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Childcare Franchise Rainbow Academy Rebrands As Lightbridge Academy Ahead Of Regional Growth »

October 01, 2014 at 10:03AM PDT | Source: Lightbridge Academy

October 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Piscataway, N.J. – Rainbow Academy early learning centers, a New Jersey-based early childcare education franchise with more than 16 locations in operation, has unveiled its new name and branding as Lightbridge Academy as the company prepares to open new centers.
The company, which was originally founded in 1997, announced the change to Lightbridge Academy ahead of a substantial growth phase, with almost 40 child care centers under development in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia over the next two years. The new brand will help differentiate the company and highlight its commitment to providing an innovative child care solution to working families.
"We wanted the new brand to reflect the values that have established us as an innovator in the child care industry and help us stand out as we continue to grow," said Guy Falzarano, president and CEO of Lightbridge Academy...

Leading Tennis Activation Model Launches First Massachusetts Franchise »

September 30, 2014 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Youth Tennis

USPTA and PTR Professional set to bring TGA Premier Youth Tennis school-based programs to Southern Boston
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA – TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA), a partner with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and a leading activation model to develop and bring new tennis players into the sport, has established its first Massachusetts franchise territory.
Peter Dunlop, a technology and telecommunications executive, has acquired the geographic rights to TGA in the Southern Boston area, which will start with school-based programs in Plymouth County.
Dunlap has been an active tennis player most of his life and still plays competitively in USTA team events along with getting his United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certifications two years ago...

Kinderdance Expands In India »

September 29, 2014 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

Kinderdance® India Awards New Subfranchise's
US Franchise Organization brings movement educationto young children across India
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc, a leader in developmental dance, gymnastics and fitness programs for young children, announces expansion under Kinderdance Area Developer, Kirthana Ramarapu. Kinderdance of India has signed franchise agreements with Manisha Ahuja and Sunitha Venkatesh of India. Both Manisha and Sunitha have successfully completed their training and are now certified to teach Kinderdance programs to young children in India.
Kirthana is the executive director for Learning Parachute and the Kinderdance International India Area Developer and Franchise owner...

Mobile Entertainment Franchise Brings Gamer's Paradise To Your Door »

September 26, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: Mobile Gaming Revolution

Looking to Further Transform the Video Game Industry, Mobile Gaming Revolution Launches National Expansion Plans
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – As hard as it may be to believe, there was once a time when video games were not life-like and an integral part of our lives and of the popular culture. Once upon a time, video games were a solitary pastime played on a box in the corner of a basement or at a dark, dingy arcade. These days, 24-foot mobile gaming theaters are becoming the norm and Mobile Gaming Revolution is leading the charge.
With two franchises and one company-owned location already amping up parties throughout Tampa Bay and Seattle, Mobile Gaming Revolution recently announced plans to bring its self-contained video gaming utopias to markets all across the country...

Wheel Fun Rentals Opens New Bike Rental Location At Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier »

September 24, 2014 at 5:15AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Santa Monica, CA - September 24, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals has opened a new location at Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, located within half a mile of the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing classic men’s and women’s beach cruiser bikes for people of all skill levels to enjoy. Doors are now officially open at this brand new location.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today’s fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Kinderdance® Keeps Growing Awarding New Franchise's »

September 24, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Kinderdance
Kinderdance Opportunities Available

US Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education To Young Children Worldwide
September 24, 2014 // 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 August awarding a Gold level franchise to Adriana Nassiff and Luis Morales of Miami-Dade County Florida.
Luis Morales has been awarded a Gold level franchise in the Miami-Dade area with business partner and wife, Adriana. Ms.Nassiff and Mr. Morales both have successfully completed their Kinderdance training.
Adriana Nassiff was born in Bogotá, Colombia and received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and a Masters degree in Journalism...

Team Amazing Athletes Participates In Laps For Little Ones To Raise Funds For Special Needs Students »

September 22, 2014 at 9:19AM PDT | Source: Amazing Athletes

The 36th annual Laps for Little Ones event on Oct. 11 brings the Tulsa community together to help raise funds for the children with special needs at the Little Light House
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma owner Michael Amberg and his team are raising awareness and funds for the 36th annual Laps for Little Ones fun run and alumni carnival on Oct. 11, from 9-10 a.m. at Cascia Hall with an alumni carnival following shortly thereafter.
Laps for Little Ones is a one-hour fundraising walk/run event with the aim of raising much-needed funds for the students at the Little Light House. Funds raised at the event will ensure Little Light House students continue to receive comprehensive, tuition-free special education and therapeutic services - including speech, physical, occupational and low vision therapy - at the preschool...

