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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.

Junk King Announces Norwest Venture Partners As New Investor

Junk King Announces Norwest Venture Partners As New Investor

National Junk Removal Franchise Commits to Future Growth with New Investor Partner

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., — Junk King, the nation’s top-rated junk removal and hauling company, today announced that it has made a strategic partnership with Norwest Venture Partners (Norwest), a premier multi-stage investment firm. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Junk King founder and CEO Michael Andreacchi founded Junk King in 2005 and has consistently provided an environmentally-conscious, customer-focused service to residences and businesses. Since 2009, Andreacchi and team have grown through the franchise model in more than 100 cities across 35 states and Canada. The Company has welcomed five new franchisees to the Junk King family thus far in 2019.

“When starting Junk King, I did not appreciate just how instrumental the franchisees would be in creating the foundations of our brand,” said Andreacchi. “I am proud to say that we have a system comprised of many diverse backgrounds and career paths that have worked together to become America’s leading junk removal business. We are going to continue to climb mountains as a team and with the addition of Norwest we feel like there is no mountain too big.”

Norwest’s Sonya Brown and Stew Campbell will join Junk King as board members.

“Junk King’s mission of delivering an environmentally-conscious service resonated with us,” said Sonya Brown, General Partner at Norwest. “Diverting waste via recycling efforts is enormously important. We look forward to supporting Mike and team with new programs to drive even more innovation in the industry.”

“Mike and his team have built a leading brand and consumer experience. The technology, customer service and processes are all dedicated to deliver a top notch, on-demand experience to residences and businesses alike, said Stew Campbell, Principal at Norwest. “We are thrilled to work to support Mike and his network of terrific franchisees.”

In addition to the Junk King’s professionalism, eco-friendly recycling and award-winning customer service, businesses and residents alike choose Junk King because of the brand’s state-of-the-art technology systems that allow customers to schedule a pick-up in real time. With the online booking system all it takes is a few clicks and within a matter of minutes Junk King can be scheduled and the job can be completed. In fact, Junk King maintains the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS) for any service business in North America, a clear indication of the importance the company places on customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Junk King, please visit https://www.junk-king.com.

About Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest is a premier multi-stage investment firm managing more than $7.5 billion in capital. Since our inception, we have invested in more than 600 companies and partner with over 140 active companies across our venture and growth equity portfolio. The firm invests in early to late stage companies across a wide range of sectors with a focus on consumer, enterprise, and healthcare. We offer a deep network of connections, operating experience, and a wide range of impactful services to help CEOs and founders scale their businesses. Norwest has offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, with subsidiaries in India and Israel. For more information, please visit www.nvp.com. Follow Norwest on Twitter @NorwestVP.

About Junk King

Junk King is a white collar business management franchise in a blue collar industry with company operations showing ten years of sustainable growth. The Company is firmly entrenched as the 2nd largest and fastest growing player in the still young junk removal industry. We launched our franchise in October 2009 and have awarded 92 new franchises so far representing 350 units so far into 2017 including a Master License for Central America, and two Master licenses in Canada. Our model is adaptable as an owner operator model (not working on truck), transitional model from another career, or straight ROI model with general manager in place running day to day. In 2016, Junk King expanded into the mini-bin sector and began offering small market territories.

All Points PR Lands National Coverage in Entrepreneur for Shaved Ice Truck Franchise Founder and CEO

All Points PR landed national coverage with Entrepreneur for client Kona Ice. The article featured an interview with Kona Ice Founder and CEO Tony Lamb, who shared more about the franchisee support within the system and how this support enables them to better serve and give back to their local communities. Coverage ran online.

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All Points PR Secures Trade Coverage for Professional Development and Training Franchise

All Points PR secured trade coverage with Franchise Times for client Dale Carnegie Training. The article featured a new franchisee with the business, who purchased China’s Shanghai/Jiangsu and Zhejiang territories from longtime franchisees, and how he aims to help continue to elevate the brand’s presence. Coverage ran online and will run in print.

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Trending: The Rise of the Micro-Influencer

Influencers, such James Charles, Kayla Itsines and Joanna Gaines, have taken the social media world by storm in recent years, commanding marketing strategies and ad spend through big brands and public relations agencies galore. In fact, Business Insider reports that influencer marketing ad spend is expected to reach between $5 and $10 billion by 2022.

USA Today notes that priorities have recently shifted from reach to engagement when it comes to influencers. Enter: the micro-influencer. Micro-influencers, such as Kim Watson, Em Roberts and Nicholas Pakradooni, typically have anywhere from 1,000 to 50,000 followers and blog under certain niches such as fashion, beauty, food or travel. This shift has helped shed new light on the “average Joes” of the internet, and despite what their name suggests, their impact is anything but small.

