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NEW VENTURES: Brain tumor survivor opens Growth Coach of the Poconos

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A grand opening ceremony was held July 11 to introduce Rick Franzo as the owner and operator of The Growth Coach of the Poconos.

Franzo said he was looking to get into business coaching and found that the franchise had the best support system for the way he wants to help clients achieve goals and work-life balance.

His journey to business coaching took some turns along the way. While most of his business experience is in retail management, he found himself in the role of a mentor after being diagnosed with nonmalignant brain tumors and formed a support group to help others dealing with brain tumor issues.

“I felt I had to communicate with others in the brain tumor community,” said Franzo, who is based in Paradise Valley in Monroe County.

He started the group Brain Tumor Talk in 2009 and the group now has more than 9,000 members in 45 countries.

Franzo said he likes the concept of business coaching because of the role the client plays in the process. His territory extends beyond the Poconos into the Slate Belt, Warren County, N.J., and the Scranton area.

“You walk them through the journey,” he said. “The businessperson chooses what’s right for them to achieve their goals.”

As a growth coach, Franzo is certified in the franchise’s strategic mindset coaching process, which adheres to the standards, practices and policies that the International Coaching Federation has set forth in its Code of Professional Standards and Ethics.

For more information, visit www.thegrowthcoachpoconos.com.

Beauty salon opens

in downtown Allentown

A grand opening was held recently at a new downtown Allentown beauty salon, BeSkintiful Makeup & Facial Bar.

BeSkintiful offers services including skin-care facials, massages, waxing, lash extensions, special occasion makeup, and eyebrow pigmentation.

The salon is at 513 W. Linden St., Allentown. For more information, call 484-714-0491.

Child care center to open

28th location in Valley

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers has a new location.

LVCC recently acquired the former Little People Daycare School at 1325 Fairmont St., Whitehall Township.

It will be the child care provider’s 28th Lehigh Valley location.

The new site, which is accepting

enrollment applications, will be known as LVCC on Fairmont. It will care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years.

LVCC has plans to make minor renovations to bring the classrooms and general facility up to its standards.

LVCC on Fairmont is licensed for 146 children. It will be open Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.lvcconline.org.

Editor’s note: We want to hear about your new business or product. Contact Stacy Wescoe at 610-807-9619 ext. 4104 or send an email to SWescoe@lvb.com. To be considered, a new venture should be fewer than 60 days old or starting within 60 days.

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