Women Thriving in Home-Based Businesses

Posted on: June 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Tools for Women Business Owners

Are you looking for a company that lets you work from home, or better yet, work from anywhere? As a Cruise Planners franchise owner, you can make anywhere your office and work remote whenever and wherever you want – just so long as you have internet access. Plus, Cruise Planners is consistently recognized as one of the best small businesses to start for women.

With Cruise Planners award-winning technology, you can work on any device without sacrificing efficiency or function. Best of all, all the tools you need as a business owner are right there in one place with CP Maxx, meaning you don’t need to purchase separate third-party systems for your business needs such as accounting or reporting,


Cruise Planners franchise owners come together at the Annual Cruise Planners Convention Cruise Planners franchise owners come together at the Annual Cruise Planners Convention


Women Entrepreneurs are Thriving

According to the women in business statistics presented by the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express, more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses generate $1.7 trillion dollars in sales. The world of women-owned businesses is diverse, with minority women owning 46% of the businesses and growing their number of firms by 467% between 1997 and 2017. The study doesn’t show how many women are passionate about the industry they are in, but based on the 2017 Franchise Business Review survey, 92% of Cruise Planners franchise owners say they enjoy operating their travel franchise.

Support for Women Business Owners

To find support and inspiration, women entrepreneurs need to look no further than Cruise Planners’ own female business co-owners, Michelle Fee CEO and Founder, and Vicky Garcia, COO. Michelle Fee started Cruise Planners as a work-from-home business in 1994, back when travel agencies still had storefronts and cell phones were still called car phones. Michelle has continued to lead Cruise Planners through a changing industry while still maintaining an active role in franchisee training and the everyday operation of the business alongside Vicky who joined the Cruise Planners team in 2004.



“People who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for travel make successful Cruise Planners franchisees,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “Our franchisees are set up for success from day one with our award-winning marketing initiatives, cutting-edge training and technology, and talented Home Office Team with a proven track record of excellence.”

At Cruise Planners, our executives are committed to being strong leaders and also to giving back, helping make Cruise Planners a top women-owned company. Here’s a look at their accomplishments over the past few years:

  • Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder
    • EY Entrepreneur of the Year® Hospitality and Leisure, Florida and National Finalist
    • Power Leader – South Florida Business Journal
    • Ultimate CEO – by South Florida Business Journal
    • Most Innovative Executive – Travvy Awards
    • Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Hall of Fame honoree
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in Fort Lauderdale
    • Godmother of AmaWaterways’ AmaSerena
  • Vicky Garcia, COO and Co-Owner
    • Top 25 Most Influential Women in South Florida – South Florida Business Journal
    • 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County – Boys and Girls Club of Broward County
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in Fort Lauderdale
    • Godmother from Viking Cruises’ Viking Magni

Reach out to us today and find out what makes owning a Cruise Planners franchise one of the best ideas for women and how you can thrive with this work-from-anywhere career!

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