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March Franchise Round-Up

As the busy month of March winds down, we’d like to provide you with some news updates from a few of the top franchises on Franchise Direct.

Accessible Home Health Care, a top home health care provider, will soon open an Orlando, FL location. Accessible Home Health Care, which provides high quality care to all age groups, from newborns to seniors, has awarded a license to cater to people living in south Orlando.

Mirella Salem, president of Accessible, said, “We are very pleased our Orlando location became licensed this past week to service the southern Orlando area. This is a great market and our franchisees, Dr Andres Perez and Martha Melendez, are well prepared to provide high quality service.”

In other Florida news, Cool De Sac has been profiled in the South Florida Business Journal. The story profiles Jose Luis Bueno and his efforts to create a more substantive experience for children that can also double as a thriving business. It’s an exciting concept and we’re glad its receiving some attention down in South Florida.

From the hair cutting franchise market, Sport Clips has announced it will reach a "billion dollars in haircuts" in the next few months. This is some achievement when you consider that it has only been franchising for 16 years. Speaking to the 1,350 attendees at the company's largest National Huddle to date, founder and CEO, Gordon Logan also announced that same-store sales were up nine percent last year and up 10 percent over fourth quarter in the first quarter of 2011. Additionally, he expects 120 new stores to open this year.

"We have Area Developers, Team Leaders (franchisees) managers, coaches, stylists and support center professionals all working together to provide the best hair care experience for men and boys. It makes me extremely proud to be associated with every one of them," he said.

Meanwhile, national business coach franchise The Growth Coach has revealed a new partnership with the Institute for Motivational Living, Inc. (IML). The Growth Coach, which has a presence in 140 markets, will enhance its services through the IML's DISC Profiles, which will help it identify behavioral areas critical to the success of small business owners, professionals and managers from businesses of all sizes.

Finally, Minuteman Press is delighted to announce that Wendy Schulte, owner of the Minuteman Press Center in Clinton, NC has received the Entrepreneurial Success Award from the Clinton/Samson Chamber of Commerce for February. Shulte was nominated for the award based the following criteria: she is a chamber member, she has seen growth in her business for the past two years, has developed creative and innovative business methods, and she has demonstrated entrepreneurial skills.

Congratulations Wendy and best of luck in the future.

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