Snap-on Tools, FASTSIGNS and Firehouse Subs win $1,000 for Their Favorite Non-Profits From Franchise Business Review

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Franchise Business Review's "Then & Now" Photo Contest Highlights How the Franchise Community Gives Back and How Much 37 Franchises Have Changed Over the Years

Snap-on’s “Then” 1920 photo of its first branded vehicle, a Model T.

We’ve had the pleasure of watching over 800 franchisors undergo a metamorphosis during the past 10 years,” says Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise Business Review.

Snap-on Tools won first place and $500 to give to its favorite charity while FASTSIGNS and Firehouse Subs, as runners-up, each won $250 to give to the non-profits that are most meaningful to them in Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) “Then & Now” franchise photo contest, which was just held at the International Franchise Association’s annual conference. To see the winning “Then & Now” images as well as those that were submitted by 34 other franchises, visit

“In honor of the veterans who have helped build our company, Snap-on is donating our ‘Then and Now’ photo contest winnings from Franchise Business Review to Honor Flight Network, an organization that flies veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials that honor their service to the nation,” says Tom Kasbohm, Director of Franchise System at Snap-on Tools. “Through our work with the organization over the past two years, we have been able to send more than 250 Snap-on veterans on five Honor Flight tours.”

FASTSIGNS is matching its FBR “Then & Now” contest prize money and donating the funds to the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans to successfully adjust to their “new normal” - returning home after being injured at war. By 2017, the non-profit will have helped 100,000 wounded veterans and their families.

“At FASTSIGNS, veterans are close to our heart. We have a number of amazing veteran franchise owners and veterans on our corporate team,” says Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We appreciate their tremendous work ethic as well as their core values of integrity and service.”

Firehouse Subs is donating its FBR “Then and Now” contest prize money to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since 2005, the Foundation has given $12 million to benefit nearly 1,000 local departments in communities across the nation.

"As former firefighters, my brother and I saw firsthand how critical it is for first responders to have the training and tools they need to save lives," says Firehouse Subs Co-Founder and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board Chairman, Robin Sorensen. “The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is the heart of Firehouse Subs."

Franchise Business Review held the “Then & Now” contest in order to provide franchisors with a forum that showcased how much they have changed over time and to help several worthy non-profits. In addition to hosting the contest, Franchise Business Review staff volunteered during the IFA’s Franchising Gives Back event at Veteran’s Village in Las Vegas, which is a transitional and permanent housing residence and provides support for U.S. veterans.

“We’ve had the pleasure of watching over 800 franchisors undergo a metamorphosis during the past 10 years,” says Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise Business Review. “Our goal for the ‘Then & Now’ franchise photo contest was to share a glimpse of what we’ve seen while helping others.”

(Note to Editors Regarding the “Then & Now” Photos: All of the winning photos and those of the 34 other franchises who participated in the “Then & Now” contest ( are available individually as jpegs. Please contact Emma Pearson to obtain them at emma(at)franchisebusinessreview(dot)com or 603 373 1551.)

About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, power sports and aviation industries. Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products and services through franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $2.6 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wis. with operations throughout the world. For additional information, visit


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 570 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers in nine countries including the US (and Puerto Rico), Canada, England, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). FASTSIGNS centers, which are independently owned and operated, provide comprehensive visual communications solutions to help customers of all sizes – across all industries – meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility through the use of signs, graphics, printing, promotional products and related marketing services. The Franchise Research Institute has named FASTSIGNS a top sign and graphics franchise and has awarded the company certification as a 2015 World-Class Franchise for four consecutive years. FASTSIGNS was also recognized by USA Today, G.I. Jobs magazine and Franchise Business Review as one of the top franchises for military veterans. For more information about FASTSIGNS, visit

About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs® is a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for Hearty and Flavorful Food, Heartfelt Service and Public Safety. Founded by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, steaming hot subs piled higher with the highest quality meats and cheeses, and its commitment to saving lives through the creation of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation, and the company is built upon a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for serving others. Firehouse Subs consistently ranks No. 1 among fast casual brands in the categories of food quality, friendly service, and taste and flavor; for the last two years Franchise Business Review named Firehouse Subs No. 1 in franchisee satisfaction, and in 2013 Firehouse Subs was ranked No. 1 in growth by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit for more information.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. The firm’s services include commissioned franchise research projects and industry-wide studies of franchisee satisfaction. Franchise Business Review is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, and can be reached at (603) 433-2270. Visit for more information.

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