Monthly Archives: March 2018

29 03, 2018

HealthSource Helps Americans De-Stress

2018-03-29T18:00:39+00:00March 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CLEVELAND, OH – PRNewswire

Americans are more stressed out about the future of our nation and the ongoing political divide according to a Harris Poll survey conducted late last year for the American Psychological Association.  In fact, political turmoil is now the top source of stress ahead of concerns about money and work.  The good news is that April is Stress Awareness Month, and HealthSource, America’s largest group of clinics specializing in holistic healthcare, will be offering free massages and consultation on ways to prevent stress from causing chronic pain.

More than 60,000 Relax-O-Gram cards will be handed out in April by participating HealthSource clinics, offering recipients free massages.  HealthSource clinics will also be conducting free massages out in the community to teachers, social workers and first responders (police, fire, EMS, active military and veterans).  In addition to the free massages, the clinics will feature a special Pain & Stress Relief Package for just $49, which includes a massage, chiropractic evaluation and bottle of Relax, a dietary supplement that promotes relaxation and normal sleep.

Stress Awareness Month has been celebrated every year in April since being established in 1992.  The goal is to educate Americans on the impact stress can have on the body while offering ways to reduce stress before it leads to chronic pain.  According to the American Institute of Stress, approximately 90 percent of all doctor visits are attributable to stress, including conditions ranging from back and neck pain, stomach disorders and heart disease.  Job related stress costs American businesses more than $150 billion a year in lost productivity.

“Stress is a relationship between your brain and your body,” said Dr. Chris Tomshack, CEO and founder of HealthSource. “Left unchecked the stress your brain is communicating to your body can cause physical harm.  Diet, stretching, massages, exercise, yoga and relaxation techniques can help you manage stress.  If you experience chronic back or neck pain as a result of stress, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.”

About HealthSource
HealthSource, a national holistic care and chiropractic franchise, treats pain throughout the entire body, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other common concerns, and also focuses on pain prevention and nutrition. The company continually implements new treatments and medical advancements, staying on the cutting edge of medicine. HealthSource began franchising in 2006 and has more than 250 domestic and international locations. For more information about HealthSource, visit www.healthsourcechiro.com.

28 03, 2018

Papa Murphy’s names Nik Rupp CFO

2018-03-28T22:38:35+00:00March 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. has named Nik Rupp chief financial officer, effective April 9.

Rupp replaces Mark Hutchens, who will retain his role as the take-and-bake pizza chain’s chief operating officer, the company said on Tuesday.

Rupp most recently served as CFO of Specialized Bicycle Components. Earlier, he held several positions at Nike.

“I am very pleased to welcome Nik to Papa Murphy’s,” said Weldon Spangler, CEO of the Vancouver, Wash.-based operator, in a statement. “His financial leadership and strategic planning expertise will add significant value to our entire team as we continue to execute our long-term initiatives and build brand momentum. We are also fortunate to have Mark’s breadth of financial acumen and experience dedicated to our franchise owners’ profitability moving forward in his role as chief operating officer.”

Rupp said he looked forward to joining Papa Murphy’s.

“I have admired the company for its unique and high-quality product, and I look forward to working with the team to help drive growth in the business and deliver long-term value for shareholders,” he said in a statement.

The announcement of Rupp’s appointment came a month after the appointment of Laura Szeliga as chief marketing officer.

In the fourth quarter ended Jan. 1, Papa Murphy’s net income was $13.5 million, an increase from $1.5 million the previous year. Revenue declined to $30.7 million, compared with $35.5 million the previous year. Domestic same-store sales fell 2.6 percent.

Papa Murphy’s has more than 1,500 locations in the U.S., Canada and United Arab Emirates.

28 03, 2018

United Franchise Group Network Partners with The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill

2018-03-28T22:34:32+00:00March 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WEST PALM BEACH, FL– 24-7 PressRelease

United Franchise Group (UFG), The Global Leader for Entrepreneurs with more than 1400 locations in 80 countries, has added to its impressive network of franchises with the announcement of a partnership with Nick Anthony Della Penna and Trent Jones, co-founders of The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill restaurant chain.

