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Great American Cookies® Expands Great American Patriot Program Company Increases Franchise Fee Discount to 40% for Veterans; Adds Online Presentation Dates

ATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GFG Management, LLC announced today that, due to increasing interest from potential franchisees, it has added new October online presentation dates to help veterans learn more about the recently announced Great American Patriot Program. Additionally, the company has increased the franchise fee discount to 40 percent to make it even more affordable for America's service members to start a small business with Great American Cookies. The program, introduced earlier this month, is available exclusively to qualifying veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

"We've been thrilled with the initial response from service members to our new Great American Patriot program," said Chris Dull, president & CEO of GFG Management, LLC. "By increasing this special offer and adding additional learning opportunities we hope to make it even easier for veterans to start their own small business through a proven franchising model with an exceptional brand."  

The free online presentations were developed specifically for veterans and are hosted by GFG Management executives including Dan Benton, Director of International Development. Benton, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a 34 year veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has worked to grow GFG Management's franchise brands both domestically and internationally for more than 11 years.

The online informational presentations last approximately 30 minutes and answer questions including: Why is owning a Great American Cookies an excellent career opportunity after the military? Why is it the ideal time to become a Great American Cookies franchisee? Does the current economy offer any advantages for new franchisees?

Great American Cookies has a history of supporting members of the military and recently wrapped up the brand's first ever summer Yellow Ribbon Campaign to benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. Founded in 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund provides assistance, including transportation and lodging, for injured service members and their families from across the country while they recuperate at designated military medical facilities. Throughout the summer, Great American Cookies pledged to donate $2 from the online sale of patriotic Cookie Cakes to the organization.

More information on the Great American Patriot program, as well as the schedule and signup details for the upcoming online presentations, can be found at www.GreatAmericanCookies.com/Patriot.

About Great American Cookies® (www.greatamericancookies.com)

Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 30 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Guam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC (www.globalfranchise.com)

Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes four quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® as well as two retail franchise concepts: TAF® and Shoebox New York®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

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