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11 01, 2023

MY SALON Suite Ranked Among Top Franchises in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500®

2023-01-11T10:14:35-05:00January 11th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Salon Suite Franchise Receives Recognition Following Record-Breaking 2022

CARROLLTON, Texas — MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise that focuses on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, announced today it has been recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the 2023 Franchise 500® ranks MY SALON Suite as #66 overall for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“MY SALON Suite’s tremendous growth and recent successes are a testament to the strength of the brand,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer. “The concept utilizes a semi-absentee model that is ideal for multi-unit and multi-brand franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolio. I look forward to seeing what other milestones the brand will reach in the year ahead.”

The recognition follows a record-breaking year for MY SALON Suite, building on a growing sales track record. The brand opened 42 franchise locations and one corporate location in 2022 to reach a milestone of over 250 locations, expanding nationwide with plans to grow the brand internationally in 2023. In addition, Suite Relief Fund™, MY SALON Suite’s annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, raised over $123,000 in one month and set a new record for the brand.

“I went into business to be able to build something that would positively impact the lives of others and build long-financial stability for my family,” said Ray Harrigill, MY SALON Suite franchisee with locations across Louisiana and Mississippi. “We were looking for a business that complemented and leveraged the skills of the team we had in place with our other businesses. We love to see our tenants and customers succeed, and we love to see our team thrive. We are excited about the growth and future of the brand.”

In Entrepreneur‘s continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace, the company’s 44-year-old ranking formula continues to evolve as well. The editorial team researches and assesses several factors that go into the evaluation including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

“The past year underscores the extraordinary opportunities that the franchise industry presents for entrepreneurs of all levels,” says Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer. “The companies named to our 44th annual Franchise 500 list represent some of the most innovative, creative, and trusted brands across many industries and highlight what it takes to build the kind of momentum that drives long-lasting success.”

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite 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 $25,000.

For more information about the MY SALON Suite franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com/franchise, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679. MY SALON Suite will be exhibiting at the upcoming 23rd Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas on April 25 – 28, 2023 (Booth #1021).

To view MY SALON Suite in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February 2023 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 17th.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 250 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

21 12, 2022

NerdsToGo® Caps Off Successful 2022 Entering New Markets and Unveiling a New Look

2022-12-21T09:35:27-05:00December 21st, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Leading technology brand continues growth trajectory into the new year.

CARROLLTON, TexasNerdsToGo®, a leading information technology (IT) solutions and technology repair services franchise for both business and home, ended the year with expansion into new markets and an updated look following a brand refinement earlier this year.

The fast growing brand brought its services to multiple new markets in 2022 including Tigard, OR; Wilmington, NC; Greenbook, NJ; and Everett, WA with a continued focus on driving IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as the individual who needs help with personal computers.

“NerdsToGo’s growth throughout 2022 is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our franchisees, the quality of our services and the strength of our business model,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands, parent company of NerdsToGo. “With our expansion this year into new markets across the country, NerdsToGo has further established itself as a leader in the industry helping businesses overcome the pain points of technology while providing a recurring revenue stream for franchisees.”

Ellen King, owner of NerdsToGo Wilmington, selected NerdsToGo as she was looking for a franchise that helped people. “If I want to do good in this world, I want to do something that is really going to be helping people and working with people that have the knowledge and skillset to do that,” said King. “Our culture is embedded with technology from banking to payroll. Small businesses often can’t afford to hire full-time IT, yet they still have a need for IT solutions such as protecting data and their customers. With the support of a great franchise umbrella company like Propelled and peer group support of other franchisees, it has been less intimidating starting my own business.”

NerdsToGo’s growth coincides with a refinement of the brand’s visual identity earlier this year, including an updated logo and restaged brand character, “Nerdy.” The refinement achieved the intent of contemporizing and elevating the brand while retaining the qualities of approachability and tech expertise the brand champions.

“By updating and reimagining our brand identity, NerdsToGo® has an opportunity to stand out in the crowd more than ever, digitally and in person,” said Jim Howe, brand president of NerdsToGo.

