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21 02, 2019

Authority Brands welcomes the Clockwork brands into its family

By |2019-02-21T16:17:28+00:00February 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Addition doubles Authority Brands’ overall system revenue to over $1 billion

NEW YORK and COLUMBIA, Maryland — Authority Brands, a leading home services franchising platform backed by funds advised by Apax Partners, announced today the acquisition of Clockwork, Inc., and certain of its affiliates (“Clockwork”) from Direct Energy Group, a subsidiary of Centrica plc. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019. The acquisition is the third home services add-on for Authority Brands since the company was acquired by funds advised by Apax Partners in September 2018.

Established in 1999, Clockwork delivers critical home services through three leading plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”) providers across the United States. Its household-name brands – Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® (“Benjamin Franklin“), Mister Sparky® electric, and One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® (“One Hour”) – are all rated among the best-in-class in their respective categories.

Authority Brands is the parent company to leading home services brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad which operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, and pest control services sectors respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

Rob Weddle, CEO of Authority Brands, said: “The addition of the Clockwork group of brands is an important and significant step in the evolution of Authority Brands. All three brands are market-leading franchises within their respective industries and their addition to our portfolio doubles our overall system revenue to over $1 billion. This scale allows us to further strengthen each of our brand’s systems and continue down the path of becoming the home services franchisor of choice for both business owners and consumers.”

Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “We are delighted to support Authority Brands in this transformational acquisition. The Clockwork brands operate in attractive markets and will bring scale and diversification to Authority Brands’ platform. We anticipate substantial benefits for both businesses from cross-selling and collaboration across marketing, technology and operational support.”

Bruce Stewart, president of Direct Energy Home North America said: “The decision for this sale reflects our goals to focus and simplify our channels to customers and to own our own brands. Authority Brands is a good home for Clockwork and the franchise owners and customers will see no difference in our service delivery as we conclude this transaction.”

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands, LLC is the parent company of four leading home service franchisors, The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad. Together, these brands provide recurring home services through more than 550 franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Kenya and Indonesia. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchisee growth through providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

About Apax Partners

Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 40-year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of c.$50 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech & Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.

21 02, 2019

Kalamazoo Community Better Protected from Illness-Causing Germs with ServiceMaster Clean’s Investment in Electrostatic Technology

By |2019-02-21T15:59:57+00:00February 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Local business adds the Clorox® Total 360® System to its cleaning arsenal to enhance disinfection protocols

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — For more than 60 years, ServiceMaster Clean of Kalamazoo, a local commercial and residential cleaning service franchise, has been committed to being a trusted resource to our customers while dedicating our services to doing more than just the job. Today, we are proud to announce our recent investment in the Clorox® Total 360® System to enhance our disinfection protocols as a part of our commitment to providing the highest quality cleaning services to our customers’ facilities.

Last year, a widespread outbreak of influenza plagued Michigan, with Kalamazoo making national headlines for being hit particularly hard. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were a total of 1,616 influenza-related hospitalizations reported in the state for the 2017-2018 season.1 High-touch surfaces in public spaces are breeding grounds for commonly spread pathogens leading to highly contagious outbreaks that can be detrimental to facilities, from losses in productivity to reputational damage.

With last year’s burdensome influenza season behind us, ServiceMaster Clean of Kalamazoo has proactively prepared for future outbreaks with the power of electrostatic technology to help keep customer facilities protected from germs that may cause illness. We currently service a roster of customers in the southwest region of Michigan including commercial offices, hospitals and clinics, dental facilities and schools. From the undersides of desks to the difficult-to-reach areas in high-traffic hospital settings, the Clorox® Total 360® System helps cover more surfaces in less time. With time and labor saved, our team can spend more time focusing on valued customer service.

“When our community suffered through a challenging flu season last year, we saw a need for stronger disinfection capabilities to help contain illness outbreaks and prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading,” said Kevin Little, general manager of ServiceMaster Clean of Kalamazoo. “After doing our research, we found the Clorox® Total 360® System fulfilled our requirements and ensured that we could provide effective disinfection to every square inch of our customer’s facilities faster than before.”

