SpeedPro Imaging Enhances NYC with Fifth Studio Opening

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) DENVER, Colo. – SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large-format imagery, continues its national expansion with the opening of its newest studio in the New York City metro-area.

Having officially opened this month, the new studio is located at 31 South St., Ste. 1C, in Mt. Vernon and marks the company’s fifth studio in the greater NYC area. The opening is also part of a larger expansion initiative that calls for as many as six more locations throughout the region over the next few years.

“New York City is a thriving area with many businesses looking to propel the growth of their company by using visual communications that convey their marketing messages,” said Jon Graber, President and Owner of SpeedPro Imaging NYC – Mt. Vernon. “By partnering with these businesses – whether they are big or small – we are not only building lasting relationships, but we are also providing the most cost-effective solutions that deliver big impact.”

Prior to owning his SpeedPro location, Graber, worked as a bond trader for 20 years, where he worked for companies such as Lehman Brothers, RBS Greenwich Capital, and BNY Melon. After realizing the corporate world was changing, and he himself wanted a change of pace, Graber began looking for a business that allowed him to produce real products for his clients. SpeedPro Imaging of NYC – Mt. Vernon serves New York City, Westchester, and Fairfield counties, including, but not limited to, the cities of Greenwich, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale, Yonkers, and Stamford, Connecticut.

With over 20 years of experience, SpeedPro Imaging specializes in wide-format printing, including wall murals, event graphics, tradeshow displays, vehicle wraps, and window graphics. In addition to providing such graphics to local and national businesses, the company also caters to sign shops and printers on a wholesale basis.

“Through extreme resolution levels and unparalleled quality standards, we take visual communication to the next level to provide strong graphics for our customers – which is paramount to a business’s success,” said Graber.

SpeedPro currently has a nationwide network of 123 studios in 30 states, nearly a third of which have opened in the last three years alone.

SpeedPro Imaging of NYC – Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.speedpronycmtvernon.com or call the studio directly at 914-663-6100.

About SpeedPro Imaging

With more than 20 years of experience, SpeedPro Imaging is the nation’s leader in large-format imagery. The company specializes in high-quality products including wall murals, event graphics, tradeshow displays, vehicle wraps and window graphics. Through extreme resolution levels and unparalleled quality standards, SpeedPro Imaging takes visual communications to the next level. Today, there are 123 studios open and operating in 30 states, with several more in various stages of development. For more information, visit www.speedpro.com.

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Minuteman Press: Why Customers Crave Personalized Service More Than Ever Before

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – The truth is that personalized customer service isn’t common anymore. Make it the signature virtue of your business and you can harvest strong loyalty among clients…By Mary Friese, Minuteman Press International

Summers spent upstate, NY, were filled with fresh air and fishing, but to this day, I remember the old man who owned the hardware shop in town with its rubber and mulch smell and creaky wooden floors. His name was John and he would chat it up with my parents about shared experiences travelling to Ireland and they would all exchange little updates about their kids and their plans for the rest of the summer. He always gave out watermelon-flavored candy sticks; and one time, he was giving out little toys to all the kids who came in with parents making purchases. My brother and cousin were handed toy cap guns and he got to know my family well enough NOT to hand me the play make-up cases he gave to all the other girls. He developed enough history with my family as regular customers that he knew enough to give me a toy gun too.

John didn’t own the only hardware store in town. He was just the best place to go because he welcomed us into his business with as much ease and comfort as he would if we were visiting him at home and he cared about finding solutions to challenges he knew he could solve. We all crave that kind of attention. It was worth something to us as customers and my family wasn’t the only one referring him to newcomers in need of hardware supplies to take care of their cabins. I’m sure the old guy didn’t think much about his “strategy” as he got to know all of his customers, but mastering personalized customer service kept his cash register hopping and kept us all coming back for everything we needed that he could provide.