While celebrities cast wider nets with their massive followings, micro-influencers can come across as more trustworthy to audiences and are viewed as more knowledgeable and passionate about their purchasing recommendations. One survey found that 82 percent of respondents said they were likely to follow a micro-influencers’ recommendation.

Although their followings don’t reach the same scale as a typical celebrity or high-profile influencer, it’s their specific niche and authenticity that have helped micro-influencers make a huge impact for themselves and the brands they partner with. Reports show that 70 percent of millennials prefer product endorsements by non-celebrity bloggers, indicating that today’s internet-savvy generation is seeking real content from people who have established themselves by merit of their knowledge and experience, not their star value.

Identifying and pitching the right influencers will take careful consideration to create the most effective partnerships and return on investment – it’s not always about the number of followers, but more so the quality of engagement.

The All Points Team Discusses Best Pitching Practices in Recent Seminar

In the world of public relations, it’s not just about having the best pitch – it’s also about how and when you’re following up on it. The All Points PR team recently enjoyed a “pitch perfect” seminar held by Senior Account Lead Gautier Lemyze-Young, who shared some great tips on best practices for pitches and follow ups.

To kick off the seminar, our team was asked to consider our current pitching practices and how they connect to our clients’ goals. Gautier explained that it’s important to keep these goals in mind and consider how press will help achieve them. From TV segments to print, online coverage and social media influencers, it’s best to channel your pitching efforts into the types of coverage that best captures your clients’ initiatives.

Sharing specific examples of pitches and follow ups that have worked well around the office, Gautier talked more about the practice “same story, different pitch” to help make a pitch the perfect fit. Just as pitching angles are adjusted for the publication, they should also be adjusted for the reporters being pitched. Keeping the goals of your client and the goals of the journalists or producers you’re contacting in mind will help support your successful pitching initiatives. By adjusting your pitch to appeal to a journalist’s style or their audience’s interests, you’re helping match their specific needs – ensuring better success with your pitch.

Other best practices shared during the seminar included ideal processes for both phone and email pitching follow up, and how the two can be used hand-in-hand to help connect with reporters and share new information about the pitch.

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 Gautier for sharing his pitching expertise with the team!

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

Soccer Shots Kicks Into the North Shore

Soccer Shots Kicks Into the North Shore

Premier Children’s Soccer Franchise Coming to Glenview and Surrounding Communities; Local Entrepreneurs Commit to Making a Positive Impact on the Children of the Community

GLENVIEW, Ill. Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today it is joining the North Shore community.

“Being able to blend my husband, Arlind’s, passion for soccer and my passion for working with children with business ownership makes Soccer Shots the perfect opportunity for us,” said Sara Peci, owner of the Soccer Shots North Shore. “We’re excited to be a part of a program that puts an emphasis on providing children with the tools to reach their full potential.”

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, the program features professional coaches in the community, 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.

“There are several reasons why we wanted to bring Soccer Shots to the North Shore, including the hundreds of stories we’ve heard about how the program has impacted children’s lives,” added Peci. “It is a testament to the proven business model and curriculum the Soccer Shots team has worked hard to develop and shows that participation in sports can provide several benefits beyond simply learning the sport itself.”

Looking to fill an opening in the marketplace for quality soccer programs, professional soccer teammates Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb launched Soccer Shots in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 under the name Soccer Pals. Jeremy and Jason strived to close the gap in the existing programs that did not have the resources or skills to effectively teach children soccer fundamentals. In 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate of Jeremy and Jason, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Soccer Shots now serves over 440,000 children annually and continues to grow its programming throughout North America.

“Sara and Arlind share our passion for creating positive experiences through sports with the goal to make a lasting impact on children’s lives,” said Justin Bredeman, CEO of Soccer Shots. “They are committed to helping the next generation of children gain the skills they need to be successful in soccer and in forming positive relationships on any field or arena. We’re excited Sara and Arlind can provide a fun, growth experience for the boys and girls in the North Shore.”

For more information about Soccer Shots of North Shore, please visit www.soccershots.org/northshorechicago or email speci@soccershots.org or apeci@soccershots.org.

For more information about the Soccer Shots franchise opportunity, please visit https://www.soccershotsfranchising.com, email franchising@soccershots.org or call (717-616-8587).

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 through 120 franchises operating in more than 200 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada. 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.

New Franchise Group Leads Bojangles’® Return to Montgomery, Alabama

Media Contact: Cliff Cermak, Bojangles’ PR & Media Relations (ccermak@bojangles.com or 704-519-2126)

New Franchise Group Leads Bojangles’® Return to Montgomery, Alabama

Charlotte, N.C. (April 3, 2019) – Bojangles’ is back in Montgomery! The iconic restaurant chain known for its flavorful, Southern-inspired menu items will return to Montgomery, Alabama, with a new franchise group leading the brand’s return. Newly-signed Bojangles’ franchisee H&S Foods, LLC plans to reopen the restaurant on 9066 Eastchase Parkway in late May 2019.

