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26 07, 2021

NerdsToGo Named to Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Culture100 List

2021-07-26T11:34:15-04:00July 26th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Independent Research Identified NerdsToGo as One of the Top 100 Franchise Brands with the Best Culture Based on Surveys of Over 25,000 Franchise Owners.

CARROLLTON, TexasNerdsToGo, an emerging IT services franchise brand, was recently named to Franchise Business Review’s second annual Culture100 list. The list recognizes the top 100 franchise brands in a 2021 report on the Best Franchise Cultures.

“To have NerdsToGo named to the 2021 Franchise Culture100 list is an honor, especially since this is direct feedback from our franchise owners,” said Mark Jameson, Chief Support and Development Officer at Propelled Brands. “We continue to seek ways to increase our franchisees’ profitability, introduce new products and services and excel in customer service. This recognition is a reflection of the dedication of our network of franchisees and the support teams.”

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as in special interest reports throughout the year that identify the top franchises in specific sectors.

NerdsToGo was among 224 franchise brands, representing nearly 25,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research on the best franchise cultures. Franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems. The brands that were selected received the highest overall ratings based on 12 questions specifically focused on leadership, core values, whether they enjoy being part of the organization, and whether they would recommend their franchise to others.

“The impact of the pandemic this past year on small businesses has put the spotlight on franchise culture more than ever,” said Michelle Rowan, President and COO of Franchise Business Review. “Our research into hundreds of brands really shows which ones held up the best when rated by their franchise owners. The franchise companies that have the honor of being named to our Culture100 list are clearly among the best of the best franchise opportunities.”

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full list of the 2021 Best Franchise Cultures.

For information about the NerdsToGo franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679).

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is a leading market research firm serving the franchise sector. FBR measures satisfaction and engagement of franchisees and publishes various guides and reports for entrepreneurs considering an investment in a franchise business. Since 2005, FBR has surveyed hundreds of thousands of franchise owners and over 1,100 leading franchise companies. To read our publications, visit https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/publications/. To learn more about FBR’s research, please visit www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

About NerdsToGo, Inc.®

NerdsToGo, Inc. launched its original location in Guilford, CT in 2003 and quickly became the emerging leader in providing computer and technology-based services to both the small and medium-sized business market and the residential market. NerdsToGo began franchising in 2017 and quickly grew to 25 independently owned franchise locations in 16 states. In 2020, Fastsigns Holdings Inc. acquired GTN CAPITAL GROUP, LLC, the parent company of NerdsToGo.

In 2021, Propelled Brands was formed, the corporate umbrella that includes FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE® in Australia where FASTSIGNS centers operate under the SIGNWAVE brand, and NerdsToGo®, an emerging IT services franchise brand acquired in September 2020. With a focus on business-to-business franchises and the people behind those businesses, Propelled Brands will help each franchise confidently navigate forward based on their unique position, momentum and purpose.

NerdsToGo locations provide the total solution in computer and technology support to customers, and the company’s signature service is delivered by sending a Nerd onsite to customer locations in a well-branded, eye-catching Nerd Van. Customers can also receive service through remote support or by visiting a local NerdsToGo service center. NerdsToGo acts as the IT department for small to medium sized businesses by helping to design, implement and support IT networks, provide data backup & continuity services, cybersecurity solutions, cloud services, remote support, vendor management services and overall routine maintenance.

For information about the NerdsToGo franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679).

12 07, 2021

Express Employment Professionals Reports Strong Growth and Accelerated Development in Six New Markets in First Half of 2021

2021-07-12T11:30:50-04:00July 12th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Leading Global Staffing Franchise Concept Signed 27 Franchise Agreements, Including the Completion of 22 Resales in First Two Quarters.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Express Employment Professionals, the leading global staffing provider franchise, announced today it has experienced notable success in the first half of 2021, signing a total of 27 franchise agreements, an 8% increase year-over-year, which included completing 22 resales. As a result of these franchise agreements, Express will enter six new markets in the coming months, including Rockford, Illinois; Woodbury, New Jersey; Scarborough, Ontario; Detroit, Michigan; Niagara Falls, Ontario; and Canberra, Australia.

