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School Of Rock Strums Its Way To Saltillo, Mexico »

April 17, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate School of Rock’s Newest International Location
SALTILLO, Mexico - April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announced today the opening of its newest international location in Mexico, located at Nazario Ortiz Garza 3440 in Saltillo. The opening of School of Rock in Saltillo will offer children an opportunity to pursue music education in an entirely new way.
The School of Rock music program differentiates itself by encouraging students to learn how to play with their fellow students. Taking the focus off the individual and creating a team dynamic allows students to enjoy a supportive and motivating environment in which to learn. For over 15 years, this method of teaching has led to the concept’s growth in over 150 schools in nine countries...

Toys"R"Us® In-Store Campaign Raises More Than $2 Million To Benefit Special Olympics »

April 17, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Company’s U.S. Shoppers Pledged Significant Support through In-Store and Online Fundraising to Help Ensure Youth of All Abilities Can Experience #MyFirstSportsMoment; Customer Donations Combined with Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund Grants Totaling Nearly $4 Million Aid Special Olympics World Games and Global Growth of Young Athletes™ Program; 100-Day Countdown to 2015 Special Olympics World Games Begins Today
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, N.J. - Toys"R"Us® today announced that a recent campaign hosted in its stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million. Throughout the duration of the eight-week awareness and fundraising program, Toys"R"Us customers pledged their support to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience #MyFirstSportsMoment by learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more through Special Olympics...

Gap Inc. Supports Robust Trade Agenda And Introduction Of Bipartisan TPA Legislation »

April 17, 2015 at 4:24AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - April 16, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today applauded the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The legislation would help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, help level the playing field for American retailers, and support well–paying U.S. Jobs.
"Trade is vital to the global competitiveness of Gap Inc., and supports more than 110,000 Gap Inc. employees across the United States," said Sonia Syngal, executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations, Gap Inc...

Don’t Be “Fool”ish This April – Save A Life With Swim Lessons »

April 16, 2015 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

British Swim School reminds all families to take a hard look at the swimming abilities of each adult and child. If anyone isn’t able to back float (the ultimate survival skill), he or she is in jeopardy and needs to learn how to swim.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 16, 2015 - It’s the time of year when teachers, students and families have begun the countdown to summer. The weather is warming up, Spring Break is over, and the clock is ticking until outdoor pools and beaches become a hot spot. British Swim School (BSS) uses this season to remind all families to take a hard look at the swimming abilities of each adult and child. If anyone isn’t able to back float (the ultimate survival skill), he or she is in jeopardy and needs to learn how to swim...

Learning Express Toys To Open In Tulsa »

April 16, 2015 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Learning Express

April 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tulsa, OK - Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy retailer, welcomes its newest franchise to Tulsa, on Thursday, April 23. Owners Charlie and Jason Darrow will host a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 pm. That evening, the Darrows will be offering customers 10% off storewide and will give 20% of the proceeds from the evening to the Bixby North Elementary School PTA. “Our daughters attend the school, and the teachers, parents, and students are wonderful and deserving,” says Charlie. “The PTA works hard to ensure all of the teachers receive grants each year to provide an even better experience to the children. This was the first year that the PTA did not have enough money in the budget to approve all of the requested teacher grants, and we wanted to help out in some way...

JumpBunch Offers An Innovative Approach To Ownership »

April 16, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) April 16, 2015 - JumpBunch, Inc. is pleased to announce a new and innovative 3-tiered approach to franchise ownership. Owning a JumpBunch franchise has just become a more affordable opportunity with 3 unique investment choices.
For many people, working with children is simply a passion; for others JumpBunch represents an opportunity build a profitable business in an ever growing child services category.
The JumpBunch Executive Team recognized that there was room in their system for a variety of people in different financial situations. The common goal though is the dream of owning your own business. The new approach starts with a lower cost investment option with less long-term risk for those with limited capital...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 15, 2015 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq:WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 28, 2015 of $6,054,300 (or $1.17 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2014.
John L. Morgan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Both our franchising and leasing businesses exhibited solid top-line growth in the first quarter which led to a 34% increase in operating income. We are pleased with our start to the year.”
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business. At March 28, 2015, there were 1,099 franchises in operation under the brands Plato's Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Play It Again Sports®, Music Go Round® and Style Encore®...

