August 24, 2019
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Financial Services Franchise News

H&R Block Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 26 cents per share, payable October 1, 2019, to shareholders of record as of September 13, 2019.

Renters Warehouse Named to Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Amazing 10th Consecutive Time

Renters Warehouse, America's leading real estate investment services company, is thrilled to announce that for the tenth consecutive year, it has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

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.

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.

H&R Block to Release Fiscal First Quarter Results August 28, 2019

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) will report fiscal 2020 first quarter results on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 after the New York Stock Exchange market close.

Motto Mortgage Showcases Impressive Growth With 100 Open Offices

Motto Franchising, LLC announced it has achieved a major milestone with the recent opening of its 100th Motto Mortgage franchise office in less than three years.

A Business Model Based on Cleaning Up after Disasters and a Man Who Sees the Silver Lining in Every Situation

Since 1966, Paul Davis Restoration has been providing restoration and cleanup services to the residential and commercial market.

Americans Place Significant Pressures On Themselves To Reach Life Milestones

Nearly 60% of Americans constantly worry about money and almost half (49%) believe that their financial struggles have prevented them from reaching life milestones as soon as they’d hoped.

Liberty Tax Announces a Series of Strategic Transactions

Liberty Tax, Inc. announced that it has entered into definitive documentation with affiliates of Vintage Capital Management, LLC.

H&R Block Completes Acquisition of Wave Financial

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Wave HQ Inc. (formerly known as Wave Financial Inc., “Wave”).

Grand Opening Celebration of Motto Mortgage Approved

Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, announced a new office is now open in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area.

Restoration Giant Paul Davis Mourns The Loss Of Namesake Founder

“Our offices are a bit somber this morning,” said Rich Wilson, President and CEO of Jacksonville-based Paul Davis Restoration Inc. this past Friday, June 14th.

We Insure Group Opens New Prototype Store In Jacksonville, Florida

Fast-growing We Insure Group has opened its first new retail concept store in Jacksonville, Florida, as a model for its independent insurance agency franchise locations.

H&R Block Referral Program Helps Nonprofits Raise More Than $1 Million For Third Straight Year

H&R Block’s (NYSE:HRB) nonprofit referral program generated charitable donations for more than 2,300 nonprofits this year, totaling more than $1 million for the third straight year.

H&R Block Enters into Agreement to Acquire Wave Financial, a Small Business Financial Solutions Platform

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wave Financial Inc. (“Wave”).

H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2019 Results; Enters into Agreement to Acquire Wave Financial

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today released its financial results for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019.

DenverTech Growth Coach Greg Bennett Recognized as First Franchisee in the Company’s Winner’s Circle

Greg Bennett, owner of The Growth Coach of DenverTech, has earned his way into the company’s international Winners’ Circle.

Jordan Baris Inc, Realtors® Joins Real Living Real Estate Brokerage Network

Real Living Real Estate announced that Jordan Baris Inc, REALTORS® has joined its network operating as Jordan Baris Inc, REALTORS® Real Living.

We Insure Group adds Three Agency Owners in Florida

We Insure Group welcomes three independent agents to its growing agent owner franchising program.

Experienced Business Leader Andrew Million Brings The Growth Coach to Greater DFW

Experienced business leader and Certified Customer Experience Professional Andrew Million is pleased to announce the launch of his new business - The Growth Coach of Greater DFW.

H&R Block Reports Tax Season Volume with Growth in U.S. Tax Returns Through April 19

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today released its preliminary U.S. tax results, reflecting an increase in overall tax return volume for the second consecutive year.

H&R Block Announces Passing Of Co-Founder, Henry W. Bloch

One of the founding voices of the tax preparation industry was lost today with the passing of Henry Wollman Bloch, 96.

Motto Mortgage Advantage Plus Now Open in Columbus

Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new Ohio office.

Real Living Leads Industry with Highest Customer Satisfaction Rating Two Years Running

Allan Dalton, CEO, Real Living Real Estate, announced that Real Living received a 98% customer satisfaction rating for 2018, according to independent ratings service Quality Service Certification, Inc. (QSC).

H&R Block Data Shows Taxes Down 25 Percent Due To TCJA Impact

H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) data through March 31, 2019 shows the size of its clients’ tax refunds is up 1.4 percent under the first year of tax reform and new withholding tables, while overall tax liability is down 24.9 percent on average.

Motto Mortgage Apex Now Open in Dayton

Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in Ohio.