H&S Foods, LLC is family-owned and led by father and daughter team, Randy and Aki Henderson. The group brings more than 20 years of restaurant operations and leadership experience, and has plans to open multiple Bojangles’ restaurants in the Montgomery market in the coming years.

“Our family adores Bojangles’ food, its culture and values,” said H&S Foods’ operating partner, Aki Henderson. “We are beyond thrilled to bring Bojangles’ back into the Montgomery market. Our group is looking forward to making the best chicken and biscuits around, while enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner with Montgomery residents for years to come.”

The location on Eastchase Parkway features a spacious dining area and a ‘Biscuit Theater,’ where customers can witness biscuits being made from scratch every 20 minutes by a certified Bojangles’ Master Biscuit Maker. The franchise group will begin hiring management and hourly team members in April. Follow Eastchase Bojangles’ on Facebook for hiring updates, opening day details and more.

Founded in 1977, Bojangles’ is a Southern icon. Bojangles’ fanatics crave the brand’s unique, delicious menu items, including its biscuit breakfast sandwiches, served hot and fresh all day. Other popular menu items include its one-of-a-kind family meals, featuring flavorful chicken, freshly-made buttermilk biscuits, homestyle fixin’s, decadent sweet treats, and Legendary Iced Tea®, steeped the old-fashioned way.

About H&S Foods, LLC

Founded in 2019, H&S Foods, LLC is a licensed Bojangles’ franchisee with plans to bring multiple Bojangles’ restaurants to the Montgomery, Ala. market. The group will proudly serve Bojangles’ menu items such as delicious chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s, and Legendary Iced Tea®.

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President’s Point: The PR Path

Spring is officially in full swing, which means that in just a few weeks, newly-minted graduates will begin their journeys into the working world. For those who will take their first steps along the PR path, I’d like to share a few things to take into consideration that will help you make a strong entrance into the field.

Take advantage of the opportunity

Whether you land an in-house or an agency role, there are specific opportunities each path provides that are important for growing your experience as a PR professional. The agency path, for example, allows the chance to learn a vast amount about working in PR, as you will gain exposure to many different responsibilities, coworkers and clients. For aspiring PR professionals who want to work across multiple industries, figure out which ones you are interested in most and dig into clients of various sizes, the fast-paced agency life will help do the trick!

An in-house role, in comparison, lets you focus on just one client – your company – and dive deeper into bigger initiatives. While you can find similar opportunities in an agency setting, an in-house position can also equip you to specialize in areas such as internal communications, media relations, crisis communications and more. But, no matter how you decide to embark on your PR journey, take advantage of the exposure and experience that each opportunity provides.

Don’t be afraid to explore your specific interests

Working as a PR professional doesn’t mean you have to be a jack-of-all-trades. While working generally across multiple roles can offer a more diversified career, there are many pros to pursuing a particular area of interest in PR to grow your expertise. This can include disciplines such as social media, content marketing, analytics, reputation management… the list goes on. Specializing in one area can also help you be more marketable down the road when pursuing roles based on an organization’s specific needs.

Take steps every day to learn something new

In the ever-changing world of PR, it’s important to stay on top of the trends both in the news and within the industry. Even when you’ve found your footing on the PR path, you’ll know that there is no end to the industry knowledge you can obtain. Read a book, attend a conference, offer to assist in a project outside your department – always be thinking about ways you can refine your skills, expose yourself to new opportunities and grow as a professional.

Good luck out there, graduates!

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

NIFA Talks With Former Federal Agent Stuart G. Berman During 2019 March Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2019 March Luncheon at LUXBAR in Chicago. The Luncheon allows NIFA to continue its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

With nearly 50 guests in attendance, the March Luncheon featured Stuart G. Berman, CFE, CAMS, Director of Forensics & Valuation Services at BKD, who led a discussion focused on Preventing Employee Fraud, Theft and Embezzlement: Best Practices, Tips and Strategies. The event kicked off with words from event sponsors Patriot Software and BMO Harris Bank, who shared their ties to such a relevant topic in the franchising industry.

Berman began his presentation by discussing recent trends in workplace fraud and included interesting facts and statistics from the 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Stuart explained several alarming reasons for committing fraud in the workplace, such as the thrill associated with getting away with the crime. Tenure is also a major trend in committing fraud, as Berman explained that the longer a person works somewhere, the bigger crime they are likely to commit if participating in fraud.

Guests were also very interested to learn more through the real life case studies that Berman presented, offering an interactive and thoughtful experience to learn more about employee fraud, embezzlement and how to mitigate risk. Considering the recent newsbreak of the college admissions cheating scandal, referred to as “Operation Varsity Blues,” this presentation came at a very relevant time beyond the workplace and franchising industry as well.

