Lyn & Charlie Church, Glenside, PA Owner since 2016
"Charlie left a long-term sales job that had him on the road covering 17 states. We wanted to spend more time together, so he looked for jobs closer to home. When he didn't find anything interesting, he suggested attending a franchise show in Philadelphia. That's where we saw Minuteman Press. We were familiar with the brand and we were impressed by the professionalism of the personnel we met. Lyn admits the Monday – Friday store hours appealed to her. We were ready to take on a new challenge, but we wanted a comfortable work/life balance. After visiting a few local stores and talking to their owners, we were impressed with the solid system Minuteman Press has in place to guide owners. We like that Minuteman Press International is still family owned and it seemed like there was a lot of support for owners on the local level."
Anne Myers, Myrtle Beach, SC, Owner since 2013
"We diligently researched franchise opportunities before deciding to buy an existing Minuteman Press franchise. We were coming from the insurance industry and we wanted something tangible to sell, as well as training and support that would be there for us. We couldn't be more thrilled with the training and support we have received from day one. Two plus years later, we get excellent support at the corporate and local levels. We see our local team once per month and talk to them more often than that on a variety of subjects including lease agreements, equipment we are considering, and more. We also use David Walton (Carolinas Regional Vice President) and team as resources for specialty jobs and also appreciate all of their sales advice. On top of all of that, they play a major role in training our new employees on software and anything else as needed."
Samantha & Brad Wagner, Crystal Lake, IL, Owner Since 2014
On being a second-generation Minuteman Press franchisee, Brad says, "I appreciate the freedom Minuteman Press International gives us to do what we want as business owners, while being there with so much support when we ask for it. I cannot imagine being an independent print shop. How do they get by without the support we have? As a franchised marketing services provider, I enjoy the variety of work we get to do and the fact that we are fully capable of helping our clients get back to focusing on the growth of their own businesses. We do it every day. I like to think that we take care of the ordinary so that the client can get back to the extraordinary."
Sam adds, "My favorite part about this industry is the variety and the people. We get to work across so many different industries it's never a dull moment. We work with manufacturers, bakers, churches and even a company that does custom cranes to repair railroads. I love the relationships that we build with our clients as they grow and evolve their businesses."
Bob Stalinski, Manchester, MO, Owner Since 2001
"The royalties were important then and now. It is nice to have a royalty cap that enables us to reinvest in our business, and that certainly was a factor in my decision to join Minuteman Press. The return on your royalty investment is like the return on a 5 star mutual fund. There is always someone at Minuteman Press available to help you or answer your questions. As I had no experience in printing, marketing or sales, having that kind of support was a key factor in my decision to join Minuteman."
Bryan & Johnel Nunes, Boise, Idaho, Owner since 2004
"We came from the restaurant business and were looking for something other than restaurants that was specifically B2B. We liked the Minuteman Press business model and the profit margin of the printing industry. We were also thoroughly impressed by the Minuteman Press International corporate culture and staff as a whole."
Fred Edelstein, Santa Clara, CA, Owner Since 2014
"I spent 25-plus years in corporate financial management and was laid off. I met Bob Ylinen (Minuteman Press Regional Vice President for Northern California) during that search and through him I ultimately determined that opening or buying a printing franchise was just what I was looking for. Namely, I wanted to own a business with low headcount (small staff) and small to medium initial investment. Bob's low key sales pitch really helped. If he'd come on too strong I'd have likely been reluctant. He gave me the facts I needed and introduced me to a few of the other local owners and let me make the decision I needed to make.
It's been a lot of hard work which is not a surprise or even a negative. The sense of success is not something I could 'own' in my previous work experience. My participation level was never really enough to keep me going. Now, the success I have is really directly or indirectly all mine, as is the failures when they happen. As a small business owner, I get to be the boss I always wished others had been for me, though I also have more sympathy for some of things they must have gone through. I also get to set the tone and work environment in my shop and help my employees grow in their respective positions, which is really gratifying for me.
When I've needed support from Minuteman Press on the local or corporate levels, I've never had to wait; they've been essential to my success."
George Dormani, Rockville Centre, NY, Owner Since 1999
"From when we first started to today, Minuteman Press International has given us tremendous support. Their mass purchasing power allows them to negotiate vendor deals that give us an edge above the competition. The Minuteman Press home office and regional support staff in Long Island has knowledge of the industry that is unmatched. They are truly experts when it comes to technology, equipment, vendors, and how to provide the support we need to remain on top of our game. Also, the people that work for Minuteman Press International treat the franchise owners like royalty! Not only do they have our backs, but they show us they truly care about how we are doing.
