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If you want to cut to the chase of entrepreneurship, you can start by recognizing that no one recognizes you right now and that you have little support.  You are an unknown without your brand and free-agency does not come with guaranteed experts in your corner.  Naturally, great stories come from people who start with little and make it big, so one way to go is to start something entirely new; but to borrow gaming terminology, there’s a “cheat” and it is brand.

If your audience doesn’t know you, they have no reason to pay attention or fork over cash for what you’re selling, so brand is the hook-up to more immediate trust and gives you enormous power.  Also, if you are inclined to run your show your way, you will do yourself a favor by securing wise mentors.  Minuteman Press International is the kind of brand that gives power to its franchise owners in exchange for intelligent hassle in design, print and marketing on their parts.  Guess what?  It’s working all over the world.

As a great number of businesses constantly sweat out one of their biggest worries, being unknown, they rely on marketing agencies to try and stay ahead of the competition.  This is not a bad thing, by far, but it is an extra concern that franchise ownership helps put to rest.  Greater still is the support you stand to receive if you align yourself with a worthy franchisor.

Minuteman Press franchise owners share three crucial reasons why their brand is built For The Win:

  • The Brand is Recognizable: Frank Miceli, Minuteman Press in New Rochelle, New York: “Our brand is recognizable, not a “fly-by-night” place.  Most importantly, the help I get from Minuteman Press International is great.  If I have any issue, I can call my Regional Vice President, Jimmy Galasso, my Field Representative Kyle Barker, or I can call Executive VP Mike Jutt and anyone else I might need at the home office.  They all give me their time so I can go forward.”
  • The Brand Opens Doors: Garry Conley, Minuteman Press in London, Kentucky:  “Right now, I have 20 promotional products that I am producing right now for my clients.   The options my clients have result from one of our franchise system-wide conventions 12 years ago when we went to Las Vegas with fellow franchise owners and ASI was there.   They made it worth our while to join them and gave us many options in promotional product offerings.  Today it represents about 20% of everything we do as we build business together with our customers.”
  • The Brand includes Support: Jason Jacobus, Minuteman Press in Flemington, New Jersey: “I tell everyone that I know that wants to own their own business the support from Minuteman Press International is fantastic.   I have a lot of friends who own franchises and they aren’t as fortunate.  Our franchisor basically tells us to do what we want to grow our businesses – just don’t mess with the logo. We have that freedom, but also get our monthly calls from corporate checking in and still, I do not feel I work for someone but my friends owning other franchises do not have the same good feelings.  They tell me that they do not feel like the boss, that they feel their franchisor is the boss. That is not true for me!  But, they are just always there when I need them, from IT guys like (Chris) Multari and Bruce Lenting to all departments.”

Minuteman Press franchise owners have their brand and the freedom to say, “We Are The Modern Printing Industry”.  Jason adds, “One thing that impresses me the most is how corporate stays on top of technology.  I’d say the last four years and the way the company is guiding us on new stuff for the future so we can grow is excellent.   A few years ago, for instance, it was not a thought in my mind to make t-shirts to promote our customers’ businesses.  After all, I bought a printing company not apparel, but as we got settled, the deals our franchisor made with select vendors added more for us to offer.  Today, promotional products and apparel prove that Minuteman Press International is always giving us avenues to make more money.  I know they could sit back and do nothing more, but they don’t; they keep helping us expand

It’s clear that the good news for you (if you wish to win in business) is that your need for attention and support doesn’t have to cost you millions of dollars or tedious work trying to make a name by yourself.  You can get the best by investigating those with experience and a brand that is there for them and known seemingly everywhere.  Still, you have to honor brand in order to win and you have to “work it” to make it to the upper echelon.

Frank Miceli in New Rochelle, NY concludes, “We can market how we like, while keeping the brand guidelines, all with feedback for what has worked for other franchisees.  ALL of what I heard turned out to be TRUE.  The first two years were really tough, but you have to stick with the plan in the beginning, then migrate to your market strength.  You take the experience you have and add it to the strength of the brand. For us, we are a service company first.  We don’t just sell postcards, banners and more; we provide personal service and the end product of that service may be a banner or a postcard, etc. We have been around doing this work since 2003 due to customer care and our brand, Minuteman Press.”

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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Since reading the entire Franchise Disclosure Document is a daunting task for even the most intelligent professionals ready to cash out of the daily grind to buy a printing franchise, part of your due diligence is to isolate the difference between your expectations and the ones of your potential franchisor.

Frank discussions about the roles each party will play are critical if you wish to maximize your investment and make a better life.  Above all, your personal responsibility to your future should never be forfeited.  By all means, find and sign an agreement with the best, most favored franchisor in the industry, but do so realizing the brand is shared, but the business is yours…and this is good news.

During the due diligence phase, ask your franchisor who is responsible to make the phone ring and the lobby fill with eager customers.  If your expectations are clear from the beginning, it can only stand to improve the performance of your venture in an industry that continues to evolve thanks to digital printing and expanding marketing services.

Kevin Wittal is Regional Vice President covering Ontario for Minuteman Press International. He shares, “The printing industry has evolved a great deal since I started in 1988. Back then, computer technology wasn’t a part of our business, virtually everything we produced in our franchises was done on offset presses and the products we offered were really limited to what was produced on the press and that served our clients well. Today, so much of that has changed. For the most part, the presses are gone, the run lengths have shortened, the requirement for colour has dramatically increased and we have shortened turnaround times to accommodate where we are at in a print-on-demand world.”