Della Penna, a third-generation restaurateur, has 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including the role of vice president of Food and Beverage at the Excalibur® Hotel and Casino, while Jones has many years of experiences as a real estate and small business entrepreneur. Together, they purchased the first The Great Greek in Henderson, NV in 2011. During their first year of operation, gross revenue rose by 18 percent. The 12-month 2017 revenue was $1,536,137*. Based on that success, Della Penna and Jones opened a second restaurant in the southwest area of Las Vegas in 2017.

“With minimal advertising, it became an instant hit, commented Jones. Through the fourth quarter of last year, daily sales were on track to exceed the original location by 28 percent, with the average monthly revenue of the two locations in 2017 at $143,690*.”

In 2018, a lease was signed to open a third restaurant in Las Vegas, and a Letter of Intent has been accepted for a lease to open a The Great Greek showcase location in Palm Beach Gardens, FL in the summer.

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is the second fast-casual food option in UFG’s expansive network. It joins Jon Smith Subs(JSS), which has 21 locations either open or under construction throughout the United States, with several locations also already sold globally.

“The incremental growth of JSS is a true indicator of our success in the food sector, so it was only natural to add another top-level, award-winning food brand,” said Ray Titus, Chief Executive Officer of UFG. “I recognize the popularity of Mediterranean food, and after visiting one of The Great Greek locations, I instantly knew that it would be a success as our next franchise.”

According to the founders of The Great Greek, the success is attributed to three factors: The highest quality ingredients, fresh products are prepared every day, and every team member is devoted to providing outstanding hospitality. ”

“The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is an award-winning fast-casual dining option with a very bright future,” said Titus. “It is a pleasure to welcome them to the United Franchise Group family.”

About United Franchise Group

Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, and now, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. . With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1400 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

*Individual financial results may differ. Amounts represent operating results for two affiliate-owned restaurants during 2017. For more information, please refer to Item 19 of The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise disclosure document.

24 03, 2018

Glass Doctor Shares Ways to Spring Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

2018-03-24T13:33:07+00:00March 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WACO, TX – PRNewswire

Spring usually marks the onset of deep cleaning around the house, when homeowners try their best to make their home feel brand new. Without the help of experts, you may be using outdated window cleaning tactics or utilizing ineffective products that leave streaks and fingerprints behind.

With spring now in full swing, Glass Doctor, a Neighborly company and a global franchise organization providing glass repair, replacement and maintenance services, is making every homeowner feel like a professional with little-known tips for spring cleaning your windows for the best results.

  • Despite many thinking that newspaper is best for cleaning windows and mirrors, a clean, dry microfiber cloth is much more effective; newspaper quickly deteriorates when wet and can leave newsprint spots on your mirror frames and window sills.
  • You can clean windows without leaving streaks behind with the help of a coffee filter. Coffee filters and old cotton t-shirts also work well to remove remaining lint left behind from dry cloths.
  • De-gunk sticker remnants with alcohol. A little rubbing alcohol and a bit of elbow grease cuts sticker crud on home windows.
  • Use a fine nylon scrub pad to remove tree pitch or bug droppings. First, wet the glass and test the pad to make sure you will don’t scratch the surface.
  • If you wiped vertically outside, make sure to wipe horizontally inside. Then, you’ll know whether the missed spot is inside or outside.
  • If spring-cleaning your windows leads to broken glass, pick up the pieces with a slice of bread by pressing it down over areas where glass shards remain.
  • Using a foaming glass cleaner, such as Glass Doctor’s glass cleaner, and a lint-free paper towel, is another effective way to clean windows without leaving streaks.

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and maintenance services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada.

To learn more about effective glass cleaning tips, visit the Glass Doctor blog at https://glassdoctor.com/blog/how-to-clean-different-types-of-glass.

