HUMAN Healthy Vending, the leading socially-responsible franchisor of healthy vending machine businesses, teaches entrepreneursh
Online PR News – 24-July-2012 – LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – With the economy in a recession and banks cautious of lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs, launching a successful business and becoming an entrepreneur can seem like a risky, if not impossible, endeavor. Fortunately, that’s not the case. HUMAN Healthy Vending, the leading socially-responsible franchisor of healthy vending machine businesses, is doing its part to encourage and teach entrepreneurship to potential and current franchisees. With half of Americans working for, or owning, a small business*, it is imperative that small business owners and entrepreneurs have the skills and resources to compete with big businesses.
The three-day intensive and interactive entrepreneurship seminar is called the HUMAN Business-Building Bootcamp, or “HB3” for short. During its June HB3, HUMAN welcomed over 20 franchisees from seven states across the nation to its brand new creative office space in Culver City, Calif. Attendees learned how to expand their business acumen and gained real world insight from existing social entrepreneurs in the field, and from seminar break-outs with the HUMAN corporate team. HUMAN’s new franchisees learned specifically how to find the best clients to partner with, how to become health activists within their communities and how to choose the most healthful, and best-selling, products for their machines – all the while meeting, and having fun with, other entrepreneurs from around the world.
Travis Miller, a partner-operator in York, Pa., attended HB3 last July and found that it helped him form mutually-beneficial alliances with other HUMAN franchisees and entrepreneurs. “Once I got back from HB3, I was a lot more comfortable speaking with clients and a lot more educated,” said Miller. “Meeting with the other operators is crucial. I email back and forth with a couple of them at least two to three times a week to share feedback on how things are going [and] what products are selling in [our] markets. It helps to have that camaraderie and experience with other people.”
Alongside the U.S. Small Business Administration, HUMAN Healthy Vending has been at the forefront of entrepreneurial education and outreach. In CNBC's "Getting Back to Business: a CNBC Town Hall Event," Kelly addressed top business leaders and entrepreneurs, including Steve Case, who co-founded AOL, Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx and the youngest self-made female billionaire, Kevin O’Leary, venture capitalist and star of ABC’s The Shark Tank, Tristan Walker, who helped build Foursquare, and an audience of small business owners. Kelly asked how he and other entrepreneurs might build the confidence needed in younger generations to launch their own businesses.
“Social entrepreneurship is the future of America – this is how we create jobs while also tackling some of the world’s most pressing social problems,” said Kelly. “We started HB3 just a little over a year ago and have since welcomed more than 200 HUMAN franchisees and potential franchisees into our offices. We’re proud to give our attendees an entrepreneurial education without them having to go to the Ivy Leagues or take out a student loan.”
The next HUMAN Healthy Vending Business-Building Bootcamp will be held in the first week of September and is expected to attract 50 new HUMAN franchisees from around the world.
*Source: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator, Karen Mills
About HUMAN Healthy Vending
HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) Healthy Vending’s mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods and drinks, including fresh produce and locally-sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has over 1200 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Entrepreneur as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”
HUMAN is proud to use 10% of its proceeds to fund its non-profit charity arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nation’s collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.
To learn more, go to our website.