Franchise of the Year
Douglas County, Colorado
The North America’s leading children and maternity consignment sales franchise system, Just Between Friends, has awarded Douglas County, Colorado the distinguished “Franchise of the Year” Award. Owner Deborah Freeman is a Douglas County mom who organizes and runs the successful Just Between Friends (JBF) event.
Freeman first became involved with JBF three years ago after her third daughter was born. With three little girls under age four, Freeman decided to leave the corporate world but still wanted an opportunity to earn some money. When the opportunity came up to run the JBF event in Douglas County she jumped at it.
“The JBF business model blew me away. I can provide for my family, while helping other moms like me AND benefit the community through our charity partnerships. I also have been able to be a full-time mom, and during naps and at night, I am able to run a full-time business,” explained Freeman.
Freeman said when the recession hit in 2008, it affected families all across Colorado, including her family. When she got involved with JBF she found a way to help families throughout her community but providing a way for them to earn cash by recouping the investment they made in items they needed for their families. “In addition to giving them a revenue stream, at my JBF sale they are able to purchase what they need for their growing families at a bargain, without giving up great quality,” added Freeman.
“Deborah does so much more than just plan the details of a successful event. She focuses on making her community better by helping them save money and earn money at a time they need it most,” explained Shannon Wilburn, Just Between Friends CEO.
Since Freeman took over the JBF event in 2009, her sales have grown by 300 percent. Most of that money goes back to the families of Douglas County who consign their maternity and children’s clothes, baby equipment, toys and other items at the events.
Freeman is very involved with her event — embracing the families who participate as both consignors and shoppers. She says knowing she is helping them make ends meet and even get the “extras” for their kids is what drives her. She also supports her local charity, the Douglas/Elbert County Task Force, with donations.
And Doulgas County residents have noticed Just Between Friends, too! Colorado families recently recognized Just Between Friends as "Best Family Deal" in Colorado Parent Magazine, in addition to "Best Consignment Event".
Deborah Freeman is the mom of three little girls who inspire her to grow this event to help them and other children throughout Douglas County.
Congratulations to Deborah Freeman and Douglas County—the 2014 Winner of Franchise of the Year!