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Demand Remains Strong for FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand and Conversion Programs

Leading Global Sign, Graphics and Visual Communication Franchisor Exhibits at NBM Philadelphia to Share Continued Success Partnering with Independent Owners through Franchise Programs; New FASTSIGNS eBook Offers Advice for Prospective Owners and Insight on its Franchise Offerings

PHILADELPHIA – The FASTSIGNS® Co-Brand and Conversion programs continue to be top growth drivers for the global franchise, which has more than 590 sign, graphics and visual communications centers in nine countries.

In particular, demand from independent print and photofinishing operators across the United States is high; FASTSIGNS has signed 12 Co-Brand franchise agreements in the past eight months alone. The program allows independent business operators with print-related services to add the FASTSIGNS brand and full-suite of solutions, while retaining control of their existing business. Co-Brand franchisees consistently report that the program has added value for customers, promoting long-term growth opportunities for their businesses.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. executives and company representatives will be sharing these successes at the National Business Media (NBM) Show in Philadelphia August 28-30 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Booth No. 214).

Independent business owners can join FASTSIGNS through its Conversion and Co-Brand programs for as little as $10,000 down in addition to reduced royalties.

Co-Brand franchise partner Donna Booth—who owns Prestige Printing and FASTSIGNS of Columbus, Ind.—found that her new partnership with FASTSIGNS allowed her and her team to operate more effectively. She said, “I’m doing everything from marketing to taxes to production, but there are only so many hours in the day. FASTSIGNS really helps me with marketing, and I don’t have to do all the research from scratch when it comes to things like looking for new equipment. Plus, with FASTSIGNS’ support, I’m able to jump into areas I wouldn’t have, like channel letters, which have a lot of risk and hefty expenses. FASTSIGNS representatives will talk with my customers on the phone to make sure the order is right, and then they will consult with my team to make sure we’re on the same page.”

FASTSIGNS supports franchisees as soon as they sign their franchise agreement. Each franchisee joins a franchisee mentor program and gains personalized operational support; a dedicated business consultant; access to a 24-hour, web-based learning management system as well as training, technical, marketing and human resource tools, among other resources. The company also offers the leading brand name in the sign and graphics industry as well as the latest technology, cost savings through relationships with national vendors and suppliers, comprehensive marketing and visual communications solutions and the benefits that come from networking with FASTSIGNS centers nationwide.

FASTSIGNS will also be encouraging attendees to download the franchise’s new eBook available on Written by internationally recognized franchise speaker and author Dr. John Hayes, the eBook explores the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity and offers sound insight on what it’s like to operate a business-to-business enterprise, the pros and cons of franchising and questions to ask before investing in a franchise, among other topics of interest to prospective franchise owners.

“As we continue developing our Conversion and Co-Brand franchise programs, the NBM show is the perfect venue for us to seek feedback on our new eBook,” said FASTSIGNS International, Inc. EVP of Franchise Support & Development Mark Jameson, noting that the business-to-business trade show focuses on educating attendees on the latest in sign making, digital printing, apparel decorating, engraving, promotional products and more. “The eBook allows those interested in pursuing franchise ownership or partnering with a franchise to learn about FASTSIGNS and our franchise offerings at their leisure. We are a very open company and want to help prospective franchise owners gain a better understanding of the information they should seek from franchisors as they’re determining which franchise is the best investment.”