NerdsToGo is seeking qualified franchisees to be an owner via a manager-run executive model or as an owner operator to help the brand grow across the United States. Prospective franchisees do not need experience in information technology, but they 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. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $300,000, of which $80K is liquid. 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@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679)

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®. 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.

About NerdsToGo®

NerdsToGo is a growing IT services franchise brand that provides a simple path to overcoming the pain points and complexities of technology. Friendly and approachable Nerds offer solutions for efficiency and security for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as the individual who needs help with personal computers, devices and home networks. As a Managed Services Provider for business, the Nerds can assess, design and support IT networks while providing remote support and vendor management.

To learn more, visit NerdsToGo.com. Follow the brand on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/nerdstogo/mycompany/, or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NerdsToGoComputerService/.

9 12, 2022

Propelled Brands’ FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo and MY SALON Suite Recognized in Franchise Dictionary Magazine’s Top 100 Game Changers for 2022

2022-12-09T10:08:37-05:00December 9th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite, has three brands included in the Franchise Dictionary Magazine’s TOP 100 Game Changers for 2022. This recognition highlights franchises that fill a niche, help the communities they are a part of, and provide opportunities for aspiring business owners.

“After a year of growth and innovation across our family of brands, we are thrilled to see that they have each been named a Game Changer,” said Mark Jameson, chief development officer at Propelled Brands. “Our results-oriented and motivating culture, ongoing support to our franchisees, and the hard work and dedication of the people behind our brands truly helps take FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo and MY SALON Suite to the next level. I look forward to expanding each of these brands with continued focused growth in 2023.”

FASTSIGNS is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America. The brand has now reached over 760 centers in the network, offering a variety of franchising options through co-brands and conversions. MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise that offers a unique semi-absentee ownership model, has now grown to over 250 locations. NerdsToGo is an IT and technology repair services franchise that makes IT accessible for small to medium-sized businesses. Each brand is recession resistant and offers extensive financing options, including discounts for Veterans.

Alesia Visconti, CEO of Franchise Dictionary Magazine says, “2022 was a year of rebuilding and success in the franchise community. A brand that earns the Top 100 Game Changers designation has gone the extra mile to improve people’s lives and sets itself apart! We are THRILLED to recognize and showcase these 100+ fran-tastic brands that went above and beyond. Congrats to this year’s Game Changers!”

Propelled Brands has experienced dramatic growth in the past two years, growing from 765 locations to 1065 locations worldwide. An additional 360 franchises have been sold and are in the process of opening. FASTSIGNS®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite are seeking qualified franchisees to be owner-operators to help the brands continue their aggressive growth trajectories.

The full list of the top 100 “Game Changers” can be found in the December issue of Franchise Dictionary Magazine.

For more information about Propelled Brands franchise opportunities, please visit https://www.propelledbrands.com/franchising-opportunities/, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679.

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand platform company of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza®. 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. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, MY SALON Suite or Salon Plaza franchise opportunities, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

1 11, 2022

MY SALON Suite Recognizes and Honors Franchisees at 2022 Convention

2022-11-01T11:55:53-04:00November 1st, 2022|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise that focuses on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, recently celebrated its top performing franchisees at its 7th annual convention in Tampa, Florida.

“Being able to come together in-person for the first time in two years to celebrate our franchisees and their accomplishments was a truly gratifying experience,” said Stacy Eley, president of Suite Management Franchising. “From opening our 200th location, to this year’s record breaking fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the past year has been an adventure for the MY SALON Suite community with much to celebrate. Our convention gave us a chance to make sure each and every individual knows the goals and mission of MY SALON Suite as we look forward to continued growth in the coming year.”

Award winners include:

  • Race to Real Estate Award: Robert Ortman and Bob Harvey (Goodyear, AZ)
  • Fastest to Build Award: Megan Class and Eric Mckinney (Dayton, OH )
  • Fastest to Fill Award: John Weiss (Greenfield, WI)
  • Hard Hats Off to You Award: Zoe Salomone (Braintree, MA)
  • B.I.G. (“Beauty in Giving”) Award: Harrigill Group (Multiple locations in MS and LA)
  • Rising Star Award: John and Antonia Rowdon (Sacramento, CA)
  • FLAIR Ambassador: Joe Carretta (multiple locations in NJ & PA)
  • Franchisee of the Year: Jenn Navarro (Multiple locations PA)

In addition to celebrating the successes of the company’s franchisees, MY SALON Suite’s convention highlighted the nationwide growth of the brand over the last year and plans for further expansion. Over the course of convention, an additional $1,300 was also raised for the Suite Relief fundraiser to benefit MY SALON Suite members affected by Hurricane Ian.

