Tulsa, Okla. – Each year Just Between Friends CEO Shannon Wilburn issues a challenge to her franchisees to grow their consignment events and help more families save and earn money. This year eight franchisees did more than just grow, they hit a milestone, increasing sales by 40% or more from the end of 2013 to the end of 2014.
- 72.78 percent – Denise Lozano, Loveland/Fort Collins, CO
- 68.02 percent – Amy Warrick and Shari McVay, North Little Rock, AR
- 55.67 percent – RayEtta Stuewe, West St. Louis, MO
- 50.73 percent – Laura Staggs, Arvada, CO
- 45.61 percent – Nancy Duin and Marcia Retrepo, Kirkwood/Arnold, MO
- 43.58 percent – Joe & Khiengchai Fulton, Chuck & Maurine Tebow, Rochester, MN
- 42.31 percent – Eunice Gong, Everett, WA
- 40.93 percent – Alyson Ketterhagen, Geneva, WI
Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc. saw growth as well, with a record 600,000 families shopping at their consignment events
“This is not just good news for our franchisees, but more importantly it is good news for the communities we serve. This means our consignors earned more money and the families who shop our events save more money. It truly is a win-win-win success.” Explained Shannon Wilburn, CEO and Co-Founder of Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla. “We know these events are touching hundreds of thousands of families.”
Just Between Friends has 140 franchises in 28 states and one in Canada. Each franchise has two to three consignment events a year. During these events, local families can sell their new and gently used children’s and maternity items, while setting their own price and earning up to 70 percent of the sales. Franchise owners provide the venue and marketing to make the event a true success. Each event also partners with a local charity, providing donations.
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 and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 140 franchises in 28 states and one in Canada. Gross sales in 2013 topped 24 million dollars and they expect to top 28 million in 2014. In June 2014, Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends one of the top ten franchises in the United States. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has been on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing companies for four year. 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 on of Oklahoma’s “50 Women Making a Difference” by Journal Record Newspapers, was awarded 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 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 many top markets including Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia as well popular websites www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.