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July/August 2017 Publisher's Message

Publisher’s Message: Celebrating Canada, Kids, and Franchising

This Canada Day, as Canucks from coast to coast celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, the youngest generation is taking part in the festivities in full force, with activities and events aimed at educating and instilling pride in our future leaders.

Our July/August issue also caters to these up-and-coming youngsters, focusing on franchise opportunities that provide the learning and services Canadian children need to make their mark for years to come. We showcase innovative sports and recreation franchises with a unique approach to keeping kids active, and also highlight four franchise brands that are providing essential services for Canadian youth, from gently used clothing and healthy lunches to haircuts and lice removal.

We also take a closer look at family-friendly food service franchises that offer kids special meals and entertainment, and encourage you to spend some time learning about opportunities that cater to kids’ favourite cuddly companions in our pet franchises feature.

Education is paramount to future success, so we’re also taking you on a tour of education franchises across the country, each with its own unique approach to fostering growth. Read this feature to find out more about how these franchises are teaching kids valuable life lessons.

The Canada Day celebration also extends to the franchising industry, as the Canadian Franchise Association celebrates 50 years as the authoritative voice of franchising in Canada. To commemorate this major milestone, we’re sharing insight from CFA veteran members about how franchising has changed in the past 50 years, and the role CFA has played in shaping the industry. Check out this article for a unique perspective on five decades of Canadian franchising!

In 50 years, there have been so many success stories, and we share the latest triumphs with you in this issue, starting  with our Special Section, which focuses on award-winning franchises. We also shine the spotlight on thriving franchisees, including Dairy Queen franchisee Ed Kidd, who built success from the ground up, and David Benoit, who is always ready to learn and meet challenges as he operates his ServiceMaster Clean franchise.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a franchise that focuses specifically on kids and education, or are looking for general inspiration and advice for embarking on a career in franchising, this issue has the tips, tricks, and tools you need to become the next franchising success story!

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