Monthly Archives: June 2023

30 06, 2023

Mosquito Joe® Shares Vital Tips to Safeguard Against Mosquitoes as Malaria Cases Resurface in U.S.

2023-06-30T11:56:59-04:00June 30th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Leading Pest Control Company Urges Mosquito Prevention Amidst New Malaria Cases. 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mosquito Joe®, a Neighborly® company, is urging homeowners to take immediate action against mosquitoes following the public health alert issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week, confirming the presence of malaria cases in Florida and Texas. These cases are the first instances of the mosquito-borne disease in the country since 2003. As nationwide concerns arise from this news, Mosquito Joe is committed to educating the public about the factors contributing to malaria transmission, its symptoms, and how to protect themselves ahead of the Fourth of July festivities.

Malaria is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is transmitted through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. An infected person may show signs of symptoms that can range from fever, chills, and nausea to more severe complications if left untreated. Though extremely rare in the U.S., there are more than 240 million cases of malaria diagnosed each year, according to the CDC. The reasons that the disease is now emerging in the U.S. may be due to an increase in travel activity, along with the ongoing rise in global temperatures. The combination of these conditions allows the Anopheles mosquito to thrive.

“The recent confirmation of malaria in both Florida and Texas is concerning as locally transmitted cases of the disease haven’t been seen in the U.S. for the past 20 years,” said David Price, Associate Certified Entomologist for Mosquito Joe. “Mosquitoes can rapidly multiply and become a serious threat to public health. Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid new cases of malaria. At Mosquito Joe, we are committed to taking an active role in educating the public on effective mosquito prevention techniques to safeguard our communities from diseases like malaria.”

The Fourth of July weekend is approaching and many will be spending hours outdoors celebrating. Mosquito Joe provides the following tips to stay safe from these blood-sucking insects and the potential diseases they carry:

  1. Use Mosquito Repellent: Apply an effective mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or other EPA-approved ingredients when spending time outdoors. Don’t forget to reapply as needed.
  2. Wear Protective Clothing: Mosquito activity peaks in the evening, so consider wearing long sleeves, pants, and socks when watching the fireworks to protect exposed skin. Opt for light-colored and loose-fitting clothing for comfort and better visibility.
  3. Maintain Your Yard & Pools: Fourth of July weekend brings plenty of pool parties and the cleaner the pool is, the more fun for everyone! Keep swimming pools clean, properly circulated and filtered throughout the holiday weekend. Use a pool cover when not in use to prevent mosquitoes. For the yard, regularly mow the lawn to avoid tall grass, a resting area for mosquitoes. Remove or empty containers like flowerpots, watering cans, and buckets that hold standing water, as they can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  4. Use Outdoor Fans: Mosquitoes do not like excessive air movement, so setting up an outdoor fan around any picnics or gatherings can create a breeze that makes it difficult for them to fly and infest the area.
  5. Keep Doors & Windows Screened: Make sure that any open windows or doors are equipped with intact screens, free from holes or gaps, in order to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  6. Call in the Professionals: If you’re worried about a mosquito infestation ruining your holiday plans, consider hiring a professional pest control company, like Mosquito Joe, to eliminate the bugs from the yard.

Mosquito Joe is dedicated to helping homeowners protect themselves from the dangers of mosquitoes and the associated health risks. Franchise locations across the U.S. offer professional services that provide reliable and effective mosquito control solutions. Mosquito Joe’s certified technicians are trained in the Mosquito Joe Pollinator Protection Management Program, which focuses on deep familiarity with each customer’s property, professional application procedures, and the use of appropriate products. They are also trained and certified to meet state guidelines.

Last year, the brand was awarded the Silver Tier by the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) for its work on emphasizing integrated pest management (IPM), education, pollinator protection, and stewardship of the environment.

For more information about Mosquito Joe and mosquito preventive measures, visit

About Mosquito Joe®

Dedicated to making outside fun again by eliminating mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas from customers’ yards, Mosquito Joe®, a Neighborly® company, is a leader in the outdoor pest control industry. The brand was founded in 2010 and has since expanded to more than 350 locations throughout the U.S. Acquired in 2018, Mosquito Joe® is part of Neighborly®, the world’s largest home services company with more than 30 brands and 5,000 franchises collectively serving 12 million+ customers in six countries, focused on repairing, maintaining, and enhancing homes and businesses. Through and the Neighborly mobile app, Neighborly connects consumers to local service providers that meet rigorous franchisor standards across 19 service categories. For more information about Mosquito Joe®, visit To learn about franchising opportunities with Neighborly®click here.

