Minuteman Press: How to Break Free, Be a Real Boss, and Avoid the Trap of Unrealized Potential

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Experts share undeniable reasons why you should move beyond inspired ideas and advance into entrepreneurship…

August 4, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – Inspiration is the stuff of art, music, life…and business. Without it, everything we touch remains flat and grey. Usually, ideas to become an entrepreneur are borne from an inspired need to create a new reality; whether to be liberated from the monotony present even in a high-paying, white-collar desk job, to carve out a renewed life filled with weekends off, to make a difference in your local community while making money that goes mostly in your own bank account (not to some faceless corporation) – or a combination of any of these.

Ideas to go into business created from such inspiration are rife with hope and projections of a lucrative, brightly-colored and multi-dimensional future. Yet, without putting action behind our ideas, they are little more than daydreams that might occasionally add a little spark to whatever professional jam we hope to escape. Ideas worth something should be both inspired AND thrusted forward into action.

“Potential is B.S.” – Roy Titus, Founder, Minuteman Press International

Roy Titus is often called a visionary, but if all he did was envision a worldwide printing industry enterprise, he would have remained a man with a bright idea, trapped by inaction caused by the gratification of his own potential, rather than a quote-worthy business tycoon and an inspiration to thousands of entrepreneurs in his own right. He put action behind his inspired idea and formed a brilliant team that went on to create the legacy that is the Minuteman Press franchise system. Roy put his potential into practice and action behind his idea in order to put it to the test and see if it would actually work. Over time, what he created by opening one printing center on Long Island, NY, started generating measurable results. In time, he could see what was working well and he continually improved his creation based on how it performed in the business-to-business industry, adding new locations to expand his venture along the way.

Four decades later, the momentum he initiated through his idea into action is maintained by 2nd and even 3rdgenerations of his original team at Minuteman Press International, who boldly and intelligently fine-tune and polish what is the world’s number-one rated, digital print, design and marketing franchise corporation. One man put his money where his mouth is in the 1970s, creating a strong and stable vehicle into business ownership that continues to rouse smart people – and they are seizing franchise opportunities all around the world to make something real from their inspired ideas.

Pete Scaglione, Regional Vice President located in Texas for Minuteman Press International, joins his colleagues as expert guides for those with the impetus to become business owners. From there, he and his fellow corporate representatives continually provide stalwart support to all of their franchisees as they drive forward into the daily adventure of building their operations towards greatness.

Pete Scaglione reveals 5 of the best kept secrets of franchising that can be central to making sure your inspired idea is put into gainful action:

1. You don’t have to come up with a plan. The business format is proven, so, in essence, the franchise provides a detailed, step by step, business “blueprint.”

2. The success rate can be arguably higher in a franchise than going into business as an independent owner …if you are prepared to do the work as there is the brand and name recognition.

3. The additional advertising by a group as a franchisee leads to even more valuable awareness for the brand.

4. There is continued support, training and education on the latest trends in the specific industry.

5. Incentives and discounts from mass purchasing from suppliers and venders is a major boost for you. This provides higher operating margins and a competitive advantage over other similar businesses. The expense is shared among a group, not an individual; which tremendously helps control costs to allow you to be more competitive.

Mr. Scaglione confidently states, “With training and guidance, ordinary people who have the desire and work ethic can take on the challenge to own and run a successful business.”

The Challenge of Business Ownership: Brains, heart and courage required

Look before you leap: If you want to go at entrepreneurship alone, be prepared to assume the risk that your idea may not be as inspired in real life as it was in your head. It is more of a shot in the dark, but people hit the mark sometimes. More calculating professionals who intend to shed the discomfort of the corporate workforce with the possibility of being laid off attached, for instance, dive deeply into the investigation of franchise-for-sale options. There are droves of franchise complaints to comb through and the smart folks start eliminating franchise scam and franchise rip off scenarios with personal investigations that include meeting with key representatives of the franchise corporation and walking into the front doors of active franchise owners.

