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15 05, 2019

Neighboring Favorite, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, Furthers Expansion in the Lone Star State

2019-05-15T15:24:58-04:00May 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Growing Coffeehouse Franchise Embarks on Southwest Expansion; Plans to Open 180 Locations in Texas in Next 10 Years

HOUSTON 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 rapid expansion plans for Texas with hopes to bring 180 new locations within the next 10 years. The region’s plethora of added storefronts will center in the state’s four largest cities with 60 locations slated for Houston, 25 for Austin, 40 for San Antonio and 55 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The planned coffeehouses will join the three PJ’s Coffee locations already seeing success in Cypress, Downtown Houston and Pearland. Pearland franchisee, Kyra Sam, opened the 100th PJ’s Coffee location in August 2018 at 12640 Broadway St., Ste. 102 as has since found incredible success in her first year of operation.

“As a New Orleans native and former general manager of a PJ’s coffee in Louisiana, I wanted to bring the coffee houses’ superior product that I loved so much to the people of Pearland,” said Sam. “Since opening, I have seen success I could not have imagined. This journey has allowed me to become the entrepreneur I always hoped to be. With the unmatched support that PJ’s Coffee offers its franchisees, I look forward to continuing to grow with the brand. I can’t wait for their further expansion throughout Texas!”

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. PJ’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, decades ago.

“At PJ’s coffee we are committed to serving up a top-tier product rooted in southern hospitality. As we sought further expansion, Texas became an obvious choice as an area with similar values and upbeat vibe,” said David Mesa, Chief Development Officer of PJ’s Coffee. “We look forward to rapidly expanding and consistently adding to the PJ’s coffee family in our neighboring state because you know what they say- everything’s bigger and better in Texas.”

To become a part of the ever-growing $100 Billion a year global industry, prospective franchisees can expect a total investment range between $185,000$360,000 for non-traditional franchise units, and $350,000$566,000 for traditional units. The operating model and menu is adaptable to any environment with different options from kiosks to free-standing locations with a drive-thru, ranging from a few hundred square feet up to 2,200 square feet.

For more information about PJ’s Coffee franchise opportunities, franchisee testimonials, and to request your free franchise information booklet, please visit http://www.pjsfranchise.com.

About PJ’s Coffee

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

15 05, 2019

The Patch Boys Launches EIGHT New Locations in A Two-Week Span

2019-05-15T14:58:51-04:00May 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

LAKEWOOD, NJ – The Patch Boys, America’s FIRST AND MOST TRUSTED drywall repair franchise company, has awarded EIGHT new locations in the last two weeks, including territories in Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina and New York.

A completely mobile business, The Patch Boys provides homeowners, landlords, property managers and business owners with a highly-focused wall patching service. These are jobs that are usually too small for most contractors and beyond the average homeowner’s skill set.

“The growth we’re experiencing, coupled with the quality of investors we’re attracting, is a great testimonial to our niche business,” said Leo Goldberger, Founder and CEO. “We offer a unique, in-demand service to the consumer, and a low-cost, high-margin opportunity for investors,” continued Goldberger.

In addition to working with homeowners, landlords and property management companies, The Patch Boys also provides services directly to general contractors, roofers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC companies and other trade professionals who want to add-on drywall repair services to their customers, but don’t have the staff or expertise to do it themselves. The Patch Boy’s simple business model and proprietary computer technology allows franchise owners the luxury of operating the business from the comfort of their own homes, and around their own schedules.

“Not only are we America’s FIRST AND MOST TRUSTED drywall repair franchise company, but we’re also one of the fastest-growing, home-based concepts out there,” said Curt Swanson, COO and VP of Operations. “Even more importantly, we have seen a spike in female ownership over the past couple of months, which further demonstrates and validates the hard work our staff has put in to promote the concept and the mind-boggling growth we have experienced,” continued Swanson.

With the 80+ current locations, The Patch Boys is dedicated to continually innovating and improving.