30 06, 2023

Industry Leader Le Macaron French Pastries® Continues Nationwide Expansion with Ten New Locations

2023-06-30T11:46:06-04:00June 30th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

#1 Macaron Franchise Poised to Meet Year-End Goal of 80 Units in the U.S. 

SARASOTA, Fla. — Le Macaron, the leading French Pastries and Macaron franchise in the United States, announced it is on track to meet its year-end goal of 80 franchise units following remarkable growth in 2002 and an impressive first quarter in 2023 with multiple franchise openings. As the #1 macaron franchise with 76 units nationwide in various stages of development, the popular French patisserie will open 10 new locations this summer in Tucson, Gaithersburg, New York, Columbus, Tarpon Springs, FLPembroke Pines, FL, and three California stores in Long BeachSacramento, and New Port Beach. In addition, the company reported a third Le Macaron café is slated to open in Nashville.

“We are pleased that our growth plans are exceeding expectations,” said Le Macaron spokesperson Greg Guillem. “Le Macaron is fueling America’s growing love affair with macarons, resulting in a constant stream of inquiries from investors and entrepreneurs. We are on track to increase our total number of units to 80 by the end of this year.”

New owners Gary and Stacy Haggart will open the first Le Macaron café in Arizona this summer with the first of three units planned for Tucson. Located at 260 E. Congress Street in the heart of downtown Tucson, the Haggarts said they are looking forward to introducing authentic French macarons and pastries to the community.

“Not many cafes or bakeries can say their macarons are freshly prepared daily by French chefs,” said Gary Haggart. “Tucson is a diverse, sophisticated market that is perfect for the Parisian café Le Macaron experience.”

Franchisee Michael Bermingham said he is anticipating a soft opening in August for his Long Beach location in Belmont Shore on Second Street. Bermingham pivoted from a career in technology to follow his dream of owning a food business.

“I researched a lot of franchise opportunities, but I was drawn to Le Macaron because of the high quality of their products,” Bermingham stated. “It didn’t hurt that I have always had a bit of a sweet tooth! I believe this store will thrive in our high traffic location that attracts residential and tourist customers year-round.”

Co-founder Rosalie Guillem said prospective franchisees are encouraged by the brand’s significant year-over year as well as Le Macaron’s commitment to franchise support. She said the total investment for a Le Macaron franchise averages approximately $250,000, including a $45,000 franchise fee.

“Prospective franchisees are ultimately choosing Le Macaron because we are the industry leader with premium products, beautiful store designs, and an excellent track record from existing franchisees who are experiencing success nationwide,” she said. “Our confectionery is now producing more than 32,000 macarons per day, which is more than 30,000 per day we produced at this time last year.”

With the $17.1 billion bakery and café industry experiencing 0.8% growth in 2023 alone when profit will reach 5.4%, Le Macaron sets itself apart by treating customers to a taste of Paris, including vibrant, colorful décor, traditional music, and a menu featuring freshly prepared macarons, pastries, gelato, coffee, gourmet chocolates, cakes, éclairs, European style beverages and more. Available in more than 20 delicious flavors, macarons are also available in seasonal flavors to commemorate holidays and special occasions, and the company has a thriving catering and corporate gifting business year-round.

For more information about the Le Macaron French Pastries franchise opportunity please visit

About Le Macaron French Pastries

Founded in 2009 by Rosalie Guillem and her daughter Audrey, Le Macaron French Pastries is an elegant retail specialty French patisserie that offers guests the finest, authentic French macarons and pastries. Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, the brand began franchising in 2012 and has since grown to more than 75 locations across the U.S. Le Macaron French Pastries is ranked on Inc. 5,000 2016, #17 on the 2019 Top Emerging Franchise List as well as ranking on the Top 100 Food and Beverage category by Entrepreneur and holds a No. 9 ranking in the baked goods category. Le Macaron was recently named to the FranServe 2022 Fran-Tastic 500 list, which recognizes the top franchises in the country. For more information, visit

30 06, 2023

Cruise Planners recognized again on Travel Weekly’s Prestigious 2023 Power List

2023-06-30T11:29:00-04:00June 30th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — On the heels of an incredibly productive and strong first half of the year, Cruise Planners has been rated #20 on Travel Weekly’s prestigious 2023 Power List, again solidifying their powerhouse status in the travel industry. Cruise Planners is the nation’s largest home-based travel advisor franchise network with over 2500 advisors. Cruise Planners was also recently awarded with the “Most Innovative Use of Technology: Products” award for their patent pending LivePlanner™ tool at the 2023 Franchise Innovation Awards.