In addition to the discussion and the delicious meal of gourmet burgers and salad served, attendees enjoyed complimentary valet parking sponsored by All Points PR and Marks & Klein, as well as lively networking sessions before and after the presentation.

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

All Points PR Secures Trade Coverage for Fitness Franchise

All Points PR secured trade coverage with Franchise Times for client Tough Mudder Bootcamp. Director of Franchise Sales Dan Henry was featured in the March “Living Large” column, where he expanded on growth and expansion tactics for the franchise, including its brand awareness that comes from the well-known event and media company Tough Mudder. Coverage ran in print and online.

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Soccer Shots Kicks Into Kalamazoo

Soccer Shots Kicks Into Kalamazoo

Premier Children’s Soccer Franchise Coming to Kalamazoo; Local Entrepreneur Commits to Making a Positive Impact on the Children of the Community

KALAMAZOO, Mich. Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today it is joining the Kalamzaoo community.

“Being able to blend my passions for soccer and educating children with business ownership makes Soccer Shots the perfect opportunity for me,” said Anika Johnson, owner of the Soccer Shots Kalamazoo, who first became familiar with the program as a Soccer Shots coach in Texas. “I’m excited to be a part of a program that puts an emphasis on providing children with the tools to reach their full potential.”

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, the program features professional coaches in the community, 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.

“There are several reasons why I wanted to bring Soccer Shots to Kalamazoo, including the stories I was able to share with friends and family on how I saw the program impact children’s lives during my time as a coach,” added Johnson. “It is a testament to the proven business model and curriculum the Soccer Shots team has worked hard to develop and shows that participation in sports can provide several benefits beyond simply learning the sport itself.”

Looking to fill an opening in the marketplace for quality soccer programs, professional soccer teammates Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb launched Soccer Shots in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 under the name Soccer Pals. Jeremy and Jason strived to close the gap in the existing programs that did not have the resources or skills to effectively teach children soccer fundamentals. In 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate of Jeremy and Jason, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Soccer Shots now serves over 440,000 children annually and continues to grow its programming throughout North America.

“Anika shares our passion for creating positive experiences through sports with the goal to make a lasting impact on children’s lives,” said Justin Bredeman, CEO of Soccer Shots. “She is committed to helping the next generation of children gain the skills they need to be successful in soccer and in forming positive relationships on any field or arena. We’re excited Anika can provide a fun, growth experience for the boys and girls in Kalamazoo.”

For more information about Soccer Shots of Kalamazoo, please visit https://www.soccershots.org/kalamazoo/ or email ajohnson@soccershots.org.

For more information about the Soccer Shots franchise opportunity, please visit https://www.soccershotsfranchising.com, email franchising@soccershots.org or call (717-616-8587).

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 through 120 franchises operating in more than 200 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada. 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.

The All Points Team Dives Into the Digital Trends with Google Seminar

As the world of public relations continues to evolve, the All Points PR team continuously prioritizes staying on top of the trends – especially in today’s digital landscape. All Points recently welcomed Google representative and Sales Leader Eric Hubbs to lead a seminar in an effort to maintain this commitment and help fine-tune our team’s skills.

With the change from Google Plus to Google My Business, the All Points team aims to focus on Google’s essential business tools and how they can be utilized to help improve the franchising industry. Hubbs’ presentation entailed an overview of Google My Business, as well as the nitty-gritty details involved in getting the most out of the platform for franchisors and franchisees. Google My Business allows organizations to share posts that offer a more informative and engaging experience for viewers – we look forward to leveraging this feature for our clients. Ultimately, the presentation boiled down to one principle that resonates deeply with All Points: it’s all about telling your story.

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 Eric Hubbs for taking the time to visit our office and discuss the innovative developments taking place with Google’s business tools.

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

Jabz Boxing Continues to Empower Women and Girls; Announces Partnership with Girls on the Run

Jabz Boxing Continues to Empower Women and Girls; Announces Partnership with Girls on the Run

Popular Female-Only Boxing Studio Teams Up with Nonprofit that Supports Girls Through Positive Youth Development

PHOENIX – Jabz Boxing, a full-body circuit workout that utilizes boxing inspired exercises designed specifically for women, announced its partnership with Girls on the Run serving Maricopa and Pinal counties, a nonprofit physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be healthy, joyful and confident. To kick off the partnership, Jabz Boxing will sponsor the upcoming Girls on the Run 5K on May 4, 2019 in Phoenix.

“It’s truly an honor to partner with an organization like Girls on the Run,” said Kimberlee White, CEO and co-founder of Jabz Boxing. “Being a female-specific fitness concept ourselves, this event aligns perfectly with what we set out to do in our community – building an empowering experience for women.”

