Monthly Archives: February 2019

28 02, 2019

FASTSIGNS® International, Inc. Names Grimco Vendor of the Year

2019-02-28T17:56:51-05:00February 28th, 2019|Tags: , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS® International, Inc., the leading sign and visual graphics franchisor, recently presented the Vendor of the Year Award to Grimco, Inc. at the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention, held in Orlando, Florida.

The FASTSIGNS Vendor of the Year is selected by FASTSIGNS franchisees, and is based on integrity of business practices, product quality and having a long-term commitment to the FASTSIGNS network. This marks the fifth consecutive year Grimco has received this recognition which is bestowed on Grimco by FASTSIGNS franchisees who select this Vendor as their supplier of the year.

“The FASTSIGNS Vendor of the Year Award recognizes a supplier that delivers outstanding service and consistently provides excellent support to our franchisees,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “We’re happy to recognize Grimco again, and we appreciate all that they do for our franchise network.”

Grimco has worked with FASTSIGNS centers for 27 years, supplying sign and visual graphics materials and products from great companies including 3M, Avery, HP, Epson, Sihl, R-Tape, General Formulations, Neschen, Graphtec, Seal and Royal Sovereign.

“We value the relationship we have with FASTSIGNS, which includes the franchisees and the FASTSIGNS International, Inc. team, and we thank them for their continued support,” said Julie McClain, Director of National Accounts at Grimco. “We are excited to see where the future takes us; our goal is to continue to provide excellent service and to present new and innovative products.”


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the global franchisor of FASTSIGNS® sign and graphic centers. We are a business-to-business franchise with over 700 independently owned and operated franchise locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Chile and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE(R). Locations will be opening in Malta and Spain in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and graphic solutions (custom signs and visual graphics) to help businesses and organizations – including manufacturers, schools and universities, retailers, construction companies, healthcare facilities and many other industries – solve their visual communications challenges such as building brand awareness, increasing location “findability”, promoting a product or service, helping people find their way around a facility or campus, hosting an event, communicating with employees, improving workflow, meeting safety and compliance regulations, etc.

FASTSIGNS centers provide custom signs and graphics, including architectural and interior décor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to installation.


To learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or to find a location, visit Follow the brand on Twitter@FASTSIGNS, on Facebook at or on LinkedIn at Watch a video at

27 02, 2019

FirstLight Home Care Coming to Decatur, Georgia

2019-02-27T23:50:13-05:00February 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

National non-medical home care provider announces new Atlanta-area location

ATLANTA — FirstLight Home Care, an award-winning provider of non-medical home care, announced today it will open a new location in the Atlanta area in Decatur, Georgia, in 2019.

FirstLight serves seniors, adults with disabilities, new mothers, veterans, those recovering from surgery and other adults in need of assistance. Their caregivers help with many needs – from personal hygiene and household duties such as cooking, cleaning and running errands to mobility assistance and dementia care.

“The Decatur-Druid Hills area office allows us to expand our services further into the Atlanta area,” said Jeff Bevis, FirstLight Home Care co-founder and CEO. “FirstLight provides compassionate care that is vital to a population choosing to age at home, which is happening more frequently around the country, including metro Atlanta.”

Since opening its first franchise location in 2010, FirstLight Home Care has experienced steady growth and is now operating more than 250 locations in 34 states throughout the U.S.

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides more than 120,000 hours per week in care for more than 5,000 clients in over 34 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Companion and personal care services can be provided at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes and group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, individuals recovering from surgery, veterans, adults with disabilities and anyone who might just need a little extra care or assistance. Visit to learn more.

27 02, 2019

Anago Cleaning Systems Announces Annual Franchise Achievement Award Winners

2019-02-27T23:35:53-05:00February 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Awards Mark Beginning of 30 Year Celebrations For Leading International Commercial Cleaning Company

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Anago Cleaning Systems today announced its annual franchise award recipients, given to Master Franchise owners whose business exceeded expectations and served as a model for one of the largest international cleaning franchises. The awards were bestowed at Anago’s annual meeting and convention, a three-day strategy session and celebration among the company’s 43 master franchise owners.