About The Patch Boys

Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Leo Goldberger, The Patch Boys has become the go-to resource for a reliable and efficient drywall repair. Recognizing that most general contractors and other trade industry professionals lack the time and resources to repair drywall damage caused by their services and other unforeseen forces, The Patch Boys gets their properties back to normal as quickly as possible. Franchising since 2015, this rapidly growing company has more than 70 locations across the country. The Patch Boys had become a popular investment opportunity for its low price of entry, high margins, and simple, home-based model. For more information, visit www.thepatchboys.com or call us at 844.99.PATCH

14 05, 2019

Family Prepares To Bring Big Blue Swim School to Salt Lake City

2019-05-14T14:34:53-04:00May 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Husband-and-Wife Franchisee Duo Zack and Brittany Groesbeck signed a three-unit deal to bring the technology-rich swim instruction concept to the Salt Lake City market.

SALT LAKE CITY — Leading swim instruction franchise Big Blue Swim School is coming to Salt Lake City this year as part of a three-unit deal signed by husband-and-wife franchisees Zack and Brittany Groesbeck. The pair own a series of sunglass retail locations throughout Utah and Zack is a Director of Sales for Maui Jim Sunglasses. The Groesbecks are still working with the Big Blue development team to secure prime real estate, but plan to open one location each year for the next three years and to potentially develop the entire Utah market.

Founded by U.S. National Champion swimmer Chris DeJong after he missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004 and 2008 by three-tenths of a second—just behind Michael Phelps—Big Blue Swim School takes a holistic approach to swim instruction, developing critical life skills like confidence and self-esteem consistent with children’s developmental levels. Big Blue is now positioned to become a dominant player in the $20 billion swim school industry thanks to key differentiators such as Lesson Buddy™, a proprietary and easy-to-use lesson management platform and customer self-service mobile app; a proven curriculum; and optimized operational model involving data-driven capacity planning.

The Groesbecks’ journey to Big Blue Swim School is a fascinating one. After witnessing a tragic drowning incident at their local pool several summers ago, the Groesbecks—themselves parents of two young children—knew that they wanted to commit themselves to promoting pool safety and providing unparalleled swim instruction through a swim school franchising opportunity. They first looked into Goldfish Swim School, where their children were enrolled. After unsuccessfully negotiating territories with Goldfish, Zack decided to look elsewhere. Once the Groesbecks learned about Big Blue’s proprietary teaching and real estate-sourcing technology, scheduling software and dual-pool model, they were hooked.

The Groesbecks have signed a three-unit development deal with plans to open one location a year for three years, along with the goal of eventually developing the entire market and expanding the Big Blue footprint to eight or nine locations. The duo is presently in the midst of locking in real estate for their first location, but is ecstatic to bring Big Blue Swim School to Salt Lake City this year.

“Zack and Brittany are just truly awesome people,” said Big Blue Swim School’s Chief Development Officer, Scott Thompson. “They have young kids in a swim school and Brittany herself embodies our target customer, so they have an incredibly valuable perspective. Additionally, they understand the Salt Lake City market and are right in-line with Big Blue’s philosophy concerning the importance of water safety and swim education. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the Big Blue family.”

The Groesbecks identified Salt Lake City as the perfect market for Big Blue Swim School development because Utah claims the youngest population in the U.S. and families in the state often include four or more children.

“It’s an extremely family-oriented community—every extra dollar goes to their children, and into extracurricular activities or programs to their benefit,” said Brittany Groesbeck.

“Today, parents are leery of contact sports and looking for alternatives for their children,” said Zack Groesbeck. “That’s Big Blue Swim School.”


Big Blue Swim School was founded in 2009 by competitive swimmer Chris DeJong. The first location opened in Wilmette, followed by Niles, Buffalo Grove and Hoffman Estates. In 2017, Level 5 Capital Partners acquired a majority stake in the brand, and is rolling out an aggressive strategy to grow through franchising to 150 locations by 2020. Big Blue Swim School’s real estate footprint, proprietary technology Lesson Buddy, coupled with its practice of employing full-time child engagement specialists that teach based on a proprietary distance-based swimming methodology sets Big Blue up for long-term success.