The initial investment for a MY SALON Suite franchise is approximately $664,738$1,479,827, including a $50,000 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $1.5 million, of which $500K is liquid. Additionally, MY SALON Suite 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 $25,000.

To learn more about opening a MY SALON Suite franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 225 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

24 10, 2022

MY SALON Suite raises more than $123,000 in one month to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

2022-10-24T10:27:53-04:00October 24th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Over half a million dollars raised and donated in the past five years.

CARROLLTON, TexasMY SALON Suite has raised $123,744 in benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through the brand’s Suite Relief Fund™, an annual fundraiser held throughout September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The salon suite franchise surpassed its initial goal of raising $120,000 through generous donations from clients, members, franchise partners, vendors and the Suite Management Franchising team. Continued support through donations helps St. Jude provide treatment, travel, housing, and food to the more than 400,000 kids with cancer around the world each year, at no charge to their families.

“At MY SALON Suite, we believe in the beauty of giving back, and I am extraordinarily proud of our community for raising over $120,000 for St. Jude for the second year in a row,” said Stacy Eley, president of Suite Management Franchising. “Year after year, we continue to surpass our fundraising goals to help St. Jude carry out their life-saving mission. As MY SALON Suite continues to grow and expand our efforts, we look forward to continuing to make a difference.”

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, launched the Suite Relief Fund™ in 2017 and began its partnership with St. Jude the following year. Over the last five years, more than half a million dollars has been raised and donated for St. Jude through the Suite Relief Fund. Additionally the Suite Relief raises funds for other causes, including aiding MY SALON Suite Members  affected by natural disasters through the Professional Beauty Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. Aid has been disbursed to MY SALON Suite Members affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Ian, recent St. Louis flooding and other natural disasters.

Over $30,000 from the Suite Relief Fund has recently gone towards aiding Fort Myers, Florida Members in the wake of Hurricane Ian. During MY SALON Suite’s annual convention, an additional $1,300 was raised for Suite Relief through a raffle, with roughly half of the prize money going towards providing a Fort Myers-based franchisee with gas and grocery gift cards to give to his Members who are struggling after Hurricane Ian.

MY SALON Suite is a salon suite franchise that focuses on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business. They decorate their suite, use their own branding, set their hours, prices, and manage their own client lists and business. In addition, the MY SALON Suite franchise owners serve as landlords who recruit and rent space to health and beauty professionals.

In June 2021, Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, was acquired by Propelled Brands. Propelled Brands is using its unparalleled resources, support, and training to accelerate growth and expand Suite Management Franchising’s footprint across the country.

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

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 225 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

26 08, 2022

MY SALON Suite Announces Goal to Raise $120,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

2022-08-26T17:57:08-04:00August 26th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — MY SALON Suite, a salon suite franchise that focuses on providing stylists and beauticians a personal space to build their business and the beauty industry’s future, will be hosting its annual “Suite Relief” Fundraiser throughout September, with a goal to raise $120,000 in benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“Last year, we far surpassed our goals and were able to raise over $120,000 for St. Jude with the help of generous donations from clients, Members, franchise partners, vendors and the Suite Management Franchising team, and we hope to achieve that once again this year,” said Stacy Eley, president of Suite Management Franchising. “Our annual fundraiser gives the MY SALON Suite community a way to give back and support a life-saving organization. The growth of the Suite Relief Fund™ over the years is a testament to our organization’s commitment to service, and I’m proud to be a part of a community that supports such a worthy cause.”

