Decorating Den Interiors Announces Decorator Of The Year And Other Design Awards

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May 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Easton, Md. – Franchise owners Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward Woods, of Stone Mountain, Ga., were named Decorators of the Year, the highest design award presented by Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company and leading in-home decorating service. It is the second time they have received this honor.

Their beautiful makeover of a bedroom was selected as the best of 298 entries in 12 categories judged by U.S. and Canadian national and regional design journalists in the company’s 32nd International Dream Room awards competition. They also won first place in the bathroom category, second in home office and third in family room.

The sister team received their award at the company’s 47th annual conference and supplier market held this month in San Antonio, Texas. They also will be honored in New York City at a dinner with renowned interior designer Mario Buatta.

The company’s Dream Room Awards competition results in four top design awards and two runners-up for each.

Decorator of the Year Runners-Up
Tied for First Runner-Up were Lisa Landy, of Arlington, Texas, who won first place in the commercial category and third place in miscellaneous, and Katie Rioux, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who won first place in home office and third place in living room.

Donayre Award
Elliott and Ward-Woods’ bedroom also won the Donayre Award, which is voted on by company franchisees and is named for Carol Donayre Bugg, ASID, company vice president and director of design.

First Runner-Up was Cheryl Scurlock, of Youngsville, La., for a kitchen.

Lance Hatch, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was Second Runner-Up for a family room.
People’s Choice Award

Leen Zabalawi, of Rochester Hill, Mich., the People’s Choice Award, an online judging open to the public in which more than 30,000 votes were cast among the various entries. She won for a living room and also had the second-highest vote getter, a commercial space.

Donna Esposito, of Waxhaw, N.C., won third place for her design of an outdoor space.

Patti Award
Named after Patti Coons, former public relations director who was instrumental in starting the Dream Room competition, the award is for first-time entries into the competition and is judged by those franchisees who have achieved Decorating Den Certified Decorator status.

Hatch won first place for family room design.

Bindu Maneyapanda, of Kensington, Md., won second place for a family room.

Paula Bolin, of Fort Worth, Texas, won third place for her bedroom makeover.

About Decorating Den Interiors

Decorating Den Interiors was founded in 1969 and has nearly 300 franchises throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its design professionals represent some 100 home furnishings suppliers of furniture, window treatments, wall and floor coverings, lighting, accessories and closet systems. They provide complimentary design consultations and personally oversee projects through installation.

SOURCE Decorating Den Interiors

Media Contact:

Ross Feltz
Public Relations Counsel
C: 814-323.8526
rfeltz@decoratingden.com

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Lakeway Caniacs Welcome 1st Raising Cane’s

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May 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) LAKEWAY, TX – The chicken finger invasion of Central Texas continues, as Raising Cane’s prepares to open its seventh restaurant in the greater Austin area next week.

The popular Louisiana-based restaurant company known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – will hold its latest grand opening on Tuesday, May 31, in Lakeway, marking the 92nd Raising Cane’s in Texas and the 268th nationwide.

Located at 1600 RR 620 South, the new restaurant will kick off the festivities at 9:30 a.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce. First-time visitors will be treated to traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the location in unique Cane’s fashion, compliments of its 50-60 newly hired crewmembers. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.

To add to the opening day excitement, the University of Texas Longhorn Cheerleaders and Hook ‘Em mascot will be on-hand during the morning’s celebration.

In addition, the first 20 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive Free Cane’s for a Year! And the first 100 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive a free Cane’s Lakeway T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo – containing four fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers, Texas toast, secret recipe Cane’s sauce, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries and a drink – that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.

“Raising Cane’s has been expanding steadily throughout the Austin area over the last few years, and my crew and I are excited to bring our ONE LOVE to the Caniac population out west now,” said General Manager Tim Nickel. “We’ve assembled a great crew in Lakeway and can’t wait to open our doors on Tuesday. We’ve already begun our support of the local community and we’re looking forward to doing even more with the schools and other organizations throughout the area in the months and years ahead.”

On May 25, Nickel and his fellow crewmembers volunteered at the Lake Travis High School FFA, removing pea gravel out of the greenhouse and putting down weed-proof plastic. Raising Cane’s is also a proud sponsor of the Lake Travis Youth Association, and the restaurant will be serving up its ONE LOVE at all Blues on the Green concerts this summer at Zilker Park.

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named for his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane, the rapidly growing company recently earned the distinction of being among the Top 10 quick service restaurant chains in the nation for 2015, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study, based on food quality, customer service, cleanliness and other important factors.

