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Mrs. Fields Australia operators Andrew and Debbie Benefield have been awarded the International Master Franchisee of the Year at the Mrs. Fields Famous Brands Convention in Las Vegas.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announces today the completion of its multimillion dollar renovation to The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. Throughout its storied 84-year history, The Royal Hawaiian has embodied the a
Become a responsible dog owner during February—"Responsible Dog Ownership Month" — with tips from Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company. Dogs need order and leadership from their "pack leader," which means that good canine man
With the worst winter season in decades upon us Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is making it easier than ever to book a sun-filled, affordable getaway to the top vacation destinations in Mexico. The global hospitality giant announc
Continuing to support the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, FASTSIGNS® International, Inc., the world's premier business-to-business marketing solution franchise with more than 530 locations, was selected as one of the 5
Dry-clean delivery franchises offer 11 reasons why having your clothes picked-up, laundered and delivered will relieve you of more than just an inconvenient and time-consuming errand in 2011.
HomeVestors of America, Inc., known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, announced that 24 new franchisees have joined its franchise network of independently owned and operated professional real estate investors who specialize in buying single-family
In today's environment where digital media technologies are surfacing at a rapid rate, consumers can voice their opinions and spread information across the world instantly. WSI, the world's leading digital marketing franchise, is conducting a webinar on F
It's a fact – heart disease is the single biggest health risk for seniors across the United States. It is the leading annual cause of death and hospitalizations among all older Americans, but one local company is showing local seniors that simple nu
Football fans are planning for the biggest game of the year. But if they don't tackle some plumbing precautions before kick-off, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing predicts their Super Bowl parties could turn into Toilet Bowl disasters.
Regis Corporation (NYSE: RGS), the global leader in the $160 billion hair care industry, today announced that it has agreed to increase its ownership stake in Provalliance, the largest hair salon company in Europe.
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IHOP announces the return of its "Stacks for Good Acts" national online contest designed to reward one lucky winner with a year's supply of free pancakes and help spread the word about National Pancake Day, the company's annual free pancake giveaway fundr
Mr. Gatti's, LP today announced the re-opening of the Belton, TX location under a new franchise agreement with Papanana Enterprises, Inc. New owner Glenn Deringer enthusiastically rejoins the Gatti's Pizza franchise family. After getting reacquainted with
Patients with winter related injuries and sicknesses are filling-up a new, local medical facility that offers patients a more cost effective and quicker alternative to the area's overcrowded emergency rooms. Doctors Express, the nation's first ever nation
ActionCOACH Canada is taking their team in a new direction by offering Canadian entrepreneurs the chance to pick someone for one of 3 coveted spots on their business coaching team.
While U.S. entrepreneurs continue to shoulder the slow rise of a struggling economy, there are opportunities for growth in three areas that AdviCoach believes will continue to strengthen the bottom line for owners. While some companies choose to cut budge
A graphic design student from West Virginia will be the 2011 international spokesmodel for Planet Beach Contempo Spas, the world's largest day spa franchise.
Honest-1 Auto Care, the only national full-service auto repair and maintenance franchise that is 100 percent ESA® Certified Eco-Friendly, today announced the signing of a franchise development agreement with Dennis Eidson to open a new location in Ros
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Inns of America today announce the opening of Hyatt Summerfield Suites San Diego/Carlsbad, marking the 35th Hyatt Summerfield Suites nationwide.
Charley's Grilled Subs will debut a Steakhouse Bacon BBQ sandwich nationwide this week, bringing a new, delicious flavor to hungry customers. The sandwich, offered for a limited time only, is a premium product with loads of flavor and top quality ingredie
Dickey's Barbecue Pit announces a Spicy Cheddar Sausage Sample Day—offering customers a chance to try their new limited time product free at all locations coast to coast.
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Weichert, Realtors recently received the Bronze Award in the Real Estate category of the 10th annual International iNOVA Awards competition for its website, The iNOVA judges concluded that, one of the nation's most visited real
Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, raised more than $2.7 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the 2010 Thanks and Giving(R)campaign. This marks the largest single charitable donation in the compa
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) announced today that two new development contracts for its Cambria Suites brand have been signed for New York City in Times Square and in Chelsea. The New York City development deals demonstrate the unpreceden
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest program have formed a new exclusive alliance with Audience Rewards, the official rewards program of Broadway. Launched today to coincide with the star
Aloft Hotels and The Independent Film Channel have partnered to support the premiere of the network's much-anticipated new comedy series, "Portlandia." Aloft, the new "style-at-a-steal" brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT),
Sport Clips, the nation's leading men's and boy's hair care provider, is a top 10 pick among's "Top Franchises for the Money." The ranking, released Tuesday, showcases the top 20 from among 100 of the most "recognized franchise operators" as th
Thousands of amateur mix-masters from across the country competed to be crowned the winner of Baskin-Robbins' "Create Baskin's Next Favorite Flavor" contest. After an online vote, Baskin-Robbins is thrilled to announce that Diane Sroga of Chicago, Illinoi
More than 5,500 Wing Experts will join forces behind the counter and in the kitchen at Wingstop restaurants across the country on Super Sunday to sauce and toss 5 million wings.
After a morning of corporate presentations, speakers and store manager awards, the first day of the ColorTyme National Convention concluded by bringing together vendors and franchisees for a Buying Show. The event showcased new technology, the latest offe

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