The Canberra location marks Express’ first official franchise agreement following the brand’s acquisition of Frontline Recruitment Group, a recruiting and staffing company in Australia and New Zealand, in early 2020. The franchisees, Sylvi and Gary Elix, converted their existing Frontline business to an Express and plan to open a second location in the capital.

Express’ continued relevance in the current economic environment and its success has fueled a surge in franchise development this year, positioning the brand for strong growth in key target markets throughout the remainder of 2021 and beyond. In the first half of this year, Express hosted six virtual discovery days with more than 30 prospective franchise candidates interested in entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Our services have proved to be extremely valuable as the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic that caused many to actively search for new careers. We are fortunate to have such a strong network of franchisees whose passion fuels them to prioritize helping local businesses and members of their respective communities,” said Bill Stoller, CEO of Express Employment Professionals. “There are many markets across the country in need of a professional staffing agency, and it is our mission to find the best entrepreneurs to bring our proven business model to where it is needed most. We’ve experienced incredible momentum this year and are only expecting that strong growth to accelerate.”

Express Employment Professionals is the number-one flexible staffing franchise for people, communities and businesses. The company works with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience, and annually employs over 552,000 people across 830+ franchise locations worldwide. Express has been recognized as the staffing category leader on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious and highly competitive Franchise 500 ranking of the top franchise opportunities for 11 consecutive years and its franchisees have average annual sales per territory of over $5.4 million in the U.S.

Express’s long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually is at the heart of its company’s vision: to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. The brand is actively seeking qualified candidates to help grow its footprint throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Express Employment Professionals, contact Vinny Provenzano, Vice President of Franchising, at vinny.provenzano@expresspros.com or visit www.expressfranchising.com.

ABOUT EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 526,000 people globally in 2020. For more information, visit www.ExpressPros.com.

1 07, 2021

Phenix Salon Suites Franchising LLC is Partnering With LL COOL J

2021-07-01T12:12:05-04:00July 1st, 2021|Tags: , , |

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Signs Agreement with the Nation’s Leading Salon Suite Brand.

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Phenix Salon Suites announced today that LL COOL J is partnering with their largest franchisee, Kevin Davis, to own and operate Phenix locations throughout the East Coast, including Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, in addition to expanding the Los Angeles market. The need for these salons is evidenced by Phenix seeing a 344% increase in lifestyle professionals searching for a new workspace since the beginning of the pandemic, according to analytics from phenixsalonsuites.com.

Community is paramount to LL COOL J and can be seen throughout his projects and investments, including Rock The Bells, where he has continuously made a point to put ownership of the company back in the hands of Hip-Hop culture’s pioneers and the Black community. LL will bring his business acumen to the Phenix brand as it continues to expand on the East Coast, including Queens, where he grew up. Phenix Salons redefine the options available for sole proprietors in the beauty industry. Taking away the limitations of financial resources, Phenix and its franchisees provide professionals with the opportunity to own and operate a business at a fraction of the cost of traditional salon settings.

Opportunities can now be afforded to those that would rarely otherwise be able to establish creative and professional autonomy, and this in turn builds strong foundations for many families and communities.

“I have known Gina Rivera, Founder of Phenix Salon Suites, for several years now,” said LL COOL J. “I love the fact that Gina is not only the founder but also an active stylist with over 42,000 hours behind a chair servicing clients. She truly understands what it takes to make a difference in the lives of cosmetologists and estheticians. Together, we are helping them realize their dreams of owning and operating their very own businesses. With Phenix, lifestyle professionals have the opportunity to flourish creatively, financially, and professionally. I’m excited to be a part of such a winning organization.”