Hours of operation at the Lakeway Raising Cane’s are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About Raising Cane’s®

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has more than 260 restaurants in 20 states with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.

More information is available at raisingcanes.com.

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AlignLife – Chiropractic & Natural Health Center to Host Grand Opening Celebration

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May 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) AlignLife – Chiropractic & Natural Health Center wants to improve the health and change the lives of the Spartanburg community. Today’s society is fixated on the concept of reactive medicine and a drug to solve every problem. Wouldn’t it be nice to simply prevent many prevalent ailments instead? This is a shared dream of AlignLife and all the contributing clinics.

AlignLife will be celebrating its grand opening on June 4th from 11am to 2pm. The clinic is located at 1465 E Main St. Suite A. There will be food, games, live music, and a chance to win a Disney trip for 5. B93.7 will be live on the scene to cover all the action. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and learn how much chiropractic can accomplish.

About AlignLife

AlignLife is a chiropractic and natural health franchise founded in 2007 with the mission to provide the highest quality of natural healthcare services to communities around the nation. The integration of chiropractic with other natural health services has proven to save time and money while reducing the hassles of dealing with the complex American health care system. For more information or to find a clinic new you go to http://AlignLife.com.

SOURCE AlignLife

Contacts:

Keri Reilly
AlignLife – Chiropractic & Natural Health Center
+1 309-807-4439

Dr. Chris Bedenbaugh
AlignLife – Chiropractic & Natural Health Center
864-804-6651

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Founder of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Competes in New TV Series “SMOKED” on Destination America

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (FranchisePOD.com) May 27, 2016 – Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) announced that founder and Bar-B-Que legend Famous Dave Anderson, along with champion pitmaster and long-time franchisee, David Marks, will be featured on the season finale of “SMOKED” – a new Bar-B-Que competition on Destination America, the only TV network dedicated to all-American entertainment. The nine-episode series airs Wednesdays at 10/9c, with the season finale featuring Famous Dave’s to air on August 3, 2016.

Each episode features two pitmaster teams who compete head-to-head in a Bar-B-Que battle, and is hosted by three-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon, along with a rotating panel of all-star judges.

“All of us at Famous Dave’s of America are proud and excited that our founder, Famous Dave Anderson, was chosen to compete on SMOKED to showcase the authentic award-winning Bar-B-Que skills that make our restaurant and menu so deliciously special every day. We are fired up about SMOKED!” said Alfredo Martel, Chief Marketing Officer.

Overview of the Famous Dave’s Episode (Wednesday, August 3 at 10/9c):
Guest judges: Dr. BBQ and Moe Cason. The season finale is described by Destination America as, “The brains behind two of America’s biggest barbecue chains have come to Myron Mixon to settle their rivalry once and for all. ‘Famous’ Dave Anderson of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que built his restaurant chain from the ground up 30 years ago, and he’s taking on Brandon Manly, the COO of Sonny’s BBQ and the head of the Sonny’s competitive BBQ cooking team. These two BBQ titans will face SMOKED’s biggest challenges yet, from grilling ribs in an hour to cooking a whole hog. The winner takes home $5,000 for his favorite charity, and the loser will donate another $5,000 out of his own pocket.” For a listing of all SMOKED episodes, please visit: press.discovery.com.

About Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises Bar-B-Que restaurants. As of May 4, 2016, The Company owns 37 locations and franchises 141 additional restaurants in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates and Canada. Famous Dave’s menu features award-winning Bar-B-Que and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and made-from-scratch desserts. Famous Dave’s has won more than 700 awards for everything from “Best Ribs” to “Best Bar-B-Que Sauce” to “Best Cookbook” to “Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise.” For more information, please visit: famousdaves.com.

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the expected financial impact of restaurant closures and lease terminations, the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave’s expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s SEC reports.

SOURCE Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

Contact:

Jean Golden
Famous Dave’s of America
+1 612-385-2324

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ZIPS Dry Cleaners Signs 40-Unit Development Deal in Central Texas

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May 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) GREENBELT, Md. – ZIPS Dry Cleaners is set to bring its same-day, one-price business model –currently $1.99 per garment – to Central Texas, having recently inked a deal to open at least 40 stores over the next 15 years.

The Central Texas expansion will be spearheaded by Better Way Dry Cleaning, LLC, whose partners will develop the stores in a number of cities along the I-35 corridor, including Austin, San Antonio, Waco and Fort Hood. The first 2-3 locations will likely open in the Austin metro area over the next 18 months. Site selection is underway.