I’m certain each person reading this can reflect on at least one similar story because the roots of personalized customer service run centuries deep and early entrepreneurs following gut instinct and void of the distraction technology brings simply knew how to deliver it. For the longest time, developing relationships with customers by listening to their stories and helping them with their challenges was the very foundation of customer service for businesses that flourished with healthy customer bases. Yet, with the influx of mass consumerism and heavy-handed digital marketing, more business owners got caught up in the tendency to view clients as faceless numbers – and online businesses simply do not have the ability to truly come to know the people they serve.

We are not just numbers. Look us in the eyes. Get to know us…

Personal attention and the chance to develop close working relationships with clients is taking a dip downward, it seems. Organic, personalized customer service experiences that endear local business owners to us are becoming less common as they lean more heavily on metrics and less on eye-contact and conversation. Truly personal service such as what we all crave has been bastardized in a way, with online companies simply tracking past purchases in order to predict buying trends and spamming us with come-ons that are all too sterile, almost invasive.

Matt Peretz, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice-President located in St. Louis confirms the trend many businesses are falling into that shuns personalized customer service with all the niceties attached to caring about and working with people in order to help them meet their own needs. As Matt says, “As we become a more digitally-centered world, customer service becomes very mediocre. Look online and you will see there really is no personalized customer service. When you offer it as a business owner, you stand out in people’s minds because they crave it and they are not getting it.”

Matt continues with a note of optimism for business owners ready to return to truly personal customer service, “If you are going to charge more than online stores you need to provide a reason for the customer to pay more. What the customer wants isn’t always what the customer needs. It’s very typical for a customer to not know the right questions to ask about your product. It’s your job to ask them key questions to better understand why they are buying and direct them to a product or service that fits their needs. For example, if you visit a local pet shop to pick up some food for your dog, you may just be thinking to get what’s on sale. If the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, they will likely ask you questions about your dog to identify what food will be the best. If your dog is elderly, buying the puppy food that’s on sale is not going to be wise. Hopefully, you’ll leave feeling good about your purchase.”

Entrepreneurs wise to the truth about what people crave when they seek services are focusing more energy towards putting the personal touch back into their customer service. Technology can be used intelligently and allow the use of pertinent customer data to help increase the quality of the entire experience of your business, but the trick is using the data to your advantage instead of using the data to do the work for you in a sterile digital marketing effort or an endless cycle of price adjustments based on the numbers alone. Rather, those realizing the unique value of personalization are partnering with marketing professionals within the B2B industry to craft very targeted direct mail campaigns, using variable data printing, for example. Combined with a commitment to interpersonal greetings and interactions at your place of business (where everyone feels …read more

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Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Shares Tips to Prevent Vehicles from Overheating

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HORSHAM, PA (FranchisePOD.com) JULY 25, 2016 – Every summer, high temperatures and extreme heat waves take a toll on vehicles and their engines, which can lead to unexpected expenses for unprepared drivers.

In fact, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates more than 8 million automobiles in need of their roadside assistance during the summer months. Since this figure is most to increase this year because lower gas prices are encouraging more summer road trips, Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Car released today a list of tips to help prevent cars from becoming a statistic.

Here are the top suggestions Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care urges every driver to take:

  • Check Coolant Levels: While the engine is running, a vehicle’s cooling system regulates the engine’s operating temperature. To keep the cooling system operating at peak efficiency, it is important to have the coolant level checked periodically and the coolant system flushed as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. A car owner’s manual will have more information on the best schedule to follow for your vehicle.
  • Inspect Radiator for Debris: While driving, dirt and road debris can build up on the radiator and cause a blockage in airflow and heat transfer. When this build up occurs, have your technician clean this system to prevent overheating.
  • Inspect Tire Pressure: If a vehicle’s tires are worn or cracked, it can be risky driving in hot weather. There is a great chance the tires can blow out, which at high speeds can be extremely dangerous and cause a collision.
  • Check Your Battery: Most car batteries last between four and five years. This figure greatly varies in hot climates, where car batteries usually last about three years. With that said, because high temperatures can damage a car’s battery, it is recommended to be especially cautious during the summer and have your battery tested.

