SERVPRO Cites Statistics On Importance Of Small Business To U.S. Economic Health
From April 30 to May 6, 2017, America will celebrate Small Business Week, an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). According to disaster remediation specialist SERVPRO®, Small Business Week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country's economy.Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, emphasizes there is nothing "small" about small business when it comes to its importance to the nation's economic health. According to statistics from the SBA, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; of those 28 million businesses, the 600,000 U.S. franchised small businesses, like SERVPRO, account for 40 percent of all retail sales and provide jobs for some eight million people. As these local business people work to grow their businesses, they help create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness.
For entrepreneurs, becoming a franchise owner is one path to small business ownership. "Entrepreneurship is at the heart of a successful small business-the drive to own and grow a business through your own efforts," said Steen. "Franchise organizations like SERVPRO give entrepreneurs a framework for their ambitions, access to state-of-the-art tools and processes, and a roadmap for sound financial management and growth."
Some franchised small businesses offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to own and run their own small business while providing a service to the community they live and work in. With SERVPRO, for example, franchise ownership helps entrepreneurs combine their hometown knowledge and the emotional investment they have with their community with access to the latest disaster remediation technology and products. This combination creates a community asset that could prove invaluable to home and business owners who are struck by the unexpected.
"Our franchise owners are proud small business owners in their communities," says Steen. "But, as SERVPRO small business owners, they know that the unexpected can happen - a flood, a fire, an explosion, a storm, a mudslide, whatever the event might be - big or small. When the unexpected does happen, these dedicated entrepreneurs and their staffs are ready to respond immediately and effectively to limit the damage to property and disruption to lives in their communities. Having both an emotional and financial stake in their communities is what distinguishes small businesses with local owners from other businesses. And that's what makes small businesses such an important thread in the fabric of this country."
SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.servpro.com/.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Restoration 1® Recognizes Top Franchisees at National Convention
Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, recently celebrated its top performing franchisees with 2017 national honors at its annual convention in Las Vegas, NV.
“Creating a great franchise opportunity means delivering a world-class experience in our markets across the country, and our convention is a great place to honor the members of our team who deliver on that experience for customers every day,” said Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1®. “Our award recipients create those experiences daily, allowing us to become the fastest-growing restoration franchise in the country. We couldn’t do it without them.”
Individual franchisee and employee awards were announced during the awards ceremony at Bally’s Las Vegas for outstanding achievements.
Franchisee award winners included:
About Restoration 1®
Founded in 2008, Restoration 1® is an award-winning franchise that specializes in a wide array of emergency mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services. An industry innovator, the Texas-based company uses advanced technologies and tools to perform restoration for both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged due to water, smoke, fire, mold, storms and more. There are more than 120 locations throughout the U.S. with plans to expand to more than 500 locations nationwide in the next four years. For more information about Restoration 1®, visit www.restoration1.com.
Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain, released today its first annual Wiener Index,* a survey that reveals the latest consumer trends and fun facts related to the fast food space. And with Tax Day here, giving in to fast food cravings can improve a bad day. When asked, 70 percent of Americans frequently get fast food to treat themselves, with Millennials even more likely to indulge in a fast food to help boost their mood (81 percent)."
At Wienerschnitzel, we're all about giving our loyal fans the great food and indulgences they love, whether a classic hot dog, chili cheese fries or a candy shake, so fielding this annual survey will allow us to stay on top of and share the latest trends that drive consumer preferences," said Doug Koegeboehn, Wienerschnitzel’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’ll share these stats and facts in upcoming activities and promotions, as well as utilize the data as appropriate as we develop new menu items.”
Some Fun Wiener Index Findings
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Founded in 1961, Wienerschnitzel is the world’s largest hot dog chain with more than 50 years of proven success. Home of America’s favorite chili dog, and pioneer of the limited-service food industry, the iconic brand currently has 330 restaurant locations in 10 US states and Guam and sells more than 120 million hot dogs each year. Based in Irvine, Calif., the parent company, Galardi Group, franchises restaurants throughout the US, including Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand and Tastee Freez. Wienerschnitzel is a family owned and operated company. Please visit wienerschnitzel.comfor the latest news and information or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
**The Wiener Index Survey by Wienerschnitzel was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between February 14th and 21st, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey.
Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing, and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, recently honored Darric Mitchell, of Freehold, N.J., with the 2017 Franchisee of the Year Award and recognized him as a Million Dollar Club winner at the company’s national convention in Las Vegas, NV. Mitchell is a multi-unit franchisee and has Restoration 1® locations in Freehold, Morris County and Hunterdon County, N.J.
Restoration 1®, which has expanded into one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country, recognized Mitchell with the highest honor among the network’s top performers at the biggest convention in company history.
Mitchell was chosen for epitomizing the ideal Restoration 1® franchisee, both in the office and out in the field doing the dirty work. The leadership team added that Mitchell doesn’t shy away from hard work and has proven to be a leader not only in his own business, but company-wide.
“Darric excels in all aspects of his business,” said Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1®. “He acts like a true leader and carries those attributes over into the community. The kind of character he has and the excellent work he does every day is what we want all franchisees to strive towards. He’s a great role model and an ideal franchisee.”
National car care month encourages car owners to schedule appointments at their local automotive shops for post-winter maintenance during April or early spring. Cars are abused during the winter months from sitting in freezing rain to driving through snow storms. Routine maintenance prevents larger repair services that can be costly. Schedule an appointment at your local Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop with an $89 DRIVE FOR 200,000 Spring Maintenance Package ($50 in savings) to get your car ready for warmer weather.
The following services are provided with Merlin’s Spring Maintenance Package:
“Preventive maintenance performed on a car can avoid serious problems from occurring on a vehicle,” Penny McDowell, Merlin’s Marketing Director said. “Through routine car care, Merlin Shops help customers enjoy the full life of their vehicles.”
With the right maintenance, your car may last longer than you think. To help customers save money, Merlin Shops offer THE DRIVE FOR 200,000, an easy, affordable and the industry’s most comprehensive vehicle longevity program. The program includes the repair and maintenance your vehicle may need to reach 200,000 miles and beyond. The renowned 20-point-vehicle inspection will catch small problems before they become major headaches. Learn why you should get on THE DRIVE FOR 200,000 by visiting www.merlins.com/thedrive.
Customers can locate their nearest Merlin Shop, schedule an appointment, or shop for tires at www.merlins.com.
Senior Helpers® Boston and Senior Helpers® South Shore, premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, today announced owner Mark Friedman has been selected by Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine to receive the Spirit of Franchising Award for his exceptional performance and valuable community aid, while successfully representing the Senior Helpers brand. Friedman is one of 11 winners who have been selected for demonstrating outstanding performance in growing both their organizations and their brands.
"It's an honor to be recognized for my work with Senior Helpers," said Friedman. "I am proud to work with an organization that believes in my ability, provides me with the tools I need for success and allows me to champion our clients and brand. It is one of the best business decisions I have ever made."
Since 2009, Friedman and his team have served the Boston community through Senior Helpers' personalized in-home care services and programs. He has also been chair of the National Owners Council for the past six years and advocates for home care licensing and standardized practices as an Advisory Committee member for the Home Care Alliance (HCA). Most recently, Friedman acquired Senior Helpers South Shore, which has enabled Senior Helpers Boston to deliver the company's unique suite of caregiver services to more than 75 communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
In a recent release, Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine noted, "This year had a whirlwind of impressive nominations. These power operators, innovators and creative thinkers keep raising the bar. To qualify, multi-unit franchisees must have at least five operating units, and have been in a franchise system for a minimum of two years."
Winners will receive their Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards at the 17th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference on April 23-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, hosted by Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine. At the annual event, more than 1,700 attendees will honor their success in the franchise world.
For more information about Senior Helpers Boston, visit www.SeniorHelpers.com/Boston or call (617) 500-6999; for Senior Helpers South Shore, visit www.SeniorHelpers.com/SouthShoreMA or call (781) 421-3123.
Since its founding by Buzz Franchise Brands in 2016, Pool Scouts, the sister company of Mosquito Joe, continues to operate on a mission aimed at providing premier pool service and a quality, consistent brand experience for its customers. And now, the brand is excited to announce the expansion of its quality service to even more customers nationwide with a recent opening in Austin, TX and upcoming openings in Sarasota, FL and Lakeland, NJ.
