Godfather’s Pizza Announces 2016, Early 2017 Expansions

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JULY 24, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – Ambitious, excited and focused. That’s how Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. (GPI) Vice President of Development Dave Gartlan describes the next nine months for franchisee, TA Operating.

The Ohio-based company, operating a convenience store brand under the name Minit Mart, plans to add 40 new stores this year around Kansas City, Missouri; Lexington, Kentucky; and across the state of Illinois. This will more than double their convenience store locations serving A Pizza You Can’t Refuse® from 38 to 78. Minit Mart stores with Godfather’s Pizza Express can already be found in Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Earlier this year, TA Operating opened four limited-service stores with Godfather’s Pizza Express in the St. Joseph/Kansas City area. Typical construction and implementation takes approximately 90 days to complete.

“The team at TA Operating sure know how to make a quick impact on the communities they conduct business,” says Gartlan. “Their drive and knowledge of the food industry, combined with their focus on service, has contributed to the overall success of our Express model.”

It may be an ambitious goal, but one that has been met with excitement and much preparation.

“We want to make it easy for pizza fans to get their hands on the food they love the most,” says Craig Stanley, Category Manager of Foodservice for Minit Mart. “Families and professionals alike have been requesting greater access to Godfather’s Pizza and we’re more than happy to give it to them.”

Godfather’s Pizza has been making pizzas for over 43 years and was recognized by consumers as the top choice for pizza, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. TA Operating is no stranger to the convenience store and pizza industry. Their partnership with Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. began in 2013 in Kentucky.

One-of-a-kind signature specialty pizzas like the Taco Pie, Classic Combo and Humble Pie are available from the Express location by the slice or as Larges. Combo meals, as well as Cheesesticks, Breakfast Pizza, Pepperoni Rolls, Dessert Pizzas, and Chicken Wings can be also be added to any order or purchased ala carte.

Learn more about franchising opportunities with Godfather’s Pizza by contacting Dave Gartlan, Director of Franchise Development, at DGartlan(at)Godfathers(dot)com, visiting Godfathers.com/Franchising, or calling 800-456-8347.


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Liberty Tax Service Commits up to $250,000 in Free Tax Books and Learning for Police Officers and Their Families

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (FranchisePOD.com) July 21, 2016 – Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) Liberty Tax Service, a leading tax preparation franchise, will provide up to $250,000 in free books to police officers and their immediate family members who enroll in the franchise’s Tax Course* being offered at locations across the country this fall. Liberty Tax Service seeks to make the tuition-free Tax Course and the job opportunities it offers even more accessible to those who protect and serve our communities.

“Recent events have reminded all of us of the difficult and necessary duty police officers perform in our communities,” said Liberty Tax Founder and CEO John T. Hewitt. “While this gesture is small, our purpose is large — to invite officers and their family members, at no cost, to consider the excellent career opportunities that are open and available to them in the tax industry. Perhaps this is an opportunity to serve our fellow Americans in another way — by helping them navigate the complex tax code.”

For years, Liberty Tax Service has offered the Tax Course as a way to help individuals properly prepare their own taxes and to learn to provide the service for others. The Tax Course is led by skilled instructors who walk students through the basics of tax preparation then take them deeper into exemptions and deductions and Tax Schedules as they learn to manage difficult tax situations and prepare more complex tax returns. The 10-week Tax Course is offered during the daytime and in the evening to attract students from all walks of life. The course helps with the understanding of tax preparation, but some states have additional requirements for tax preparers.

The Tax Course is offered at no cost to students, but in some states students pay a fee for books and supplies. Liberty Tax will cover that book fee for up to 2,000 Tax Course students who are officers or immediate family members of police officers.

The free books are an extension of services several Liberty Tax franchisees already provide to members of the public safety community. Each year police, fire fighters and other public safety officers receive free tax preparation services during Public Safety Appreciation Week, which is designed to honor and respect those who keep us safe. During the upcoming tax season, participating Liberty Tax franchisees will offer free tax preparation for police officers during the entire month of March.

Liberty Tax Service offers professional tax preparation services for individuals and businesses and is a proud participant in the communities in which it serves. Our franchisees are active in their communities, hosting fundraisers for local events, serving on community boards and engaging the community as neighbors and business people.

