Shannon Wilburn Receives 2020 Bonnie Levine Award

Posted Feb 23rd, 2021
Shannon Wilburn, JBF CEO receives the Bonnie Levine Award from IFA
Shannon Wilburn, JBF CEO receives the 2020 Bonnie LeVine Award from the International Franchise Association (IFA)

For Immediate Release: JBF’s Wilburn Wins Award
February 23, 2021
Washington, D.C.

Just Between Friends (JBF) CEO, Shannon Wilburn, presented with the 2020 Bonnie LeVine award at the 2021 International Franchise Association Convention.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) Bonnie LeVine award recognizes women who are role models for all, but especially women, by their business and professional accomplishments within franchising and their contributions to our entire society. Bonnie LeVine award winners lead by example, demonstrate purpose and focus on advancing women in franchising. This year’s winner has shown all of these traits and more, which is why IFA is proud to present Shannon Wilburn, CEO & co-founder, Just Between Friends, with the 2020 Bonnie LeVine award during the IFA 2021 Virtual Annual Convention.

Shannon started her business in her living room and grew it to a franchise with more than 150 locations across 32 states. Just Between Friends has since won numerous awards and honors such as Franchise Business Review’s “Franchisee Satisfaction Award”, “Top 10 Home-based Franchises for Stay-at-Home Moms” and “Top Franchises for Women”, Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 500 Franchises, IFA’s Franchising Gives Back Award, to name a few.

Empowering women is large part of Shannon’s mission while advancing the principles of franchising. One of the most notable ways Shannon accomplishes this mission is through the Advance Program, a mentoring group she created that allows her to provide support and networking opportunities to other women leaders in franchising. With predominantly female Franchisees, Shannon’s brand allows women to grow successful companies by being able to run a franchise with flexible hours while staying engaged at home.

Shannon is a strong and influential force in franchising, and we are proud to honor her achievements with the Bonnie LeVine award!

When asked about the win, Wilburn said, “I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the International Franchise Association. I believe women contribute so much to Franchising and know that our Just Between Friends Franchisees are the reason I continue to passionately support opportunities for women in franchising. It used to be that you had to choose between being a mom or being a business owner. What I love about our business is that you can do BOTH. Our Franchisees prove the power of business ownership to transform lives. They are all a part of making their communities even better. While raising their families, they are able to run a home-based business that support stay-at-home moms, work outside-the-home moms, grandmothers, aunts, foster moms, caretakers. That’s what I love about what we do. Thank you for choosing me—and Just Between Friends—as the winner of this amazing award.”

JBF CEO Presented Bonnie LeVine 2020 Award

International Franchise Association