“I could not be more excited to partner with LL COOL J and together, accelerate our growth plans to further expand Phenix Salon Suites in key markets such as Los Angeles and New York,” says Kevin Davis. “We’re excited to help lifestyle professionals pursue their dream of owning their own business by making salon suites more accessible within priority markets. The timing of our partnership could not be more perfect, right on the heels of LL COOL J’s long overdue recognition with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His highly successful career spanning decades within the music and film industries will no doubt soon create a similar legacy in the salon suites space.”

“At Phenix, we are honored to include LL COOL J as a part of the Phenix family,” said Gina Rivera. “During a time when Phenix’s growth is skyrocketing, LL COOL J helps continue to drive our footprint forward. We’re beyond happy to have LL COOL J as a part of the Phenix family and to see him thrive as a multi-unit operator. And we’re equally excited to congratulate LL on the recent announcement of his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

About Phenix Salon Suites

The California-based salon suite franchise is a salon suite rental concept that offers an opportunity for salon and lifestyle professionals to have their own salon suite within a larger, well-located salon. Phenix Salon Suites does not sell haircuts. The brand licenses individualized suites so professionals can service their clients in a safe and secure environment. Founded in 2007 by beauty expert Gina Rivera, who has family roots in the industry dating back to 1929, she has reinvented the salon industry with Phenix. The company began franchising in 2012 and today has over 300 salons across 33 states with plans to expand internationally. Recognized seven years in a row on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, Phenix Salon Suites is acknowledged as an industry leader with franchise opportunities available in a number of key markets throughout the United States. For more information on franchising with Phenix Salon Suites, please visit www.phenixsalonsuitesfranchising.com.

30 06, 2021

CorporateConnections®: Uniting Members In Business and In Friendship

2021-06-30T17:08:32-04:00June 30th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The recent global pandemic highlighted the basic need for people to come together. CorporateConnections®, the preeminent platform for global business leaders to meet and connect, understood that demand and fulfilled it at the most crucial time. By Lizzy Yeserski

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30 06, 2021

Propelled Brands Acquires Suite Management Franchising, LLC

2021-06-30T06:48:49-04:00June 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Rapidly Growing B2B Franchise Brand Joins FASTSIGNS International, Inc., SIGNWAVE, and NerdsToGo.

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS International. Inc., which is the franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, and NerdsToGo®, an emerging IT services franchise brand, today announced its acquisition of Suite Management Franchising, LLC. Suite Management Franchising, LLC (“SMF” or the “Company”) is the parent company of  MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®, two rapidly-growing salon suite franchisors.

“We are excited to welcome Suite Management Franchising, a proven franchise organization in the salon suite industry, into our family,” said Catherine Monson, President and CEO of Propelled Brands and Chair of the International Franchising Association. “SMF and its focus on helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals of small business ownership fits perfectly with the Propelled Brands mission. We look forward to cultivating the rapid growth and continued development that will benefit MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza members, franchisees, and team members.”

SMF was founded in 2010 and is a part of the large and growing salon suite industry with 201 locations in 34 states and 2 countries. SMF is well-positioned for continued, sustainable growth as market demands change and salon professionals and customers seek out private, dedicated salon space.

“We look forward to growing this business with existing franchisees and introducing the MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza brands to a new group of potential franchisees and customers,” added Monson. “Our goal is to add value to the business as well as to expand and grow the MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza brands.”

“As part of our ongoing strategy to provide outstanding support and growth opportunities to our franchisees, we are thrilled to be joining the Propelled Brands family,” SMF Co-Founder and President, Ken McAllister, said in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging Propelled Brands’ franchise expertise to accelerate growth and dramatically expand our footprint across the country. Their excellence in franchise development, store openings, and back-end services through legal, finance, accounting, and HR will help us further improve unit level economics and franchisee profitability.”

About Suite Management Franchising, LLC.

Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is the latest concept in the beauty services industry bringing together a collection of independent beauty professionals in one luxurious location. Ken and Alanna McAllister opened the first MY SALON Suite in Metairie, Louisiana in 2010. By 2012, they had three locations in Louisiana and Florida, and since then, the franchise has expanded across North America. With beauty franchise industry-leading knowledge, operational processes and support services, they help franchise owners successfully build, open and manage upscale private salon suite facilities for highly-qualified, established beauty service professionals, who are ready to make an investment in themselves and their professional success by running their own salon business.

For more information about MY SALON Suite, please visit: https://www.mysalonsuite.com/franchise

About Propelled Brands®

Propelled Brands is the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE® and NerdsToGo®. Focused on service-oriented franchises, the Propelled Brands team assists each brand in its portfolio to confidently navigate forward based on their unique position, momentum and purpose. Propelled Brands advances the strategic path for each brand, offering support, guidance and a clear vision to fully equip every franchisee, helping them maximize success.

Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts that align with its forward-thinking growth objectives. For more information or to learn about opportunities with Propelled Brands, visit propelledbrands.com.

28 06, 2021

Express Employment Professionals Awarded First Place In Most Innovative Employee Hiring Category In 2021 Franchise Innovation Awards

2021-06-28T17:39:22-04:00June 28th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Leading Global Staffing Franchise Recognized for Helping More Than 5,000 Job Seekers during COVID-19 Pandemic through Its Drive-Thru Job Fairs.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Express Employment Professionals, the leading global staffing provider franchise, announced today its first place accolade in Franchise Update‘s third annual Franchise Innovation Awards for the Most Innovative Employee Hiring in honor of its drive-thru job fairs. The events, which Express launched at the onset of the pandemic, placed more than 5,000 unemployed workers into new careers.

“Today we are reminded of our system’s incredible ability to adapt during a time when the global workforce was hit hardest,” said Bill Stoller, CEO of Express Employment Professionals. “In spite of the difficulties in the job market, our network of franchisees and their teams pushed through, allowing innovation to shine, all while helping businesses and community members create relationships to further career development. Today, we look forward to continuing this success and developing meaningful initiatives all while helping the market recover from a strenuous year.”

While unemployment rates rose in all 50 states, and the nationwide average peaked at an unprecedented 14.8% in April 2020, Express’ drive-thru job fairs provided job seekers with the opportunity to drop off their resume, apply for open positions, and learn more about employment opportunities, all in a mobile setting that allowed for social distancing. A majority of fairs took place in high-visibility locations such as parking lots or business complexes. For each fair, Express staff created two traffic lanes where they captured job seekers’ information and collect their resumes and, after analyzing the information submitted, employers instructed the job seekers to complete an application either online or in-person at a later date.

The 2021 Franchise Innovation Awards had more than 100 entrants competing in four categories: Marketing & Branding, Products & Services, Operations, and Human Resources. A jury of seven judges evaluated each nominee’s innovation, objectives, and results to identify and recognize the franchisors creating and implementing the most original and successful innovative strategies and tactics to build their brand.

Express Employment Professionals is the number-one flexible staffing franchise for people, communities and businesses. The company works with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience, and annually employs over 552,000 people across 830+ franchise locations worldwide. Express has been recognized as the staffing category leader on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious and highly competitive Franchise 500 ranking of the top franchise opportunities for 11 consecutive years and its franchisees have average annual sales per territory of over $5.4 million in the U.S.

Express’s long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually is at the heart of its company’s vision: to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. The brand is actively seeking qualified candidates to help grow its footprint throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Express Employment Professionals, contact Vinny Provenzano, Vice President of Franchising, at vinny.provenzano@expresspros.com or visit www.expressfranchising.com.

ABOUT EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 526,000 people globally in 2020. For more information, visit www.ExpressPros.com.