About Glass Doctor®:
Glass Doctor®, a Neighborly company, offers complete glass repair and replacement services to residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations throughout North America. Established in 1962 as a single shop in Seattle, Wash., Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977. Acquired by Dwyer Group® in 1998, Glass Doctor is part of Neighborly, a community of home service experts, leveraging Dwyer Group’s nearly 2,500 professional home service experts across 13 brands in the U.S. and Canada with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands include: Aire Serv®, Five Star Painting®, Glass Doctor®, Portland Glass®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, Protect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Window Genie® and The Grounds Guys®. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Glass Doctor, visit www.GlassDoctor.com and to learn about franchising opportunities with all Dwyer Group’s Neighborly companies, visit www.leadingtheserviceindustry.com.

CONTACT:
Ellie Mannix
Fish Consulting
954-893-9185
emannix@fish-consulting.com

24 03, 2018

Liberty Tax Offers Free Tax Preparation for Toys “R” Us Employees

2018-03-24T13:26:19+00:00March 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Participating Liberty Tax Service offices will prepare 2017 federal 1040 tax returns for free through April 5, for Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us employees who may lose their jobs as Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close more than 700 U.S. locations.

“It is unfortunate that Toys “R” Us must close its doors, and even more unfortunate that an estimated 30,000 U.S. workers may lose their jobs,” said CEO Nicole Ossenfort. “Our goal in offering free professional tax preparation is to take away the stress of doing taxes for Toys “R” Us employees. We can also talk about tax planning and help Toys “R” Us workers prepare for and understand tax implications of other sources of income they may earn in 2018.”

Job loss can bring issues and opportunity. Liberty Tax can help workers realize the tax issues that arise when a job is lost. These may include accumulated sick and vacation pay, severance pay and unemployment compensation, all of which are taxable. Liberty Tax can also address the opportunity and answer tax questions for those who may consider starting their own business or working for themselves in the gig economy. A handy Liberty Tax guide, 11 Tax Questions Every Gig Worker Should Ask, is a great start to helping workers sort through the tax implications of such work.

Liberty Tax knows that store closings can have a deep impact on local communities and businesses. Many Liberty Tax offices are located in communities that will experience these losses, and our local business owners are ready to offer the support they can – with tax advice and information – to their neighbors and fellow business owners.

About Liberty Tax, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ:TAX) is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service. During tax season 2017, Liberty Tax prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 US/Canadian offices and online. Liberty Tax’s online services are available through eSmart Tax, Liberty Online and DIY Tax.  Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes. For a more in-depth look, visit Liberty Tax Service and interact with Liberty Tax on Twitter and Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                                                     
Martha O’Gorman
Chief Marketing Officer
Liberty Tax Service
(888) 848-5344
martha@libtax.com

21 03, 2018

Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Virtual Staging Augmented Reality App: One of the First Experiences Built with Google’s ARCore

2018-03-21T17:56:59+00:00March 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MADISON, N.J., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty(sm), a mobile augmented reality (AR) app that will bring a home’s virtual staging images from 2-D perception into augmented reality; the app was built with ARCore, Google’s AR Software platform, and is powered by roOomy, the leading virtual staging technology platform specializing in 3D/AR/VR content creation and application development.  Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty allows consumers to visualize a house as their own before purchase, thereby curating the homebuying experience. Working closely with Google in the run up to ARCore’s release, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the first real estate brand to launch and implement a virtual staging AR app, transforming the homebuying and selling experience for sales associates and consumers.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is taking virtually staged images from a flat, 2-D screen into the house itself through the power of AR.  The app also features a curated selection of AR interior designs, ranging from modern living rooms to traditional dining rooms that provides the consumer with the opportunity to immediately swap among these styles, something physical staging could never accomplish.

