April 01, 2010 // Franchising.com // Northville, Mich. — Allegra Network, the more than 500-unit worldwide graphic communications company and franchisor of the brands Allegra, American Speedy Printing Centers, Insty-Prints and Signs Now, has been honored by Corp! Magazine as a 2010 "Best of Michigan Business."
Businesses from throughout the state were nominated and selected in a variety of categories based on reader opinions. Headquartered in Northville, Michigan, Allegra Network was chosen as an honoree in the Small Business category. Other categories included banks and credit unions, law firms, family businesses, accounting, commercial and industrial real estate, technology, manufacturing, engineering and architectural construction.
Honorees were celebrated in the January/February 2010 print issue of Corp! magazine and online in the Feb. 18, 2010 digital magazine, in addition to a breakfast program at the MSU Management Education Center.
"This honor further validates our stability as a franchise system," said Carl Gerhardt, president and CEO of Allegra Network. "With more than 30 Allegra and American Speedy Printing franchise locations in the metro Detroit area, we are proud to say our franchise members are performing well despite this tough economy. Being named to a list as prestigious as Corp! magazine's 'Best of Michigan Business' speaks volumes as to how our franchise members have evolved their businesses into full service marketing centers, offering traditional and digital printing in addition to graphic design, marketing consultation, and direct marketing solutions."
These value-added capabilities have also piqued the interest of business professionals seeking entrepreneurial opportunities. In fact, two of the Allegra Network's newest franchise members recently left the automotive industry after 30 years to pursue their dreams of business ownership.
Allegra Network LLC, is one of world's largest print, marketing and graphic communications franchises linking more than 550 locations in North America and the United Kingdom. The company ranks in the top 150 in sales among all franchise companies in the world by Franchise Times magazine. Allegra Network LLC is considered a leader in franchise training, technology implementation and system profitability.
Allegra Network was founded in 1976 and supports four primary brands—Allegra, American Speedy Printing and Insty-Prints and Signs Now. The company is privately owned by an investor group including Michael Marcantonio, former VP of Domino's Pizza, Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder and former CEO of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University and Allegra Network management.