There are 10 million Americans across the country that enjoy the luxury of having a pool in their own backyard, and as the spring weather heats up, the cleaning and maintenance involved becomes more evident. The addition of a pool isn’t always the glitz and glamour homeowners expect – with cleaning, circulation and chemistry creating a heavy workload. Pool Scouts was created to ease the stress caused by pool maintenance. Unlike many of the other independent competitors in the industry, Pool Scouts is able to offer both a professional and timely service by utilizing state of the art technology with an exceptional customer experience.
Through Buzz Franchise Brand’s proven model, the brand is seeing rapid growth within its first year of operation. Pool Scouts sparked development by opening the first corporate owned location in Virginia Beach in the Spring of 2016. Over the past several months, the brand has celebrated the opening of its first franchised locations in Raleigh, NC, Austin, TX and New Jersey.
“We have had a great year and a half establishing the brand and are eager to see what we can accomplish in 2017,” said Pool Scouts President Michael Wagner. “We are building off of strong momentum initiated by an excellent team of people that represent our strong culture and vision for success. Through their leadership, we can empower and enable our franchisees to pursue their dreams.”
For an emerging brand with huge potential to grow under the support structure of Buzz Franchise Brands, Pool Scouts has an advantage to recruit franchisees into an exciting system built upon credibility through high achievements. The brand was created on the same principle as Mosquito Joe, which was recently ranked number one in category and number 26 overall on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list.
“After showing initial interest in Mosquito Joe and Buzz Franchise Brands, I was motivated to pursue a franchise opportunity with Pool Scouts because of its proven track-record for success,” said Sarasota, FL franchisee John Turner. “I like that Pool Scouts allows me to run my own business without a brick and mortar retail presence, providing flexibility to work from my home while bypassing any potential issues I might have with securing real estate.”
Pool Scouts prides itself on the flexible model offered to franchisees. The brand started franchising with the lowest franchise fee in the industry, $7,500, with a total initial all-in cost between $54,500 and $98,000. With a recurring revenue model, no need for a physical retail location, and a leadership team capable of running a 500-unit company, Pool Scouts is already becoming a competitive force in the most active pool markets in America.
Throughout 2017, Pool Scouts continues to focus development efforts on states in the U.S. that have a high number of pools per capita including California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and New York. The brand has already signed franchisees in two of its five target states and is showing no sign of slowing down.
“Getting our first franchises up and running was a huge accomplishment that fueled our growth for the rest of the year,” Wagner said. “We plan to recruit more business-minded entrepreneurs in high priority markets with a goal of reaching at least 12 units by the end of 2017.”
FirstLight Home Care, a national provider of non-medical home care, was recently awarded the highest ranking from the International Franchise Association VetFran committee. This is a distinct honor that is factored by several components based on veteran discount, clean audit report, years in business, years in franchising and units open. A "FIVE STAR" designation is given to only the top ranking IFA VetFran members.
The purpose of the IFA VetFran "STAR" designation is to:
FirstLight Home Care distinguishes itself from other industry brands by offering assistance to a wide demographic of adults in need. The company assists seniors, new mothers, veterans, adults with disabilities, and those recovering from illness, injury or surgery, who need help on short term or long term basis.
Home care is and has been one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and demand continues to climb based upon our aging population. FirstLight Home Care has replicated a competitive business model spanning across 32 states where franchisees are serving the needs of their local communities.
In addition to recent IFA VetFran FIVE STAR designation, FirstLight Home Care was named to Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list and Top Franchise for Veterans by Franchise Business Review. The company also made the Franchise Times Top 200+ list, 2016 Inc. 5000 ranking and was honored at number 21 for all private businesses based in the Cincinnati metro area.
For more information on FirstLight Home Care and franchise ownership opportunities, visit www.firstlightfranchise.com.
About FirstLight Home Care
FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides care for more than 2,500 clients in over 32 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Companion and personal care services can be provided at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes or group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, individuals recovering from surgery, adults with disabilities and anyone who might just need a little extra care or assistance. Visit www.firstlighthomecare.com to learn more.
To celebrate the coming of warmer weather and spring in the air, Doc Popcorn, the world’s largest popcorn franchise retailer, introduces a new limited batch flavor, Ragin’ Ranch. The new flavor is available now at participating Doc Popcorn locations nationwide and online through May 15.
Inspired by springtime’s annual blossom, Ragin’ Ranch offers guests a vibrant flavor that will rejuvenate their taste buds. With hints of dill, garlic and vinegar, Ragin’ Ranch combines the zing of ranch with the crunch of popcorn to create a tangy, herby menu option. The new flavor also pairs deliciously with Doc Popcorn classic flavors such as Cheesy Cheddar, Triple White Cheddar or Hoppin’ Jalapeño.
