From Florida and Georgia up through the Carolinas and Virginia / Maryland / Washington, D.C., owning a Minuteman Press franchise the Southeast can certainly have its benefits…
Those fortunate to buy a printing business in the Southeast Region of the United States in the form of the number-one rated digital print, design and marketing franchisor, Minuteman Press International, avail themselves to a lifestyle envied by those in winter parkas and others stressed and hurried by big city life.
This area of the country is populated by many northern migrants, all through with the pace and unpredictable seasons and find their moods uplifted by the move and this bodes well for business. In fact, so many franchise owners in the area are transplanted Northerners and they take their business savvy and inherent drive, merged with a decades-proven system of operations in order to build new lives. They put themselves in charge of how, when and where they make their living and the freedom it entails is not something they, or any of their fellow 950+ Minuteman Press franchise owners worldwide are willing to trade.
The Carolinas & Georgia
David Walton in Regional Vice President for The Carolinas & Georgia
Dave Walton on Georgia: “All Minuteman Press franchise owners buy a business with the intent to make money and build a better life. Still, there are nice advantages to owning a Minuteman Press in the Southeast. For instance, during the winter, getting out and marketing in 20 degree below zero temps is a whole lot different than marketing in 50 degree temps. Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and that creates more industry and more reason to need print and marketing services. Some of the biggest companies in the world have made their home here including UPS and Time Warner. The whole vibe in the south is about growth. Of my owners, a large percentage of them aren’t originally from the south. People come here for that better quality of life to own their own business. Owning a Minuteman Press, specifically, is a great way to do that and as a regional vice president, I make sure they have the continued training and support they need to realize success.”
FACT: Georgia leads the nation in the production of paper and board, tufted textile products, and processed chicken.
Dave Walton on The Carolinas: “I think it has a lot to do with the high quality of life in the Southeast. For example, in mid-February when people are enduring winter, it’s 70 degrees outside. In our region, we are close to the mountains as well as the ocean. Plus, you find yourself living and working among very friendly people. It’s extremely easy to integrate here because there are so many transplants and newcomers moving to the area. In fact, the vast majority of my owners are not originally from the Carolinas, so in terms of getting involved in the business community and building a successful business, our owners have an easy time integrating because of the high growth and migration to the area.”
“There are approximately 30 Minuteman Press franchise locations in The Carolinas. Between my field representative and myself, we cover our owners’ needs in terms of ongoing training and support. We believe in building a real relationship with our owners and our local support team is always available to offer advice and lend a helping hand. Our goal is to make our owners as successful as possible, as quickly as possible, and to continually work with them to grow their business.”
FACT: The University of North Carolina was the first public university in the United States to open its doors.
Jeff Robey, Regional Vice President: “Being in the south we have a lot of companies that are leaving the north and relocating to the south, have used Minuteman Press in the north and the first thing they do when they get here is look up Minuteman Press. We pick up a lot of new clients from that scenario. In the south, our population is very diverse with people coming from all walks of life and backgrounds. Florida is a very welcoming area in which to conduct business. Through owning a Minuteman Press you have a 5 day a week business with weekends free. The recreational opportunities in Florida lend itself well to a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Our owners can take advantage of all of it.”
Minuteman Press Franchise Review from Southeast Franchisee Nadia Lakhani: “Our Company works like a family.”
“My name is Nadia Lakhani I am a new franchisee with Minuteman Press as of December 2016, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It has been a few months since I have taken over and to be honest, so far so good. I never thought I would be a printer, not for any particular reason, except it just never came up. I can honestly say that I am happy and the amount of support that I get from Minuteman Press International is amazing. They are always, literally a phone call away. I know a few people who have gone with other franchise opportunities and when corporate walks in it’s like, “Oh boy! What are they going to criticize today?” or “What are they going to pin-point out what I am doing wrong?” – all without offering much in terms of solutions. I am fortunate as that is not the case for me as a Minuteman Press franchise owner. Here, they come in, but it’s like “Hey, how can we help?” or “Where do you need me to help?”
Nadia has no hesitation when it comes to praising her franchisor, one that is the modern version of the printing industry but has also managed to maintain the essential human element of support during hectic or challenging times. She adds, “This Company makes it clear that they want you to succeed. This company may be a franchisee but it works more like a family.”
FACT: Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
Bob Heimbuch, Regional Vice President: “My region is commonly known as the DMV which encompasses Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. In addition to offering many personal amenities the DMV has proven to be one of the most vibrant business communities in our country, I simply like to refer to the region as the paper capital of the world. I didn’t coin the phrase but the United States government has solidified its meaning. There are many good reasons that make the DMV a hot spot for owning a Minuteman Press franchise but the biggest reason is the density of our business population and the diverse mix of these businesses. Our government agencies, non-profits, service businesses, manufacturing, medical and
tourism all play a role in creating this healthy business climate and they
all need and use print and print related products every day.”
FACT: Greenbelt, Maryland was the first community in the United States built as a planned city. Greenbelt was an experiment in both physical and social planning.
The Southeast Region of the United States offers a respite from the hurried life many faced-paced, hard-working people hope to leave behind in favor of sunnier skies and the prospect of becoming their own bosses with lives that honor their own definitions of happiness. Of the region, Bob Heimbuch concludes, “Minuteman Press franchisees thrive in this type of environment and are tooled to support the business and organizations in the area for all of their digital print, marketing and design needs.”