July 20, 2010 // Franchising.com // NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Allegra Network, the 550-unit worldwide marketing, print and graphic communications franchisor of the brands Allegra, American Speedy Printing Center, Insty-Prints and Signs Now, has ranked in the top third of the 2010 AllBusiness "AllStar Franchise" rankings, a comprehensive listing of the nation's top 300 franchise companies.
Dun & Bradstreet's 2010 AllBusiness "AllStar Franchise" rankings assessed the strengths of franchising companies based upon criteria such as Web visibility and the latest financial strength scores from Dun & Bradstreet. The company's team of editors researched, compiled, and analyzed more than 800 franchise systems to compile the AllBusiness AllStar Franchises list, which draws upon the in-depth financial analysis of its parent company, Dun and Bradstreet.
"This ranking further validates our economic strength and stability as a franchise system," said Carl Gerhardt, CEO of Allegra Network. "Allegra Network is performing well, even in an uneven economy, because business owners recognize the need to continue their marketing efforts during a downturn and recovery. And, it's more critical than ever to work with trusted sources for printing and graphic communication needs. Being named to a list as prestigious as the AllBusiness "AllStar Franchise" rankings speaks volumes to our company's accomplishments and viability as an attractive franchise for today's entrepreneur."
For the past two decades, Allegra Network has successfully helped more than 200 independent printers sell their business through its Matchmaker Program™. The Matchmaker Program™ matches entrepreneurs seeking to invest in an Allegra Network location with independent commercial printers seeking to sell their existing business. Once a match is made, Allegra works with both parties to complete the sale and helps its franchise members upgrade and convert the location into a branded Allegra center.
As a strategic partner, Allegra Network enables company leadership and hard working employees to focus on their top priority—building and maintaining a successful organization. To stay competitive in this economy and remain a preferred choice for the business community, Allegra Network is evolving their commercial printing brands into full service centers, offering both marketing communication services along with commercial printing. As a marketing service provider, print shop owners will not only be helping local business owners with their printing needs, but also helping them sell their services with strategic marketing campaigns.
Allegra Network LLC is one of world's largest print and graphic communications franchises linking nearly 550 locations across North America. The company ranks in the top 150 among all franchise companies in the world and is considered a leader in franchise training, technology implementation and system profitability. Allegra Network was founded in 1976 and today supports three primary brands under its print division – Allegra, American Speedy Printing and Insty-Prints and the Signs Now brand under its sign division. 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.