October 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four chimney sweep business owners who built successful independent enterprises across the U.S. have pooled their knowledge and resources to create SirVent, a chimney and venting service franchise expanding in key areas of the country, focusing primarily on locations east of the Mississippi River.
“We have all the knowledge and skills we’ve developed from decades in the chimney sweep business,” said Cliff Slagle, CEO of SirVent. “When the four of us put our heads together, we realized we could create one heck of a franchise system.”
In addition to Slagle, three other co-founders help lead the business: Mark Stoner serves as director of marketing; Jake Loeffler serves as director of franchise development; and Jim Brewer serves as director of training. Each co-founder owns and operates longstanding multi-million dollar chimney and venting service companies, employing dozens of people across four parts of the country. Collectively, the owners serve Nashville, Tennessee, southeast Michigan, Norfolk, Virginia, and Burlington, Vermont.
“Because we’ve been through so much, we take a lot of the struggles, challenges and failures out of the mix for our franchise owners,” Slagle added. “Between the four of us, there’s little we haven’t seen in this industry.”
There are several thousand chimney sweep businesses nationwide – most of them east of the Mississippi River where a majority of homes that have chimneys are located. An overwhelming majority of chimney companies are one- or two-person operations. SirVent’s team is taking a slightly unconventional approach to chimney sweeping and aiming to reinvent the industry through its streamlined, yet comprehensive, and uniformly branded franchise offering.
SirVent is a full-service, one-stop-shop solution to meet the growing demand for fireplace, dryer vent, and chimney-related issues. With support from SirVent, franchise owners acquire the training and skills needed to advance in the industry. After an initial training period, franchise owners do chimney and dryer vent repairs, replacements, cleanings, inspections, and new installations while developing a customer base within a territory they own.
“Our franchisees will be provided ongoing support, training and extensive marketing services that will empower them to create local, independent SirVent businesses in their respective communities,” said Loeffler, the director of franchise development.
Initial franchise growth plans call for expansion in and around the four regions the co-founders are located – including Michigan and surrounding states in the Midwest, the Northeast, across the Mid-Atlantic, across the Upper South and into the Carolinas.
In fact, Kari and Chris Stacy launched SirVent Charlotte a year ago and have quickly developed their business as the brand’s inaugural franchisees.
“Not only has the SirVent franchise helped us with the technical side, but they have also set us up with vendors that we wouldn’t have been able to deal with starting out on our own,” Kari Stacy said. “We feel like the opportunity to succeed is greater with SirVent than with any other franchise business that we researched.”
The total investment necessary to begin operation of a start-up SirVent franchise is $97,882 to $180,482. This includes between $40,980 and $41,729 for a start-up franchise, or between $25,980 and $26,729 for a chimney sweep and venting company converting to a SirVent franchise. SirVent also offers a 20 percent discount off the initial franchise fee for military veterans.
SirVent is a full-service, one-stop-shop solution to meet the growing demand for fireplace, dryer vent, and chimney-related issues. SirVent is dedicated to providing their franchise owners with the training and skills they need to grow their local businesses. Franchise owners learn how to offer chimney and dryer vent repairs, replacements, cleanings, inspections, and new installations while developing a customer base within a territory that is theirs alone. The chimney and venting service industry is an area of business that is untapped and dynamic – for the right person, it’s a franchise opportunity that is a step ahead of others.
To inquire about franchise availabilities, visit sirventfranchising.com or call the franchise team at 1.844.SIR-VENT (1.844.747.8368).
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