Another resource available to drivers interested in fuel efficiency is The Cottman Man’s Educational Video Series, which Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care recently released as an informational resource for preventative and proactive car care tips. To view The Cottman Man Educational Video Series, visit http://www.cottman.com/videos/.

“This time of year, it is easier than ever to have your vehicle’s engine overheat and cause tremendous damage,” said Derik Beck, vice president of digital marketing for Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care. “Luckily, there are a lot of easy and inexpensive steps we recommend so our customers never have to worry.”

To learn more about Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care and its available franchise opportunities please visit http://www.cottman.com/cottman-franchise-opportunities/.

About Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care:
With locations across the U.S., Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is a transmission and auto repair brand that services almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic. Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care centers specialize in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman’s headquarters is based in Horsham, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit http://www.Cottman.com and http://www.TheCottmanManBlog.com.

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Something Old, Something New Comes To Richardson With Opening Of Newest Mr. Gatti’s Restaurant

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) RICHARDSON, Texas – Richardson pizza lovers are first in line to create new memories as the iconic Mr. Gatti’s pizza has opened its newest restaurant at 1312 E. Belt Line Road.

The Richardson location is the first to open since the chain was acquired in 2015 by Fort Worth-based private-equity firm Sovrano, LLC, an affiliate of FundCorp, Inc. The new prototype features a return of many of the elements that made it one of the most popular family restaurant brands of the 1970s and 80s.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Gatti’s to Richardson,” said Michael Poates, President of Gatti’s Pizza and President and equity partner of Sovrano, LLC. “There is a strong sense of community here and we look forward to creating opportunities for adults to relive the experiences they had growing up and create new memories for their families.”

The new restaurant offers tableside service, outdoor seating and the traditional game room. The menu, much of it prepared in a rotary, copper tiled, fire-deck oven, brings back Mr. Gatti’s original Napoli-style crust, a Sicilian deep dish crust and a new gluten-free crust. Guests are able to build their own pizza or pasta creations by choosing from a variety of sauces and toppings, which now include vegan cheeses and meat alternatives. Long-time fans of Mr. Gatti’s will recognize many of the entrees, including traditional lasagna, baked ziti and chicken parmesan. Four appetizers, including the addition of Ginormous Meatballs, are available along with three salad options.

“We want to bring back the things that made Mr. Gatti’s so popular,” said Poates. “We are defining our future by revisiting our past with a focus on serving up quality pizza at affordable prices in a very family friendly atmosphere.”

A Grand Opening celebration for the Richardson location is being scheduled for early August. Additional Mr. Gatti’s restaurants are scheduled to open this year in Fort Worth, Dallas, Mesquite and North Richland Hills.

About Mr. Gatti’s

Mr. Gatti’s first opened its doors as The Pizza Palace in Stephenville, Texas, in 1964. With a move to Austin in 1969 also came a name change, which paid tribute to the wife of founder James Eure and her maiden name: Gatti. By the 70s, the chain was experiencing dramatic growth and had become a household name. In the 80s and 90s, Mr. Gatti’s expanded the concept to include GattiTown, a 25,000-square-foot family entertainment center devoting 10,000 square feet to a colossal Midway-type game room. James Eure’s vision is now 97 restaurants strong and counting, including Gatti’s Pizza and GattiTown restaurants. More information is available at gattispizza.com or by calling 817-546-3500.

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Bubbakoo’s Burritos Set to Open in Toms River

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Silverton, N.J. – Bubbakoo’s Burritos, the famed home of made-to-order, completely customizable burritos and the widely popular phenomenon that has become an unquestioned sensation across the Garden State, announced today the opening of its 10th location. The newest shop is opening in Toms River’s Silverton section at the Rands Shopping Plaza (1849 Hooper Avenue).

Local restaurateurs and father-son team, Anthony, Gregg, Joseph and Daniel Di Pierro are the owners and operators of Silverton’s Bubbakoo’s Burritos. The family brings a strong background in the restaurant industry to its new endeavor, as the owners of two local Toms River restaurants – Joey D’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant and Mangia Brick Oven Pizza.