If you have sorted through the countless franchise opportunities and through the many industries that host them and found your way to printing today, you have eliminated work on the weekends and in the evenings.  The B2B industry has its perks but not without putting in the work. With that said, you can also have the benefit of ongoing corporate and local franchise training and support if you are selective.  Any venture that is bound to be elite will have times of struggle and the hard work you will dedicate to it is best justified by owning the entire process while accepting the support of your franchisor.

Once you’ve had your honest discussion about accountability and are certain about the burden of responsibility upon the franchisor and yourself, when the normal course of business generates some pressure, you will remember who is responsible and in most cases, that is you.

Still, you are not on an island if you sign a franchise agreement because the heart of what you have is mutual responsibility to one another, the brand and each party to their own defined share of the arrangement.  Expectations are more easily met when they are clearly defined and blame has no place in the relationship at that point, but dialogue should be uninterrupted.

Neal Sugarman, owner of International Minute Press in Cary, North Carolina, defines partnerships on terms that prove mutually beneficial, an attitude that may have started with the agreement he signed, but continues to benefit his his client base.  He says, “Partnerships are a big part of my marketing efforts. I have formed partnerships with other marketing firms such as direct mail houses, web and social media companies, sign companies and promotional products companies. I have also formed partnerships with ad agencies as we are natural referral partners for each other. Lastly, I have joined several networking groups and have built partnerships with a variety of small business owners to create significant referral business for each other.”

Neal Sugarman

While there are many examples of owners handling the development of business in a proactive way while respecting the Minuteman Press brand, not all new franchisees make the same choices.  Franchisors find that new or even potential owners remark, “I might be able do this myself” or there are silent partners to the operator don’t remain silent when perhaps they should and say such things as, “We’ll use only the parts of the system we want.”

Jack Panzer, Minuteman Press Regional Vice President for the Colorado/Arizona region, can attest to the rewards of weighing the pros and cons of independent vs. franchise ownership and going with the latter.  Negotiations on your behalf make a strong franchise family a superior choice. He says, “A prime example of negotiations done well is apparent in the many arrangements Minuteman Press International has made to the great benefit of all of our many franchise owners.  These suppliers want to be associated with our advancing success and that is a major advantage to the thousands of entrepreneurs building their businesses under our brand.  Our relationships with suppliers only grow stronger with each successful agreement and we will continue to use our great experience, knowledge and expertise at the negotiation table to help ensure that we remain number-one in the industry.”

If you feel uncertain or unclear about the value of franchise ownership before buying, you are likely to be distrusting and have difficulty communicating in productive ways with your franchisor during the entire relationship. This is why you need to know the proven system has defined expectations and your role in it is critical. You serve your investment best by understanding this before singing a single thing.

Minuteman Press franchise owners continue to enjoy the benefits of an industry that is limitless. Their franchisor is always looking out for the best interests of franchisees and their clients in the name of this universally respected brand with its familiar green and orange colors.

As Jack Panzer concludes, “The printing industry has changed so much in the almost half century since Minuteman Press has been franchising.   Gone are the days of manually stripping up files and relying solely on offset printing for one-color and two-color work, making life a lot easier for everyone.  The ever-changing world of technology has brought digital to the forefront in many industries and printing is no exception.  Our store owners are able to produce a wider variety of products with more speed and with higher quality. They experience shorter turn-around times, lower labor costs and more attractive bottom lines than ever before.  A lot of the finishing capabilities have also been integrated into the digital presses that we utilize, further enhancing our capabilities while continuing to reduce labor costs, which translates to stronger results for our owners and their clients.”

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Minuteman Press in Burnsville, Minnesota has been honored with the 2018 Best of Burnsville Award in the Print Shop category by the Burnsville Award Program.

Each year, the Burnsville Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Burnsville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Burnsville Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners were determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Burnsville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Minuteman Press Franchise Receives 2018 Best of Burnsville, Minnesota Printing Business Award

About Burnsville Award Program

The Burnsville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Burnsville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Burnsville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

For more information on Minuteman Press in Bursnville, visit www.burnsville-mn.minutemanpress.com

About Minuteman Press

Serving the business community for over 40 years, Minuteman Press’ customer service driven business model provides essential digital print, design, marketing, and branding solutions to today’s business professionals.  We Are The Modern Printing Industry offering high quality products for businesses including everyday printing essentials and marketing services that go way beyond ink on paper. Today, we can produce anything you can put a name, image or logo on including promotional products, custom branded apparel, direct mail advertising, large format printing (banners and posters), signs, and much more. Our slogan – We Design, Print & Promote… YOU! – indicates the wide variety of products and services we offer that helps other businesses grow.

 For more information about our products and services or to find your local Minuteman Press and get a free consultation, visit www.minutemanpress.com

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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James Frost (left) and the team of the Minuteman Press franchise, Redondo Beach, California.