“ZIPS is building a great brand and has a unique model within the dry cleaning industry. We think that this is the future, and we know that our customers will appreciate the fast and better service at a better, straightforward price,” said Jason Frick, the development principal for Better Way Dry Cleaning. “What attracted us the most is that ZIPS isn’t a franchise where you need to sell or convince your customers the service is needed. Dry cleaning is something that most of us need and we’re excited to deliver a lot of value to customers who use our service.”

Frick is no stranger to franchising. Since 2010, he has been an investing partner responsible for the development and management of more than 20 Planet Fitness gyms throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. His operating partner, Dave Sisk, is a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army engineer officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Sisk also has a diverse background in oil & gas, high tech software and private equity.

“ZIPS is excited to partner with such a capable and proven group in Central Texas. David and Jason represent everything a brand like ZIPS could want in a franchise partner,” said Aaron Goldberg, Vice President of Development for ZIPS. “We anticipate big things and look forward to celebrating their success as they strive to become the dry cleaner of choice in the region.”

ZIPS Dry Cleaners’ successful business model is based on a concept revolutionary to the industry and clearly in high demand to today’s price-savvy consumer – dry cleaning that is ready for pick-up the same day it’s dropped off for a flat-rate price of $1.99. It doesn’t matter if the item is a necktie, a pair of pants or a wedding dress, the price is $1.99, nearly three times less the industry average. Garments are cleaned on-site, allowing for same-day service.

In addition, ZIPS cuts 90% of the waste of the average cleaner, using organic dry cleaning solution and offering hanger and bag recycling at every location.

“ZIPS has broken out of the traditional dry cleaning mold in several meaningful ways. Step into a store for the first time and you know right away this is not your mom-and-pop, no-name dry cleaner,” said Sisk.

To learn more about the ZIPS franchise opportunity, visit http://www.321zips.com/franchise.php.

About ZIPS Dry Cleaners

Founded in 1996 and franchising since 2006, ZIPS Dry Cleaners is an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model – currently $1.99 per garment. It doesn’t matter if the item is a necktie, a wedding dress or a pair of pants, the price is $1.99. Headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, ZIPS operates more than 40 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 200 others in various stages of development. For more information, visit www.321zips.com.

SOURCE ZIPS Dry Cleaners

Media Contact:

Michael Misetic
Franchise Elevator Pr
Managing Partner
(O) 847.239.8171
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City Wide Opens New Territory Serving Miami

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May 27, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) MIAMI, Fla. – City Wide, the nation’s premier building maintenance management company, announced today it has grown and opened a new office serving commercial properties throughout Miami-Dade and the surrounding communities.

Located at 7900 Oak Lane Ste. 472, local building owners and property management companies will now have access to a single-source solution for all of their building maintenance needs. Cary Fourman, owner of City Wide Maintenance of Jacksonville since 2008, also owns and operates the new Miami location.

“The bottom line is property management companies in the Miami area need our help,” said Fourman. “The demand is high and there is no other company in the market offering over 20 building maintenance solutions and one point of contact. Beyond that, City Wide eases the amount of time and energy spent managing vendors, fielding service calls, and negotiating rates.”

City Wide has made a name for itself in major U.S. cities by streamlining commercial facilities and maintenance management of more than 20 services through a collection of service providers and alliance partners, including floor care, window washing, janitorial supplies, parking lot maintenance, and several others. Taking the onus from building owners and property management companies that typically have to choose separate companies for each task, City Wide eases the selection and management processes for its clients.

“We are thrilled to be able to take the stress off commercial property owners and management companies in the area,” added Fourman. “If our expertise in the industry can make their job easier by ensuring results go above and beyond their expectations, at prices within their budget, then we have done our job successfully.”

In addition to launching City Wide of Miami, Fourman continues to own and operate City Wide Maintenance of Jacksonville and has established a diverse client base, which includes businesses in the healthcare and commercial sectors. Prior to his journey with City Wide Maintenance, Fourman owned several businesses in the logistics, restaurant, and staffing industries. He looks forward to leveraging his extensive experience in business ownership, building management, and commercial cleaning to drive growth for the new Miami office.

Beyond the loyalty it builds with clients, City Wide plays an important role within the local economies it serves by putting business back into the community. Smaller, independent, and locally owned maintenance companies pair up with City Wide, benefitting from the professional demeanor City Wide brings to the table with its clients.