About Liberty Tax, Inc.
Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service. Liberty Tax is one of the fastest-growing tax preparation franchises and has prepared nearly 22 million individual income tax returns in more than 4,400 offices and online. Liberty Tax’s online services are available through eSmart Tax, Liberty Online and DIY Tax, and are all backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax locations and its nationwide network of approximately 21,000 seasonal tax preparers. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor for many charitable causes. For a more in-depth look, visit Liberty Tax Service and interact with Liberty Tax on Twitter and Facebook.

Martha O’Gorman
Chief Marketing Officer
Liberty Tax Service
(888) 848-5344


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Hooters Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with All-You-Can-Eat Wings

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Atlanta, GA (FranchisePOD.com) July 21, 2016 – What better way to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day than with all-you-can-eat, nearly world-famous Hooters chicken wings? In fact, this year Hooters answered the call from wing lovers everywhere by starting the fun a day early! Fans are invited to enjoy as many of those one-of-a-kind wings tossed in their favorite of Hooters 21 sauces all day on National Chicken Wing Eve, July 28, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on National Chicken Wing Day, July 29, at participating U.S. Hooters locations.

“In a year when Americans seem more divided than ever between right wing and left wing choices, Hooters will help settle the question once and for all by rallying Americans to cast their votes at wingvote.com,” said Carl Sweat, global chief marketing officer, Hooters.

Hooters fans that enjoy all-you-can-eat-wings on National Chicken Wing Day will receive an “I voted” sticker from their Hooters Girl. Voters can choose to enjoy Hooters unlimited boneless wings or unlimited traditional wings all for one low price.

Competitive eating pundit Joey “Jaws” Chestnut from San Jose, California, recently devoured 194 Hooters chicken wings in 10 minutes to regain his title as the 2016 Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Champion. Whichever side of the Great Debate you stand, National Chicken Wing Day is the time to step up and show Joey Chestnut how many wings YOU can enjoy with unlimited time and the all-you-can-eat special.

Additional tasty topics up for debate at wingvote.com include:

  • Smoked versus crispy wings
  • Ranch versus blue cheese dressing
  • Sweet versus spicy wing sauce

If these important issues are a bone of contention in your household, visit your nearest Hooters now through National Chicken Wing Day and decide for yourself which gets your vote. Hooters all-you-can-eat wings deals are available all day on Thursday, July 28, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at participating Hooters locations across the nation. Offers may vary per location.

To find your local National Chicken Wing Day offers and to place your vote, visit wingvote.com. To find your nearest Hooters location, visit Hooters.com.

About Hooters of America, LLC

Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 420 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooters, www.Facebook.com/Hooters, www.Instagram.com/Hooters or on Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.

Chantal O’Connell
Largemouth Communications


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Expanding West, Concrete Craft Opens Five New Territory Locations

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ORANGE, CA (FranchisePOD.com) JULY 21, 2016 – Growth trends in franchising were projected to increase in 2016 over last year’s growth figures, according to the Franchise Business Outlook: 2016, published by the International Franchise Association (IFA). Riding the wave of franchise growth, American Decorative Coatings, which operates Concrete Craft, a home improvement franchise offering decorative resurfacing, stamped and stained concrete, added five new territory locations to its national footprint in the first half of this year alone. The brand continues planning for additional territory growth across the U.S. and now serves nearly 1,000 cities.

Concrete Craft’s new locations include territories in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Colorado and Nevada, the second state in the company’s western expansion. “We are seeing more and more consumer interest in decorative concrete,” said John Kostro, President of American Decorative Coatings, “and, as a result, more interest from entrepreneurs seeking a solid business opportunity within a billion dollar industry. It’s nice to know we have a business concept that is growing in demand and that we have the skillset to succeed in both residential and commercial applications.”

Known for transforming ordinary, existing indoor floors, outdoor patios, driveways, poolside areas and walkways into long-lasting, estate-quality, finished results for a fraction of the cost of traditional methods, Concrete Craft employs innovative, hand-crafted techniques and stamped concrete designs that preserve and transform the existing hardscape. New in 2016 is the addition of a vertical concrete application, creating beautiful faux stone siding for exterior privacy walls, fireplaces, shower stalls and more.

Kostro added, “Not only do we have a business model that works, we also provide our franchise owners with all the tools necessary to aggressively market in their territories, as well as provide them with on-going training and support. We are very hands-on with our franchisees and feel very passionate about their success.”

Concrete Craft franchise territories are delineated by zip code and are exclusive to franchise owners; meaning, no other Concrete Craft franchise owner can do business in a contracted territory. However, neighboring franchise owners are encouraged to collaborate and share information, leads, referrals and local area marketing buys.