The Clorox® Total 360® System works by using electrostatic technology to charge Clorox® disinfecting and sanitizing solutions. The positive charge attracts the solutions to targeted surfaces with a force stronger than gravity allowing them to uniformly wrap and coat surfaces, including even the hardest-to-reach areas that can be often missed by manual cleaning.

By integrating this cutting-edge electrostatic technology, it also allows staff to do the job faster and smarter – the system can cover up to 18,000 sq. ft. per hour, using 65% less solution and working up to four times faster than traditional cleaners – delivering a higher value service and better protection for customers.

“No job is too small for our team and we hold our entire staff to a standard of hard work and compassion. The system helps us meet those standards and is a practical resource that sets our team apart due to its proven efficacy and time-saving abilities,” added Little. “We offer the system to our commercial clients to treat a wide range of areas including office desks, public restrooms, healthcare waiting rooms and school classrooms.

To learn more about the Clorox® Total 360® System, visit www.CloroxTotal360.com.

1 Michigan Department of Health, Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, Week 35 ending September 1, 2018 https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/MIFF_09-07-2018_633652_7.pdf

ServiceMaster Clean of Kalamazoo Services

ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo was started in 1953 as one of the earliest franchises in North America. We are proud to have been serving our customers in Southwest Michigan for over 60 years. https://smkazoo.com/

20 02, 2019

Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® Inks First-Ever Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement

By |2019-02-20T19:40:31+00:00February 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Cruise Industry Leader Ramps Up North America Expansion with New Multi-Unit Franchise Offering

ATLANTA — The top cruise travel agency franchise in North America, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, has just announced the signing of its first multi-unit franchise agreement. The multi-unit agreement will bring three new locations to Georgia over the next several years. Folded into an overall growth vision for the brand, the new multi-unit franchise opportunity provides motivated entrepreneurs an opportunity for aggressive business expansion. As Expedia CruiseShipCenters continues to expand its presence in North America, the company is on track to reach its goal of opening 500 North American locations in both Canada and the United States over the next five years.

The Georgia multi-unit agreement is spearheaded by husband and wife team, Wil and Ayten Mauk. The long-time residents of Atlanta will debut three new locations throughout the state by 2023. The first location is currently in development in the Dunwoody area and is slated to open April 2019. The new locations will join five existing Expedia CruiseShipCenters locations throughout Georgia in Alpharetta, Lakeland, Lawrenceville, Roswell and Sugar Hill.

“We could not be more excited to open our new locations throughout our home state. We wanted a career that combined our love for travel with the challenge of taking on an entrepreneurial role,” said Ayten. “With a well-known brand like Expedia Group, paired with the value of having a storefront to interact with our customers, we feel well-positioned to help our community plan their perfect vacation.”

Expedia CruiseShipCenters opened 22 new franchise locations and welcomed over 2,000 new Vacation Consultants in 2018. Riding this wave of success, Expedia CruiseShipCenters plans to open even more locations this year with a particular focus on the southeast.

“It is an exciting time to join the Expedia CruiseShipCenters family. After more than 30 years, our proven system has evolved to suit franchise partners interested in building an empire with our multi-unit franchise opportunity.  As the cruise industry continues to surge, our Centers are able to meet the demand in the market,” said Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We are continuing our expansion into more communities across the country, and we are seeking both single and multi-unit owners like the Mauk’s who want to pursue entrepreneurship in a retail business that they are passionate about.”

With the cruise travel industry expected to continue its rise throughout 2019, Expedia CruiseShipCenters’ growth is in part driven by this continued demand. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) report, more than 30M passengers are expected to cruise in 2019- a 34% increase from five years prior. Additionally, 24 new ocean, river and specialty ships are scheduled to debut this year, with more than 125 new ships coming online between now and 2027.

For more information about franchise opportunities with Expedia CruiseShipCenters visit www.expediafranchise.com.

About Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of over 270 points of sale. As part of the Expedia Group family of brands, the company’s more than 6,000 Vacation Consultants sell a wide range of vacation products including cruises, flights, hotels, vacation packages, tours, excursions and more. The company has been navigating spectacular vacation experiences for customers across North America for over 30 years. For more information on Expedia CruiseShipCenters, visit www.expediafranchise.com.

