Monthly Archives: November 2019

15 11, 2019

Local Entrepreneurs Open Always Best Care of Charleston and Mount Pleasant

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Leading Senior Care Franchise Now Offers Award-Winning Senior Care Services to Charleston County

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Always Best Care Senior Services, one of the leading senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced today that it has opened its newest franchise in South Carolina. The new agency is owned and operated by local husband and wife team, Rick and Christine Johnson. Located at 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 310, Always Best Care of Charleston and Mount Pleasant will provide senior care services to several communities including Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, James Island, Johns Island, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Kiawah Island.

“We’ve expanded quite well in South Carolina and we’re excited to open our eighth location in the state,” said Jake Brown, President and CEO of Always Best Care. “We’re grateful to partner with Rick and Christine. Their dedication to high quality service paired with a successful business track record only validates our confidence that they’ll provide premium service to the residents across Charleston county. We look forward to watching them grow and enjoy success in this market.”

Prior to Always Best Care, the Johnson’s owned and operated University Outpost, an off-campus bookstore serving James Madison University, for nearly three decades. Both Rick and Christine hold bachelor’s degrees from James Madison University. Rick earned his degree in business and Christine earned her degree in biology. Having relocated their family to the Charleston area in 2017, their combined expertise and experience of running a successful small business will prove to be a significant asset to their newest business endeavor.

Charleston is one of the most popular cities on the east coast for senior retirees and my family and I are very passionate about improving the quality of life for those who need quality care, assistance or companionship during the later stages of their life,” said Christine Johnson. “The Always Best Care business model is equipped with a solid mission and presents an opportunity for economic growth. We look forward to working alongside our amazing staff and caregivers to provide our local community with a premium senior care option.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living referral services and skilled home health care, and is the only senior services franchise system that combines the three to create three separate revenue streams for its franchisees. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchise territories throughout the United States and Canada.

By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of Always Best Care include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.

For additional information on services available through Always Best Care of Charleston and Mount Pleasant, or for a free evaluation, please call (843) 996-4498, email and visit

SOURCE Always Best Care

About Always Best Care     

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.

Always Best Care also offers an exclusive program called Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada. For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit

14 11, 2019

Allstate and Allstate Agencies Seek to Bring Over 750 Jobs to Illinois

2019-11-14T10:05:46-05:00November 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Offers $15,000 referral bonus to the public for recommending qualified candidates

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Allstate Insurance Company announced a boost to its sales force in Illinois to keep pace with growing consumer demand for insurance and financial products and services in the state.

“We are seeing increased demand for all types of consumer protection, ranging from auto and home insurance to financial advice and planning to smartphone and identity theft products,” says Allstate’s strategic deployment leader, Matt Stevens. “We are seeking driven professionals and offering comprehensive training and resources to support the success for each of them.”

The 750 professionals Allstate is seeking in Illinois is comprised of three roles: agency owners and exclusive financial specialists, with the remaining hired by those small business owners as sales professionals. For the agency owner and financial specialist opportunities, Allstate is seeking individuals with a strong entrepreneurial drive and passion to help others in their community. These candidates embrace risks and challenges and are able to invest in a small business to ensure its stability and growth.

The search spans the entire state as Allstate is seeking approximately 250 individuals in the Chicago area, 250 amongst the northern and western suburbs, and 200 in the southern region. The addition of the new agency locations will have a compounding effect on each city’s job market, as each new agency opens with several employees to ensure customers are well-served with courtesy and efficiency.

To recruit more agency owners, Allstate is offering a $15,000 award to any member of the general public who refers an eligible candidate to Allstate. The referral award is payable after the candidate has completed 90 days of Allstate agency ownership. [1]

“Allstate is a trusted brand and an excellent wealth-building opportunity for a small business owner. We are unique among all other insurers because the agent owns the economic interest in their business,” says Stevens. “Allstate agents can sell the economic interest in their agency or pass the business they build on to a family member as part of their legacy.”

