December 19, 2011 // Franchising.com // Springfield, Mo. – Stacey Merrell and Marcy Leffingwell, the moms who run the Just Between Friends event in Springfield, believe in giving back and being involved in their community by helping families save and make money in this tough economy. This is one reason why the judges chose them “Franchise of the Year” for Just Between Friend’s Franchise Systems, Inc., the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event.
The Springfield event topped more than 115 other franchises in 24 states to earn the top honor for their extensive community involvement, personal consigner relationships, and their franchise’s continual growth.
“Just Between Friends is a community event that extends beyond just running your sale twice a year. The moms behind Just Between Friends give back to the community on a grand scale and the rewards are evident in support from the community,” says Shannon Wilburn, president and co-founder of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“We are thrilled to receive this incredible honor. It is so gratifying to feel like we have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of families in Springfield,” explained Marcy Leffingwell, JBF Springfield co-owner.
“We share this award with the community of Springfield and the thousands of families who participate as consignors and shoppers. JBF is win-win, because the money benefits local families and local charities,” added Stacey Merrell, JBF Springfield co-owner.
Just Between Friends is a community event where local families can sell their new or gently used children’s and maternity items. They set their own price and earn up to 70 percent of the sales. Franchise owners, like Merrell and Leffingwell provide the venue and marketing to make the event a true success.
As an active member of the community, JBF of Springfield has supported several local charities by donating a portion of their proceeds. Most recently they partnered with the Breast Care Fund at the Cox Health Foundation and then donated unsold items from the event to Victory Mission.
Marcy Leffingwell and Stacey Merrell are the moms who run JBF of Springfield and they are available for interviews. We can also connect you with families that benefit from Just Between Friends. Contact Diane White at 918-770-3905 for more information or to schedule an interview.
In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Shannon Wilburn, a mother of two young children, and her friend Daven Tackett hosted a sale, while inviting 17 friends to be consigners. Promoted only in their neighborhood, the gross sales reached approximately $2,000. That’s when the idea caught on. Each season, a new, larger event was held. In 2003, Wilburn and Tackett formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., and began developing and selling franchises. Currently, Wilburn, now sole owner of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., has 120 franchises in 24 states. JBF has received national attention on several national television shows including ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sacramento Bee, LA Times, Daily Oklahoman as well popular websites www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com and broadcast outlets in dozens of cities across the country including Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Denver and Seattle.