James Frost owns Minuteman Press in Redondo Beach, California. James shares his unique insights on owning a business and joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family…

Though his early career was built in the travel  industry with a large European Tour Operating Group and he was instrumental in its successful expansion, James Frost always wanted to be his own boss one day. That day came on June 1st, 2018 when he bought an existing Minuteman Press franchise in Redondo Beach, CA, but not without first experiencing doubt.  “I knew I wanted to run my own business, but when I started looking I was skeptical of my fit in a franchise business. I didn’t have a lot of experience,” he explains.  “I had a perception of franchises being ‘prescriptive’ and ‘directive’ in terms of how I would run things and I was concerned it would be overpowering for me and was skeptical as to whether it was the right model for me.”  James did not see the real need for a franchisor at first, but as he dove deeper into discovery, he came to understand the value of his brand.

“I learned that Minuteman Press International provides just the right balance between franchisor and franchisee.  When I met with Dan Byers, Regional Vice President, it was for an existing location that was profitable.  Every time we got together and discussed possibilities, I saw greater value in the Minuteman Press franchise system.”  Though a relatively new entrepreneur, he has knowledge enough to share. “Now that I’ve been in business for a while, I have to say that they let me run my business and make my own decisions, but they are there when I need them.”

He had a career that lent him a view of the business world on a larger scale than many people have the chance to see. Starting in the UK in the early 2000s, taking both the European expansion and a temporary assignment in the United States in 2007 before working in Moscow for a year and a half, he gained respect.  “In 2010, I came to Los Angeles on a long-term basis and now it is home.”

Though he continued working for the same company until the end of 2017, he got to THAT point professional people get to when they realize they have loftier ambitions.  “I had a great career with amazing experiences but I needed something different.  I needed to be the master of my own destiny and I was always interested in owning my own business.”  It was then that he poured through the data on business models with determination to find the best fit.  He had a realization, “I discovered what interested me it was in the printing and marketing sector.  After all, I have been a buyer of marketing and print and I thought it was interesting how the supply side of the business worked.”  He connected with Minuteman Press Regional Vice President, Dan Byers, who took him on tours of active Minuteman Press centers.  This helped solidify James’ instinct that he found his franchise family. “I looked at a few franchises for sale and finalized on Minuteman Press in Redondo Beach in June of 2018.”

He retained two employees when he took command and added a third to find the right balance for his intended work climate.  “All of them have spent the majority of their working lives in this industry.  I have a very experienced team. I am impressed by the way they have helped me during this transition and also with their ideas and new approaches.  I am happy to listen and implement the ones that will work to our advantage.”

“My approach to customer service at Minuteman Press in Redondo Beach is to do the best job possible each time and the aim is to continue to be better than my competitors.”  – James Frost, owner, Minuteman Press franchise, Redondo Beach, CA

“When people come to us for help, we are not anonymous. We have a range of clients, regular accounts and occasional customers.  This is a business of relationships so I am getting to know them pretty well because I know if we can nurture those relationships, the more chance I have to protect them and keep them for the long term.  It is also how we differentiate,” he adds.

It is gratifying to move from the world of employee to the one of employer.  James cites two reasons, “Making myself a successful business owner within four months as well as seeing customers’ delight with our finished product are motivators and it’s a rewarding feeling.”  The brand itself has been a help, as he explains, “We have clients from different areas in the United States, people coming to L.A. for events that needed our services and were familiar with Minuteman Press in their local markets.  That has helped us land several jobs.”

James has great reason to be excited about his future in Los Angeles, his home; and yet, he remains surprised at the positive course his career is taking.  “I had no idea I would be living in CA on a permanent basis and in a completely different industry.  Nor did I realize I would be a business owner, too.  So far, I am not looking back and I am very happy with my decision to buy a Minuteman Press.”

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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Doing the right thing by customers even if it means extending yourself isn’t required by banks when you take a business loan.  In a free-market society, whether or not anyone is watching, you can do the right thing…or not.  It’s possible to do JUST what is required of a project, submit it and expect payment, but while wealth can come and go, your reputation is forever.  You should care about it at least as far as you hope to prosper, but further if you hope to be personally fulfilled and respected.

3 Minuteman Press franchise owners share how their principles matter in the printing industry.

Cheryl Armstrong, Minuteman Press Colorado Springs, Colorado:  “Every transaction is personal and relationships are crucial in any business but the difference is that we know this and act on it.  I need money to run my business, but money is not my motivator.  It is not as fulfilling for me because I want people to like my business and come back here.  I do not take advantage financially when others might.  I sit and chat with my clients and they feel connected, then they are assured we are going to give them a good product.”

Tim Siercks, Minuteman Press in Princeton and Cambridge, Minnesota:  “Last Christmas, we were asked to complete a job that comes in 3 times a year and it’s a big run of 300,000 sheets that we make into a periodical, The Lutheran Digest.  We only had a short window to finish them and ship them to individual churches.  Due to the fact that it was Christmas time and our clients needed us, we chose to sleep in the shop sometimes, working around the clock while including our kids in the project, too.  We kept our production running, finished it in time and also delivered the requested quantities where they were needed!”

Bill Chapman – Minuteman Press Brampton, Ontario, Canada:  “We offer great products, but it is through our service that people come and stay with us for a long time.  We are not going to print just anything that is ordered.  We care about every project and will tell you why you may want to consider changing things, particularly those who may think they are designers and aren’t.  We have a strong, professional team and we want you to succeed as much as you do.  It is absolutely not just about the money.”

Constructing a reputation worthy of loyalty takes time, but only takes an instant to lose, so guarding the principles shared by the most successful Minuteman Press franchise owners is a daily practice.