Kid To Kid And Uptown Cheapskate Resale Stores Raising $100,000 To Build Schools In Africa »

April 15, 2015 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate have teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with under-served communities around the world, to raise enough funds through a charity Fill-A-Bag sale to build three new schools in Africa.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) April 15, 2015 - Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both resale brands of BaseCamp Franchising, have teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on April 25, with 100 percent of the proceeds being used to build three schools with buildOn in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Chris Hurt Chief Operations Officer »

April 15, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 14, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, today announced the appointment of Chris Hurt to the position of chief operations officer effective April 15, 2015.
Hurt will lead the Build-A-Bear Workshop retail and operations teams to drive sales and profits, while promoting ongoing growth for the business. He will oversee all business operations, including the corporate strategy and structure for stores.
Hurt will work closely with the marketing, merchandising and store teams to ensure continued customer satisfaction and engagement levels across Build-A-Bear Workshop. He will report to Sharon Price John, chief executive officer...

Bottle & Bottega Starts Construction On The First Permanent Studio Location In California »

April 14, 2015 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Bottle & Bottega

Art and Wine Concept to Supplement Off-Site “Pop-Up” Parties with In-Studio Events by Launching Chic and Sophisticated New Studio in Campbell, CA.
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN JOSE, California. – The nation’s premier art and wine studio announced today that it has started construction for a permanent studio location in Campbell, Ca. Set to open in May, the new studio will be located at 2125 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, Ca. This will be the first Bottle and Bottega studio to be launched in California. The studio will be used to supplement Bottle & Bottega’s off-site paint and wine parties with on-site public and private events.
“I could not be more pleased about the location of our new studio and can’t wait for our grand opening in May” said Stacy Khanishian...

Sky Zone To Hire 90 Energetic People In Franklin »

April 13, 2015 at 9:39AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Sky Zone Franklin Set To Open Trampoline Park in the Neighborhood
[start:FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring 90 part-time team members for its new park in Franklin. Set to open in May, Sky Zone Franklin will have over 19,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 29,000 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering local residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyFit, innovative fitness classes that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Gap Inc. Reports March Sales Results »

April 10, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - April 09, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today reported that net sales for the five-week period ended April 4, 2015 increased 1 percent to $1.53 billion compared with net sales of $1.51 billion for the five-week period ended April 5, 2014.
“We are especially pleased with the strong customer response to Old Navy during this peak spring shopping month, and we remain focused on the steps necessary to drive improved product consistency across our entire portfolio”
“We are especially pleased with the strong customer response to Old Navy during this peak spring shopping month, and we remain focused on the steps necessary to drive improved product consistency across our entire portfolio,” said Sabrina Simmons, chief financial officer, Gap Inc...

Build-A-Bear Launches Promise Pets Line, Fosters Pet Responsibility Skills In Children With Interactive App »

April 09, 2015 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Partnership with the Petfinder Foundation emphasizes Build-A-Bear's legacy of support for animal welfare.
ST. LOUIS - April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Build-A-Bear (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, has launched its newest product line - Promise Pets™ - the company's most realistic pet plush collection to date. The Promise Pets line features a complementary mobile app families can download to bring the experience of pet care to life, teaching children about animal care through an interactive play experience.
Breeds in the collection include the Golden Retriever, Beagle, Yorkshire Terrier and Persian Kitten. Build-A-Bear plans to introduce more breeds throughout the year.
"In line with our strategic product expansion initiative to create play beyond the plush, our Promise Pets interactive app provides a platform to teach children the importance of animal welfare and responsibility for their care," said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear...

