Monthly Archives: January 2019

30 01, 2019

FASTSIGNS® Recruiting Franchise Candidates To Grow Co-Brand And Conversion Program Throughout West Coast

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No. 1-ranked Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Will Meet with Qualified Entrepreneurs at the National Business Media Show in Phoenix Feb. 1-2

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, is actively recruiting franchise candidates to grow its co-brand and conversion program throughout the West Coast, including Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Southern California, and New Mexico. As part of its growth strategy, FASTSIGNS will exhibit at The NBM Show (booth #112) at the Phoenix Convention Center from Feb. 1-2, 2019.

The brand is seeking entrepreneurs with an established business that are interested in diversifying their product lines and services to meet the growing demand for state-of-the-art signage and visual communications solutions. FASTSIGNS has helped countless owners of print shops, photography studios, camera stores, embroidery shops, and more, add a FASTSIGNS to their existing business or fully convert their store to a FASTSIGNS franchise. FASTSIGNS franchisees receive ongoing training and support to stay ahead of the competition and exceed the needs of their local business community. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

“FASTSIGNS franchisees that have converted or co-branded their business continue to tell us how the brand recognition, training and support, and the latest technology have driven strong sales and helped them grow their business beyond what they could have done as an independent shop,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We’re excited to grow our co-brand and conversion program and look forward to meeting qualified candidates at The NBM Show.”

“After establishing a thriving business within my local community over the past two decades, I was looking for a new way to expand and bring my signage and awnings shop to the next level,” said Nikki Taheri, who converted her existing business to a FASTSIGNS center in Bayonne, New Jersey, with her husband, Brendan Duane. “FASTSIGNS has proven to be an invaluable partner as they’ve provided us with a deeper connection to the signage industry. Beyond the national brand name recognition, FASTSIGNS gives us access to new resources, immeasurable support and vendor relationships which allow our business to provide additional services to our customers.”    

FASTSIGNS is known in the industry for equipping its franchisees with tools vital to securing the ongoing success of each individual location. In 2018, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of its partnership with 1HUDDLE, a workforce-training platform that converts unique training content into science-backed, quick-burst training games that are proven to accelerate workforce productivity. Additionally, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of a special incentive for first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $23,750. As part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program, FASTSIGNS also offers veterans this special incentive. FASTSIGNS is proud to be the only franchisor in its segment to offer a development incentive specifically to first responders and veterans.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and has been ranked by Franchise Business Review as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years. Additionally, FASTSIGNS also was named to Franchise Business Review’s “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017 and a “Best-in-Category” franchise by Franchise Business Review in 2018. Last year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) recognized FASTSIGNS International, Inc. with a special six-year Franchisees’ Choice designation for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.



FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of over 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the U.S., Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Chile, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at or LinkedIn:

30 01, 2019

Leading Dryer Vent Maintenance and Repair Franchise Raises $22,033 to Benefit Children’s Burn Foundation

2019-01-30T17:21:42-05:00January 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dryer Vent Wizard Raises Funds for Non-Profit for Seventh Consecutive Year

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Exceeding 2017’s donation, Dryer Vent Wizard, North America’s leading dryer vent cleaning and repair franchise, raised $22,033 throughout the past year to benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps child burn survivors and provides state-of-the-art reconstructive treatment, emergency family assistance, survivor and family camps, counseling, a teen support program, and prevention and education programs that reach more than 50,000 children and families annually.

Every October during National Fire Prevention Month, Dryer Vent Wizard and the Children’s Burn Foundation work to raise awareness about the dangers of fires. In 2018, throughout the months of October, November and December, the Dryer Vent Wizard corporate office raised funds to benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation through donations from franchisees, corporate staff and family and friends of Dryer Vent Wizard. Additionally, activities were held for the home office staff to help raise money.

The franchise kicked off the fundraiser by participating in the Tough Mudder race for the second consecutive year, which challenges participants’ strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork. Members of the Dryer Vent Wizard team who participated in the 10-mile, 20-obstacle mud-run race included Jason Kapica, President; Terry Reuer, Executive Chair; Mike Donnelly, Legal Administrator; and Logan Standifer, Development Admin and Graphic Designer.

