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All Points PR Volunteers at Cradles to Crayons in Chicago for Positive Impact Program

On Thursday, September 19, the All Points PR team volunteered at Cradles to Crayons in Chicago, IL for our third quarter Positive Impact program.

Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that equips children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Volunteers can help prepare customized packages of clothing, shoes, books and more for distribution to tens of thousands of children in the communities it serves throughout the year.

At Cradles to Crayons, the All Points team broke up into two groups, with one group sorting through donations in “general sort,” and the other group working in “outfits.” In general sort, the team organized different items into bins, such as clothing, school supplies, baby gear and hygiene products. In outfits, the team put together different clothing packs for girls and boys of different ages, matching together appropriately sized pants, sweaters, shirts and other essential clothing items for the new season.

While working in these groups, the All Points team followed one of the organization’s beliefs, “Quality = Dignity,” to ensure children and families in need are receiving the best and most functional items possible.

Cradles to Crayons reports that there are more than 180,000 children in Chicago who are in need of the essential items that Cradles to Crayons provides. After two hours of volunteering, we were able to help a total of 183 of these children!

The All Points team strives to positively impact communities far and wide through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts with the Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations. We look forward to the next Positive Impact program and the cause we will serve!

Click here to learn more about the Positive Impact program.

NIFA Looks Ahead to Franchising in 2020 With a Panel Discussion During the 2019 September Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2019 September Luncheon at Carmine’s in Rosemont.

With more than 50 guests in attendance and hosted just a day before the start of Franchise Expo Chicago, the September Luncheon featured a spirited panel discussion, Franchising in 2020: The Opportunities and Issues for Franchisors and Franchisees. Focused on three core topics, 1.) Franchise Sales Predictions; 2.) Maximizing Franchise Lead Generation; 3.) The 2020 Franchisee, the panel included:

  • Peter Baldine, President, Moran Family of Brands and Accelerated Development, Inc.
  • Ed Yancey, Vice President of Franchise Development, B.GOOD
  • Cameron Cummins, Co-Founder, Pivotal Growth Partners
  • Lizi Wahl, Director of Marketing, Young Rembrandts

The group of distinguished franchise executives discussed a variety of issues and opportunities that the future of franchising faces, including the impact of the 2020 election on franchise sales, site selection in “hot” markets, the ins and outs of social media lead generation and the millennial franchisee. The panel emphasized the importance of ensuring that every prospect is properly educated on the franchise opportunity and that they share the same culture and brand values.

Other key focal points included insights on the risks and advantages of multi-unit ownership for franchisors and franchisees, as well as setting up expectations and ample support for franchisees in the changing landscape of franchising. An audience Q&A followed the discussion.

The September Luncheon was sponsored by Shambliss Security, a provider of cybersecurity solutions with a specialized offering for franchise organizations, Plante Moran, dedicated to providing audit, tax and consulting services to the franchise industry with an understanding of the unique nature of franchise operations and Laner Muchin, the premier law firm concentrating exclusively in the representation of employers in labor relations, employment litigation, employee benefits and business immigration.

In addition to the discussion, panelists and guests of the NIFA 2019 September Luncheon enjoyed time to network and eat delicious food, including Fried Calamari and Stuffed Mushrooms, a choice of Whitefish Piccata, Boneless Chicken Milanese or Rigatoni Alla Vodka, followed by a Chef’s Selection of Mini Desserts.

We want to thank all of the panelists, guests and sponsors for another incredible event, and look forward to our next gathering! These events allow NIFA to continue its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day and encourage exclusive networking opportunities.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming 2019 December NIFA Luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.

All Points Director Gillian Losh Offers Media Training Tips During September Seminar

The All Points team runs on a strong set of processes and systems to ensure everything in the office runs smoothly, and a great way to encourage fresh ideas regarding these is through seminar.

Director Gillian Losh took the lead of our September seminar to explain the purpose and importance of the media training process. From travel logistics to interview responses and props for television segments, Gillian covered all the bases of seeing through a successful media opportunity.

Overall, Gillian stressed that media training is a tool that serves to foster relationships with our clients and the media and to ensure everyone is on the same page and prepared with confidence. It’s also a great way for the All Points team to dive deeper into the expertise of our clients and their franchisees.

Our monthly seminars serve to promote ongoing education and refinement of skills, motivating and inspiring our employees via relevant topics and out-of-the-box ideas. We thank Gillian for sharing her helpful insights and experience in media training with the team!

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to keep up with the office.

COO’s Corner: Take Control of Your Career with Continued Education

Recent studies have shown that growth opportunities, including continued education, are a top priority for today’s workforce – especially for millennials. In fact, one study found that 87% of millennials rate “professional or career growth and development opportunities” as important to them in a job, as opposed to the 69% of non-millennials who answered the same.

Continued education and professional development is a must, and at All Points, we take the two very seriously to ensure our team feels fulfilled in the workplace, both personally and professionally. In the spirit of back-to-school season, I’d like to take a moment to discuss one of the ways in which we promote continued education: monthly seminars.

Every month, someone from the All Points team presents to the office during seminar, speaking on a variety of current topics such as social media trends, relationship building with reporters and refining communication skills. This year alone we’ve covered many verticals, from best practices of pitching the media to executing creative and integrated campaigns. Plus, seminar is also a great time to gather for learning opportunities from professionals outside of the office. In March, we enjoyed the chance to dive into the digital trends of 2019 and beyond with a representative and sales leader from Google.

One of the reasons our seminars are such a huge hit is due to the diverse backgrounds and experiences each team member brings to the table. However, the beauty of seminar also lies in the planning process itself. With the guidance of Senior Director Bailey Hewitt, individuals or groups prepare slides, handouts and interactive exercises before their assigned seminar date. In order to finalize each presentation, Bailey will meet with the presenters to go through a test-run. The thorough, active planning and the delivery of the seminar really drive home the key takeaways for each presenter as they work to further develop their craft and share their findings with the office. After all, the best way to learn is to teach!

At All Points, employees come to find very quickly why we do seminar, and how these opportunities allow us to dive deeper into our careers by incorporating a variety of perspectives into our everyday lives. I believe we’ve all found that our seminars provide a nice change of pace every month to learn new information, teach relevant topics and reflect on how what we’ve learned can be applied to multiple facets of our lives, not just the workplace.

I look forward to what is yet to come in 2019 during our monthly seminars, and what the team will do next with these continued learnings.

Lauren Izaks is the COO and executive vice president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com.

Trending: What Happened to the News Desk? Media Bias in Today’s Social and Political Climate

In a world where the term “fake news” is thrown around left and right, it certainly begs the questions – what can we believe and who can we believe? Thanks to the ever-changing technological landscape, the modern world can consume media in more ways than ever before. From television broadcasts and radio talk shows to online newsletters and social media, opportunities to share and receive news are abundant – which leaves plenty of room for media bias.

While the simple definition of “news” is “a report of recent events” or “previously unknown information,” many are quick to point out that news in today’s social and political climate has strayed far away from the cold, hard facts of reporting. So, what happened to the news desk, and what exactly is media bias? Here are a few thoughts to consider.

Just a few months ago, Fox News host Howard Kurtz criticized MSNBC and CNN, claiming that much of the networks’ programming has become overtly biased against President Donald Trump, Newsweek reports.

“I think there are some fair reporters at both networks,” Kurtz says. “But certainly when you turn on the primetime shows, and it’s getting increasingly hard during the day, they all seem to be opinion shows,” he continues. “You know, you’ve got these panels that are six to one anti-Trump. I mean, there’s no secret about it. That’s the way they are being programmed.”

Newsweek notes that this criticism of MSNBC and CNN is somewhat ironic, considering that Fox News is regularly criticized for being overtly biased in favor of President Trump and the Republican Party.

On the other hand, Margaret Sullivan, a media columnist with The Washington Post, penned an article stating “the media feels safest in the middle lane.” She describes the middle-lane approach to journalism as “boringly predictable,” as it allows journalists to appear fair without taking a risk or offending others. “Impartiality is still a value worth defending in mainstream news coverage,” says Sullivan. “But you don’t get there by walking down the center line with a blindfold on.”

Inspired by the media critic’s condemnation of the bias toward centrism, David Leonhardt with The New York Times shared a list of the six forms of media bias. “Too often, journalists confuse centrism with fairness, objectivity or common-sense truth,” Leonhardt explains. “But centrism is none of those. It is a point of view, and it can be wrong, just as conservatism or liberalism can be.” His list includes:

    1. Centrist bias.” Brian Fallon, a Democratic strategist, expressed his thoughts on this particular bias, or “bothsidesism,” sharing on Twitter: “It is time to call out bothsidesism for what it is: a performative effort to triangulate so as to present the journalist as more deserving of the public’s trust than their elected leaders. It’s a political act, and shows just as much bias as picking a side.”
    2. “Affluent bias.” Leonhardt explains that the media doesn’t just show bias toward the center – it can often confuse the center with views that are actually those of the affluent.
    3. “Bias for the new.” Leonhardt also notes that journalists can often confuse newness with importance. He states that the problem lurks in the product’s name: “News.”
    4. “The same biases that afflict society.” This bias describes instances including sexism in political coverage (“likability”) and racism in crime coverage.
    5. “Liberal bias.” “Yes, it’s real,” says Leonhardt, noting that most mainstream journalists “do lean left,” such as with issue-based coverage on education.
    6. “Conservative bias.” “It’s real too.” Leonhardt offers Fox News and talk radio as two examples of influential elements of the media that skew hard right, presenting readers with misleading or false information and conspiracy theories.