As a small business owner with Allstate, hard work is rewarded with a higher earnings potential, and there’s no cap on what an individual can make. The majority of Allstate agency owners earn between $170,000 and $450,000 gross annual revenue. [2]

Allstate agency owners can leverage one of America’s most recognized brands without ever having to pay a franchise or licensing fee. Candidates interested in becoming an Allstate agency owner need a minimum of $100,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it helps ensure the agency can successfully fund the normal day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a business. Sales professionals do not need liquid capital to apply.

[1] Subject to all terms and conditions as outlined in the Allstate R3001 Exclusive Agency Agreement and Exclusive Agency program materials. Allstate agents are not franchisees; rather they are exclusive agent independent contractors and are not employed by Allstate. Agency staff opportunity is not an employment opportunity directly with Allstate Insurance Company but rather employment with an Allstate Exclusive Agency owner who is an independent contractor. The referral award is payable forty-five (45) days after appointment and signing of an Allstate Exclusive Agency Agreement by Allstate and the referred candidate. No payments are made to you if the referred candidate is not appointed by Allstate. The name of the person making the referral must be on candidate’s Allstate agent application in order for such person to receive a payout. A referral award will not be paid to former Allstate Exclusive Agents (EA) and Exclusive Financial Specialists (EFS) and referrals of Allstate Field Sales Leaders transitioning to EA or EFS position. The referral award is subject to change. Referral award is not available to the applicant. Allstate’s recruitment team, human resources employees and Allstate employees whose responsibilities include recruitment are not eligible. The recipient of the referral award is solely responsible for all taxes and reporting of award. Allstate is an Equal Opportunity Company. Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL. © 2015 Allstate Insurance Co.

[2]Based on a majority of Allstate Agents’ gross revenue earned during 2017 for agents with 12 months of affiliation who were active during the entire year. Compensation information includes actual fixed plus variable commissions (including Allstate Financial) and total bonus earnings. Excludes brokered businesses such as Ivantage. Also excludes Allstate New Jersey Exclusive Agents, Allstate Independent Agents and Dealership Agents. Individual results will vary. Past results are no guarantee of future performance.

For More Information

Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging onto or by calling 847-402-4535 or Those interested in the sales professional opportunity can apply at Those with referral suggestions can call 847-402-4535 or

14 11, 2019

Local Business Recognized as Leader in Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction for the Print and Sign Industries during Q3, 2019

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MARIETTA, Ga. — AlphaGraphics Marietta announced that they have received recognition from SurveyAdvantage for their excellence in customer satisfaction during the quarter ending September 30th, 2019. The awards recognize businesses in North America that attain the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS) for their industry segment during the quarter.

AlphaGraphics has continually demarked itself by the quality of its customer service. “To receive this recognition is incredibly meaningful and a testament to the relationships our team builds with our clients,” said Curtis Gropman, owner of AlphaGraphics Marietta.

Results are based on more than 29,000 survey responses from customers who recently completed a purchase and were asked how likely they would be to recommend the business to others.

Awards are based on a compilation of feedback and buyer reviews gathered from companies participating in SurveyAdvantage’s online feedback service called LoyaltyLoop.  LoyaltyLoop enables local businesses of all types to react quickly to customer feedback and complaints, as well as automatically encourage online reviews to be posted on Google, Facebook and their website.

For more information about AlphaGraphics Marietta, please contact Curtis Gropman at (770) 514-1110.

