With clients in all fields of franchising, Upside Group’s franchise business consulting services offer solutions for any franchise’s needs.

Upside Group Franchise Consulting has a diverse client base that is a true testament to our comprehensive capabilities in franchise marketing strategy, sales, and development from our franchise business consultants. Our portfolio includes businesses from individual franchises to multiple-brand franchise groups in more than 100 different franchise industry sectors including full-service and fast, casual restaurants, automotive, home repair services, health care and printing companies. Our franchise business consultants have been able to help businesses that deal in various industries from cleaning to self-improvement and fitness to specialty retail. This is why we know we can provide the franchise business consulting services that your company will need. Check out our list of clients below that specialize in children’s franchises, home-based businesses, real estate and telecommunications.

UPSIDE GROUP CLIENTS:


Hertz-Cinelease

Since its inception in 1977, Cinelease has supplied thousands of feature film and television productions with the best lighting and grip equipment in the industry. Cinelease has what you need for any kind of shoot. And now, as a Hertz company, they are anywhere you need them to be. From the small indie films to the biggest motion picture productions, Cinelease has the experience, expertise and equipment to facilitate the job.

  • Hertz Cinelease introduces the CINEmini
  • Award-winning TV show Chicago Fire uses Hertz Cinelease equipment
  • Hertz-Cinelease is integral in Showtime’s Weed’s production

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Rapid Recovery

Rapid Recovery is the nation’s leading refrigerant abatement company. We provide refrigerant abatement services for the HVAC, refrigeration, demolition, and marine industries. Projects range in size from single residential split systems to chilling systems operating on tens of thousands of pounds, to projects with thousands of units. Rapid Recovery’s franchise owners are dedicated to high-speed EPA compliant refrigerant abatement as a value added service to their customers.

  • Rapid Recovery Opens 32nd Territory in Riverside, CA for Refrigerant Recovery Services
  • Rapid Recovery Celebrates 10 Year Impact of Providing Nationwide Refrigerant Recovery
  • Demolition contractors turn to Rapid Recovery experts when it comes to safely and quickly handling refrigerants

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Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition is an upscale nutritional supplement retail store. Their goal is to help each customer look better, feel better and perform better every day.

Started in 2004, Complete Nutrition is now one of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation with over 80 franchises in over 30 states. Complete Nutrition stores eliminate the clutter and high pressure sales environment of typical nutritional supplement stores and instead focus on giving customers the best experience and results for their money. To that end, Complete Nutrition stores employ certified personal trainers, former strength coaches and other experienced fitness professionals in order to best assist customers in developing personalized nutrition programs.

  • Complete Nutrition Teams Up With ‘Beast Mode’ Bowhunter Cameron Hanes
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Dan McGuinness opens Complete Nutrition franchise
  • Complete Nutrition Makes Inc. 500|5000 List For Fourth Straight Year

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Mattress Firm

On the surface, we sell mattresses and sleep related products. But in its purest form, our job is the well being of our customers. We help them sleep better, wake up fresher, more alert with more energy. We improve their lives one night at a time. Americans want to wake up feeling refreshed and energized. The mattress business in the U.S. represents $13 billion in sales every year, with the specialty store category as the fastest growing retail segment in the industry, outpacing furniture and department stores.

  • Deal lets Mattress Firm spring into six more states
  • Mattress Firm to buy Sleep Train for $425M
  • Mattress Firm establishing major presence in Chicago via acquisitions

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Sarcone’s Deli

The rich history of Sarcone’s Bakery began in the year 1918 when an Italian immigrant by the name of Luigi Sarcone opened up shop at 758 South Ninth St., Philadelphia. Luigi, an apprentice baker, went out on his own and began to lay the foundation for what would become Philadelphia’s most recognized, trusted and successful bread bakery. Since the time that Luigi Sarcone launched this fledgling venture, five generations of Sarcone men have continued to build on the recipe that was brought to Philadelphia by their Italian ancestor.