“Much of the media — local and national, news reporters and opinion columnists — tries hard to tell stories accurately and corrects itself when it errs,” says Leonhardt of conservative bias. “Fox and a lot of talk radio do not. And I’ll take a fallible, self-reflective media, even with all of the biases I’ve listed here, over a media that is more akin to propaganda.”

So, what can we do to avoid media bias? Take some time to explore multiple sources as you form your thoughts on current events and issues. Consider branching out from your typical mediums – if you tend to read up on the news while scrolling through Twitter and Facebook, put down the phone and visit a newsstand. Spend some time with newspapers, magazines and other print materials. Try a different television news station, or two. Read an opinion piece, and then find one from the opposite viewpoint. Ultimately, ensure that you’re giving yourself the chance to consider all perspectives of those involved and those around you.

Homewatch CareGivers Named a Top Franchise for Women

Homewatch CareGivers Named a Top Franchise for Women 

Renowned Home Care Company Recognized for High Satisfaction Among Female Franchise Owners

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Homewatch CareGivers, the leading home care company with more than 200 franchised units across 34 states domestically, has been recognized as a leading franchise brand for women.

Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, announced that Homewatch CareGivers has been named to its annual list of top franchises for women. The list titled, “Top 50 Franchises for Women in 2019,” surveyed thousands of women from participating franchises and ranked the companies based on overall satisfaction of its female franchise owners. The list also details each company’s scope of work, cash requirement, and initial investment for potential franchisees.

The team at Franchise Business Review surveyed nearly 9,000 female franchise owners from over 260 leading franchises before compiling the 2019 list. Participants were asked to measure their satisfaction from the last 12 months based on leadership, training, and core values.

“Our franchise network is made up of many powerful female franchise owners who have positioned Homewatch CareGivers at the forefront of the home care industry,” said Jennifer Tucker, COO of Homewatch CareGivers. “Many of our franchisees come into this business after a caregiving experience, so it’s no surprise to me that our female franchisees have thrived in this industry. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for that.”

Homewatch CareGivers strives to provide best-in-class support for its franchisees and even has a unique support system in place. In addition to its proven franchise model, the home office works closely with each franchisee to establish a 52-week Business Implementation Plan (BIP), which pinpoints target goals that should be met in order to run a high-quality, successful operation in the first year of business.

“The franchise industry provides many options to women seeking business ownership on a full- or part-time basis in multiple sectors,” says Michelle Rowan, President and COO of Franchise Business Review. “The number of franchise opportunities can be overwhelming, so it’s critical to examine feedback from other female franchise owners on how well the franchise meets their expectations in terms of support, work/life balance, financial opportunity, and other key areas of business ownership. When you look at the brands on our list, a whopping 90% of women said they enjoyed owning and operating their own business.”

The estimated initial investment for a Homewatch CareGivers franchise ranges from $83,000 to $141,500, which includes a franchisee fee of $49,000. Interested individuals must also have a minimum net worth of $350,000 and $50,000 liquid capital to ensure additional funding is available while launching their franchise.

To learn more about Homewatch CareGivers services and franchising opportunities, visit www.homewatchcaregivers.com/franchise

To learn more about FBR’s research, please visit www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

About Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, delivers a variety of person-directed, professional at-home services including elder care, care for individuals with developmental and physical conditions, after-surgery care and dementia care. With a heavy involvement in the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), the Homewatch CareGivers mission is to provide the best-in-class care for each and every client, to serve as a vital part of the continuum of care and to provide the support franchisees and caregivers need to find success and make a difference in their communities.

To learn more about Homewatch CareGivers services and franchising opportunities, visit www.homewatchcaregivers.com/franchise

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is a leading market research firm serving the franchise sector. FBR measures satisfaction and engagement of franchisees and publishes various guides and reports for entrepreneurs considering an investment in a franchise business. Since 2005, FBR has surveyed hundreds of thousands of franchise owners and over 1,100 leading franchise companies. To read our publications, visit https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/publications/. To learn more about FBR’s research, please visit www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com

All Points PR is Represented in the 2019 Entrepreneur Ranking of Top Franchise Suppliers

All Points PR is thrilled to be represented in the 2019 Entrepreneur ranking of top suppliers in the franchise industry. Featured in the magazine’s September issue, our team is proud to have jumped up two spots from last year under the Public Relations category. Our energy and spirit is the driving force behind our work, and we will continue to follow our mission of persistence in everything that we do.

We asked a few of our All Points veterans to reflect on our recent achievement. Check out their thoughts below!

“It’s awesome to have the team recognized for its commitment to creative and strategic public relations support,” says Senior Director Bailey Hewitt. “As a group, we reflect on what works, what doesn’t and what needs to be modified to make sure we are always providing top-of-the-line services to our clients and that we are creating an environment and culture that our team members are proud to be a part of. Eight years in and with our largest team to date, we are committed to advancing the agency and our clients to the next level.”

“Growing as a professional alongside All Points PR has been a phenomenal experience,” says Senior Account Lead Jessica Tcholakov. “Our team’s commitment, dedication, perseverance and professionalism is what helps drive us to the top. I look forward to another successful year of learning, growing and following our mission of persistence to get to number one.”

“It seems like yesterday we were celebrating APPR’s five-year anniversary,” says Senior Creative & Digital Account Lead Allie Kramer. “Now, we’re eight years old and solidifying ourselves as an integrated PR powerhouse. Since I joined in 2015, the creative and digital team has doubled in size, providing opportunities to grow, learn and lead within the department as well as in our Pods. Our growth has allowed us as an agency to make a bigger impact for our clients, while still fostering the familiar and close-knit relationships that make All Points so special. I couldn’t be more proud of this team for its dedication, persistence and focus, and can’t wait to see what the future brings. Way to go, APPR!”

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the office.

The All Points Team Discusses Best Communication Practices During August Seminar

The All Points team recently gathered to discuss best communication practices. Led by Senior Account Lead Jessica Tcholakov, the August seminar explored best practices for effective communication and efficient problem solving, with a focus on email correspondence.

Jessica led the team through several scenarios that reminded us all the importance of listening to and evaluating problems in order to articulate the best solutions. Featuring examples from Public Relations Associate Nicole Odziewa, Content Marketing Associate Meredith Beirne and Creative and Digital Account Lead Barbara Krygowska, one of the biggest takeaways from the presentation was that sometimes, it’s best to pick up the phone and hear out the situation at hand.

Our monthly seminars serve to promote ongoing education and refinement of skills, motivating and inspiring our employees via relevant topics and out-of-the-box ideas. The August seminar was a great way to brush up on best communication practices and learn from each other’s experiences.

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to keep up with the office.

Feeling Great About Eight

Feeling Great About Eight

By Jamie Izaks


Another year has come and gone at All Points PR, and if one thing’s for sure, it’s that we’re feeling great about eight! I’ve taken some time to reflect on all the milestones we’ve reached and the goals we’ve accomplished in our eighth year as an agency, and this year has certainly been one for the books. From the growth and development of our team members to the relationships we’ve built with our stellar clients and the connections we’ve reinforced and developed with both long-term and new networking partners, I’d like to share some of the highlights as we turn the page on another wonderful year.

By far, the talented team we have in place is more accomplished than ever before. As we’ve continued the expansion of our office space, we’ve grown the All Points team by an entire new pod. Now five pods strong, we’ve welcomed several new faces into the office, and have also had the pleasure to celebrate meaningful promotions among our seasoned staff. The All Points team members continuously prove their abilities to elevate the agency and our presence as a whole through curiosity, creativity and persistence.

The collaborative nature of our office, coupled with continued education through our monthly seminars (which included a visit from Google this year) and industry workshops, has had a profound impact on the professional development of our staff and our client work. And, we’re taking great pride in seeing just how far our skills can evolve. Across the public relations, creative, digital and content marketing disciplines, we’ve produced high quality and creative campaigns that are leading to bigger, better results for our clients.

And, speaking of our clients, our client roster has never been stronger. We’ve welcomed a variety of new brands this year, many from the restaurant, home and commercial services and fitness industries. We continue to solidify strong relationships with our clients, from the newcomers to those we’ve had the pleasure of working with for years.

One of the biggest moments of 2019 was All Points PR on display at the International Franchise Association (IFA) Convention in Las Vegas. Our campaign as a whole, “Tell Your Story, See Results, Grow Your Franchise,” was absolutely outstanding. It all began with our pre-Convention push, continued with our presence at the Convention and will live on until December of this year through our franchise industry marketing campaign. The All Points team members responsible for the campaign certainly rose to the occasion.

The IFA Convention wasn’t the only opportunity our team had to make our presence felt. Our eighth year also offered incredible volunteering experiences through our Positive Impact program. The All Points team strives to positively impact communities far and wide through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts, and this past year we had the chance to work with organizations including Project Linus, Feed My Starving Children and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. When the All Points team visited our local Feed My Starving Children organization, we packed more than 40 boxes, providing nourishing meals for an entire year to more than 25 children in need.