“There are too many great things about this brand not to love it,” said Anthony, oldest of the Di Pierro brothers. “We firmly believe in the Bubbakoo’s philosophy of serving healthier quick serve options with an extraordinary customer service experience. There’s an undeniable buzz around Bubbakoo’s right now, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The opening in Silverton is a momentous occasion for Bubbakoo’s Burritos. It comes on the heels of the brand signing its first franchise agreement. The concept began its franchising process within the past year and inked its first ever agreement, which resulted in the Di Pierros opening in Silverton.

“The Di Pierros are exactly the right entrepreneurs to start our franchise family,” said Bill Hart, co-owner of Bubbakoo’s Burritos with business partner Paul Altero. “The family’s vast knowledge of and experience in the restaurant industry, as well as its strong local roots are outstanding. We are eager to see them fill the demand for a delicious and innovative Mexican-American fast casual eatery in Silverton.”

Following this opening in Silverton, the Di Pierros plan to open a few additional Bubbakoo’s locations along the Shore. The concept has become a local sensation with its made-to-order burritos. Fresh ingredients such as its signature steak, which is marinated and cooked hibachi-style to order, are topped with homemade salsas, cheeses and hand-cut veggies. And, originals such as The Chiwawa (a panko-crusted cheesy rice ball with nacho cheese, meat and toppings) and Crispy Buffalo Quesadillas keep Bubbakoo’s faithfuls coming back.

Beyond the menu, Bubbakoo’s offers an environment like no other, with décor reflecting the eatery’s Shore roots, inviting guests to enjoy a host of regional beachside design elements, and unmatched service standards that truly make the restaurants feel like home.

Additionally, Bubbakoo’s is a community ally with a reputation renowned for and founded upon its social responsibility. The brand embeds itself into the communities it serves to connect with schools, groups, teams and organizations that define the neighborhoods.

Originating in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Bubbakoo’s initiated its strategic franchise plan to satisfy widespread clamoring from crazed Bubbakoo’s fans calling upon the brand to expand. Initially focused on dotting the map with new locations throughout New Jersey, Bubbakoo’s has pinpointed key cities and towns within close proximity to the company’s nine owned and operated shops.

The Silverton location will be open Sunday though Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will offer catering and delivery for all orders. To learn more about Bubbakoo’s Burritos in Silverton, visit www.bubbakoos.com or call (732) 569-6039.

About Bubbakoo’s Burritos

Paul Altero and Bill Hart, a pair of successful restaurant industry executives, founded Bubbakoo’s Burritos in 2008 in Point Pleasant, N.J. They started Bubbakoo’s together to share with the world the best-tasting burrito served in an inspiring environment with the highest quality service standards. Today, Bubbakoo’s is redefining the fast casual burrito restaurant sector each and every day at all ten of its locations.

To learn more about Bubbakoo’s Burritos franchise opportunities, e-mail franchise@bubbakoos.com or call (732) 691-0848. And for more information about the restaurants, visit www.bubbakoos.com.

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Mr. Electric® Welcomes First Female Franchise Owner in the U.K.

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) WACO, Texas – Mr. Electric, a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and service repairs, is welcoming its first female franchise owner in the U.K. The company has awarded a franchise agreement to Demi Hoar who will open her business in Cardiff on September 1.

A graduate of Neath Port Talbot College, Demi most recently served as a combat medical technician in the British Army. After leaving the military, she wanted to own her own business, became a qualified electrician and invested in her own Mr. Electric franchise.

Her life partner and fellow military serviceman, Daniel Wright, will be a co-owner of the business. He plans to join her in the day-to-day operations after he completes another 12 months of active duty.