Maria Medina, owner of Minuteman Press in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, did not take the leap into business ownership without careful consideration, but she knew that she was going to do more than contain her professional potential. She put action behind her inspired idea and now she is fresh from a fantastic grand opening and enthusiastically growing her customer base…as her potential for leadership has become a reality. Maria explains, “I think the main way you can ready yourself for business ownership is research and training. It took us 1 year of extensive research, and expert consulting, to find the right franchise for us. We visited various fairs as well as visited existing franchises in order to make our selection.”

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FASTSIGNS® Of New Braunfels Opens For Business

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New Braunfels, Texas (FranchisePOD.com) July 28, 2016 — Joining and supporting the thriving and growing business community in New Braunfels, father and son team Robert and Cole Ragsdale have opened their own FASTSIGNS center, a local sign and visual graphics business.

“New Braunfels is a great area for business,” said Robert Ragsdale. “It’s an expanding market that’s growing fast, and we are looking forward to being part of that growth.”

FASTSIGNS of New Braunfels offers a one-stop-shop for businesses’ visual communications and marketing needs, from building signs and eye catching dimensional letters and wall graphics to custom displays and digital display kiosks. As a complete visual solutions company, FASTSIGNS of New Braunfels provides flyers and business cards, postcards, direct mail, and even text messaging solutions to create a custom solution for every business.

Citing the rapid population growth in New Braunfels and the surrounding area as corroboration of the related business growth, Ragsdale said he’s confident his family’s and his company’s future will be firmly rooted in the city’s bright future.

“FASTSIGNS is perfect for this community because, like New Braunfels, it’s got a solid background but has grown and evolved to stay current. There are just so many options FASTSIGNS can offer to other businesses to help them move in the direction they want to grow.”

Located in New Braunfels at 1671 S. IH 35, Suite 306, New Braunfels, TX 78130, the center is open Monday through Friday 8:30-5:30 and closed on weekends.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS® of New Braunfels is an independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes — across all industries — to help them attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. To learn more, visit fastsigns.com/2125 or call 830-730-4142.

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Minuteman Press: Why Do People Buy Franchises? Here are 5 Reasons…

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August 2, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) – A franchise opportunity is just the right tool for entrepreneurs seeking to dive into a new, more hopeful beginning…

When people open their swimming pools for the season, it is common to be greeted by a green, murky swamp rather than the tempting crystalline oasis we hope to enjoy when the mercury rises. What do we all do? Head to the local pool store and buy chemicals or trust experts to play mad scientist with the chemicals and get our “staycations” rolling for us.

In either case, we aren’t focused on the chemicals as they are a means to an end, a tool. We are focused on getting the inviting blue water we want and feel we deserve. We are buying a backyard paradise and we know we deserve it! Similarly, people look to buy franchises because they have reasons to go into business for themselves that they can no longer deny and the right franchise opportunity is the tool they use to obtain a superior professional and personal lifestyle. It is the lifestyle upgrade that people buy when they buy a franchise and how that is defined varies, but there are some common themes.

“Diving” into the reasons to buy a franchise means assessing your goals, in part, by taking a personal account of your time, your energy, your finances and the needs of your family. Maybe you have absolutely had it with the commute and the grind associated with working for a corporation; or maybe you are a Veteran ready to charge forward in civilian life as a boss, or a strong woman absolutely done with the limits of the glass ceiling.

Personal exploration sparks action

You could even say that the concept of taking most of your waking hours and putting them on the sacrificial altar of a company that winds up retaining most of the profits resulting from your efforts just burns you and you have had enough of that. Your own reason could be prompted by an inclination to be your own boss and put into action by a “lightbulb moment” during meditation. The point is that reasons for buying franchises are varied, personal, connected with finally getting ahead and ultimately, your reasons are your own. It’s what you do with those reasons and the impetus to act that count.

Many people crave the control that, quite naturally, they feel they should have over their own lives, wishing to increase the flexibility of their workweeks with an improved work/life balance. For those people, an examination of franchise options within the retail or restaurant industries, for instance, would result in the decision to look further as both of those choices typically demand a hefty amount of hours on top of the need to be open and work on weekends, nights and holidays.