15 04, 2021

Express Employment Professionals Introduces Emerging Entrepreneur Program

2021-04-15T10:22:28-04:00April 15th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

New Corporate Program Equips Candidates With Foundational Skills Necessary for Successful Business Ownership.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Express Employment Professionals, the leading global staffing franchise, announced today the launch of its new Emerging Entrepreneur Program, a professional development curriculum designed to provide candidates with the tools, expertise and strategies needed to be an effective leader while working as a salaried employee through Express’ international headquarters in Oklahoma City. Those accepted into the program will learn how to use their skills in on-the-job scenarios, follow a proven path to future business ownership, gain insights from successful business leaders and more.

Over the course of 18 months, Emerging Entrepreneurs will work in various roles of an Express office as they prepare themselves to become a business leader or future business owner. The training program includes a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning through the Express network, offering candidates an immersive experience that helps them grow the skills needed to run a rewarding business. With one-on-one mentorship and invaluable insights from Express’ headquarters team and franchise owners, Emerging Entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to take their skills and future to the next level.

“At Express Employment Professionals, making an impact on the lives of job seekers, clients and the communities we serve is at the heart of what we do. When good leaders model positive leadership behaviors, it empowers others to take personal ownership of their own development, which is why this area has always been so important to us,” said Jason Patrick, Director of the Emerging Entrepreneur Program and Owner of Express Employment Professionals’ Nashville office. “We’re so excited to offer our new Emerging Entrepreneur Program to growth-minded, business-focused individuals who are ready to unleash their transferable skills and entrepreneurial potential within our proven franchise system while making a difference in the lives of others.”

As a company that has put more than 9 million people to work worldwide, Express is passionate about helping people elevate their careers and lives through professional development. The brand continually invests in developing exceptional talent through unparalleled mentorship opportunities, as well as programs like Emerging Entrepreneur and its existing “Bridge to Ownership” (BTO) program, which guides Express employees and staffing industry professionals to becoming franchise owners. In fact, since 2019, 15 individuals have transitioned into business ownership through the BTO program and are now among Express’ most successful franchisees.

“Starting out as an Express employee myself, I’ve experienced firsthand the value of the company’s many professional development opportunities. As I advanced throughout my career, I always aspired to own and operate a business of my own and Express’ BTO program allowed me to seamlessly bring the idea to fruition,” said Mark Leupold, owner of the Express Employment Professionals in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Express was by my side every step of the way and I know that the launch of the Emerging Entrepreneurs Program will allow aspiring business leaders the opportunity to gain tremendous knowledge as they determine their individual career paths.”

Express Employment Professionals is the number-one flexible staffing franchise for people, communities and businesses. The company works with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience, and annually employs more than 500,000 people across 830+ franchise locations worldwide. Express has been recognized as the staffing category leader on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious and highly competitive Franchise 500 ranking of the top franchise opportunities for 10 consecutive years and its franchisees have average annual sales per mature territory of more than $5 million in the U.S.

Aspiring Emerging Entrepreneurs can learn more about Express’ new program and apply for candidacy by visiting www.expressfranchising.com/emerge. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Express Employment Professionals, contact Vinny Provenzano, Vice President of Franchising, at vinny.provenzano@expresspros.com or visit www.expressfranchising.com.

ABOUT EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 526,000 people globally in 2020. For more information, visit www.ExpressPros.com.

13 04, 2021

ATC Healthcare Services Launches Times Square Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Staffed by Laid-Off Broadway Workers

2021-04-13T10:06:08-04:00April 13th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Medical Services Company to Vaccinate Broadway Workers in Attempt to Revitalize New York City’s Iconic Theater Industry.

NEW YORK — ATC Healthcare Services announced it has launched a pop-up vaccine clinic in Times Square, aimed at getting Broadway theater workers vaccinated in an attempt to revive the world-class theater industry that has been shuttered since the onset of the pandemic more than a year ago.

