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9Round Opens First Gym In Australia »

March 27, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: 9Round

Plans More Than 100 Additional Locations Over Next Five Years
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, SC – Add 9Round to the list of world-class fitness chains looking to capitalize on Australia’s booming fitness sector. The world’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise recently opened its first club Down Under.
Located in Forest Lake, Queensland, the new club is the first of more than 100 that 9Round plans to open throughout Australia – including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast Region – over the next five years. A second location is slated to open in Brisbane sometime in June.
“The fitness industry in Australia has expanded significantly over the past few years, with several fitness chains securing a key market foothold across the country,” said 9Round co-founder and CEO Shannon Hudson, who is also the reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World...

TGA Premier Youth Tennis Ranked Among Top New Franchises »

March 26, 2015 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Youth sports business model in partnership with the USTA off to a fast start.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - Entrepreneur Magazine has recognized TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) among its Top New Franchises in 2015.
Entrepreneur's 2015 Top New Franchises list, which appears in the March 2015 issue, recognizes the top 75 new franchise companies. Editors compiled the list from the publications 2015 Franchise 500 selections by analyzing companies that have been franchising for the last five years (since 2010).
“TGA’s tennis business has been our fastest growing youth sports franchise model over its first three years. To be recognized by Entrepreneur and listed among the top 75 new franchises is a testament to our partnership with the USTA, and our school based youth sports infrastructure,” Joshua Jacobs, CEO of TGA said...

LAG Fit, Inc. Acquires Club Pilates »

March 23, 2015 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: Club Pilates

Sets Tone for Franchise’s Continued Growth in 2015 and Beyond
IRVINE, Calif. – Setting the tone for its continued growth, Club Pilates, the world’s largest and most sought after pilates franchise, was acquired by LAG Fit, Inc., a franchise development firm that specializes in the acquisition and expansion of boutique wellness concepts.
“This agreement will no doubt enable us to achieve our long-term vision for the brand and the concept,” said Club Pilates founder Allison Beardsley. “What a great ride. Who would have ever thought we would be in this position? There’s no telling how far Club Pilates will grow moving forward.”
Since its inception in 2007, Club Pilates has established a reputation for providing quality pilates sessions at a very low cost – reformer classes are priced as low as $17 per session, far below the general average...

Wheelchair Dance Workshop Planned For May 2nd »

March 23, 2015 at 7:50AM PDT | Source: Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Inc.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers Michigan’s first ballroom dance program for people with physical disabilities.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (PRWEB) March 23, 2015 - When Cheryl Angelelli broke her neck in a swimming accident at the tender age of 14, she never imagined she would, years later, elegantly dance across the parquet in a ballroom dance studio, yearning to compete. That’s exactly what the Clinton Township resident is now doing, thanks to a special dance instructor named Sergio Sanchez at Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
In fact, Angelelli is not only preparing herself to perform as a wheelchair dancer; she is spearheading a movement in Michigan, creating opportunities for other individuals in wheelchairs to learn to ballroom dance...

Sitters Etc. Embarks On Major Expansion Program »

March 23, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Sitters Etc.

Senior Home Care Provider Plans to Rebrand and Add 10-15 Franchise Locations This Year
March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Brentwood, Tenn. - Founded in 2002 by Beau K. Brothers, Sitters Etc. has been providing uniquely compassionate care services for the elderly for 13 years. The company was created by Brothers after he saw the need for much a better, organized and compassionate approach to care for seniors. Brothers became enlightened after he and other family members cared for his ailing grandmother in her late years.
After years of perfecting his system, and 11 franchisees already on board, Sitters, Etc. is poised for a new name that doesn’t "pigeonhole" the company in a specific niche.
"We are not sitters per se, but so much more," says Brothers, who is now focused on franchise growth expansion, while passionately maintaining the principles upon which the company was first founded...

JumpBunch® Earns Two Top Franchise Awards Back To Back »

March 20, 2015 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Leading sports and fitness program for children earns franchise awards in overall performance from Entrepreneur Magazine and in current owner satisfaction from Franchise Business Review.
Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) March 20, 2015 - JumpBunch, Inc. announces it has earned a ranking of 324 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 36th Annual Franchise 500 list as well as a spot in Franchise Business Review’s (FBR) Top 50 Franchise Satisfaction Rating for the 10th Year in a row. JumpBunch, a leading sports and fitness-oriented enrichment program, introduces children to a wide range of sports by bringing turn-key programs to preschool, daycare and elementary schools.
To calculate its rankings, Entrepreneur Magazine invites franchisors to participate and carefully vets objective financial, system size and growth data for each franchise group...