“The more our franchisees work together, the more consumer awareness they build for the brand and for their business,” said Dan Lightner, Vice-President of American Decorative Coatings. “I am always inspired when I see the results of our franchise owners collaborating together to service our customers and exceed their expectations. Our franchise owners are a strong and communicative group. They take the time needed to help and advise each other.”

Existing Concrete Craft franchise owners contribute to the brand’s territory expansion through business ownership referrals and validation calls with franchise candidates.

Shirin Behzadi, Chief Executive Officer of American Decorative Coatings and its parent company, Home Franchise Concepts, said, “As the parent company of franchisors Budget Blinds and Tailored Living, as well as American Decorative Coatings, we share learnings and intelligence from one brand to another to further strengthen our business model, to continue to grow our footprint and to help ensure the success of our franchisees. We are a family of brands with the same end goal of helping to improve the lives of our consumers and our franchise owners.”

To learn more about Concrete Craft and its franchise opportunities, visit the Concrete Craft website and the company blog.

About American Decorative Coatings
In late 2014, Home Franchise Concepts, based in Orange, CA, acquired the assets of Atlanta-based franchise system All American Decorative Concrete (AADC) and has since re-branded as Concrete Craft. HFC works closely with American Decorative Coatings President, John Kostro, and Vice President, Dan Lightner, who remain in the company’s Atlanta headquarters. Currently, fourteen franchise territories are owned as part of the Concrete Craft system. Read more about the story behind Concrete Craft. For information on owning a Concrete Craft franchise, visit http://www.franchise.concretecraft.com.


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Zaniac Signs Franchise Agreement to Debut in Kentucky

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SALT LAKE CITY (FranchisePOD.com) July 21, 2016 – Zaniac, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) franchise where learning feels like play with programs such as Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, 3D Printing and Computer Programming, will open its first Kentucky campus this fall in Louisville.

Local entrepreneurial couple and franchisees Dhaval and Kinjal Patel will open Kentucky’s first Zaniac campus at 1257 S. Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, slated for September. Having both received major educational accolades in biology, chemistry, medical science and education, and having kids of their own, the Patels understand the need for supplemental learning opportunities for children. Additionally, the Patel family is experienced in franchising, having owned and operated multiple Subway restaurants in the Louisville area.

“While in school, I found most of my education was redundant memorization. I often received high exam scores, but that method of learning did not engage me,” said Dhaval. “That personal experience is exactly why I’m bringing Zaniac to Louisville. Zaniac takes what kids find interesting and turns it into an appealing learning experience that also prepares them for 21st century careers.”

Zaniac campuses are bright and colorful, featuring glass-walled classrooms with white boards and large multimedia screens. The company provides a host of STEM learning programs that make math and science fun for kids while preparing them for 21st century jobs, including Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, 3D Printing, App Creation, Computer Programming and 3D Game Design.

The Patel’s Zaniac campus will serve the areas of Louisville metro and southern Indiana. Dhaval and his wife, who are natives to the area, plan to open additional campuses throughout Kentucky.

Currently the Zaniac brand has campuses open in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, Winchester, Massachusetts, Southlake, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina, Santa Monica, California, New York City and Miami. The rapidly expanding franchise plans to reach 50 campuses by the end of 2017.

“Our country’s current educational climate is not fluid enough to keep up with society’s technological advancements and the associated career advancements,” said Sidharth Oberoi, Zaniac President and Chief Academic Officer. “Parents are seeking supplemental learning opportunities for their children that encourage them to utilize critical thinking skills and develop their own projects in order to visualize and truly understand STEM concepts. Zaniac campuses harness creativity making it a fun, engaging system for educational enrichment.”

For more information about Zaniac, visit www.zaniaclearning.com.

About Zaniac

Zaniac, based in Park City, Utah is a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education franchise with more than nine campus locations in eight states. Founded in 2011 by New York Times bestselling author, economist, social entrepreneur and Professor Paul Zane Pilzer, Zaniac aims to make after-school learning fun, helping K-8 children become engaged, develop confidence and measurably improve academic performance. For more information, visit www.zaniaclearning.com.



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East Coast Wings & Grill Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day

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July 22, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In honor of National Chicken Wing Day on July 29, East Coast Wings & Grill will be awarding guests nationwide with a voucher valid for five free chicken wings on their next visit.

Proclaimed in Buffalo, New York in 1977 as a day to honor the original recipe of combining hot-sauce and butter to create buffalo sauce, the entire country has since taken note of this enthralling recipe, spawning a love affair between Americans, buffalo sauce and chicken wings nationwide.

