July 09, 2013 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – FASTSIGNS®, the worldwide franchisor for the more than 540 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers, has been recognized by USA Today as one of the top 50 franchises for military veterans in the country.
The World Franchising Network asked more than 3,000 franchisors to complete questionnaires detailing the involvement of military veterans in their programs and the various discounts they are offered (including franchise fees, the terms of initial investment and on-going royalties). USA Today selected 50 companies from the list that had the best representation in their operations (including franchised units, company-owned units, and among the ranks of senior management) and individual programs created to attract veterans.
“At FASTSIGNS, we truly appreciate all the sacrifices that military veterans made for our country, and want to do everything we can to provide them with career opportunities,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS. “Through our veteran programs, we offer the most comprehensive support and financial resources available in our industry because we truly recognize the value that veterans bring to any business.”
FASTSIGNS is part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program that provides military veterans with special incentives and assistance to open a franchise. Additionally, all veterans that choose to become FASTSIGNS franchisees can take advantage of specific incentives including a 50 percent reduced franchise fee of $18,250, in addition to reduced royalties for the first twelve months. FASTSIGNS is the only franchise in its industry to offer a 50 percent discount to any veteran without stipulations.
Doug Graham is one example of a military veteran and franchisee that appreciates the support that FASTSIGNS offers. Graham served in the Air Force and plans to open his first FASTSIGNS center in August.
“After retiring from the Air Force, I began looking into franchising. Early on, I realized that FASTSIGNS fit perfectly into what my idea of a company should be. Much like the military in the support and family type atmosphere and attitudes, I found that the ‘we’re in this together’ feeling that is portrayed throughout the organization appealed to my sense of purpose. FASTSIGNS provides plenty of backup help and training and they have remained in contact with me throughout the entire start-up process.”
FASTSIGNS is the largest sign and graphics franchisor in North America and consistently receives top ratings for system growth and franchisee satisfaction, including: certification as a 2013 World-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute, inclusion on the Franchise Business Review’s 2013 “FBR50”, and inclusion in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® as the No. 1 franchisor in the sign and graphic category.
With more than 540 FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers in eight countries, the company provides marketing and visual communications solutions to businesses, organizations and events of all types and sizes. FASTSIGNS offers a variety of sign and graphics solutions – including banners, building signs, digital signage, yard signs, vehicle graphics, decals, trade show exhibits and displays, point-of-purchase signs, and posters – as well as mobile websites, promotional products, interior décor, branding, printing and other marketing services.
For more information about FASTSIGNS, contact Mark Jameson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-346-5679) or visit www.fastsigns.com.
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 540 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers in eight countries including the US (and Puerto Rico), Canada, England, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).
FASTSIGNS provides comprehensive visual communications solutions to help customers of all sizes – across all industries – meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility through the use of signs, graphics, printing, promotional products and related marketing services. FASTSIGNS was ranked number one for the third year in a row in the sign and graphic category in the 2013Entrepreneur Magazine annual Franchise 500®. For franchise information, contact Mark Jameson (email@example.com or 214-346-5679) or visit www.fastsigns.com.