One other really important thing is the Minuteman Press brand. Customers recognize us as a well-known and highly respected printing company, and you can't beat that kind of highly regarded reputation. At the end of the day, the support I get from Minuteman is huge. The best feeling for me as part of the Minuteman Press franchise family is that if I run into a problem or situation, I can count on them to back me up and guide me through."
Jared Ostendorf, Fayetteville, NC, Owner Since 2009
"I bought my Minuteman Press franchise when I was in my 20s. I absolutely love the business model and the expansion into promotional products. Networking comes naturally to me and Minuteman Press is a huge help when it comes to training and support. I also love the camaraderie that I have with other Minuteman Press owners, who are always willing to listen. From corporate to colleagues, we are all in this together, and I couldn’t ask for a better support system."
Maria Medina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Owner 2014
“Having worked for a private University in the UK for 8 years, I found myself in a position where I did not feel challenged. Becoming a business owner meant that I could have a direct impact on the company’s performance by setting goals and directing resources accordingly. Being the owner of a small business also means that I am able to work on the company’s brand by becoming a part of its image through networking and marketing. I have learned, and am still learning, skills which I don’t think I would have if I hadn’t become a business owner.”
Jason Jacobus, Flemington, NJ, Owner since 2012
"I was working in the retail industry where I had to work long nights, weekends and holidays. With three small children, I really wanted to find an opportunity that would improve my quality of life and enable me to spend more time with my wife and children. Because of the business-to-business model that allows for regular working hours, Minuteman Press allows me to be both an entrepreneur and a father who is there for his family. I am now home for dinner every night, attend all school functions, and I really enjoy coaching my kids’ sports teams."
Renee Mansour, Bend, OR, Owner Since 2015
“As our children became teenagers, my desire to do something for me became stronger. I took a position working for a local company full-time, and I struggled with the lack of satisfaction I felt. I am a committed person that gives 100-plus percent, and when that wasn’t received by my employer I started to feel that I would be better off putting my energy towards my own business.
The support Minuteman Press provides was one of the things that appealed to me. Business to business sales and the hours of operation (8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday) were also another reason we choose Minuteman Press. We still have teenagers at home and I want to be present in their lives. Those reasons coupled with the fact that Minuteman Press is the only franchise I researched that offered a cap on royalties, made it an easy decision for us. The more I sell beyond the cap, the more I am rewarded."
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John Prinkey & Kate Cusato, Frederick, MD, Owner since 2017
Why Minuteman Press? John answers, "I had been looking at various business and franchise opportunities over the years. My preference was a B2B model and something that lent itself to family participation. I ran across Minuteman Press International at a franchise expo and after speaking with Regional Vice President Bob Heimbuch I did some research and was surprised at how viable the printing industry was."
John continues on that point, explaining, "It’s funny that there’s a perception that print has been usurped by the digital revolution. However, I think there is more of what we do – short-run, fast turnaround, targeted printing – than ever before. This is demonstrated when you go to your mailbox, visit a shopping center, and walk into any store, restaurant, or professional office. Combine that with wide format printing (banners, posters, window displays, etc.), promotional products, and logoed corporate apparel, and you can a comprehensive understanding of what we do for our clients."
Kate adds, "Dad did the research. We wanted something lucrative without a ton of risk that was also enjoyable work. We wanted something we could make our own without starting from scratch. Buying this Minuteman Press franchise was and is perfect for us."
Jude Arijaje, Philadelphia & Bala Cynwyd, PA, Owner Since 2008
As a real estate agent, Jude would spend thousands of dollars per year on printing a wide variety of promotional materials. This is when he saw another business opportunity come to light in the form of the Minuteman Press franchise, and in 2008 Jude began a new chapter in his entrepreneurial career by opening his Minuteman Press business in the heart of Philadelphia.
Jude shares, "There’s really nothing called luck in this business. It’s a combination of everything including following the Minuteman Press program and getting out there. It includes relentless networking, shaking hands and putting our small business on the map." He continues, "There are no two ways about it – The Minuteman Press franchise program works. The best thing I did was follow the system and not try to reinvent the wheel. When I first started out, I pounded the pavement and met with every single business owner around to start building those relationships. What has happened now is that I have built a business with a loyal following that keeps growing thanks to following the Minuteman Press program. I apply those same practices I learned in training today. And when it comes to support, my Regional Vice President Richard Hornberger is always there for me whenever I need anything. It’s amazing that Minuteman Press puts these pieces in place for that kind of local help right in my center."
