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Planet Smoothie Franchisees Are Valued Community Partners

Engaging with and supporting local residents helps build a great rapport,
as well as strong brand awareness

As small business owners, Planet Smoothie® franchisees often fill an important role in their local community. Among the many hats they might wear are community member, employer and supporter of local nonprofits, schools and other groups.

The Daytona Beach Planet Smoothie location, for example, launched a 12 Months of Giving campaign this year. Each month the local franchise partners with a community organization, promoting the partnership on Facebook® and through other marketing initiatives. A dollar donation is made to the featured organization each time a special coupon is redeemed at the Daytona Beach Planet Smoothie. The Florida Planet Smoothie has partnered with several organizations this year, including the Daytona Beach Police Foundation and Halifax Humane Society.

“It brings me great joy to use our business as a way of helping a local family. THIS is why my husband and I wanted to open a business … to be MORE than just “another smoothie place,” says Daytona Beach franchisee Daedra Hamann.

Planet Smoothie Franchisee Shannon Lelli

Shannon Lelli with her children

Visible support promotes local charities

“Planet Smoothie franchise owners love interacting with their customers, and that’s not limited to exchanges within the four walls of their facility,” explains John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “They greatly enjoy getting out into the community and lending support to worthwhile causes.”

Participating in causes pays dividends for organizations and charities through sponsorships or in-kind donations to neighborhood fundraisers. Planet Smoothie franchisees also reap rewards thanks to elevated visibility in the their local community as a business that cares.

“Planet Smoothie has dozens of franchise owners who, either on their own or in partnership with others, have a booth or giveaway at 5Ks, health fairs and many other events, if they are in a large urban area,” Wuycheck says. “They like putting their support into action whenever they can, and those engagements help build a lot of goodwill for the brand.”

Mentorship provides job skills for local youth

Many Planet Smoothie franchise owners also pride themselves on mentoring young employees. The experience they gain while working at Planet Smoothie goes beyond making and selling smoothies to learning the ins and outs of running a small business, from customer service best practices to bookkeeping, inventory control and other core skills.

“This is just another way that communities benefit from the skills these franchise owners provide,” Wuycheck says. “By providing not just job opportunities, but the chance to build valuable and marketable skills, they are helping grow the next generation of business leaders right there where they live.”

Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, our brand’s smoothies generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands™ family.

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