by Christina Krenek | Jul 16, 2018 Leave a comment

(BRANTFORD, Ontario) July 16, 2018—Local entrepreneur Mike Laman has opened a new FASTSIGNSⓇ franchise in Brantford, bringing an locally owned full-service sign and graphics provider to Brant County.

After a 25-year career in public accounting and financial services as a CPA, Laman always wanted open his own business. With Brantford’s growing marketplace and centralized location, opening a FASTSIGNS center was the perfect fit to help local businesses and organizations with their signs, graphics and visual marketing solutions, Laman explained.

Types of custom signs and graphics FASTSIGNS of Brantford provides include wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, banners, flags, trade show displays, wayfinding signs, digital signage and content, vehicle wraps, decals and interior décor graphics.

“We’re excited to get involved in the community and help other businesses grow through effective and creative branding solutions,” Laman said. “Our talented team of graphic design,  production and installation experts are dedicated to providing superior service and account management for every customer project regardless of the size or industry.”

FASTSIGNS of Brantford is located at 515 Park Road N. and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The FASTSIGNS team can be reached at 226.401.4443 or


FASTSIGNS® of Brantford is a locally and independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes—across all industries—to help them 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, digital signage and marketing materials. To learn more, visit or call 226.401.4443.

What to do with kitty when you go on vacation or a business trip?  Hmm??  When surveyed, 9 out of 10 cats clearly indicated they prefer staying at home during their owner’s absence.  Kitten Sittin’ Pet Sitting Service and Franchise, provides in-home cat care that make your time away worry-free, stress-free and cage-free.

I started my Baby-sitting Cats business about 9 years ago.  The best job ever because when I arrive at my furry client’s homes, they are happy to see me and they don’t talk to me.  I don’t have to come up with any clever conversation around the litter box with them.  I just get out DA Bird, swing it around in the air and they become my BFF.  I have 3 cat sitters working for me and I of course still care for my feline clients as well.  Normally I don’t have to be at a cat’s home at any specific time.  When I arrive, Fluffy doesn’t care that I have on a t-shirt and flip flops.  The cat “chores” needed to be done during a visit take about 10 minutes and the rest of the time is spent playing with, brushing, or petting kitty.  The “purrfect” job!

So, if you want to turn your cat savvy into cash flow visit  and start your Kitten Sittin’ Franchise Business today.  Enjoy your nine-lives clientele and not a 9 to 5 job.

When the Owner’s Away, the Cats Will Play…

by Modern Pets

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Meet DRU. He’s our newest recruit to the Domino’s family. He might look a little different to our current team of delivery experts and that’s because he is! 

DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) is an autonomous delivery vehicle and is set to take the world by storm.

With sleek, refined forms combined with a friendly persona and lighting to help customers identify and interact with it, DRU is a world first in the space of commercial autonomous delivery.

He is a four wheeled vehicle with compartments built to keep the customer’s order piping hot and drinks icy cold whilst traveling on the footpath at a safe speed from the store to the customer’s door. 

DRU is able to navigate from a starting point to his destination, selecting the best path of travel. His on-board sensors enable him to perceive obstacles along the way and avoid them if necessary.

While he won’t be taking to the streets tomorrow, DRU is a big step forward in the work Domino’s is doing in the future commercialisation of this technology.

He is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day soon he will be joining the Domino’s family and delivering piping hot pizzas to your door.

Where's Wahlberg? Celebrity Cache Found on Big Screen at FFGC


“Thanks for being here,” Wahlburgers’ CFO Patrick Renna told the audience during the second day of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Vegas’ Encore hotel. “People are genuinely disappointed when I’m the one who steps up on stage.”

The reason wasn’t personal, but rather because Renna’s talk was preceded by a video depicting heartthrobs and actor/singers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, along with their chef brother Paul, hard at work promoting the Wahlburger franchise, a 14-unit hamburger chain that opens to lines out the door.

The celebrity brothers, who have signed on for their seventh season of a reality show about the behind-the-scene antics at Wahlburgers, are the star power behind the brand that prides itself on serving chef-driven food on a bun. “It marries celebrity cache and proven chef-restaurateur credibility,” Renna said.

The chain’s Facebook page (260,000-plus fans) and Twitter (121,000 followers) account do well on their own, and even better when combined with Mark’s 3.29 million Twitter followers and Donnie’s 1.35 million. That's a lot of social media fire power.

The youngest of the three brothers, Paul, opened a fine-dining restaurant first, followed by Wahlburgers a few doors down in their home territory of Dorchester, Massachusetts. The fine-dining restaurant was a nod to the food he likes to cook; the hamburger joint to the food he likes to eat.

Although the number of units open is modest, there are 20 to 25 openings planned for 2017 and 339 units under agreement, Renna said. In addition, Wahlburgers Asia Pacific has signed an agreement to open 200 restaurants across Asia, Latin America and Oceania. Nontraditional units do well in airports and the restaurants, which include a full bar,  are going into venerable locations such as Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and Times Square in New York City.

Is your house making you sick? Don’t be surprised if the answer is yes.

According to the EPA, 6 out of 10 homes and buildings in the United States suffer from Sick Home Syndrome (also known as “Sick Building Syndrome” or SBS), meaning they harbor airborne pollutants that are hazardous to your health.

Now there is a local company that has developed a new, environmentally safe technology to destroy dangerous pathogens and microbes — and not just in the home but also in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, salons, cruise ships and airplanes — anywhere threatening germs live.


Based and founded in Moon, Bactronix Corp. is a microbial control company that measures and kills bacteria with a new, scientific “Bactronizing Process”.

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Shakeaway's unique brand captivates customers and keeps them coming back time and time again. We love bringing smiles to our loyal customers who are passionate about our milkshakes, smoothies, yogurts and our low fat crispy fries and our new shaved ice with less than 160 calories per serving.

