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Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Growing Nationwide
Four Franchises Join the Million Dollar Club in 2016
North America’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Event Helps More than a Million Families Save & Earn Money
Tulsa, Okla. – Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that five franchisees hit a major milestone in 2016, joining the “Million Dollar Club”. Each franchise topped one million in sales. For the first time ever, one franchisee topped the two million mark. The five members of this exclusive club are as follows: 1. Kris Bishop and Katy Saunders – Just Between Friends of Coon Rapids, Eagan, Elk River and Maple Grove, MN. Total combined sales in 2016: $1,103,017.87 2. Laura Staggs – Just Between Friends of Longmont, Arvada and Broomfield, CO. Total combined sales in 2016: $1,147,287.77 3. Kathy Winslow – Just Between Friends of Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City, OK Total combined sales in 2016: $1,276,321.27 4. Tracy Panase – Just Between Friends of Lancaster, Lower Bucks, Reading and Western Main Line, PA Total combined sales in 2016: $2,422,621.77 “We are so proud of our franchisees for reaching this million-dollar milestone. It is quite an accomplishment when our franchisees reach this goal. The best part is, when our franchisees do well, it means that we are helping even more families. Our consignment events touch more than a million families, supporting their local communities. This is truly a win-win-win achievement,” explains Shannon Wilburn, CEO and Co-Founder of Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc., (JBF) based in Tulsa, Okla. Wilburn added that JBF thrives regardless of the economic climate. “Just Between Friends is truly a recession-proof business. After the market crash and recession of 2008 many people changed the way they shopped for items and searched for ways to be more frugal. That habit has carried over into good economic times. Most people now want to be frugal and find ways to save & make extra cash. JBF is a great option to help families do both and make ends meet. Despite an uncertain economic climate during an election year, North America’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Event Franchise, continued to grow and thrive. Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc. hit a record 29.1 million in gross annual sales among its franchises. JBF offers a family-friendly, flexible business opportunity that does not require a large investment. Just Between Friends Franchise Information: • 153 franchises in 30 states and 1 in Canada • Each franchise has two or three pop-up events a year that typically last three to five days • Local families sign up and consign their new & gently used children’s & maternity items, earning up to 70% of the sale • Other families shop and typically save 50 – 90% • More than a million families participated in 2016 Just Between Friends has franchise opportunities around the United States and in Canada. Franchise owners provide the venue and marketing to make their event a success. Each event also partners with at least one local charity, providing cash and in-kind donations. Please click here for more information. About Just Between Friends In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Shannon Wilburn, a mother of two young children, and her friend Daven Tackett hosted a sale with 17 friends as consignors and had gross sales of $2000. In 2016, that same sale hosted two events and grossed almost 1 million dollars. The sales caught on with families and grew, so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 153 franchises in 30 states and one in Canada for a total of 154. System-wide sales in 2016 topped 29 million and they expect to top 31 million in 2017. For the last three years, Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends one of the top ten franchises in the United States in the under $150,000 investment category. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises for the last five years. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc. also received a “Franchisee Satisfaction Award” and was named in the Top 50 franchises by “Franchise Business Review” for the past seven of the last eight years. JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis, Fox News, CBS Early Show, ABC News, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Inc.com as well as many top markets including Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia and on popular websites www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.