  • CBS Philadelphia awards “Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia” to Sarcone’s Deli
  • CBS Philadelphia awards “Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia” to Sarcone’s Deli
  • Sarcone’s Deli and Bakery featured on @HolllyEats

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A Painting Fiesta

A Painting Fiesta’s Mission is to provide families a fun, safe, and creative space while substantially providing art education through culture, diversity, and self-expression.

Our classes are designed for people of all artistic abilities. So no prior artistic experience is necessary! Students sketch, draw, design, paint, and sculpt. While using a wide variety of materials, mediums, and techniques, all in non-traditional art form, just purely fun! The studio will provide your paint, canvas and brushes and you’ll have an incredible time with friends. Towards the end of class, you’ll have a beautifully painted piece to take home and show off.

  • A Painting Fiesta features in Our Kids of Miami-Dade
  • Munchkin Fun of Miami highlights A Painting Fiesta
  • Remezcla of Miami features A Painting Fiesta as a fun event for kids and adults alike

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Amenzone Fitness

Amenzone Fitness is an existing mental and physical training facility currently headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, that is revolutionizing the fitness realm with a mental and physical approach. Open and operational for three years, Amenzone operates with the mission of utilizing a back-to-basics approach to fitness. Known as “Primal Training,” a tactic devised by Amenzone’s founder, Amen Iseghohi, the approach uses nothing but car tires and a few punching bags. Amenzone’s additional services include promoting healthy lifestyles, fitness and nutrition education, and the use of functional movement as a vehicle for optimal mind and body balance.

  • Childhood Obesity Non-Profit Amenzone Foundation Comes to California
  • KTLA showcases Amenzone workouts
  • Amenzone owner profiled in Foothills Magazine

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Sumo Sushi

The Sumo Sushi and Bento concept restaurants were founded by a family of four entrepreneurs in 2000. Since then, Sumo Sushi and Bento has gained a reputation as a successful family business through its commitment to providing high quality menus, a warm and relaxing atmosphere and excellent service.  Sumo not only serves classic Japanese dishes like customer favorite Teriyaki Chicken Bento with Sumo’s own homemade teriyaki sauce (made right in the restaurant) and the specialty favorite of Unagi Bento (freshwater eel); Sumo is also on the cutting edge of innovative new recipes as our head chef’s continue to create fun, flavorful East meets West favorites.

  • Sumo Sushi opens two new locaitons in UAE and Bahrain
  • Sumo Sushi awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence
  • Sumo Sushi expands it’s Town Center location

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Borghese

The Borghese name is one that is synonymous with Italian spa heritage and lush natural ingredients found in the mineral-rich hills of the Tuscan landscape. It is a name that has stood the test of time, with over 50 years of prominence in high end department stores, making us the authority in skincare and spa treatments.

  • Borghese’s Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes showcased on Paula’s Choice blog
  • Borghese family and spa product line featured on Life in Italy website

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Care Patrol

At CarePatrol, we pledge to gain the respect and trust of our customers by providing distinctive quality and unparalleled customer service. The success of CarePatrol is determined by the success of each individual. Our mission is to establish CarePatrol as the foremost source of assisted living placement and referral companies in our industry, while upholding our individual set of sound and uncompromising principles.

  • Care Patrol named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 500 franchises
  • Care Patrol sponsors local Walk to End Alzheimer’s
  • Care Patrol featured in Franchise Times

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Sweet Arleen’sSweet Arleen’s

Sweet Arleen’s had been just a dream of founder Arleen Scavone…until now. After years of charming friends and family with these casual yet sophisticated treats, it really is a dream come true to share these favorites with the customers of Sweet Arleen’s.  The bakers use only the finest and freshest ingredients, incorporating seasonal fruits, Belgian chocolates, and harvested seasonings. There is no skimping or short cuts in Sweet Arleen’s kitchen. Each cupcake and bread pudding is prepared to ensure an excellent product, each and every time. Sweet Arleen’s boutique-comfort style ensures there’s a satisfying treat for every palate.  The new goal for Arleen is to grow the brand through a structured and profitable choice of distribution – franchising.  Sweet Arleen’s is expected to establish a national footprint as a franchised brand within the next 1-3 years.

