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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // FRISCO, TX – School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announces that Megadeth lead singer and guitarist, Dave Mustaine, will visit the school's Frisco location on Friday, February 19. Mustaine will give musical guidance to School of Rock students, working personally with the future rock stars to help advance their musical skills. Additionally, the artist will join students from School of Rock Fort Worth on stage to perform a few Megadeth tracks, both classic and new, for the rest of the school, contest winners from the DFW community, and the students' families. Dave Mustaine brings a true rock n' roll experience to the aspiring young musicians of all 9 DFW School of Rock locations. Currently, Megadeth's new album DYSTOPIA debuted at the no. 3 spot on Billboard's Top 200 alongside Adele and Justin Bieber. 30 years ago, Megadeth took the music industry by storm selling over 28 million copies of their first album. Megadeth's distinct sound featuring Mustaine's monster guitar riffs virtually created a new genre of heavy metal music. Mustaine's visit to School of Rock comes just before the kick-off of the Dystopia World Tour, on February 20, in Dallas, Texas, celebrating [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // BOSTON, Mass. – UFood Grill, the award-winning fast-casual restaurant franchise where “delicious meets nutritious,” has debuted a newly-remodeled location in Terminal B at Logan International Airport in Boston. Borrowing from the new prototype that was introduced last year for traditional in-line locations, the Logan remodel translates the look and feel of the new design for the airport format. “Today's travelers will continue to enjoy our healthy dining options now being showcased in our new fast-casual airport design,” said Sal Rincione, CEO of UFood Grill. “As our franchise network rapidly expands, the look and feel of UFood Grill will continue to raise the bar for a vibrant dining experience.” Following the Logan remodel, UFood Grill plans to open one of the first new construction dine-in locations in the greater Boston market this year. The restaurant will be in close proximity to corporate headquarters to fulfill site visits for the growing list of franchise prospects attending UFood Grill Discovery Days. Another traditional location is also in development in Baltimore. “Our new prototype reflected at Logan Airport and in development for traditional restaurants in Boston and Baltimore signal a new era for UFood Grill and will serve as examples for expanding [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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HOUSTON (FranchisePOD.com) February 11, 2016 — Minuteman Press International, the world's number one rated business service franchise that offers world class training and unparalleled ongoing local support, is exhibiting at Franchise Expo South 2016 Feb. 11th to Feb. 13th at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas. Visit Minuteman Press International at Booth 131 to see what our modern centers look like and learn what it's like to own and operate a Minuteman Press in 2016. “At FES 2016, Minuteman Press invites all attendees to visit Booth 131 and take a fresh look at our digital print, design and marketing centers,” says Pete Scaglione, Minuteman Press regional vice president for Texas. “Our booth is designed to showcase our modernized displays as well as the wide variety of products and services we make available to help other businesses grow. Today we are more than just print: Anything you can put a name, image or logo on we can produce.” Expanding in Houston and Surrounding Areas Minuteman Press International first entered the Houston market in the late 1970s and hasn't looked back since. With over 275,000 businesses in the greater Houston area, this is a huge growth market for Minuteman Press centers. We are looking to [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // CORALVILLE, Iowa – Pancheros Mexican Grill, a fast casual Mexican franchise famous for its fresh-pressed tortillas and mouthwatering burritos, announces the system-wide launch of its card-based rewards program, “Burritos With Benefits.” Guests that register their card on the brand's website will be honored for their loyalty with a free burrito. “Burritos With Benefits” celebrates “burritoships” by rewarding guests 1 point for each dollar spent at any Pancheros Mexican Grill location. For every 100 points, customers will receive a free menu item of their choice. Pancheros offers a variety of flavor-packed selections including burritos, tacos, quesadillas and burrito bowls with a choice of fresh cut, marinated grilled steak, slow-roasted, seasoned pork carnitas, chili-tamarind marinated chicken or season-marinated veggies. With help from the restaurant's special plastic spatula, “Bob the Tool,” each item is expertly crafted with fresh, delicious ingredients, and then mixed to ensure a uniform flavor in each bite. “Modeled after our former stamp-card program, ‘Burritos With Benefits' was created to better connect with our fans and offer customers the convenience of a loyalty card they can keep,” said Barry Nelson, VP of Operations at Pancheros Mexican Grill. “This new program will reward our most committed guests [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (FranchisePOD.com) February 11, 2016 – Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, is helping communities across the country stay educated about recent outbreaks of the Zika virus. Through awareness and prevention, Mosquito Joe is looking to combat any potential problems in markets across the U.S. “While Zika virus cases in the U.S. are few and far between at the moment, CDC officials warn that the virus could spread extremely rapidly if and when it hits new communities with mosquito activity,” said Mosquito Joe CEO, Kevin Wilson. “The concern is particularly acute in the South and Southeast, where high temperatures, high humidity and a propensity for standing water to accumulate create ideal conditions for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads Zika, to proliferate. We have already seen the Governor of Florida declare a State of Emergency in four counties.” The Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in Africa, but it's only in the last couple of years that cases of it have appeared in the Americas. Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of the virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – iCare – Intelligent Home Care Solutions is opening an office this winter serving multiple areas in northern Broward County. It marks the company's second Florida office and serves residents throughout the county seeking in-home assistance for anyone in need of short or long-term help. Local resident Maricruz Yambatis is opening the location. With experience in business administration, physical therapy, sales and social work, her understanding and knowledge of the health care industry has equipped her well for iCare – Intelligent Home Care Solutions. “I grew up in a small community in the Dominican Republic where I helped two seniors after school,” said Yambatis, a resident of Pompano Beach. “The lessons I learned there about the importance of providing in-home care to those who need it have stayed with me. I look forward to providing that important care to more people with iCare.” Sensitive to the caregiving needs of those with both long and short-term illnesses and the local aging population, iCare operates with a clear understanding that individuals should receive care where they are most comfortable – in