For video and images of the app in use, as well as quotes, click here.  If you have one of Google’s ARCore-enabled mobile devices, download the app here.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty app features:

  • Visualization – Any property can be transformed through a curated selection of AR furnishings and décor sets. Listing-specific staging options will be available in the near future.
  • Recollection – The app has screenshot capabilities, allowing viewers to capture and store the images of AR furniture sets placed within the visit.
  • Shop – Virtual home furnishings can be clicked for more information about the product, including a link to exit the app and be directed to a retailer’s website. All furniture is shown to-scale and provides accurate room dimensions, ensuring furniture viewed in the app will be a fit, making purchasing and moving into a new home easier on new home buyers.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty app benefits:
Research has shown that an AR experience allows consumers to form more accurate expectations, therefore increasing confidence in purchasing decisions and shortening the sales cycle.1

  • For prospective homebuyers – Viewing a potential house in AR breaks down visualization barriers that often accompany the homebuying process, allowing prospective homebuyers the unique ability to envision the house in their personal taste and style. Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty offers the opportunity for buyers to ultimately see a house as their own home, increasing confidence in any purchasing decisions.
  • For home sellers / Sotheby’s International Realty clients – Selling a home with a Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate means tapping into the power of AR to sell the home by helping prospective buyers overcome the visualization barriers of touring an empty home or one decorated in style that differs from their taste.
  • For the Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate – The benefits for the sales associate are similar to those of the homebuyer and seller; Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty empowers the sales associate to present a home in an objective and neutral manner. The app also alleviates the need for sales associates to physically stage homes, allowing them to save money on the costs of either renting or buying and storing furniture.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is available now for download in the Google Play Store.  The app was built with Google’s ARCore, which can run on 100 million Android devices worldwide.  The Sotheby’s International Realty brand will launch Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty for iOS this spring through a continued partnership with roOomy.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has nearly 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide.  Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.  In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.  © 2018 Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All rights reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty Logo are service marks licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and used with permission. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

CONTACTS

Lindsey Scharf
Director, PR & Communications
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
(973) 407-5596
Lindsey.Scharf@sothebysrealty.com

21 03, 2018

H&R Block Hosts National Shred Day With Free Events Nationwide

2018-03-21T17:52:46+00:00March 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

KANSAS CITY, MO – GLOBE NEWSWIRE

While cyber attacks pose a major threat, not all attackers are found online. They can sift through trash and recycling bins to hunt for personal information like a name, address and Social Security number and use what they’ve found to file fraudulent tax returns. Shredding personal documents can help prevent personal information getting into the wrong hands, so H&R Block will host free shredding events on March 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 400 offices nationwide, weather permitting. That morning, there will also be just one day left for taxpayers to switch to Block and get half off what they paid for tax preparation somewhere else last year.

“Tax and other financial documents can help you claim all the tax benefits you’re entitled to, but they also contain some of your most important information. We are committed to protecting personal data ourselves and helping taxpayers protect their own information,” said Karen Orosco, senior vice president of U.S. retail for H&R Block. “These free paper shredding events are the perfect opportunity not only for taxpayers to safeguard their own information, but to learn best practices and other ways to protect themselves from tax identity theft.”

Taxpayers need to keep only a few documents indefinitely

During tax season, taxpayers often question what tax and financial documents they should shred, discard or keep.

“The good news is that taxpayers usually need to keep only a few types of documents indefinitely,” said Orosco. These can include records of business income and expenses for as long as the taxpayer owns the business, property sales that resulted in net-operating or capital losses and records of home improvements or other expenditures that establish basis in a home.

Three years is often sufficient for most documents

Taxpayers should keep most of their tax-related documents for at least three years. Three years from the return due date is generally the timeframe a tax return is open for review and a taxpayer could need to substantiate information on the tax return. This kind of information may include:

  • Proof of charitable contributions
  • Bank statements,
  • Printed paystubs,
  • Utility bills,
  • Brokerage statements,
  • Medical and dental expense receipts,
  • W-2s, 1099s and other information documents,
  • Tax-reporting statements like property or real estate taxes;
  • Closing Disclosure statements (or HUD-1 for older sales),
  • Mortgage statements,
  • 1095s and certificates of exemption from the Affordable Care Act,
  • Retirement savings annual reports and
  • Annual brokerage statements.

