August 24, 2019
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Five Mathnasium Students Win 2019 International Zero Robotics Competition

Years of after-school math learning paid off spectacularly for a team of five Massachusetts middle school students: They beat 16 other finalist teams to win the prestigious International Zero Robotics Competition.

Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy Signs First Manhattan Franchisee, Paving the Way for Further Mid-Atlantic Domination

With centers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Lightbridge Academy has built a solid presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Now, the early education and child care franchise is about to break ground on some very coveted soil: New.

Soccer Shots Scores Place on the Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Soccer Shots, the children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development was ranked No. 3884 on the annual Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private...

theCoderSchool Continues to Expand its New York Footprint

theCoderSchool - whose motto is “Learn to code. Change the world.” - is expanding into New York City.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results Release Date, Webcast and Conference Call

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), today announced that the Company will report results for its second quarter fiscal year 2019 ended August 3, 2019, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Gap Inc. Announces Third Quarter Dividend

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced its board of directors authorized a third quarter fiscal year 2019 dividend of $0.2425 per share, payable on or after October 30, 2019 to shareholders of record.

Children’s Lighthouse Promotes Jenni Hofherr to Director of New School Support

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers(SM), widely recognized as the leading values-based, early learning schools in the United States, announced today the promotion of Jenni Hofherr as director of new school support.

Goddard School Is Expanding Its Footprint In McKinney, TX

Robbin and Rick Wells, onsite owners of The Goddard School in McKinney, are bringing a second location to the city to meet the demand for early childhood education options in the growing community.

Celebree School Continues Momentum With Second Franchise Agreement

Celebree School, a leader in early childhood education with 26 company-owned locations in Maryland and Delaware, today announced the signing of its second franchise agreement.

Gap Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2019 Results on August 22

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will report its second quarter 2019 earnings results by press release on August 22, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

Children’s Lighthouse Partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers(SM), widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education provider in the United States, announced today a national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Gap Inc. Signs Renewable Energy Agreement With Enel Green Power to Achieve 2020 Emissions-Reduction Goal, Sets Course for 100% Clean Energy By 2030

Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that it has signed a 90 Megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America.

Soccer Shots Named a Top 50 Franchise for Women, Top Service Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Soccer Shots was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 reports on Top Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchises.

Woodall Creative Group Receives Three Trophies During 25th Annual Communicator Awards

Recognized with three Awards of Distinction for work created on behalf of its long-term client - Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies - the digital marketing agency shows no signs of slowing.

Local Man Opens Goddard School in Memory of Late Wife

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, announced the opening of its newest educational preschool facility in Granger that is anticipated to open this fall.

Former Assistant Principal and Kumon Parent Pledges to Make Learning Meaningful

Ayisha Warfa is now successfully doing so as the proud owner and Instructor of Kumon of Tomball - South.

The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

The Little Gym International is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

Amazing Athletes Partners with Spartan Race, Inc.

“We are very excited to offer Amazing Athletes Training Camps Powered by Spartan,” said John Erlandson, President of Amazing Athletes

Goldfish Swim School Dives into 25th State, Continues Nationwide Franchise Expansion

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC, the premier learn-to-swim franchise concept, announced today the opening of its 91st school, marking the brand’s entrance into its 25th state.

Code Ninjas Celebrates New School Year with Charitable Back to School Ninja Contest

Code Ninja announced today the launch of its Back to School Ninja Contest to celebrate this time of transition and encourage families to have fun while gearing up for the exciting year of learning that lies ahead.

Gap Launches "It's Our Denim Now"

Gap, the cultural American clothing brand, today launches "It's Our Denim Now" Fall campaign focused on denim through a modern lens, with styles and fits for every dimension of today's generation.

Woodall Creative Group Honored During 40th Annual Telly Awards

This year, the award-winning digital marketing agency was recognized with a Bronze Telly for its Kaleidoscope 360 Summer Camp Video - produced on behalf of long-term client, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies.

Sky Zone Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Of America To Offer Big Fun While Doing Good

In honor of International Day of Friendship and to further the brand’s commitment to “Do Good,” Sky Zone begins today a nationwide, year-long partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America.

Kona Ice

Kona Ice Drives Through Another Milestone Midway Through 2019

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

The Goddard School Celebrates Newest Preschool With A Groundbreaking Ceremony In Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School early childhood education system, proudly announces the groundbreaking of a new preschool in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names George Carrara and David Kanen to Board of Directors

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that George Carrara and David Kanen have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Children’s Lighthouse Taps Shelly Pair as Director of Operations

Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers?, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early learning schools in the United States, announced today the appointment of Shelly Pair as Director of Operations.