Expedia and CruiseShipCenters are trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2019 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

19 02, 2019

Assisted Living Locators Partners With Southwestern Consulting To Advance Franchisee Sales Training Amidst Record Franchise Recruitment Growth

By |2019-02-19T15:32:14+00:00February 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Assisted Living Locators, a leading senior care placement franchisor, announced today it is partnering with Southwestern Consulting, a global sales performance firm, to advance franchisee sales training amidst record franchise recruitment growth.

In 2018, Assisted Living Locators exceeded its 100th franchise mark. The company broke into the triple digits after a decade of consecutive growth, including an unprecedented franchise recruitment rate over the past two years.  As the first senior placement and referral franchise business in the U.S., the company has pioneered its way to a national presence with 110 franchisees in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Southwestern Consulting will provide feedback on Assisted Living Locators initial franchisee training and 13-week support process, as well as sales and leadership coaching for company executives and franchisees who will be designated as leaders for an ongoing peer mentorship program, according to Assisted Living Locators CEO RN Angela Olea.

“After Southwestern completes a ‘Train the Trainer’ program, our peer mentors will offer sales coaching, monthly calls, and perform field visits to help maximize our franchisees performance,” she explained.  “We will also hold monthly webinars with Southwestern providing tools and tips to help our franchisees build their network referral process.  Supplemental one-on-one coaching will also be available for our franchisees who may want additional sales training support.”

“We selected Southwestern Consulting for its excellent track record of increasing sales revenue for their clients,” said Mark Alivero, Assisted Living Locators CFO and Chief Strategist. “This partnership is an important investment to ensure the on-going success of our franchises. It builds on other investments we have made in proprietary systems and digital marketing to strengthen our franchise system as well as maintain and grow our leadership in the senior placement franchise space,” he adds.

About Assisted Living Locators

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Assisted Living Locators offers a no cost, nationwide senior placement service for in-home care, independent retirement options, assisted living communities and memory care. The company generates revenue from the referral fees paid by the providers in their network. A top performing franchise organization, Assisted Living Locators is ranked in Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500®, Franchise Business Review’s 2019 Top Franchises Report and Franchise Dictionary’s Top 100 Game Changer Franchises. To learn more, visit www.assistedlivinglocators.com.

About Southwestern Consulting

Nashville-based Southwestern Consulting, a Southwestern company, elevates the practice and perception of sales by providing sales and leadership coaching, corporate sales consulting, and keynote speaking. The global firm helps clients transform their sales effectiveness and performance. For more information, visit www.southwesternconsulting.com.

18 02, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Executives to Share Insights at the 2019 International Franchise Association Convention

By |2019-02-18T16:35:10+00:00February 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Executive team members from FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS(R), the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise worldwide, will share their insights with attendees at the 2019 International Franchise Association (IFA) Convention being held in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 24 through February 27.

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., Vice Chair of the IFA, Chair of the FranPac Task Force and a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), and Mark Jameson, the Executive Vice-President  of Franchise Support and Development at FASTSIGNS International, a member of the IFA’s International Committee and also a CFE, will both serve as Problem Solving Mentors during the “Emerging Franchisor Boot Camp.” They will share insights that help people leading new franchise systems improve franchisee results,  increase unit growth, foster positive franchisee relationships, overcome business challenges and much more.

Monson will also moderate a breakout session titled “C-Suite Think Tank and Forum Exchange,” where she will facilitate an interactive discussion focusing on the biggest challenges Franchisor C-Suite leaders are faced with and brainstorm potential solutions. Jameson will also host a Business Solution Roundtable with Natalie Barnes, President of Business Alliance, Inc., called “Outbound Franchisee Recruiting – Utilizing Brokers/Consultants”.

Drue Townsend, Senior Vice-President of Marketing at FASTSIGNS International, will serve on a panel during a Learning Lab session titled “Finding Balance Amidst Chaos: Learn How to Leverage the Best Tactics, Platforms and Channels to Satisfy Location-Specific Marketing Needs without Losing Focus on Your Franchise’s Target Audience.” Townsend will share digital marketing strategies and insights that can help brands market better online and help franchisees reach local prospects and customers.

FASTSIGNS International has seven Certified Franchise Executives (CFE) on the management team.  Eight corporate team members are attending the IFA Conference this year.

“Franchising creates great opportunities for business owners and it creates positive economic growth for their local communities,” explained Monson. “FASTSIGNS continues to experience record-breaking growth and we look forward to sharing our knowledge at this must-attend event for franchisors.”