Girls on the Run uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness and help them build confidence through accomplishment. The organization envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

“We are thrilled that Jabz Boxing is a sponsor of Girls on the Run serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties,” said Meagan Kukowski, executive director. “This sponsorship will help further the mission of the organization and make an impact on the lives of the more than 1,400 girls we will serve throughout this year.”

Founded in 2012 in Scottsdale by Len Hayko and Kimberlee White, Jabz Boxing took Arizona by storm, quickly becoming the leading boxing-inspired fitness concept in the area due to its high intensity, results driven workouts and strong sense of community. Franchising began in 2013, and Jabz Boxing has already grown to a total of 20 Arizona locations and one location in the Philadelphia metro area. Now, Jabz Boxing plans to increase its footprint across the country, entering key markets such as Las Vegas and Denver, where it will bring women an empowering community and energetic workout experience.

For more information on Jabz Boxing visit https://www.jabzboxing.com.

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 https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/. 

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.

About Girls on the Run

Founded in 2004, Girls on the Run serving Maricopa has served more than 12,000 local girls and their families. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year. Girls on the Run was recently included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs. Visit gotrmc.org to learn how to get involved.

President’s Point: Pressing Your Luck With a Pitch

President’s Point: Pressing Your Luck With a Pitch

By Jamie Izaks

There are few things that are more satisfying in public relations than landing coverage from a great pitch. However, making your way past flooded inboxes, voicemails and grumpy reporters can put a damper on your efforts. In a world where attention spans are thin and patience can wear even thinner, here are a few ways to find more luck when pitching the media.

Think in headlines

Reporters have a limited amount of time in the day to read, listen and respond to pitches, so it’s important to stay on top of your game. And, most importantly, get to the point. When emailing reporters, craft an appealing subject line that you can imagine reading as the headline of your story. Keep it short, sweet and punchy – don’t be afraid to make it shocking when appropriate.

Ensure you’re personalizing the pitch in the body of the email. Highlight its key value to the reporter and his or her audience in an interesting and succinct way – again, thinking in headlines. This can help you strike gold after getting the reporter to simply open the email.

Use breaking news and pop culture to your advantage

It’s essential for PR professionals to stay up-to-date on current events and breaking news stories to understand when it’s a good time – and not a good time – to pitch certain reporters and markets. You don’t want to pitch reporters about vacation travel tips when they’re in a middle of a hurricane. While politics and weather tend to dominate the news, don’t count out pop culture as breaking news. If you can tie a connection around the latest Hollywood hit or celebrity birth announcement into your pitch, you can help it gain attention and relevant traction rather than getting buried in the pile of pitches sent to reporters each day.

 Don’t forget about social media

If you feel like you’re not having any luck with email or phone pitching lately, there’s another viable option that’s right underneath your fingertips – social media. Sites like Twitter are crawling with journalists looking for sources to contribute to their next blog post or article, and when you’re searching in the right place, your pitch just might get lucky.

Pick up your cell phone or hop on the web and use hashtags to your advantage. Searching tags on Twitter such as #journorequest enables you to surf a myriad of recent requests from writers who are looking for a story you may be able pitch. This allows you to reach the journalist directly and in a setting where you already know what they’re looking for.

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

The All Points Team Hits Las Vegas for the IFA 2019 Convention

This time of year is one of the most exciting for franchising. Several members of the All Points team headed to Las Vegas to participate in round table discussions, educational seminars and plenty of networking time at the International Franchise Association 2019 Convention. The team brought back a lot of great takeaways from the convention – check out what they had to say about IFA 2019!

Jamie: The IFA Convention is our time to be on stage… time to make every minute matter in the limelight. What I am most excited about taking away from the convention is seeing just how inspired, motivated and attentive our team was to represent us in the most positive way to the franchise industry while in the spotlight in front of prospective clients, current clients and networking partners. No matter the aspects of the convention, our team was dialed in and focused. That meant the most to me. 

Bailey: My favorite part of the IFA was participating in the roundtables. I love hearing what new and longtime franchisors are doing to grow. It’s great getting to share my expertise and learnings from the agency with them. It’s also fun to be with so many of our current clients all in one place.

 Sydney: One of my favorite parts about the IFA was getting the opportunity to learn about and connect with new and different brands within the franchising industry. The industry is massive, so the possibilities for franchise concepts are endless, and it’s fascinating to learn more about so many of them.

Gillian: One of my favorite parts of IFA this year might seem simple, but it really made an impact for me — meeting our clients in person. Since so many of our client communications take place via emails and phone calls, it’s easy to forget the simple difference speaking to someone face to face can make. I felt like I was able to make personal connections with clients I hadn’t gotten the chance to connect with as closely before, and I left IFA re-energized and motivated to share that same energy with the team. 