“Ranch dressing has become one of the most popular condiments and is consumed with more than just vegetables. Americans put it on everything, and now they get to enjoy it on their favorite popcorn snack,” said Rob Israel, founder of Doc Popcorn and ‘Big Pop.’ “We’re excited to introduce this light, zesty flavor as a limited time flavor on our menu to give customers a flavorful option that complements the world springing back to life. We’re confident this innovative flavor will be a fan-favorite.”
As a better-for-you snacking option, Doc Popcorn creates its own proprietary flavor blends using high quality ingredients free of trans fat, MSG, artificial colors and preservatives. Gourmet popcorn flavors include Klassic Kettle, Sinfully Cinnamon, Triple White Cheddar, Sweet Butter, Cheesy Cheddar, Better Butter, Caramel Bliss®, Hoppin’ Jalapeno and Salt-n-Pepper. Flavor mixes are also customized by customers to create their own personalized tasty treat.
Based in Denver, Doc Popcorn has more than 100 mobile carts, kiosks and in-line stores around the world. In late 2014, after Dippin’ Dots, innovator and market leader of flash-frozen ice cream, acquired Doc Popcorn, the two companies announced they would begin opening co-branded locations around the country. There are currently 16 dual concept franchises with more opportunities in the pipeline. They expect to open 10 more this year. For more information about franchise opportunities with Doc Popcorn, visit www.docpopcorn.com.
About Doc Popcorn
Using whole grain kernels, proprietary flavor blends and other high-quality ingredients, Doc Popcorn handcrafts a wide variety of fresh-popped specialty flavors of popcorn free of trans fat, MSG, artificial colors and preservatives. Doc Popcorn started franchising in 2009 and has been consistently recognized as one of the top food franchises in the country by Entrepreneur Franchise 500. For more information, please visit www.docpopcorn.com.
Free $5 Lunch Combo if Chase Elliott Wins on April 23
With the racing season in full swing, Little Caesars is offering America a free lunch if fan favorite driver Chase Elliott claims a victory in Bristol, Tennessee, on April 23. If Elliott wins the April 23 race, Little Caesars will give away one free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo, featuring a 20 oz. Pepsi product to every customer who comes into a participating store and mentions this offer at the check-out counter, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (local time) on April 26, in accordance with the offer terms.
"We know race fans have the need for speed, and that's why we're offering this opportunity to get the fastest lunch in town," said Ed Gleich, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Little Caesars. "And, if Chase Elliott doesn't make it to the Victory Lane, fans can still catch a great deal at Little Caesars with our high quality, HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo for just $5 plus tax. Either way, customers win!"
Available at participating restaurants nationwide, the Little Caesars HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo includes a satisfying portion of four Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pepperoni pizza slices and a 20-ounce Pepsi product for $5 (plus tax), all served HOT-N-READY. No calling, waiting or online ordering necessary. Customers simply go to their Little Caesars store, and fresh pizzas are ready to carry out.
At the April 23 race at Bristol, Elliott's No. 24 Chevrolet SS will have a fresh new paint scheme, featuring Little Caesars branding on the hood and quarter panels.
Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars® is the largest carryout-only pizza chain and fastest growing pizza chain in America*. Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars has become the third largest pizza chain in the world** and today has stores in all 50 U.S. states, as well as 20 countries and territories worldwide.
Known for its HOT-N-READY® pizza and famed Crazy Bread®, Little Caesars has been named "Best Value in America"*** for ten years in a row. Little Caesars products are made with quality ingredients, like fresh, never frozen, mozzarella and Muenster cheese, dough made fresh daily in the stores and sauce made from fresh-packed, vine-ripened California crushed tomatoes.
An exceptionally high growth company with more than 57 years of experience in the nearly $135 billion worldwide pizza industry, Little Caesars is continually looking for franchisee candidates to join our team in markets around the world. In addition to providing the opportunity for entrepreneurial independence in a franchise system, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.
*Fastest growing pizza chain in the US – based on net number of stores added each year 2008-2015.
**Third largest pizza chain in the world – based on net number of stores in 2015
***"Highest-Rated Chain – Value for the Money" based on a nationwide survey of quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates 2007-2016.
SOURCE Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.