Cruise Planners had an incredible rebound year in 2022 with $845 million in total sales, adding over $300 million to their previous year of sales. And 2023 departures are even stronger, pacing 45% ahead of same time last year and the company has already surpassed full year 2019 sales by 40% and full year 2022 sales by 30%.

The annual Power List ranking was unveiled in Pebble Beach, Ca. at this year’s Travel Weekly Leadership Forum where Cruise Planners CEO Michelle Fee, COO Theresa Scalzitti and CSO Scott Koepf attended. Travel Weekly’s Power List measures full-year travel sales for the previous year. Cruise Planners debuted on the prestigious Power List 10 years ago with a ranking of #44 and has reached #20 in less than 10 years.

“To be recognized on this list for over a decade is a feat in itself, but to see our sales from 2021 to 2022 increase an additional $300 million in just one year is phenomenal,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “It is a testament to the perseverance and expertise of our advisor network, our spirit of continuous innovation and support, as well as our strong relationships with our supplier partners that we are seeing such a positive upward trajectory.”

For the full profile, you can click here.

About Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners was founded in 1994 and is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network. As a leader in the travel franchise industry, Cruise Planners positions a nation-wide network of 2,500 franchise owners for success by providing award-winning and innovative marketing programs, proprietary and cutting-edge booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and travel agent training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be an industry leader and was named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 18 consecutive years and awarded by Franchise Business Review as “Best-In-Category” for 3 years and ranked #20 on Travel Weekly’s 2023 Power List.

Franchise Business Review also ranked Cruise Planners #3 OVERALL on their list of Top 200 Franchises of 2022. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.

Visit our website,, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit

29 06, 2023

Assisted Living Locators Wins Distinguished Franchise Update Media 2023 Innovation Award

2023-06-29T13:39:43-04:00June 29th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , , |

5th annual contest honors the best of the best. 

ATLANTA — Franchise Update Media celebrated its 5th annual Franchise Innovation Awards in June, recognizing franchisors that have pioneered innovative strategies and tactics to build their brands.

Assisted Living Locators, a premier nationwide senior placement and referral service, won the Most Innovative Service Introduction Award for Dementia Care System-Certification. They achieved the U.S.’s first system-certification in dementia care for a senior placement and referral service, ensuring all 140 franchisees are trained and certified to provide compassionate, effective dementia care.

“We’re honored to receive the Innovative Service Introduction Award,” stated Angela Olea, RN, Founder and Brand President of Assisted Living Locators. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to transforming senior care, impacting elders’ lives and their families. We strive for excellence, expanding our brand and community influence.”

Evive Brands CEO, Tim Hadley, praised the company: “Assisted Living Locators’ dedication to innovative, exceptional senior care is remarkable. Winning the award showcases their relentless commitment to making a difference in seniors’ lives. We’re proud they’re part of the Evive Brands family.”

The contest attracted over 150 entries, with judges evaluating innovation, objectives, and results. Competing across four categories: Marketing & Branding, Products & Services, Operations, and Human Resources, twenty-two winners emerged, each to be profiled in Franchise Update magazine.

Franchise Update Media has been a leader in the franchising space for more than 30 years. Franchise Founded in 1988, the company produces online franchise opportunity and educational websites, two quarterly print magazines, six newsletters, four annual conferences, independent research, and books, entirely focused on franchising. For more information, visit

SOURCE Assisted Living Locators

About Assisted Living Locators

Assisted Living Locators, part of the Evive Brands family, offers stellar support and services across the nation. Its 140+ franchisees in 36 states and the District of Columbia provide no-cost assistance to find top-rated in-home care, independent retirement options, assisted living communities, and memory care.

For more information, visit

29 06, 2023

Tint World® Expanding to Washington State with Bremerton Store

2023-06-29T13:32:54-04:00June 29th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

The National Automotive Styling Centers™ franchise will introduce their line of window tint, custom audio solutions and more to drivers in central Washington.

BREMERTON, Wash. — Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading window tinting and automotive accessory franchise, continues its rapid expansion into new markets with its first location in Washington state.

