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Welcome to the August issue of Franchising USA.

The dog days of summer are upon us, and if you’re anything like me you’d rather be at the beach than at the office or at home working on your business. But while staying motivated during the summer can be a challenge for even the most driven entrepreneurs, there are ways to strike a balance between full summer vacation mode and keeping on top of what needs to get done: make a list of what needs to get done every evening, then do your best to get at least some of it knocked off your list the next day. If something doesn’t get done, don’t sweat it; just add it to the next day’s to-do list and make an effort to complete it.

Also keep a list of fun summer events and schedule in at least one a week so you don’t feel as though summer is completely passing you by. Even just taking a short walk and stopping by the ice cream truck can do the trick. No matter how much you have on your plate, allowing yourself to indulge in such small summer pleasures can be very satisfying and give you the energy to power through the rest of your to-do list.

On the Cover this month is The Goddard School, a brand that is fulfilling a demand for high-quality childcare. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, the Goddard franchise system is looking back on the values that have helped the franchise succeed and grow. How has the brand survived for 30 Years and successfully opened 500 schools? Turn to page 10 to learn more and find out how The Goddard School started a Preschool Franchise Legacy.

Our Special Feature this month is Children’s Products franchising, a market that might appear to be specific and small, but actually covers a huge range of services and products. Our Feature Article examines this diverse and booming industry so turn to page 24 to find out more.

Our Veterans in Franchising supplement this month features Inspirational Stories of Helping Veterans, and we also profile a Veteran-Operated Franchise Business Built on Junk. Here we also feature a story about how one veteran’s military experience helped her to become her own boss so be sure to read about our Veteran Franchisee in Action.

I hope you enjoy the stories and information we’ve put together for you in this issue. Once you’re done reading, go take a dip in the pool before diving back into business, or cool down with a few sips of a margarita. Summer passes quickly, and while it’s important to stay on top of business, it’s all about balance. So remember to indulge in at least some of the pleasures this month still has to offer before it’s all back to business in the fall.

Happy reading!