“Each year, we are excited to ramp up our fundraising efforts and watch our corporate office and franchisees come together to support such a wonderful cause,” said Reuer. “As the leading dryer vent maintenance and repair franchise, our ultimate goal is to keep people everywhere safe. Between our dedication to educating individuals on the importance of fire prevention and the system’s monetary contributions, we are happy to be achieving that goal.”

Since 2012, the franchise has donated a total of nearly $108,000 to the Children’s Burn Foundation.

“Each year, Dryer Vent Wizard displays outstanding generosity and fundraising efforts on behalf of a mission that is parallel to ours – fire prevention and safety,” said Sharon Townsend, Director of the Children’s Burn Foundation. “We are extremely thankful and look forward to partnering with the franchise in the future to achieve further consumer coaching surrounding burn prevention.”

For more information about Dryer Vent Wizard, visit

About Dryer Vent Wizard

Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., Dryer Vent Wizard is a North American franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for both residential and commercial clients. The company was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle, who also founded Mr. Handyman, and currently operates 92 locations across the U.S. and Canada, serving over 9,000 communities. Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For more information about Dryer Vent Wizard and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit

About the Children’s Burn Foundation

For over 30 years, Children’s Burn Foundation has provided care to children with severe burns, who, because of a lack of financial resources and/or medical insurance, cannot otherwise benefit from medical treatment and much-needed post-acute services. The mission of Children’s Burn Foundation is: to prevent the pain and trauma of burn injuries to children, and; to heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential, physically, psychologically and socially. CBF is the ONLY Foundation providing full recovery services to child burn survivors from the date of their burn injury until they are 18 years old. Children’s Burn Foundation now serves over 71,000 children and families annually. To learn more, please visit

SOURCE Dryer Vent Wizard

29 01, 2019

FASTSIGNS® Recognizes Achievements and Honors Franchisees during 2019 International Convention

2019-01-29T16:31:40-05:00January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the leading sign and visual graphics franchisor with over 700 locations in nine countries worldwide, held its 2019 FASTSIGNS® International Convention January 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. Themed Breakthrough to Peak Performance, the four-day event taught best practices, celebrated franchisee achievements and the continued growth of the franchise network in both sales volume and number of locations.

Over 632 people attended, including 150 first-time attendees, which included FASTSIGNS franchisees and their center team members from eight different countries around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in general sessions, educational sessions, peer panels and roundtable discussions. Highlights  from the event included hearing renowned keynote speaker Apolo Anton Ohno – Olympic medalist, “Minute to Win It” host, Dancing with the Stars winner and author of Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday speak to attendees. Additional speakers included author, speaker, and President and Founder of Sales Gravy, Inc., Jeb Blount who spoke on Sales EQ and The Real Secrets to Leading High Performance Sales Teams. Attendees also learned phone techniques and tactics from Nancy Friedman, The Telephone Doctor, and profit mastery from Steve LeFever, Chairman and Founder of Profit Mastery.

“2018 was yet another record-breaking year for FASTSIGNS,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “Our annual convention brings our franchise network together to recognize, honor and celebrate the many achievements of our franchisees, as well as to engage in educational and networking opportunities and kick off the year.”

Highlights from the 2019 convention include:

  • 2018 system-wide sales reached a record $503 million.
  • 141 FASTSIGNS/SIGNWAVE centers exceeded $1 million in annual sales, including 21 centers achieving over $2 million, 6 centers achieving over $3 million, 4 centers achieving over $4 million and 1 center achieving over $6 million in annual sales.
  • The FASTSIGNS Award, which recognizes the franchisee who best represents the FASTSIGNS brand in both the business community and within the FASTSIGNS network, was awarded to the three-partner team of Jose Corujo, Teresa Caballero and Juan Rivera from Puerto Rico.
  • The Wide Format & Signage/FASTSIGNS Project of the Year was presented to Susan and Sam Cilone from Louisville, Kentucky for their work with the Muhammad Ali Center.
  • FASTSIGNS held the largest vendor show to date with 153 exhibitors.
  • Grimco was presented the FASTSIGNS Vendor of Year Award
  • 37 franchisees and their center teams were recognized for outstanding sign and graphic projects in the 2018 FASTSIGNS Customer Solutions Awards, which included grand prize winner Marcia and Joe Kopp from Roseville, MN.
  • At the annual Saturday “Breakfast with a Purpose,” convention attendees packaged over 17,000 meals for hungry families through the local, Orlando non-profit Feeding Children Everywhere.

