On most continents you will find local Minuteman Press franchises populated by passionate print professionals who are building businesses and careers with a lifetime of support from their famous franchisor.
Mentorship is one of the deepest roots Minuteman Press International extends into the ventures of flourishing entrepreneurs worldwide. That intention to see other people succeed through sharing knowledge and supporting its proper use is carried into communities on almost every continent. A hunger for learning and generosity of spirit exists in the corporate training center as mightily as the presence of all of the latest technological and marketing advances of the modern printing industry. It is only natural that people everywhere are experiencing more than the highest quality design, print and marketing services from this beloved B2B brand.
Nick Titus, Vice President of Marketing for Minuteman Press International dedicates himself to joining his father CEO, Bob Titus, as they protect the tradition of the company trusted by generations of fulfilled entrepreneurs. “Our most successful owners are great mentors in many aspects of their professional and personal lives. They mentor each other when talking about different pieces of technology, marketing or business advice. They mentor their employees to create a strong team culture and get the most out of each one. Having that strong team in place enables them to then mentor their customers. So much of what our owners do is guiding their customers to help turn their ideas into something tangible that looks good and, most importantly, gets results. Seeing the pride and enjoyment a new business owner has when they have hit their goals and built a business and a lifestyle that they have always wanted is what brings us the most joy in doing what we do.”
“We take a lot of pride in helping other business owners grow their own businesses.” – Nick Titus Vice President of Marketing, Minuteman Press International
To be a mentor is to share knowledge and, if you really want to do it the right way, sticking with the person receiving it as they grow. As Minuteman Press International does this for every single member of its franchise family, their franchise owners adopt the honorable approach to do it for all of the people partnering with them and working for them.
In Glen Allen, Virginia, seasoned printing industry expert, Max Maxwell, is a decorated Minuteman Press franchise owner with a vested interest in printing partnerships that honor his craft. He says, “I probably have one-hundred times more experience than the average printing business owner. When I went to training at Minuteman Press International it was a whole different experience for me, but a good one. I focused on and learned how to properly run a franchise more than the technology that was my expertise, so at my grand opening, I was ready. I use my industry knowledge to people’s advantage by listening first because it is rate that someone comes to me knowing what they need, but they frequently know what they want.”
Minuteman Press owners like Max love meeting people and becoming caretakers of the design, print and marketing needs of their communities; and they are frequently generous with their time and wish to see the fruits of their labor. He continues, “We help them save money, especially if they just came across the street from our competitor because we have the range of options other places cannot (or won’t) offer. A simple example is Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) because people are excited and they want to do these big mailings, hitting every mailbox. It is not necessary to spend 49 cents for a stamp when you can be most effective paying 17 cents with a targeted campaign.”
Knowing that people come together in partnership based on substance, Mohammed Ghazipura, owner of Minuteman Press in Mississauga, Ontario, wastes no chance to be a friend in business. “The relationships forged with individuals form a bond and a friendship in which you want your clients to succeed so you go out of your way to ensure every marketing project is executed in the best manner possible. From design, to print, to distribution, we are with our clients every step of the way. And even if one of the steps is not successful, we feel as if we have failed because we were there. And likewise, we are elated when our “creation” is a success. This is especially true when we are given the opportunity to concoct a strategy in its infancy and see it all the way through.”
Sharing knowledge to help build business together with people and encouraging a new generation of print professionals will forever be the legacy of Minuteman Press International.
In Woodland Hills, California, Minuteman Press franchise owner Garth Sanders guides entrepreneurs that may need brand refreshment through tweaks to design or approach while he mentors new business owners from their “lightbulb moments” to their first dollars earned. It is an ambition he meets with great satisfaction as results roll in. In his words, “Any time we can help a business’ success, there is a level of satisfaction that comes. However, the most gratifying aspect of being a marketing service provider pertains to a new client, who might be embarking on a new venture and our efforts help them become a successful business. Another point of satisfaction comes from a look on a client’s face when the concept they have in their head, finally becomes a tangible item and the sense of pride they feel is expressed not only in words but in their actions as well. I especially enjoy when our client’s refer to us as part of their ‘team.’”
Jesse Gaither continues to develop a lucrative business all his own at Minuteman Press in Centerville, OH, but he actualizes the desire to ignite passion for printing industry aspirations when he sees potential in young people. He shares, “We enjoy doing what we can to encourage people to learn about our business and how the printing industry is developing many ways to adapt to the times. In fact, one of our employees came to us when he was not very knowledgeable but through his work at our center and the training we provided, he went to Vail, Colorado and continued a career in printing. He did so well that when he returned he told me that he could not be doing what he’s doing were it not for our mentorship. That is satisfying – they always come back, clients and other connections. It is really nice to see the impact what we do has.”
Meanwhile, after a lifetime as a printing craftsman, Max Maxwell is not only in the retail merchants association, but he also serves on three different boards. This is part of the way he is supportive of businesses in the community and how he invests in the future of printing, design and marketing (through mentorship and support of educational options within printing and other trades). “One of the 3 boards on which I serve is for career and technical education and we just got a bond to build two technical centers locally which provides more opportunity for students who wish to go into a particular trade. Mike Rowe, from the show Dirty Jobs, is in the same organization on a national level and I am the vice-chairman. My own son went through the program here, half-day high school and half-day tech school. He entered VCA almost as a sophomore because of the credit he earned. He is now head of engineering at his company.”
Max also serves on the GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Progran) which helps young people fill out FAFSA paperwork. “We take every donation dollar and turn it into $130 to benefit the students. We, at Minuteman Press Glen Allen, print everything they need for their banquet, as well.”
Always generous with their knowledge, Sandy and Jesse Aguilera welcome college students to tour their Minuteman Press center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where sophisticated design and print technology is at work every day. “We have had a couple of Carthage College graphics classes come into our center and do a tour. In the latest case, the instructor was a former designer of ours and she asked to bring her class in to see how the center works. So, we had about 15 students come in and were pleased to help educate them about the exciting future of our industry.”
The future of the printing industry is woven with promise, endless curiosity, exciting developments and a constant demand for all things REAL, hands on, hearts in. This is the print evolution Minuteman Press centers lead with people who care about their clients, communities and their craft.