13 05, 2019

Kitchen Tune-Up Kicks off 2019 with Robust Growth

2019-05-13T16:12:04-04:00May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kitchen and bath remodeling franchise exceeds all expectations in first quarter

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen specialty company known for its five unique services, has exceeded growth goals set for the first quarter, breaking all previously held records for first quarter. From January to March, Kitchen Tune-Up added an astonishing 41 new locations to their map, positioning the brand for robust growth in 2019.

Kitchen Tune-Up’s impressive franchising achievement comes as a result of long-term investment in building its franchise system to support sustained growth.

“This year has already been monumental for our brand, and it is still incredibly early in the year,” said Heidi Morrissey, president of Kitchen Tune-Up. “Our growth in the first quarter has positioned us for success for the rest of 2019 and beyond. Without our incredible franchisees and their teams this growth wouldn’t have been possible.”

Kitchen Tune-Up prides itself not only on hard work and the ability to finish a project in 1-5 days, but on the Trustpoints, premier customer service, and family-like mentality business model. With over 190 locations in 39 states, Kitchen Tune-Up had targeted 30 locations for the first three months of 2019 and ultimately surpassed that goal with a total of 41 locations in the first quarter.

“With more than 30 years of experience to build on, people know that Kitchen Tune-Up is a business they can trust.We are using technology to create tools for our owners to work smarter, not harder.” added Heidi. “Our family-focus on the brand is also why so many people want to buy into Kitchen Tune-Up. You’re not only opening a business, you’re joining a community and we are excited to continue to add new members to our family.”

Kitchen Tune-Up is a company that has built its reputation on trust, top service and amazing results. The award-winning company has established itself as the industry leader with more than 30 years of success behind it. Kitchen Tune-Up is meeting the growing demand for homeowners seeking to update and upgrade the look of their kitchens throughout the country with its customized service and eye-popping results.

About Kitchen Tune-Up

Founded in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in affordable kitchen updates. It is known for its multiple unique options to update kitchens and cabinetry.  Services include its signature one-day wood restoration Tune-Up, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, cabinet redooring, new cabinets, granite sealing and storage solutions. Celebrating 31 years of business in 2019, Kitchen Tune-Up offers personalized service and incredible results that are structured around customer service Trustpoints to ensure a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

13 05, 2019

Allstate Seeks 90 New Insurance Agents in Utah

2019-05-13T16:01:00-04:00May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Insurance company seeking 18 new agency owners and 72 licensed sales professionals

SALT LAKE CITYUtah is the third fastest-growing state in the U.S., according to Census data.

To keep pace with growing population and consumer demand for insurance and financial services in the state, Allstate is looking to expand the Utah agency force. Of the 90 sales professionals Allstate is seeking, 18 will be agency owners and the remaining 72 hired by those small business owners will serve as licensed sales professionals.

For the agency owner opportunity, Allstate is seeking people with a strong entrepreneurial drive and passion to help others in their community. These candidates embrace challenges and are able to invest in a small business to ensure its stability and growth. Candidates don’t need an insurance background. Allstate provides them with comprehensive education, coaching and resources.

To help with agency owner recruiting efforts, Allstate is offering a $6,000 bonus to anyone who refers a qualified candidate to Allstate in Utah. The referral bonus is payable upon of the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner.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,” said Brandon Nelson, strategic deployment leader for Allstate’s Southwest Region. “We’re dedicated to opening new agencies throughout Utah, one of the fastest growing states in the country.”

As a small business owner with Allstate, hard work is rewarded with a higher earnings potential, and there’s no cap on what you 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. Existing agency purchases excluded. 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. Total eligible written premium is the sum of your last 12 months of written premium.

About Allstate

To learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner, visit www.allstateagent.com or call 877-470-8180. Those interested in the sales professional opportunity can apply at www.allstate.com/careers/agency-staff.aspx.

9 05, 2019

Local Entrepreneurs Open Always Best Care Of Pasadena

2019-05-09T19:01:35-04:00May 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Leading Senior Care Franchise Now Offers Award-Winning Senior Care Services to Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles County. The new agency is owned by first-time franchisees Na Li and Jingye Zhao and run by their business partner Kevin Jin. Located at 2555 E Colorado Blvd, Always Best Care of Pasadena will provide senior care services to several communities including South Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino and surrounding areas.