Those franchises would not make folks happy who crave flexibility that includes time off on weekends, evenings and holidays. Further examination, if they are patient and intent on finding the selection that fits their desires, would likely lead them to business to business services industry (B2B) franchise opportunities and they would delve deeper from there, more logically.

Here are 5 strong reasons why people buy franchises:

1. It’s a known, rather than a wild gamble: Before we go any further, pass immediately on fad-driven franchises or “new” franchises and look first to those with great stature within their industries. From there, look at the franchise model and the enormous advantage to be gained simply through buying what has been groomed to be a proven system with an impressive track record. The “big” gamble has been taken long before you looked at their systems and any worthy franchisor has cultivated a healthy, successful business model and worked to smooth rough edges before going forward to franchising their concept. Proof of the viability of a franchise system should be readily available through financial data generated by their active franchisees, who should be happy to meet with you and answer any questions personally about their satisfaction with their decision to sign that franchise agreement. Also, any franchisor worth investigating will have intelligent and knowledgeable representatives wishing to meet with you and help you explore how what they have to offer is a fit…or not.

2. You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel”, but you do get “training wheels” (and support): With no experience riding, why jump on a bike and fall on your face? Ouch. One of many wise reasons people buy franchises is because, if they select a respected industry leader, they are fortified with a training program that, at the elite level, can literally take you into an industry in which you know very little and provide such comprehensive training and support that you can open a business you otherwise hope to command and with enough work on your part, do very well. Seek franchisors who provide corporate training of respectable duration with follow-up training on-site and support right down to the local level and expect detailed operations manuals to help you align to the system that has made them famous.

Also, the support from fellow franchisees should be fostered through corporate run conventions and events as this camaraderie is extremely valuable to new and established franchisees alike. Ultimately, you deserve to learn the most efficient ways to run your franchise for your investment and you need assistance in the form of local representatives who are enthusiastic to help as you navigate growth and build a customer base after your grand opening. This training and support should commence after you sign your agreement and continue during your entire career as a franchise owner.

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Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip Franchisees Double Down on Las Vegas

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August 03, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) LAS VEGAS – “Sweet” typically isn’t the first word you associate with Las Vegas.

But Doug Barnes and Lyle Cornelius – both 20-year-veteran pit managers on the Strip – are doing their best to change that.

Barnes, Cornelius and their wives have owned and operated the Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® in the Miracle Mile Shops for more than three years. Thanks to their business acumen, the excellent location and a lineup featuring the best baked confections and coffee, theirs is the top-grossing café in the international chain’s entire system.

It’s no wonder the successful franchisees are doubling down on Vegas.

The partners recently signed a lease for their second Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, within walking distance of the first café, in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, near the Saxe Theater. It is slated to open in the fall.

“Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is an outstanding international brand with a great business model and exceptional products,” said Barnes. “Our new café will be larger than our current one, which will enable us to prepare and decorate more baked treats and add savory items and fresh fruit to our menu. With those additions, and an even higher-traffic location, we expect to generate even more revenue at the new café than we do now!”

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

“Doug and I have had such great success with this brand that we decided to sell the five hair salons we owned so we could focus all our energies on expanding our café footprint,” said Cornelius. “In fact, now that we’ve executed the Planet Hollywood lease, we’ve already started scouting along the Strip for our third location!”

The Miracle Mile Shops café is open during mall hours, Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. till Midnight.

“Doug and Lyle set the standard for outstanding partners within our franchisee family,” said Shawnon Bellah, chief operating officer of Crest Foods, Inc., the franchisor of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip. “They understand our business model, they are uncompromising about customer service and they are masters at leveraging our world-class assets. We’re thrilled to see them expand in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to watch them break their own sales records!”

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 nearly 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.

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Ladd Biro
Champion Management
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JDog Handyman Opens on the Main Line

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BERWYN, Pa. (FranchisePOD.com) August 02, 2016 – JDog Handyman Services, a company providing home improvement projects all done the military way: with respect, integrity and trust, is now servicing the Main Line and surrounding areas.