Barbara: My favorite part of the convention was seeing our IFA campaign come to life! From the print and digital ads leading up to the convention to seeing the sponsor towers in person, the All Points presence at the convention was felt far and wide.

Jenna: The IFA was an amazing learning experience that gave me great a perspective on the industry. I was able to see franchising as a bigger picture, meet key players in the organization and build relationships with current and potential clients and networking partners.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for even more information and photos from All Points at the IFA Convention!

Suite Management Franchising Celebrates Having “A Full House” at its 2019 Annual Conference

Suite Management Franchising Celebrates Having “A Full House” at its 2019 Annual Conference

Premier Salon Suite Franchise Recognizes 100-Location Milestone And Suite Relief Fund

NEW ORLEANS – Suite Management Franchising, the nation’s premier salon suite franchise including MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, brought franchise partners together for its annual convention and awards ceremony. The three-day event was held from February 5 to 8 in Las Vegas.

Themed “A Full House,” the conference focused on the brands’ milestone of surpassing 100 locations. With plans in place to add more than 50 stores in 2019, franchisees, corporate staff and vendor partners of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza came together to celebrate the brands’ achievements and introduce new initiatives to support the growth, franchisee operations and salon suite members.

“Bringing everyone together is a powerful experience,” said Ken McAllister, CEO of Suite Management Franchising and president of MY SALON Suite. “We have a great team of franchise partners and corporate staff that together have built the brand to what it is today – opening a new location every week in 2019. The conference is a time to collaborate and learn from one another while sharing our plans and initiatives for the future. It’s a great time to be a part of the suite movement – we’re still just getting started.”

Under Suite Management Franchising there are more than 100 salon suite locations between MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza. In the past year, the brand opened 38 new locations. In 2018, existing locations saw a record high in occupancy rates signaling the continued demand for salon suites. In addition to seeing significant growth in the past 12 months, the brand’s Net Promoter Score has increased by 11 points, bringing its score to a solid 82, which is well above average.

Suite Management Franchising also recently introduced a new initiative – Suite Relief Fund. Franchise partners of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza have an opportunity to give back to the community by opting into the Suite Relief Fund, which partly benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to give back and help families in need. Since November 2018, Suite Management Franchising has donated more than $50,000 to St. Jude. Part of the Suite Relief Fund will also go to support Salon Plaza and MY SALON Suite’s members in times of disaster or tragic life events.

“As we look to surpassing 165 locations come the end of 2019, it’s important to us that we continue to find ways to support the communities we serve as well as our members who might find themselves in hard times,” added McAlister. “Introducing the Suite Relief Fund has given us an opportunity to come together as a whole franchise to do good. We look forward to watching the Suite Relief Fund develop as we expand our footprint across the country.”

Raising the bar in luxury for salon entrepreneurs and consumers across North America, MY SALON Suite offers a fully equipped styling center and other eco-salon suite amenities to attract and inspire experienced health and beauty experts. Dedicated to empowering their members with the desire for growth, freedom and ownership, Salon Plaza provides a unique community for salon professionals to embrace the opportunity and operate their own private studio located within an upscale and vibrant plaza. Both concepts are customizable, secure and committed to investing in the modern day heath and beauty professional.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in investing in the salon suite franchise benefit from support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs. Plus, Suite Management Franchising is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 10 percent off of the total franchise fee.

To learn more about Suite Management Franchising, please visit: www.suitemanagementfranchising.com.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in joining the beauty industry while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to successfully run their own business. Salon members are offered ongoing training, support and a strong referral network aimed to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and momentous success. A strategic alliance partnership with Ratner Companies, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 100 locations in 22 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 300 salons in the next five years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit www.suitemanagementfranchising.com. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit www.mysalonsuite.com and www.salonplaza.com.

All Points PR Coordinates Trade Coverage for Salon Franchise

All Points PR coordinated trade coverage with Franchise Times for client MY SALON Suite. The franchise recently won the Zor Award for the Pamper Me category, beating out industry competitors. The publication also connected with two franchise owners, who spoke about real estate, existing franchisee support and upscale amenities that help attract members. Coverage ran in print and online.

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All Points PR Lands TV Segment for Fitness Franchise

All Points PR landed a TV segment with Fox 10 KSAZ-TV for client Jabz Boxing. The segment featured the franchise’s Co-Owner Kimberlee White, who discussed the upcoming Heart Effect charity classes that are taking place at all locations in March. These classes will benefit local programs and research for a children’s heart center in Phoenix. Coverage ran on air.

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Jabz Boxing Welcomes New Ownership at Central Scottsdale Location

Jabz Boxing Welcomes New Ownership at Central Scottsdale Location

Popular Female-Only Boxing Studio in Central Scottsdale Energized by Local Entrepreneur

 PHOENIX – Jabz Boxing announced new ownership for the 90th & Via Linda location with local entrepreneur Stacey Frank-Heit.

