Step One: Initial Contact
Please visit www.doodlebugs.com to learn
about Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers and
our company history. Your initial research
will help you make a determination about
your readiness to proceed with the franchise
process. To do so, complete the online contact form by clicking here or contact us directly at
866.668.5111 to arrange a discussion with
Russ Gugino, our Director of Franchise Development.
Step Two: Franchise Application
Next, you will receive a Franchise
Information Packet by mail. This packet
details the franchise process and includes a
confidential Franchise Application. Please complete the application and submit it to Doodle Bugs! for consideration.
Step Three: Initial Approval
If your confidential Franchise
Application is approved, we will contact you personally to schedule your Doodle Discovery Day visit.
Step Four: Doodle Discovery Day
You will visit a Doodle Bugs! Children's Center in Buffalo,
NY and meet with our company founders and franchise team. Discovery Day begins with an in-depth tour of a Doodle Bugs! center, which will allow you to see the 'doodle difference' in action. We will then review our franchise system, the process of opening a Doodle Bugs! center, and learn more about the support that you will recieve as a franchisee. At this time you will receive our official Franchise Disclosure Document.
Step Five: Sign Preliminary Agreement
If you are awarded a Doodle Bugs! franchise, Russ Gugino will travel to you for the signing of the Preliminary Agreement and to discuss site selection and pre-opening obligations. You will receive our Site Selection Manual to begin
the process of finding the location for your
future Doodle Bugs! Children's Center.
With the assistance of Shawn O'Donnell, Director of Real Estate & Development, you will utilize the Site Selection Manual to
seek and secure a Doodle Bugs! location
within your designated area. The manual
provides Doodle Bugs! systems and
strategies to guide you in identifying
prospective sites. The manual also contains
our site selection criteria and site evaluation
Step Seven: Sign Franchise Agreement
Upon selection and approval of your site,
you are ready to sign your Franchise
Agreement and begin the center development phase. At this time,
you will receive a copy of our Construction
Manual, which details the process and
procedures involved with municipal approval and construction of
your new Doodle Bugs! Children's Center.
A Doodle Bugs! team member will support
you throughout the step-by-step process of
developing your new center.
Step Eight: Center Development Period
During the development phase, you will
attend two comprehensive training
sessions. The first training session
concentrates on pre-opening obligations:
business startup, marketing, equipment ordering and hiring. The second
training session is designed for you and
your Center Director to concentrate on operations: curriculum, health /safety,
licensing compliance, marketing and
Step Nine: Grand Opening
Your Grand Opening event is the
culmination of your initial marketing
campaign. A well planned and well
executed Grand Opening will jump-start your
enrollment and generate a positive 'buzz'
about Doodle Bugs! in the community.
Members of our Doodle Bugs! franchise
team will visit your site to participate in the
Grand Opening event and to celebrate your
Step Ten: Congratulations!
Get ready to hear, "Look – it's a Doodle
Bug!" in your hometown.