We are also proud to have launched “The PRo Community Project,” a contest geared toward organizations in need of additional marketing services. Through this exciting initiative, we invite nonprofit leaders to submit an application for the chance to win free services and volunteer support from our team. Created and launched by one of our team members, The PRo Community Project provides us a tremendous opportunity to shine a light on a nonprofit organization that is working to enhance the lives of others. One of our next Positive Impact programs will include a volunteering initiative with Culinary Care, the winner of this year’s PRo Community Project contest.

Our team has enjoyed a wealth of opportunities to connect with our current clients, prospective clients and networking partners. From events including the IFA Convention and the Franchise Times Finance and Growth Conference to exciting client conventions and meetings that took us to New York City, New Orleans, Portland and beyond, our team enjoyed many unique chances to align on goals, initiatives and strengthen our relations with clients and others in the franchising industry.

And, our dedication to the franchising industry didn’t stop there. We’re proud to have hosted another great year of events through The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), further extending our commitment to Chicagoland’s franchising community. Through these events, which included a Luncheon discussion led by IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti and a June gathering during the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game focused on private equity investment in franchising, we had the wonderful opportunity to connect with guests, clients and networking partners over today’s most pressing franchise-related topics.

Looking ahead to our ninth year, it’s clear that All Points is driven by the hard work and persistence of our outstanding team, as well as the incredible relationships we foster with our clients. To put it simply, we’re just as excited about eight as we are nine! Happy anniversary to All Points, and a huge thank you to those who’ve helped us grow as an agency. Cheers!

Jamie Izaks is the president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com.

All Points PR Lands Trade Coverage for Commercial Landscaping Business

All Points PR landed trade coverage with Franchise Euphoria for client ManageMowed. The podcast interviewed ManageMowed Co-Founders Peter Roberts and James Jakobsen, who explained the subcontracting aspect of ManageMowed, the type of franchisees the business is seeking and the reasoning behind the focus on commercial landscaping. Coverage ran online.

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Kona Ice Drives Through Another Milestone Midway Through 2019

Kona Ice Drives Through Another Milestone Midway Through 2019

At the end of Quarter 2, Kona Ice is already working towards their next achievement

FLORENCE, Ky. – Where rubber meets the road, there is no other franchise in America that compares to Kona Ice.

As the nation’s iconic mobile shaved ice franchisor continues to earn an intensifying amount of accolades, its franchise growth is reaching a milestone reserved for a rare breed of brands. In June of 2019, Kona Ice will have more than 1,200 of its colorful, tropical-themed trucks running across the country, captivating even more of America with a one-of-a-kind gourmet shaved ice experience.

“Kona Ice has passed the 10 year landmark, the 1,000 truck landmark, we’ve donated more than $62 million nation-wide to non-profit organizations, and now with reaching 1,200 trucks halfway through 2019, we are already looking forward to the next big milestone we can surpass,” said Tony Lamb, the brand’s president and founder who has been celebrated in recent years for the entrepreneurial ambition he has shown in launching and successfully expanding the business. “The energy behind the brand is contagious. The rapid expansion of the brand has both new and old franchisees excited for the future of Kona and what we can achieve together.”

In 2018 alone, Kona added 175 franchised trucks, further solidifying the brand as the next generation ice cream truck – a sleeker, more entertaining, safer and increasingly profitable business model. Taking into account Kona Ice’s mini version of its trucks and its kiosks, the country’s most recognizable mobile shaved ice experience already has more than 1,600 units operating. The implementation of the Kona kiosk allows Kona to now be brought indoors, providing there is no limitation for what the brand can do.

Serving tens of millions of consumers across the nation every year, the franchisees that run the units are generating revenues that directly impact the communities they serve in incredibly positive ways. Along with the 1,200 truck benchmark, Kona Ice’s giveback to community schools and organizations across its franchise system has just passed the $62 million milestone.

“Our company may be expanding more rapidly than we ever could have dreamed, but the original mission of Kona Ice remains the same,” added Lamb. “Entrepreneurship is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. The giveback proponent of our company is what sets Kona Ice aside from other businesses, and is a main part of what make us so appealing to entrepreneurs. The more areas we service, the more money we can give back to the community.

Moving forward, Kona Ice aims to grow with qualified franchisees that embody a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and who have a deep appreciation for following the brand’s processes and systems. The franchise opportunity has been designed to meet the needs of individuals, both seasoned and new business owners, seeking greater purpose, structure, support, and marketing expertise.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given more than $62 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand’s iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are more than 1,200 franchise units in 47 states.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE.

Trending: The Implications of Social Media Apps on Travel, Content and Business

“Do it for the gram” has become a well-known phrase in today’s social media-savvy age as the platform Instagram has risen in popularity, which now boasts more than one billion active users every month. The hashtag of the same phrase has more than 500,000 posts on the app, packed with photos from amateur photographers to dedicated social media influencers going the extra mile to snap just the right shot for their filtered feeds.

Upon visiting the hashtag, it doesn’t take much scrolling to find photos of travelers exploring the globe and documenting their every move. In the influencer world, there are many users from high-profile bloggers to micro-influencers who curate feeds under travel niches. And, with the launch of the new travel app “Depalo,” which helps users pinpoint “Instagram-worthy” locations, it’s becoming easier than ever to locate these hotspots and plan your next trip. So, what are the implications of the ever-advancing technology of social media? Here are a few to consider the next time you peruse the gram.

Overtourism

Instagram-friendly destinations around the globe have been dealing with an influx of tourists. A survey from Expedia found that 30% of Americans are influenced or inspired by social media when booking a trip. Thanks to geotagging, a feature on Instagram that allows users to tag their posts down to the latitude and longitude of the physical locations stored by mobile devices, it doesn’t take much searching to find attractive locations that can lead to those coveted “likes” and follows. Plus, with apps like Depalo, social media continues to evolve in support of this trend.

However, in November 2018, the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board launched a campaign that encouraged visitors to “tag responsibly,” allowing Instagram users to tag their photos generically under “Keep Jackson Hole Wild” rather than using the geotag feature. The main goal of the campaign was twofold, helping to preserve natural resources of the travel destination by preventing overcrowding and destruction while boosting awareness of conservation efforts. 

Content Fatigue

Depalo’s website states: “As your location scout, Depalo will lead you to the exact latitude and longitude of the best Instagrammable murals, coffee shops and viewpoints so you can focus your time creating Insta-worthy moments.” However, in an article with CNN, Beca Alexander, founder and president of influencer casting and marketing agency Socialyte, points out that apps such as Depalo can create content fatigue. “I worry this just makes it easier for everyone to just continue posting the exact same content,” Alexander says of Depalo.

Photo vs. Business

In the same article, Alexander notes that people have a tendency to visit “Instagrammable” spots, such as businesses, just for the photo rather than to try the food or product the business is offering. While Instagram and influencer marketing can do wonders for business by attracting potential local customers, Alexander explains that this tendency is not always a good thing. “These places and restaurants are trying really hard to cater to the ‘grammers, but they’re not always seeing the benefit of it financially,” she says. “People are just going for the sake of taking a photo.”

Rebecca Aneloski, a lifestyle blogger who launched Depalo, explains that she works to strike a balance and ensure that businesses feel positively about being featured on the app. “We encourage people to do business while they’re there, not just show up and take a photo,” says Aneloski. “We definitely want to uplift these local businesses. We think too that if they are going to make their place pretty Instagrammable, it’s almost expected in this day and age to have people snapping photos in that space.”

The All Points Team Reflects on Critical Thinking Skills During July Seminar

During our July seminar, the All Points team went above and beyond in a presentation that challenged our office to think more critically.

The team recently gathered to discuss going beyond the obvious and applying critical thinking skills each and every day. Led by Director Bailey Hewitt and featuring insights from President Jamie Izaks, the presentation kicked off with a review of some of the top characteristics in critical thinkers, including objectivity, introspection and humility – reminding the office that clear communication, thoughts and actions, as well as self-reflection, is essential when thinking outside the box.

The presentation also included several sterling examples of critical thinking around the office, plus the press, social media and content that followed as a result. Bailey guided the team through a few situations that asked for bigger and bolder thinking, such as spearheading a creative campaign to better drive brand awareness or finding the perfect pitch for a story lacking a timely hook. Boiling down to the key takeaways, critical thinking calls for challenging the norm, setting aside time to think bigger and to exercise all of your options. Most importantly – never settle.

Our monthly seminars serve to promote ongoing education and refinement of skills, motivating and inspiring our employees through relevant topics and exciting information. As a creative and integrated PR agency, the All Points team boasts an abundance of critical thinkers. The July seminar was a great way to re-stimulate a more creative and critical way of thinking and to encourage new angles for the office to consider.

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to keep up with the office.

COO’s Corner: Dress for Success in the Summer Heat

As the weather heats up and it’s finally time to break out the summer clothing, I’d like to chat about office dress code policies. While All Points has established a casual dress code, not all clothing is suitable for the office. Here are a few helpful guidelines to help you dress for success in the summer heat.