  • Sweet Arleen’s featured on CBS: Los Angeles
  • Sweet Arleen’s wins Cupcake Wars for third time in a row
  • Denver’s Westword highlights Sweet Arleen’s opening

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The Grout ExpertThe Grout Expert

The Grout Expert, LLC. was founded by our President, Hoang Chieu Nguyen in 1999 as a proprietorship operating under the name Bay Grout. In 2001, the company changed its name to The Grout Expert. Currently The Grout Expert, LLC services residential and commercial accounts in the San Francisco Bay area. Combined, the principals at The Grout Expert have over 50 years of business experience in the control industry.

  • Shop Menlo Park showcases the Grout Expert
  • Grout Expert secures major commercial contract

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Dick’s Wings and Grill

Dick’s Wings & Grill has become one of the fastest growing franchises in North Florida along with America’s appetite for comfortable family dining. With the down-home sporty NASCAR theme, Dick’s Wings & Grill is the personification of a place where people can sit back, relax and make themselves at home. Dick’s Wings & Grill values franchisees as business partners. We are dedicated to providing initial and ongoing support with all the key ingredients ensuring franchise success. This includes site location, restaurant design, grand opening preparations, management training, marketing and advertising.

  • Dick’s Wings and Grill opens new location in Blanding
  • Dick’s Wings and Grill voted Folio magazine’s best wings in Jacksonville
  • Blackshear Times votes Dicks Wings and Grill best hot wings in Florida

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Extra Space Storage

Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates 900 self-storage properties in 38 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company’s properties comprise approximately 550,000 units and over 59 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 900 properties across the country.

  • Extra Space Storage stocks reach a lifetime high
  • Extra Space Storage buys East Boston parcel for $23.1 million
  • Extra Space Storage president presents at ISS real estate conference

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Transit Van ServicesTransit Van Services Transit Van Services, Inc. has been providing over a decade of reliable, quality transport services to those who are in need of assisted transportation. With state-of-the-art technology and dedication to their customers, Transit Van Services fills the gap between personal and public transportation. Transit Van Services offers the highest quality transportation and value, in addition to holding a direct focus on meeting the needs of their customers and customizing transportation programs to meet the needs of their clients.

The Transit Van Franchise system will excel in brand power, shared systems, and high quality franchise partners. The ultimate goal at Transit Van Services, Inc. is to provide a dynamo franchise brand while helping franchise partners achieve their financial and professional goals.

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Hollywood Burger

What happens when Hollywood and the Great American Burger come together? You get Hollywood Burger, of course! Combining the fun and excitement of Hollywood magic with the delicious experience of world‐class U.S.‐style burgers and fries, Hollywood Burger promises great food and fast service with a Hollywood smile!

Our Hollywood-themed made-to-order “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant brand is currently operating stores in Argentina and Dubai, UEA, with plans to franchise and develop throughout other regions of the world. Our objective is to become the leading operator of Hollywood-style burger chains. We intend to expand our presence so that the Hollywood Burger name becomes a recognizable trademark with international appeal. With our help, you can bring the Hollywood dream to burger lovers everywhere!

 

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SBF Payroll ServicesSBF Payroll Services

SBF Payroll Services is a leader in the payroll industry and has been for over a decade. SBF was founded in Santa Barbara, California in 1998 and currently processes payroll for thousands of companies all over the United States. SBF Payroll offers better service at lower prices, and continues to attract business owners who are looking for superior service and accuracy. Kim at SBF Payroll offers a recession proof franchise opportunity, with the benefits of recurring income and growth.