“Our Masters are both very accomplished and very competitive, so to win one of these awards prove that these professionals are executing at the highest levels,” said Adam Povlitz, the President and CEO of Anago Cleaning Systems. “Through such high achievement, these award winners bring pride to themselves, but also to Anago and our almost 1,600 unit franchises.”

The award winners were:

  • Most Franchises Sold
    • Anago of Hawaii
  • Highest Dollar Amount of Down Payments Received
    • Anago of Manitoba
  • Highest Net Sales (New Starts)
    • Caroline Yamashita, Anago of Hawaii
  • Highest Net Growth
    • Anago of Manitoba
  • Rookie of the Year
    • David Bonnemort, Anago of Utah
  • Most Valuable Peer
    • Darren Williams – Anago of Washington DC
  • Terry Mollica Award for Overcoming Adversity
    • Dory Ruyts – Anago of Charleston
  • Master City of the Year
    • Anago of the Bay Area

“Our performance is unmatched in our industry and this group of Master Franchise owners is the backbone of that performance,” Povlitz said. “We’re proud to have built a company that gives our teams the best possible tools for success so they can perform, sell, and service our customers. These accomplishments are a testament that we continue to pioneer our industry and franchising overall.”

Anago Cleaning Systems is a pioneer of the master franchise system, which allows successful mid- and senior-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 40 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

27 02, 2019

YogaSix Reaches 100 Signed Franchise Agreements since Launch of Franchise Opportunity in 2019

2019-02-27T23:26:36-05:00February 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Growth of Boutique Yoga Brand Skyrockets as Entrepreneurs Seek to Bring Fresh Concept to Masses

IRVINE, Calif. — In the two short months since announcing its franchise opportunity in January, YogaSix, a modern boutique yoga concept, has signed over 100 franchise agreements which will rapidly expand the brand across the country. This impressive milestone is on par with YogaSix’s lofty goal to open 300 locations across the country over the next few years.

The recent franchise agreements will debut the brand in new states such as Washington, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona, Iowa, Colorado and Pennsylvania with the largest new development coming to Florida with 17 locations set to open over the next five years. These locations come alongside the brand’s plans to further develop YogaSix’s presence in California and Illinois where YogaSix will add a massive 43 and 5 locations, respectively.

“With YogaSix already staking its claim as the fastest-growing boutique fitness concept in the nation, we are confident that entrepreneurs will continue to get on board with this revolutionary brand,” said Lindsay Junk, President of YogaSix. “YogaSix is quickly gaining popularity across many markets, and we are excited for even more communities to experience the brand’s fresh perspective on one of the world’s oldest practices over the next several months.”

YogaSix aims to debunk the stereotype that often surrounds the practice of yoga and deliver its life-enhancing benefits to all ages, shapes, sizes and genders. Utilizing modern language instead of Sanskrit and offering six core formats – Y6 101, Y6 Stretch, Y6 Slow Flow, Y6 Hot, Y6 Power, and Y6 Sculpt Flow – YogaSix’s classes are meant to encompass every fitness level, whether the focus is on deep stretching, stress relief or breaking a sweat.

To expand and disrupt the market further, YogaSix is actively seeking qualified franchise partners. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, YogaSix is backed by Xponential Fitness, a powerhouse curator of boutique fitness brands with over two decades of experience in fitness franchising. YogaSix offers potential franchisees the opportunity to capitalize on a fresh brand in an emerging market with tremendous support, infrastructure and knowledge. The total investment to open a YogaSix franchise is $216,900$399,750.

For more information about the YogaSix franchise opportunity, please visit


Founded in 2012, YogaSix is a boutique yoga brand that offers a broad range of heated and non-heated yoga classes, boot camp style fitness classes and meditation accessible to all. Headquartered in Irvine, California, YogaSix is backed by Xponential Fitness, the largest curator of the nation’s leading boutique fitness brands. With its modern take on an age-old practice, YogaSix offers attractive opportunities in a fast-growing company and strong consumer demand. Visit to learn more.

26 02, 2019

Mr. Bagel Meister is Expanding Nationwide through Franchising

2019-02-26T22:28:52-05:00February 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Mr. Bagel Meister is a well-known neighborhood bagel, breakfast and lunch hot spot. We serve our valued guests freshly baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, coffee and much more. Our locations have a classic design and fun atmosphere that is sure to bring back memories of the good old days when life was simple.