Tint World® Bremerton, owned by father and son team Lewis and Nate Pollack, provides drivers and automotive enthusiasts throughout central Washington with premium auto aftermarket accessories and styling services, including the industry’s most trusted window tint and advanced paint protection film, detailing services, custom audio and electronics solutions, performance upgrades, and more.

“We are thrilled to be opening Tint World’s first location in Washington State,” said owner Lewis Pollack. “Nate and I were searching for a reliable automotive business that we could run together, and Tint World®‘s proven franchise system gave us the tools we needed to achieve this goal. Their expert knowledge, dynamic marketing support and full operations and training team will make it easy to enjoy success as a family-owned and -operated business.”

The state-of-the-art facility will offer unique Nano Ceramic Coating packages to keep the Pacific Northwest rain from taking its toll on vehicles as well as custom audio and lighting packages to make drivers’ vehicles stand out from the crowd.

“Lewis and Nate are ambitious owners who are not only taking us into new territory but are already eyeing multi-unit growth in Washington,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, Tint World® President and CEO. “We know this father-son duo will make an impact in their market thanks to their passion and eagerness to rely on our world-class franchisee support and training. Tint World® gives franchise owners innovative and repeatable processes that ensure they hit the ground running and see results quickly and efficiently.”

Tint World® Bremerton, located at 6747 State Highway 303 NE, Bremerton, WA 98311, serves SilverdaleBangorTracytonPoulsboPort Orchard, Gilberton, Brownsville, Sheridan, Fairview and Illahee. To book an appointment, request a quote, or find out more about the store and its products and services, call (360) 360-2132 or visit

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance, and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial, and marine computerized window tinting and security film services for residential, commercial, and marine applications. With locations spanning the U.S. and abroad, there are countless franchise opportunities available worldwide.

About Tint World® 

Founded in 1982, Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers is America’s largest and fastest-growing automotive accessories and window tinting international franchise, specializing in window tinting, protective films, vehicle wraps, audio and electronics, security systems, car and truck accessories, wheels, and tires, detailing and ceramic coating, and installation services.

Tint World® Mobile Services include marine, residential, and commercial window tinting films, solar films, decorative films, safety and security films, and protective ceramic coatings. Tint World® has locations in the United StatesCanadaSaudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, with master franchise opportunities available worldwide. To find out more, please visit or

29 06, 2023

Home Franchise Concepts Announces New Brand President and First Chief Operating Officer

2023-06-29T13:20:44-04:00June 29th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Heather Nykolaychuk Named Budget Blinds’ President; Faisal Khan Promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

IRVINE, Calif.Home Franchise Concepts, a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, announced today that Heather Nykolaychuk was named President of Budget Blinds, and Faisal Khan appointed Home Franchise Concepts’ Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position. Nykolaychuk previously served as the President of The Tailored Closet and PremierGarage. She will be replacing Doug Phillip.

“At Home Franchise Concepts, we are fortunate to have a wealth of talent to leverage to foster and build high-performing teams that help us aggressively grow our brands and support our franchisees,” said Andy Skehan, Chief Executive Officer, Home Franchise Concepts. “I’m confident that with Heather and Faisal’s new leadership positions, we will realize immense value from our investments in our team and infrastructure, while creating a competitive advantage that will advance our business and people. We thank Doug for his nearly four years of service.”

Nykolaychuk joined Home Franchise Concepts in 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer and then was named President of The Tailored Closet and PremierGarage in 2021. During her tenure, she worked collaboratively with franchisees to rebuild the brands’ supply chain and led the formation of two distinct brands to drive greater success and differentiation for franchisees. Prior to joining Home Franchise Concepts, Nykolaychuk held key leadership roles at Tillys and Mattel, among others. Mark Libby, currently Vice President of Franchise Support at The Tailored Closet and PremierGarage, will assume Heather’s responsibilities on an interim basis.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Budget Blinds for Home Franchise Concepts and collaborate with the brand’s franchisees,” said Heather Nykolaychuk, President of Budget Blinds. “At The Tailored Closet and PremierGarage, we built an incredibly strong team to position both brands for aggressive growth, for which I’m very proud to have been a part of. I now look forward to leveraging these experiences to help Budget Blinds also grow and expand in the immediate future.”