Don’t dress for the beach, gym or nightclub

My ultimate rule of thumb when it comes for dressing in a casual work environment is that if you can wear it to the beach, gym or nightclub, don’t wear it to work! Clothing that is meant for hitting the beach, such as cover-up dresses or flip-flops, is not appropriate for a professional appearance at work. Likewise, any sneakers, leggings or tank tops that can be worn to the gym should be kept outside of the workplace. Nightclub attire, such as low-cut or midriff tops, is not acceptable!

Keep it clean and appropriate

Dirty and torn clothes are never appropriate for the workplace, even in a casual setting. Use your best judgment when wearing jeans with holes and fraying – keep it to a minimum. Casual dresses may be worn and should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public. Despite the heat, shorts in any form should not be worn. Casual shirts, dress shirts, polos or golf-type shirts are perfectly acceptable, but any t-shirts with words, terms or pictures that may be offensive to other employees cannot be worn to work.

Think sensibly about your footwear

While it’s tempting to break out your favorite pair of flip-flops or gym shoes for the summer, remember that footwear should still be sensible and appropriate for the office. Dressier sneakers and flip-flops may be worn.

All Points is a creative environment, so expressing your unique style through your clothing, jewelry, hairstyle, etc. is always welcome. However, with a casual dress code, the goal is not to encourage a fashion show, but rather to promote dressing comfortably and for success. Finally – and I cannot stress this enough – remember to layer up! No matter how warm it is outside, take the office AC into account when choosing your outfit.

Lauren Izaks is the COO and executive vice president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com.

All Points PR Secures Social Media Coverage for Brunch Franchise

All Points PR secured social media coverage with Instagram influencer Bethany Aroutunian (@bethanyaroutunian) for client Daily Jam. The blogger visited the chain’s Scottsdale location to enjoy some brunch and spread the word on Daily Jam’s Father’s Day special. The blogger shared a photo and several posts to her story with more than 25,000 followers.

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All Points PR Participates in a Beach Cleanup for Positive Impact Program

On Thursday, June 20, the All Points PR team participated in the campaign Adopt-a-Beach through the Alliance for the Great Lakes for our Q2 Positive Impact program.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. The organization involves tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all. For more than 25 years, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers have worked to keep Great Lakes shorelines healthy, safe and beautiful.

The All Points team was proud to be a part of this group of volunteers, traveling to North/Municipal Beach in Waukegan, Illinois to participate in a beach cleanup. Picking up discarded bottles, cans, plastics and more, the team enjoyed a fun and rewarding volunteer experience to help keep our beaches beautiful and prepare for the upcoming summer season.

The All Points team strives to positively impact communities far and wide through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts with the Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations. We look forward to the next Positive Impact program.

The All Points Team Explores Campaign Planning and Brainstorming During the June Seminar

In our recent June seminar, the All Points team was treated to a two-part presentation from Creative and Digital Account lead Barbara Krygowska, Public Relations Account Lead JoeyLauren Jiracek, and Public Relations Associates Alexandra Hopkins and Alejandra Sanchez.

Our monthly seminars serve to promote ongoing education and refinement of skills, motivating and inspiring our employees through relevant topics and exciting information. The team gathered for an inside look into the planning and execution of a recent creative campaign, followed by an introduction to a revamped agency brainstorming initiative designed to keep the creativity flowing.

Barbara and Joey began the seminar with a client case study on creative campaign planning and execution. The goal was to present the client with a year-long marketing plan for recruitment, and to produce a highly creative and integrated consumer-facing campaign to further differentiate our client from its competitors. The duo took us through their influencer-style campaign, from its initial idea generation to the incredible results and content generated over the last few months.

Following Barbara and Joey’s presentation, Alex H. and Alex S. took the stage to guide the team through a revitalized brainstorming initiative. The pair discussed multiple brainstorming methods that are designed to bring different groups of the All Points team together and consider new, innovative ideas for our agency’s integrated public relations, social media, digital and content marketing strategies.

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to keep up with the office.

3 Ways to Heat Up Your Growth Strategy

3 Ways to Heat Up Your Growth Strategy

By Jamie Izaks


Things are starting to heat up as we enter the summer months, and I’m not just talking about the temperature! Now is the time when interest in franchising sizzles with candidate research and due diligence as they find more time on their hands to consider their next phase in life. As a fully integrated public relations firm focused on franchise development lead generation, we keep our collective finger on the pulse of the most relevant and effective channels and newest angles to incorporate into our innovative approaches for media relations, social media, digital and content marketing. Ready to stoke the fire? Here are three tactics your brand can implement to heat up your growth strategy.

Humanize your brand

A recent survey from Label Insight reports that 73% of consumers will pay more for products when the brand is transparent. Moreover, the survey found that 39% of consumers would switch from their current preferred brand to one that offers more product transparency. The evidence for transparency is clear and we can easily apply this to franchise sales as well. Pulling back the curtains a bit on your brand offers an opportunity for your prospects to truly get a feel for the talent, processes, systems and culture that define your concept.

In franchise development, the stakes are high for brands to bridge trust between their concept and their leads. It’s easy for franchise prospects to view companies as faceless, money-hungry giants, but this doesn’t have to be the case for yours. Don’t be afraid to emphasize the human aspect of your brand – after all, we are all just people here and in the end when it comes to making a franchise investment, franchisees are investing as much in company leadership as they are in the business model.

To do this, take more opportunities to deliver compelling communications with your prospects. Press, social media platforms, interactive content and storytelling email strategies all offer peeks inside the brand that can hook your prospects. And, as we all know, nothing sells better than existing franchisee validation, so tap into the franchise system and share existing franchisee testimonials – it can even be user-generated content that you share on your social media, website and email channels. This shows your prospects that your brand has formed productive relationships with franchisees and that they enjoy the franchise model. And, put your home office team members in the spotlight on your website and other platforms to feature the brains behind the business. These are just a few of the many ways you can humanize your brand and promote growth through a more trustworthy and transparent image.

Targeted social media lead generation

According to Forbes, digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements each day.

As a result of this information overload, it can be easy to get lost in the flood of your audience’s packed social media feeds. Understanding the many paid targeting options available to you through social media is key to combatting the flood and ensuring your digital ads are appearing in front of the rights eyes. Through channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn, targeting can go far beyond age, location and other demographics by targeting individuals through psychographic factors that are fit for your franchisee profile.

Paid ads guarantee a place in a user’s feed and stand as an effective tool for growing your pool of franchise prospects – when done correctly. It’s important to put as much energy into your messaging as your targeting strategies so that your audience will pay attention to your ad and feel more inclined to fill out your lead collection form. Consider who you’re looking for and how these characteristics can translate into effective targeted ads.

Audio is key

Technology is growing smarter and smarter every day. Thanks to virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, voice command capabilities have completely upended how we search for and receive information on the web.

Unsurprisingly, millennials in particular are driving the growth of digital voice assistants, with 24.9 million U.S. millennials using a smart speaker in 2018. That’s more than a third of the millennial population and a 38.3% increase from 2017, according to eMarketer estimates. The study notes that older millennials specifically are the core smart speaker demographic, as they had adopted the technology early on. By the end of the forecasting period (2020), eMarketer expects that 30.5 million millennials in the U.S. will use a smart speaker at least once per month.

So, what does this all tell us? As more and more people are speaking into their devices and search engines, there’s been a shift from individual search terms to full sentences and questions. This shift creates a huge impact on SEO strategies for any digital content your brand publishes for franchise development. Keeping voice search in mind, consider conversational tones, questions and phrases that mimic natural language and syntax when refining your SEO approach to ensure your franchise development content can be found through both online and voice searches.

Jamie Izaks is the president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com

PINCHO Introduces New Kids Menu at All Locations

PINCHO Introduces New Kids Menu at All Locations

 Latin American Kitchen Launches Parent Approved, Kid Tested Menu

MIAMI – PINCHO, the renowned Miami-based Latin American Kitchen elevating the fast-casual dining experience to a level beyond any other, announced today the launch of its new kids menu. Applying the same culinary passion that is unmistakably PINCHO to the kids menu, the award-winning Latin street food concept is offering four new child-friendly choices.

“We have been very fortunate to have built a strong following in South Florida, our flavorful food and creative burgers have differentiated us and as a result created a cult like following of amazing guests who have a strong sense of ownership of our brand. When they speak, we listen,” said Otto Othman, the CEO and co-founder of PINCHO who also inspired the brand’s core menu items — its award-winning burgers and skewers, (pinchos). “Our adult guests have been wanting options designed specifically for our youngest fans. We have developed menu items geared specifically toward kids without compromising our high-standard for quality food with unmatched flavor.”

Now available at all nine Miami locations, and soon at the Doral restaurant, which will open later this summer, the savory kids menu has already been put to the test with the brand’s pint-size pals. Kids menu items have been tested at select locations during the past several months and the top four contenders have captured spots on the coveted PINCHO kids menu.

The delicious options available to children up to age 12 on the new menu include:

  • Kids Burger (humanely-raised,100 percent antibiotic free beef patty served between a buttery, toasted brioche bun)
  • Kids Hotdog (100 percent kosher beef hot dog served on a toasted bun)
  • Kids Chicken Bowl (a junior portion of the 100 percent fresh chicken pincho served with rice and beans)
  • Kids Grilled Cheese (American cheese melted between a warm toasted brioche bun)

“We’re catering to the exceptional experience that guests have come to expect at PINCHO,” added Othman. “Blending warm table service with the speed and convenience behind every made-to-order meal made with high-quality ingredients that today’s consumers command, the brand’s high-touch customer service comes to life with the introduction of the kids menu.”

