Recall: GE Rangetop with Grill

The CPSC has announced a voluntary recall of all General Electric Monogram Rangetop grills. The recall has been issued because of the risk of delayed ignition or explosion when not properly used. >>>Full Details Here.

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Americans Plan to Increase Spending

21% of Americans are planning to spend more in the second half of 2011 than the first half according to a study done by the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker.  This would be a 6% increase from last year. The study included various goods, including: appliances, cars, furniture and vacations. This is a positive trend that can be seen not only in retail, but in several aspects of American spending. >>>Link to full article

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Today’s Tip: Fall Safety Checklist

It’s important to keep all of your home safety devices in working order and to check them once every year. Getting in this habit can keep a small inconvenience from becoming a big safety issue. Here a few important things to keep in mind while maintaining your home’s safety items.

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Housing Permits on the Rise

New housing reports from the U.S. Commerce Department were mixed, but one important figure stood out, building permits were up 3.2%. This is an important indicator of future home building and hopefully points to new development within the near future. In August, there were 620,000 units issued permits per the seasonal adjusted rate. These are the highest levels since last December. >>> Link to Full Story.


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Welcome to a New Member of NPI

A special congratulations goes out to our newest NPI franchisee, Darren Ferguson of Oakdale, PA. Welcome Darren!


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Economic News: Franchise Report by IFA

The International Franchise Association has released its Economic Impact of Franchises Report for 2011. There is quite a bit of information covered in the report, but it demonstrates just how important franchises are to the U.S. economy and its recovery.

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Congratulations on New NPI/GPI Employees

We’re always excited when an NPI/GPI inspector brings on new employees to his growing business. Last month, there were two inspectors that hired on new employees:

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Franchising Opportunities for Veterans

The Help Veterans Own Franchises Act is now making the rounds in the House of Representatives. The new act is being promoted to help veterans returning from service to integrate into civilian life. For more information on this topic, please go to VetFran.

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Tenant Inspections: A Quick Guide for Commercial Tenants

When you are leasing a commercial property, you need unbiased and helpful guidance to make sure you know exactly what you are responsible for concerning the property. Leasing agreements can be tricky, so here are a few important inspections that can be performed to establish the condition of the building:

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Today’s Tip: Cleaning out the Gutters

An often overlooked part of home maintenance is cleaning out the gutters. Keeping them free of debris and checking for leaks can minimize breeding grounds for insects, moisture problems, and ice dams in Northern climates.