Prior to taking over her Jabz Boxing studio, Frank-Heit has experience as an esthetician and spa owner. Her health and wellness experience equips her well for this new role.

Known for its full-body circuit style workout that utilizes boxing inspired exercises designed specifically for all women, the studio is located at 8989 E Via Linda, Suite 115, conveniently situated at the busy intersection of Via Linda and 90th Street.

“I’m excited to be able to empower women and give them the tools they need to make positive transformations in their lives,” said Frank-Heit. “After seeing the results first-hand as a member, I couldn’t wait to help others achieve the same goal.”

Committed to cultivating an empowering fitness community for women, Jabz Boxing offers intense boxing-inspired, full-body workouts to help clients achieve their fitness goals. With 16 women to a class, Jabz classes are kept small to encourage a positive workout experience. All classes are lead by dedicated, certified instructors who offer one-on-one support for all members.

“Stacey is the ideal entrepreneur that we were looking for to bring Jabz Boxing to Central Scottsdale,” said Kimberlee White, CEO and co-founder of Jabz Boxing. “With her enthusiasm for changing lives we have full confidence she will be able to build an empowering community for women in the area. We’re excited to have her join the Jabz Boxing franchise family.”

Founded in 2012 in Scottsdale by Len Hayko and Kimberlee White, Jabz Boxing took Arizona by storm, quickly becoming the leading boxing-inspired fitness concept in the area due to its high intensity, results driven workouts and strong sense of community. Franchising began in 2013, and Jabz Boxing has already grown to a total of 20 Arizona locations and one location in the Philadelphia metro area. Now, Jabz Boxing plans to increase its footprint across the country, entering key markets, where it will bring women 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 visit https://www.jabzboxing.com. To learn more about Jabz Boxing franchise opportunities, visit https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/.

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 https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/.

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.

Jabz Boxing Welcomes New Ownership at 16th and Bell Location

Jabz Boxing Welcomes New Ownership at 16th and Bell Location

Popular Female-Only Boxing Studio in North Phoenix Energized by Existing Jabz Boxing Owners 

PHOENIX – Jabz Boxing announced new ownership for the 16th and Bell location with existing franchisees Marie Miller and Jennifer Nikolou. This will be the second location for Marie and Jennifer.

The team’s prior experience in the industry positions them for success as they become multi-unit owners. Marie has a background in sales, marketing, real estate, community development and fitness, while Nikolou brings deep experience in marketing communications, having spent 20 years in the field. Nikolou is currently working as a national account manager at a healthcare information management company. Adding to the high-energy team is Brant Miller with years of experience as a personal trainer and small business owner.

Known for its full-body circuit style workout that utilizes boxing inspired exercises designed specifically for all women, the studio is located at 1614 E Bell Rd, Suite 109, conveniently situated at the busy intersection of 16th Street and Bell Road.

“Our first Jabz studio has proven to be incredibly rewarding,” said Marie, co-owner of the Jabz 16th and Bell studio. “We’re excited to give people the tools they need to make changes in their lives and empower even more women in the North Phoenix market,” added Brant. “Building a community for women to support each other is what our business is all about – it’s a fantastic feeling to be able to change the lives of our friends and neighbors,” said Nikolou.

Committed to cultivating an empowering fitness community for women, Jabz Boxing offers intense boxing-inspired, full-body workouts to help clients achieve their fitness goals. With 16 women to a class, Jabz classes are kept small to encourage a positive workout experience. All classes are lead by dedicated, certified instructors who offer one-on-one support for all members.

“Marie and Jennifer have already proven their ability to change lives with their first location in Central Phoenix,” said Kimberlee White, CEO and co-founder of Jabz Boxing. “We are fully confident that the team, along with Brant will bring this same energy to North Phoenix.”

Founded in 2012 in Scottsdale by Len Hayko and Kimberlee White, Jabz Boxing took Arizona by storm, quickly becoming the leading boxing-inspired fitness concept in the area due to its high intensity, results driven workouts and strong sense of community. Franchising began in 2013, and Jabz Boxing has already grown to a total of 20 Arizona locations and one location in the Philadelphia metro area. Now, Jabz Boxing plans to increase its footprint across the country, entering key markets, where it will bring women 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 visit https://www.jabzboxing.com. To learn more about Jabz Boxing franchise opportunities, visit https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/.

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 https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/. 

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.

Jabz Boxing Laces Up Its Gloves In Denver

Jabz Boxing Laces Up Its Gloves In Denver

Popular Female-Only Boxing Studio Targets Denver for Expansion

DENVER – Jabz Boxing, the empowering female-only boxing studio that features full-body, circuit–style workouts using boxing inspired exercises, announced its expansion into Denver.