Taxpayers should save their tax returns a minimum of three years but there are good reasons to save it longer than that, for example if it has business schedules (such as Schedule C) or other information they may want to refer to in the future.

“Ultimately, whether or not you keep supporting documents, and how long you keep them, depends on whether you used them for your tax return or need them for other purposes,” said Orosco. “For instance, if you’re not deducting rental expenses or claiming a home office deduction, you probably don’t need to save utility bills.”

Tax-filing discount available until March 25

“Just as important as keeping tax and financial documents secure is using those documents to get the best tax outcome you can. When you bring in your old documents for shredding, you might also want to bring in your current documents so we can help you get your maximum refund,” said Orosco.

Eligible taxpayers can also switch to H&R Block for tax preparation and get half off what they paid someone else last year. The offer ends March 25. Taxpayers should bring their tax preparation receipts from last year to their local participating H&R Block office or to receive the tax filing discount. The offer applies to individual and business, federal and state tax returns for tax year 2017. Returns are subject to a $125 minimum price.

“Tax Shred Live” event brings together document shredding and guitarists “shredding”

To celebrate and bring awareness to the shredding events across the country, guitarists Michael Angelo Batio and Bibi McGill will host H&R Block’s “Tax Shred Live” event on H&R Block’s Facebook page on March 22 at 11 a.m. CDT. Rather than shredding documents, Batio and Bibi McGill will “shred” on their guitars.

Batio is one of the originators and pioneers of the entire “shred” genre. He showcased guitar techniques and innovations, for the first time, on his early instructional programs as well as in live performances, which are now considered standard techniques among guitarists throughout the entire world.

Rolling Stone called Bibi McGill, the former lead guitarist for Beyoncé,“a Zen Master who can seriously shred.” Bibi McGill’s shredding skills have been praised as being the same caliber as artists like Earth Wind and Fire and Led Zeppelin.

Visit H&R Block’s Facebook page to tune in to the Tax Shred Live event with Batio and Bibi McGill on March 22 at 11 a.m. CDT.

Find a nearby participating office from among the 400 offices nationwide offering free shredding events on March 24.

For more information, call 1-800-HRBLOCK or schedule an appointment online.

About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is a global consumer tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block tax software products for the DIY consumer. H&R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus products and services. In fiscal 2017, H&R Block had annual revenues of over $3 billion with 23 million tax returns prepared worldwide. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom.

For Further Information
Susan Waldron, 816-854-5522, susan.waldron@hrblock.com

20 03, 2018

Realty ONE Group Announces the Launch of Newly Revamped Blog

2018-03-20T21:08:37+00:00March 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IRVINE, CA – PRNewswire

Realty ONE Group, the fifth-largest real estate brokerage and one of the fastest growing franchisors in the nation, is proud to announce the unveiling of its newly redesigned blog, Unwritten launching on March 15. With its tagline being the “Stories of Tomorrow”, UNwritten will serve as the industry’s go-to source for the latest news, trends, tech tools and commentary.

“Real estate can be seen as confusing to those who don’t understand it, and we’re here to change that by humanizing the industry,” said founder and CEO Kuba Jewgeniew. “UNwritten will be our platform to share our passion by allowing us to further connect with our professionals, keep them informed of the latest trends, and inspire them to become empowered entrepreneurs.”

The company’s core belief that everything matters and everyone has a voice plays a pivotal role in the creation of the blog. Along with news articles, tips and commentary pieces, the blog will also house the company’s premier podcast, UNreal, as well as Jewgieniew’s own personal blog, Kuba’s Corner.