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Internet Medical ClinicsMojo Yogurt

California cool meets modern pop art in Mojo Yogurt stores—uniting the hip frozen yogurt culture with an unpretentious, left-coast style. Indulge your freedom of choice when you spoon up Mojo Yogurt’s self-serve concept with fun, fresh and funky flavors like Mojo Classic Tart, Mango Tango, White Boy Vanilla and PB & Yo, then top them off with select fruit and exotic dry toppings. Yogurt’s amazing vitamin-enhanced Mojo Power flavor gives your bod a boost. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California Mojo is honest, healthy yogurt with live and active cultures, certified by the National Yogurt Association. Expand your universe and intensify your positive Mojo, check out the Mojo Yogurt store locations in Arizona with more rising soon. Mr. Patel’s goal is to build a quality, exclusive yogurt franchise brand that serves the highest quality yogurt in each of their future territories.

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Monte Carlo Inns

Monte Carlos Inns™ has a co-operative family environment working towards the common goal of making the customer feel at home. Below are our core beliefs:

Foster an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect for the rights and dignity of our fellow employees.

Lead by example – “Walk the Talk”.
Become a “teacher, coach and leader” to everyone you interact with in the work environment.
Believe in “Giving Back”.
Respect diversity in the workplace and the individuality of all people.
Treat others with dignity.

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NARPRO

NARPRO is a network of family-owned, independent auto repair shops that have banded together because of their shared commitment to providing guaranteed service at reasonable prices. In recent years, the auto repair industry has changed. Large national chains dot the landscape and advertise as groups, putting traditional neighborhood repaid shops at a disadvantage. To compete effectively and affordably, independent neighborhood shops need their own marketing group. That group is NARPRO, cooperative marketing association for the independent repair industry.

Their high level of quality assurance and customer service has led NARPRO to be highly successful since launching in 2004. NARPRO has referred over 20,000 customers to their members. NARPRO, with the help of Upside Group, expects to sell 60 units in two years, covering 80% of the U.S. population.

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Nextage

As we all know, the real estate industry has changed substantially in the past several years and will continue to change as we move forward. For most agents and brokers, the traditional real estate model simply doesn’t work anymore, but they continue doing business the same old way because there is not an attractive alternative – until now.

Co-Founders Dave Wild and Frank Cluck set out to design a real estate company that would lead the industry from the “I” world into the “WE” world, where agents’ earning potential was not limited to their own personal production, and teams of agents could work together to achieve common goals. The evolutionary model would help agents and brokers BUILD a business, not just DO business™ and that successful business could have “real” financial value.

Both Frank and Dave have an impressive real estate history and, with their combined knowledge and experience, it was easy for them to see where the traditional real estate model was failing. Dave is a veteran of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation where he served as their Vice President of Performance as well as Regional Director for both the Florida and Georgia regions. He is also the past President and CEO of Global Realty Marketing.

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Oh My You’re Gorgeous®

Oh My You’re Gorgeous® opened in 2004 near Pittsburgh, PA and is owned and operated by Stephanie Babines, Certified Advanced Pole Fitness and Hoopnotica Certified Instructor, NESTA Group Fitness Instructor, and personal trainer. The motto of the business is: “For Fun Fitness or Just to Feel Sexy, Let Us Show You How!”

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Pinpoint Leak Detection, Inc.

Pinpoint Leak Detection, Inc. offers top quality services to their community and excels at detecting often unseen water and gas leaks, which can cause serious problems if left undetected. With Pinpoint on the job, you can find out if a problem exists before it becomes a full blown headache. The services provided by Pinpoint Leak Detection are available to all types of properties, including residential, commercial, industrial or municipal.

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City Kitty

City Kitty was established in 2000 as one of the first feline-only grooming salons nationally. First and foremost, we are advocates for felines. We are a resource for understanding behavior problems, health issues, and any issues that contribute to feline wellness. We offer our clients feline nutrition education and promote a natural, raw diet for a long, healthy life. We offer support and resources for elder cat care, hospice care and end-of-life care for our feline family members.