It is made easier by generations of good people gone before them and it tends to attract like-minded entrepreneurs. Those entrepreneurs are their motivated clients and by the thousands, they send referrals back to the marketing services providers they have come to trust.

Scott and Kitty Kurz, who own Minuteman Press in Hanover, Pennsylvania, are examples of well-respected professionals with clients that have submitted their trust…with good reason. One of them, Penn-Air, a hydraulic and pneumatics company, made first contact when Scott and Kitty participated in the same sales training program.

“The CEO/owner of Penn-Air mentioned that he was surprised that over all the years that he has been participating in this sales program, no one had ever approached him to potentially do business together”, explains Kitty.  “When I got back to our office, the first thing I did was pick up the phone and set up an appointment.  Initially, we did some small print jobs and a few promotional sales for them.  I continually stayed in touch building a relationship.  They recently went through a rebranding and we were the ones they thought of for all the print that is involved with rebranding.”

Lisa Kellison of Penn-Air is grateful to have a marketing services provider that is clearly an ally in all situations and a source of abundant and timely solutions for all of her company’s needs. She says, “There are many reasons why I like dealing with Scott and Kitty Kurz of Minuteman Press.  First and foremost is their helpful attitude and approach, sometimes reading my mind!  There are times when I need something soon, well, ok…I ALWAYS need something soon!  They go over and above to WOW us, and as a customer, I can’t thank them enough.”

The quick-paced world in which we live doesn’t discuss principles nearly enough, it seems.  Too many in the business world are cutting to the finish by cutting off their neighbors for profit.  At a time when empty promises and bare-minimum completions are justified by quotas and profit-margins, Minuteman Press remains the caretakers of principles that keep customer service as it should be, personal and never disrupted.  If you are a business owner, make sure you can say the same about your own contribution to the discussion and be ready for the increased chance of lasting “love” in the form of referrals and loyalty.

Find your trusted Minuteman Press business service provider at www.minutemanpress.com

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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“A stranger will judge you based on your business card and I was told that ‘you don’t need business cards anymore’. YES, you do!” said Elizabeth Casas, owner of Minuteman Press in Carson, California. 

Elizabeth’s encounter illustrates a naïve belief that makes the rounds in blog posts and water-cooler chatter.  The idea that you don’t need business cards anymore is like saying you don’t need to smile or make eye contact because texting and digital contacts can effectively fill traditional networking norms.  This is a mistake and it’s costly.  Far better it is to have your name, your logo and your number imprinted with a designer’s touch onto something literally “handy” and the business card is a marketing staple that tops the list.

Elizabeth continues, “I explain to people that it is very important not only to have those cards, but to have especially nice ones.  I had a discussion with someone who argued that with all the data we have access to today we do not need business cards. He told me all we should do is scan each other’s information onto smartphones and that is enough.  WRONG!  Most people are not going to remember you, go to their phones and look for you when they need whatever it is you provide at exactly the time they need it.  One guy, a lawyer, said that a major client of his is only his because they were handed his business card and it made the right impression.  When they needed a lawyer, there was his card, in their pockets.”

“Putting a business card into a prospect’s hands is still the easiest and fastest way to convey your brand.  Plus, a business card doesn’t need batteries.”  – Bob Heimbuch, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President, Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia and Pittsburgh

While people will always do internet searches for products and services, there are some people who are not going to bother to look for your digital contact information readily as they will if you hand them a really cool business card.

If you combine printed creativity to your professional presence, it is simply going to add to your accessibility and likability.  It also makes you look invested in your message and present you as more motivated and trustworthy.  Studies abound about the efficacy of business card use and how it endures even in the modern digital era.

For arguments sake, however, let’s acknowledge that smartphones are so preferred that some people may meet you, smile, take your business card and then, GASP, throw it out.  Studies show that STILL doesn’t mean you should not get them designed and printed.

According to a study published by Credit Donkey, not everyone saves the physical business card, but that does not seem to affect the purpose, to make your mark as a professional in their minds.  Before the 88% of recipients throw them out, most scan them into an app like Evernote and then add notes and some even follow up on LinkedIn.

Though 77% of Americans have a smartphone (which is 42% more than 5 years ago), the business card is still in high demand.  It demonstrates a higher level of professionalism, even if it is discarded or ultimately scanned into a device.  It is clear that it is the ritual of exchange that matters.  The act of handing them out has not lost one ounce of strength in marketing and it could be argued that rampant digital fatigue in society today has bolstered its power.  People are relieved when you give them something you took the time to have designed and printed.

The amount of digital content we are all creating (novices and experts alike) is increasing exponentially and that does mean a bit less is being printed in a classic way.

With the increase of digital fatigue comes a unique contemporary space for print and it provides you with a way to take advantage of the singular introduction tool known to building relationships: the business card.

The business card tells your story in fractions of a second, is inexpensive, and with every one you hand out, the data continues to show how your possible ROI surpasses any expense.

Pat Lord, owner of Minuteman Press in Wilmington, Delaware, recalls a large client that was wise to the fact that printed marketing is necessary and one of the starting points is a fine business card.  Today, they do a wide range of design and print for Acosta Food Services as their marketing services providers; but the partnership began with a small job when Joel Robbins came in five years ago and asked for a $400 brochure job.   Shortly thereafter, realizing their value, he came back for business cards.