British Swim School Multiplies Its National Presence By Offering Swimming Lessons At LA Fitness »

September 22, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: British Swim School

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - More of our nation's children will soon be safer in and around water, thanks to a new relationship between British Swim School (BSS; http://www.britishswimschool.com) and LA Fitness. BSS, which offers child survival, water safety and lifelong swim instruction, now has the opportunity to operate in certain LA Fitness locations around the country. Under this agreement, BSS and its franchisees will have the ability to utilize LA Fitness' pools to reach additional families and hold more swimming lessons. Starting this week, classes will begin in multiple Florida locations; BSS anticipates expansion into specific Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania clubs within the next few months. Moving forward, existing and new franchisees will have the ability to coordinate with clubs in their area...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Host 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch At Veterans Memorial Park In Richfield »

September 22, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Richfield, MN - September 20, 2014 - (PR.com) - Bring the whole family out to Wheel Fun Rentals' 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch, open every Saturday and Sunday, from September 20th to October 26th, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, located at Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees in Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy carnival-style games and activities, included in the cost of admission, and a full food and drink menu available for purchase. Weave through the Pumpkin Patch on one of Wheel Fun Rentals' iconic four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat the whole family.
Activities include mini golf, inflatable obstacle courses, a bounce house, hay rides, and other various carnival-style games and contests. Sort through farm-grown pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to find the perfect jack-o'-lantern...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Open New Bike And Specialty Cycle Rental Location At Holiday Inn Express In Port Hueneme »

September 19, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Oxnard, CA - September 19, 2014 - (PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals is opening a new location at the Holiday Inn Express, located right in the heart of Port Hueneme in Oxnard. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing activities and rental equipment for people of all ages and skill levels. Doors officially open at this brand new location on Friday, September 19th.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today's fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Host Surrey Races At Richfield's "Bike To The Market Day" »

September 18, 2014 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Richfield, MN - September 18, 2014 - (PR.com) - This Saturday, September 20th, Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees will be one of a few businesses sponsoring Richfield's "Bike to the Market Day" at Veterans Memorial Park. The event is part of the weekly Richfield Farmers Market, and will take place at the Veterans Memorial Park Picnic Shelter on the corner of 64th St. East and Portland Ave. South. From 8:00 AM to noon, guests can take part in unique Surrey obstacle course races, free of charge. Wheel Fun Rentals will be providing their iconic four-wheel Surrey cycles that seat the whole family, so make sure everybody comes ready to pedal.
"We're excited about the opportunity to partner with the Richfield Farmers Market to promote healthy living," said Rodney Knight, local Owner of Wheel Fun Rentals at Malt-Tees...

Flip Flop Shops Actively Seeks Franchise Owners For More Than 50 Premium Locations »

September 18, 2014 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops has earmarked dozens of premium retail spaces across America for immediate opportunities.
September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Flip Flop Shops, one of the fastest-growing global retail chains, is experiencing great demand from North American retail centers and communities eager for the retailer to move in. More than 50 prime retail spots have been identified for immediate move-in opportunities, and Flip Flop Shops is actively seeking new franchise owners interested in Freeing Their Toes and being their own boss.
As an International Council of Shopping Centers Hot Retailer of the Year and an Inc. 500 | 5000 company for the past five consecutive years, Flip Flop Shops benefits from close relationships with retail centers and developers...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location In Citrus Heights, CA »

September 17, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Crunch

NEW YORK - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through unique programming and cutting-edge training, announces the opening of its newest franchise location at 6124 San Juan Ave in Citrus Heights, California. Crunch Citrus Heights will bring its 'No Judgments' philosophy and fusion of fitness meets entertainment to the fairly young, but uniquely established city in Sacramento County.
Set to open for workouts in January 2015, Crunch Citrus Heights will swing open its doors just in time to help people kick-off their New Year's fitness goals. Members can start their New Year's Resolutions with the help of expert personal trainers who will be on hand to provide them with personalized fitness plans...

