BrightStar Care

27 06, 2023

BrightStar Care: Outshining the Competition

2023-06-27T15:12:24-04:00June 27th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Dan Price knew nothing about the senior care industry when he bought his first BrightStar Care® franchise in Leesburg, Virginia, in 2015. Price had left the finance world in the late ‘90s and purchased a farm in northern Virginia, where he raised honeybees and flowers, shared his knowledge of bees and the environment with area schoolchildren and donated cut flowers to senior citizens. By Patty Horansky


19 04, 2023

Seventeen BrightStar Care Franchisees Expand Their Home Care Services into 28 New Territories Nationwide

2023-04-19T10:16:41-04:00April 19th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

BrightStar Care Franchisees Expand Their Home Care Footprints into New Untapped Territories.

GURNEE, Ill. — BrightStar Care, the home care franchise with more than 380 company-owned and franchised locations nationwide, just announced that 17 franchise owners within its network have expanded their home care footprints into 28 new territories across the U.S. Notably within the cohort of franchisees who are experiencing rapid growth is one owner who expanded into multiple states and four owners who are first time multi-unit franchise owners. Each franchisee truly embodies the BrightStar Care brand and mission and are committed to providing a higher standard of quality care to the new communities they will serve.

“BrightStar Care is undergoing an accelerated growth period as several of our outstanding franchisees are currently expanding their territories with new location openings,” said Pete First, Chief Development Officer at BrightStar Care. “We pride ourselves for offering our franchise network multiple potential revenue streams to maximize their business operations and grow their valuations and reach. The rapid expansion we’re experiencing is due to the tremendous work of our franchise owners and their drive to expand their home care capabilities into new markets.”

Franchise owner, Dan Price has been the proud Owner and President of BrightStar Care of Leesburg, Virginia, since 2016 and just opened 16 new BrightStar Care locations across Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia. With this massive 16-unit expansion, Price is now a multi-unit franchise owner across multiple states within the BrightStar Care franchise system. Price and his care team are quickly establishing these new agencies as the provider of choice serving communities across the mountains of West Virginia, through Virginia and Washington D.C., and Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Richard Lovelace opened BrightStar Care of Pembroke Pines & Weston in Florida in 2020 and he currently owns and operates the location as both Owner and Branch Manager. Lovelace also expanded his operations and opened two new locations in Hollywood and Miami Gardens, Florida. With this territory growth, Lovelace is quickly establishing his footprint as one of the leading home care providers in Southern Florida.

Dan and Susie Sweiger have been the proud Owners of BrightStar Care of Carlsbad in Southern California since 2019. The Sweigers have also expanded their operations and are now serving families in Oceanside, California. With this expansion, their BrightStar Care locations provide in-home care services across the greater North County San Diego communities.

Mak and Sanaz Vaziri are the proud Owners of BrightStar Care of Carmel Valley & Rancho Santa Fe, and they just increased their operations into La Jolla, California. Through this territory growth the Vaziris are now serving communities across Northern and Southern San Diego County.

Andy and Kelley Bailen are Co-Owners of BrightStar Care of Northern Middlesex County in New Jersey and recently expanded their home care operations into Wall and Hazlet, New Jersey. Through this territory expansion the Bailens are now multi-unit home care franchise serving families across New Jersey.

Over the last year, BrightStar Care has released groundbreaking data demonstrating the brand’s unmatched clinical outcomes and payer benefits as well as impactful industry studies that benefit and strengthen its entire franchise network. With these achievements, BrightStar Care is well-positioned to continue its accelerated growth trajectory and affirm its spot as a leader in the franchise and home care industries.