Tom knew why and explains, “Basically, he was testing our quality and turnaround time before asking for more from us.  What started with those smaller jobs, namely, the classic business card, led to the enormous number of projects we do for Acosta today.  We have the customer service of a small printer, but we do so much more. We can do the work of a big company, but that work began with brochures and business cards.”

So if you think you don’t need business cards, you’re wrong!  If you are serious about developing a career and networking as a stand-out in your industry, you need to get them printed.  Find yourself a marketing services provider to listen to your story and then, treat yourself t design and print that will be your signature mark.  Distribute widely and buckle up for growth!

Up your business card game! Contact your local Minuteman Press franchise to get started today.

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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Amy Steinman (left) and her husband Joel are the owners of an impressive four Minuteman Press franchises in Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester and Vernon, CT.

When you are a long-term client of a Minuteman Press franchise owner, you may have been so for immediate marketing essentials from traditional print to digital branding representation and that is a wise decision.  Yet, what you may not realize is the partnership you enter with your local Minuteman Press frequently has lasting and far-reaching returns that will make your life easier and help you expand your message.  In an uncommon sense of community, franchisees sharing the Minuteman Press brand frequently develop friendships and often, are at great ease working together to help one another’s clients.

Perhaps it is due to the many gathering opportunities their franchisor affords for comradery and education on the latest in technology and strategy, or perhaps it is because the sort of entrepreneur that buys a printing business through this brand does so because they are invested in more than just profit.  There is a long history of Minuteman Press franchise owners going out of their way to help their clients and their communities flourish.  In one particular case, all it took was a phone call overseas from a  veteran, multi-unit leader, Amy Steinman, owner of three Minuteman Press franchises in Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester and Vernon, Connecticut and a client of hers was saved some time and money pains.

“Minuteman Press International hosts events with the express purpose of connecting our worldwide community of franchise owners.  It is why we have The President’s Circle event annually, system-wide conventions and regular regional meetings.” – Ron Rubin, Regional Vice President

“One of our long-term clients, Michelle Nemeth, of Mastercam, a loyal customer, needed business cards produced for one of their employees, but the catch was that she needed them shipped to the United Kingdom.  She didn’t ask questions about shipping or customs charges, but she knew they would be there.  I realized I could make her life easy by calling my friend, David Ghent, owner of Minuteman Press in Bath, UK. I’ve known him for many years through the corporation’s President’s Circle meetings and he was able to print and ship the cards to our client from his shop.”

Michelle Nemeth, Marketing Coordinator for CMC Software, Inc. did not expect special favor, just the accurate and timely production of the business cards she needed for a new employee in the UK.  She says, “Recently we had to order business cards for a new hire who lived in Europe. I ordered them through Amy, thinking they would have to ship them overseas and wondered how long that would take or cost. To my surprise, Amy informed me that she would be working with their partner Minuteman Press in Europe and could save us both time and money  by printing them at the local Minuteman Press in Bath, UK, which was close to where my cards needed to go! I was thrilled and had no idea they had a local branch in Europe! Minuteman Press saved me both time and money – and pulled off the order incredibly fast!”

The synergy between the marketing services providers in the United States and United Kingdom resulted in a nice surprise for Amy’s client, Michelle.  “When we checked it out, the location wasn’t close enough for David’s team to deliver personally, but by shipping from his own Minuteman Press franchise, we were able to help our client avoid international shipping charges and customs paperwork.  She was absolutely thrilled and we had a lot of fun working it all out with Minuteman Press in Bath.”

“When Michelle replied with great appreciation, I was able to tell her that one of the benefits of working with a Minuteman Press franchise is strong international connections and potential for saving time and money,” she adds with pride.

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.

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Meet the Team of Minuteman Press, Cardiff, Wales - L-R: Martin Davies, Louise Williams, Carol Coombs, Jodie Rouch, and Glenn Ingle.

The Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Cardiff, Wales has moved to its new location at Fulmar House, Beignon Close, Ocean Way, Cardiff CF24 5PB, United Kingdom. They have also added new equipment to benefit their customers such as the Vivid Matrix 370-P, which expands their foiling and laminating capabilities.

Louise Williams, manager, Minuteman Press Cardiff, says, “This machine has enabled us to laminate a high volume in-house which is far more efficient and saves costs which we then in turn can pass savings to our customers. What really sold the machine to us was that in conjunction with one of our Konica Minolta digital presses, we can then use the machine to foil which really is brilliant. We can add that extra bit of sparkle to a business card or invitation and our customers are loving it.” Check out a sample photo below:

Minuteman Press Cardiff - Foil Business Cards

Along with this exciting move and the equipment upgrades, the team at Minuteman Press in Cardiff has continued to support their local community through various charity events. Here is a rundown of all of the great work they have been doing:

  • Fair Trade Wales – helping celebrate and raise awareness of using Fair Trade during Fair Trade Fortnight, as well as printing and die-cutting the material.
  • Heroine Day for Newlink Wales – raise awareness about preventing substance abuse.
  • GO GREEN DAY – created a GO GREEN selfie frame and sold our award winning colouring book to raise money towards the environment and rainforests.
Minuteman Press Cardiff - GO GREEN DAY
  • Elf Day – Dressed up as Elves to help raise money as well as support and awareness for people with dementia in association with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Minuteman Press Cardiff - Louise Williams wearing her finished hat from the One Knit Wonder contest.
  • @Igerscardiff Calendar Photography Competition

Louise Williams says, “For COTC, we had a seed investment of £50 and had to use that to raise money. We raised £820 through:

  • Welsh Legends bilingual Colouring book drawn by local artists
  • Quiz night & raffle with prizes from sponsored local businesses
  • Sponsored dog walk up Pen y Fan

We were very proud to win the most creative award for our colouring book!