Khan begins as Chief Operating Officer after serving as Home Franchise Concepts’ Chief Information Officer. In this newly created position, Khan will work directly with all brand presidents, with the exception of Budget Blinds, AdvantaClean and Lightspeed Restoration, to rapidly grow and expand their respective businesses. He will continue to serve as Home Franchise Concepts’ Chief Information Officer responsible for IT and Training. Khan joined Home Franchise Concepts in 2016 as Vice President of Information Technology and rose to CIO in 2018. Prior to Home Franchise Concepts, Khan held several senior information technology positions at MacLean Power Systems and Midland Paper, Packaging + Supplies, among others.

“Since joining Home Franchise Concepts, I made it a priority to gain an intimate understanding of our business and brands, which has fueled our talented teams to use technology to diagnose and solve our business challenges,” said Faisal Khan, Chief Operating Officer, Home Franchise Concepts. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with our brand presidents to support the growth and performance of their respective businesses.”

About Home Franchise Concepts
Home Franchise Concepts® , is one of the world’s largest franchising systems in the home improvement goods and services space, among the world’s largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisee-franchisor relationships. Home Franchise Concepts’ nine brands including Budget Blinds®, The Tailored Closet™, PremierGarage®, Concrete Craft®, AdvantaClean®, Lightspeed Restoration®, Kitchen Tune-Up®, Bath Tune-Up®, Two Maids® and Aussie Pet Mobile®, are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by more than 2,400 franchise territories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For information on franchise opportunities, please visit

About JM Family Enterprises
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. was founded by automotive legend, Jim Moran in 1968. It is a privately held company with $18 billion in revenue and more than 5,000 associates. Rooted in automotive and united in its strong culture and core values, JM Family is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. As a long-term partner, it is invested in its companies, associates and its communities. Driven by exceptional performance, current subsidiaries are in the automotive, financial services, franchising and specialty distribution industries. Its family of companies includes: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp. (dba Southeast Toyota Finance), JM Lexus, Home Franchise Concepts®, Futura Title & Escrow and Rollease Acmeda. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

28 06, 2023

Always Best Care Owner Expands Territory in Texas Hill Country

2023-06-28T11:32:53-04:00June 28th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |

Senior Care Business Leader in Boerne Acquires Always Best Care of Austin. 

ROSEVILLE, Calif. —  Always Best Care Senior Services, one of the leading senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced today that franchisee Ken Thomas has expanded his business, acquiring the existing territory of Always Best Care of Austin, Texas. The Austin agency has been successfully serving residents of the area for the past year and a half. Thomas joined the in-home senior care brand in the spring of 2021 when he opened Always Best Care of Boerne, and he looks forward to continuing to provide exceptional services to both Texas Hill Country communities.

Originally from West Texas, Thomas has called Boerne home for the past 16 years. He spent nearly two decades with the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) prior to opening his first Always Best Care office and has used his exceptional operations leadership experience to quickly expand his senior care business. With this acquisition, Thomas now has a team of over 150 caregivers serving seniors in Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country.

“We take great pride in helping families care for their loved ones,” said Ken Thomas, new owner of Always Best Care of Austin. “The work we’ve been doing in Boerne has been a perfect way to combine my passion for quality service with a rewarding career. When I heard the previous owners were moving out of Texas and needed to sell their Austin territory, I jumped at the chance to serve another community that has a growing senior population and an increasing demand for our high standard of care and compassion. It’s an honor to continue building on the strong foundation that’s been started here at Always Best Care of Austin.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care and assisted living referral services, with skilled home health care in limited markets. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 225 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.

For a care evaluation or additional information on services available through Always Best Care of Austin, call 737-295-0441 or visit

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 has been assisting seniors with a wide range of conditions and personal needs for over 25 years and currently provides thousands of hours of care every year.

Always Best Care also offers exclusive programs such as Always in Touch, Balance Tracking System, remote patient monitoring and a 24/7 AI Virtual Care Agent. For more information regarding Always Best Care’s solutions, visit

27 06, 2023

What Business Are You in?

2023-06-27T16:19:10-04:00June 27th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |

Seems like a simple enough question. However, I think many franchisors forget they are in two businesses. One is the underlying subject matter expert on the service provided to consumers, such as a restaurant, gym, roofing, etc. But the second, and increasingly more important, as your system grows, is the business of franchising. By Tom Spadea


27 06, 2023

The Power of Video: Unleashing the True Potential of Storytelling and Branding

2023-06-27T16:09:28-04:00June 27th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

For small businesses, video has emerged as the dominant force in storytelling and branding. If you’re not currently using video to engage your customers and compel new prospects to engage with you, it’s time to consider it as part of your content strategy. By Jack Monson