The Shakeaway brand experience is evident in our amazing store environment with our very own Shakeaway TV and DJ Radio.

Customers love our talented shakette servers who receive top secret, innovative milkshake production training on our ever changing menus – this is not only a job but an art!

We have experienced management teams and business development programs to guide you; from your first call to opening your dream store, we are with you all the way.

The team at FASTSIGNS of Coral Springs brings a wealth of combined expertise in visual communications and design. Kana Ledbetter, graphic designer at FASTSIGNS of Coral Springs, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and design from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Federico Landaeta, visual communications specialist, earned a bachelor’s degree in illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.


El Pollo Loco, Firehouse Seek Multi-Unit Operators With Aggressive Incentives

by Nicholas Upton

It's not easy to expand a restaurant through franchising in a chosen market. Every time a new market opens up in Texas, you’ll have a prospective franchisee say, “How about Virginia?”

To add to the development department’s worries in this era of easy capital and high valuations, a pent-up stream of operators looking to exit makes it easy to acquire a block of restaurants instead of put in the work of development.

In an attempt to focus and entice development, Firehouse Subs has created some major incentive program in the Northeast and El Pollo Loco has just announced an aggressive incentive for growing markets outside the core of California and Nevada. For each company, it’s the first foray into development incentives.

Both deals cut franchisee fees dramatically. Firehouse has reduced the fee by 50 percent for any markets in the Northeast from greater Philadelphia and the greater New York City area to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Brent Greenwood, the director of franchise development, said the fee is just part of it.

“The development fees will be reduced to zero and we’re offering 50 percent off royalties for the first two years of operations for each restaurant opened under the incentive,” said Greenwood. “The whole idea behind that is to feed the growth of that business.”

For John Dawson, the chief development officer at El Pollo Loco, it’s a similar push. The brand is lowering initial franchise fees from $40,000 to $30,000 for the first restaurant in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. The fee drops to $20,000 for subsequent locations. That fee will be further reduced by 50 percent for any restaurants that open early. It also includes a reduced royalty rate for the first three years.

“I think across the industry, when a brand is growing beyond it’s core base it’s difficult,” said Dawson.

He said franchisees are well poised to tackle a new market.

“I think that’s where a franchisee has an advantage, they typically operate in the community where they live and have strong community connections,” said Dawson. “But so often a franchisees will say, ‘You’re trying to grow off my back,' but we’re growing alongside our 'zees.”

As demonstration of that oft-desired skin in the game, Dawson said corporate locations are being developed right alongside franchised locations, pushing for full market penetration together.

Each incentive plan aims for multi-unit operators, the well-capitalized golden children that every franchised system is clamoring over. To Greenwood, the Northeast expansion just couldn’t happen with single-unit operators.

Fresh Coat Painters

Consumer demand for quality home services is at an all-time high—the $31 billion industry is growing at a rapid rate. And for the past decade, Fresh Coat—the nation’s leading residential and commercial painting franchise—has been growing right along with it.

With more than 120 locations across the country, Fresh Coat has positioned itself as a franchise brand to beat. Backed by its bonded and insured painters, rising average unit volumes and easy-to-follow business model, Fresh Coat is capturing the attention of both consumers and business owners.


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Monro buying 16 Car-X stores in Ill., Iowa

By Tire Business Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2017) — Monro Muffler Brake Inc. is buying 16 Car-X Tire & Auto stores in Illinois and Iowa from the stores' franchisee, NONA Inc., and plans to keep operating them under the Car-X brand.

The stores generate about $15 million in annualized sales, Monro said, with a 75/25 service/tires mix.

The acquisition is expected to close in March 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Monro disclosed the deal in its third quarter earnings results.

Monro operates just six stores in Illinois and none in Iowa, prior to this deal.

Champaign, Ill.-based NONA is owned by Parham Parastaran, who started in the automotive repair/maintenance business in 1992.

He initially worked with his father, an engineer and Iranian emigree who had opened a Car-X store in Champaign in the late 1980s.

The elder Mr. Parastaran continued to work in the business until 2000.

NONA Inc. is among the 70 largest independent tire retailers in the U.S., according to Tire Business' 2016 Top 100 dealerships ranking.

Monro bought the Car-X Tire & Auto retail auto service brand in May 2015 from Tuffy Associates Corp. and continues to operate the business as a franchise.

The brand comprises 146 franchised locations in 10 states.

Franchise Gator Names Rooter-Man A Top 100 Franchise For 2018

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Franchise Gator recently released its annual Top 100 List and named Rooter-Man a Top 100 franchise for 2018. The online franchise directory developed the rankings to help individuals interested in purchasing a franchise identify and limit potential risks when searching for the right opportunity.

The Franchise Gator Top 100, now in its 5th year, highlights franchise systems that are both currently expanding and considered to be strong buys for prospective franchisees.

“Each year we comb through hundreds of Franchise Disclosure Documents to find franchise opportunities that are a great fit for our audience,” said Eric Bell, General Manager at Franchise Gator.  “Those that made the Top 100 show strong growth potential and make for a solid investment for the worthy candidate.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Franchise Gator. Our Rooter-Man franchisees deserve most of the credit for this accomplishment – as it would not be possible without their continued success and support over the years!” said founder and CEO Donald MacDonald.

About Rooter-Man:

Rooter-Man is a national plumbing, sewer, and drain cleaning franchise with over 580+ locations in North America. Rooter-Man provides an array of plumbing and drain cleaning services to homeowners, realtors, municipalities, and commercial/industrial complexes. The company was founded over 46 years ago by Donald MacDonald and is based in North Billerica, Massachusetts. Rooter-Man has been ranked the #1 Plumbing Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for the 16th consecutive year.