Thousands of franchise business leaders and suppliers are expected attend the IFA’s Annual Convention to hear the latest information about protecting and improving their brands with almost 50 compelling sessions and countless networking opportunities. For more information about the event and to register, visit: https://www.franchise.org/convention.


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 US, 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 fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or on LinkedIn.

About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating 58 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

15 02, 2019

Industry Staffing Leader NEXTAFF Opens in Sacramento, California

By |2019-02-15T17:05:42+00:00February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Local entrepreneur brings national recruiting firm’s proprietary methodology to California capital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — NEXTAFF, an industry leader in identifying quality talent for businesses, has opened its first staffing agency location in Sacramento, California.

Located at 1555 River Park Dr., Suite 103 in Sacramento, the office is owned and operated by local entrepreneur Adam Dehaybi. The Sacramento NEXTAFF, which opened Feb. 4, offers staffing solutions to businesses in all industries in Sacramento County.

Sacramento presents major opportunities across various industries and sectors for staffing,” Dehaybi said. “Sacramento is the state capital and the fastest-growing major city in California. That makes this area a hub for jobs, and employers are going to need help filling temporary and full-time positions with quality candidates. NEXTAFF’s X-FACTOR™ method is a unique methodology for pairing prospects with employers, and it’s going to be a boon for hiring managers in the Sacramento Valley.”

Dehaybi earned his Master of Business Administration from Canadian University of Dubai and spent seven years in business management in the corporate business district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. While this is his first venture into the staffing industry, his experience in management suits him well to run the NEXTAFF temporary staffing agency office in Sacramento.

“Knowing the economy around here, I expect us to grow significantly once we really get going,” Dehaybi said. “Our location presents a lot of opportunities for us to expand our business, and once employers and employees start seeing the X-FACTOR™ methodology in motion, we know that’s going to continue to propel our business forward.”

NEXTAFF offers a proprietary recruiting method called X-FACTOR™, which combines hiring methodologies that are statistically proven to outperform what typical staffing agency competitors and HR departments traditionally do.

“Adam’s experience in business positions him well to serve Sacramento-area employers and job seekers,” said Cary Daniel, co-founder and director at NEXTAFF. “He has a diverse background in international business and real estate, and he’s passionate about NEXTAFF. Add all these together, and you’ve got the formula for a successful entrepreneur.”


NEXTAFF helps companies identify, evaluate and acquire quality talent through our proprietary X-FACTOR™ model. Our comprehensive approach is designed to outperform a typical temp agency supplier model by up to five times. Each temporary staffing office is locally owned and operated, which allows our clients to work directly with owners in hiring quality talent. As the franchise division of Malone Workforce Solutions, NEXTAFF offers a variety of custom solutions to industrial, administrative, professional, information technology and healthcare industries. NEXTAFF’s goal is to enable clients to concentrate on their core business activities while we identify, evaluate and acquire quality talent. For more information about NEXTAFF’s services, visit https://www.nextaff.com/. Those interested in franchise opportunities can visit https://www.nextaff-franchise.com/.

15 02, 2019

Helpful Tips to Ensure a Lasting Caregiver/Client Relationship

By |2019-02-15T16:43:46+00:00February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Leading In-Home Senior Care Provider Shares Advice for Finding the Perfect Match to Commemorate National Caregivers Day, Feb. 15

BALTIMORE — In honor of National Caregivers Day (February 15), Senior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care services, is offering helpful tips to ensure lasting and rewarding relationships between caregivers and their clients. According to AARP, today there are nearly 40 million family members, neighbors, strangers and caregivers helping those in need with everyday tasks, and as the “Silver Tsunami” rises, it’s more important than ever that these caregiving relationships go the distance.

Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers, outlines four ways to make sure a caregiver/client relationship is a match that can withstand the test of time:

  • Partnering Personalities—As with any personal relationship, it’s important that caregivers and clients share a good personality match. A complementary personality is not only key to helping avoid clashes on a regular basis, but caregivers with an adaptive personality also tend to have an easier experience working with many different types of clients. At Senior Helpers, clients and caregivers take a personality test to best determine what their needs are and what they can provide to those around them.
  • Cultural Compatibility—Finding caregivers with cultural similarities to their clients can assist in creating a meaningful connection. Language can be a critical factor in finding the right fit for caregivers because it’s crucial for open communications. Taking holidays, cooking, traditions and customs into consideration when finding the right caregiver can provide a deeper understanding between the two and alleviate any potential stress or frustration.
  • Connecting Compassion and Patience—One of the most important traits for ensuring a lasting caregiver/client relationship is identifying caregivers who have natural compassion and patience. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia or recovering from a recent fall can be frustrating for everyone involved, but having patience and treating others with compassion and respect goes a long way.
  • Uncover Similar Interests—It’s important for caregivers to take the time to learn what their client enjoys—and what their client is physically capable of doing. Whether it’s reading, going for a walk, playing board games, listening to music or watching a favorite movie, these are all activities that can be enjoyed together. These types of activities give seniors the opportunity to share something personally meaningful and are also great ways to keep the mind and body active. This approach to building a long-term relationship goes far beyond solely taking care of a person’s physical needs and focuses on improving social ties and quality of life.

“There’s a high demand for senior care, and we need to take extra care in pairing clients with compatible caregivers to create lasting, healthy relationships,” adds Ross. “At Senior Helpers, we hold our caregivers to high standards and want every pair to enjoy each other’s company as much as possible. We look at a potential match from all angles to make sure caregivers, clients and their families are happy.”

Founded in 2001, Senior Helpers operates with a vision to be the leading home care company in each community it serves. Its caregivers are fully 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 their caregivers created in conjunction with leading experts from the Parkinson’s Foundation’s Centers of Excellence network.

For more information on Senior Helpers or to learn about hiring opportunities in your area, visit www.seniorhelpers.com/jobs.

About Senior Helpers®

Senior Helpers® is a 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 2001 with a vision to help seniors who wish to remain in their homes despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges, Senior Helpers has 311 franchised businesses that have cared for tens of thousands of seniors with a pledge to “provide care and comfort at a moment’s notice.”

Senior Helpers® was ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Ranking, and appointed to 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 seniorhelpers.com.

14 02, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Community Giveback Project

By |2019-02-14T22:26:58+00:00February 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Group assembles 17,000 meals during the 2019 FASTSIGNS® International Convention in Orlando

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS® franchisees and their employees, vendors and FASTSIGNS International, Inc. corporate staff participated in a “FASTSIGNS Community Giveback” by assembling 17,000 meals for local children and their families with the organization, Feeding Children Everywhere. This event occurred during the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention held January 16-19 in Orlando, Florida.

“Through our FASTSIGNS Community Giveback Projects, our meeting attendees and vendors come together to support a local cause and make a positive impact in the cities that host our events,” said Tracy Lake, Director of Events at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We are so grateful for organizations that work to end hunger. With the help of our partners in giving, we were honored to join Feeding Children Everywhere to help make a dent in hunger for Orlando and the surrounding areas.”

Under the direction of Feeding Children Everywhere leadership, attendees measured, weighed, packaged and boxed 17,000 meals by forming 14 assembly lines. This was accomplished in 30 minutes during the FASTSIGNS Community Giveback Breakfast with a Purpose event.

“Our partners not only provide meals, they provide hope,” said Sarah Davila, Public Relations Manager at Feeding Children Everywhere. “Our event with FASTSIGNS created the opportunity to impact hundreds of families struggling with hunger in Orlando. Together we were able to provide 17,000 meals to children and families in need.”

This event was also made possible by the generous support of the FASTSIGNS Community Giveback sponsors including Vista System, swissQprint, peerhatch, Ornamental Post & Panel, Click2Sell, Digital Designed Solutions, Banner Ups, Computerized Cutters, Inc. and N. Glantz & Son.


Feeding Children Everywhere, based in Orlando, Florida, is committed to providing healthy meals to those in need, sustainability and making contributions matter. Creating a hunger-free world will be possible if we have an awareness of our impact on the world around us. Feeding Children Everywhere has implemented sustainability goals to reduce their carbon footprint to eliminate the utilization of harmful plastics as well as helping to create self-sufficient and sustainable communities throughout program areas. Financial efficiency and meaningful impact are the pillars of their commitment as they believe that financial transparency combined with a high-energy, tangible impact volunteer experience is the key to a contribution that makes a meaningful difference.