“This event celebrates another successful year for the FASTSIGNS network, and sets the stage for an even more successful 2019,” Monson said.


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of over 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the U.S., Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Chile and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®), and coming soon in Spain and Malta.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including architectural signs and interior décor, event graphics, marketing materials and so much more.  Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at or on LinkedIn.

29 01, 2019

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Opens 100th Location, Further Expands Footprint Nationwide

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Coffeehouse Trailblazer Begins 2019 with Plans to Open 30 Locations by Year-End

NEW ORLEANS — PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, a New Orleans-based coffeehouse that demonstrates better beans, superior roasting techniques, and pure passion for the art of coffee-making matter, is preparing to grind out a substantial 2019. Following 2018’s milestone growth, with PJ’s Coffee surpassing 100 storefronts, the brand looks to continue suit opening another 30 locations by the end of this year. Additionally, it will continue its initiative to further expand its locations nationwide through franchise development.

Rounding out an exciting year, PJ’s Coffee awarded 22 franchises representing 37 licenses. 2018 also resulted in 17 new store openings, one of which launched PJ’s Coffee’s presence in Maryland and, moreover, the northeast. Continuing its track for expansion, the coffee hot spot looks to broaden its scope domestically with continued expansion in Maryland while also bolstering its stance in the southeast with sights set on development in Texas and Florida. Internationally, PJ’s continued to expand its footprint in both the Vietnam and Kuwait markets.

“2018 was a momentous year for PJ’s Coffee as it marked our 40th anniversary and the opening of the 100th location,” said David Mesa, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of PJ’s Coffee. “With the coffee industry continually growing and changing, PJ’s Coffee is committed to offering its guests the highest quality coffee and customer service and this begins with our strategic partnerships with coffee farmers across the globe. We are committed to bettering our communities and creating great opportunities for our existing, and future, farmers and franchisees alike. We look forward to continued advancement in 2019 as we build our notoriety and solidify our great name across the globe and further throughout America.”

Named one of Franchise Business Review’s Top 200 franchises of 2019, PJ’s coffee continues to create excitement and drive business with its proven system that leads to year-over-year sales growth. In 2018 alone, franchisee sales grew by 66 percent, a number that is projected to continue to rise.

To become a part of the ever-growing $100 Billion a year global industry, a prospective franchisee can expect a total investment range between $166,400$350,000 for non-traditional franchise units, and $350,000$450,000 for traditional units. The operating model and menu is adaptable to any environment with different options including kiosks and free-standing locations with a drive-thru, ranging from a few hundred square feet up to 2200 square feet.

For more information about PJ’s Coffee franchise opportunities, and to request your free franchise information booklet, please visit If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (855) 910-9504 during business hours.

About PJ’s Coffee

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry. The coffeehouse was acquired by Ballard Brands in 2008 which was spearheaded by brothers Paul, Scott and Steve Ballard. The New Orleans-based coffeehouse demonstrates that better beans, superior roasting techniques, and pure passion for the art of coffee-making matter. The brand serves a wide variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages using only the top one percent of Arabica beans, as well as organic tea and fresh breakfast pastries. As the company approaches its 40th year as an established brand, it continues to remain an authentic coffeehouse with a New Orleans spirit. PJ’s Coffee has more than 90 locations open and operating nationally and internationally.