The menu plays to kid preferences, and PINCHO’s team makes each child’s meal an opportunity to connect with a guest that they can make a lifetime fan. It continues the brand’s commitment to menu innovation, which can be seen regularly through the introduction of new LTO menu items on a monthly basis.

About PINCHO

PINCHO is a fast-casual Latin American Kitchen concept that has built its foundation around three core values – flavor with a side of attitude, prioritizing company culture and a passion for creating great customer experiences. Based in Miami, Florida, PINCHO has created a cult-like following with its original takes on elevated Latin street food, including its famous burgers and skewers (pinchos). The brand currently has 11 open units throughout South Florida and locations in development across the region, as well as Washington, D.C., where restaurants will open in late 2019. PINCHO recently launched a strategic franchising initiative that stands to significantly expand the brand into key U.S. markets.

For more information about Pincho, visit the company’s website at http://www.pincho.com.

To learn more about Pincho franchise opportunities, visit https://pinchofranchise.com.

The Joint Chiropractic Dazzles in the Desert at 2019 Annual Convention

The Joint Chiropractic Dazzles in the Desert at 2019 Annual Convention

Franchisees, Chiropractors and Clinic Team Members Join Corporate Leadership to Celebrate Award Winners and Brand Victories

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 17, 2019) – The Joint Chiropractic, the nation’s fastest-growing chiropractic franchise, celebrated a monumental year of success and robust future during its annual convention, which recently took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The convention theme, “Real People, Real Results,” highlighted the positive impact that The Joint clinics have on their patients and proved that strong support for franchisees remains a top priority.

“Our annual convention served as a reminder of how remarkable our franchise system truly is, including the chiropractors that routinely change patients’ lives,” said Peter D. Holt, President and CEO of The Joint Corp. “The successes that we have seen over the last three years, and the wonderful opportunities we have ahead of us, are direct results of the support and dedication that is put into every clinic by every franchisee. We’re stronger today because of the dedication of the entire The Joint franchise network.”

This year’s convention celebrated company-wide accomplishments during 2018, and challenged all attendees – franchisees, chiropractors, corporate leadership and vendors – to continue to exceed expectations, lead by example and bring quality and affordable chiropractic care to patients everywhere. The three-day convention included a number of discussions and seminars focused on major brand priorities, such as growth plans, patient care, chiropractor recruitment and retention, and other initiatives for continued success.

During the general sessions, Holt discussed that the company opened 47 clinics in 2018 and opened 14 clinics in the first quarter of 2019, compared to seven in the first quarter of 2018. Likewise, in 2018 The Joint signed 99 franchise development licenses. Through April 30, 2019, the company sold another 60 franchise development licenses, building a healthy pipeline of new locations primarily through a thriving regional developer program.

Also signaling the strength of the company, annual system-wide gross revenue grew 30 percent from 2017 to 2018 – among the best of all U.S. brands situated in retail

environments. In 2018, 79 percent of the gross revenue was contributed by The Joint’s monthly membership program, highlighting the loyalty patients are showing for The Joint and its services.

Even with The Joint’s robust growth and expansion, Holt acknowledged that there is an expansive opportunity for continued success. The company is in position to further inform and meet the needs of Americans for natural pain relief and wellness. Out of all patients seen by The Joint in 2018, 26 percent of them were new to chiropractic care.

Rounding out the gathering was the illustrious awards ceremony. The Joint bestowed honors on top-performing franchisees, chiropractors and additional team members in attendance for a number of achievements, including:

  • Wellness Coordinator of the Year – Monica Woodall: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Chiropractor of the Year – Dr. Jim Handzel: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Professional Corporation (PC) of the Year – Dr. Kim Sahagun: Southern California
  • Rookie Franchisee of the Year – Kane Ali: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Regional Developer of the Year – Anne and David Glover: Austin, Dallas, San Antonio & Houston, Texas
  • Franchisee of the Year – Teresa and Tony Giuseppe: Phoenix, Arizona

“Over the years, our main goal has been to make a profound impact on people’s lives,” said Holt. “Hearing patient and franchise member success stories is a humbling experience and remains proof that, as a team, we’re really making a positive difference.”

The Joint Chiropractic is the nation’s largest network of non-insurance, private pay chiropractic health care clinics in the United States. It’s known for its no-appointment, no-insurance and no-hassle concierge-style service. The Joint’s modern membership model allows patients seeking quality pain relief and prevention to customize ongoing treatment plans or receive routine chiropractic exams, as prescribed by their chiropractor. Plus, patients can use their membership at any of The Joint Chiropractic clinics nationwide.

For information on The Joint Chiropractic and its services, or to find a local chiropractor near you, visit thejoint.com. To learn about franchise opportunities in the booming health and wellness industry with The Joint Chiropractic, visit www.thejointfranchise.com.

About The Joint Corp.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Joint is an emerging growth company that is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality care convenient and affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Its no-appointment policy and convenient hours and locations make care more accessible, and affordable membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance. With over 450 clinics nationwide and more than 6 million patient visits annually, The Joint is a key leader in the chiropractic profession. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com or follow the brand on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Business Structure

The Joint Corp. is a franchisor of clinics and an operator of clinics in certain states. In Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming, The Joint Corp. and its franchisees provide management services to affiliated professional chiropractic practices.

NIFA Takes An Inside Look at Private Equity Investment During 2019 June Event

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Andrew Bleiman, Jamie and Lauren Izaks, recently hosted its 2019 June Event at Hotel Zachary in the Alma Room, situated across from Wrigley Field in Chicago. With almost 90 guests in attendance, the June Event featured a spirited discussion and panel, “An Inside Look at Private Equity Investment in Franchising,” as well as a fun networking opportunity during the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game.

Jon Shulkin, Partner at Valor Equity Partners, headlined the event and led an initial presentation on how Valor Equity Partners expanded into franchising via its investment in Sizzling Platter. Explaining how private equity has grown and become more popular in the franchising space, Jon shared what private equity firms look for in a business, including financials and the ability to expand. More specifically, these firms are attracted to franchising due to the ability to scale quickly, strengthen existing systems and processes while taking them to new markets.

Shulkin joined a group of other distinguished panelists after his presentation to dive deeper into the topic, tackling questions such as how private equity has impacted business, how to push for operating improvements with franchisors and the qualitative attributes that set brands apart and catch an investment firm’s attention. The panel included: 

The June Event was sponsored by Shambliss Security, a provider of cybersecurity solutions, and Patriot Software, franchising’s leader in accounting and payroll software. Patriot Software provides fast, simple and affordable solutions. Paro, which provides financial expertise for every situation, company, and project, was the beverage sponsor. Paro’s highly curated network of finance professionals have years of experience and domain expertise helping businesses solve their unique problems.

In addition to the discussion, panelists and guests of the NIFA 2019 June Event enjoyed the unique opportunity to network during the exciting Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on the balcony and in the Alma Room. There were also plenty of hors d’oeuvres to choose from, including pasta, mini burgers and a delicious platter of cheese, bread and jellies, plus much more. We want to thank all the panelists and guests for helping us kick off the summer with an incredible event, and look forward to our next gathering!

These events allow NIFA to continue its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day. Stay tuned for details on the upcoming 2019 August NIFA Luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.

All Points PR Secures Social Media Coverage for Screen Repair Franchise

All Points PR secured an Instagram post and story feature with @goldie.swag for client Screenmobile. The coverage highlighted a local partnership with the franchise as a part of the “Love Your Pets” campaign, a contest by Screenmobile offering a free pet door or screening installation for one winner who submits a photo of their pet. The coverage was shared with nearly 37,000 followers.

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Jabz Boxing Signs Agreement to Open in Havertown