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BrightStar Care is a national home care and medical staffing franchise headquartered in the Chicagoland area with more than 380 franchised and company-owned locations nationwide that provide medical and non-medical services to clients in their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care operates under multiple separate revenue streams allowing franchisees uncapped earning potential. Over the last 20 years, Founder and CEO Shelly Sun has built BrightStar Care from a local business into a nationally recognized brand that generates more than $639 million system-wide using a franchise model built for infinite growth. In addition, BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to receive The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award consecutively for the last decade. Other prestigious BrightStar Care accolades include making the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list for 13 consecutive years, and continuously ranking on Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchise list and Franchise Times Top 400 list. For more information on BrightStar Care please visit

29 03, 2023

BrightStar Care: Redefining Quality Care

2023-03-29T13:32:39-04:00March 29th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

BrightStar Care® Founder and CEO Shelly Sun was faced with the arduous task of finding quality care for her Grandma Pat. It felt nearly impossible to find the right type of care from a provider that she could trust. This experience inspired Sun to start the caring company she lacked in her time of need. By Kelsi Trinidad


26 12, 2022

BrightStar Care: Study Delivers Results for Future Franchisees

2022-12-26T11:42:49-05:00December 26th, 2022|Tags: , , |

BrightStar Care® wrapped up 2022 with an investment in research resulting in a better understanding of Medicare Advantage plans and their enrollees. Shelly Sun, BrightStar Care founder and CEO, described the importance and relevance of the study. By Heidi Lubrani


20 12, 2022

The Haslam College of Business Debuts Innovative Franchise Certificate Program

2022-12-20T11:49:18-05:00December 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Unveils New Program for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Haslam College of Business via the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes the 2023 inaugural class for a brand new offering: The Franchise Certificate Program. The university continues to strive toward the strategic initiative of building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem across Tennessee and the region, with franchising being a foundational part of that ecosystem.

“More and more people are turning to franchising as a means to entrepreneurship where they are in business for themselves, not by themselves.  That could mean working for a franchisor to support franchisees or becoming a franchisee themselves,” said program donor, and founder and CEO of BrightStar Care, Shelly Sun (HCB, ’92). “When I founded BrightStar Care in 2002, and then began franchising in 2005, it gave me a deeper understanding of franchising and a path to the success that I wish for every entrepreneur. Through this new program we will teach students the fundamentals of franchising and provide them with knowledge that will support whatever career path they ultimately choose.”

BrightStar Care, a home health care franchise dedicated to providing both medical and non-medical assistance for families and individuals in need has grown to more than 365 locations represented by 200 small businesses and reached $639M in revenue in 2021. BrightStar Care is consistently named in Forbes’ Top Ten Franchises under a $150,000 initial investment.

The Franchise Certificate Program provides entrepreneurs with support and training on the many facets of franchising. Students considering a career with a franchisor or simply those that desire deeper franchise knowledge can benefit from the comprehensive curriculum which will include:

  • Education on the franchising industry
  • Best practices for operating a franchise business
  • Insight from franchise industry professionals
  • Networking with other students interested in franchising

“The first priority of The Franchise Business Program is to provide entrepreneurial options for potential future business owners,” said Lynn Youngs, executive director of the Anderson Center. “We are not only aiming to educate, but also to make a difference in the community by creating jobs, supporting the next generation of small business owners with a sound basis for entering the entrepreneurial marketplace, and providing innovative strategies for successful business practices.”

To help build the Franchise Certificate Program, Cordell Riley, a franchising expert with nearly 30 years of experience, aims to build the program out in the coming years to include minor and major offerings specifically in franchising.

“Over the next decade we will help to create entrepreneurs that will make a difference in our communities and leverage the ever-so-important entrepreneurial spirit we have as Americans,” said Riley, program faculty member.

An advisory board consisting of franchisors, franchisees, franchise vendors, and other entrepreneurial representatives including Shelly Sun, Lynn Youngs, Tamra Kennedy, Tom Wood, Sherri Fishman and Cordell Riley will advise on the development of program content to ensure the franchise industry and the program work collaboratively to deliver the most knowledgeable future entrepreneurs in the country.

For more information about the Franchise Certificate Program, please visit

About The Haslam College of Business

The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, founded in 1914, consists of approximately 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Its seven departments, eight centers and institutes, four forums and graduate and executive education programs reach across the for profit, not-for-profit and governmental sectors of business, with a heavy emphasis on practical research. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was founded in 1794 and was designated Tennessee’s land-grant institution in 1879. For more information on the Haslam College of Business please visit To find out more about UT, visit