August 24, 2019
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Any Lab Test Now Secures New Spot on Prestigious Inc. 5000 List

Any Lab Test Now® is thrilled to announce that for the second time in three years it is listed on the prestigious Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

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.

Alliance Franchise Brands, Marketing & Print Division Announces New Franchise Member in Mississauga

KKP, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print and graphics services, today announced a new franchise member in the Mississauga-Meyerside market.

City Wide Franchise Named to 2019 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Second Consecutive Year

Inc. magazine revealed today that City Wide Franchise is on its 38th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for the second year in a row.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Franchisees and Vendors Give Back to St. Louis Schools During FASTSIGNS Annual Outside Sales Summit

Attendees at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in St. Louis, Missouri partnered with the Little Bit Foundation to assemble and donate 2,000 Back-to-School bags as part of a “FASTSIGNS Community Giveback.”

Venture X

Venture X Prepares to Open in Rochester

As expansion continues, Venture X, a premium membership-based workspace community for entrepreneurs and businesses, has announced that a new 10,000-square-foot shared office space will be opening in Rochester.

LeTip Creates LeTip World Franchise as New Business Opportunity

LeTip, the world's largest family-owned professional business leads organization, has launched LeTip World Franchise as a new business franchise opportunity.

Minuteman Press International

Peter Castorena Joins Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle for Top Franchise Performers

When Peter Castorena left his previous career behind as a retail buyer for Macy’s 13 years ago, he decided it was time to bet on himself and become his own boss.

PrideStaff Louisville Staffing and Employment Agency Under New Ownership

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce that its Louisville staffing and employment agency is under new ownership and management.

Realty ONE Group Opens New Headquarters in Laguna Niguel

Realty ONE Group, one of real estate’s fastest growing franchisors, officially cut the ribbon on the company’s new headquarters in Laguna Niguel, CA, last week at a special celebration with Realty ONE Group leaders from around the world.

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.

PrideStaff Fort Worth Staffing and Employment Agency Under New Ownership

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce that its Fort Worth staffing and employment agency is under new ownership and management.

United Water Restoration Group Ramps up Nationwide Growth through Franchising

United Water Restoration Group (UWRG) is ramping up its franchise growth in 2019. With a renewed focus on franchising, the 22-unit restoration brand anticipates at least 200 UWRGs open and operating by August 2021.

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.

15 Proforma Owners Named To Prestigious Inc. 5000 Rankings

Fifteen franchise Owners of Proforma, the $500 million leading franchisor in the printing and promotional products industry, have been named to the most prestigious ranking for the fastest-growing private businesses.

Venture X

Venture X Honored as One of South Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Venture X was officially ranked as one of South Florida’s 2019 fastest-growing private companies at the South Florida Business Journal Fast 50 awards presentation last Thursday.

ManageMowed

Enter ManageMowed: Greenpoint Landscape Management Rebrands as ManageMowed

ManageMowed, a commercial landscape management company, is on a hot streak.

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.

Nexterus Named Among 100 Great Supply Chain Partners

Nexterus, a world-class leader with decades of experience in supply chain management and technology, goes above and beyond for its customers and is being honored for that commitment to excellence.

UBreakiFix

uBreakiFix Expands Asheville Footprint With Arden Store

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opens its newest location, uBreakiFix South Asheville, on August 14 at 200 Julian Shoals Dr #50. This is the brand’s first location in Arden, North Carolina.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Ninth Annual Outside Sales Summit

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world’s leading sign and visual graphics franchisor with more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, hosted its ninth annual Outside Sales Summit August 8-10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Office Evolution Goes A Mile Higher With Denver Expansion

Office Evolution is further expanding its footprint in Colorado by signing a development deal that will add to the current 13 open locations in Colorado and now two others in development - one by a different franchisee - in the Centennial State.

Black Tie Moving Named One of America's Fastest-Growing Companies by Inc. Magazine

After launching its franchise opportunity late last year, Black Tie Moving, a luxury moving and relocation concept, was named by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's fastest-growing franchises in 2019.

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.

