry Awards

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers'™ employees Keith Price of Cary, North Carolina, and Justin Red of The Colony, Texas, were recently named finalists for the Installer of the Year and Salesperson of the Year awards.

Garmat Builds Upon North American Partnership With CARSTAR

Garmat USA continued its long partnership with CARSTAR, hosting the welcome reception on Tuesday evening for new CARSTAR franchise partners and top independent collision shop owners exploring opportunities with CARSTAR.

Valvoline Declares Quarterly Dividend

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.106 per share of Valvoline common stock.

CARSTAR Acceleration 2019 Celebrated 30th Anniversary, Honored Top Franchise Partners

As the CARSTAR Acceleration 2019 Conference in Chicago closed on Friday night, the franchise partners were ready to take the theme to heart, return to their CARSTAR collision repair facilities and apply their learnings to drive their business in the year.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Maaco President and U.S. Army Veteran Bob Benjamin Shares Dynamic Career Path to Independent Business Ownership with Transitioning Soldiers at Ft. Bragg

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting kicked off its program to encourage veteran ownership with a visit to the U.S. Army base at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.

Nation’s Newest Detail Garage Retail Store to Open in Florida

Detail Garage, the destination store for all car lovers, is opening its newest location in Fort Myers.

Valvoline to Report Third-Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results on July 31 and Host Webcast on Aug. 1

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) announced that it plans to report financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2019 after market close on July 31, 2019

Snap-on Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) today announced operating results for the second quarter of 2019.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Franchisee Raises $92k For The Fight Against Cancer

Henley Enterprises Inc., the largest franchisee of Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC), had 142 service centers raise over $51,000 in June to benefit American Cancer Society's Road To Recovery Program.

Mr. Transmission/Milex Store Opens in Glenolden

Moran Family of Brands announced its newest franchise location with a Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care store in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.

Valvoline Announces Opening of New Franchised Quick-Lube Center in Northwest Arkansas

Valvoline Inc. announced today its franchisee, Metrolube Companies, has opened a new Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in the northwest Arkansas metropolitan area.

CARSTAR Names Top Performers at Annual Conference in Chicago

At its annual conference, CARSTAR recognized the U.S. and Canadian top performing CARSTAR franchise partners of the year for their leadership and success throughout the network.

Valvoline Announces Opening of Company-Owned Quick-Lube Center in Greater Houston

Valvoline Inc. announced today that is has opened another new company-owned Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in Greater Houston.

CARSTAR Creators Share Stories Of Success, Challenges and Partnership Through 30 Years OF CARSTAR History

Lirel Holt, a Kansas City owner of a collision repair company, had an idea back in the 1980s to help independent shop owners like himself unite with professional standards, common repair practices, buying power and operational support.

Brightway Insurance Reaches $600 Million In Annualized Written Premium

Brightway Insurance, one of the largest Personal Lines independent insurance agencies in the U.S., has reached $600 million in annualized written premium.

CARSTAR Names Top Franchise Partners At Annual Conference In Chicago

At its annual conference, CARSTAR recognized the U.S. and Canadian CARSTAR franchise partners of the year for their continued leadership and high performance.

CARSTAR Honors Contributions of CARSTAR Franchise Partners across North America for Fundraising to Fight Cystic Fibrosis

At the CARSTAR Acceleration 2019 Conference in Chicago, CARSTAR stores from across the U.S. and Canada held their annual charity walk in support of cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy.

Brightway Insurance names Bob Hitchcock Chief Technology Officer

Brightway Insurance, a market-leading insurance distribution company and one of the largest Personal Lines insurance agencies in the country, announced Bob Hitchcock as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.


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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.

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