For our Clash of the Corporates Challenge, we decided to create a colouring book. We had a Twitter poll to see which theme would be most popular – superhero or Welsh legends. Welsh legends was the clear winner. We asked local illustrators if they could do a drawing for us and we had 8 take part. We then designed a colouring book which we had translated so that it was bilingual. Each illustration had a story on the facing page so people can even learn about Welsh legends!

We asked our customers and local businesses to take part and see if they can help us sell them, including Sunflower and I, Octavos Book Shop and Zia Boutique in Cardiff Bay to name a few. The WCIA even bought 20 to send out as Christmas gifts to their contacts. Our colouring book has been very popular and we even have a selfie frame to match it which we have shared on every social media platform we can!

Being the smallest company taking part in the COTC was a challenge as we do not have the manpower for a lot of the fundraising activities such as a bake sale. However, as a team, we pulled together, designed the colouring book, planned a raffle, and organized our first work event – a super pub quiz. We have expanded on our relationships with local businesses by asking them to sell our colouring books for us as well as email marketing to our client base. Carol learnt new skills by managing the bookkeeping side.

The biggest challenge was climbing Pen y Fan as a sponsored dog walk and we had involvement from other people as well, this was an achievement for the team personally as well as none of us had done it.

We collectively brainstormed throughout the challenge trying to think of new ways to add to our total. I personally am very proud of our team of 5 for managing to raise so much as well as carrying out our day to day responsibilities with some of the team on leave throughout the challenge!”

An inside look at the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Cardiff, Wales.

Check out Minuteman Press Cardiff in Print Monthly UK here and here. For more information on their products and services, visit their website: http://www.cardiff.minutemanpress.com

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Garry Conley usually wastes no time distributing goodness.  He sponsors quarterly blood drives, shares knowledge and expertise within the Rotary Club of London, and is a stalwart mentor for young leaders, too. His efforts directed into the local school district’s Work Ethic Seal Program has been in recent news and is rightfully praised and he is able to see possibilities for young people beyond his hometown, too.  That is how he runs his marketing services franchise, by finding and creating access to new prosperity pathways for all who come to trust him at Minuteman Press in London, KY.

Though he describes his “mid-life crisis” as “quitting my job, cashing in my 401K and buying a business”, his good-nature is such that the decision was one that continues to reward people who trust him at Minuteman Press in London, Kentucky.  In 2003, he knew nothing about printing, but since high school he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur and he graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College with that aim.  What he did not know was that the decades working for a major player in the diesel industry were priming his business intelligence.  He was destined for something that would allow him to make a good living while putting his generosity of spirit to good work within his community.

He was never one to shy away from what intimidates many, so when Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President, Gary Nowak, took him on several tours of active centers, he was intrigued with what was at the time a struggling franchise in London, KY.  He took the bounty from his retirement and bought a Minuteman Press center and made himself its new sheriff, a sorely needed switch.  “I have lived 15 miles from here for 30 years, so as our field representative went out to different places with me, I kept running into jewels of familiar people.  One of the first really large contracts we had was a friend I originally met in a Dale Carnegie course in 1986.  I met him again after I took ownership here and he was an executive for a company that became about 20% of our sales for many years.”

He was beloved from the beginning and to this day still provides everyone with ample reason, yet a lot of that goes beyond charity of spirit and into work ethics.  “When I was exploring franchise opportunities (and I looked at many industries), the Minuteman Press franchise owners I visited all said the same thing about doing well.  You really have to ‘Work your butt off’, but they also said, ‘The corporation doesn’t get in your way and as you go for it, they support you’.  The corporate office at my previous job wanted to tell us exactly how to run our local shop and I got tired of that, so I bought a print shop instead and now my clients are my only bosses. The change was not that significant. I still run a production operation and customer service is still job #1.”

With all his ingenuity and tireless effort, his investment sank into the soil of the venture and within 2 years, as he says, “We upgraded to the next level of quality with brand new equipment and then we needed more room to continue our growth. We moved 100 yards up the street and almost doubled our sales.  The new building was one we designed from the ground up to suit us.”  Things were moving up, but then as is a guaranteed occurrence, what goes up, does come down and this time, it was the economy via recession.  “I didn’t know the recession would tank the economy.  There were about 16 months of down turning business to the point that I would call customers only to get messages that the phones had been shut off. Businesses were closing and we were almost a million-dollar store at the time.”

He did what Garry Conley is known to do, maintained his faith and his drive to find answers to seemingly impossible problems.  “I had my life’s savings invested and didn’t intend to start over at age 52.  I worked so I could have a retirement and my wife, Amy, has been with me 24-7-365 since about 6 months after we opened. Our son, Matthew, left his job to join us when I became ill and stayed on when I recovered because he realized he was working on his own inheritance.” They persevered and as Garry says with satisfaction but reluctance to settle, “We are back to being close to the million-dollar club, but not there yet.”

Minuteman Press was been named “Best Commercial Printer” since 2005 by the local newspaper, The Sentinel Echo in London and Garry got to print the sign in his own honor, along with those of fellow “Best of” recipients.  “One of the best parts of the honor is printing my own sign to display in the front as well as everyone else’s,” he confirms.