At full operating capacity, the pop-up clinic located at the intersection of 47th St. and 7th Ave. will deliver up to 1,500 vaccine doses per day over the coming months. ATC Healthcare Services has hired at least 80 laid-off Broadway workers in to staff the clinic in administrative support roles, while clinical staff administer the shots. The theater workers’ unions will push their members to the vaccine site as the industry eyes a speedy reopening.

“Being able to fill 100% of the non-clinical jobs at the Times Square site is something really special,” said Jordan Savitsky, president of ATC Healthcare’s vaccine division. “At ATC, our forte is top-tier medical services solutions – wrangling theater workers is a challenge we hadn’t encountered before. We met the challenge head-on, and the result is that we have some unbelievably talented people from the theater community working to get their peers vaccinated so we can all enjoy the magic of Broadway again.”

Susan Sampliner has been the company manager for Wicked since it first opened on Broadway in 2003. ATC Healthcare Services hired Sampliner as the pop-up clinic’s site manager – a job whose responsibilities and required skillsets overlap with the organizational and management skills needed to run a Broadway show day-in and day-out for 17 years.

ATC Healthcare Services has been a critical component of the healthcare continuum since the onset of COVID-19, providing testing services, ensuring hospitals are fully staffed by qualified and experienced nurses, and now, distributing vaccines.

ATC Healthcare Services, a national system with 45 franchisees operating today, provides healthcare staffing services to a variety of businesses including hospitals, outpatient centers, medical offices, schools, travel-based businesses and more. Backed by more than 30 years of proven results, ATC Healthcare Services brings businesses and medical professionals together to make the entire healthcare continuum run smoothly.

For more information on the ATC Healthcare Services franchise opportunity, visit https://www.atcfranchise.com.

About ATC Healthcare Services

ATC Healthcare Services is an industry-leading healthcare staffing franchise. Powered by more than 40 years of experience, ATC Healthcare Services and its franchise partners are experts at developing staffing solutions for a diverse selection of clients.

ATC Healthcare Services’ franchise opportunity allows entrepreneurs to join the growing healthcare services industry. As the brand prioritizes franchise growth, it is targeting attractive markets in Florida, Minnesota, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Arizona.

For more information on the ATC Healthcare Services franchise opportunity, visit https://www.atcfranchise.com.

24 03, 2021

NerdsToGo Inks Two Agreements Under New Leadership Amid Aggressive Franchise Expansion

2021-03-24T16:01:39-04:00March 24th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Emerging IT Services Brand Aims to Sign 30 Franchise Development Agreements Nationwide in 2021.

CARROLLTON, TexasNerdsToGo, a leading computer and technology repair services franchise, announced it is aggressively targeting franchise growth across the United States as demand for in-home technology solutions continues to increase with more professionals working from home. The announcement comes on the heels of the signing of two franchise agreements to develop new locations in Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina.

In September 2020, NerdsToGo was acquired by Propelled Brands, parent company of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchisor in North America. Under new leadership, the NerdsToGo brand and its franchisees will receive ongoing training, support and unparalleled resources that will position the brand as a leader among the industry and in the local communities it serves.

“The pandemic has forced many professionals to work remotely from their homes full time, without direct access to their company’s IT department. Remote work is a part of the ‘new normal,’ and we see a huge opportunity for managed IT services for both small and medium-sized companies,” said Mark Jameson, Chief Support and Development Officer. “Propelled Brands has grown FASTSIGNS to be the leader in its category and with a proven business model, we aspire to duplicate that strategy with NerdsToGo. With the brand’s authority in the business-to-business sector, we are looking to utilize our expertise to grow NerdsToGo to be a powerhouse brand.”

The Knoxville territory has been awarded to experienced franchisees Don and Susan Dally, who will also serve as the Area Representatives to lead the brand’s development efforts across the state of Tennessee.