About AlphaGraphics

AlphaGraphics, Inc., with more than 250 locations in 5 countries, is one of the largest U.S.-based networks of locally-owned and operated Business Centers offering a complete range of print, visual communications, and marketing products and solutions including: full-service digital, offset, and large format printing; design services; mailing; one-to-one marketing solutions; promotional products; web to print solutions. For more information about AlphaGraphics services and/or franchise opportunities, go to

13 11, 2019

Senior Helpers® Hosts National Caregiver Recruitment Day, November 20

2019-11-13T11:55:33-05:00November 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Leading In-Home Senior Care Provider to Hire 500 Trusted Caregivers Throughout the U.S. to Bolster Resources for Aging Population

BALTIMORESenior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care services, today announced it will host its second annual company-wide National Recruitment Day event on Wednesday, November 20. This event is being held to encourage people to consider a rewarding career in caregiving, and Senior Helpers is hoping to hire more than 500 new caregivers across 300 locations nationwide. As the first and only national in-home care company to be ranked by the Great Place to Work® Institute as a Great Place to Work and recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the Best Places to Work in the country in the Aging Services category, Senior Helpers’ rapidly growing business is focused on helping people age with dignity.

For the first time in U.S. history, older adults (people 65 years and older) are projected to outnumber children (under the age of 18) by 2034. As the U.S. population ages, it is creating a large and remarkable employment opportunity for those who are searching for a job where they are valued and appreciated. Senior Helpers’ National Caregiver Recruiting event underscores the company’s commitment to build a strong nationwide network of trusted, loyal caregivers to provide compassionate care for our nation’s seniors and their families.

“With more than 15 million adults in the U.S. requiring some degree of personal care, the demand for caregivers has never been greater, and we are leading the charge in strengthening the home care workforce and improving access to the quality in-home care that our elderly population needs,” said Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers. “Our caregivers feel a sense of pride and meaning in their work. During National Caregiver Recruitment Day we open our doors to a host of new, caring and compassionate candidates.”

For many Americans, the availability of highly-trained and reliable caregivers represents the best, and perhaps only, option for the elderly to age safely and gracefully at home.  According to AARP, aging in place at home versus a facility is the goal of approximately 90 percent of elderly Americans. Senior Helpers delivers unparalleled personalized care to tens of thousands of seniors nationally, by continually developing its network of caregivers through robust continuing education and training programs, ongoing evaluations and rigorous background checks.

Senior Helpers’ National Caregiver Recruitment Day exists to empower caring and compassionate individuals to consider a rewarding career in caregiving with one of the nation’s leading in-home care companies. This one-day event allows candidates to easily apply and interview in the same day.

Founded in 2001, Senior Helpers operates with a vision to be the leading home care company in each community it serves. Its caregivers are trained and certified to offer the highest level of care possible based on the company’s Senior Gems® Alzheimer’s and Dementia care program. As the gold standard for excellence in personalized in-home senior care, the program was developed in conjunction with nationally recognized dementia care expert Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. The company also offers a Parkinson’s Care Program, a specialized training program for its caregivers, created in conjunction with leading experts from the Parkinson’s Foundation’s Centers of Excellence network.

For more information on Senior Helpers National Caregiver Recruitment Day and to request an interview from a Senior Helpers location near you, visit

About Senior Helpers®
Senior Helpers® is the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior services ranging from specialized care for those with diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to personal and companion care to help individuals looking for a little assistance with daily activities. Founded in 2002 with a vision to help seniors age with dignity despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges, Senior Helpers® has hundreds of franchised and owned businesses that have cared for tens of thousands of seniors.

Senior Helpers® has been named by Fortune Magazine as one of the best places to work in the country in the aging services category, is included in Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Franchise Ranking, is an approved partner in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, and active in the Healthcare Leadership Council—an exclusive alliance of leading healthcare companies from all health sectors committed to advancing the American healthcare system. Learn more by visiting

13 11, 2019

FranFund’s Geoff Seiber Honored with Companion Medal for American Free Enterprise Day Ceremony, November 14th

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Recognition for Funding Solutions that are Stimulating the Business Community

FORT WORTH, Texas — The American Free Enterprise Day Companion medal is an annual tradition at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The University has hosted American Free Enterprise Day since 1984. The celebration honors individuals whose hard work and achievements exemplify the best of the American free enterprise system.

On Thursday, November 14th, Geoff Seiber, Founder and CEO of FranFund, along with three other notable business leaders, Robert W. “Chip” Lafferty, Beth Neuhoff, and Carlos Vidueira, will be honored with companion medals.