“I was led to Mr. Electric as my partner was looking into franchising and I had just passed my electrical course so it made sense,” Demi commented. “Having the Dwyer Group there definitely helps me to sleep at night. As I will be running the business on my own for about a year, knowing that they are there to support me is what made me choose a Mr. Electric franchise. To know that I have someone to help guide me with the systems, marketing and how to work on my business gives me peace of mind.”

Demi’s business is the 18th franchise location for Mr. Electric in the U.K. and the first for a female owner in the country.

The announcement marks the rising popularity for the Women in The Trades program that Mr. Electric supports and promotes around the world as part of The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands.

The campaign to attract more women to the service trades began when Dina Dwyer-Owens, Co-Chair of Dwyer Group, appeared as a female leader in a male-dominated industry on the American reality TV show “Undercover Boss” during her time as CEO for the company. And women like Demi are proof that the industry continues to change for the better.

“Demi is a high achiever and a strong leader who exemplifies the kind of franchise owner – man or woman – that we look for across our industry,” said Jeff Meyers, Vice President of International Operations for Dwyer Group. “Welcoming our newest member to the Mr. Electric organization shows others the fantastic possibilities that exist in our growing network.”

“Demi’s story is a dream come true for me,” Dwyer-Owens said. “One of the most profound journeys one can make is to be your own boss and grow your own business. But to do so as a woman in the service trades is important progress to the thriving opportunities that exist for so many others.”

About Mr. Electric®

Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and service repairs. Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises.

About Dwyer Group®

Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of 12 franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK), ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, and Locatec®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® brand name. Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company®, a global private equity firm. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies. More information on Dwyer Group, or its franchise concepts, is available at www.dwyergroup.com.

Dwyer Group is also on Twitter at @DwyerGroup.

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Driven Brands’ Jose R. Costa Becomes NACD Board Leadership Fellow

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Charlotte – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has named Jose R. Costa, Group President for Charlotte-based Driven Brands, a Board Leadership Fellow, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors.

The NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers directors with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices to refine board-leadership competencies and stay at the forefront of evolving business demands. NACD Fellows have to complete a rigorous foundation course that focuses on topical matters and committee-specific issues. To maintain their credential, they have to advance their knowledge and boardroom stature year after year through continuous learning and peer-led collaboration.

The NACD Fellowship community is backed by more than 35 years of authoritative research and represents the combined knowledge capital of hundreds of the world’s largest and most-diverse companies.

At Driven Brands, Costa leads MAACO®, CARSTAR® and Drive N Style®. Collectively, these brands operate more than 1,000 body shops across North America and generate more than $1.2 billion in annual system sales. Previous to his current role, which he assumed in October 2015, Costa was President of MAACO®, where he was responsible for managing and developing 500 automotive body shops across the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to joining Driven Brands, Costa was Vice President of Marketing, R&D and Supply Chain at BURGER KING®. He also served as President of COSTA IMC, a branding and interactive marketing firm focused on the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American segments.

With over 20 years of experience both on the client and agency side, he has worked for companies like Young & Rubicam, Bank of America, PepsiCo, and YUM Brands. He also has extensive experience in restructuring portfolio companies for private equity firms like 3G Capital, Harvest Partners and Roark Capital Group.

In addition, Costa is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the world’s leading peer network of chief executives and business leaders, and the chapter leader of the Charlotte chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and most prestigious food society.

About Driven Brands

Driven Brands, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the parent company of North America’s leading automotive aftermarket brands across four distinct verticals: Repair & Maintenance, housing Meineke Car Care Centers® and Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops®; Paint & Collision, housing Maaco®, CARSTAR North America® and Drive N Style®; Distribution, housing 1-800-Radiator & A/C®; and Quick Lube, housing Pro Oil Change®, Econo Lube N’ Tune®, Driven Florida Lubes® and Take 5 Oil Change. Driven Brands has more than 2,300 centers across North America, and combined, all businesses generate nearly $2.2 billion in system sales. For more information, visit www.DrivenBrands.com.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) helps more than 17,000 directors lead with confidence. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD aspires to a world where businesses are sustainable, profitable, and respected, and where stakeholders trust directors to develop strategies that create long-term value and provide effective oversight. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD has been shaping the future of board leadership for more than 35 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To become an NACD member, please contact Steve Kalan at Join@NACDonline.org or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD Concierge at Concierge@NACDonline.org to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