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RAM Construction Company
RAM Construction Company

Founded in 1918, RAM Construction Services is the oldest and most experienced waterproofing and restoration contractor in the United States. RAM Construction Services has built a solid and trusted reputation with their customer focus, technical expertise, industry knowledge and product application specialists. RAM’s clients depend on their exceptional record or reliability, delivering projects on time and on budget. RAM Construction Services completes more than 1,500 projects per year, making them the Midwest’s largest contractor specializing in restoration of aging buildings, parking structures, department of transformation work and waterproofing new and existing construction projects.

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Vibez StudioVibez Studio

Vibez studio is an exciting and fun business that teaches dance classes such as Zumba®, Ballet Barre, Belly Dancing, Pole Dancing, Cardio Hip Hop, Chorographed Dance, Ballroom Dancing

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Solos Pizza CafeSolos Pizza Cafe

Bruce Thomson was inspired to create Solos Pizza Café in early 2007 by the success of the fast-casual, high-quality restaurant trend.  At Solos, customization is key.  60% of orders come directly from the menu while 40% are custom pies.  The success at Solos has occurred by creating a system that assures consistency.  Bruce has been successful by sourcing the right products, formulating the best dough, finding the oven that makes it all possible, and attracting the perfect staff.  Solos has been successful enough to open a second location in 2008 and a third more recently.

The goal at Solos Pizza Café is to expand the business through franchising while still maintaining the high quality, serve and systems which has led to their current success.  Fast Casual dining is one of the fastest growing segments in the restaurant industry.  Combining this trend with the second most popular food in America, pizza, will create an exciting new investment opportunity for perspective franchisees who want to partner with a franchisor focused on growth and profitability with integrity.

 

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Caruso’s Sandwich Company

Caruso’s Sandwich Company stores offer an extensive menu of high quality food in an upbeat atmosphere. The fast-casual franchise feels more like a local hangout, than a carbon copy. Our stores offer something for everyone. The enormous sandwiches are served on bread that is baked fresh daily. Caruso’s Sandwich Company specializes in fresh, healthy food, FAST! Our unusually large sandwiches are made from fresh bread that we bake daily. We slice our high quality meats and cheeses every morning. Combine all of this with our appetizing selection of fresh veggies, and you will be hooked.

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TruHit FitnessTruHit Fitness

Founded in early 2013 by Ken Fearer, TruHIT Fitness was created to build a community dedicated to both exercise and nutrition. While most gyms focus on exercise, Ken’s vision to create a nutrition center within TruHIT truly empowers members to reach their true fitness potential. Our motto is “Fitness is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition”, and we live and breathe it every day.

 

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Casa Mia Scottsdale

Casa Mia is the authentic Italian Cuisine experience. Our family moved to the United States in 1993 from Sorrento, Italy (near Naples in the province of Napoli). We came straight to Scottsdale so none of our palates were altered from the flavors they were familiar with. Casa Mia means “my home,” and just like at home our food is made to meet our standards of taste. All of our ingredients are of the finest quality, from homemade pastas, organic produce, and now organic grass fed beef. Our wine list features only Italian wines, and is always a work in progress as we are always searching for new surprising flavors!

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Annalisa RusoAnnalisa Russo

Annalisa Russo, master storyteller and well-known author, is launching a historical book series set in the  1920’s. The first book in the series, titled Rags to Rubies will be available on August 31, 2012.

 

 

 

 


Sure Way Weight Loss ClinicSure Way Weight Loss Clinic

SureWay Weight Loss Clinic has cutting-edge approach designed to help clients lose weight faster than ever… no other weight loss programs offers anything like Sure Way’s! Reaching a goal weight will not only make our clients look and feel great, but losing those extra pounds will help them be more confident and healthier inside and out.

