August 24, 2019
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Five Mathnasium Students Win 2019 International Zero Robotics Competition

Years of after-school math learning paid off spectacularly for a team of five Massachusetts middle school students: They beat 16 other finalist teams to win the prestigious International Zero Robotics Competition.

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.


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.”

"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.

Window World Marks Milestone Sale of 17 Millionth Window

Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, is proud to announce it recently sold its 17 millionth window.

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.

Pet Industry Leader Woof Gang Bakery Achieves Business Milestone, Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Central Florida

Woof Gang Bakery, the nation’s leader in specialty pet retail and grooming, marks a significant business milestone this month with the company’s 10th anniversary in central Florida.

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.

Subway® Announces Winners of 2019 Global Sub Jammers Competition

There is no doubt there is an art to being a Sandwich Artist™ at Subway® restaurants.

Survey Reveals Most Common Ways Business Travelers Bond With Colleagues

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), released new survey findings that shed light on the preferences of modern business travelers in advance of this year's Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention.

Proforma Hosts First Annual Technology User Conference

Proforma, the $500 million Cleveland-based leading franchisor in the Print and Promotional Products industry, held its first Annual Technology User Conference July 21 – July 24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Kona Ice

Kona Ice Drives Through Another Milestone Midway Through 2019

Where rubber meets the road, there is no other franchise in America that compares to Kona Ice.

Proforma Record Breaking Convention Inspires and Celebrates Owners’ Business Success

Proforma kicked off its ‘Inspire U’ collegiate-themed 2019 Convention & Family Reunion on Monday at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Study Reveals Consumers Are Conflicted About Self-Care

A study commissioned by Massage Envy released on International Self Care Day, offers insights on self-care habits and found that four in five people wish they had more time for self-care.

New Red Robin Survey Reveals 73% of Children Wish They Had More Time to Connect With Their Family

New research from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews suggests an optimistic future ahead: the new "Full of Family" survey found both parents and children are craving more time to connect

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.

Culver's® Celebrates 35 Years of Deliciousness

What hasn't changed is that you still receive the same warm hospitality and handcrafted food at any Culver's today as you would have at the first Culver's in Sauk City, Wisconsin, in 1984.

Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press Family-Owned Printing Franchise in Chesterfield Celebrates 25 Years in Business

For 25 years, Marie Weiskircher, Tom Weiskircher, and their son U.S. Navy Veteran Greg Lester have run a successful Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise while maintaining work/life balance and a tightknit relationship.

FlannelJax’s to Sponsor Lumberjack Days 85th Anniversary Festival

FlannelJax’s, the popular St. Paul axe-throwing and lumberjack sports experience, will be a premier sponsor for the 85th Anniversary of Lumberjack Days this weekend.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip®

Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® is cooling things off this July for National Ice Cream Month by offering guests a free second scoop of ice cream all month long!

Taco John’s® Marks 50 Years of bigger. bolder. better. Flavors with Epic Golden Anniversary Celebration

Very few restaurant brands have the staying power to survive for even a decade; yet this summer, Taco John’s is turning 50 and still going strong!

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.

Sola Salon Studios

Sola Salon Studios Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary!

Sola Salon Studios is in a festive mood as it celebrates the company’s 15th Anniversary this July!

Proforma Owner Pitches To Son In MLB All-Star Home Run Derby

Jim Chapman has been the Owner of Proforma Preferred for over 20 years, and on Monday he fulfilled his dream of pitching to his son at the 2019 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby.

Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press Franchise in Sarasota Celebrates 25 Years as Second-Generation Family Printing Business

To run a family business for 25 years is a big achievement that is not lost on Minuteman Press franchise owner Bob Stone.

Bruster's Commemorates 30 Years in Business with National Festivities

Bruce Reed established his namesake business, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, on July 13, 1989.


It's 7-Eleven Day!

It's that time of year everyone loves, when 7-Eleven throws a birthday bash as big as America.

Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus Issues Consumer Advisory for Bulk Pig Ear Product

Pet Supplies Plus is advising consumers it is recalling bulk pig ear product supplied to all locations by several different vendors due to the potential of Salmonella contamination.

Smoothie King Wraps Up 2019 “Power of One” Franchise Conference

Smoothie King celebrated a record-setting year for franchise and brand growth at its bi-annual franchise conference held in New Orleans, June 20-22.

