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BCW Update: Coffee, Korea, and Edgy

Korean consulting Don Southerton

Don Southerton, BCW Editor

I thought it was time for an update. Coffee seems to top my list. In fact next week I’ll be conducting a workshop at Kia Motors America as part of an ongoing Korean cross-cultural program. Coffee will be one of the topics, since chains like Starbucks are wildly successful franchises in Korea. There are about 318 Starbucks in Korea, with competitors like Angel-N-Us and Coffee Bean doing well also…

That said, Korean coffee shops tend to be very corporate, neat. clean, and rather sterile. Not that I mind clean, but at times I find an edgy coffee shop rather charming and authentic. Service seems to be about the same, except those working at an edgy cafe sport more tattoos, piercings, and perhaps more street credibility. In a few cases, an edgy cafe is more about the coffee than about the latest iced drink or reduced fat pumpkin walnut bread loaf. Nuff said!

Meanwhile, lots of projects pending. Look for upcoming updates on Mile High Karate International, Smashburger Korea and more exciting and forward-thinking opportunities.


Sharing the Mile High Karate Vision

By Don Southerton, Editor

Stephen Oliver Mile High Karate

Stephen Oliver Mile High Karate Founder and CEO

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with Mile High Karate founder and CEO Stephen Oliver in Denver. Over several days, Master Oliver shared his vision for the family-oriented martial arts centers.

In a city known for its quality of living along with strong family, fitness, and health consciousness, the Mile High Karate chain  developed in the early 1980s. Today, the franchise has locations nationally, with an international launch now underway.

For information on Mile High Karate franchise opportunities, click here


Edgy Coffee, Better Burgers, Artisan Gelato, Lux Brands, Martial Arts, and More


Don Southerton Korea and Global Consultant

Don Southerton, Editor

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Denver-based Mile High Karate Expands Franchise Internationally

Mile High Karate International


PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 10, 2010 – Founder and CEO of Denver- based Mile High Karate Stephen Oliver has announced that plans are underway to expand franchise operations worldwide. Oliver notes, “We are building a strong U.S and international brand. There is no better time for family-oriented martial arts centers.”

Currently with Mile High Karate locations in 12 states in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, development plans are to operate 250 locations by 2012. In the U.S., Mile High Karate is part of the $10.6 billion health and fitness facility industry. It is estimated that only 2% of the population have experienced martial arts, which leaves enormous opportunity for growth. Mile High Karate focuses primarily on the kids market – and, their parents. Demand has never been higher for developmental programs for kids 4 – 12 and, for health family activities.

To spearhead the launch, Mile High Karate’s International Franchise Division has partnered with Bridging Culture Worldwide (BCW), a global consulting firm. BCW CEO Don Southerton notes that Mile High Karate is currently looking for developers in the following regions: Europe, Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia-Pacific.

Southerton point out, “If a developer meets our criteria, which includes the financial resources to fund a multi-unit development plan, we’d love to talk further about Mile High Karate.”

Specific franchise requirements may vary from country to country. Mile High Karate does not grant franchise rights or explore joint venture agreements without meeting potential franchisees in person.

Visit MIle High Karate Franchise for more details.

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About Mile High Karate
Since its founding in 1983, Mile High Karate builds a strong foundation for kids and families to grow upon, by emphasizing character education and life skills through fundamentals of Martial Arts training. Mile High Karate strives to set new and demanding standards for innovative programming, compassionate and inspiring teaching, community outreach, and student development.

About Bridging Culture Worldwide
Since our founding, Bridging Culture Worldwide has focused on global and Korea-related business services. Based on over 30 years of experience, we share cross-cultural insights to global teams and management so they can be more effective. Our core services: Consulting, Training, and Research; Publications, Corporate Blogs, and Vodcasts; Franchise Development, Product Launch, IP, and Trademark.