Guests are encouraged to visit East Coast Wings & Grill on this momentous occasion to join fellow chicken wing fanatics indulge in and celebrate the beloved chicken wing. The North-Carolina based casual family dining franchise offers dozens of flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities, creating hundreds of delicious sauce options catering to everyone’s taste buds.

“National Chicken Wing Day is one of our favorite holidays at East Coast Wings & Grill,” stated Sam Ballas, CEO of East Coast Wings & Grill. “It allows us to pay tribute to the foundation our business is built on, in addition to giving back to loyal and new guests alike. We hope everyone enjoys National Chicken Wing Day.”

Known for its wide variety of buffalo wings, East Coast Wings & Grill offers nationally award-winning wing sauces that are mixed to order with the freshest ingredients. Inspired by different cultures – The Islands, Tex Mex, Classic American, Asian, Southern BBQ, European, Bayou and more – at East Coast Wings & Grill, community members can enjoy dozens of flavors of chicken wings and choose from nine heat intensities, resulting in hundreds of possible combinations that can be added to most entrees and of course, wings. While wings remain a staple, the restaurant’s six-page menu includes burgers, salads, sandwiches and more.

For more information on East Coast Wings & Grill or to find the nearest location, visit www.eastcoastwings.com.

About East Coast Wings & Grill

East Coast Wings & Grill is a fast-growing, casual, family dining franchise that puts the spotlight on buffalo wings. With more than 70 locations nationwide currently operating or in various stages of development, the burgeoning franchise recently secured itself a top spot for the second consecutive year on Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future 50” list of the fastest-growing U.S. mid-size restaurant chains. Entrepreneur magazine also named East Coast Wings & Grill one of the nation’s top franchise investments, and Franchise Times magazine ranked the company No. 395 on its “Top 200+” list of top revenue-producing U.S. franchises. The concept has also been recognized by The Franchise Grade and Franchise Business Review for transparency during the franchise sales process, franchisee support and overall franchisee satisfaction. For more information about East Coast Wings & Grill or its franchise opportunities, visit www.eastcoastwings.com or www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com.

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Mr. Appliance Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Customer Discount

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WACO, Texas (FranchisePOD.com) July 22, 2016 – Mr. Appliance, the nation’s appliance service leader, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the nation’s appliance service leader with a customer appreciation offer. Now through December 31, 2016, the brand is offering a $20 discount to new or existing customers for any appliance services at participating locations.*

As the brand evolves, its proven business model continues to promote professional and financial success to franchisees. A record 52 new owners joined the Mr. Appliance family in 2015, and the brand serviced more than 62,000 customers. In addition, 2015 marked the brand’s 12th consecutive year of same store sales growth, reinforcing the company as a service industry leader. Today, Mr. Appliance has more than 220 locations throughout 47 states and Canada, making it North America’s leading home and commercial appliance repair franchise system.

“The 20th anniversary marks an impressive milestone for our brand. The continued success of Mr. Appliance is a direct result of the hard work and dedication from our entire team, from the corporate office to each and every franchisee,” said Doug Rogers, president of Mr. Appliance. “While the brand has evolved over the past two decades, we have stayed true to our customer-centric roots and values that set us apart. As we take time to look back at all of our accomplishments over the last 20 years, we also look to the future and what the next 20 years will hold – undoubtedly continuing to provide our customers with the same high-quality service they have come to expect.”

In 1996, Dwyer Group recognized an opportunity in the appliance repair industry that would enhance the synergy of its service trade line organization. The residential side of appliance repair alone generates total revenue of $3-5 billion dollars annually. The Mr. Appliance Corporation was born with the first pilot franchise opening in September 1996 in Abilene, Texas, and the first franchise opened in January 1997 inNew London, New Hampshire. At its inception, Mr. Appliance was primarily a conversion model franchise business, targeting independent residential appliance servicers. Since 2007 sales have shifted to more entrepreneurial investment sales, causing Mr. Appliance to transform support and systems to a more turnkey approach.

Over the last decade, Mr. Appliance has developed more specific office and field service procedures, including the MRA Mobile system, paperless office, inventory analysis tool and the SOS process. In 2009, Mr. Appliance transitioned its franchisee services to an entirely paperless process, increasing office efficiencies, reducing material costs for franchisees and streamlining customer service, all while benefitting the environment.