JDog is the U.S. Military Veteran Brand. JDog Handyman is an offshoot of the fast-growing nationwide franchise JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, created by local Army veteran Jerry Flanagan. The mission of JDog is to provide employment opportunities for veterans across the country. The local launch of JDog Handyman will serve as a test before the franchise opportunity is rolled out nationwide later this year, as an additional way to put veterans to work.

To celebrate the grand opening of JDog Handyman, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at the King of Prussia Hooters, 240 N Gulph Rd., from 4-6 p.m. August 11. There will be food, drinks, entertainment and prizes.

JDog Handyman in the Main Line is backed by Jerry Flanagan and local businessman Steve Cloetingh, who also serves as Chairman of the JDog Civilian Board of Advisors.

“After seeing how in-demand JDog’s services are on the junk removal side, it makes sense for JDog to extend the brand into the handyman industry,” said Cloetingh. “Consumers choose JDog because they rely on our military values. Now they can receive the same high quality, reliable services for their home improvement needs.”

JDog Handyman will be run by Buck Buchanan, a local 26-year Navy veteran. After deciding to re-enter the workforce after retirement, Buchanan had his own local handyman business before joining forces with JDog, where he was drawn into the camaraderie and purpose that JDog provides – something he says was missed from his days in the Navy.

“I am excited to bring my handyman expertise to a company that is driven by such a purposeful mission to help veterans,” said Buchanan.

JDog franchises are offered exclusively to military veterans and their family members. Franchises operate easily recognizable, camouflage vehicles and trailers and wear military-style uniforms.

To learn more about JDog Handyman or to schedule services, call Buck Buchanan at (855) 560-JDog.

About JDog Handyman

JDog Handyman is part of JDog, a national company that awards franchises exclusively to military veterans and veteran family members – people who understand the notion of service to our country, hard work, and dedication. The company is committed to offering its proven operating model to veterans and military family members, enabling them to realize the American dream of business ownership. JDog Junk Removal has awarded 75 territories operating in 25 states and is actively looking for qualified franchisees to join the JDog movement nationwide. For more information, please visit www.jdog.com.

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Watermill Express Announces Franchise Expansion Plan to Meet the Growing Demand for Safe Drinking Water

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August 02, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) BRIGHTON, Colo. – Watermill Express has announced its plan to advance its franchising strategy and expand into markets with a high demand for safe drinking water.

With more than 1,300 locations across the United States, Watermill Express has a franchising plan to enter into additional key U.S. markets including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada and Oklahoma.

Placing a special focus on the regions that need clean water the most, Watermill Express aims to serve thousands of customers with safe, pure drinking water and ice. Customers supply their own refillable containers and drive up to the Watermill Express kiosk to purchase great-tasting water and ice at a fraction of the price they would pay at the store. In addition to distributing pure drinking water through a patented self-cleaning dispenser, most franchised locations will also feature Waterocks® Ice, which is made from Watermill Express’ pure drinking water.

“The moment is now,” said Lani Dolifka, CEO of Watermill Express. “The need for safe, affordable, pure drinking water is evident in many places around the country. With our state-of-the-art dispensing kiosk system and eco-friendly mission, we have no doubt that we’ll be able to reach even more people.”

As part of the company’s longstanding promotion of using refillable bottles in the United States, Watermill Express has saved more than 500,000,000 single-use one-gallon water bottles from U.S. landfills. That impact will continue to expand as Watermill Express grows its presence throughout the country.

“We’ve seen strong success with our existing locations and we’re ready to place a major emphasis on growing through franchising,” added Madison Jobe, COO of Watermill Express. “Our ideal franchisees are those who are either existing franchisees for other concepts or have previous business ownership experience. We are moving full steam ahead and currently reviewing franchisee inquiries.”

Participating locations will also participate in a giveback initiative with Watermill Express’ nonprofit partner World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds.

Every time someone buys a gallon of water at a participating Watermill Express kiosk, a gallon of clean water will be donated to a person in need in the developing world via World Vision.

Watermill Express offers a rare franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs to create social change through a proven brand. The franchise investment for Watermill Express is a minimum of $500,000 to invest in three locations. Ideal franchisees plan to open up to ten locations and will need to secure access to two free or low-cost parking spaces per location. Ideal development is in an area that has tap water with a perceived taste, odor or cloudiness issue. For more information about Watermill Express’ franchising opportunities, visit www.watermillexpress.com/franchising/.

