BILL PARKER ASSUMES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ROLE FOR MAJOR EXPANSION OF KID VENTURES
Bill comes to Kid Ventures with a wealth of corporate, discount, and small business retail wisdom. With over 35 years of experience as a senior corporate executive with a number of Fortune 100 companies such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Kmart, Target, May Company, and Gateway Computers, he has a track record of taking businesses to their next level by providing organizational fitness practices and developing distinct planning to achieve competitive edge. He has also provided entrepreneurial guidance and professional business acumen to small and midsize enterprises, including growth strategies for Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy; Jeanomix, a luxury jean retailer, and a portfolio company of a major Private Equity firm; McKenna Labs, a skincare manufacturer; Discount Glass and Mirror; and San Diego's Fireman's Relief Association. He also works with CDC Small Business Finance, a company that provides business expertise and funding, serving as a Business Advisor to small businesses. In addition, he is a Business Affiliate to OneAccord Partners.
Bill is working with the team at Kid Ventures to provide strategic, operational and financial planning to embark on an expansion that includes the first round of capital formation with the crowd funding platform CircleUp, launching a $5M capital raise, and expects to open 10 stores by 2016. www.circleup.com
KID VENTURES LAUNCHES $5M CROWDFUNDING DRIVE WITH CIRCLEUP
Kid Ventures is launching a proprietary $5M capital raise beginning the end of August 2014 to enable Kid Ventures to expand its operations from 2 stores to 10 stores by 2016. With a vision of leading the way in children's "edutainment" concepts, Kid Ventures is ripe for growth with their proven, innovative approach of providing centers for young children offering fun, education-themed experiences with a café and wi-fi area for parents. Voted "Best Party Venue", "Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop" & "Best Indoor Enrichment Center" for 4 years in a row by San Diego Magazine, Kid Ventures continues to lead the way in the rapidly expanding child enrichment & family entertainment industry. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the "children" category as one of the top 4 fastest growing franchise segments.
An Investment Business Plan and Private Placement Memorandum were developed, and the capital raise will be facilitated by the crowdfunding platform CircleUp. www.circleup.com
If you are interested in participating in the Kid Ventures capital raise, contact Bill Parker at William@sdkidventures.com
Vantage Point Advisors Conducts Exit Strategy and Valuation of Gym Ventures, Inc. dba Kid Ventures
Darren Solomon, President, CEO and William Parker, COO contracted Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. to conduct a valuation analysis of Gym Ventures, Inc. dba Kid Ventures. Vantage Point has concluded its review on a prospective basis as of December 31, 2014 (the "Valuation Date"). The valuation was prepared to assist with management's planning and information purposes to obtain an investment value of the company for its $5.0 million capital and debt raise.
Kid Ventures is a concept of boutique-style indoor "edutainment" centers for young children ages one thru eight offering fun, education-themed experiences with a café and wi-fi area for parents. There are currently two locations in 4 S Ranch in Rancho Bernardo and Eastlake, with a third to open in December at Liberty Station in Point Loma. The locations are designed to enhance the educational learning skills of children, as well as offering a creative, safe, and fun experience for families to enjoy. Co-founded in 2001 by Debbie and Darren Soloman, Kid Ventures offers a village with themed sidewalk stores, a pirate ship, castle, rock climbing wall along with opportunities to attend camps, weekly workshops, classes, and to create parties. The Parent's café offers premium coffees and teas, organic and healthy snacks, and provides free Wi-Fi.
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KID VENTURES TO OPEN LIBERTY STATION FACILITY IN DECEMBER
San Diego - August 2014
San Diego's only boutique-style indoor "edutainment" facility for young children announced plans to open its third location in the county at Liberty Station in Point Loma in December. The 5,500 square foot venue will include a play village with fun, education-oriented themed rooms as well as a café and wi-fi area for parents. "Unlike pure recreational centers, our focus is to maximize the senses for both children and parents while fulfilling many social, physical and emotional needs", said Darren Solomon, Cofounder of Kid Ventures. "Most of our team members are studying for or have obtained a degree in early childhood development and education-related studies. This unique combination of activities and trained people makes Kid Ventures an important and routine part of our customers' child development regimen, and we're excited to bring this experience to families in Point Loma".
Kid Ventures currently operates stores in 4S Ranch and Eastlake. The company has won numerous awards including Best Coffee Place by San Diego's Nickelodeon Parents Connect, Best Birthday Party Venue and Kid-Friendly Coffee Shop by Red Tricycle, and Best Hosted Birthday Party Location, Best Indoor Place for Active/Rainy Day Fun, Best Indoor Playground, Best Place for Kids with Special Needs and Best Kids Party Place by San Diego Family Magazine. In addition, Kid Ventures has a strong presence in the community and regularly gives its time and resources to various organizations, including Rady Children's Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, San Diego Center for Children, Angels Foster Family Network, Rivers of Hope Foundation and Make-A-Wish San Diego.
"Activities are fun, but also designed to enhance the educational learning skills of children ages one to eight," said Solomon. "It's the perfect spot for families looking for an entertaining, safe and creative environment for their kids while they can kick back and relax."
The new Kid Ventures store will be located at 2816 Decatur Road, Suites 101, 105, and 107, San Diego 92106.