As a franchise company, Mr. Appliance lives out its mission statement by continually striving to develop, refine, implement and monitor compliance of systems that deliver a competitive advantage to its franchisees. In turn, Mr. Appliance franchisees use these systems to provide encore experiences that customers can’t wait to share with others. To learn more about owning a Mr. Appliance franchise, visit their website at MrApplianceFranchise.com.

*$20 off coupon cannot be combined with any other offer and cannot be used towards diagnostic fee. See website for additional details and restrictions.

About Mr. Appliance®

Mr. Appliance is a leading appliance repair franchise system North America. Established in 1996, its franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. Mr. Appliance has more than 220 locations in North America and is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur magazine and other industry experts. Mr. Appliance is part of the Dwyer Group family of service franchises. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit MrAppliance.com.

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7-Eleven Teams with Flirtey for First Ever FAA-Approved Drone Delivery to Customer’s Home

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RENO, Nev. (FranchisePOD.com) July 22, 2016 7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service, announced they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. This delivery is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to their home via drone, representing a historic milestone in both U.S. and global commerce. The delivery was conducted in celebration of the convenience store chain’s 89th birthday.

The goal of advancing drone deliveries as well as further refining Flirtey’s delivery technology and packaging were highlighted when Flirtey teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery.

“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations forNIAS.

At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a local customer’s house. Once at the family’s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes. Products included Slurpee® drinks, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and 7-Select® candy. In the future, both companies expect drone packages to include “everyday essentials” such as batteries and sunscreen.

“My wife and I both work and have three small children ages 7, 6 and 1. The convenience of having access to instant, 24/7 drone delivery is priceless,” said Reno resident Michael, who received the Flirtey delivery. “It’s amazing that a flying robot just delivered us food and drinks in a matter of minutes.”

The deliveries also mark Flirtey’s largest commercial relationship to date and bring the drone delivery startup even closer to its vision of reinventing the delivery process for humanitarian, online retail and food delivery industries.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have 7-Eleven, the largest convenience chain in the world, embracing new technologies and working with us at Flirtey to make drone delivery a reality for customers all over the world,” said Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeny. “This is just the first step in our collaboration with 7-Eleven. Flirtey’s historic drone deliveries to date have been stepping stones to store-to-home drone delivery, and today is a giant leap toward a not-too-distant future where we are delivering you convenience on demand.”

Building on this initial collaboration, the two companies have plans to expand drone delivery tests and work closely together, according to 7-Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins.

“Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience,” said Mr. Delgado-Jenkins. “This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a drone delivery company to transport immediate consumables from store to home. In the future, we plan to make the entire assortment in our stores available for delivery to customers in minutes. Our customers have demanding schedules, are on-the-go 24/7 and turn to us to help navigate the challenges of their daily lives. We look forward to working with Flirtey to deliver to our customers exactly what they need, whenever and wherever they need it.”

“I congratulate Nevada-based company Flirtey on making history yet again – this time by collaborating with the world’s largest convenience retailer to complete the first store-to-home drone delivery in Reno, Nevada,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “Through our FAA Test Site designation, Flirtey has cemented Nevada’s position as the leader in the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) industry and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow and bring jobs to our region.”

Photos of the delivery: [https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sirmrsut9b731lz/AAC17ggKZ2r2r_uUuPP6y7Fma?dl=0].

About Flirtey

Flirtey is the premier independent drone delivery service, with a mission to create the fastest, most efficient and customer-centric delivery service in the world. The U.S.-based startup has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, The New Jersey Test Site and Virginia Tech to create the leading technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network. Flirtey has conducted four historical drone delivery flights in the past year. Flirtey was the first company to conduct an FAA-approved delivery in the U.S., the first to perform a fully autonomous drone delivery to a home in the U.S. and the first to conduct ship-to-shore drone delivery through a collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Flirtey’s landmark achievements have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for display at its Air and Space Museum, which accepted the Flirtey drone to join other iconic American aircraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Wright Flyer, on display at the museum. Learn more at www.flirtey.com

About 7-Eleven

7?Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7?Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses approximately 59,800 7?Eleven stores in 17 countries, including 10,700 in North America. Known for iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high quality salads, side dishes, fresh cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as their popular pizza, chicken wings, hamburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards customer loyalty platform, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)

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Costa Vida Rides Waves through 2016 with 14 Signed Agreements

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July 22, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) SALT LAKE CITY – Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, a Utah-based fast-casual franchise focusing on redefining Mexican cuisine, is entering the remaining quarters of 2016 with impressive growth marks and exciting new initiatives.

