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New Jersey-Based Rainbow Academy™ Now Open In West Caldwell »

April 18, 2014 at 10:01AM PDT | Source: Rainbow Academy

Child Care Franchise Has Opened the Doors on its First Essex County Center – Which is Currently Enrolling Students Ages 6 Weeks to 10 Years; Plans Underway for Grand Opening Celebration on April 26
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // West Caldwell, NJ – What began in 1997 as one Rainbow Academy child care center has grown into a franchise of sixteen locations all across New Jersey – the latest of which is located in Essex County’s West Caldwell. Situated at 1104 Bloomfield Avenue, this newest Rainbow Academy is now open for business and enrolling students ages 6 weeks to 10 years. Rainbow Academy of West Caldwell is owned by a local pair of dedicated parents and finance professionals – Mike Drake and Suzanne Orsulak-Drake, and managed by Verona native and educational industry veteran – Gina Mariani-Chimento...

British Swim School Founder Awarded 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks" Award »

April 18, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Women's Prosperity Network Recognizes Top Women in Business
April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Recently, the Women's Prosperity Network awarded British Swim School Founder, Rita Goldberg, a 2014 "Women's Success She-Rocks Award," which honors women who exemplify a strong combination of resilience and heart and who have demonstrated these qualities in their professional lives as well as through their community involvement. British Swim School is a full service, year-round and indoor swim school franchise offering water safety survival and swimming lessons for babies from three months through adult.
British Swim School was founded in 1981, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale and is still run by Founder Rita Goldberg, a former national swimmer in Britain...

Winmark Corporation Announces First Quarter Results »

April 18, 2014 at 6:02AM PDT | Source: Winmark Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 of $4,551,900 (or $.86 per share diluted) compared to net income of $4,057,500 (or $.78 per share diluted) in the first quarter of 2013.
Earnings growth during the first quarter was driven by an increase in customer activity within the Company’s lease portfolio as well as increased royalties in the franchising business. John Morgan, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We experienced solid growth in our lease portfolio during the quarter, and when coupled with the continued growth in new signed franchise agreements positions us well for long-term success."
Winmark Corporation creates, supports and finances business...

Sky Zone Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship To Award $50,000 In Prizes »

April 17, 2014 at 1:25PM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court and the sport of Ultimate Dodgeball, will host the Third Annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship Friday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 10 at Sky Zone Las Vegas. $50,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs amongst the final eight teams, which will compete in the championship bracket Sunday following the regional brackets Friday and Saturday. The Ultimate Dodgeball event combines the high-flying action and athleticism of Sky Zone's patented playing courts with the tradition of regular dodgeball. The championship bracket will be filmed and later broadcast throughout the U.S.
Prior to the highly anticipated regional and championship brackets in Las Vegas, Local Qualifier tournaments will take place Monday, June 23 to Sunday, June 29 at more than 50 Sky Zone parks throughout the United States and Canada to determine which teams will advance to Las Vegas...

Kiddie Academy® Adds Three New Educational Child Care Centers To Its System »

April 17, 2014 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Kiddie Academy
Kiddie Academy Opportunities Available

National Educational Child Care Company Expands Brand Presence in Illinois, New Jersey and Missouri
April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Abingdon, MD – Kiddie Academy®, a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive education-based child care programs, has just opened its newest franchise locations in Naperville, Illinois; West Caldwell, New Jersey and O’Fallon, Missouri this month.
The company, founded in 1981, has been franchising since 1992. The three newest locations join 117 others in the system, totaling 120 academies in 23 states across the country. According to Greg White, vice president of franchise development, the Kiddie Academy team provides thorough support services to all of the academies within the system...

Rainbow Station At Three Chopt Becomes First Preschool And School Age Recreation Program In The World To Achieve Leader In Me Lighthouse Status »

April 17, 2014 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Rainbow Station

FranklinCovey Honors Early Education Leader for Achievements as a Pioneer in the Industry
Glen Allen, Va. (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - Rainbow Station, a leader in early childhood education, school age recreation and wellness, recently announced its Three Chopt school has achieved Lighthouse Status. Recognized as the first preschool and school age recreation program in the world to hold this position, Rainbow Station now joins a group of 70+ other education systems with this prestigious title. Spearheaded by FranklinCovey, the Leader In Me Lighthouse Status is focused on rewarding schools that have developed and maintained a strong leadership platform.
"It is an honor to be recognized as the first Lighthouse preschool in the world," said Gail Johnson, CEO and Founder of Rainbow Station...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results Release Date, Webcast And Conference Call »

April 17, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW), today announced that it will report results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 29, 2014, on May 1, 2014 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day.
The dial-in number for the live conference call is (201) 493-6780 (domestic and international). The access code is Build-A-Bear. The live Internet broadcast may be accessed at the Company's investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.
Replays of the conference call will be available via the Internet and telephone...