Kinderdance Expands In Indiana »

March 12, 2015 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
March 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance® International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to prove that movement programs standout as a highly popular children’s franchise. Kinderdance® International expands in Indiana awarding a Bronze franchise to Anita Gupta serving the children in the Hamilton and Boone County Indiana.
Anita Gupta’s life’s journey has taken her in many directions. Anita has an extensive education background in the medical field. Among her exceptional accomplishments she has earned her Master of Public Health from IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana, as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and a Board member for the Kumbhabhisekam Planning Committee (KPC) at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana...

Kinderdance® Awards New Territory »

March 12, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
March 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance® International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to prove that movement programs standout as a highly popular children’s franchise. Kinderdance® International keeps growing with a strong start to 2015 awarding a Silver level franchise to Jynaya Joiner “JJ” serving the children in the Washington DC area.
Jynaya Joiner “JJ” is a graduate of Howard University earning a BBA in accounting along with a MBA. Jynaya has practiced both public and private accounting for several companies over fifteen years...

Launch Franchising Inks Additional Agreement For New Trampoline Park In Nashua, New Hampshire »

March 11, 2015 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park Opportunities Available

Granite State residents will now enjoy fun and fitness at a centrally located indoor trampoline park.
(PRWEB) March 11, 2015 - New Hampshire families will soon be able to enjoy the thrill of weightless trampoline bouncing without crossing state lines. Launch Franchising of Warwick, Rhode Island, announced the signing of a new franchise agreement for a location in Nashua. This will be the 6th Launch location, joining Warwick, RI, Norwood, MA, Hartford, CT, Newark, DE and Watertown, MA. Launch Nashua will be the second franchise awarded to Rick Arnold and Phil Morisseau, owners of Launch Trampoline Park in Norwood, MA.
Located at 17 Tanguay Ave, Nashua, the park is centrally located for towns such as Peterborough, Manchester, Concord and Pelham...

Kinderdance® Expands In Canada »

March 11, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
March 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance® International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, continues to prove that movement programs standout as a highly popular children’s franchise. Kinderdance® International expands in Canada awarding a Gold Area Developer franchise to Michelle Uens serving the children in the Eastern Ontario Region of Canada.
Michelle has earned dual degrees; first being in Law and Security Administration and most recently as dental assistant. Michelle has extensive experience working with youths in her community. She spent fifteen years in the youth justice system working closely to build confidence and provide support for disadvantaged and at risk children in her community...

Launch Trampoline Park Announces Latest Franchise Agreement For Asheville, North Carolina. »

March 11, 2015 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park
Launch Trampoline Park Opportunities Available

Asheville Metropolitan Area residents will have their own trampoline park where kids of all ages can literally bounce off of the walls.
Asheville, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2015 - Asheville families will soon be able to enjoy the weightless excitement of bouncing on trampolines, playing dodgeball in mid-air or falling into a massive foam pit. Launch Franchising of Warwick, Rhode Island, announced the signing of a new franchise agreement for a location in Asheville. This will be the eighth park to be added to the Launch Corporation roster. Launch Asheville owners, Jennifer and Bret Pacheco, are local entrepreneurs active in the Asheville community. This will be their first location.
The address will soon be announced, but it is in Buncombe County...

9Round Named To Forbes' 2015 List Of "America's Most Promising Companies" »

March 11, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: 9Round

March 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, SC – 9Round, the world's fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, announced today that it has been named one of "America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes Magazine. The annual list is a ranking of the Top 100 privately-held companies today, based on revenue and employment growth, how long they've been doing what it is they do, operating margins, capital raised, product ideas, management and other factors.
At #99, 9Round is the only fitness concept listed on the 2015 ranking.
"This recognition is extremely gratifying and serves as validation of 9Round's steadfast commitment to break the mold in the fitness industry and provide our members with a one-of-a-kind fitness option," said 9Round co-founder Shannon Hudson...

School Of Rock Cary Ready To Rock N’ Roll »

March 10, 2015 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate Grand Opening of North Carolina’s Second School of Rock Location
March 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // CARY, N.C. - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announced the grand opening of its newest school located at 1311 Northwest Maynard road in Cary. Area residents are invited to celebrate the opening on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendees may participate in free lessons, tours, caricature drawings, giveaways, and a raffle, accompanied by live music from School of Rock Charlotte. The house band will play from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
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...