For more information about City Wide of Miami and the services it offers, please visit www.GoCityWide.com/Miami, e-mail CFourman@gocitywide.com, or call (800) 995-0557.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 40-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent service providers to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.

For more information about City Wide’s services, please visit www.gocitywide.com.

SOURCE City Wide

Media Contact:

Allyson Otey
Public Relations Associate
O: 847-897-7496
C: 614-565-6073

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The Wendy’s Company Appoints Todd Penegor Chief Executive Officer

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Dublin, OH (FranchisePOD.com) May 26, 2016 – The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today announced that Todd Penegor has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company, in addition to his current role as President, and that Emil Brolick has retired from management duties with the Company. In October 2015, Brolick announced his intention to retire, with Penegor designated as successor for the President and CEO roles. Penegor has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since 2013, and has transitioned those responsibilities to Gunther Plosch, who joined the Company earlier this month. Subject to stockholder approval at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders being held later today, Brolick will continue to serve on the Board of Directors, and Penegor will join the Board of Directors.

The Company also announced that Bob Wright, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, will assume leadership responsibilities for the International division on May 30 in addition to his current responsibilities. Wright has been working closely with the International team and franchisees over the past several months, and brings his wealth of operational and general management experience to the International business as it prepares for future growth and expansion in key markets.

“The transition of CEO duties from Emil Brolick to Todd Penegor has been seamless, as expected,” said Nelson Peltz, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Todd’s strong leadership, operational expertise and great passion for Wendy’s® will benefit the brand and all of Wendy’s stakeholders. We are also very grateful for Emil’s many contributions and his efforts to ensure that he retired with an excellent successor in place, and a highly capable senior leadership team.”

With the leadership assignments confirmed today, Penegor will lead a senior management team that includes:

  • Bob Wright, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and International
  • Kurt Kane, Chief Concept and Marketing Officer
  • Gunther Plosch, Chief Financial Officer
  • Scott Weisberg, Chief People Officer
  • Liliana Esposito, Chief Communications Officer
  • Abigail Pringle, Chief Development Officer
  • David Trimm, Chief Information Officer
  • Dana Klein, Interim General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
  • Scott Kriss, Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting and Tax Officer

About The Wendy’s Company

The Wendy’s Company is the world’s third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy’s system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit aboutwendys.com or wendys.com.

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New Franchisee Takes Ownership of Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® at Four Seasons Town Centre

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May 26, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) GREENSBORO, NC – Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® announced today that Dharmesh and Anita Lakhani have become the new franchise partners of the Four Seasons Town Centre location in Greensboro, NC.

The premium dessert destination concept is built around the world’s most recognized food brand – Nestlé. The popular bakery café, which is located in the on the first floor, in the center of the mall, serves up freshly baked cookies, customized cookie cakes, a wide assortment of freshly baked confections, ice creams, smoothies and cold beverages.

“Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is a wonderful international brand and my wife and I are so proud to serve shoppers at the Four Seasons Town Centre from our cafe,” said Dharmesh. “We are planning to remodel and upgrade the café soon, but in the meantime, we invite everyone to come by and enjoy our signature, freshly baked treats and warm, welcoming environment.”

The Four Seasons Town Centre café is one of five in North Carolina and among more than 150 system-wide. The café is open during mall hours, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 – 7 p.m. Sunday.

For information about Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, visit NestleCafe.com, Facebook and Twitter and check us out on Yelp.

Cookie lovers are also invited to enjoy the ultimate in on-the-go convenience with the brand’s mobile loyalty app – available for download at Nestlecafe.com – and its Cookie Dough Rewards program.

About Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip®

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is a premiere dessert and bakery café offering customers an unrivaled experience through the use of fine ingredients, indulgent creations, distinct flavor profiles, and the rich tradition of the very best Nestlé® brands. Crest Foods Inc., franchisor of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, based in Richardson, Texas, is a premiere restaurant franchisor company. The company currently franchises more than 150 bakery cafés in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. The versatile concept has kiosk, in-line mall and street café locations. The first café opened in 2000. Nestlé® Toll House Café by Chip® has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” for the last nine consecutive years through 2015. For more information please visit nestlecafe.com.

Nestle®, Toll House® and associated logos and designs, are trademarks of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., and used by Crest Foods, Inc. with permission.