Entrepreneur Names Motto Mortgage to its Top New Franchise List

The Motto Franchising, LLC brand continues to innovate the mortgage industry and garner attention for its growth.

Tax Deadline Nears As H&R Block Offers Extended Hours, More Ways To Get Taxes Done

With just one week left until the April 15 tax filing deadline, time is running out for people to file their tax returns. But thanks to H&R Block, the options aren’t running out for people to do their taxes when, where and how they want.

Motto Mortgage HPLB Now Open and Serving Chicagoland

A new Motto Mortgage franchise is now open in the Chicago metropolitan area and serving customers across Illinois.

H&R Block Advises DIY Clients On How To Prepare For Taxes As Deadline Nears

With just days to go before the April 15 tax filing deadline, taxpayers planning to do their own returns may feel they’re running out of time to file on schedule, but that doesn’t mean they’re on their own.

Self-employed Tax Advice Available To H&R Block Online Filers

Now taxpayers are filing those returns and H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) is helping them understand what that means for them

Steve Larsen of Sioux Falls Named Growth Coach of the Year

The Growth Coach, the international business and sales coaching franchise, is pleased to announce that Steve Larsen, The Growth Coach of Sioux Falls, has been named the Domestic Coach of the Year.

The Growth Coach Announces 10 Award Winners

The Growth Coach is pleased to announce the winners of 10 International Growth Coach Awards.

Janet and Michael Bartlett Aim to Help Business Leaders through their New Business, The Growth Coach North Puget Sound

Janet and Michael Bartlett are pleased to announce the launch of their new business, The Growth Coach North Puget Sound.

Growth Coach Franchise Brings Experienced Business Leader and Growth Coach Franchisee On Board as New Company President

Lisa Hudson is excited to take passion to the next level in her new role as the President of The Growth Coach franchise.

United® Real Estate Appoints Accomplished Real Estate Veteran to Lead Chicago Office

National real estate organization, United® Real Estate, announced this week the appointment of its new managing broker, Gary Stevens, to lead the United Real Estate office in Chicagoland.

H&R Block Helps Online Taxpayers Understand And File Taxes By Themselves

Filing a tax return isn’t optional for most Americans, but H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) offers many options for consumers wanting to take charge of their tax prep, offering online filing and desktop tax software products.

United® Real Estate Group Launches Relocation Services Division

United® Real Estate Group announced the addition of its relocation services division today.

H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results, Reiterates Financial Outlook for Fiscal Year

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today released its U.S. tax return volume through February 28, 2019 and financial results for the fiscal 2019 third quarter ended January 31, 2019.

H&R Block Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25 cents per share, payable April 1, 2019, to shareholders of record as of March 18, 2019.

When It Comes To Auto & Home, The Transition Was Seamless For This Industry Veteran

A few years ago, Brad Cowan made the switch from dealing with sets of wheels to wet basements.

Grand Opening Celebration Of Motto Mortgage Resource

Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, announced a new office is now open in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area.

Motto Franchising, LLC Celebrates Network Achievements

Motto Mortgage held its second annual awards ceremony during its Motto MILE Summit last week at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, honoring top leaders of the Motto Mortgage network.

United® Real Estate Expands Its Presence in Pacific Northwest

United® Real Estate, one of the nation’s fastest growing real estate brokerage and franchising organizations, announced today the addition of United Real Estate | Properties.

United® Real Estate Welcomes First Broker-Owner Team to Join Richmond Office

United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate franchise, announces the addition of a new Broker-Owner team joining its Richmond office.

Expat Tax Services Brings Enhanced Filing Experience To U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

Taxes are complicated, and when U.S. citizens need help filing their expat tax returns, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) can help even if they are living in another country.

Entrepreneur Names Motto Mortgage to its Fastest-Growing Franchise List

The growth of Motto Franchising, LLC is turning heads. Today, Entrepreneur magazine named Motto Mortgage as one of the fastest-growing franchise brands in 2019.

Motto Mortgage Vision Now Open in Chicago

Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in the Windy City.

H&R Block receives coveted PCMag Editors’ Choice award

For the second time in three years, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) is’s top choice for online tax preparation.

Liberty Tax Says Early Filers Already Are Receiving Tax Refunds

Liberty Tax, Inc. (OTC PINK:TAXA) said today that taxpayers already have begun to receive their federal income tax refunds for the 2018 tax year.

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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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