(Top New Franchises) Seeking Sitters is a Tulsa-based baby-sitter referral service. It’s also been named to Working Mother magazine’s 2008 list of Best Women-Owned Companies.
Source: Tulsa World
Magazine honors franchiser SeekingSitters
by: LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer 3/11/2008
SeekingSitters, a Tulsa-based baby-sitter referral service, is among several enterprises that Working Mother magazine has named to its 2008 list of Best Women-Owned Companies.
“We’re a working mother-founded company, and that’s of big importance for us. As we grow, all of our franchises are owned by working mothers,” said Adrienne Kallweit, the company’s owner and founder.
Many of the company’s sitters are moms as well.
The business, which Kallweit owns with her husband, David, was founded in 2004 and started franchising in 2006.
Last year, it won first place in the Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Business Plan competition, which included a $25,000 prize, office space for a year and support from the SpiritBank Business Resource Center Strategic Partner Network.
The SeekingSitters Franchise System employs six people in its Tulsa franchise office and has more than 100 sitters working in the Tulsa area. It also has 13 franchises in other states, and two more are set to open next month.
“This has been a great recognition as far as representing what our company was founded on,” Kallweit said. “It’s always been important for me to make sure other working moms can have flexibility in their schedule so they are able to have a career and still make their family a priority.”
According to a recent “American Express/Count Me In” survey, 65 percent of female entrepreneurs building million-dollar businesses are also mothers.
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(Franchise Marketing) Childrenâ€™s art education franchise company KidzArt is heading to China. KidzArt was founded in 1998 to let kids and seniors of all ages explore their inner artistic potential in a safe, structured, non-competitive environment. Franchising since July 2002, KidzArt has franchised units nationwide and growing.
Here’s the release from Kidzart Franchise:
KidzArt Announces International Expansion to China
US Art Education Franchise Organization Brings Right Brain Thinking to Children in Asian Marketplace
(New Braunfels, TX, February 11, 2008)â€“ KidzArt, a childrenâ€™s art education franchise company, today announced the sale of its first international and sole regional developer in Shanghai, China. Drawing on an increase in demand for childrenâ€™s creative educational services in Asia, Mr. Jacky Tan has purchased exclusive rights to open a minimum of 10 KidzArt locations in China, starting in Shanghai and continuing throughout other regions of the country. The first location has a targeted opening date of April 2008. Lorne Barnes will serve as chief operating officer.
â€œItâ€™s wonderful to witness the expansion of KidzArt into the largest growing market in the world. China is now poised to embrace educational programs like KidzArt which focus on igniting the imagination and developing the innovators of tomorrow,â€ says KidzArt CEO, Shell Herman. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be the first art education franchise in China and appreciate being recognized as the highest quality brand available. We are inspired by Jacky Tanâ€™s dedication to bringing this concept to his country and could not have asked for a better business partner.â€
KidzArt is only the third US childrenâ€™s education brand to enter China behind Gymboree and FasTracKids who both now serve thousands of customers throughout that region.
KidzArt Shanghai partner Jacky Tan currently owns and operates a successful ESL enrichment program in Shanghai that has grown to serve over 7,000 students in just six years. In his pursuit of enhancing right-brain thinking and creativity in Chinese children, Tan evaluated all of the leading art education franchises throughout the US before choosing to invest in KidzArt.
â€œIn addition to being well organized and professional, KidzArt was open and honest about their curriculum, philosophy and how they strive to develop strong life skills, such as problem solving, in their students,â€ says Tan. â€œUltimately, we chose KidzArt because of their outstanding reputation, quality offerings and trustworthiness.â€
Other child-related franchises:
Young Rembrandts , The Mad Science Group, Mathnasium Learning Centers, WHIZard Academy – New England , Kid to Kid , Abrakadoodle , Creative World Schools , Fun Bus, Computer Tots / Computer Explorers, FasTracKids, Kickin Flips, JW Tumbles
KidzArt will be serving the Chinese market by catering to a new generation of parents who are looking to expand their childrenâ€™s education beyond core subjects. To date, Chinese art education has focused on technical skills and copying with little personal expression. The Chinese government is now advocating the development of its childrenâ€™s social and creative skills in preparation for a global economy favoring a workforce of â€œright brainâ€ thinkers.
â€œOur new area development partners will build KidzArt brand strength in Shanghai and then advance our growth throughout the entire country,â€ says Joel Lazarovitz, international franchise development for KidzArt
Through KidzArtâ€™s international expansion and new cultural exchange, the organization will leverage the partnership to enhance its curriculum to make it attractive to other countries and cultures around the world.
â€œOur Shanghai outlet will be a childrenâ€™s art education model for all of Asia and it will set the standard for what KidzArt strives to become throughout the world,â€ says Herman.
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