Jabz Boxing Signs Agreement to Open in Havertown

New Women’s Fitness Studio Coming to Havertown
HAVERTOWN, Pa. – Jabz Boxing fitness for women franchise announced today that it has inked an agreement for a new location in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Jabz is known for its full-body, circuit-style workout that utilizes boxing inspired exercises designed specifically for women.
The Havertown signed agreement comes upon the heels of a recent opening in Ridley Park, as the fitness concept continues to expand its presence across the Philly metro area. The new location, slated to open later this year, will offer different daily workouts designed for women of all fitness levels.
“I’ve been watching Jabz grow for years, so the brand was already on my radar when the Ridley Park studio opened. After trying my first class there, the atmosphere and energy of the experience captured my interest in opening my own studio,” said Shannon Crowley, owner of the new Havertown studio. “As the buzz around the studio continued to grow, so did its popularity among locals and I realized this was a business opportunity that I was destined to pursue. I can’t wait to share the unique fitness experience and help build an empowering environment for local women. So far, the news about Jabz coming to Havertown has been well-received and I’ve already had a chance to connect with several women who are eager to join the future Jabz community in Havertown.”
Committed to cultivating a fitness community of empowerment for women, Jabz Boxing offers intense, boxing-inspired full-body workouts to help clients achieve their fitness goals. The results-driven workouts and a strong sense of community resonate with women of all ages and fitness levels. Jabz classes are kept small to encourage an individual and positive workout experience. All classes are led by dedicated, certified instructors who offer one-on-one support for all members.
“We are excited to be expanding into Havertown and Shannon is the perfect person to lead the charge,” said Kimberlee White, CEO and co-founder of Jabz Boxing. “We have no doubt in her ability to support and inspire members and spread the Jabz message with Havertown women.”
Since beginning franchising in 2013, Jabz Boxing grew to over 20 Arizona locations before deciding to expand nationally in 2019. Since the start of the year they have opened locations in Voorhees, New Jersey and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. Jabz Boxing plans to increase its nationwide footprint by entering key markets such as Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas, where it will provide women with an empowering community and energetic workout experience.
As the fitness studio concept continues to rapidly expand into key markets across the United States, Jabz Boxing is actively seeking qualified franchisees who are passionate about fitness and entrepreneurship to join its system and bring the Jabz culture of female empowerment to their local communities.
For more information on Jabz Boxing in Havertown, visit https://www.jabzboxing.com. To learn more about Jabz Boxing franchise opportunities, visit Jabz Boxing franchising.
About Jabz Boxing
Jabz Boxing, a full-body circuit style workout utilizing boxing inspired exercises designed specifically for all women. Our focus is on developing fitness rather than fighters. Our workouts combine cardio, strength training, core work and plyometrics to help give clients a full body workout to maximize results and meet all of our client’s fitness needs.
Jabz workouts change daily to help keep our client’s bodies constantly challenged and our Jabz certified trainers are prepared to help guide and motivate women of all different sizes, ages and body types though an energetic and intimate workout experience.
Since it began franchising in 2013, Jabz Boxing has now grown to 20 franchise locations in Arizona and New Jersey.
To learn more about Jabz Boxing, visit https://www.jabzboxing.com/. To learn about franchising opportunities with Jabz Boxing, visit Jabz Boxing franchising. 
About ZGrowth Partners LLC 
Partnering with Great Brands to Build World Class Franchise Systems. ZGrowth Partners is a consulting firm specializing in managing the franchise sales, operations and brand development of emerging franchise concepts. Through its private equity fund, ZGrowth Capital, our strength is focusing on investing in and growing differentiated franchise concepts with attractive unit-level economics. To learn more about ZGrowth, visit zgrowth.com.

CMIT Solutions Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

CMIT Solutions Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

 Accomplished Tech-Sector Entrepreneur and Executive Roger Lewis to Lead IT Franchise’s Next Phase of Growth

 AUSTIN, Texas – CMIT Solutions, the nation’s leading managed service provider (MSP) of enterprise-level information technology (IT) services to the small and mid-market business community, has named Roger Lewis as its new Chief Executive Officer. This comes as Jeff Connally, the iconic CMIT Solutions leader who first joined the company in 2005 as a Member of the Board of Directors, and then as CEO, president and principal, transitions out of the CEO role. In the near future, he will rejoin the Board of Directors for the brand.

Lewis will be working alongside Craftsman Capital, the private equity group that acquired CMIT Solutions in December 2018, as well as the existing CMIT Solutions leadership team to continue the brand’s momentum. Blending a strong technology background with noteworthy entrepreneurial achievements, Lewis’ experience parallels the company’s two most important core pillars.

“We are pleased to welcome Roger to CMIT Solutions,” said Will Walters, co-founder and partner at Craftsman Capital. “It is of upmost importance that our next CEO continues to share and understand our values and goals while also offering new insight and experience to help get us to the next level. Roger has a strong track record and we are confident that he is the right leader for CMIT Solutions.”

Before joining CMIT Solutions, Lewis co-founded AllianceTech, a meeting and events technology provider of onsite solutions. There, he led sales and marketing, taking the business from zero to $12 million-plus in bookings. In 2015, industry leader Cvent took notice and acquired the company, adding onsite solutions to its product portfolio. Under Cvent, Lewis continued to propel the business forward with onsite solutions proving it to be one of the fastest growing product lines of the company. Prior to AllianceTech, Lewis co-founded an IT services company and successfully grew it to $8 million in annual sales before selling it to an organization out of New York.

“I’m honored to join CMIT Solutions,” said Lewis, who like Connally began his career in technology with IBM. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to grow an established franchise system and continue to add value to our franchises. I will work closely with our talented group of franchise partners, technology partners and the existing corporate team to advance our goals to ensure that the steps we take forward solidify what our clients have come to appreciate and expect from us. Together, I know we will reach new milestones to better support our clients, accelerate franchisee performance and expand our presence throughout North America.”

Opening 42 new franchise offices/territories across North America in 2018, CMIT Solutions is fresh off one of its most robust growth phases. In 2019, CMIT Solutions has already welcomed in 12 new franchise partners. Currently, there are more than 230 CMIT Solutions offices in 33 states across North America. Entrepreneur magazine has ranked CMIT Solutions the #1 IT Services Franchise for the past seven consecutive years in its highly coveted “Franchise 500®” rankings.

CMIT Solutions is widely recognized as the frontrunner among IT support providers for the small and mid-market business community in the United States. Offering a broad spectrum of proactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages, along with quick response services when unexpected crises occur, CMIT Solutions has carved out its niche as an industry innovator specializing in working with the small and mid-market business community.

To learn more about CMIT Solutions and its services, please visit: www.cmitsolutions.com/.

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and mid-market businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford. CMIT has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list for seven consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a channel for larger firms desiring to reach the small and mid-market businesses in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.cmitsolutions.com

Trending: Keeping Your Digital Marketing Strategy Afloat in Today’s Distracted Society

Time reported in 2015 that the average attention span of a human is eight seconds, according to a study from Microsoft Corp. This is one second less than the average attention span of a goldfish, and four seconds down from the average human attention span in 2000.

Simply put, humans are easily distracted. In fact, research shows that an office worker, on average, will check their email inboxes 30 times every hour. The average user picks up their cell phone more than 1,500 times a week. The average page visit lasts less than a minute and users often leave web pages in just 10-20 seconds.

While brands have certainly evolved to accommodate today’s digital-driven age, human interest and attention remain short. However, this isn’t all bad news for brands and marketers. Being clear in your messaging, keeping it short and sweet and appealing to consumers through stories are just a few ways to extend those short eight seconds. These facts reinforce how important it is to work smart, always have your audience in mind and keep it simple when it comes to crafting a digital marketing strategy.

One way to achieve this across your digital marketing platforms, while gaining the most mileage out of your content, is through “micro content.” Essentially, micro content is written copy, imagery and/or video that can be consumed in 10-30 seconds or less. It is small, bite-sized and easily digested, perfect for attention spans that are smaller than those of goldfish. Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality, recently discussed the mindset behind crafting a content strategy in 2019 and the use of micro content in a blog posted to his personal website.

Based on a “reverse pyramid” model, this strategy starts with a piece of “pillar content” – a daily vlog, keynote, Q&A show, etc. From this content, his team is able to repurpose that one piece into dozens of smaller pieces of content, keeping in mind the context of the different platforms used. With this strategy, it’s important to remember that not all platforms and their audiences are alike, thus your message must be tailored to fit the platform.

What are the results? Vaynerchuk explains that through this strategy, he is able to grow his brand by constantly creating and posting as much content as possible, taking one long-form piece and turning it into smaller bits of content (memes, images, quotes, stories, etc.) and effectively distributing them across all his platforms. In a presentation attached to the blog, Vaynerchuk shows how his team took one of his keynotes, repurposed it into 30+ pieces of content, and generated over 35,000,000 total views from distributing that content.

Bottom line, there are plenty of factors and moving parts to take into account when crafting a digital marketing strategy – keeping it simple and truly making the most of the content you have are keys to adding some serious value and ROI.

Vitality Bowls Earns Honorable Mention in Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers Inaugural Excellence in Food Safety Award

Vitality Bowls Earns Honorable Mention in Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers Inaugural Excellence in Food Safety Award

National Superfood Café one of three honored at industry event recognizing top performance in the restaurant industry

DANVILLE, Calif. – In recognition of its food safety programs, practices and work in building a culture of food safety, Vitality Bowls has earned an honorable mention in Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers inaugural Excellence in Food Safety Award, sponsored by Steritech.

The Top 100 Movers and Shakers Awards are presented by Networld Media, owner and operator of FastCasual.com, a leading restaurant industry online news publication.

“Vitality Bowls was founded on the principle of providing allergy-friendly, healthy food that everyone can enjoy, and this is still one of our core values to this day,” said Tara Gilad, Co-Founder of Vitality Bowls. “We are honored that our efforts have been recognized in the restaurant industry.”

To earn the award, Vitality Bowls demonstrated food safety excellence in a number of areas, including:

  • Food safety as a core focus of its mission
  • Leadership commitment and advocacy for food safety
  • Exemplary training practices based in communicating ‘the why’ behind food safety concepts
  • Unique operational protocols and facilities design focused on allergen safety

“Vitality Bowls has taken an oft-overlooked element of food safety and tackled it head-on” said Doug Sutton, President of Steritech, the leading North American provider of food safety and operational assessments for the restaurant, food retail, foodservice, and hospitality industries, which sponsored the award. “This commitment to protecting their customers extends into all of their foods safety practices.”