“I believe that anyone can be a great storyteller, whether it’s written on a piece of paper or spoken aloud,” explained Jewgieniew. “We’re breaking the industry ice with UNwritten by having our real estate professionals and members of our ONE family—the innovators, dreamers, and artists—tell their stories, which in turn will open the doors to inspiration for anyone who is reading or listening in.”

Visit and subscribe to UNwritten by visiting http://blog.realtyonegroup.com.

About Realty ONE Group

One-hundred percent family-owned and debt-free, Realty ONE Group was founded in 2005 and is proudly known as the industry’s premier UNbrokerage. Realty ONE Group has rapidly evolved with over 10,000 real estate professionals in 110 offices across 26 states. Ranked in the top one percent in the nation by REAL Trends, recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 5 Real Estate Franchise, and landing a coveted spot on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies list for seven consecutive years, Realty ONE Group has been surging ahead, opening doors, not only for its clients but also for its real estate professionals and franchise owners. To learn more, visit http://www.RealtyONEGroup.com.

20 03, 2018

Pet Supplies Plus Provides Checklist for New Pet Parents in Honor of National Puppy Day

2018-03-20T20:02:22+00:00March 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

LIVONIA, Mich.March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — National Puppy Day (March 23) is a reminder for pet owners everywhere of the love, joy, and even the responsibility they felt when their new best friend entered their world. Today, more than 60 percent of U.S. families own a pet, which equates to 84.6 million homes. To help these pet parents focus more on the rewards of owning a new pet, Pet Supplies Plus – the largest and most trusted pet retail franchise in the United States – has created a useful checklist to take the worry and guesswork out of planning their new pets’ homecoming.

A new pet parent can easily forget a few things in all the excitement of bringing a new pet home. To help its neighbors prepare for their new family members, Pet Supplies Plus’ pet guide offers recommendations on products such as food, comforting equipment, grooming and hygiene products, safety needs and supplies for providing the new pet with the appropriate level of physical activity. All recommended products are designed to maintain the pets’ overall wellness and will differ based on breed.

The guide makes these helpful suggestions and more:

  • Food: When purchasing food for a pet – no matter the type – it’s important to do your research. Products have different price points, styles, flavors and health benefits. Pet Supplies Plus team members can help neighbors select a nutritious, beneficial food to keep their new pets happy and healthy.
  • Comfort Equipment: Relocation can be stressful for newly adopted pets, so it’s important for them to feel comfortable and protected. Providing a bed and toys is a great way to help them become acquainted with their new environment. Newborns, such as puppies or kittens, will need chews and toys to help them through their teething process. Pet Supplies Plus team members are able to recommend a durable toy that will keep them occupied and at ease.
  • Safety Needs: When a new pet joins the family, a pet parent might want to do a little “pet-proofing” around the house. Owners of dogs or cats can purchase gates or locks to keep pets away from dangerous areas or products. And because the new four-legged family member won’t always be inside the home, he will need a collar and identification tag. Microchipping services are offered at Pet Supplies Plus stores with VIP Petcare clinics on-site for $19. These safety measures increase the likelihood of an owner finding his or her pet in the event he is lost.
  • Grooming & Hygiene Products: Every pet needs a bath now and then, but some even need a regularly scheduled blow out. Make sure to research your new pet’s basic grooming requirements and strategize a game-plan. Many Pet Supplies Plus stores offer grooming conveniences for dogs to their neighbors in the form of self-service pet washing stations, nail clipping services and full-service grooming salons. Proper hygiene can also include flea and tick prevention, and team members can help determine the best method of protection for the new family member. For puppies, be prepared for house training with puppy pads and pet-safe cleaning products for those inevitable accidents.
  • Physical Activity Supplies: Today one out of three dogs and cats is overweight. Pet owners everywhere need to understand the importance of giving their pets the exercise they need in order to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Owners of dogs and cat are encouraged to devote as much time as possible to exercising their pets as they would for themselves. Pet Supplies Plus carries a variety of leashes, toys and exercise equipment, so that pets can take part in physical activity with their owners.

