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Contact: Alisa Harrison, 202-628-8000

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 7―BrightStar CEO and co-founder Shelly Sun, CFE, was honored today by the International Franchise Association as its Entrepreneur of the Year during its 50th annual convention, conducted in San Antonio.

As the leader of BrightStar, a health-care staffing company, Sun enables the firm to provide the full continuum of care, from homecare to supplemental staffing for corporate clients such as nursing homes and physicians.  At BrightStar’s inception, Sun, along with her husband and co-founder J.D., launched its franchising efforts in 2005, becoming the first and only franchising company in the United States to specialize in both medical and non-medical care and health-care staffing. In three years, the company has grown from one company-owned store to more than 160 locations nationwide.

Sun is a member of the IFA board of directors, and the Membership and FranPAC committees.  She was selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2006, was on the 50 fastest-growing, woman-owned companies listed in Entrepreneur magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2008 and 2009. Sun was also named the “franchise queen” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is currently building a successful business venture, demonstrates innovative management skills in a franchise that has been in operation at least three years and is active in the community.


About the International Franchise Association 
The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,200 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at

About BrightStar 
Based in Chicago, BrightStar is a full-service healthcare staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients. Our well-qualified, attentive caregivers provide peace of mind to clients and their families. We work to understand the needs of our clients and provide a customized care plan to match them with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver who is compatible with their needs. BrightStar is one of the few home healthcare providers that offer both medical and non-medical homecare, available to all clients 24/7.

For more information on BrightStar please visit To find out more about BrightStar Franchising, visit

Editor’s Note: To request a JPG of Shelly Sun, CFE, contact the IFA Media Relations Department at 202-628-8000.  CFE is a designation of the IFA Educational Foundation’s Institute of Certified Franchise Executives.  To learn more about CFE programs, visit