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Slim Chickens Continues Expansion in the Lone Star State, Brings Better Chicken to Plano

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July 25, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants, will be bringing fresh chicken tenders and wings with unrivaled flavor to Plano, Texas. Restaurant development and operations veterans Courtney Lindley and Bob Gregg have assembled a team to develop 15 locations within the next eight years across North Texas.

The first restaurant, located at 6100 West Park in Plano, is set to open July 25, 2016. This will be the first of four locations to open in the Dallas area this year. The team has sites under development and opening later this year in Frisco, Dallas and Irving.

Prior to expanding the Slim Chickens brand, Gregg and Lindley have grown and developed national brands such as Radio Shack, Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich Shop nationally. They were introduced to Slim Chickens through a business associate who could not stop talking about the brand. Quickly impressed, they felt that Slim Chickens was a perfect opportunity to connect past business experience with dreams of becoming operating partners, while building a team capable of growing a great brand.

“We knew this was a brand with integrity and one we wanted to bring home to our city once we tasted the Slim Chickens food, experienced the excellent service, and met the leadership team.” said Gregg. “We’re excited for the opportunity to create jobs in Plano and the greater Dallas area, have a positive impact on our community, and provide the best chicken in the business.”

The team was drawn to Slim Chickens’ southern hospitality and commitment to “Life Changing Chicken”.

“’Life Changing’ is more than just a statement about the quality of Slim Chicken’s food. This is an intention for how we want to run our business,” said Lindley. “Our passion is to make a difference in people’s lives every day through developing our teams, making customers happy, and impacting our local community. ‘Life Changing Chicken’ is at the heart of why we get up every day.”

By focusing on high quality, fresh chicken, the brand has developed a niche in its sector of the restaurant industry for product quality that can’t be found anywhere else. With fresh ingredients and minimal freezer space used in every restaurant, Slim Chickens honors a commitment to homemade recipes and strong supplier partnerships, ensuring guests can feel good about the food they eat. The down-home Southern brand offers hand-breaded or grilled chicken tenders and wings paired with a choice of eight handmade dipping sauces or seven wing sauces for exceptional flavor that has earned admiration from both customers and critics. Slim Chickens also offers fresh salads, wraps and chicken and waffles. To offset the savory side of the menu, rotating desserts served in Mason jars are also available.

The brand has seen great success in the last several years, expanding from Arkansas into Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Louisiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Kansas and Arizona, and emerging as a national player to establish fast-casual dining’s “better chicken” segment.

For franchising information, please visit http://slimchickensfranchise.com/.

About Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a focus on culinary excellence in a fast-casual setting. Guests can always expect fresh chicken tenders and wings cooked to order and served with handmade dipping sauces made from scratch. With more than 30 locations today and a fanatical following in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Louisiana and Nebraska, the eternally cool brand is an emerging national franchise leading the “better chicken” segment and intends to grow nationwide to a footprint of 600 restaurants over the next decade. Southern hospitality is not just for the South; everyone, everywhere can appreciate honest food and socializing with friends and neighbors. To learn more about the brand, visit slimchickens.com.

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Retired NYPD Police Officer Helps Keep People Safe With Dryer Vent Wizard

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (FranchisePOD.com) July 25, 2016 – When NYPD police officer Damon Porter retired, he looked for a business opportunity that would offer flexible hours and also help keep people safe. Extensive research led him to Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW), a fast-growing North American franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial clients.

“DVW was head and shoulders above the rest,” said Porter, who began providing services to clients in Middlesex County in February 2016. “The camaraderie and communication among franchisees is great. There’s always someone to help you if you need assistance.”

During Porter’s DVW training, they ran into several unusual situations which helped prepare him for starting his business. He added, “When you’re in police work, every day is different. The same is true in this business.”