Mr. Bagel Meister is a one of a kind bagel, breakfast and lunch brand that was created by Phil Santomassi, an entrepreneur from Connecticut, with over 30 years in the industry. Mr. Bagel Meister calls Wilmington, North Carolina home, where the brands flagship breakfast and lunch brand is located.

Everyone loves a good bagel! Phil has taken one of the most loved breakfast items, the bagel, and elevated it to the next level. Phil has also added some other classic breakfast and lunch sandwiches to the menu. All products served at Mr. Bagel Meister are made fresh daily for your enjoyment.

If you are looking for a lifestyle business that will allow you to spend time with your family and enjoy life, Mr. Bagel Meister is the perfect choice for you. With locations currently in North Carolina, South Carolina and more, Mr. Bagel Meister is expanding nationwide through franchising.

About Mr. Bagel Meister

Mr. Bagel Meister could be the opportunity you have been looking for! At Mr. Bagel Meister, we take pride in our food and the wonderful franchise opportunity we offer. We always strive to provide our franchisees with the best tools and knowledge, so they are able run a successful business.

  • The best bagels and breakfast/lunch menu
  • Our operation is simple and easy to run operation with a small footprint
  • We have systems in place to assist our franchisees 24/7.
  • The atmosphere at a Mr. Bagel is one of a kind
  • We provide superior customer service
  • Limited Hours of Operation
  • Small Staff
  • Low Investment
22 02, 2019

Aire Serv Protects Homeowners from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

2019-02-22T15:15:30-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Leading provider of HVAC system repair and maintenance shares warning signs and prevention tips

WACO, Texas — With most of the country experiencing record-low temperatures due in part to the polar vortex, homeowners are increasingly relying on their furnaces to keep them warm. This may seem harmless, as most are worried about getting frostbite from the powerful wind chill, but heaters can be just as lethal, releasing carbon monoxide (CO) if there is a leak. This poisoning effect can also apply to clothes dryers, water heaters, portable heaters and fireplaces, so Aire Serv is sharing tips to make sure homeowners know how to spot the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to prevent it.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50,000 residents in the U.S. visit the emergency room for potential carbon monoxide poisoning each year. This gas is referred to as the silent-killer because it’s odorless, colorless and nearly undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector. If exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide, homeowners will start to feel dizzy or display “flu-like” symptoms such as vomiting or chest pain. However, high levels of this gas can result in death, so it’s essential to recognize the symptoms early on.

“Aire Serv has made it its mission to raise awareness around the dangers of carbon monoxide, considering that more than 400 people lose their lives every year to a gas they may not know is present in their home, according to the CDC,” said Steve Truett, president of Aire Serv, a Neighborly Company. “Carbon monoxide can seep under doorways and through cracks, so to ensure the safety of your entire household, it is imperative to keep up with preventative measures. Homeowners’ well-being is a top priority for Aire Serv, so we encourage maintenance checks to safeguard your home from this lethal gas.”

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, Aire Serv recommends installing a detector on the floor of each room, as well as one outside all sleeping areas. They also recommend testing detectors and changing their batteries twice a year to keep them functioning properly. Other steps to reduce carbon monoxide exposure include:

  • Properly venting large household appliances that rely on fuel for operation.
  • Backing cars out of the garage before warming them up. Pay special attention to keyless cars, as many motorists have exited vehicles without turning off the engines, which has allowed carbon monoxide to fill up the garage and enter the home.
  • Schedule routine professional inspection and maintenance of items like furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces.