The Little Gym Wins National Award For Franchisee Satisfaction »

April 17, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Little Gym

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 = The Little Gym International has been honored with a 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Award, an annual award given to franchise companies with the highest satisfaction rankings in surveys conducted by independent market research firm Franchise Business Review.
The Little Gym, the world's premier experiential learning and physical development center for kids 4 months to 12 years, ranked highly in the areas of core values, the strength of its franchise system, and how owners rate their personal enjoyment in operating their business and being part of the organization as a whole. The company also exceeded child services category benchmarks in the areas of training and support, and general satisfaction...

Gap Inc. Outlining Advances In Omni-Channel Retailing, Global Growth And Supply Chain »

April 17, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Brand Presidents Highlighting Strategies to Drive Product Innovation and Strengthen Brand Value Propositions
SAN FRANCISCO - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As part of its annual investor meeting, Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today is providing an overview of its strategic initiatives designed to achieve long-term, profitable growth across its portfolio of brands. The company also will highlight its use of technology, innovation and scale as competitive advantages as it makes progress toward bridging the growing digital world with its physical stores to create world-class shopping experiences for its customers.
"We have the world's best collection of American brands coupled with a strong economic model and runway for global growth," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc...

I9 Sports Announces Plans To Open Eight New Locations This Fall »

April 16, 2014 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: i9 Sports

Nation's Fastest Growing Youth Sports Franchise Seeks Personnel to Extend Growth
TAMPA, Fla. - April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - i9 Sports, the nation's fastest growing youth sports league franchise announced plans today to open eight new company-owned locations in six metro areas as part of its expansion initiative. i9 Sports offers leagues, camps, and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today's most popular team sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball. The new locations will be in Naperville, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Nashville, Tennessee; and Dallas, Texas.
i9 Sports believes there isn't a better tool to teach a child the skills necessary to succeed in life than sports...

Bricks 4 Kidz Garners High Ranking On Top New Franchise List By Entrepreneur Magazine »

April 16, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

Creative Learning Corporation's, Bricks 4 Kidz receives the #2 Top New Franchise ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine for March 2014. This accomplishment adds weight to the astounding growth that this concept continues to experience, globally.
St. Augustine, Florida (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, makes the prestigious list of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top New Franchises, ranking #2 in the March issue. A second accolade in as many months for the highly popular children's education program; setting the gold standard for enrichment franchises globally. "We are thrilled with this Top New Franchise award. Making the list is prodigious enough, but ranking as highly as we did is clearly a reflection of our incredible growth and dedication within the children's enrichment franchise industry," said Dan O'Donnell, Creative Learning Corporation COO...

PRO Martial Arts Continues Growth In The Chicago, IL Market »

April 15, 2014 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: PRO Martial Arts

April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // PRO Martial Arts, the nation’s fastest growing Martial Arts concept, announces today that it has signed a development agreement with Tim and Leslie Edstrom to develop a single studio in the Chicago, IL market.
Tim comes to PRO Martial Arts with a background in Accounting, Employee Benefits and Sales, Amanda comes to us with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. As parents, Tim and Amanda were looking for a business that would impact their community in a positive way as well as one that would provided them with a flexible schedule and the ability to balance work and home life. They were excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact with youth and families of their community through the PMA Character development program...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Makes Its Debut In Mexico »

April 15, 2014 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

April 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court, has officially announced the grand opening of Sky Zone Mexico City. This is the indoor trampoline park's first venture in Mexico, expanding the brand's footprint to a total of four countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Sky Zone currently has more than 55 opened locations, 90 additional parks under development and 35 which are projected to open by the end of 2014. Sky Zone Mexico City's wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a high-flying dodgeball competition...

Gap Inc. Announces Marissa Webb As Creative Director And Executive Vice President Of Design For Banana Republic »

April 15, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Esteemed Fashion Designer Brings Fresh Perspective to the Brand’s Legacy of Modern American Style
SAN FRANCISCO - April 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that Banana Republic has named Marissa Webb as Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, effective April 28. She will be responsible for guiding the brand’s overall creative direction, as well as leading global product design for Banana Republic Women’s, Men’s, and Accessories. Marissa will report to Global President of Banana Republic, Jack Calhoun.
"The brand has such a beautiful history which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy...