Manny Castro, Downey, CA, Owner since 2007
"Becoming a Minuteman Press Franchise owner 10 years ago is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life. I had researched many other companies and different industries for a while, but none of them gave me the level of confidence that I needed to motivate me and move forward that Minuteman Press did. Once my decision was made, and we moved forward with training and opening up my center, they gave me a great solid foundation, and second to none ongoing support to this day. I love my local field representatives; we have a great relationship with Dan Byers and Steve Szymanski. They have my back any day and any time. Our success as owners is their success as well.
I came to this beautiful country 33 years ago without a dollar in my pocket, no skills, no academic degrees, no English, not even a high school diploma. Just a young teenager at that time, running away from a very conflicted civil war in El Salvador, looking for a better life. All I can say now is God is great! Thank God for the vision of the founding fathers of this great franchise Minuteman Press International, and the legacy that has been passed on and is reflected through our CEO Bob Titus and the entire team all across the globe."
Mark Calis, Washington, DC, Owner Since 1986
"We were looking to work in our own business, but did not know where to start. We ended up going to a franchise show where we met the folks at Minuteman Press International. They had the most impressive presentation, the best training program, and the most comprehensive support we saw for an affordable franchise. So, we went in that direction and boom – 32 years later, here we are!"
Michael & Lindsey Weber, Enfield, CT & Springfield, MA, Owner since 2004
"We are second-generation members of the Minuteman Press family. We saw the success our parents had with their franchises and decided to go into business as well. We now own two franchises ourselves and are very happy with our choice to follow in our parents’ footsteps."
Mits Arayama, Dana Point, CA, Owner Since 2005
"I was looking for an opportunity on the visual marketing side. I’ve always been a fan of visual marketing and printing. I knew Minuteman Press was fantastic because of my own past experiences with them. Their reputation and support provided by them is outstanding.
From the day I started over ten years ago, everything began to move towards digital printing. I knew that Minuteman Press International was following the industry very closely and did their homework on printing trends and innovations. I followed their direction they gave us, and we have extended our business not only into digital printing but also promotional items as well.
I am in charge, but I also have all of the resources at the national and local levels thanks to Minuteman Press. We all share ideas and you get the pulse of how other centers do business, and that is very helpful. We are all part of the same franchise family and the owners who I contact are very open and supportive. My advice: Stay within the franchise system, but be who you are. I find satisfaction with Minuteman Press."
Peter Castorena, Lancaster, CA, Owner since 2006
"I spent months during the course of my due diligence researching franchisors and working on a few business plans. There were two franchises I had considered moving forward with. Minuteman Press International was one of them for a number of reasons. On first glance, they’re leaders in their industry with multiple locations internationally. They’ve got a proven track record of growth. Working with my regional vice president Dan Byers, I came to find that Minuteman Press was open and honest about how a franchise operated, especially since they encouraged me to visit and speak with existing franchise owners. All of the Minuteman Press business owners I spoke with (in various stages of their business from new, established, and "seasoned") were open and honest and had not regretted getting into the Minuteman Press Franchise. Couple their experience, happy franchisees, and the amount of support I get on the local and international level from the home office and it was a classic square-peg into a square-hole scenario – the perfect fit."
Sedrick Tydus, Oakland, CA, Owner Since 2013
“I had enough of working for other people, so I decided to look at franchise opportunities because I really always wanted my own business, from the moment I graduated and throughout my career. I evaluated four franchise systems and it was clear to me that Minuteman Press International was the best one for me based on two primary reasons: 1. Some of the active franchise owners I talked to told me, ‘You’d better like computers;’ and 2. ‘You’d better like marketing.’ So for me, if those are the biggest ‘negatives’ it makes a lot of sense to buy into the Minuteman Press International product.”
Steve Brunk, Vero Beach, FL, Owner since 2007
"I left the retail industry behind for Minuteman Press, which enabled me to work regular Monday through Friday business hours. I also love the short reorder cycle that print provides. When I was working in retail, I would sit in the store and wait for customers to come in. With Minuteman Press, customers will reorder all of their materials faster and I am able to spend my time getting out there and growing my business."
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