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 fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, on Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns. Watch a video at https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialFASTSIGNS.

14 02, 2019

AtWork Group Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards

By |2019-02-14T22:09:36+00:00February 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Diamond Award winners have won the Best of Staffing Award for at least 5 years in a row, consistently earning industry-leading satisfaction scores from clients and job seekers.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — AtWork Group, a rapidly growing national staffing franchise, announced today that they have earned ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards after winning the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards at least five years in a row for providing superior service to clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied and candidates who have been placed by winning agencies are 1.7 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

“Receiving the Best of Staffing Diamond Awards is confirmation that we are providing industry-leading service to our clients and employees across the country,” said Jason Leverant, president and COO of AtWork Group. “Each day, the entire AtWork team works tirelessly to live our mission, to be ‘AtWork for You’, providing a level of service that is consistently rated as one of the highest in our industry. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished and I’m looking forward to more great things in the future!”

Focused on helping to connect people with the right job openings at companies across the country, AtWork received satisfaction scores significantly higher than the industry’s average. With fewer than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada earning the Best of Staffing Award, just 35% of the 2019 Best of Staffing winners earned the Diamond Award distinction. The winners of this award truly stand out for exceeding client and candidate expectations.

“In today’s historically tight labor market, hiring managers and job seekers need a clear and reputable way to vet potential staffing and recruiting partners,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg. “Best of Staffing winners have set themselves apart by demonstrating their ongoing commitment to client and candidate service, consistently investing in a survey and feedback program that brings transparency to the client and talent experience at their firm. I’m thrilled to showcase these service leaders alongside their validated client and talent ratings on ClearlyRated.com!”

About AtWork Group

AtWork was recently ranked No. 363 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® ranking and No. 106 in their Fastest Growing Franchises ranking. The company was also ranked No. 18 in the Franchise Times Fast & Serious list, in addition to receiving a Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking five years in a row. Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) recognized AtWork as being one of the largest staffing companies based on revenues, as well as one of the fastest-growing staffing firms in the U.S. in 2018, and Inc. Magazine ranked AtWork on its Inc. 5000 annual list for the fifth consecutive year, placing the company at No. 3,643.

For more information on franchise opportunities please visit atworkfranchise.com.

13 02, 2019

BrightStar Care Closes Successful 2018, Continues to Exceed Expectations for In-Home Care

By |2019-02-13T17:00:26+00:00February 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

CHICAGO — According to the Census Bureau, the elderly population will double between now and 2050, with one in five Americans considered elderly. Meeting this demand with its best-in-class standards is BrightStar Care, the nation’s leading in-home care franchise. The brand’s success has been reflected this past year with numerous openings, award rankings, and promising projections for 2019.

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 United States and Canada.

In 2018, the company, led by Shelly Sun, signed 15 franchise agreements, and opened 14 locations across 12 states.  Growth continues in 2019 with openings slated in Minnesota, Washington, Pennsylvania and more. In addition to targeted traditional growth in markets such as Houston, Nashville and Dallas-Fort Worth, BrightStar Care is targeting independent in-home care agencies that make viable candidates to convert to the BrightStar Care system.

“As the in-home care market continues to seek demand, we’re honored that our world-class services continue to be the top choice for consumers,” says Shelly Sun, CEO and Founder of BrightStar Care. “In 2019, we’re looking forward to building on our momentum by bringing more entrepreneurs to the successful BrightStar Care family as we continue to grow and innovate.”

BrightStar Care’s success was also proven by its recent award rankings, including Entrepreneur’s prestigious Franchise 500. The ninth consecutive year for BrightStar Care on the list, the brand came in at No. 184 this year. BrightStar Care also came in at No. 172 on Franchise Times’ Top 200 list. The brand also brought in the most number of awards of any home care provider in the industry from Homecare Pulse, including 23 locations earning the Leader in Excellence award, 105 locations earning the Provider of Choice award, and 102 offices earning the Employer of Choice award.

For more information on BrightStar Care and its franchising opportunities, visit www.brightstarcare.com.

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 www.brightstarcare.com; to find out more about BrightStar Care Franchising, visit www.franchise.brightstarcare.com.