Since 2015, Garry has assisted the London School District and the Chamber of Commerce in organizing community volunteers to provide the JA Career Success course to entire grade levels of students. 

The course provides instruction in the employability skills that students need to transition successfully into the workplace.  The community volunteer instructors provide personal anecdotes to enhance the lessons and Garry is among those giving their time to the local youth.  According to 35-year veteran educator, Monica Smith, “The information is vital to students whether they transition immediately to the workforce or finish additional education.  Monica has been the Director of Secondary Education for the Laurel County School System for the past 12 years.  She explains the JA Careers Success Course further: “This course is a component of a larger Work Ethic Seal Program that certifies that graduates have demonstrated skills that will make them a better employee.  Garry has helped recruit community volunteers, and he has taught extra courses to make sure all students get this information.  So far, over 1400 students have completed the course, with another 575 set to complete the course this year.”

His respect for Monica is clearly stated, “She is a fabulous person to work with and a strong link between the district and the Chamber of Commerce. She understands all sides of the equation and now we are pursuing this opportunity for students in other parts of the state.  Hopefully, more Chambers will see the value we are bringing to Laurel County because this works.  We are making a difference.”

He has served as a guest speaker to individual classes as well as on career panels providing up-to-date information to sophomores who are interested in communication, business or graphic design.  Monica continues, “He has never turned down a request to speak to students.  Best of all, he doesn’t limit his comments to the standard recitation of salary, training, and job duties.  Garry takes each presentation as an opportunity to inspire students to become the best possible version of themselves.  His passion and genuine concern have made him a favorite of both students and staff.

His involvement increased and was well received on practical and charitable levels.  “Around 5-6 years ago, Garry became involved with Junior Achievement and presenting JA courses to students.  He seized the opportunity to provide the JA Career Success course to students at our alternative school.  He inspired students who felt the world had given up on them to graduate and seek further education or employment.  Some of those same students still return to that school to encourage others to persevere.  You see, Garry also taught them to pay it forward,” Monica adds.

“Garry Conley personifies the description of a servant leader.  We are so grateful to have him in our community.” – Monica Smith, Director of Education

In the beginning, Garry bought a struggling Minuteman Press franchise to fulfill a lifelong intention to own a business and run it his own way. “I didn’t know a thing about printing back then. Minuteman Press International helps me.  Areas like SEO and SEM and top of the line graphics department at corporate produces all I need to decorate my lobby.  I don’t have to invent things because corporate invents them.”

His franchisor remains his ally so he can do what he does best, solve people’s problems with a mix of ingenuity and proven methods, all while infusing his community with generosity of spirit and knowledge.  He does it without the need for personal glory and he is in no rush to retire.  “I thought by 60 years old, I’d have this business ready to sell, but I didn’t know my son would come on board and he is giving his best working years to it. I love what I do but I also love to travel and to go hiking; so when I retire, I’ll remain a consultant for him (and he can write me a check).”

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Cheryl Armstrong is a strong woman and business owner. Her client Jon Eddy has stuck with Cheryl’s Minuteman Press franchise throughout his baseball career as well as his entrepreneurial endeavor, JEP.

When Cheryl Armstrong says she’s going to do something, there’s an immediate sense of calm that it will be done.  It’s not just because she has a history of keeping her word and being so dedicated to her job as a graphic designer that she commuted one-hundred and five miles away from her home each day, it’s a feeling.  Call it a hunch that you’re in the presence of a natural leader in her element, now that she left the workforce and bought Minuteman Press on the south side of Colorado Springs, CO.

Cheryl says, “I have owned my own business since June 18, 2018, but I have been in the printing industry for more than thirty-four years.  I am drawn to the creative side of things and while part of the reason I quit my job for entrepreneurship was the long commute, I was also ready to run things in my own way.  My way is more efficient (especially when combined with the Minuteman Press franchise system) and it lets me approach every situation with a smile, an attentive ear and the ability to turn questions and problems into finished projects and solutions for the people in our community.”

She was the only designer for a music association in Boulder and drove many miles to give them her talents, followed by 18 years as an employee for a water association headquartered in Denver, where she played a role that foreshadowed her digital print, design and franchise ownership today. “I was a print buyer and the graphic designer, then I returned to print buying for the company before becoming a production editor and I laid out periodicals and books for them.  We printed technical manuals and handbooks for the water industry as a national association for American Waterworks in Denver, which was founded around 1870.”

In every position she earned, trust. Great respect was fostered upon her because her ability to get the job done well was always clear as was her inventiveness.  “Whether it was computer design or walking into a house and noticing the countless ways presentations can be improved creatively, my mind is always working for new possibilities.  I did leave my job because I was tired of the commute, but also because my boss, while a wonderful person, was scattered and I simply did not like being late on projects.  It adds too much pressure and being late eats at me.  I knew it was not how I wished to continue my career.”

Cheryl also refused to flounder in monotony, sitting all day in front of a computer.  As much as she loved design, she began the hunt for new ways to earn a living as her own boss.  “I saw this opportunity come up to buy a printing business and I wondered what it would take to actually own a Minuteman Press.  Jack Panzer (Regional Vice President) contacted me when I messaged in response to an ad and we talked over a period of weeks, but my family didn’t support my decision to buy a business, so I backed out at the time.”