About Watermill Express

Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company in the nation and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. The brand’s Waterocks® Ice is now available at select locations. Call 1-800-487-9643 for more information or visit watermillexpress.com.

For more information on franchise opportunities please contact Madison Jobe at madison.jobe@watermillexpress.com or (303) 659-1573. Information about franchising with Watermill Express is also available at http://www.watermillexpress.com/franchising/.

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Cinnaholic “Rolls” Out First San Diego Location

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August 02, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) SAN DIEGO – There is good news for San Diegans with a sweet tooth.

Cinnaholic, the vegan bakery acclaimed for serving innovative, gourmet cinnamon roll creations, has announced that its first San Diego location will open on August 12 at Mission Valley Mall (1640 Camino Del Rio N.) at a kiosk located just outside of Macy’s. The Mission Valley Mall kiosk will be the first of multiple planned Cinnaholic openings across the region, including the Gaslamp District, Pacific Beach and North County Mall in Escondido.

The grand opening signifies meaningful and continued growth for the gourmet cinnamon roll chain. The new Mission Valley Mall location joins the current flagship locations in Berkeley, California, Dallas and Atlanta. Cinnaholic gained national attention after the company was featured on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.” The brand began franchising in 2014 and currently has 40 units in development, including Las Vegas, West Hollywood, Brea and San Jose, California.

“There is a tremendous amount of excitement to serve the award-winning cinnamon rolls to the people of San Diego,” said Fred Auzenne, CEO of LF Development Group. “The launch of the first location here is an incredible opportunity to continue building excitement around the Cinnaholic brand and its growth, and we’re eager to see Cinnaholic continue to expand its presence nationally.”

A cinnamon roll experience unlike any other, customers can choose from a variety of Cinnaholic’s signature frosting flavors and toppings to create their very own, mouthwatering cinnamon roll experience. Customers can expect nothing less than the highest quality ingredients, as the vegan bakery franchise was founded upon a vegan commitment that all ingredients must be animal-free and free of dairy, lactose, eggs and cholesterol.

Cinnaholic signed the agreement for the new California locations with LF Development Group, the development arm of Legacy Franchise Group LLC. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, LF Development Group partners with local operators to establish and manage franchise concepts across the country. The group has also signed agreements to open additional Cinnaholic bakeries in both Colorado and Arizona.

“LF Development Group is the perfect team to grow the Cinnaholic brand in San Diego,” said Spencer Reid, president of Cinnaholic. “Their collective experience in the franchising industry is outstanding, and they truly understand the Cinnaholic concept and business model.”

For more information on Cinnaholic, visit www.cinnaholic.com.

About Cinnaholic

Founded in 2009 in Berkeley, California, Cinnaholic is the only gourmet bakery that allows customers to completely customize cinnamon rolls with more than 30 frosting flavors and over 20 topping choices. Each Cinnaholic cinnamon roll is 100% vegan and free of dairy, lactose, eggs or cholesterol, allowing guests to enjoy their mouth-watering creations without worrying about certain dietary or allergy restrictions.

To learn more about Cinnaholic franchise opportunities, call (404) 844-8661. For more information about Cinnaholic bakeries, visit www.cinnaholic.com.

About Legacy Franchise Group

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Legacy Franchise Group works with specialty franchise brands to plan and implement marketing, sales and development strategies to expand their franchise systems. Legacy serves as a strategic partner over the long term and brings a wealth of diverse business, entrepreneurial, operations, marketing and sales experience to its franchisor clients.

For more information on the services Legacy provides or available franchise opportunities, visit www.legacyfranchising.com, or call 404-844-8661.

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Chicken Salad Chick To Open First Port Orange Location

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August 02, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Auburn, AL – Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its first location in Port Orange. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and is located at 1760 Dunlawton Ave in the Dunlawton Commons. This location is owned and operated by existing husband-and-wife franchisee team Buck and Brooklyn Harris, who also own the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Ormond Beach and plan on opening a third location in Florida in the near future. Their Port Orange restaurant marks the 13th Chicken Salad Chick location in Florida.