Seiber’s leadership within the business community has been quite impactful. His efforts to streamline funding solutions and expand access to capital in the franchise industry have helped the dreams of countless franchisees and small business owners come true.

FranFund was recently recognized as the #1 funding provider in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 “Best in Service” ranking of franchise industry suppliers. This recognition was voted on by hundreds of franchisors who know the importance of working with the right funding partner. Seiber knows first-hand the challenges behind starting and operating a franchise and together with the FranFund team, he created a funding experience that business owners are consistently satisfied with.

“Obtaining funding for any business can be very difficult. Knowing that we help overcome financial obstacles as people take steps toward owning their first or fifth business is rewarding,” said Geoff Seiber.

Seiber serves on the Titus Center for Franchising Advisory Board, the IFA Supplier Board, and the IFA VetFran committee. He is a regular speaker at franchise industry events around the nation. He takes pride in his Fort Worth community, where he serves on the Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and as vice chairman of the Frog Club Board for Texas Christian University. He also supports the Armed Forces Bowl annually through ESPN.

The medal ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. in the Rubin Arena of the Green Complex for Sports and Recreation, 1100 S. Dixie Highway. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (561) 803-2025.

About FranFund, Inc.
A member of the International Franchise Association Supplier Forum, FranFund, Inc. designs smart all-in-one funding plans that grow with franchise businesses. Founded by a veteran in the franchise industry with first-hand experience as a franchise owner, franchise developer, and new franchise creator, FranFund specializes in funding solutions for franchisees. By utilizing a franchise-specific pre-qualification tool and cultivating an extensive network of lenders who are franchise and small business friendly, clients pre-approved by FranFund have a loan approval rate of 99%. FranFund takes a consultative approach, providing clients a personalized experience that helps them gain the confidence to move forward with a funding solution that makes the most sense for them. For more information, visit

11 11, 2019

PJ’s Coffee Announces Third Annual Veteran Franchise License Giveaway

2019-11-11T11:52:04-05:00November 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

New Orleans-Based Coffeehouse Chain to Award Franchise License to Deserving Veteran

NEW ORLEANS — PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, a New Orleans-based coffeehouse that demonstrates a “southern hospitality” experience, the freshest products, and better beans with superior roasting technique, has announced its third annual Veteran Franchise License Giveaway, which will award one deserving military veteran a free PJ’s Coffee franchise license.

The popular coffeeshop is looking for military veterans to join the ever-growing $100 billion a year global coffee industry. PJ’s Coffee seeks hardworking, passionate applicants who align with its core values of delivering best-in-class coffee with the highest regards to service and hospitality.

If interested, veterans should visit to enter their contact information and receive a franchise brochure. Once received, they will need to submit a one-minute video explaining how military service has prepared them to be a PJ’s Coffee owner. The application is now open and will run through January 31. The winner will be announced in February 2020.

“With many of our previous veteran franchisees, we’ve seen a seamless transition from military life to entrepreneurship, so we started this initiative to attract like-minded individuals to our concept, and as a way of saying ‘thank you for your service,'” said Ryan Stansbury, PJ’s Coffee Vice President of Franchise Development. “Last year’s winner, Bobby Mounts, has military experience and time spent as a police officer, which displayed his incredible dedication to serving our nation and his community. He is passionate and has a work ethic that can’t be matched. We hope this annual giveaway will empower other veterans to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit.”

Mounts’ location is slated to open in Ruston, LA in early 2020. He was chosen because of his diverse military and professional background and infectious can-do attitude. Mounts served in the Marine Corps from 2002 to 2008 as an infantry rifleman, eventually becoming a Sergeant. During his service, he was deployed in Iraq in 2004. After serving, Mounts became a police officer in Monroe, and has been serving his community for the last thirteen years.