Fortunately, Jack was persistent because he spent enough time with her to present the possibility that she would be the perfect owner for an existing location that needed fresh, strong, organized leadership.  “I decided to go forward and listen to the people from Minuteman Press International who were positive and supported my decision to be my own boss and promised local support.  We had a really good beginning, but it was by no means easy.  There were a lot of jobs behind when I took over and a lot had been lost or never ordered. By a month in, it seems we are on top of everything and I have had so much support from my Field Representative, Todd Golberg that I am confident going forward.”

“The minute I met Cheryl, I knew that no matter what she chose to do, she would be successful at it. She is hard at work at Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs and as a result I anticipate great things for her and her clients in the future.”  – Jack Panzer, Minueman Press Regional Vice President, Colorado

Buying an existing franchise can be a fantastic chance to get a jump on a new venture, but it takes the kind of business intelligence and bravery that Cheryl has to take that initial leap.  “If it were not for our local support from Minuteman Press with Todd coming in every day as we reorganized the center from top to bottom, we would not have been able to make it.  My clients are enthusiastic when we work with them now, happy with how we have transformed our service in a way that is at the heart of my belief, that each of them should be made happy by partnership with us, no matter what it is they need.  It was my aim to transform customer service for the better and bring in the positivity everyone deserves while getting things done on time.”

“We are following the Minuteman Press International way and running a cleaner, more efficient and more organized center.  I am establishing a culture here that fits what I have always found gratifying, making people happy.” – Cheryl Armstrong, Minuteman Press franchisee, Colorado Springs

Her staff is in full appreciation for their boss and Cheryl takes good care to make certain they know their voices are heard as they work together to create a strong reputation in the local area.  “Sean Vigil worked here prior to my ownership and I retained him because he knows all the equipment and all the current customers know and like him.  He always has a smile on his face, a good story and options for them, plus an extensive background in the products and services we provide.  Melissa Waples is our new customer service representative and handles all situations calmly, in an organized way and makes sure to follow through with her duties”

Cheryl admits it took her many years to craft management skills that are now prime for employees to feel at home, work hard and help her strengthen her business.  True to the spirit of the best Minuteman Press franchise owners, she shows the desire to be a mentor. “I like to help people, but in the past, my expectations of my staff were too high, leaving me frustrated many times. I don’t work that way anymore and I realize that we are all human, have families, and sometimes a job is just a job. I want my employees today to see their positions here as a career path.     I really enjoy our new team.”

She is not a new player in the print arena and she applies years of skills developed from her career in printing to her marketing services center today.  “My first experience with the printing industry was in college, in Denver, back in 1984.  I had a job collating paper and my Japanese boss taught us her own tradition’s method for working quickly, efficiently and accurately.  Simply, I learned the faster way of doing things from my time with her.  From there, I moved into proofreading as I was noticing a lot of typos all the time, so the typesetting department wanted me.  In time, they taught me how to set up business cards, forms and I worked my way up to supervising in a printing company not far from campus.”

Cheryl feels happy herself when she produces final products and they are received with relief, delight and appreciation.  “When the customer is clearly happy with the final product, it is a personal victory. I have always been a people-pleaser, so if they are happy, I am happy, too.  This has been true since I was a kid, but now I am older, wiser and in the business of making people happy for reasons that contribute to growth.”  While it has been said business and personal lives should be separate, it seems she blends them with a winning effect, adding, “Being a business owner is very personal.  While this is all new to me, I have the perspective that business is what you make it and I make it personal.”

JEP is a marketing firm, event Management Company and a production company all rolled into one.  They are building business together with Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs.

JEP works on “creative and fun ways to make business exciting for both the consumer and the local businesses”.  Cheryl and her staff make certain plenty of options are at their service, beginning with flyers and the perfect promotional items for each event.  Cheryl recalls a time when her staff came through with a save at the last moment, “Jon was on his way from one venue to another and, en route, he called our shop because he forgot tent cards for the second event. He was in his car and sent the art from his phone and by the time Jon arrived here, 500 tent cards were printed, and scored, and cut to size.”

On a personal note, she adds, “Jon is as tall! And, he is professional and friendly. His work is usually rush jobs and he doesn’t mind waiting if isn’t finished when he arrives to pick it up. I do enjoy talking to him about his different venues he is working on.”

Jon Eddy already knew that Minuteman Press was to be trusted when he needed to promote his business, even before he owned his own production company.  When he was playing baseball for The Colorado Sky Sox, he recalls how the team scored the best design and printing.  “We used Minuteman Press and they were always reliable and they did an excellent job.  I remember useful things were printed for our team like pocket schedules and entry forms.  We were able to order items to help our fans have a better time and want to come back to our games.  We never had to worry because the job always got done.”

After he moved on into his own entrepreneurial adventure, Jon Eddy Productions, there was no need to worry about marketing services. He simply called upon Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs.  “We produce concerts and live music with top notch bands and we need to let people know about it so we call Cheryl and her staff to produce sharp-looking posters and everything we need to connect our fans to the events we offer.  I loved Minuteman Press before, when I was playing for the Sky Sox, but Cheryl Armstrong, in particular, is great.  She and her team get everything done professionally and her background of experience bodes well for her company.”

Minuteman Press International has been named a 2018 Top Franchise for Women by Franchise Business Review.

To learn more about joining the #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise family, call us at 1-800-645-3006 or fill out the contact form on this page.

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