Originating in Northern California and specializing in açaí bowls that feature a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – Vitality Bowls has solidified itself as America’s superfood café. All items on the menu are made to order for each customer and prepared in a kitchen designed to avoid cross-contact for customers with food allergies. No ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives are used, giving the purest taste possible to each menu item.

For more information about Vitality Bowls and its menu items, please visit www.vitalitybowls.com. For more information about the Vitality Bowls franchise opportunity, visit http://franchise.vitalitybowls.com.

About Vitality Bowls

Roy and Tara Gilad, a pair of successful business owners, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the superfood café concept as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find safe, healthy food alternatives. Since franchising began in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with more than 100 cafes open or in development. In 2018, Vitality Bowls was named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ List recognizing the 500 largest franchises in the industry, as well as Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list for the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Also named to Restaurant Business’s Future 50 List of the fastest growing innovative brands and to Franchise Times’ 2019 Zor Awards as one of the best franchises to buy, Vitality Bowls aims to redefine the fast casual healthy food restaurant field at its locations across the country.

About Steritech

Steritech is the leading provider of specialized brand protection services for the restaurant, food retail, foodservice, and hospitality industries. As a trusted partner to many of the world’s leading brands, Steritech conducts over 250,0000 assessments a year in the areas of food safety, service excellence, workplace safety and guest experience to help businesses mitigate risk and drive improvement. In addition to assessment programs, Steritech offers support to quality and safety initiatives with supplementary programs, including self-assessment technology, OneLook health inspection information management, and a wide range of consulting and special business projects. Founded in 1986, Steritech is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on Steritech, please visit www.steritech.com or call 800.868.0089.

Steritech is part of Rentokil Initial plc, a leading business services company, operating globally in over 70 countries. For more information, visit www.rentokil-initial.com.

CMIT Solutions Hosts Largest Annual Convention to Date

CMIT Solutions Hosts Largest Annual Convention to Date

IT Franchise Applauds Franchisees for Several Key Accomplishments

AUSTIN, Texas – CMIT Solutions, the nation’s leading managed service provider of enterprise-level information technology (IT) services to the small and mid-market business community, held its 23rd annual convention in May in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“The Annual Convention is something we all look forward to,” said Jeff Connally, president of CMIT Solutions. “The opportunity to bring everyone together for a few days and take a deep dive into the business and the industry remains to be immensely valuable. Since we are adding several new franchisees into the system each year, the convention serves as a wonderful time to have some of the newer owners and owners who have been a part of the franchise for 20-plus years share ideas and best practices. The time in Atlantic City was a true reminder of how fortunate we all are to be surrounded by such a talented, smart, and innovative group.”

Themed “CMIT Elevate,” the whole CMIT system—corporate leadership, franchisees, technicians and supplier partners—came together to strategize, grow, and develop. The four days included extensive sales and marketing training, educational seminars, and opportunities to share best practices. The convention also provided opportunities to celebrate several key accomplishments for supplier partners, franchisees, and the brand as a whole.

Throughout the convention, CMIT Solutions bestowed honors on top-performing office owners and their team members in attendance for sales, customer retention, and superior operations over the past 12 months.

During the banquet dinner, Connally presented the highest honor, “Franchise of the Year,” to CMIT Solutions of Fairfax Owner Terry Whearly.

CMIT Solutions of Fairfax earned the recognition with a series of high marks in all criteria judged, including total revenue, operations, number of managed seats, and frequent participation within the franchise system.

In addition to Fairfax owner’s impressive recognition for “Franchise of the Year,” several other CMIT Solutions offices also earned awards.

Additional honorees from the convention include:

  • Rookie of the Year – Steve Gray (CMIT Solutions of Cincinnati, Downtown & NKY)
  • President’s Award – Mike Minkler (CMIT Solutions of Clayton)
  • Breakout – Scott Freund (CMIT Solutions of Boise)
  • Sales Excellence – Sam Gupta and Sunny Yalamarthy (CMIT Solutions of Pittsburgh North)
  • Spirit of the Entrepreneur – Jorge Velasquez (CMIT Solutions of Austin Central)
  • Success Story – Leslie Chiorazzi (CMIT Solutions of Manhattan, Murray Hill)
  • Tech of the Year – Johnny Lea (CMIT Solutions of Metrolina)
  • Community Service Award – Cheryl Nelan (CMIT Solutions of Monroe)
  • Marketing Excellence – Rick Staton and Dave Warnick (CMIT Solutions of Upper Chesapeake)
  • Product Excellence – Arnie Tiangco (CMIT Solutions of New Brunswick)
  • People’s Choice – Tom Burtzlaff (CMIT Solutions of Columbia)

In addition to the individual recognition of franchise partners, CMIT Solutions welcomed 40 new offices in 2018 and is expected to open 50 in 2019. This year’s Annual Convention was the largest event to date—60 percent larger than the convention in 2018.

CMIT Solutions is widely recognized as the frontrunner among IT support providers for the small and mid-market business community in the United States. Offering a broad spectrum of proactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages, along with quick response services when unexpected crises occur, CMIT Solutions has carved out its niche as an industry innovator specializing in working with the small and mid-market business community.

To learn more about CMIT Solutions and its services, please visit: http://www.cmitsolutions.com/.

About CMIT Solutions

CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting small businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford. CMIT Solutions has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list for six consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.cmitsolutions.com

Soccer Shots Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Soccer Shots Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Premier Children’s Soccer Franchise Ranked as a Leading Low Cost Franchise

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” list. Notably, the brand was rated number 25 on the prestigious list of strategic franchise investments.

Entrepreneur magazine’s franchise industry analysts compile the list based on scores received on the Franchise 500 evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the categories of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Soccer Shot’s rank on the list is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity and position as a leading investment in its price segment.

 “We’re proud to be recognized for being one of the leading low cost franchises,” said Justin Bredeman, CEO of Soccer Shots. “Our team works hard to make sure our franchise opportunity is available to those who are passionate about our brand and want to continue building the legacy of Soccer Shots. The goal is always to be able to provide franchisees with the chance to make a difference while making a living.”

Aimed at positively impacting children’s lives, Soccer Shots strives to be the best part of a child’s week through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Serving children ages two through eight, each franchise emphasizes having the best coaches in their communities, an exceptional customer experience including ongoing communication and an expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards. The weekly programs, customized for three different age groups, teach children soccer fundamentals and character-building skills. Soccer Shots hosts private sessions through local schools and childcare centers as well as public programs, which are typically hosted through park districts.

For entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Soccer Shots franchise, the typical franchise fee is $34,500. Plus, Soccer Shots is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 15% off of the total franchise fee. Ideal franchisees have a strong passion for making a positive impact on children and a desire to lead their own business. Soccer experience is not necessary to join the franchise, but knowledge and a dedication for the sport is preferred.

To learn more about finding a Soccer Shots class near you, visit: https://www.soccershots.org.

For more information about franchising with Soccer Shots and available franchise opportunities, visit: https://www.soccershotsfranchising.com.

To view Soccer Shots in the full Entrepeneur ranking, visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/332364.

About Soccer Shots

Based outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Soccer Shots is an international franchise program that provides children ages two through eight with a developmentally appropriate soccer and character development experience under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. The brand’s curriculum-based program is offered in more than 200 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada, serving over 440,000 children each year. Soccer Shots was founded by two professional soccer players who identified a need for quality and engaging soccer programs for children under age eight. To find a Soccer Shots program near you, visit www.soccershots.org.

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Kona Ice Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $150,000” List

Kona Ice Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $150,000” List 

Mobile Shaved Ice Truck Ranked as a Leading Low-Cost Franchise Investment

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kona Ice announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s “Top Franchises for Less Than 150,000” list. Notably, the brand was rated number 13 on the prestigious list of strategic franchise investments.

Entrepreneur’s franchise industry analysts compile the list based on scores received on the Franchise 500 evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the categories of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Kona Ice’s ranking on the list is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity and position as a leading investment in its price segment.

“Being named to this esteemed list is a proud moment for us,” said Tony Lamb, founder and CEO of Kona Ice. “We’re proud to be ranked as a leading low-cost franchise investment.” “Just last year we added 175 trucks, now operating close to 1,100 since our launch in June 2007.” Our hard work to make our franchise opportunity appealing and rewarding to franchisees continues to pay off.”

Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice offers its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats across 47 states. Equally as appealing as the icy treats that the brand offers is its philanthropic commitment in the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $62 million to community-based organizations since the launch in June 2007.

Providing entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs, the Kona Ice investment ranges in price from $117,650 – $135,925. An initial franchisee fee of $20,000 is required, and finance programs are in place to support qualified entrepreneurs in their Kona Ice investment.

To view Kona Ice in the full Entrepreneur ranking, visit: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/332363.

About Kona Ice

A true community ally renowned for facilitating endless fundraising options, Kona Ice has given $62 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams since its inception in 2007. The brand’s iconic truck offers customers a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create their own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics. Currently, there are 1,000-plus franchise units in more than 47 states.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE. 

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Kitchen Tune-Up Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $100,000” List

Kitchen Tune-Up Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $100,000” List

Kitchen Remodeling Franchise Ranked as a Low-Cost Leading Franchise Investment  

ABEREDEEN, S.D. – Kitchen Tune-Up, a leading kitchen specialty franchise announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $100,000” list. Notably, the brand was rated number 58 on the prestigious list of strategic franchise investments.

