Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. (JBF) Named to Forbes List of Top Franchises: JBF is Number Eight on the List of Top Franchises with Investment Up to $150,000.00.

Tulsa, Okla. – Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event, is pleased to announce it has been named to Forbes Magazine’s list of top franchises in the United States. The magazine ranked franchises in three categories based on franchise and start-up fees:   

  • Category 1:  Franchises between $0 and $150,000.00
  • Category 2:  Franchises between $150,001 and $500,000.00
  • Category 3:  Franchises $500,001 and higher 

The Forbes Magazine ranks Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. at number eight in the first category.  The total investment to launch a JBF franchise is between $28,000.00 and $40,000.00. 

There are more than 3000 franchise brands in the United States.  A company called FRANdata developed the ranking system to whittle down the list to the “best of the best”.  They eliminated any company with less than 20 franchises.  Secondly, they review each franchise’s growth from 2008 to 2012.  Just Between Friends franchised in 2004 and experienced incredible growth between 2008 and 2012.  They have more than 140 franchises in 29 states and last fall they expanded into Canada.  

“We are thrilled and honored to be in the top ten. I credit the success to my team as well as the hardworking franchisees.  In addition, communities across the country have embraced the Just Between Friends concept and helped us grow,” explained Shannon Wilburn, Co-founder and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. 

FRANdata also considered the following criteria: demand for the franchise brand, success of existing franchisees, franchisor support and “lender friendliness” and the company’s transparency.   They whittled down the list and less than 300 franchises made the cut for each category.  There are 268 franchises on the list in the first category and JBF ranked #8. 

Just Between Friends organizes children’s and maternity consignment events and franchises are typically locally owned and operated.  Each franchise organizes two or three sales a year and families from the community sign up as consignors to sell new and gently used items their families have outgrown or never used.  The consignors earn 60 to 70 percent of the sale price and the remaining amount goes to the franchisee to cover the cost of organizing the sale.  In addition, each franchise supports at least one local charity with donations. 

Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. is actively seeking new franchisees throughout the United States.  For information on becoming a franchisee, click here or email Cathy Williams,  For media inquiries and to set up any interviews, call Diane White at 918-770-3905 or email

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 2013, that same sale hosted two events and grossed more than 1.2M.  The sales caught on with families and grew, so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc.  Wilburn is now sole owner of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 141 franchises in 29 states and one in Canada.  Gross sales in 2013 topped 24 million dollars and they expect to top 27 million in 2014. Just between Friends has been on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of fastest growing companies for four years straight and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises for the last 3 years.  In 2012, Just between Friends was one of only 75 companies to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Award.  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 6 years. Wilburn was also named the Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” for Tulsa and was part of the Tulsa Business Journal’s 40 under 40.   JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including CBS Early Show, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, Fox News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in many top markets including Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia as well popular websites,