“During my career I’ve had the good fortune to experience both franchising and corporate America. When I looked back over my career, it was clear that being a franchisee was the most rewarding. So, Susan and I decided to return to the model that allows me to go into business for myself, but not by myself. Once I learned about NerdsToGo’s proven business model and unlimited resources and support, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said Don. “NerdsToGo focuses on helping the underserved small to medium-sized businesses in areas where they need it the most, and I’m looking forward to scaling the brand’s growth alongside the experienced leaders at Propelled Brands.”

Offering a variety of consumer and B2B services including business consulting, commercial virus removal, spyware and more, NerdsToGo currently has 25 locations and aims to sell 30 franchises nationwide as part of its plans to grow the brand’s footprint in new and existing markets. With a long-term goal of growing to over 500 locations, the company is seeking expansion in markets that serve more than 100,000 people. ApplePie Capital is supporting the brand’s growth as the lender of choice.

“For nearly a decade, ApplePie has helped high-qualify franchise brands provide their franchisees with easy access to the capital they need to achieve their growth goals,” said Ron Feldman, CFE, Chief Development Officer, ApplePie Capital. “ApplePie Capital is proud to be the finance partner helping to fund Nerds2Go’s growth.”

NerdsToGo is currently seeking qualified franchisees to help the brand grow across the United States. Prospective franchisees do not need experience in information technology but should have a strong desire to grow a successful business in their local community, developing relationships with small business owners to become their outsourced IT department. The initial investment for a NerdsToGo franchise is approximately $146,200$217,050, including a $49,750 franchise fee. Additionally, NerdsToGo offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee – a savings of $24,875.

For information about the NerdsToGo franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@nerdstogofranchise.com or 214-346-5679).

About NerdsToGo

NerdsToGo, Inc. launched its original location in Guilford, CT in 2003 and quickly became the emerging leader in providing computer and technology-based services to both the small and medium sized business market and the residential market. NerdsToGo began franchising in 2017 and quickly grew to 25 independently owned franchise locations in 16 states. The company also continues to own and operate the original Guilford, CT location.

NerdsToGo locations provide the total solution in computer and technology support to help small to medium sized business owners and residential customers lead a more effective, efficient and entertaining life through use of a wide range of technology devices including computers, iPhones, iPads, communication devices, Wi-Fi networks, printers, and smart devices. The Company’s signature service is delivered by sending a Nerd onsite to customer locations in a well branded, eye catching Nerd Van or through remote support. Customers can also receive service by visiting a local NerdsToGo service center. NerdsToGo acts as the IT department for small to medium sized businesses by helping to design, implement and support IT networks, provide data backup & continuity services, cybersecurity solutions, cloud services, remote support, vendor management services and overall routine maintenance. NerdsToGo continues to grow its franchisee base, while delivering exceptional service and customer support through every interaction.

9 02, 2021

Sandler Named A 2021 Top Franchise And A Top Franchise For Veterans By Franchise Business Review

2021-02-09T11:10:56-05:00February 9th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Sandler (www.sandler.com) has once again been named a Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review and late last year was also named a Top Franchise for Veterans, which adds to the multitude of honors Sandler has accrued over the years.

Sandler is one of the largest training organizations in the world, providing innovative customer-focused content, tools and resources designed to increase performance and stature of those involved in revenue generation. Delivery modalities include Virtual Instructor-Led Training (livestream & on-demand), Online Courses (SandlerOnline LMS), and in-person ILT via 270 local offices as well as the Corporate Development Division which serves enterprise organizations.

Programs focused on Prospecting, Social Selling, Enterprise Selling, Customer Success, Sales Management, Selling Into the C-Suite, and Coaching result in common processes, culture and sales language within client organizations, translating to increased revenue and more accurate forecasting.

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

Sandler was among over 300 franchise brands, representing more than 28,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research.  Sandler franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review.

David Hiatt, Director of Franchise Development at Sandler, said, “I am happy to be bringing people to Sandler for a life-changing experience.  In a traditional business startup, you have to be, do, and think of it all.  A franchise, however, offers a proven business model that has been well thought out and successful.  You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.”

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