CNN Features Tulsa-based Businesses

Tulsa receives national attention this week as CNN is in town to tape features with two Tulsa-based companies.
Producers of the show “How We Got Started” are in Tulsa today to shoot interviews with the founders of SeekingSitters and Just Between Friends.
The program runs on CNN and Headline News and showcases innovative businesses that have achieved success on a national level.
Just Between Friends began in 1997 when founders Shannon Wilburn and Daven Tackett started a living room consignment sale. Today, the company has 85 franchises in 20 states, with 12 more under development.
The company’s gross sales have grown from $2,000 in 1997 to more than $10 million projected for 2009. Just Between Friends franchisees typically have two sales a year. Families sign up as consignors and sell their new and gently used children’s items at the event.
SeekingSitters Franchise Systems began in 2003 when Adrienne and David Kallweit discovered a need for safe, reliable, convenient babysitting.
The couple began with a Tulsa office and then formed a franchise in 2004. Today, they have 26 locations in 10 states with three more locations set to open next month. SeekingSitters is a full-service babysitting referral company that utilizes in-house private investigators to screen all babysitters.
Tulsa-based marketing and public relations firm Emerge Interactive Media manages the national public relations campaigns for both SeekingSitters and Just Between Friends.
CNN has not announced an air date for the two segments, but they are tentatively set to run sometime this summer.

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