Crunch Launches First Online Workout Starring The Brooklynettes »

September 16, 2014 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Crunch

"Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes" Now Available on CrunchLive.com
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through innovative programming and cutting-edge training, has launched a new online workout "Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes." The video features three Brooklynettes dancers leading a full-body workout of choreography inspired by the high-intensity hip-hop showcased on center court at Barclays Center. The video is now available on CrunchLive.com.
The official gym partner and sponsor of the Brooklynettes has extended its partnership with the team to continue creating unique fitness programming. "Center Court Choreography with the Brooklynettes" is the first in a series of videos that will be available on the gym brand's digital platform...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 614th Franchise Awarded »

September 16, 2014 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - September 16, 2014 - (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 614th franchise, located in North Dublin, Ireland. Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning Corporation stated, "We're all excited here as we get closer to our target of 650 franchises by the end of the calendar year, and look forward to wrapping up our fiscal year on another high note."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® , Challenge Island® and Sew Fun Studios® offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Bill Colvin Establishes New Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Franchise »

September 15, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Competitive Athlete Hopes to Give Back to Community with Nutritional Supplement Store
Bellevue, Wash. (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bill Colvin loves a good challenge. From participating in sports competitions to conquering his fitness goals, he's always taken pride in setting the bar high and exceeding expectations. Now, he's applying that same mindset to his new business — Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
"I take pride in ownership," he said. "I want to follow my passion for health and fitness, plus be able to control my destiny and create my own work-life balance."
Max Muscle is a retail store selling nutritional supplements and services to help people from varying walks of life meet their health goals. The supplements are made with premium ingredients, and employees knowledgeable in nutrition can assist customers in finding the right blend of products to further their fitness efforts...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Expand Shoreline Village Location In Long Beach »

September 15, 2014 at 4:33AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals Will Move Into All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall and Offer Stand up Paddleboards and Segway Tours, in Addition to Specialty Bike Rentals and Bike Tours
Long Beach, CA - September 13, 2014 - PR.com) - Wheel Fun Rentals will be expanding its existing location at Shoreline Village in Long Beach. The building formerly known as the All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall will soon be home to Wheel Fun Rentals' unique Surreys and specialty cycles. In addition to a large variety of bikes, stand ­up paddleboards and Segway tours will also be offered in the near future. Doors officially open at this new location on September 15th, 2014.
"We've been renting specialty cycles in Shoreline Village for over 14 years, but today we are very excited to announce our expansion, allowing us to offer even more recreational vehicles to Long Beach locals and visitors," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals...

The Gymboree Corporation Reports Second Fiscal Quarter 2014 Results; Comparable Sales Are Positive For August »

September 11, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Gymboree
Gymboree Opportunities Available

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Gymboree Corporation (the "Company") today reported consolidated financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended August 2, 2014.
"Despite a difficult second quarter, we continued to make progress on our key initiatives in product, inventory and execution," said Mark Breitbard, Chief Executive Officer. "We are seeing a meaningful improvement in trend at the start of the third quarter with positive comparable store sales across each of our brands in August. In addition, we are well on our way to achieve our annual efficiency and cost savings goals. Based on the progress we have made, we remain confident that we have the right action plans in place and the balance sheet strength to stabilize our sales trend and return our Company to consistent, long-term profitable growth...

New Jersey-Based Rainbow Academy™ Coming To Westfield »

September 11, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Lightbridge Academy

Child Care Franchise Company Set to Open New School in Union County in October 2014
September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Westfield, NJ – Representative of more than 100 square miles of land and well over half a million residents – a third of which are families with children under the age of 18*, Union County has a clear need for quality child care. Rainbow Academy – a family of early learning centers with a growing presence throughout New Jersey since its debut in Iselin seventeen years ago – is pleased to announce the planned opening of a new center in Union County in October 2014. The child care franchise's first Union County school opened to rave reviews in Cranford in 2003 and has boasted waiting lists for enrollment ever since...

Creative Learning Promotes Richard Nickelson To Chief Financial Officer »

September 08, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // St. Augustine, Florida - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, today announced that it has promoted Richard Nickelson to Chief Financial Officer.
Nickelson, has served as the company’s Controller for the past 2.5 years. As Controller he managed all aspects of corporate finance and SEC reporting. Previously Mr. Nickelson held the Controller position for the franchise company, Ellianos Coffee Company. Prior to that Mr. Nickelson served in key accounting positions at several companies including a natural gas supplier and an automated manufacturer of architectural millwork...



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