Entrepreneur’s franchise industry analysts compile the list based on scores received on the Franchise 500 evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the categories of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Kitchen Tune-Up’s ranking on the list is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity and position as a leading investment in its price segment. 

“Being named to this list is a proud moment for us,” said Heidi Morrissey, president of Kitchen Tune-Up. “After coming off a very strong first quarter with more than 40 new territories awarded, this ranking reinforces our brands strong presence in the industry, and we’re proud to be ranked as leading franchise investment. We are grateful for our dedicated franchisees working hard every day to provide valuable services to their communities,

Kitchen Tune-Up is a company that has built its reputation on trust, top service and amazing results. The award-winning company has established itself as the industry leader with more than 31 years of success behind it. Kitchen Tune-Up is meeting the growing demand for homeowners seeking to update and upgrade the look of their kitchens throughout the country with its customized service and eye-popping results.

For more information on Kitchen Tune-Up, visit www.kitchentuneup.com.

To view Kitchen Tune-Up in the full Entrepreneur ranking, visit: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/332365.

About Kitchen Tune-Up

Founded in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in affordable kitchen updates. It is known for its multiple unique options to update kitchens and cabinetry. Services include its signature one-day wood restoration Tune-Up, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, cabinet redooring, new cabinets, granite sealing and storage solutions. Celebrating 31 years of business in 2019, Kitchen Tune-Up offers personalized service and incredible results that are structured around customer service Trustpoints to ensure a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

 About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

Young Rembrandts Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Young Rembrandts Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Young Rembrandts Ranked as a Leading Franchise Investment Less Than $50,000

 ELGIN, Ill. – Young Rembrandts, a home-based business model and leader in art education, announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” list. Notably, the brand was rated number 64 on the prestigious list of strategic franchise investments.

Entrepreneur’s franchise industry analysts compile the list based on scores received on the Franchise 500 evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the categories of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. Young Rembrandts’ ranking on the list is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity and position as a leading investment in its price segment.

“Being named to this esteemed list is a proud moment for us,” said Bette Fetter, founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts. “Our hard work to maintain a high franchisee satisfaction rate and continuing to make our franchise opportunity appealing and rewarding to franchisees continues to pay off. We’re proud to be ranked as a leading franchise investment.”

Young Rembrandts has become a leader in art education. It is an international franchise business that prides itself on bringing both academics and the arts together. Young Rembrandts partners with preschools, elementary schools and community centers to supply their art education programs in a positive, highly successful environment.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Young Rembrandts franchise should have the ability to invest $41,250, which includes working capital and a typical franchise fee of $34,500. Plus, Young Rembrandts is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10 percent off of the total franchise fee.

For more information on Young Rembrandts, visit https://www.youngrembrandts.com.

To view Young Rembrandts in the full Entrepreneur ranking, visit: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/332364.

About Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts is a recognized leader in art education, offering a curriculum focused on teaching children to draw, using demonstration and a structured step-by-step process. Through the process of weekly instruction students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history and mastery of their materials. Classes are taught to children ages 3 ½ to 12 years old. Young Rembrandts teaches more than 40,000 students each week in 31 states and four provinces. Through franchising, Young Rembrandts offers individuals the chance to grow their own business while creating a positive impact within the community.

To learn more about Young Rembrandts franchise opportunities, visit: www.youngrembrandtsfranchise.com.

 About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

For 40 years, Entrepreneur Media Inc. has been serving the entrepreneurial community providing comprehensive coverage of business and personal success through original content and events. Entrepreneur magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and publishing imprint Entrepreneur Press provide solutions, information, inspiration and education read by millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners worldwide.

To learn more, visit entrepreneur.com.

The All Points Team Fosters Creativity and Collaboration in Recent Seminar

From public relations professionals to content marketers and creative and digital mavens, the All Points PR team incorporates a diverse set of talented individuals to achieve our integrated approach. This approach calls for constant collaboration and creativity across the team to deliver powerful results.

Content Marketing Associates Meredith Beirne and Amanda Goecke recently led the May seminar, speaking to our team’s collaborative culture while challenging the group with unconventional ways to think more creatively. The duo kicked off their presentation with creative thinking exercises to encourage out-of-the box ideas, while demonstrating how this mindset can be applied to all corners of the office to produce the most effective work for our clients.

Along with these exercises, Meredith and Amanda pulled specific examples from around the office that demonstrate this creative spirit, including eye-catching press releases, pitches, social media posts and content marketing materials. This also offered the opportunity for the two to show how the team implemented their creative efforts in recent months to revamp digital and content marketing assets.

The presentation stretched our thinking of how we can all work together and suggested new collaborative initiatives for the team to explore. The content marketing team stressed the importance of training your brain to think more creatively, and how this thinking can be multiplied through a collective team effort.

Our monthly seminars serve to promote ongoing education and refinement of skills, motivating and inspiring our employees through relevant topics and exciting information. We thank Meredith and Amanda for their creative presentation!

Be sure to check out All Points PR on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our latest seminars, and follow along on Instagram to keep up with the office.

All Points PR Coordinates TV Segment for Restaurant Franchise

All Points PR coordinated a TV segment with AZ Daily Mix for client Daily Jam. The segment featured Daily Jam President Berekk Blackwell and the franchise’s Events Coordinator, who shared how to make the perfect “mom-mosa.” The franchise offered a special promotion of a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree for moms on Mother’s Day. Coverage ran on air.

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All Points PR Coordinates Social Media Coverage for Restaurant Franchise

All Points PR coordinated social media coverage with local influencer @_brittanytrull for client Daily Jam. The influencer visited the franchise’s Mayo location with her aunt and shared a photo of herself at the restaurant as well as an Instagram story, showing a photo of their brunch, with more than 5,000 followers. Within the photo’s caption, she shared word of the franchise’s Mother’s Day free mimosa promotion.

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Kitchen Tune-Up Kicks off 2019 with Robust Growth

Kitchen Tune-Up Kicks off 2019 with Robust Growth

Kitchen and bath remodeling franchise exceeds all expectations in first quarter 

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen specialty company known for its five unique services, has exceeded growth goals set for the first quarter, breaking all previously held records for first quarter. From January to March, Kitchen Tune-Up added an astonishing 41 new locations to their map, positioning the brand for robust growth in 2019.

Kitchen Tune-Up’s impressive franchising achievement comes as a result of long-term investment in building its franchise system to support sustained growth.

“This year has already been monumental for our brand, and it is still incredibly early in the year,” said Heidi Morrissey, president of Kitchen Tune-Up. “Our growth in the first quarter has positioned us for success for the rest of 2019 and beyond. Without our incredible franchisees and their teams this growth wouldn’t have been possible.”

Kitchen Tune-Up prides itself not only on hard work and the ability to finish a project in 1-5 days, but on the Trustpoints, premier customer service, and family-like mentality business model. With over 190 locations in 39 states, Kitchen Tune-Up had targeted 30 locations for the first three months of 2019 and ultimately surpassed that goal with a total of 41 locations in the first quarter.

“With more than 30 years of experience to build on, people know that Kitchen Tune-Up is a business they can trust.We are using technology to create tools for our owners to work smarter, not harder.” added Heidi. “Our family-focus on the brand is also why so many people want to buy into Kitchen Tune-Up. You’re not only opening a business, you’re joining a community and we are excited to continue to add new members to our family.”

Kitchen Tune-Up is a company that has built its reputation on trust, top service and amazing results. The award-winning company has established itself as the industry leader with more than 30 years of success behind it. Kitchen Tune-Up is meeting the growing demand for homeowners seeking to update and upgrade the look of their kitchens throughout the country with its customized service and eye-popping results.

About Kitchen Tune-Up

Founded in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in affordable kitchen updates. It is known for its multiple unique options to update kitchens and cabinetry.  Services include its signature one-day wood restoration Tune-Up, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, cabinet redooring, new cabinets, granite sealing and storage solutions. Celebrating 31 years of business in 2019, Kitchen Tune-Up offers personalized service and incredible results that are structured around customer service Trustpoints to ensure a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

COO’s Corner: The PRo Community Project


At All Points, our employees are encouraged to carry themselves with compassion and philanthropy, which are a part of our core values. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility, our focus on people and making a meaningful impact on community organizations that do good for others, as reflected by our quarterly Positive Impact program.

I’d like to take a moment to share a special, creative campaign and Positive Impact effort within All Points that is a true testament to our core values: the PRo Community Project.

Through this exciting initiative, we invite nonprofit leaders to submit an application for the chance to win free services and volunteer support from our team. We’re looking for local Chicagoland organizations to share why their organization could benefit from media exposure, graphic design, content marketing and other services to increase awareness for their mission in the community as part of a specific campaign or fundraising effort.

Our team constantly designs, plans and executes integrated strategic campaigns that provide our clients with the voice, credibility and validation needed to effectively grow their brands. We look forward to approaching this creative campaign from a philanthropic angle and supporting one of the incredible nonprofits in the Chicago area through this project – further spreading our goal to positively impact the communities in which we live and work.

To learn more about the PRo Community Project and to submit an application, please click here. Or, feel free to share this information with your network.

Lauren Izaks is the COO and executive vice president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com.