Dream Vacations Travel Agency Franchise Booked 20 Millionth Cruiser For MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises celebrated this past weekend a key global milestone in the company’s history, welcoming its 20 millionth cruiser on board the Miami-based MSC Seaside.

Senior-Related Causes to Get Boost from Home Instead Senior Care Fundraising Challenge

Home Instead, Inc. founders Paul and Lori Hogan recently launched a $2.5 million fundraising campaign with a $500,000 gift to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.

Marriott International Poised To Spend $500 Million With Women-Owned Businesses In 2019, Nearly Doubling 2015 Spend

Underscoring its commitment to supplier diversity, Marriott International, Inc. announced that, for the first time in its history, it expects to spend $500 million in 2019 with women-owned businesses for goods and services.

Penn Station East Coast Subs Donates Almost $80,000 To Local Down Syndrome Associations

Penn Station East Coast Subs has donated $79,371.57 to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) and the Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association (MVDSA).

School of Rock Heads to Summerfest 2019

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, returns to Milwaukee for the seventh year to take the stage at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.

Minuteman Press International

Susan Olsen Shares Insights on Owning a Minuteman Press Printing Franchise in Leesburg, Florida

The Minuteman Press franchise in Leesburg, Florida is in good hands with Susan Olsen. Susan brings with her a 20-year retail career and a passion for helping others and getting involved in the community.

Jazzercise, Inc. Founder & CEO Judi Sheppard Missett Launches Book "Building a Business with a Beat"

This year, Jazzercise, Inc., the company that pioneered aerobic dance fitness and became a global phenomenon, is the first-ever dance fitness brand to celebrate the 50-year mark.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Celebrates Twenty Years of Being a Leader in the Remodeling Industry

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with continued strength and recognition as a leader in the home remodeling industry.

Minuteman Press International

Minuteman Press Franchise Review: The Mercer Family Celebrates 30 Years in Business and is Still Going Strong in Houston

To reach 30 years in business with a family-owned operation is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

Proforma Celebrates 1,000 Users On New Business Management System

Proforma’s senior leadership team recently met with the Proforma Owner Advisory Council Technology Committee to celebrate exceeding 1,000 users on its new ProVision Business Management System.

A&W This Week Becomes First Franchise Restaurant Chain to Turn 100

A&W Restaurants, which made Root Beer a household beverage, invented the Bacon Cheeseburger and set the table for today’s multi-billion dollar global franchise restaurant industry, turns 100 on Thursday, June 20.


Ithaca College Named Winner of American Advertising Federation’s 2019 National Student Advertising Competition, Sponsored by Wienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel and the American Advertising Federation (AAF) are pleased to announce that Ithaca College is the winner of the AAF’s 2019 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC).

Mosquito Joe Plans to Raise Funds During Mosquito Control Awareness Week from June 23 to June 29, 2019

Mosquito Joe is pleased to announce its seventh annual Beat the Bloodsuckers fundraising campaign in observance of Mosquito Control Awareness Week which occurs from June 23 to June 29.

Navis Pack & Ship In Naples To Celebrate 1-Year Anniversary

Navis Pack & Ship of SW Florida, a Naples packing and shipping service company, will soon celebrate its first-year anniversary.

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.


Fathers and Sons Form Unique Bond within the Signarama Family

Father’s Day is celebrated as a day of gratitude and appreciation, but the meaning is a little more special when father and son are in business together.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Entrepreneur Realizes American Dream of Business Ownership

Robert Reid always aspired to owning his own business.

Alex Bowman to Drive Valvoline American Heroes Paint Scheme in Independence Day Weekend Race at Daytona

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) has unveiled its American Heroes - inspired paint scheme for Alex Bowman, who drives for 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports.

New Oasis Senior Advisors Franchisees Dedicated to Helping Others

A healthcare industry veteran and an award-winning community volunteer are the newest Oasis Senior Advisors.

Ten Business Owners Advance in The UPS Store Small Biz Challenge for a Chance at $25,000

The UPS Store, Inc. and Inc. magazine have selected 10 semifinalists in the Small Biz Challenge.

Kumon Brings Young Innovators Together Under One Roof at 3rd Annual Student Conference

This year, 56 accomplished students across North America defied incredible odds and were selected to attend this year’s Kumon Student Conference.

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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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