29 01, 2019

Sandler Training Named #1 Business Services Franchise For 2019 By Franchise Business Review

2019-01-29T16:09:07-05:00January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Franchise Business Review (FBR) has named Sandler Training #1 in the Business Services category in their ranking of the Top 200 Best Franchises of 2019, which was announced earlier this month.  In addition, FBR named Sandler Training ( one of the Top 50 Franchises for Women.

This year FBR surveyed over 30,000 franchisees from 310 of the leading franchise brands to determine the best franchises of 2019, based 100 percent on franchisee satisfaction.  Each survey participant was asked thirty-three benchmark questions about their franchisor that focused on areas such as leadership, training, and core values as well as sixteen more personal questions concerning their business lifestyle and overall enjoyment of running their franchise.

Sandler dominates the global training market through an unparalleled network of more than 250 training centers worldwide, making Sandler the largest training organization in the world, with professional trainers providing more than 450,000 hours per year of instruction in 23 languages. Sandler business experts offer insight and tips on sales, sales management, leadership, and management topics.

Ron Taylor, Vice President, Franchise Development for Sandler says, “The reason the Business Services award is so meaningful is that they’re basing these rankings on responses from the actual franchisees.  That means a great deal to us.  Sandler is always introducing new programs, and forging strategic alliances with organizations such as Evernote, Salesforce, Harvard Business School and the Ziglar Corporation.  And it all starts at the top; our president and CEO, David Mattson, has taken us to a whole new level.”

“We are pleased that Sandler Training continues to be recognized, year after year, as a top company,” says David Mattson. “Our goal is to continue on this path for years to come.”

About Sandler

Sandler dominates the global training market through an unparalleled network of more than 250 offices worldwide, making Sandler the largest training organization in the world. Sandler’s professional trainers and business experts provide more than 450,000 hours per year of instruction in 23 languages offering insight and tips on sales, sales management, leadership, and personal development topics. As Sandler CEO Dave Mattson says, “At Sandler, success and changing lives is our goal, and our mission.” For more information about Sandler Training, please visit

24 01, 2019

The Junkluggers Ranks As A Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s 40th Annual Franchise 500®

2019-01-24T18:22:43-05:00January 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

STAMFORD, Conn. — Sustainable junk-removal service The Junkluggers recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first comprehensive franchise ranking. The Junkluggers placed #321 for its outstanding growth, financial stability, and brand power. It’s the first time that The Junkluggers have made this list.

“It is a tremendous honor to rank among such a prestigious collection of companies,” said The Junkluggers founder and CEO Josh Cohen. “We are proud to have the experience, the corporate team, and the passion to help others achieve the dream of small business ownership with the company that is the leader in sustainable junk removal in a growing service industry.”

The Junkluggers was born 15 years ago when Josh started using his mother’s SUV, going door-to-door handing out flyers. The company endeavored to provide an eco-friendly alternative to junk removal. Growing from a small, grassroots business to a national franchise, the brand can be found in more than 60 markets and 13 states with approximately 70 trucks on the road. They are projecting to grow to 200 markets over the next 3 years. They have also launched a unique add-on brand called “Remix Market,” which rescues, salvages, upcycles, and restores high-quality furniture (and other household items) that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.

“Our on-demand service empowers franchise partners to earn a great living while doing good in their communities by creating jobs, supporting local charities, and protecting the planet for future generations,” said Cohen. “This attention from Entrepreneur is just another stepping stone on our way to providing seamless customer service and environmentally-friendly disposal practices across the country.”

For the past 40 years, the Franchise 500 has been a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. The Junkluggers placement here is a testament to the company’s strength as a franchise opportunity.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” said Entrepreneur Editor In Chief Jason Feifer. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

To view The Junkluggers in the full ranking, visit You can also check out the January/February 2019 issue of Entrepreneur.

About The Junkluggers

Founded in 2004, The Junkluggers provides sustainable junk removal services. This team of big-hearted professionals revolutionize the hauling and removal industry by focusing on green, community-oriented practices as they remove your furniture and junk. For more information, please visit For franchise opportunities, visit

24 01, 2019

Huntington Learning Center Named a Top Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and Franchise Business Review

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Nation’s Leading Tutoring and Test Prep Provider Poised for Banner Year in 2019

ORADELL, N.J. — Huntington Learning Center, the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider with more than 300 locations across the country, is pleased to announce that it has received top honors for its franchising operations from Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and the Franchising Business Review’s Top 200 Best Franchise lists.