Cementing itself as a leader in the Mexican fast-casual sector, the franchise closed out the first half of the year with 14 signed franchise agreements. On track to award 30 locations by year end, Costa Vida projects a minimum of 20 units opening throughout 2016, bringing the brand to just under 100 open locations.

A notable initiative is mandating a Costavidian fan-favorite – all burritos will come smothered at no extra charge. A gourmet twist on a Mexican classic, beginning July 13 all burritos ordered will be served smothered in cheese and the guests’ choice of roasted green chile sauce, tomatillo cilantro sauce or red enchilada sauce, unless requested otherwise.

To continue making healthy eating affordable, convenient and delicious for consumers, Costa Vida will also be debuting improved menu boards and pricing in the beginning of Q4. Straying from the traditional menu prototype, Costa Vida’s updated menu boards will provide guests with complete autonomy over what they’re eating. Structured to pay-per-protein, the menu begins with a list of entrées such as burrito, taco, salad, etc. and guides consumers to customize and create their meal by choosing a protein, toppings, salsa/sauce, etc. Further, by no longer charging for add-ons such as cheese, sour cream, and more, guests can expect a lower-priced, but still same high-quality experience.

“The combination of our smothered burrito and new menu really differentiate us in the fast-casual space and help us provide a first-class experience unique to Costa Vida,” stated Sean Collins, CEO of Costa Vida. “Our new menus also deliver complete transparency to what our consumers are eating and putting in their bodies. Our goal is to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles, and these initiatives are the next building blocks to reach our goal.”

Known for its menu of fresh flavorful ingredients showcased through innovative cuisine inspired by coastal Mexico, Costa Vida prides itself on clean eating through the use of only the freshest, natural and whole ingredients as well as an extensive variety of gluten-friendly options. Knowing that the Costa Vida customer expects fresh quality ingredients, the fresh Mexican grill serves food made from scratch daily, giving them the ability to cater to those with dietary restrictions or who are simply looking to improve their diet.

For more information about franchising and how you can become a Costa Vida area developer, visit www.costavida.net/franchise.

About Costa Vida

Costa Vida is a fast-casual restaurant inspired by the fresh tasting foods and vibrant lifestyle from the coast of Mexico. Costa Vida’s food is created every day from scratch using quality ingredients. The menu offers a variety of custom, made-to-order items such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, salads and nachos. Protein choices include sweet pork, grilled chicken, shredded beef, raspberry chipotle chicken, grilled steak and shrimp. As a growing and successful brand, Costa Vida offers exciting and vibrant franchise business opportunities. For more information, visit www.costavida.net.

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One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning: Help Prevent a Breakdown During the Summer Heat

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SARASOTA, Fla. (FranchisePOD.com) July 22, 2016 – With the soaring temperatures, your air conditioning is likely working overtime to keep you cool. There are things you can do now to make sure your cooling system is operating correctly and you’re getting the most out of it.

  • Change your filter
    Change your air filter monthly or as required by your system’s manufacturer. You can change it more often if you have pets or respiratory concerns. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder and not as efficiently as possible. This can also increase your energy use.
  • Give your outdoor unit some room to breathe
    Keep the outdoor air conditioning unit clear of debris and make sure flowers, shrubs and fencing are at least two feet away. Keep the top of the unit unobstructed and keep things like toys, hoses and lawn tools off the unit too.
  • Ceiling Fans
    Ceiling fans can create a wind chill effect, which can help you feel cool without lowering the temperature of your thermostat. Remember: fans cool people and not rooms. Turn fans on when you enter the room and off when you leave the room to help conserve energy. Bathroom fans and range hoods in the kitchen can also help remove heat and humidity from the air.
  • Regular Maintenance
    According to the Department of Energy, annual maintenance can help improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system and help your unit last longer.[1] With the exception of replacing your air filters, there are no consumer serviceable elements of your cooling and heating system. During regular maintenance a professional will clean and inspect your system. They may be able to catch minor issues before they become larger and more expensive repairs. We recommend finding a trusted professional to regularly maintain this big investment.

For additional information contact your local One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating location.
[1] http://energy.gov/articles/energy-saver-101-infographic-home-cooling

About One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® is currently ranked as the #1 HVAC franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 (January 2016.) One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning puts an emphasis on trust, customer service and courtesy. Our work is completed in a prompt, accurate, and efficient manner. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. ©2016 Clockwork IP, LLC

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