School Of Rock Woodland Hills Ready To Rock N’ Roll »

March 10, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate Grand Opening of California’s Newest School of Rock
March 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, today announced the grand opening of its newest California school located at 6727 Fallbrook Ave. Area residents are invited to celebrate the opening on Saturday, March 7, from 1 - 4 p.m. Attendees may participate in free lessons, tours and other activities, accompanied by live music from the house band of School of Rock Burbank.
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...

Flip Flop Shops® Partners With OluKai To Offer Shoppers The Opportunity To Win A First Class Hawaiian Airlines Vacation »

March 05, 2015 at 4:21AM PST | Source: Flip Flop Shops

OluKai's "Anywhere Aloha" sweepstakes celebrates the spirit of Hawaii far and wide; visit Flip Flop Shops throughout the month of March and enter to win island trip for two.
ATLANTA - March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Shoppers dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway can let their feet do the talking by heading to Flip Flop Shops® across the U.S and slipping on a pair of OluKai sandals for a chance to win! Throughout the month of March, OluKai has teamed up with Flip Flop Shops to present the "Anywhere Aloha" in-shop sweepstakes, in which one lucky winner will receive a first class trip for two to any Hawaiian island of their choice with the help of Hawaiian Airlines.
To enter, shoppers simply need to visit any Flip Flop Shops retail location throughout the nation now through March 31, 2015, and try on any pair of OluKai footwear to earn a spot in the sweepstakes...

I9 Sports Celebrates Strong 2014 Systemwide Growth; Signs Agreements To Expand In Pennsylvania And Wisconsin »

March 03, 2015 at 7:20AM PST | Source: i9 Sports

Youth Sports Franchise Positions Brand for Future Expansion 
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - i9 Sports, the nation’s first and fastest-growing youth sports league franchise, announced today it kicked off 2015 by signing two new franchise agreements for locations in Philadelphia, Pa. and Madison, Wis. These new agreements signed within the first six weeks of the year, coupled with the corporate expansion i9 Sports achieved in 2014, positions the brand for future development across the United States in 2015 and beyond.
“In 2014, i9 Sports opened 15 company locations, celebrated our one-millionth registration and strengthened our expansion strategy,” said Frank Fiume, founder and chief executive officer of i9 Sports...

JumpBunch Makes 2015 Top 50 Franchise List »

March 03, 2015 at 4:51AM PST | Source: JumpBunch

Annapolis, MD, March 03, 2015 - (PR.com) - JumpBunch, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named in Franchise Business Review's Guide to Today's Top Franchises. Franchise Business Review is a nationally recognized market research firm that identifies top franchises by surveying over 28,500 franchisees.
The 2015 Top 50 Franchise list is the only national ranking of franchise opportunities based solely on franchisee satisfaction and performance data. This year's Guide to Today's Top Franchises is a perfect 10 in many ways. JumpBunch has been included in this 10th issue that honors franchises that have been featured in the Best of the Best:
Top 50 Franchises list for 10 years in a row. This consistent placement is proof that their franchisees are among the most satisfied in the nation...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Franchise In Croatia »

February 27, 2015 at 6:33AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB: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 that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a franchise in Croatia, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island franchises (including the US and Puerto Rico) to 37. Adding Croatia continues to validate the strong appeal that Bricks 4 Kidz is enjoying both domestically as well as internationally," stated CEO Brian Pappas. "We also currently have very solid prospective franchisees/Master franchisees in South Vietnam, Peru, Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, and Oman...

Fitness Franchise, Club Pilates Woodland Hills, Announces Opening »

February 24, 2015 at 4:58AM PST | Source: Club Pilates

The highly anticipated fitness franchise, Club Pilates Woodland Hills will open on February 28th. This will mark the 32nd location for the Pilates brand, the 2nd Club Pilates location to open in the Los Angeles area and the first to open in the San Fernando Valley, with more locations scheduled to open later this year.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015 - First time franchisee, Nikkita Weerasinghe, has worked in Club Pilates locations for years in San Diego and is ecstatic to bring it to her home town in Los Angeles with plans to open two more in the next coming years.
After attending nursing school and becoming a Registered Nurse, Nikkita came across Pilates while looking for a way to find balance in her hectic life. She found it to be a therapeutic and safe exercise and later enrolled in the Teacher Training Program that was offered by Club Pilates...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 700th Franchise Awarded »

February 19, 2015 at 6:03AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 19, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB: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 700th franchise, located in Garden City, NY (Bricks 4 Kidz franchise). This benchmark includes the international subfranchises that have been awarded by the Company's master franchisees.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "This is a huge milestone for us, which brings us closer to our goal of having 1000 franchises within the next two years. January was a strong month having awarded 13 Bricks 4 Kidz and 6 Challenge Island franchises...



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