Huntington ranked #48 on Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500 list, the world’s most comprehensive franchise ranking, jumping more than 100 spots from its 2018 position on the list. Huntington was also named to the top 50 of the Franchise Business Review’s list of the Top 200 Best Franchises, the only ranking for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

“Our team at Huntington has worked incredibly hard over the past year to continue our tradition of being the country’s leading provider of tutoring and test prep services, and we are proud that our work is being recognized through these honors,” said Anne Huntington, Vice President of Business Development. “We believe that our franchising model is best-in-class, providing our franchisees across the country with the opportunity to create their own success stories, much like our co-founders, Eileen and Ray Huntington, did when they launched the company more than 40 years ago.”

These honors come only a short time after HLC Founder Eileen Huntington was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchising Association, and after Huntington CFO Jim Emmerson was named 2018’s CFO of the Year by NJBIZ. They also come during an exciting period of growth for the company, which under the leadership of new hire Anderson Chand, SVP of Franchise Development, already has plans for significant expansion throughout the year ahead.

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center is the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at For franchise opportunities, visit

24 01, 2019

Anago Cleaning Systems Surges to #52 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®

2019-01-24T18:00:10-05:00January 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Anago Cleaning Systems today announced that it has improved on its ranking as a top commercial cleaning franchise, earning the #52 overall franchise ranking in the prestigious Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 ranking.
Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry. Anago Cleaning Systems improved from its #68 ranking in 2018.

“Anago Cleaning Systems has not only revolutionized commercial cleaning through unmatched technology, systems, and a commitment to green cleaning, but we’ve built a model that virtually ensures success for regional and small businesses alike,” said Anago Cleaning Systems President Adam Povlitz. “As we celebrate 30 years in business, we are honored to be recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the country’s best overall franchises.”

The key factors in the franchise ranking system include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and those with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

Anago Cleaning Systems is a pioneer of the master franchise system, which allows successful mid-career professionals to operate their own exclusive regional franchises, while allowing small businesses to invest in their success. Both levels simply focus on running their business while Anago Cleaning Systems provides assistance, guidance and critical tools to grow.

About Anago Cleaning Systems

Anago Cleaning Systems is a commercial cleaning franchise system supporting over 45 Master Franchises and over 1,500 Unit Franchisees in the U.S. and internationally. After years of refining procedures and creating duplicable systems created in his large commercial cleaning service, David Povlitz founded Anago in 1989 to help other entrepreneurs open their cleaning businesses. Today, its program sets the standard worldwide in commercial cleaning. Anago was ranked #52 overall by Entrepreneur Magazine in its 2019 Franchise 500® ranking. For further information, visit its website at

23 01, 2019

Best Life Brands Announced as Platform Company Name for ComForCare, At Your Side, CarePatrol, and Future Acquisitions

2019-01-23T18:12:59-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Multi-brand platform company to continue expanding services and support to people across the continuum of care, with an emphasis on aging adults.

DETROIT — Today, ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC CEO Steve Greenbaum announced the creation of Best Life Brands, LLC (“Best Life Brands”) for the purpose of uniting ComForCare and At Your Side, premier franchised providers of home care, CarePatrol, the nation’s largest franchised senior placement organization, and future acquisitions under one multi-branded service organization. Best Life Brands plans to continue expanding services by adding brands that share the company’s goal to serve older adults and people with diverse needs in a more effective and holistic way.

“As Best Life Brands continues to expand its services, our focus isn’t just on home care and placement services. We’re building a family of brands focused on the wellness and well-being of our clients under our ‘live your best life’ philosophy. This is extremely important for people dealing with the challenges of aging, recovering from an injury, or living with a chronic medical condition,” said Greenbaum. “We will continue to invest in people, processes, technology, and profitability across our franchise network while pursuing additional strategic acquisitions to expand and enhance our capabilities and reach.”