“Since the day it came to fruition, Jabz Boxing has stayed true to its mission in providing an empowering boxing-based workout to women of all ages, shapes and sizes, that encourages them to foster a sense of community and friendship in our studio,” said Kimberlee White, CEO and co-founder of Jabz Boxing. “Demand is at an all-time high for female only fitness concepts like ours in Denver. Local women are looking for a fitness studio that they can commit to and one that will bring about healthy results in an encouraging and engaging environment.”

White, along with Jabz Boxing co-founder and president, Len Hayko, opened the first Jabz Boxing studio in 2012 in Scottsdale. The studio quickly reached maximum membership capacity, and they began franchising the concept the following year. Jabz Boxing currently has about 20 franchised studios throughout Arizona and one location in the Philadelphia metro area – all of which are owned by former Jabz Boxing members or employees.

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.

“We’re looking to grow the brand in Denver with like-minded individuals who understand the anxiety and fears that come with getting one’s health and fitness back on track and who is equally prepared to help squash these feelings,” added Hayko. “As a franchisee, you’re responsible for growing a great local team of trainers, getting members on board and helping members meet, and in many cases, exceed their goals. It’s an opportunity to help people transform their lives.”

Each studio acts as a community center to empower clients to achieve their fitness goals through challenging and fun workouts that allow members to see fast results. Ideal franchisee candidates range from owner-operators with past business experience who are looking to be highly involved in their studios to multi-unit owners looking to develop a number of markets.

The overall investment to open a Jabz Boxing franchise location is nearly one-third of the cost of traditional fitness franchise opportunities. In addition to having the full range of perks as an emerging franchise business, including access to leadership and dedicated training at Jabz University, franchisees also receive unparalleled support from the moment they enter the ring, including business planning, pre– and post –opening support, ongoing marketing and employee training.

For additional information about the Jabz Boxing franchise opportunity, visit https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/ .

About Jabz Boxing

Jabz Boxing studios offer full-body, circuit-style workout utilizing boxing-inspired exercises. Designed specifically for all women, workouts combine cardio, strength training, core work, and plyometrics to help maximize each client’s results and meet fitness goals.

Jabz workouts change daily to help keep clients’ bodies constantly challenged and Jabz certified trainers are prepared to help guide and motivate women of all different sizes, ages and body types through 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 https://www.jabzboxing.com/own-a-jabz/.

 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, its strength is focusing on investing in and growing differentiated franchise concepts with attractive unit-level economics. To learn more about ZGrowth, visit zgrowth.com.

President’s Point: Thoughts Heading Into the IFA 2019 Convention

President’s Point: Thoughts Heading Into the IFA 2019 Convention

By Jamie Izaks


Viva Las Vegas! IFA 2019 is just moments away, and several members of the All Points team are eagerly gearing up for the most exciting time of the year in the franchising industry. I am especially excited to return to Las Vegas, surrounded by the contagious energy as we connect with our clients and networking partners. Plus, we’re anticipating making many new connections.

It’s always great to see our clients face-to-face, especially at the IFA Convention. We have loyal clients who are our biggest cheerleaders, and it’s important for our team to reflect together with our clients to share new, exciting ways in which we’re helping them reach their core objectives for this year and beyond.

I always enjoy hearing the positive feedback from our clients, as well as from the team on their takeaways from the convention. Being a team that places such a high value on professional growth, the convention offers a great opportunity to network and learn from our peers in the industry.

Another rewarding aspect of the IFA Convention is to see all the preparation and hard work we’ve put in at All Points come to life. We’ve developed an incredible campaign that will result in a beautifully branded tower, exhibiting the power of our integrated approach. Plus, we’ll have several other branded components at the convention. Nothing tickles me more than hearing from attendees that “All Points is everywhere.”

We’ve done great work and have grown tremendously as an agency over the past year, and I look forward to bringing that momentum into this year’s IFA convention.

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 Helps to Feed the Hungry with Positive Impact Program

On Thursday, February 14, the All Points PR team volunteered at Feed My Starving Children for our Q1 Positive Impact program.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Before entering the packing room, the All Points team was shown a video of some of the children the organization serves, and how their lives have been changed by receiving regular, nutritious meals. Our team then spent the afternoon working in small groups to pack and seal MannaPack™ meals filled with vitamins, vegetables, soy and rice, keeping in mind the young children and families who would be receiving them.

Just one box of food, which equals 216 meals, is enough to feed a starving child for seven months according to the FMSC website. Together, the All Points team worked to pack more than 40 boxes of meals, providing meals for an entire year to over 25 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.

Our team enjoyed a rewarding experience by working together and volunteering our time for those in need. FMSC offered a great teambuilding initiative that encouraged us to help each other pack the meals in an upbeat, spirited environment. We look forward to the next Positive Impact program and the cause we will support.