Aire Serv offers premium residential and commercial services for every type of heating and cooling system. Home services, which include heating and air conditioner repair, replacement and maintenance, are charged by the job and not by the hour. In addition, Aire Serv conveniently offers 24-hour emergency heating and air conditioning repair and service to its residential and commercial customers. For more information about Aire Serv and its HVAC services, please visit

About Aire Serv®

Aire Serv®, a Neighborly company, is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500”, Aire Serv franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers from more than 200 locations worldwide. Established by Neighborly® in 1992, Aire Serv is part of a community of home service experts, leveraging Neighborly’s nearly 3,600 professional home service experts across 14 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®, Mosquito Joe® and The Grounds Guys®. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at For more information about Aire Serv, visit and to learn about franchising opportunities with all Neighborly companies, visit

22 02, 2019

FirstLight Home Care Expands Leadership Team to Support Rapid Growth

2019-02-22T15:00:00-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , |

National non-medical home care provider announces several new hires as company advances

CINCINNATI — FirstLight Home Care, an award-winning provider of non-medical home care, announced today its expansion of the FirstLight leadership team to meet the demands of rapid business growth. FirstLight has recently made seven strategic hires, including five newly appointed executive directors or directors.

The company has expanded its organizational focus in several areas of technology, talent acquisition and franchise development with additional leadership talent.

Kim McGraw has joined the team as the executive director of talent acquisition, HR and client services. McGraw comes from Procter & Gamble with over two decades of leadership roles in HR and organizational management.

Jamie Davis, executive director of franchise development, and Michelle Miserez, director of franchise development, bring new, additional support to growth efforts of the company to expand the FirstLight family of franchise owners.

Davis has more than 10 years of experience in leadership roles in franchise development and most recently held an executive director position at Primrose Schools, an education franchise. Miserez holds an MBA in sales, marketing and business development. She comes to FirstLight from Edible Arrangements, where she served as the company’s senior manager of franchise sales.

“As we grow our franchise family, I’m confident these leaders will only add to our core, talented team in place today and provide the organizational and franchisee support needed for our accelerating growth ahead,” said Jeff Bevis, FirstLight Home Care co-founder and CEO.

Perry Pruett now leads the company’s focus on technology as the new executive director of technology platform services. Pruett has more than 30 years of operations and IT experience within the home care and healthcare industries. He previously served as vice president of IT systems for several leading providers. Caroline Hodson, new senior business analyst of technology platform services, will support Pruett in developing technology strategies for the franchise system.

“Ongoing technology development of our platforms is a major focus for FirstLight Home Care,” Bevis said. “We are seeing technology play an increasingly important role in home care, and it’s essential that we focus on continual development of our technology platforms. We are confident our newest additions to the team will support FirstLight as we become home care industry leaders in technology.”

FirstLight has also expanded its healthcare strategy team, naming Kerri Pendley as the new director of healthcare strategy. Pendley has more than 18 years of experience in healthcare operations and business development. New national alliances coordinator, Amy Swan, will provide support to the healthcare strategy team and to FirstLight franchise owners.

“The healthcare strategy team plays a crucial role in securing strategic partnerships that will open up new avenues of care for us,” Bevis said. “This team is responsible for growing and developing new and existing regional and national alliance relationships, as well as expanding our healthcare strategy, working with even more alliances and partner organizations across the healthcare continuum.”

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides more than 110,000 hours per week in care for more than 5,000 clients in over 34 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Their 5,100 caregivers provide companion and personal care services at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes and group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, individuals recovering from surgery, veterans, adults with disabilities and anyone 18 and over who might just need a little extra care or assistance. Visit to learn more.

22 02, 2019

Who We Are

2019-11-22T14:46:00-05:00February 22nd, 2019|

Written by highly regarded leaders in the industry, Franchise Dictionary Magazine is a hands-on, how-to, resource providing prospective franchise owners with everything they need to know about launching—and sustaining—a franchise business.

22 02, 2019

What We Do

2019-11-22T13:38:16-05:00February 22nd, 2019|

Each month, both current franchise owners and franchise industry experts help you learn how to become a successful franchise business. Franchise Dictionary Magazine combines many resources for the potential franchise owner including but not limited to business information, financial advice, brand profiles, franchise consultants, legal counsel, marketing suggestions, and overall expert advice from success franchise minds across the nation.

22 02, 2019

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2019-11-22T13:39:45-05:00February 22nd, 2019|

Franchise Dictionary Magazine is emailed every month to more than 250,000 readers and our print version is available at franchise expo shows across the USA. Through education and awareness, the information we provide can help you become a successful franchise owner and fulfill your dream of being an entrepreneur!