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Planet Smoothie

March 01, 2016 09:45 ET

Planet Smoothie Is a Smart Investment Option for Young Entrepreneurs

A Well-Run System, Supportive Fellow Franchise Owners and a Product With Peak Consumer Demand All Add Up to a Best-Bet Business Model

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Mar 1, 2016) - Rather than take on six-figure student loans, many young entrepreneurs are opting for a business career instead of college. Can they succeed? Just ask Shannon Lelli, a Planet Smoothie franchise owner in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, who's been in business for 13 years. Entrepreneur magazine recently did just that, and what Shannon had to say is instructive.

"I was getting ready to attend a private university," Lelli told the magazine. "However, when I realized how much my degree would cost, I thought, 'What else can I do with that money?' So, I chose a business loan instead of a college loan. I opened my Planet Smoothie store 12 years ago, when I was just 24 years old!"

Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands family. Currently there are single- and multi-unit franchise opportunities available in prime territories across the nation -- in new territories as well as in well-established markets in the Southeast, and Florida in particular.

Lelli said that her weight has been a lifelong struggle, and so she not only wanted a food business, she wanted something that would offer healthy products.

"Planet Smoothie was the perfect fit because their smoothies provide healthy nutrients from whole foods and can serve as meal replacements," she said. "When you find a business like Planet Smoothie that aligns with your personal and financial goals, coupled with believing in the people and the product -- I thought, 'It doesn't get any better than this!'"

Lelli did her own field research, visiting several locations and speaking with people who soon would be her fellow Planet Smoothie franchise owners. She also relied on some parental advice, since her mother and father both own businesses and know the pluses and minuses of entrepreneurial efforts.

As a very young (24 when she started) Planet Smoothie franchise owner, Lelli was often more a peer than a boss to her team. She says she learned a lot from that time in terms of managing people, and she still learns from the business today. Now, after having four children and a 60-pound weight loss, she looks back on a business that has met and exceeded her personal goals, while also allowing her to build for her family's future.

"Dream big, and don't settle for a mediocre life or a mediocre job," she said. "Planet Smoothie has allowed me to achieve my dream of being a stay-at-home mom and running my own business that provides for my family. It's a dream come true! Planet Smoothie has products that offer a healthy way of living, and owning a store is a great reminder to take care of myself. Planet Smoothie has allowed me opportunities to really be a part of my community. I'm at the finish line of every 5k race with Planet Smoothie samples, and I sponsor fitness programs at local elementary schools. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but if I can help one person choose a healthy life, I've done my job."

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