The new name follows a year of impressive growth and momentum. In 2018:

  • Greenbaum, an experienced franchise founder and former chairman of the IFA, took the helm as CEO of ComForCare and At Your Side.
  • ComForCare acquired CarePatrol to help people navigate care community solutions on behalf of a loved one, enhancing the company’s value-added services.
  • ComForCare, At Your Side, and CarePatrol announced collaborations with Kindred at Home, the nation’s largest provider of home health, hospice and community care services.
  • Greenbaum was appointed to the board of directors of the Home Care Association of America.
  • The company launched the CaregiverFirstSM program to aid in the recruiting, retention and recognition of the people who passionately serve clients.

In addition to those achievements, Best Life Brands is entering the new year by elevating its technology platforms for ComForCare and At Your Side franchisees, including a new office operating system, an industry-leading learning management system, greater connectivity through Google’s G Suite platform, and enhanced client and caregiver satisfaction tools to ensure goals are being met. Together, these tools will allow franchisees to easily access and manage caregiver and client data, more effectively connect with payer and referral sources, provide training, certifications and accreditations for each state’s unique requirements and create better communication throughout the franchise system.

In 2019, Best Life Brands also plans to add more locations to the roster for ComForCare, At Your Side, and CarePatrol through strong franchise development initiatives. Extensive planning has also been under way to produce significant enhancements for CarePatrol. Now combined under the new platform company, each brand offers a strong investment opportunity positioned as a leader in their respective industries.

To learn more about ComForCare and At Your Side, visit or To learn more about CarePatrol, visit

About Best Life Brands, LLC

Based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Best Life Brands, LLC is a holding company that includes ComForCare and At Your Side, premier franchised providers of home care, and CarePatrol, the nation’s largest franchised senior placement organization, which together include more than 350 franchise locations across the U.S. and Canada. With a private equity investment from The Riverside Company, Best Life Brands is a platform of award-winning complementary businesses that serve people along the continuum of care.

23 01, 2019

BrightStar Care Proves a Steady, Growing Presence in Entrepreneur’s 40th Annual Franchise 500®

2019-01-23T17:56:18-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO — BrightStar Care, the nation’s leading in-home care franchise, recently ranked in the 2019 edition of Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500®. The ranking, widely reviewed by potential franchisees, bases its yearly listing on measurements including unit growth, financial strength and stability and brand power. Based on this criteria, BrightStar Care came in at No. 184 this year. Having a steady year-over-year presence on the listing, BrightStar Care continues to prove the success of and demand for its franchise opportunity.

“I started BrightStar Care after personally having struggled finding quality in-home care for family, and it’s been a pleasure watching this company grow and provide relief and peace of mind to people going through similar situations,” said Shelly Sun, Founder and CEO of BrightStar Care. “The business has proven to provide a prosperous opportunity for our franchise owners, and we’re honored to be ranked once again amongst the top 500 companies in the country.”

BrightStar Care offers both medical and non-medical private duty home care services, as well as medical staffing and each BrightStar Care location employs a Registered Nurse serving as Director of Nursing who tailors unique, personalized plans of care for each client and oversees a professional care team of well-qualified, experienced caregivers. The company began franchising in 2005, and has since grown to a $400 million system with more than 330 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

Entrepreneur bases its yearly evaluation on costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. This is BrightStar Care’s ninth continuous year ranking on the list.

To view BrightStar Care in the full ranking, visit or see the January/February 2109 print issue of Entrepreneur. To learn more about the BrightStar Care franchise opportunity, visit

About BrightStar Care

Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 330 locations which provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care franchise locations across the country employ over 2,500 registered nurses who play a unique role in overseeing the care for each individual client, a service that no other private duty home care provider offers. In addition, BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to receive The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award every year since the award’s inception. In 2018, the company ranked No. 75 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list and was included for the fourth consecutive year on Forbes Magazine’s list of top franchise opportunities. For more information on BrightStar Care please visit; to find out more about BrightStar Care Franchising, visit