Porter remembers one service call that resulted when a home inspector traced a dryer vent line to an empty attic. “Whoever installed the dryer didn’t vent the dryer duct system to the outside. Lint filled the attic — a real fire hazard,” said Porter, who worked in 97 degree heat to drill a hole in the roof to get to the attic and remove all the lint, before doing a proper installation.

In the U.S., it is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires, resulting in more than 15,500 dryer fires every year. These are only the reported cases.

“These fires are all very preventable with regular maintenance and cleaning,” added Porter, who likes that he’s still helping to keep people safe while also educating them about the energy savings.

About Dryer Vent Wizard

Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). DVW’s 70 plus franchisees serve more than 9,000 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit www.DryerVentWizard.com or call 866-498-SAFE (7233) in the U.S. and 866-395-SAFE (7233) in Canada.

SOURCE Dryer Vent Wizard

Media Contacts:

Damon Porter
Dryer Vent Wizard
732-431-3548

Terry Reuer
President & CEO
Dryer Vent Wizard International
586-619-2160, ext. 550

Margaret Blohm, APR
Margaux & Associates, LLC
313-406-3467 phone

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Popular TV Hunting Show to Feature United Country Properties

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July 22, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country Real Estate and Trained Assassins announced today that they have joined together to film unique hunts and hunting properties across the US. The affiliation will provide United Country agents, brokers and auctioneers another platform to showcase some of their best hunting and recreational properties for sale nationwide.

United Country Real Estate is the leading land seller in the US, marketing recreational properties that include hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities nationally. Trained Assassins is a TV show that focuses on hunting a wide range of game on properties across the United States and Canada. Each week, the crew hunts a different property and keeps the cameras rolling as they pursue trophy deer, elk, turkey and hogs.

“I think one of the best ways to be able to showcase a piece of property is to actually show what the piece has to offer,” said Cragg Fitz, co-owner/co-host of Trained Assassins. “A great way to do that is to actually film a hunt on that particular property. I think partnering with United Country gives us some avenues to film some of our shows on some of the most premiere land listings in the country. In turn, it will showcase the types of properties United Country has to offer.”

Trained Assassins originally aired in 2008 as a YouTube channel, hosted by Slade Priest of United Country Gibson Realty & Land Company and filmed by Fitz and their crew. It was picked up by the Sportsman Channel in 2013, and today has grown to be a popular hunting show on TV, averaging more than four million viewers per season.

“For over 90 years we have advertised lifestyle properties, like hunting properties via innovative techniques. Our strategy is to increase awareness that our offices offer thousands of amazing hunting properties all over the US. Many of the millions of viewers of this show will visit our website to locate their own hunting properties. The best ways to really understand the hunting or lifestyle value of recreational property is to actually show what the land has to offer. That’s the opportunity we saw in the excellently produced Trained Assassins show,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate.

You can catch Trained Assassins on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 3 p.m., Fridays at 6:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 a.m., Eastern Time. It airs on the Sportsman Channel. You can also watch past shows and stay current with show activities and information by following them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrainedAssassins.TV.

For more information about the affiliation or United Country Real Estate, call 800-444-5044 or visit UnitedCountry.com. And follow United Country and lifestyle real estate news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitedcountry.

About United Country Real Estate

United Country Real Estate – a division of the United Real Estate Group – is the leading, fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 500 offices and 5,000 real estate professionals across four continents, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program. The exclusive program includes the highest ranked and largest portfolios of specialty property marketing websites, unequaled national print advertising, the largest internal real estate advertising agency, an extensive buyer database of more than 650,000 opt-in buyers and additional proprietary programs to advertise properties more broadly.

National Headquarters
2820 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64154
816-420-6200 www.unitedcountry.com

SOURCE United Country Real Estate

Contact:

Angela Smith
Public Relations & Social Media Manager
United Country or our marketplace
P: 816.620.6241
E: asmith@unitedcountry.com

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