“I am incredibly fortunate to have been awarded this opportunity and I am committed to paying it forward to other men and women who serve our communities and country,” said Mounts. “Policeman, fireman, and military personnel are all truly inspiring individuals who devote their lives to serving others and I look forward to welcoming them in my doors, and moreover, urge them to take advantage of this exciting and lifechanging experience.”

The PJ’s Coffee brand is passionate about giving back to the veteran community in any way it can. The company is an International Franchise Association VetFran member, proudly offering qualified veterans a 20 percent discount on the initial franchise fee.

A prospective franchisee can expect a total investment range between $178,900$373,000 for non-traditional franchise units, and $190,900$566,000 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. PJ’s Coffee offers a proven franchise structure with strategic corporate support.

PJ’s Coffee serves a wide variety of iced, frozen, hot, cold brew, and nitro-infused coffees using only the top one percent of Arabica beans, as well as organic tea and fresh breakfast pastries. The brand’s famous iced coffees are brewed daily using a special cold-drip process that protects the flavor and strength of the beans, while producing a coffee that is two thirds less acidic – a process pioneered by PJ’s Coffee founder, Phyllis Jordan.

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 recently celebrated 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 100 locations open and operating nationally and internationally.

11 11, 2019

World’s #1 STEM Enrichment Franchise Challenge Island® Holds Nationwide Events in Recognition of National STEM/STEAM Day

2019-11-11T11:46:08-05:00November 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

ATLANTA — Challenge Island® is the world’s #1 ranked STEM/STEAM enrichment franchise. With over 100 locations nationwide, Challenge Island has served over 1 million children in 4000 schools, community centers and other family focused locations.  In celebration of National STEM/STEAM Day on November 8, Challenge Island® franchisees ran action-packed STEM/STEAM adventures from coast to coast.  The events were designed to help spark local children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Shachi Mody, owner of Challenge Island NW Houston – Katy, TX, partnered with Chick-Fil-A Cinco Ranch to provide hands-on STEM/STEAM Day activities to families in the restaurant.  Jill Garcia, owner of Challenge Island South Charlotte, NC, celebrated by building roller coasters with the students of Thales Academy.  Debbie Torniven, owner of Challenge Island Reno, NV, was visited by a local news crew as she led a STEAMtastic slime volcano building activity at Sarah Winnemuca Elementary.

In Oahu, Hawaii, Challenge Island Owner Erica Lenentine, held a celebratory STEM/STEAM Family Night at Aikahi Elementary School. Stephanie Edwards of Challenge Island Middle Tennessee set up a sensational STEAM stop at Newk’s Eatery, while Candida Ramdass of Challenge Island Santa Cruz-San Jose, CA took students at Spring Hill School on a World Tour themed engineering adventure. Meanwhile, Ritika Senghal of Challenge Island San Diego Coastal took the children of Kinderhouse Montessori School on an imaginary trek through the Amazon Rainforest.

Robin Bergeron and Leslie Thibodaux, of Challenge Island Houma, LA celebrated by building suspension bridges with the students of the Church Academy of St. Amant, while Tia Sukenik, of Challenge Island North Dallas-West Plano, TX held STEAM festivities with the children of Temple Emanuel Preschool.  At Wisconsin’s Brookfield Elementary, students designed African safari rides with Andrea Davis, owner of Challenge Island Waukesha-Milwaukee.

In Rockland County, NY, Julie Termini of Challenge Island Rockland/ NE Bergen held a special STEM/STEAM Day Mechanical Engineering Badge Workshop for the Daisy Scouts of Troop 40129.  “On November 8th we proudly celebrated National STEM/STEAM Day,” says Termini, “but at Challenge Island we give children the opportunity to develop their science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills all year round – incorporating communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, while we’re at it!”

Says Oahu owner, Erica Lenentine: “At Challenge Island, EVERY DAY is National STEM/STEAM Day!”  And indeed it is.

About Challenge Island®

Challenge Island® is a home-based/mobile children’s educational enrichment franchise.  Franchisees run STEM / STEAM afterschool enrichment classes, in-school field trips, camps, Girl Scout and Boy Scout badge workshops, as well as Challenge Island Junior™ and Challenge Island Senior™ programming in preschools and senior living communities.

