Minuteman Press International, the world’s largest design, printing, and marketing franchise, is proud to celebrate National Small Business Week 2017. According to the Small Business Adminstration, #SmallBusinessWeek “recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.”
At Minuteman Press, we would like to say an emphatic “THANK YOU!” to all of our hardworking franchise owners that are dedicated to growing their businesses. Our owners are business-minded people who come from all walks of life and have diverse professional backgrounds. Each of them has their own unique story to share about why they became a business owner and why they chose to own and operate a Minuteman Press franchise. Below are just a few examples of the small business journey that some of our owners have taken:
Kimberly Sherman-Leon is a dedicated entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three children ages 17, 13 and 4. She previously worked at the Minuteman Press franchise in Johnston, RI as a graphic designer before venturing out to start a design business of her own. When Linda and Dave Buttery were ready to retire after 17 years in business, Kimberly jumped at the opportunity to take over a business that she put her heart into and truly loved. “I worked at Minuteman Press in Johnston as a Senior Designer and Store Production Manager for 5 years and it was one of the best work experiences I ever had,” says Kimberly.
After buying the business, Kimberly attended Minuteman Press International’s two-week training program at their world headquarters in Farmingdale, NY. She also receives ongoing local support from the company right here in Johnston, RI. Says Kimberly, “During training, I really enjoyed being in a room with like-minded business people and being surrounded by print! It felt like where I belonged and enjoyed learning all of the business materials needed. It was very motivating. I also get tremendous support from Ron Rubin, Minuteman Press International’s New England Regional Vice President as well as the field rep in our area.”
Jason Jacobus has owned and operated the Minuteman Press franchise in Flemington, NJ since 2012. Jason says, “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.”
Michael and Lindsey Weber were at a crossroads in their careers when they were working in Boston and not happy with their jobs. With the desire to own a business, they decided to franchise with Minuteman Press and become second generation small business owners. Michael recalls, “We were both working in Boston and while we loved the city, we were unhappy in our jobs. I had an MIS degree but graduated at a time when many IT companies were collapsing. Lindsey had a marketing degree but wanted to change industries.”
One of the primary reasons that Michael and Lindsey Weber chose to buy their first Minuteman Press franchise in Enfield, CT was because of Michael’s unique perspective of growing up with the business as part of his early life. The fact that Minuteman Press treated his parents like genuine partners in business did not go unnoticed: “We saw Gail and Steve’s success with Minuteman Press, and believed that it was an honest and reputable company.” Michael adds, “We also liked the printing industry because so much of the work is based on reorders. We knew that we could grow the business steadily if we kept our customers happy.”
As a second generation owner, Michael Weber understands both the benefits of franchising as well as the benefits of franchising with Minuteman Press: “The Minuteman Press support staff has always been available to us when we need assistance, from the first few weeks and through all stages of growth. The local support team has helped with everything from interviewing new staff members to training our outside salespeople. Meanwhile, the vendor relationships fostered by the Minuteman Press support staff have saved us countless hours of research and negotiating.”
Renee Mansour owns the Minuteman Press franchise in Bend, Oregon located at 235 SE Wilson Ave, Suite 100. She decided to purchase the established business in February 2015 after spending a few years as a mom and entrepreneur who taught cycling classes and helped run national events in Bend. Recently, Renee celebrated two years in business with Minuteman Press. She has successfully managed to more than double the business, increasing gross sales by 341 percent.
Renee says, “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.”
She continues, “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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