SOURCE Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip®

Contact:

Ladd Biro
Champion Management
Founder & Principal
O: 972.930.9933
C: 817.675.3499

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Pitman Training Invest in New Technologies for Franchisees and Students

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May 26, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – Pitman Training are delighted to announce the launch of their fresh, bespoke online learning platform, Pitman Campus due later this year.

Following extensive research and investment, the UK Business Superbrand™ is extremely pleased with the features and functionality of Pitman Campus and are proud to offer their franchise network an efficient, flexible learning platform to provide to their students.

As a leading, global online vocational training provider, Pitman Training’s courses required a powerful and unique Virtual Learning Platform (VLE), from which to deliver their extensive range of work based courses for 21st century learning. Benefits of Pitman Campus to our Franchisees include:

  • An intuitive interface reducing the requirement for training centre staff instruction
  • The provision of flexible, mobile learning and communication, freeing up available space for those students preferring to attend the training centre
  • Reduces material and resource costs for each centre
  • Targeted in-course marketing

About Pitman Training

Pitman Training’s network covers the entire United Kingdom and extends across the globe, with this in mind there is always scope for expansion. If you have excellent sales acumen, a thorough understanding of all areas of business, along with the enthusiasm and determination to run your own centre, Pitman Training would be delighted to speak with you.

For more information about our franchising opportunities, and to help others improve their skills and change lives, please contact franchising@pitman-training.com or telephone +44 (0)1937 519551.

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Military Veterans Can Begin Next Tour of Duty as Travel Franchise Owner

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May 26, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – According to the American Council on Education, approximately 1.5 million service members will be transitioning out of the military in the next three to five years and will be seeking employment opportunities. Owning a home-based franchise provides veterans flexibility to maximize family time while earning a living. For the fifth year in a row, home-based travel franchise CruiseOne / Dream Vacations will be hosting its annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest, which has given away $250,000 in franchise opportunities to 20 military veterans since inception. Military veterans interested in an adventure with a new career selling all types travel experiences from the comfort of their home can enter the contest beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, through Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

“Franchising is an appealing career move for military veterans who have been out of service for many years and for those who have recently transitioned because of their leadership skills, the system-based model, ongoing training opportunities and familial atmosphere,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne / Dream Vacations.

The CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date. To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or on the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise.

Candidates will participate in three rounds of judging. First, they will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan, video and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.

Five winners will be notified in September 2016. Each grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty in November, when they participate in a weeklong franchise training boot camp at the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ state-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program. Once training is completed, winners will be armed with all the tools and knowledge they need to begin their dream business creating dream vacations.

“Military veterans are such an important member of society that we are honored to have the opportunity to ease their transition to civilian life and make their business dreams become a reality,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne / Dream Vacations. “Plus, they have the option to select and operate as a brand that reflects what they truly want to sell.”

A member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations is committed to giving back to the military community and offers many incentive programs including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. More than 30 percent of the home-based travel franchise system are military veterans or active-duty spouses.

Consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ accolades include a number one ranking the past two years in a row by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Franchises” list, inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans” the past six years and recognition by MSC Cruises in its first-ever Seaside Salute Award. Additional accolades include being named “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise” by Forbes, “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines and inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans.”

“I love being a travel specialist with CruiseOne / Dream Vacations because of their strong commitment to the travel industry, and their never ending support to the agents, regardless if it is your first day or you have been with them for a decade,” said Army Veteran and Franchise Owner Mattie Johnson. “Most importantly, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations honors veterans on a level which changes lives…mine has definitely changed for the better as a 2015 Operation Vetrepreneur honoree.”

CruiseOne / Dream Vacations is committed to being “Rich in Diversity” and empowers all owners, agents and employees to reach their highest potential by leveraging their broad range of talent, experiences, personalities, viewpoints and ideas to generate business growth.

Military veterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in opening a CruiseOne / Dream Vacations travel franchise, please visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or call 888-249-8235.

About CruiseOne® / Dream Vacations

In operation since 1992, the home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® is ranked in the top three percent of all franchises worldwide and is a member of the International Franchise Association; Dream Vacations was launched in April 2016. As part of World Travel Holdings, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchisees are able to offer their customers the lowest possible pricing on vacations with its 100 percent “Best Price and Satisfaction Guarantee.” CruiseOne has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line®, Royal Caribbean International®, Celebrity Cruises® and Carnival® Cruise Lines. For more information on CruiseOne / Dream Vacations, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com. Like CruiseOne / Dream Vacations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, and follow us on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise.

Begins May 30, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends September 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older at the start …read more

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