Learn More About Challenge Island programming near you at and

Learn More About Challenge Island franchising opportunities at and  (985) 209-8430

11 11, 2019

i9 Sports® Announces First Annual Veteran Franchise Giveaway

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Nathan Fleming to Open Franchise Serving Plymouth County, Massachusetts

TAMPA, Fla. — i9 Sports Corporation, the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise business, just announced the launch of their exciting franchise giveaway opportunity specifically for veterans, a first for the unique sports concept brand. The giveaway serves i9 Sports’ mission of helping kids succeed in life through sports by connecting a qualified veteran with a meaningful business opportunity at the local community level. Valued at $45,000, the giveaway includes a five-year franchise agreement, a waived territory fee and no repayment of the franchise fee.

In an announcement made at the Arlington, TexasBusiness Beyond the Battlefield” conference—before an audience of veteran participants—Nathan J. Fleming, an American Army veteran of 15 Active Duty and four National Guard Years, and native of Van Vleck, TX, was named as the recipient of his own new i9 Sports franchise. The franchise territory will cover the majority of Plymouth County, an area not far from Boston, MA.

This was the first franchise giveaway organized by i9 Sports, but the company already has plans to continue offering the award to qualified veterans on an annual basis.

“I’m excited that a company like i9 Sports wants to do their part to give back to the military veteran community,” said Fleming. “As a parent of three boys who have played i9 Sports for the past five years, I’ve been able to see for myself the positives of a sports experience that puts fun first. I was willing to make my own investment to become an i9 Sports franchisee, so the fact that they made it available in a giveaway says a lot about them as a company.”

Over the course of Fleming’s Active Duty military career, he has been deployed overseas five times and held the position of Commander of the United States Army Advanced Airborne School where he was responsible for the training and safety for a force of over 30,000 Paratroopers to execute airborne missions in a combat environment. As a civilian, Fleming majored in kinesiology and is completing a master’s degree program in sports administration. He knew he wanted to find his own way in the sports realm of business after leaving the military. Receiving the i9 Sports franchise giveaway means Fleming will relocate with his family from their residence in North Carolina to be closer to his new territory in Massachusetts.

“My wife is originally from Massachusetts and she’s moved around with me to countless Army postings over my Active Duty career,” said Fleming. “To be able to start a new chapter and a new business back in her home state makes us really excited for what’s to come.”

“It is an honor to give back to those who have given so much for our country. Nathan’s demonstrated ability to offer world-class training to American soldiers, a passion for sports and serving his local community convinced us he would be a perfect fit as an i9 Sports franchise owner,” said Brian Sanders, President and CEO of i9 Sports. “All of this fit squarely into Nate’s wheelhouse and is a recipe for success in our franchise system. Nate will benefit from our strong operational systems, continual support from our home office team, and our enviable work-life balance on his way to success. We want to show veterans that a transition from the battlefield to the ballfield with us can be fun, rewarding and profitable at the same time.”

About i9 Sports®
Since 2003, i9 Sports, the first and largest youth sports league franchise business in the United States, has served 2 million participants at over 925 locations across 30 states nationwide. Based in Tampa, Florida, i9 Sports has replaced a high pressure, adult-centered experience with a child-centered model that puts fun first. Customers enjoy the i9 Sports Experience which emphasizes age-appropriate instruction that is fun for kids and convenient for today’s busy families. It’s the Way Youth Sports Should Be®.

With 15 consecutive years of record-revenue, franchise owners offer youth sports programs for boys and girls in popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and ZIP Lacrosse™. i9 Sports is ranked in Entrepreneur’s prestigious list of top 500 franchises, featured as a top 100 Game Changer by Franchise Dictionary, and selected as a Project Play Champion by the Aspen Institute for taking meaningful actions to encourage multi-sport sampling and help grow national youth sports participation rates.
To learn more about i9 Sports youth sports programs and locations, visit
For more information on i9 Sports franchising opportunities, visit

8 11, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Career Panel Discussion at The University of Texas at Dallas

2019-11-08T09:55:40-05:00November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

DALLAS — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries, hosted a panel discussion with the American Marketing Association’s student chapter at UT Dallas on Monday, November 4, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss marketing and careers in the sign and graphics manufacturing industry.

