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Franchise Daily Digest: April 21

Franchise Daily Digest: April 21

Webinars and blood drives are among today’s top franchise stories.

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“The world is undergoing a dramatic shift”

Arunabh Sinha, the founder and CEO of the Global Franchise Award-winning laundry cleaning franchise UClean, has published an article examining how the different sectors of the franchise industry will be impacted by and recover from COVID-19. Titled Franchising Post Covid19, Sinha breaks down how the likes of food and beverage and education franchises are going to shift in the coming months and years.

“Lots of existing franchisors would look at integrating elements which can fireproof them against uncertainties like corona in the future,” writes Sinha. “The franchisors that understand and recognize this would be the biggest gainers in this brave, new world!”

Aunabh Sinha was also one of the first guests on the Global Franchise Podcast, and we spoke with the CEO and founder about how he’s disrupting the cleaning industry with ‘offline-first’ laundry, UClean. Make sure to check out this episode, as well as our many other conversations with franchise professionals, at

RAVE Restaurant Group launches ‘Feed Essential Workers’ program

The parent company of around 300 Pie Five Pizza and Pizza Inn locations, RAVE Restaurant Group, is harnessing its network to provide America’s front-line workers with free sustenance, in partnership with its paying guests.

As part of the Feed Essential Workers program, guests can ‘pay it forward’ and purchase a meal for front-line workers for $5 or $10, while placing a call-in order or ordering online.

“There’s nothing more important to us than giving back to our communities, and our involvement has never been more vital,” said RAVE chief operating officer Mike Burns. “With help from Pie Five and Pizza Inn guests, we will be able to serve our neighbors who have been bravely serving us.”

Northern Illinois Franchise Association to host virtual advice session

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA) will be hosting a virtual event, ‘How to Come Out of the Gate Strong and With the Right Approach,’ on Wednesday April 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. CT. The Meeting ID for this event is 727-890-559, and the password is 137771.

Presenters and topics include:

  • Meg Schmitz, senior franchise consultant: ‘Networking & Career Moves’
  • Samuel Stanovich, area representative and franchisee, Firehouse Subs: ‘Franchisee Support and Real Estate Opportunities’
  • Ken McAllister, president and founder, MY SALON Suite: ‘How to Get the Customer Back’
  • Bailey Hewitt, senior director, and JoeyLauren Jiracek, senior account lead, All Points Public Relations: ‘Franchise Lead Generation’
  • Peter Block, executive vice president, Colliers International: ‘How Has This Changed the Real Estate Market?’

Massage Envy teams up with American Red Cross for national blood drive

Massage Envy, the massage franchisor with more than 1,150 locations in 49 U.S. states, has partnered with the American Red Cross to promote the ‘Sleeve’s Up’ campaign, which aims to donate 25,000 units of blood by August 31.

Massage Envy will harness its wide network by asking franchisees as well as their employees to donate blood over the coming weeks, and will promote the campaign across its social media followings on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

“We have an amazing network of caring franchisees who together with their teams are passionate about helping their communities,” said Beth Stiller, CEO of Massage Envy. “Twenty-five thousand units of blood is a big goal, but when we all come together, I am confident we can and will rise to the challenge to meet or exceed this goal.”

CMIT Solutions to host sixth working from home webinar
CMIT Solutions, the IT specialist franchisor, is set to publish its sixth free webinar on Thursday April 23, at 10:00am CST, which will focus on how to work securely from home. Hosted by CMIT Solutions franchisee Linda Kuppersmith, the session will focus on topics such as Cloud safety, and whether your work computer is protected on your home network.

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