Gap Inc. Announces Nancy Green to Join Old Navy as President and Chief Creative Officer

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that Nancy Green, who currently leads the Athleta brand, will shift in early August to a newly created role as President and Chief Creative Officer of Old Navy.

Gap Celebrates Back To School with the Launch of 'Forward' Campaign Featuring a Cast of Bold Kids who are Breaking Boundaries

Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today launches the GapKids 'Forward' Back To School campaign.

School of Rock AllStars Take Rock N' Roll On The Road For The 2019 U.S. Tour

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is hitting the road this summer for a 37-city North American tour.

Goddard Systems Inc. Announces The Opening Of Its Newest School Along The Washington D.C. Southwest Waterfront

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School preschool system, proudly announces the grand opening of a new Goddard School in southwest Washington D.C.

theCoderSchool Founders Collaborate with Basher Books

Hansel Lynn and Wayne Teng, long-time friends and founders of theCoderSchool, have released two children’s books focused on coding.

Winmark Corporation Announces Second Quarter Results

Winmark Corporation (Nasdaq: WINA) announced today net income for the quarter ended June 29, 2019.

theCoderSchool to Open First New York City Location

theCoderSchool is expanding into New York City. The school - which aims to show the next generation of kids how inspiring and exciting technology can be - is set to open its first Tribeca-area location this fall.

theCoderSchool to Open Second Georgia Location

theCoderSchool - whose motto is “Learn to code. Change the world.” - is continuing their Georgia expansion.

Coming Full Circle: Former Kumon Student Opens Own Kumon Franchise After Experiencing the Benefits of the Program

Katherine Pryce opens Kumon Math and Reading Center of Naples - North.

British Swim School Makes A Splash In Middle Tennessee

British Swim School, best known for its education of water safety as an essential survival skill amongst a fun and gentle environment, continues its nationwide expansion with a new location in Nashville!

Two-Time Kumon Parent Steps Up to Bring Back Opportunity for Academic Independence into the Community

ow, as the proud owner and Instructor of the newly reopened Kumon of Santa Cruz, Jeanette doesn’t have to choose - she’s now working with all grade levels in both math and reading.

Soccer Shots Ranked in Forbes Magazine’s “Best Franchises to Buy” List

Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today that it has been ranked in Forbes magazine’s “Best Franchises to Buy” for the second consecutive year.

Children’s Lighthouse of Cypress-Fairfield Teams Up with UTHealth on Educating Early Childhood Professionals

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers(SM) announced today a collaboration between Children’s Lighthouse of Cypress-Fairfield and Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Warner Music Group's Arts Music Division & Warner Chappell Music Partner With Build-A-Bear Workshop To Launch New Record Label

Warner Music Group's Arts Music division and Warner Chappell Music have entered into an exclusive global music partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop, the popular global brand specializing in customizable stuffed animals, to launch Build-A-Bear Records.

Big Blue Swim School

Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez and Derek Hearne Sign 5-Unit Deal to Bring Big Blue Swim School to South Florida, Orlando and South Carolina

Big Blue Swim School is officially coming to South Florida, Orlando and South Carolina, thanks to the recent five-unit signing of accomplished franchisee duo Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez and Derek Hearne.

Former Education Policy Pioneer Aims to Create Independent Thinkers

Lydia Chan is the proud owner of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Beacon.

Join The Lion Pride: New Disney 'The Lion King' Furry Friends Roar Into Build-A-Bear Workshop®

Build-A-Bear® announced the launch of a wildly adorable new collection of Disney The Lion King furry friends, outfits and accessories based on the all-new adaptation of Disney's "The Lion King," in theaters July 19!

Mathnasium Ranks No. 2 on 2019 Forbes "Best Franchise - Low Investment" List

Mathnasium announced that it has risen in two critical rankings that are looked to by small-business owners, entrepreneurs and career-changers as authorities on sound investment opportunities.

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Announces Preliminary Unaudited Comparable Venue Sales Results For The Second Quarter And Year-To-Date 2019

CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC" or the "Company") today announced preliminary unaudited comparable venue sales results for its second quarter and year-to-date periods ended June 30, 2019.

Goldfish Swim School Making Waves in 2019, Projects 100th Milestone Opening by Year-End

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC reports high performance throughout the first half of the year having already opened 11 new schools with an estimated additional 15 projected to open by year-end.

School of Rock Heads to Summerfest 2019

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, returns to Milwaukee for the seventh year to take the stage at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.

Longtime Engineer Swaps his Tool Belt for School Supplies with the Opening of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Gilroy

Bader Lakhat is the proud owner of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Gilroy.

Children’s Lighthouse Coming Soon to Denver

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers announced today that it has inked a franchise agreement with Elina and Ed Southwick to open a new location in Parker.


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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight – Hiring, Firing, Training, & Retaining Employees

Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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