“Our neighbors want their new pets to live a happy, healthy lifestyle, and that starts with identifying the right supplies and resources,” said Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus. “Our stores offer a large variety of products at a great value to ensure the pets’ overall wellness. We’ve created this guide to help our neighbors identify the items they will need before they bring their new pet home.”

An experienced and knowledgeable team is available at every Pet Supplies Plus location to help neighbors find everything they need.  Team members – extensively trained in the areas of natural and holistic foods – are able to answer a broad range of questions about dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and fish.  Shoppers can also take advantage of the free Preferred Pet Club, which offers members the benefit of regular coupons and monthly specials, resulting in big savings.

Pet Supplies Plus offers a wide array of natural pet foods, and a variety of Made in the USA pet consumables. These include wet and dry food, treats, rawhide and chews. Set in welcoming neighborhood environments, Pet Supplies Plus team members get to know their neighbors and pets by name at every store. Many locations also feature a full offering of grooming services tailored to meet every pet’s needs, including washes, haircuts, body brushing, flea treatment and nail, skin, ear and oral care.

About Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus is focused on making it easier to get better products for your pet. With 425 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural foods, hard goods and pet services. Headquartered in Livonia, MI, Pet Supplies Plus is ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500® list as the Top Full-Service Pet Supplies Franchise for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength, growth rate and system size. For more information visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

Media Contact: Ann Maher, Fishman Public Relations, 847-945-1300, amaher@fishmanpr.com

SOURCE Pet Supplies Plus

20 03, 2018

Application Period is Open for the University of New Hampshire’s Social Sector Franchise Accelerator Program

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The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Social Sector Franchise Initiative in Partnership with the IFA’s Social Sector Task Force invites eligible socially oriented franchise business owners to apply to participate in the UNH Social Sector Franchise Accelerator (SSFA).
We welcome applications from founders/CEOs any social enterprise, i.e. an organization (for-profit, non-profit or hybrid) for whom positive social and/or environmental impact is central to the mission and organizations who have already begun to implement a franchise
system but who are looking to scale. In some cases, we also welcome applications from social enterprises that have a well-developed proof-of-concept and are just in the beginning stages of implementing their franchise system.
The SSFA is designed to identify pathways to significantly improved social sector franchise sustainability and impact. These improvements in efficiency, management and overall effectiveness take place through a multi-faceted learning process including:
• Franchising 101 online training course
• Paid expenses to travel to Durham, NH, USA for roundtable
• Solutions Prototyping Accelerator Process
• One-on-one mentoring with a highly skilled commercial franchise mentor
• A community of practice comprised of practitioners from social enterprise,
franchising, impact finance and other skill areas
• Participation in learning events such as webinars and podcast discussions
• Funded field visits by researchers and mentors
• Development of a case study about your social sector franchise which will be
published through UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy Perspectives Series and/or
other publications
• Potential to have supported UNH student teams to do follow-on service trips in
summer 2019 to help assist your organization with key projects
For the application and additional information please contact:
William Maddocks, SSFI Director
 
Important Dates
• March 13 –SSFA application process opens
April 27 – SSFA application process closes 5 PM EDT
May 11 – SSFA 2018-19 Protégé Cohort selection announced
May 25 – Mentor and Protégé matches announced
June 1- June 15 Mentor-Protégé Virtual Introductions
July 17 – Protégé Orientation Webinar
August 6 – 17 Franchising Basics mini-course (self -directed)
October 8 Protégés and mentors arrive in NH
October 9 Mentor-Protégé orientation day
October 10-11 Social Sector Franchise Innovations Roundtable
November 5 (approximately) LCSA Mentor-Protégé calls begin
January 7-18, 2019 Visits by UNH student research fellows to SSFA protégé sites.
• May 2018 SSFA Mentor-Protégé calls end
For the application and additional information please contact:
William Maddocks, SSFI Director