During grand opening week, guests will enjoy southern hospitality through giveaways and specials at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 9 – The first guest will win a free pound of chicken salad per week for an entire year; the next 99 guests receive a free pound of chicken salad per month.* The Vibe radio station will also be broadcasting live from the restaurant.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10 – The first 100 guests will receive a free Chicken Salad Chick cell phone armband.
  • Thursday, Aug. 11 – The first 100 guests to order will receive a “Meet the Chicks” punch card. For sixteen weeks, guests can try one free scoop of the chicken salad ‘flavor of the week’, allowing guests a tour of every Chicken Salad Chick flavor.
  • Friday, Aug. 12 – The first 50 guests to buy two pounds of chicken salad will receive a free Chicken Salad Chick mini cooler.
  • Saturday, Aug. 13 – The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary Chicken Salad Chick Selfie Stick.

All guests who make a purchase within the first week of business can also enter themselves into a drawing to win a free Louis Vuitton bag, valued at $950. The drawing will take place on August 13, and the winner will be notified the same day.**

“With more than 15 years of experience in foodservice, I truly believe that Chicken Salad Chick’s culture and menu offerings are unmatched in the fast casual industry,” said Buck Harris, Port Orange Chicken Salad Chick franchisee. “Once my wife and I saw the success of our Ormond Beach location, we knew it was time to open a second restaurant. I’m confident the local community in Port Orange will fall in love with the brand’s chicken salad and enjoy the genuine hospitality that is offered at all Chicken Salad Chick restaurants.”

The husband-and-wife duo opened their first Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Ormond Beach in October 2015. Prior to Chicken Salad Chick, Buck owned and operated a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Ormond Beach for 15 years. He ultimately made the switch and became a Chicken Salad Chick franchisee after experiencing the brand’s culture and product offerings firsthand. Buck and his wife have agreed to develop multiple Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in Central Florida over the next several years.

The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, Ala., was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew; the company now has 58 restaurants across the Southeast.

Chicken Salad Chick in Port Orange will be open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.chickensaladchick.com, or call 386-265-5250. Follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

*Eligible winners must be over 16 years of age and are required to download the CravingCredits app.

**Eligible winners must be over 16 years of age.

About Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a “custom fit” chicken salad experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts. Chicken Salad Chick serves southern style chicken salad with heart and strives to spread joy, enrich lives and serve others every day. Today, the brand has 58 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 146 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the 2015 March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of FastCasual.com’s top Movers and Shakers and one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.

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Ellie Mannix
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Rush Bowls Launches Franchise Opportunity; Poised for National Growth

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August 02, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) BOULDER, Colo. – Over the past couple of years, all-natural ingredients and fast-casual dining have been two of the top food industry trends, and Rush Bowls finds itself perfectly situated at the crossroads of both booming industries.

Since 2004, Rush Bowls has successfully served a rapidly growing market of consumers demanding healthier, great-tasting, all-natural food on the go. With guidance from an accomplished team of executives who have personally launched and operated hundreds of restaurants, award-winning recipes and a low-cost startup plan, Rush Bowls has recently begun awarding franchise opportunities to select entrepreneurs.

Company plans call for opening three to five additional corporate stores and as many as 25 franchise locations across the country in the next few years.

“With sales of healthy and all-natural food anticipated to reach $1 trillion by 2017, this is a massive market that continues to grow rapidly,” said Rush Bowls founder Andrew Pudalov. “We never get tired of seeing people smile upon their first bite of a Rush Bowl and look forward to introducing even more consumers to this easy and delicious way to keep health in their everyday lives.”

Pudalov spent 15 years working his way up the competitive ranks of New York’s financial sector. During that time, the lack of healthy eating options – particularly for kids – was always in the back of his mind. He eventually moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue a new career path that was more in line with his personal values and ambitions. He launched Rush Bowls in 2004.