Gap Inc. To Outline Business Priorities At Investor Meeting On April 16 »

April 14, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that it will host a meeting for the investment community on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at its headquarters in San Francisco. A live webcast of the presentations will take place from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
The following Gap Inc. executives will provide updates on corporate and brand strategies:

Glenn Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sabrina Simmons, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Sunnucks, Global President, Gap
Jack Calhoun, Global President, Banana Republic
Stefan Larsson, Global President, Old Navy
Art Peck, President, Growth, Innovation and Digital
Jeff Kirwan, President, Greater China
Sonia Syngal, Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Tom Keiser, Executive Vice President, Global Product Operations

A live webcast will be accessible on Gap Inc...

No Grandparent Left Behind: Bringing Seniors Up To Speed On The Latest Technology »

April 14, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Tutor Doctor

Leading Private Tutoring Franchise Educates Seniors on Popular Social Media Networks
April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto, ON – A study released in February 2012 by Microsoft and AARP titled Connecting Generations found that teens are actually communicating more with their parents and grandparents, and vice-versa, thanks to the use of social media and other online tools that enable cross-generational interactions and richly rewarding connections. In fact, the same study found that 40 percent of teens help their grandparents maneuver the web. Nowadays, teaching seniors to explore the internet effectively, safely and responsibly has become critical to maintaining relationships.
To help seniors avoid becoming frustrated and overwhelmed with all of the social media channels out there, Tutor Doctor, the fastest growing "at-home" tutoring franchise worldwide, encourages technology savvy children and grandchildren to teach their parents or grandparents how to use these social networking sites...

Gap Inc. Reports March Sales Results »

April 11, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Company Reaffirms Full-Year Earnings per Share Guidance of $2.90 to $2.95 for Fiscal 2014
SAN FRANCISCO - April 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net sales of $1.51 billion for the five-week period ended April 5, 2014. Gap Inc.'s comparable sales for March 2014 were down 6 percent versus a 1 percent decrease last year.
"While March performance has been challenging, we remain confident in the opportunities ahead," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc. "We are pleased to reaffirm our full-year EPS guidance range."
March Comparable Sales Results
Comparable sales by global brand for March 2014 were as follows:

Gap Global: negative 7 percent versus flat last year
Banana Republic Global: negative 4 percent versus positive 1 percent last year
Old Navy Global: negative 7 percent versus negative 2 percent last year

As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces Bricks 4 Kidz® Master Franchise Awarded In Sydney, Australia »

April 10, 2014 at 6:32AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

St. Augustine, Florida (PRWEB) April 10, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce its first Bricks 4 Kidz® Master Franchise in New South Wales, Australia. This recent addition to the Bricks 4 Kidz® family brings the total number of franchises to 522. Steve and Stacey Bealing, the proud parents of twin 6-year-old girls are the recipients of this Master Franchise. They are thrilled with the opportunity to bring such a highly esteemed children’s franchise to Sydney, with plans to award 50 sub-franchises in their territory. "Bricks 4 Kidz will open so many exciting doors for the children of New South Wales," said Steve Bealing...

The Learning Experience®, Partners With Leading Crowdfunding Site Circleup »

April 08, 2014 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Learning Experience

First Online Investment Offering Provides Unique Franchise Opportunity For Pre-School Ownership Starting At $50,000
April 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, FL - The Learning Experience® (TLE®), the country’s fastest growing early learning academy franchise for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, is proud to announce its first public investment offering through a partnership with leading crowdfunding site, CircleUp. The first opportunity presented to the investment community through CircleUp is TLE’s® Jacksonville Mandarin Center, located at 11945 San Jose Blvd., Suite 500, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Recently distinguished as one of America’s fastest growing franchises and a top education franchise for 2014 by Franchise Business Review magazine, TLE® has experienced year-over-year franchise growth rate of over 30% for the past four consecutive years...

Trampoline Park Continues Growth In California With New Franchise Agreement »

April 07, 2014 at 12:11PM PDT | Source: ROCKIN' JUMP – The Ultimate Trampoline Park®

Rockin' Jump Expands California Footprint with Three New Locations in Los Angeles Area
April 07, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles – San Francisco Bay Area-based trampoline park franchisor Rockin' Jump continues to catch the attention of both consumers and investors in California. The company recently announced its expansion into the greater Los Angeles area with a three-unit franchise agreement, and now is announcing the signing of the first lease in San Dimas, which will open in the third quarter of 2014.
Opening the doors to Los Angeles' premier trampoline parks is Chris Johnson, an LA local making the jump from a career in the pharmaceutical industry to Rockin' Jump multi-unit franchisee.
"As a father of two children who frequented Rockin' Jump with their friends, I knew the concept had the consumers' attention," said Chris Johnson...



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