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Chris Yatsuk, an unemployed Veteran, who served over 8 years active duty with the Air Force, moved back to his hometown in PA and opened a Guard-A-Kid franchise. He utilized the VETFRAN program to purchase his business.

March 01, 2013 // // Guard-A-Kid, the most comprehensive and only International Child ID and Safety Company who introduced their proprietary Smart ID stick, is pleased to announce its newest franchisee in the Northeast region. Officially started franchising in 2005, out of Miami, Florida, Guard-A-Kid has managed to attract nearly 200 franchisees world-wide and is experiencing growth.

Chris Yatsuk, who had previously been active with the Air Force, holding positions of patrol men, desk sergeant and assistant flight chief continues to be active with the Air National Guard, was looking to make a change. He had traveled with his service and decided to settle back in his home state of PA. He wanted to “make a difference” with his decision to start a business and “use some of his training and background” that he had been accustomed to with his 8 years of service. Chris also felt it was important to make an impact on his hometown utilizing his leadership skills while working in his local market. After looking for a position to match his skills, Chris came to the conclusion that opening a business was the best solution.

Guard-A-Kid offers interested entrepreneurs an opportunity to start their own Child ID and Safety business in local markets. Their flagship products, their comprehensive Child ID Kit and Smart ID sticks, are proprietary products for the franchise owners to market in their protected territories. Chris attended training in January at the Tampa, Florida headquarters and made preparations for his business and has started booking events in his local market.

Guard-A-Kid currently offers a proactive approach to safety for children and their families. Their program allows either a parent or business to sponsor the program for a child or school, educating them on what to do to be part of their own safety. They also supply a Child ID kit to each parent for their records providing peace of mind and proper preparation should they find themselves in a situation where their child is presumed “missing”. Kits are confidential and the company does not keep a database of the children’s information, leaving all the information in the hands of the parents.

While providing a solid business opportunity, Guard-A-Kid gives franchisees the chance to make a difference in their communities. The company has a low-cost franchisee fee that includes all the equipment, products and training that allows the new owner to be successful.

In addition to their franchise opportunity, Guard-A-Kid is also proud to announce their VETFRAN program. The program helps support veterans by providing a generous discount for all Vets to purchase the franchise. “We feel that the veterans are a category of individuals that exhibit the characteristics that can lead to success in our industry. We want to reward them with their sacrifice and include them in our business” said Lisa Almehsen, Vice-President of business development for Guard-A-Kid franchise.

Those who are interested in the Guard-A-Kid franchise can visit their website at In 2003, Guard-A-Kid’s founder, inspired as a parent, launched Guard-A-Kid to fill the need for cutting edge child safety products and education, as prior to, most child safety businesses had not evolved since the internet was created. With his background as a software engineer he created the innovative technology behind our most successful products, and sold the first franchise March 22, 2005. Guard-A-Kid has since grown to 178 franchises in 11 Countries.

The Guard-A-Kid Franchisees create the opportunity to educate parents and their communities by hosting Safety Events at daycares, schools and local businesses where parents will have the chance to purchase their child safety products. They also have partnered with businesses to support and share this valuable product with children. Their best-seller, the Child ID Kit, includes printed and digital child identification products that may be easily sent to law enforcement by the parent should the need arise, but more impressively, may be uploaded instantly and shared utilizing today's communication technology. They also sell proprietary, multi-level, password protected safety thumb drives for the whole family and household use.

To learn more, please go to Guard-A-Kid website at or call the franchise development department at (305) 477-3301 X 103.

SOURCE Guard-A-Kid



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