The presentation featured an overview of the history of FASTSIGNS, how each of the panelists play a role in the success of the franchise, and career opportunities available through their centers across the network. Panelists included Shawn Glenn, franchisee of four Dallas area FASTSIGNS centers and members of the FASTSIGNS International corporate team including Amanda Honey, Marketing Services Manager, Chris Brooks, Creative Director and Lance Tucker, newly appointed Technical Services Manager. Emily Shuler, Social Media Specialist, led the presentation and facilitated the panel discussion.

In addition, FASTSIGNS and the AMA closed the event with a question and answer session to provide students the opportunity to gain advice from the experts in marketing and sign and visual graphics.

“We are grateful to the team at FASTSIGNS for supporting our AMA UTD chapter,” said Dr. Julie Haworth, Director of Undergraduate Marketing Program at UT Dallas. “They provided a wonderful overview of the various FASTSIGNS opportunities available to our graduates as well as helpful general career advice such as ‘never stop learning’.”

“I believe that it is critical for students to gain insight from executives and employees at large companies in the area like FASTSIGNS, and it was useful to learn about the franchising model,” said Antonio Rubio Guerrero, VP of the American Marketing Association chapter at UT Dallas. “There’s value in coming to these events to create connections with leaders in the industry and hear what they are looking for in future candidates.”


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor 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 project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at

Follow the brand on LinkedIn at, Twitter @FASTSIGNS or Facebook at

8 11, 2019

Coffee Beanery Honors Veterans and Active Duty Military with Free Tall Coffee on Veterans Day November 11th

2019-11-08T09:48:22-05:00November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Specialty Coffee Roasters, Coffee Beanery, Free coffee giveaway recognizing those that serve our country and communities

FLUSHING, Mich. — In honor of those who serve in the U.S. Military, Coffee Beanery wants to salute our country’s veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th with a free coffee.

Participating Coffee Beanery locations across the country will offer a free tall cup of fresh brewed coffee all day on November 11th. Veterans and active duty military will need to provide their military identification for the offer.

“We’re so grateful for the sacrifice and service made by our Veterans to our country and citizens,” said Laurie Shaw, COO of Coffee Beanery. “As a token of our gratitude, we want to take this opportunity to treat our veterans to a cup of coffee to show our appreciation for their service.”

Participating Coffee Beanery locations include:

DelawareWilmington (Concord Mall)

Florida – Sunrise (Sawgrass Mills Mall)

KentuckyPaducah (Lourdes Hospital)

Maryland –Ocean City (Coastal Highway Location)

Michigan –Brighton (Old US 23), Flint (Miller Road), Detroit (Renaissance Center)

New Jersey –Eatontown (Monmouth Mall), Rockaway (Rockaway Townsquare)

Pennsylvania Wyomissing (Berkshire Mall), Monaca (Old Brodhead Road)

Texas –Corpus Christi (La Palmera Mall), Killeen (Fort Hood, Killeen Mall and Clear Creek)

VirginiaArlington (Fairfax Drive)


About Coffee Beanery:

Coffee Beanery opened its first stores in the United States in 1976, before the American public knew the term “specialty coffee.” In the 40+ years that have followed, Coffee Beanery continues to build its brand and franchise organization on the principles of time-tested and honored traditions and values. Exceptional coffee, a warm relaxing environment, and a corporate culture that embraces its franchisees with every opportunity to succeed exemplify these values. Today, Coffee Beanery has over 75 locations throughout the world, and is recognized as an industry leader for its unique family business approach and commitment to quality. Visit for more information.