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The PancakeryThe Pancakery

“You’ll Love How We Stack UP”

Located in Destin, Florida, The Pancakery is a breakfast-style restaurant offering tasty creations from scrumptious pancakes and waffles to fluffy omelets, Benedicts and crepes, as well as a full lunch menu in a fun, family atmosphere.

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The PlayroomThe Playroom

The Playroom opened its doors and heart to the community of Sherman Oaks, California in June 2007.  Since then it has continued to grow. The Playroom is a one of a kind indoor play space and party place dedicated to the five and under crowd. It is known as one of the safest and cleanest indoor play spaces.  The Playroom will continue to be home to families looking for a safe, clean place where kids can play and make new friends.

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The S.A.F.E. CompanyThe S.A.F.E. Company

The S.A.F.E. Company has been in the storage business for over ten years with the main goal of assisting people with their storage needs. Providing only the top quality storage containers, The S.A.F.E. Company is proud to be a Best of Steel (BOS)/Cover Tech distributor in Western Canada. The S.A.F.E. Company is determined to provide a full range of BOS products for the oil and gas, mining, forestry, construction, and home owner markets. BOS has been the market leader in quick build, flat pack containers since 1967.

 

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Treasure IslandTreasure Island Daycare 
Treasure Island has for 16 years provided out of school and summer day-camp programs in Burnaby, BC, Canada.  With over 30 years experience, Agi Fejer and her staff offer year-round kindergarten and school-age activities and programs, including Cooking/Baking, Movement (basic gymnastics skills), Hands-on Science, weekly Baseball, Acting and Talent Show events, weekly Field Trips and monthly visits to the Library. Arts and Crafts sessions are conducted daily, as is their daily outdoor program for the healthy development of children. Twice a month Treasure Land holds its “Smart and Safe” program, teaching kids through conversation and role-play how to stay safe and healthy in real life situations.

Agi adds, however, that sessions, activities and events are not the entire program at Treasure Island. “A big part of our method is to teach our children to actively learn and use social skills such as negotiation, problem solving, self-promotion and discussion.  We actively train them to use these skills through situational games and mental exercises. This unique feature of our daily operations typically by grade one trains our children to solve most of their social negotiation amongst themselves.”

Treasure Island operates under the principle that all these skills are developed by focusing on traditional methods and limiting the use of electronic games to the bare minimum in their centers.

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Graffle

Graffle is a profound hybrid modernization of the classic raffle ticket and sweepstakes known to all cultures around the world. By harnessing the power of modern technology, combining it with cutting edge marketing and social media, along with already established loyal followers, Graffle is able to exponentially drive revenues for its charities and partners.

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World Premiere EventsWorld Premiere Events

The mission of World Premiere Events is to create family friendly entertainment events, honoring young people who have successfully completed the Ambassador of Compassion training and provide a fund raising opportunity for the best of the training and entertainment.

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American Logistics Company

American Logistics Company (ALC) is a national passenger transportation management company serving transit agencies, school districts and the healthcare industry. ALC leverages proprietary transportation management and route optimization technology to manage dedicated and non-dedicated vehicles across the United States, providing high quality, innovative transportation services that raise the bar for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, driver safety and accountability.

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rockitRockit Body Pilates

ROCKIT BODY [PILATES]™ is a unique fusion of pilates, cardio and strength training. The optimum full-body workout! Stretching. Lengthening. Tightening your core. Attacking excess hip and thigh bulk. Toning your arms and legs for a hi-octane, shirt-drenching, total body reshaping; all set to a great beat… Fun? Definitely. Addictive? Any more so, and it would be illegal.

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"After meeting with franchise consultant and Upside Group founder, Mario Altiery, I appreciated and valued USG’s emphasis on executing and delivering a high-quality plan in an appealing time frame. Furthermore, USG had a clear understanding of my vision for the future of the company, and will be able to assist us in bringing the AmenZone vision to the world.
Amen Iseghohi, Founder/Owner
Amenzone Fitness
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