Scottsdale, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Little Gym International®, the leading franchisor of motor skill development programs for children, ranked number 26 in the 2009 Franchise Business Review Top 50 listing. Each year, the Franchise Business Review surveys more than 400 franchise concepts and nearly 100,000 individual owners to identify the best opportunities in franchising.
"Our franchise owners are passionate entrepreneurs," said The Little Gym International President and CEO Bob Bingham. "It is both wonderful and humbling to receive this recognition because it symbolizes their appreciation for the support we provide."
This year marks the fourth annual Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, which represent the top five percent of all franchised businesses. As a resource for franchisors, franchisees and those considering a franchise, Franchise Business Review maintains the world's largest database of franchisee satisfaction data.
For the third straight year, The Little Gym has ranked highly in this survey. Bingham attributes the ranking to both the high level of support owners receive and an inclusive culture where owners actively contribute and assess new systems and methods. "We constantly ask ourselves what we can do to better serve them. What will help them achieve their dreams?" says Bingham. "I believe in focusing on the franchise owners' success first and foremost. If they are successful, the company's success will follow."
The Little Gym was founded in 1976 as a sequential skill development program designed to help children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, giving them confidence for a lifetime of success. The Little Gym is strictly non-competitive, focusing on fun, positive experiences.
Classes are designed for children from four months to 12 years and include gymnastics, parent/child classes, sports skill development, karate, cheerleading and dance. Summer/holiday camps, birthday parties and Parents' Survival Nights are also offered.
The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has more than 300 franchises in 20 countries. In addition to this Franchise Business Review ranking, the company was ranked number one within its category in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2009 Top Franchises List for the third straight year.