Computer Explorers

At a Glance

Products & Services: Technology education for children & adults

Number of Locations: 67

Total Investment: $62.9K - $73.3K

Founded: 1983

Began Franchising: 1988

About Computer Explorers

In 1984, personal computers were still considered a luxury, and schools were figuring out how to best use the new technology as a learning tool. Moms Karen Marshall and Mary Rogers saw the teaching potential of computers and began Computertots/Computer Explorers with $1,500, one computer and 10 young students. Franchisees can operate the business using either a manager model or an owner-operated model. A manager employs a staff to assist in the teaching and operation of the business; the owner of an owner-operated model not only teaches classes, but also operates the business.

In 2003, Computertots/Computer Explorers was acquired by The International Center for Entrepreneurial Development Inc., which also owns Kwik Kopy Printing, Kwik Kopy Business Centers, Franklin's Printing, American Wholesale Thermographers, Copy Club, Women's Health Boutique and Parcel Plus.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2012 45 0 21 1
2011 52 0 17 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $62,925 - $73,250
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $25,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 10 business days. At franchisee's location: 2 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures
Marketing Support: National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Direct-mail campaign

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #477 (2010),

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