“We are excited that Na and Jingye have joined the Always Best Care team.  Both are passionate and dedicated to their community, and with Kevin leading the operations, we look forward to excellent customer service for their clients,” said Jake Brown, President and CEO of Always Best Care. “This franchise opening marks our 15th operating franchise in the state of California – making this a major milestone for our company.  We are confident Kevin will develop strong community ties which will lead to a thriving location in Pasadena.”

Originally from China, Jin moved to the United States in 2007. Prior to joining Always Best Care, he led a career as a real estate agent and also held various management positions for companies including Golf Navigation and LG Electronics. Na Li is the owner of a lucrative company in China, where Jingye Zhao serves as the CEO. The husband and wife team have been in business for more 15 years. Together, the Always Best Care of Pasadena team has embarked on this new business endeavor to give back to their community through providing senior care services.

“As Pasadena residents, we noticed a growing demand for senior services given the aging general population, so we wanted to provide a solution to those families in need of senior care,” said Jin. “As we researched potential senior care providers, our team was drawn to Always Best Care’s exceptional business model which gives us with the tools and resources needed to help clients searching for quality care.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement 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 Pasadena, or for a free evaluation, please call 626-765-6595, email infopasadena@abc-seniors.com and visit AlwaysBestCare.com/CA/Pasadena/

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 www.Always-In-Touch.com.

8 05, 2019

EmployBridge Announces Top Award Winners

2019-05-08T17:23:54-04:00May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Company recognizes performances from franchisees as some of the best in the country

ATLANTA — EmployBridge recently celebrated a number of outstanding achievements at its recent Annual Franchise Conference honoring Remedy and Westaff franchisees and their staff.

“We recognized nearly 100 individuals representing franchisees all over the country,” said Steve Mills, Franchise Division President.

EmployBridge is recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as America’s largest industrial staffing firm.  The company puts more than 400,000 temporary associates to work annually in 48 states through a network of over 400 offices. Included in their brand portfolio are two franchise brands: Westaff and Remedy Intelligent Staffing.

“Our Annual Franchise Conference is always a great time to hear stories of creative solutions, dogged determination and the unending commitment to helping good people find great jobs,” said Mills. “Our most prestigious award recognized our Franchisee of the Year, Jay and Stephanie Pichard. Their story involved many business successes but also a human one: they went way beyond the call of duty to help a client whose plant facility was decimated by Hurricane Michael and help many of their associates get back to work.

“The Top Franchise Region award went to Brian and Diane Rose. Team Rose has 12 offices from Florida to Kansas and had another remarkable year,” said Mills. “Not ones to rest on their laurels, they are expanding their services yet again in 2019.

Franchise owner Larry Caldarera won the prestigious Leadership Award. In the year in which Larry celebrated 60 years of Westaff in New Orleans, this honor was a fitting accolade. The Staff Performance Manager winner is David Cahill, whose all-around exceptional performance is noted daily at his Remedy franchise in Virginia Beach. His results-driven work ethic is also evident outside the office: he has coached his four sons’ teams to multiple wrestling and football titles. Brandyn Jacob was recognized as Top Producer for the Franchise Division. It’s the third year in the last five that Brandyn has earned this prestigious award. As a founding member of the Top Gun training program, Brandyn is also setting new standards in mentoring, coaching and generally giving back.

EmployBridge CEO Tom Bickes summed up by saying, “These awards show that our franchisees are some of the very best staffing professionals in the nation. But don’t take our word for it. These awards are based on survey results from clients and temporary associates alike. We couldn’t be prouder of our franchise partners.”  Both Remedy and Westaff have been honored for superior service as 2019 winners of ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards – a prestigious distinction earned by less than 2 percent of all staffing firms in the U.S. and Canada.

About Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Westaff and EmployBridge

Remedy Intelligent Staffing and Westaff are the franchise divisions of EmployBridge. As workforce specialists, EmployBridge provides value-added workforce solutions and job opportunities through focused specialty divisions including ResourceMFG, ProLogistix, ProDrivers, Select, RemX, Westaff and Remedy. Combining the advantages of national scale, in-depth local market knowledge, supply-chain-specific expertise and powerful recruiting and retention tools, EmployBridge is recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as America’s largest industrial staffing firm. The company puts more than 400,000 temporary associates to work annually in 48 states through a network of 400+ offices. In 2018, EmployBridge provided more than 159 million work hours to 12,000 customers, generating more than $3.1 billion in revenue. EmployBridge is also helping close the skills gap in America’s supply chain by providing free, career-focused skills development to its temporary associates through the firm’s Better WorkLife Academy. For more information, please visit www.remedyfranchise.com, www.remedystaffing.com, www.westaff.com and www.employbridge.com.

For franchise development information, please visit https://www.remedyfranchise.com/.

8 05, 2019

New Franchisees Bring Personal Touch To Oasis Senior Advisors

2019-05-08T17:15:37-04:00May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Bonita Springs-based company continues fast-paced growth

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Oasis Senior Advisors continues to expand its senior housing placement network thanks to extraordinary people from across the country. Four new franchisees including a former Disney employee, a dedicated family man, a health care industry veteran, and a man who has witnessed firsthand what the right place means to aging family members have recently joined the Bonita Springs-based company.

“Our continued expansion speaks to the strength of our model, which is based on compassionate, personalized service at no cost to seniors and their families,” Oasis Senior Advisors CEO Tim Evankovich said. “We take great care to select franchisees ready to dedicate themselves fully to helping people navigate a difficult maze of housing options.”

Years ago, new Clearwater franchisee Jason Davidson watched as his grandparents grew to need more and more care as they aged. He saw how the senior living community where they lived played a significant role in preserving their dignity and quality of life. That memory stuck with him and prompted a career change after 20 years in the financial services industry.

“When I found out about Oasis Senior Advisors, I jumped at the chance to become an invaluable and trusted resource to families right here in my community during their time of need,” Davidson said.

Ben Meyer learned the importance of family and always having someone by your side as he grew up on a small farm in Iowa. Now married with two kids, he’s embraced his new home in greater Pittsburgh and is excited about becoming a cornerstone for seniors and their families as the Oasis Senior Advisor serving the South Hills and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

“I have a strong passion for assisting people through a process and providing guidance to give them peace of mind and reduce the stress of life changes,” Meyer said.

Annette Ahtes lived up and down the East Coast before moving to Florida to be near her son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. The new Brandon-area franchisee spent many years in health care as a medical supply distributor and as the owner of a health care products company that catered to seniors.

“Talking with them made me realize what priceless gems they are in our society, and so often they are not treated as such,” Ahtes said. “Oasis helps me help the families and these wonderful people, making sure they find the support, care and lifestyle they so truly deserve.”

Steven Moses learned customer service from some of the most renowned practitioners at Walt Disney World Resort. Now, he’s applying that commitment to serving people every step of the way as the Orlando-area Oasis Senior Advisor.

“At Disney, I worked my way up into corporate convention management, but I missed the personal touch of putting that smile on the guests’ faces firsthand,” Moses said. “I came to Oasis to further my passion and help make Orlando a place I’m proud to call home.”

Oasis Senior Advisors weigh options, taking each factor of the family’s and individual’s needs into account, including level of care, independence and budget. They provide support from the initial inquiry to move-in day and beyond.

The franchisor, founded in 2014, is on GrowFL’s Companies to Watch list for its rousing success at startup and its potential for further development. For more information about Oasis Senior Advisors, franchise opportunities, or to connect with an advisor, visit oasissenioradvisors.com.