Sky Zone Awards Franchise In McDonough »

April 09, 2015 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces it has awarded its newest franchise in McDonough, with plans to open its doors in early fall. For a WoW experience, the brand new facility will include an Open Jump Court, Ultimate Dodgeball courts, SkySlam Basketball courts, and a giant Foam Pit. The new park will offer local families a better choice for entertainment and recreation by bringing this innovative concept to the rapidly growing community.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering McDonough residents and visitors the ultimate play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Kinderdance® Missouri Expands To An Area Developer »

April 08, 2015 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education to Young Children Worldwide
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children announces Missouri expansion. Molly Ameis business owner of Kinderdance St Louis and St Charles Counties Missouri upgrades to a Kinderdance Area Developer. As a Kinderdance Area Developer, Kinderdance Missouri is serving children in St Louis City and the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Warren and Lincoln in the state of Missouri.
Ms. Ameis purchased her franchise in 2010, before becoming a Kinderdance franchise owner Molly taught Kinderdance programs for five years...

Bach To Rock Music School Franchise Expands To Boston Suburbs »

April 08, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Bach to Rock

Franchise Recently Featured on NBC's The Voice Fills Much Needed Demand for Music Education
BOSTON, MA - (Marketwired - Feb 3, 2015) - Bach to Rock, the nation's leading music school franchise, is expanding to suburban Boston and has plans to expand further in the Boston region. Don Kennel, owner of Syncopated Holdings LLC, has purchased the franchise rights and will be opening the first Boston location.
Bach to Rock recently received national attention when one of its instructors, Matt McAndrew, placed No. 2 on NBC's "The Voice" television show. Bach to Rock has been expanding nationally since its founding in 2007, addressing a rapidly increasing demand for music education as schools cut music programs.
"We are excited to expand in Boston," said Brian Gross, CEO of Bach to Rock...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 728th Franchise Awarded »

April 07, 2015 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - April 07, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCQX:CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios® the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce it awarded its 728th franchise, located in Bozeman, MT (Bricks 4 Kidz franchise). This benchmark includes the international subfranchises that have been awarded by the Company’s master franchisees. Of the now 728 franchises awarded, 697 are active and operating.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, “We continue our strong performance in marketing Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island franchises and are proud of our low attrition rate...

Rainbow Station Announces New, Smaller Franchise Model »

April 06, 2015 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Rainbow Station

Leading Preschool Franchise Expands Offerings to Attract Larger Pool of Business Partners
GLEN ALLEN, Va. (PRWEB) April 06, 2015 - Rainbow Station, a leader in early childhood education, school-aged recreation and wellness, is expanding its franchise offerings with a smaller model intended to open the doors to a larger pool of potential franchise partners looking to join the growing brand.
“The purpose of this new model is to continue being a quality service provider while meeting all the needs of our franchisees and maintaining the utmost convenience for families,” said Gail Johnson, founder and CEO of Rainbow Station. “Through research, we have found that by expanding our scope of services and franchise options, we’re able to better serve more families with childcare needs...

Best In Class Veteran Expands Educational Enrichment To More Families In Texas »

April 02, 2015 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Best in Class

Software Programmer and Entrepreneur Ira Giri Opens Second Center in Katy
Katy, TX (PRWEB) April 02, 2015 - Best in Class Education Center (Best in Class), a top-of-the-line education enrichment center focusing on math and English, is proud to announce its continued expansion in the Lone Star State with the opening of its second center in Katy, Texas led by seasoned Best in Class franchisee Ira Giri.
Located at 26400 Pine Mill Ranch Drive, the location opens its doors for a Grand Opening celebration on April 4 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Families are invited to take advantage of a waived registration fee, free placement tests ($50 value), and two free tutoring lessons in either math or English Enrichment ($50 value). Families are also encouraged to tour the new facility and meet the tutors while enjoying complimentary snacks and refreshments...

Franchise Opportunities Growing In Boston With Leading Preschool Company »

April 01, 2015 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

April 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Franchise opportunities are growing in the greater Boston area with Primrose Schools®, a high-quality early education and care provider with 300 schools independently owned and operated coast-to-coast. The company, which experienced record geographic expansion last year, is actively seeking potential Franchise Owners in the Boston area and will attend the Franchise & Business Opportunities Show, New England’s largest business ownership event taking place April 11-12 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Last year, Primrose opened 19 new schools and awarded 45 franchise agreements, and additionally experienced a 13.5 percent increase in overall system revenue from 2013 to 2014...



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