August 19, 2009 // Franchising.com // (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – For the past six months, phrases like "economic meltdown," "negative growth," "layoffs," "recession," even "possible depression" have become so common they are no longer flinch-worthy. Speedpro Imaging paid no heed to this negative economic jargon, as the company has experienced record growth since the fall of 2008. Since January 2009 alone, Speedpro has sold 19 franchised imaging centers across the country, doubling its nationwide presence in just six months.
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"Speedpro's unparalleled growth is the result of a perfect storm of factors," said Blair Gran, CEO of Speedpro Imaging. "We have franchisees looking to invest in themselves and control their own destiny by owning a successful franchise. Plus, demand is sky-rocketing for the high-quality, cost-effective and unique large format digital image marketing products Speedpro offers like vehicle and building wraps."
Speedpro creates high-resolution building and vehicle wraps – presently a popular solution for marketers looking to strengthen brands and advertise effectively on a budget – as well as a host of other high quality imaging products such as eye-catching retail floor graphics, huge photographic murals, innovative retail displays and tradeshow booths.
The current popularity of Speedpro's vehicle and building wrap products and solid franchise business plan has clearly influenced those looking to become business owners.
"Corporate executives, in particular, contemplating retirement or a second career are looking at our Speedpro franchise as an opportunity to diversify investment, create a reliable revenue stream and take control of their lives," said Gran. Take for example Columbus, Ohio franchisee Bruce Silberman. The former CFO of a multi-national business wanted an escape from corporate life and an opportunity to get ahead on his own.
"I wanted a career where I was appreciated and felt like I was moving forward, generating success for myself," said Silberman. "The support of the Speedpro leadership and the growth in the Columbus area encouraged me to take the leap of faith and invest in myself."
Silberman converted his 401(k) to purchase the Speedpro Imaging center. And while some questioned his timing for starting a business, Silberman only saw opportunities. "Even in bad times there are opportunities," notes Silberman. "Now happens to be a great time to lease studio space, hire new employees and take advantage of the small business stimulus opportunities–and this concept is experiencing double digit growth." Speedpro has 49 locations nationwide including: Atlanta, Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Tampa. Franchising and master franchising opportunities are available nationwide.
About Speedpro: Speedpro is a "World-Classïƒ¢," franchisor with a national network of premium, large format imaging centers. All of Speedpro's imaging products are created using the very finest materials, substrates and inks available. Speedpro specializes in taking imagery to a new level, creating "Photo-realistic" prints at up to 1440 dpi means stunning clarity with incredible depth. With more than 23 years of experience in imaging industry, Speedpro knows how to take your image, concept or design straight outdoors for maximum exposure.