Over the past 12 years, Rush Bowls has cultivated a loyal following with its meals crafted from all-natural fruit, topped with granola and honey, and blended with protein, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients that taste delicious and promote a healthy lifestyle. The Bowls are also available in vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy free options, and anything can be custom made to cater to any and all dietary needs.

In 2011, Rush Bowls also started wholesaling frozen products. Customers include various Whole Foods stores throughout several regions of the country, as well as Amazon.

“Our focus has always been to create an environment where people can eat healthy, eat well, and truly enjoy the unadulterated and organic elements of earth. Customers prefer Rush Bowls primarily because it’s a positive meal choice, but also because it’s an easier option when on the go,” said Pudalov, noting that the restaurant is busy during all three day parts.

In late 2015, after years of fielding hundreds of inquiries about franchise opportunities, Pudalov partnered with prolific restaurateur, Buddy Brown, one of the nation’s most successful franchise operators who owns nearly 300 restaurants. Together, they launched the Rush Bowls franchise opportunity and are currently looking to partner with individuals who possess a solid background in restaurant management and are passionate about healthy, fast dining.

Including a franchise fee of $39,000, the estimated initial investment range to open a Rush Bowls franchise is $192,000-$351,000 for a single unit. Rush Bowls also offers discounted three-unit, five-unit and 10-unit franchise fees to select candidates.

“Rush Bowls has unlimited growth potential as we can operate in almost all types of locations where millennials or young professionals exist,” said Brown. “From colleges and universities to sports arenas, airports and malls, we are poised to grow everywhere. In smaller footprints, Rush Bowls is a perfect complement to businesses such as gyms, coffee houses and health food stores.”

About Rush Bowls

Rush Bowls was founded in 2004 when founder, Andrew Pudalov, decided to leave the hustle and bustle of New York’s financial scene to pursue his dream of creating a healthy, fast-dining restaurant that fueled people’s lives with honest ingredients and delicious recipes. As a result, Rush Bowls was born in Boulder, Colorado, offering meals crafted from the finest fruit, topped with granola and honey, and blended with protein, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients that taste delicious while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Today, the original store maintains its loyal following, while company plans call for expanding the brand’s national footprint via franchising. For more information, visit www.rushbowls.com.

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Michael Misetic
mmisetic@FranchiseElevator.com

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Kumon Franchise Expands in Fresno, California with the Opening of a New Math and Reading Center

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August 01, 2016 (FranchisePOD.com) Teaneck, N.J. – Kumon, the world’s largest after-school education franchise, is expanding in Fresno, California with the opening of its third learning center in the area. The first center in Fresno opened in 1995. The Kumon Math and Reading Center of Fresno-Bullard will give thousands of additional parents access to an individualized learning program for their preschool to high school aged children.

There are 305 subject enrollments at the two currently opened Kumon Math and Reading Centers in Fresno. The city is in the center of the San Joaquin Valley and is the largest city in the Central Valley, making it an ideal region for Kumon’s expansion.

“There are about 6.5 million people living in the Central Valley and it is one of the fastest growing regions in California,” said Larry Lambert, vice president of franchise recruitment at Kumon North America. “We have a rich history in Fresno, but the demand for additional Kumon learning centers continues to be seen, so we are excited to bring the Kumon Method to even more families in Fresno.”

Kumon’s Presence in San Joaquin Valley

  • 2,541 subject enrollments at 12 centers
  • First center opened in 1992
  • 20 percent increase in number of centers in last five years
  • 23 percent increase in enrollment in last five years

The Kumon Method empowers children to become self-learners and is designed to advance children’s math and reading skills while fostering a love for learning. Kumon sparks critical thinking, establishes a pattern of success and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated learning throughout life.

To learn more about the Kumon franchise opportunity, visit kumonfranchise.com.

About the Kumon Franchise Business

Kumon is an ideal small business for professionals. Kumon Franchisees must have a four-year college degree, be proficient in math and reading and have investment capital of $70,000 and a net worth of at least $150,000. Founded in 1958, Kumon has four million students enrolled in 26,000 learning centers in 49 countries and regions. Kumon North America is headquartered in Teaneck, NJ.

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Leah Coyle
lcoyle@kumon.com
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