About Oasis Senior Advisors

Founded in 2014 by Tim Evankovich, Oasis Senior Advisors provides free, personalized help finding transitional housing solutions that best fit the needs of seniors and their families. This includes senior housing, hospital discharge, elder law, specialty care, and more. The company, based in Bonita Springs, Florida, operates a growing number of franchises across the U.S. Their personalized and caring approach to aid seniors and their families has helped many achieve satisfaction, comfort and peace of mind. Through client satisfaction and its strong partnerships with many top-rated senior living communities and services in the country, Oasis Senior Advisors is positioned for continued growth. Franchise opportunities are available nationwide. Visit oasissenioradvisors.com or call 888-455-5838 to learn more.

8 05, 2019

Big Blue Swim School Partners With Shorewood Development Group For 16-Unit Deal

2019-05-08T15:56:09-04:00May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Nation’s Leading Swim School Franchise’s Newest Franchise Partners Led by Louis Schriber III and Aaron Roth to Bring 10 Locations to Chicagoland, Six More to Twin Cities

CHICAGO — Big Blue Swim School, the nation’s leading swim school franchise, is excited to announce a new partnership with Shorewood Development Group to bring 10 new locations to Chicagoland and an additional six locations to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Shorewood Development Group, a Buffalo Grove, Illinois-based commercial real estate firm specializing in infill retail shopping center development, brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Big Blue Swim School franchise family. Led by Louis Schriber III and Aaron Roth, SDG Swim, LLC’s 16 locations will be managed by Jeff Plazak and Rachel Chavez.

“I was first introduced to Big Blue Swim School when my children attended lessons in Glenview. Being in real estate development, we knew some early investors in the brand and were intrigued,” said Schriber. “Once the Level 5 team got involved with Big Blue, we knew this was of significant interest to us and started pursuing the brand as another business to grow within our Shorewood investment model.”

Added Roth, “My excitement about the opportunity and the brand increased after flying down to Atlanta and meeting the Level 5 team. Their energy, passion and vision for Big Blue Swim School was contagious, and made me a believer of the model, culture and future of the brand.”

Like Big Blue Swim School co-founder Chris DeJong, Schriber has a long history with competitive swimming. Raised on the water in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, swimming has always been a part of his life.

“Growing up both on and in the water, I recognize that not only is water safety extremely important, but also that being a skilled swimmer opens the doors to adventure and fun,” said Schriber. “As a result of always being in the water, I was a natural at swimming. I swam varsity all four years of high school and continued to swim competitively in college for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.”

Fast forward to 2019, and the team at Shorewood Development Group is prepared and excited to tap into its vast knowledge and network in the commercial development space to expand Big Blue Swim School’s presence throughout Chicagoland and into the Twin Cities market.

“We have a deep understanding of the Chicago market and are extremely well-connected here, which gives us confidence in our ability to select the ideal locations for our swim schools,” said Schriber. “Signing on for the exclusive rights to the remaining Chicagoland territory was critical for us to be able to be hands-on and grow our schools to both our and Big Blue’s high standards.”

Thanks to Roth’s roots in Orono, Minnesota, Shorewood Development Group has a strong familiarity with the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and feel that is one of the premier markets in the Midwest for expansion. Coupled with Big Blue Swim School’s analytical ability to identify top markets, the brand’s new franchisees are well-equipped to execute.

“Other than just being my home state, Minnesota is truly an amazing, thriving market full of active, family-oriented people that really focus on their kids,” said Roth. “It also doesn’t hurt that Minnesota is ‘The Land of 10,000 Lakes’ — where people love the outdoors and regularly interact with water, marking swimming a must-have skill. This makes our schools and services very important to the families in the community.”

“Aaron and Louis both have large families, each with five children all under the age of 14. They are intimately familiar with the important role swimming plays in kids’ lives,” said Scott Thompson, Chief Development Officer of Big Blue Swim School. “Their experience as business owners and ability to take existing real estate, envision a totally new product and execute in accordance to that vision are exceptional. They have the same vision for Big Blue Swim School and there’s no doubt in my mind that their locations will be something to behold. Their ability to grow and retain top-tier employees gives us the utmost confidence that our schools will be in great hands with Jeff and Rachel leading the way.”

“We feel confident that our partnership has the necessary market knowledge, analytics and personnel to make the right decisions and get open quickly with the right locations,” Schriber said. “Our immediate goal is to fulfill our commitment to these 16 schools while continuing to evaluate new market options to expand into. We couldn’t be more excited to begin our journey with Big Blue Swim School and feel these 16 schools are just the beginning.”


