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Friday Franchising News - April 22


Franchises know the importance of a good education, and they know how to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of business owners. This week in Friday Franchising we see franchises supporting continued education in a variety of ways from the middle school to the college level. Read on to find out how franchises are helping prepare students for a bright future in leadership and franchising.

Tutor Doctor Funds Entrepreneurial Athletes

Tutor Doctor, the world’s fastest-growing in-home private tutoring franchise, has created a $1 million “Athletes2Entrepreneur” Fund to help 2016 college graduates start a business. Tutor Doctor President Frank Milner finds that athletes’ competitive natures, team player mindsets, and ambition make them ideal business owners. The Athlete2Entrepreneur Fund will provide interest-free loans to graduating college athletes. The program has partnered with former Olympic Beach Volleyball player Lina Taylor, who is a mentor for athletes transitioning from sport to business through the US Olympic Committee’s Athlete Career and Education program. Taylor’s role with Tudor Doctor will be to help educate graduating college athletes, their coaches, and their other influencers about the franchise model and Tudor Doctor in particular. Through the Athletes2Entrepreneur program, graduating college athletes will receive an interest-free loan and one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions.

Palm Beach Atlantic University Launches Careers in Franchising

Palm Beach Atlantic University announced the $1.5 million commitment from Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group, to establish the Titus Franchising Center. The program would be the first of its kind in Florida and is set to begin in fall 2017. The Center will offer academic coursework that gives students an introduction to and training in franchising. The Center will also offer an internship program and opportunities for job shadowing and training at United Franchise Group’s global headquarters in West Palm Beach. The United Franchise Group and key employees will be involved in every aspect of the operation of the Titus Franchising Center.

Chipotle Cultivates Student Essays

Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced that the final installment of its “Cultivating Thought” author series will feature student essays. The “Cultivating Thought” series began in May 2014 in partnership with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer. The series features original stories and essays meant to entertain and challenge written by influential individuals on the restaurant’s packaging. Fast food packaging is typically used to promote limited time menu items or the space is sold to advertisers, but Chipotle has never used its packaging in that way, preferring a more creative approach. The final installment of “Cultivating Thought” packaging will feature 10 essays written by the grand prizewinners of Chipotle’s 2015 student essay contest. The contest challenged middle and high school students to submit a 1,700-character essay about a time that food created a lasting memory. The essays were judged by Foer. The 10 winners also received $20,000 each to support their continuing education.

Aaron’s Transforms Keystone Club for Mississippi Teens

Last month, Aaron’s, Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented the 2016 Annual Keystone Conference where 2,500 teens from worldwide Keystone Clubs gathered to develop their leadership skills. Aaron’s continued their support for Keystone teen clubs by surprising teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Walker Unit with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center. With input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Boys & Girls Club officials painted, decorated, and furnished the lounge, study, and entertainment areas in Club. They unveiled the space equipped with new technology, appliances, furniture, and sound systems. The renovation comes as part of Aaron’s three-year national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program to help teens develop their character and leadership skills. Keystone Club teen centers provide activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation, and teen outreach. 

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