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Baby Boot Camp's 2011 "Mother Love Fitness Challenge" Starts Jan. 31.
The three Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) affiliates receiving awards in the American Home Shield® Challenge for Change(SM) (AHS Challenge) will likely be decided by the last few votes cast on January 31.
WHO: The entire Lathrop, CA community is invited to come see the new look of the Baskin-Robbins store. Baskin-Robbins, local community members and local business owners, as well as friends and family, are invited to join in the festivities.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest and fastest growing barbecue chain in the country, adds a new state to their national expansion this week as they take on a franchisee in Washington State.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest, fastest growing barbecue chain in the country, well-known for their hot, pit-smoked meats, free ice cream, and big yellow cups —has now opened its first Massachusetts location.
ActionCOACH, the world's number one business and executive coaching firm, hosted its 2011 Americas Regional Conference at the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and named its Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based business coaching firm as it
The New Miami Subs Grill, originator of the fast/casual restaurant concept, today announced it has been selected as one of the 50 Top Franchises for Veterans by World Franchising Network/./This is the second year in a row the Ft. Lauderdale-based chain ha
Gold's Gym International (GGI), the world's leading authority on health and fitness, today announced the hiring of Tim Keightley to the newly-created position of Vice President of Fitness. Keightley is an industry veteran who has led the personal training
Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, has opened its first store in Bulgaria, with the promise of hot, delicious pizza for the residents of Sofia.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced plans to introduce its fast-growing Four Points brand to Indiana's West Lafayette metro area. Four Points by Sheraton West Lafayette, adjacent to Purdue Research Park and just one m
Smashburger, a nationally-acclaimed, industry-leading "better burger" restaurant, has appointed four new members to its executive leadership team. The fast-growing chain's new leaders bring experience from some of the world's most successful companies and
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Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) will release 2010 fourth quarter and full year results prior to the market open on Thursday, February 3, 2011. A conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00 am ET on that day. The conference call, with acco
IndustryWeek magazine has selected Snap-on's Murphy, N.C. power tools manufacturing facility as one of the top 10 plants in North America.
AllBusiness has named FranchisEsource Brands International's (FSBI) The Entrepreneur's Source® and AdviCoach® to its third annual "AllStar Franchise" rankings. The comprehensive listing spotlights the nation's top 300 franchise companies.
In less than five years, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning® has become one of the nation's fastest-growing environmentally-friendly carpet cleaning service franchises, growing to more than 200 locations across the United States with many more in development.
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), today announced it has entered into an agreement with Chatwal Hotels & Resorts, LLC, gaining exclusive rights to franchise and manage its Dream® and Night® bou
Saladworks, the nation's first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, is proud to announce a record-breaking year. With an outstanding year for franchise sales and exceptional marketing campaigns, the company is poised for a great 2011.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a franchise agreement with The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, for a Hyatt Place hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. Under the agreement, the hotel, which is currently operating under
Pretzelmaker announced today that the company has launched a compelling new contest for cheerleaders across the country. The "Cheer with a Twist" Video Contest is being hosted completely online and was developed to celebrate the brand's commitment to "fre
FSC Franchise Co. (Family Sports Concepts), franchisor for all 225 Beef 'O' Brady's restaurants in the United States, announced today that it has chosen RTIconnect™ back office software to strengthen and improve control of food and labor costs acros
Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. (NYSE: WEN), the third-largest quick-service restaurant company in the United States, today announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., including a sale of the brand. UBS Investment Bank i
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H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced its schedule for releasing interim results for the 2011 tax season now under way. The first report of interim tax season results through Feb. 15 will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 23, after the New York Stoc
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today that the owners of the Liberty Hotel in Boston have signed a license agreement for the award winning historic property making the Liberty the 100th property to join Starwood's Luxury
Forget about the Golden Globes, the more important awards were handed out Sunday January 16th to top ActionCOACH business coaches across the country for their work with Canadian Small Business.
Hardee's® restaurants in North Carolina and several other surrounding states have raised nearly $95,000 for the Patriot Foundation (www.patriotscholarships.com) to support children of military families and provide college scholarships to children of f
The Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division and Weight Watchers International today convened an expert panel to discuss dieting practices spanning more than 150 years to find lessons to address the 21st century obesity epidemic.
In less than five years, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning® has become one of the nation's fastest-growing environmentally-friendly carpet cleaning service franchises, growing to more than 200 locations across the United States with many more in development.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that Westin Hotels & Resorts will be the official sponsor for professional golfer, Jim Furyk, winner of the 2010 FedEx Cup and 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that Sheraton.com, the web site for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, has been recognized as the best hotel website in its class for brand experience in the November 8, 2010 report, Th
Central Ohio Outdoor Lighting Professionals, NiteLites of Columbus have committed to exhibit at the 3rd Annual Fabulous Easton Home Show. The creators of this event have taken a different approach to their home show, constituting a smaller venue that is m

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