Big Blue Swim School was founded in 2009 by competitive swimmer Chris DeJong. The first location opened in Wilmette, Illinois, followed by Niles, Buffalo Grove and Hoffman Estates. In 2017, Level 5 Capital Partners acquired a majority stake in the brand, and is rolling out an aggressive strategy to grow through franchising to 150 locations by 2020. Big Blue Swim School’s real estate footprint, proprietary technology Lesson Buddy, coupled with its practice of employing full-time child engagement specialists that teach based on a proprietary distance-based swimming methodology sets Big Blue up for long-term success. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Big Blue Swim School, visit http://YourBigMomentStartsHere.com.

7 05, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., Targeting Aggressive Growth throughout the Northeast

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Award-winning Franchisor Expanding into More Urban, Downtown Markets As Demand for Comprehensive Signage and Visual Communications Solutions Soars

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced it is aggressively targeting franchise growth throughout the Northeast, particularly in urban, downtown markets as the demand for comprehensive signage and visual communications solutions continues to grow rapidly.

Over the next few months, FASTSIGNS will open new centers in downtown Mineola/Westbury on Long Island and in White Plains, New York. In 2018, FASTSIGNS opened its first location in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, as well as additional centers in cities like East Brunswick, New Jersey; Patchogue, New York; and South Burlington, Vermont. The downtown Hartford location celebrated its Grand Opening on April 30th.

FASTSIGNS is currently seeking qualified entrepreneurs to grow the brand in other urban areas throughout the Northeast, such as New York City; Buffalo; Meriden, Danbury and Norwalk in Connecticut; Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island; Boston area and Holyoke, Massachusetts; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, among others.

“FASTSIGNS’ business model is focused on providing custom marketing and graphics solutions for local businesses, so franchisees that operate centers in urban areas are well-positioned to serve the countless organizations right in their backyard,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “Whether a new center, conversion, or co-brand, FASTSIGNS franchisees in these areas continue to experience strong sales and growth.”

Franchisee Shishir Mehta has owned and operated a FASTSIGNS center in Waltham, Massachusetts, for 17 years.

“When I was considering making the transition to be an entrepreneur, franchising made a lot of sense. There’s a proven model, so you’re set up for success,” said Mehta. “I loved FASTSIGNS because of its strong track record, and it was a similar B2B, relationship-focused environment I was used to from having worked in IT sales. I’ve always enjoyed helping customers, and with FASTSIGNS, there’s no limit to how big my business can become. We serve every industry, from foodservice and education to healthcare and finance. The product line is so deep that you can offer so many different solutions to the customer. It’s exciting.”

FASTSIGNS is continuing to grow worldwide with a focus on the Northeastern United States and Southern California, as well as finding master franchisees for Québec, New Zealand, Brazil, North Africa, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, and Latin America. For any existing business looking to expand into this fast-paced market, FASTSIGNS offers co-brand and conversion programs to help owners diversify their product lines and services to meet the growing demand for comprehensive signage and visual communications solutions. FASTSIGNS has helped countless owners of print shops, photography studios, camera stores, embroidery shops, and more, add a FASTSIGNS to their existing business or fully convert their store to a FASTSIGNS franchise. FASTSIGNS franchisees receive ongoing training and support to stay ahead of the competition and exceed the needs of their local business community. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

FASTSIGNS is known in the industry for equipping its franchisees with tools vital to securing the ongoing success of each individual location. In 2018, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of its partnership with 1HUDDLE, a workforce-training platform that converts unique training content into science-backed, quick-burst training games that are proven to accelerate workforce productivity. Additionally, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of a special incentive for first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. FASTSIGNS also made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. FASTSIGNS also has been ranked by Franchise Business Review as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years. Additionally, FASTSIGNS also was named to Franchise Business Review’s “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017 and a “Best-in-Category” franchise by Franchise Business Review in 2018. In 2019, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.


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 fastsigns.com.

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