BirthdayPak Welcomes New Franchisee

Jody is a BirthdayPak recipient and has an abundance of skills that will prove to be beneficial as she launches her new business.

Enviro-Master Named to Prestigious Inc. 5000 List for Fifth Consecutive Year

Enviro-Master, the nation’s leading commercial restroom hygiene company, is ranked 2,392 on the 38th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

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.

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today revealed that Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s leading green cleaning and janitorial services franchise, is No. 3161 on its annual Inc. 5000 list.

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.

10 Ways to Fix Education to Make Students Job Ready

Express Employment Professionals released 10 recommendations today to help schools better train students for the demands of the modern workforce.

United Franchise Group Recognized by Inc. Magazine as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine today revealed that United Franchise Group has made its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Venture X

Venture X Fast Tracks Development with Continued Expansion in North Carolina

As Venture X continues its expansion into North Carolina, construction is underway for a new 21,773-square-foot facility in Durham’s Frontier Research Triangle Park (RTP) located at 600 Park Offices Drive.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Lower Hudson Valley, NY Market

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for fitness centers, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today that it is expanding into the Lower Hudson Valley, NY market.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Markets

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for corporate gyms, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today it is expanding into Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and surrounding markets.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens Location in Reno-Lake Tahoe

America’s leader in low voltage landscape and architectural lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP), is pleased to announce the opening of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Reno-Lake Tahoe.

Alliance Franchise Brands, Marketing & Print Division Announces New Franchise Member in Oakville

KKP, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print and graphics services, today announced a new franchise member in the Oakville market.

Minuteman Press International

Second-Generation Minuteman Press Printing Franchise Celebrates 30 Years in Seekonk, MA

Minuteman Press International is proud to commemorate 30 years in business for the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Proforma Affiliate Owner Wins $6 Million Virtual Reality Contract

Rich Mitchell, Owner of ProMediaAspire, has secured a $6 million contract with a nuclear power company across 13 of their nuclear generation stations.

Realty ONE Group Hosts Leaders, Opens Doors to New Headquarters

Realty ONE Group is hosting its brokers and leaders from around the world this week at the 2019 Base Camp Leadership Retreat. The event is being held at the exclusive Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA, Aug. 11-14.

PrideStaff Named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2019 List of Largest U.S. Staffing Firms for Five Consecutive Years

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce that they were ranked number 78 on Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2019 Largest Staffing Firms in the United States.

City Wide Opens First Canada Location in Southwestern Ontario

City Wide, the nation’s largest management company in the building maintenance industry, announced the opening of its first Canada-based office.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Named A Top 50 Franchise For Women By Franchise Business Review

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. announced today that it has been named a top franchise for women by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 Top Franchises for Women Report.

Fully Promoted

Fully Promoted Gets Schools in Gear for the Start of a New School Year

The beginning of a new school year is right around the corner, and Fully Promoted offers a complete line of promotional products and customized apparel that will elevate school spirit and have students cheering!

The Vitamin Shoppe® to be Acquired by Liberty Tax

Liberty Tax, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Liberty Tax will acquire The Vitamin Shoppe in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $208 million.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®'s Proven Business Model Continues Strong Momentum Through Q2

Following incredible momentum in Q1, the country's largest franchised moving company continued its success into the second quarter of 2019 with ongoing revenue growth at more than 5%.

Minuteman Press International

Jeff Sirota Joins Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle for Top Franchise Performers

Jeff Sirota, owner of the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Carlsbad, California, is the newest member of the Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Launches First Location in Queens, New York

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. recently announced the opening of a new center location under the support of franchising industry veteran Greg Carafello of Executive Franchise Group, LLC.

Royal Restrooms Announces Franchise Opportunities For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Royal Restrooms  is proud to announce that they are currently offering franchise opportunities to qualified candidates throughout the United States, effective today.

Venture X

Venture X Prepares to Open New Facility in Lewisville, Texas

Venture X continues its Texas expansion with the announcement that a modern 30,000-square-foot office space will open at The Realm at Castle Hills in early 2020.

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.


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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

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight – Hiring, Firing, Training, & Retaining Employees

Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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