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WSI, the world's #1 internet marketing franchise, announces the beginning of a Master Franchise office in Epone, France; this new office will be operated by Gilles Dandel's organization.
RE/MAX Elite, one of the more prominent real estate franchises on Florida's east coast, raised more than $19,900 this year for local charities despite a challenging housing market.
After months of testing new limited time product Spicy Cheddar Sausage in North Texas locations, Dickey's Barbecue Pit officials have heard a few messages loud and clear: customers love spice and the more cheese, the better.
Jenny Craig, Inc., one of the nation's leading authorities on weight management, today announced Carrie Fisher as the newest Jenny Craig celebrity client and spokesperson. The actress and critically acclaimed bestselling author, best known for her role as
Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of affordable and convenient massage and spa services, announced today that the company experienced unprecedented growth in 2010 with 43 new locations -- bringing the total number of Massage Envy locations to
Come find food for every mood at Chili's(R) Grill & Bar with the brand's introduction of the new 'Wild or Mild' menu. Guests can take their taste buds for a ride on the wild side with kicked up versions of Chili's favorites or enjoy classic flavors wi
Following a year of rapid growth in Asia with six Wyndham branded hotel openings in China and another seven under construction, Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of a franchise agreement to
Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. (OTCBB: SPKL) today announced the appointment of Peter Wright as its new Chief Development Officer.
As the basketball season heats up, hoops fans are heading to Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar to watch all the action and cheer on their teams with fellow supporters and rivals. With dozens of big screen HDTVs, award-winning wings and signature sauces,
Late passage of tax legislation and delayed processing of some tax forms may make taxpayers wonder how this tax season will differ from last season. As the IRS prepares to accept e-filed returns Jan. 14, H&R Block is taking the guesswork out of tax se
With its recent ranking in the top half of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500, it's no wonder EagleRider, the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company, is revving up for another busy year. To help maximize the company's growth, EagleRider has
Entrepreneur magazine released its Franchise 500 list for 2011 naming Tutor Doctor as one of the Top Global Franchises. In its third consecutive year on the list, the one-on-one, in-home tutor service was also ranked as a Fastest Growing Franchise and a T
Snap Fitness, the world's fastest growing franchisor of compact, state-of-the-art fitness centers, has been named one of the top 500 franchises in the United States, ranking No. 33 in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500®, No. 27 in Fastest-Growing f
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning®, a company who uses revolutionary carpet cleaning technology and safe and effective products to clean carpets and rugs, has now been recognized by the WOOLSAFE organization.
ACE Cash Express, Inc., a leading retailer of financial services, announced a donation of $25,000 to Junior Achievement in support of its mission to educate and inspire young people to succeed in the global economy.
After last year's successful growth in China, Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), is off to a strong start in 2011. The hotel company today announced the signing of a management agreement to open a Wyndham Hotels and Re
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG) and Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR) today released the following joint statement:
This season, travelers can earn great rewards three times as fast with Choice Privileges from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH). Choice Privileges members who book their stays at or 800-4CHOICE arriving between now and March 2
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today the opening of the new Staybridge Suites Houston Stafford-Sugar Land, the first hotel in the brand's portfolio to open wi
Pretzelmaker announced today that the company added a delicious new flavor to its extensive line of blended drinks – Lemon Twist. The new flavor offers customers a tart and refreshing zest of lemon in a cool, smooth blended drink and is being rolled
With tax season here, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® is kicking off the season by opening thousands of offices today. As part of a season opening celebration, Jackson Hewitt offices will feature open houses for consumers to visit and speak with preparers
In support of its global growth initiative, Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest ice cream brand, today announced the appointment of three experienced restaurant industry executives to its international marketing and operations team. Paul Reynish, Chief Ma
Togo's Sandwiches, a West Coast Original since 1971 serving big, made to order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients announced today that in honor of National Pastrami Day, Friday, January 14, 2011, the company's unprecedented Pastrami Guarante
North America's "Free Your Toes" retailer kicks off the New Year with big news for eyewear enthusiasts.
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG) and Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR)today released the following joint statement: As previously reported, following the termination of Dollar Thrifty's merger agreement with Hertz Global Holdings, I
Racing Limos America, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Technology Group (PINKSHEETS: ATYG), is pleased to announce the start of its anticipated plans for expansion in 2011.
It is a dream come true for Kathryn Flores of Wharton, Texas to be announced winner of the ColorTyme Big Tyme Big Game Giveaway. Flores, whose name was drawn randomly from hundreds of entries, wins a trip for two to the biggest football event of the year
Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, today announced the appointment of John C. Miller to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2011. Mr. Miller succeeds
When the real estate market is in flux, buying a foreclosed home can be one of the best deals around. And while now is a great time to buy a home, especially for first-time buyers, HouseMaster, the first and oldest home inspection franchise system in Nort
The federal tax credit extension, coupled with an uptick in seasonal buying, helped keep the real estate market on its tracks in the first two quarters of 2010, according to the RE/MAX of New England 2011 Housing Market Outlook and Forecast*. Single-famil

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