their home. Yambatis' investment in iCare means parts of Broward County have a new level [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // OMAHA, NE – After a record-breaking year of expansion in 2015, Scooter's Coffee is positioning itself for even more growth in 2016. The national franchise today announced significant changes to its executive team, which will equip the company with the industry expertise and resources it needs to accelerate its strategic growth plan. “We've spent the past couple of years establishing a solid foundation to support strategic and targeted rapid growth,” said Don Eckles, co-founder and Chairman of Scooter's Coffee. “It's incredibly rewarding to see our plans come to fruition and watch as Scooter's continues to gain brand recognition and customer loyalty across the country. The new executive team structure bolster's the company's long-term prospects for continued growth.” Todd Graeve will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Graeve has been a key member of the Scooter's management team for more than seven years, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. The company has enjoyed an average annual same-store sales increase of 10.96% for the past five years. In addition to financial expertise, he brings to his new position a unique understanding of the coffee industry, business development and the complexities of franchising. “It has been exciting to [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Owning your own business is the American dream. For insurance agents in and around Atlanta, that dream just got closer. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Brightway Insurance, the country's seventh-largest privately owned Personal Lines insurance agency, held a ceremonial ribbon cutting event as it opened a location in Kennesaw, Ga. that will house a brand-new program for insurance professionals who want to make the transition from agent to owner. The program is called the BrightwayBridge. Agents participating in this pioneering venture will work out of the company-owned location and focus on selling new policies and building their businesses while incurring a fraction of the costs that they would if they were to open their own offices. After establishing their own customer base, the newly minted Brightway Agency Owners seamlessly transition to their own office spaces to continue building their businesses and their dreams. In what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind initiative, the BrightwayBridge will not only create jobs, it will fuel local entrepreneurship. “From the start, Brightway has been about creating win-win-win business outcomes,” said Brightway Founder and Owner David Miller. “For many, opening a Brightway agency from scratch is attainable – they have the experience, the [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world's largest franchising companies of trade service brands, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of VetFran, a program started by the company's late founder Don Dwyer Sr. as a pathway to business ownership and civilian life for military veterans. To date, the organization has awarded more than $2 million in discounts to 374 veterans who have become franchise owners of a Dwyer Group service brand through VetFran since it began keeping records in 2003. “Don was a true visionary,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “During the Persian Gulf War, he asked the very important question, ‘What are we doing to thank the men and women who are protecting our country and the free enterprise system under which we operate?' His answer was to thank them with VetFran, offering our best financial discounts to veterans who want to own a franchise.” The success of the program that was adopted by the International Franchise Association in Washington, D.C., now includes more than 650 franchisors across the country that have helped more than 6,000 military veterans acquire a franchise business. Dwyer, a veteran of the Air Force, recognized [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // CANTON, MA – Love is in the air at Dunkin' Donuts, and the brand is offering several fun and heartfelt ways to help our guests celebrate the season. Dunkin' Donuts is launching today an online contest, “Dunkin' Hearts Love,” to give engaged couples the chance to win a $10,000 wedding present. In addition, to help guests show their love in creative yet simple ways, Dunkin' Donuts is offering two varieties of heart-shaped donuts perfect for any Valentine's Day celebration, love-inspired Snapchat filters and mGifts, virtual Dunkin' Donuts cards, to send the gift of Dunkin' to a loved one from a mobile phone. Dunkin' Donuts' sweet seasonal celebration this week includes: Dunkin' Hearts Love Contest: Dunkin' Donuts is putting the DD in Wedding, engaging fans with a contest that gives engaged couples a chance to win $10,000 in cash as an early wedding gift. As part of the “Dunkin' Hearts Love” contest, anyone planning their wedding between today and December 31, 2016 can visit a special website between February 11 and February 18 to share their sweet story of how their sweet heart proposed. One lucky couple will win the $10,000 grand prize. To enter, and for [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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February 11, 2016 // FranchisePOD.com // SILVER SPRING, Md. – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Silver Spring, MD is open. Located at 8611 Second Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees Ashley Harvey and Jim Worley. Ashley and Jim worked together at The Goddard School in Gaithersburg for five years, a location owned by Jim and his wife Jill, who also previously owned the school in Frederick, MD. Ashley, who has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, started at The Goddard School as a teacher, and then served as an assistant director. Seeing the quality education first-hand through her career, in addition to her son who attends the school, Ashley decided to bring the proven educational program and unique curriculum to the Silver Spring community. The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry. Franchise owners are onsite at each location and work alongside an educational director, whose focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management system ensures a hands-on, community-focused approach [...]
Thu, Feb 11, 2016
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ATLANTA, GA (FranchisePOD.com) February 11, 2016 – ANY LAB TEST NOW®, a national franchise of direct access lab testing, is taking on type 1 diabetes by helping to raise money for a cure. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes. The company, which tests for the disease along with many others, is proud to announce it will serve as a sponsor for the JDRF Georgia Chapter's Ride to Cure Diabetes program. The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable bike ride that raises money for type 1 diabetes research. There are seven ride destinations throughout the country, including a new ride location in Amelia Island. Riders have the option to ride up to 100 miles. Money raised will help put the brakes on one of America's deadliest diseases. Just like the riders for the event, the team at ANY LAB TEST NOW was recruited by the event's biggest advocate, Barry Falcon. Falcon has made it his life's mission to raise money, bring awareness and find a cure for the disease. His son Michael was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002 at the age of 12. Since then, Falcon has participated in 35 JDRF rides across the [...]
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