Do you remember how excited you were when you brought home your new baby? How many hours did you spend thinking about all the amazing things that little one had ahead of them. Though we’d never suggest that starting a new chapter in business could ever measure up to the sheer joy of new life, we can say that we are feeling a lot of excitement these days!
This week we announced the arrival of a new member of the CertifiKid family as
Chicago-based FamilyFINDS became part of CertifiKid. While we are totally stoked to be creating a coast-to-coast powerhouse in the family-focused daily deal market, we are even more excited to get the chance to be part of these Chicago and LA communities and connect with even more parents and business owners.
Because of you, our hometown community, we have been recognized by CNBC, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best deal websites for parents, while consistently outpacing our top competitors here at home. We are proud to be able to say that we’re here to stay, even in a daily deal landscape where many continue to re-shape themselves or shutter their doors.
In 2012, we innovated the market by becoming the first deal site to focus on deals for the families of children with Special Needs in our community. We will be taking our community-based, flexible, selective and personalized way of doing things to the Los Angeles and Chicago metro areas and upping our game with great national deals as well.
A little bit about FamilyFINDS - they burst onto the family-focused deal scene in December of 2010 with $5.75 million dollars in funding backed by the talents of Internet industry veterans who founded and ran several successful consumer businesses valued at over $1 billion, including the founder of FamilyFun magazine, who also ran the Disney Internet Group, and the founder of LowerMyBills.com (acquired by Experian). Since opening their doors, FamilyFINDS has established a brand reputation and following that has garnered it hundreds of thousands of loyal customers within the communities of major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and its current headquarters in Chicago.
“We are so delighted to pass the baton to CertifiKid for the benefit of our loyal subscribers,” said Lindsay Cohen, FamilyFINDS CEO. “CertifiKid is a fantastic team of parents (like our subscribers and me) who will carry on the invaluable work of offering terrific values on the products and services families want and need, but in their own special and winning way.”
This acquisition has grown the CertifiKid family, enabling us to build relationships between businesses - big and small, local and national - and families of all shapes, sizes and needs.
We are kicking off this new chapter by offering unbeatable deals from popular vendors here at home and in our new home markets: Adventure Park USA in the DC and Baltimore markets; Disney on Ice, The Paintbrush and Language Stars in Chicago; and
Rockstar Salon, Wildlife Learning Center and Fun and Fit Gymnastics in Los Angeles.
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