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, started its partnership with St. Jude in 2018 with the launch of the Suite Relief Fund™. Since the partnership’s inception, the Suite Relief Fund has raised over $250,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continued support helps St. Jude provide treatment, travel, housing, and food to the more than 400,000 kids with cancer around the world each year, at no charge to their families.

Last year’s fundraiser brought in $120,000 for St. Jude, exceeding the initial goal of raising $35,000 and totaling more than what had been raised in the three previous years combined. MY SALON Suite hopes to match or exceed the amount raised in 2021, with each location setting individual pledges for fundraising and some locations participating in St. Jude’s Walk/Run events.

To donate to the Suite Relief Fund benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit https://fundraising.stjude.org/.

About Suite Management Franchising
Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 225 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.

26 05, 2022

Propelled Brands’ FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, and MY SALON Suite Ranked On FRAN-TASTIC 500 2022

2022-05-26T09:43:47-04:00May 26th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, has all brands ranked on FranServe’s FRAN-TASTIC 500 2022 list.

“We are proud to have all three of our brands recognized as top franchises of 2022,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands. “The recognition is proof of our business model’s efficacy in providing business ownership opportunities and the quality of support provided to our franchisees to help in their success. We look forward to our continued growth in the years to come.”

The FRAN-TASTIC 500 recognizes 500 of the franchising industry’s leading brands that open the doors to business ownership through franchising. Brands are chosen based on criteria including brand identity, turnkey model, superb training, and scalability.

“Franchising helps people change their lives and take control of their future,” said Alesia Visconti, CEO and President of FranServe Inc. “A brand that makes our annual “FRAN-TASTIC 500″ list shows that it values a fun and rewarding lifestyle and emphasizes people fulfilling their dreams of business ownership through franchising.”

Additional information on the FRAN-TASTIC 500 full list of brands can be found at https://franserve.com/frantastic500/.

For more information about Propelled Brands, please visit https://www.propelledbrands.com.  

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza. 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. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS, NerdsToGo, MY SALON Suite or Salon Plaza franchise opportunities, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

24 05, 2022

Propelled Brands to Attend International Franchise Expo in New York City

2022-05-24T13:34:00-04:00May 24th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Key leaders of corporate umbrella company for leading franchise brands to attend annual franchising expo to share and gain insight to drive success

CARROLLTON, TexasPropelled Brands, the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and MY SALON Suite will be attending the International Franchise Expo (Booth #214) in New York, NY, taking place June 2-4 at the Javits Center. Catherine Monson, chief executive officer; Mark Jameson, chief support and development officer, Scott Krupa, vice president of franchise development and Clint Ehlers, FASTSIGNS franchisee and member of the IFA Board of Directors will all be in attendance.

“It is incredible to once again be able to attend the International Franchise Expo in person,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands. “The International Franchise Expo is a wonderful opportunity to network, share best practices and create new opportunities for everyone within franchising. That every one of our brands is attending is just improving our overall opportunity to connect with new businesses.”

The International Franchise Expo 2022 is the world’s leading event where potential franchisees can network and connect with large, medium-sized and emerging franchise brands. The International Franchise Expo brings together attendees, exhibitors, expert speakers and sponsors for information sharing, education and business development.

“We are excited to represent all three of Propelled’s Brands at the 2022 International Franchise Expo,” said Mark Jameson, chief support and development officer of Propelled Brands. “With all of our brands meeting new, potential franchisees in person, the International Franchise Expo is an amazing chance to share the opportunities within the Propelled Brands network.”

During the event, Catherine Monson, Mark Jameson, and Clint Ehlers will be joining panels of experts to discuss the current relevant topics in franchising. Catherine will discuss how women can be successful in today’s franchise marketplace. Mark will participate in a session alongside Ron Bender of Threshold Brands/Men in Kilts on Franchising 101, focusing on veterans and diversity in franchising. Finally, Clint will be providing his thoughts on the state of franchising with a focus on an economic and community outlook.

For more information about Propelled Brands franchise opportunities, please visit https://www.propelledbrands.com/franchising-opportunities/

For more information about the International Franchise Expo, visit https://www.franchiseexpo.com/ife/.

About Propelled Brands®:

Propelled Brands is the corporate umbrella of FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE®, NerdsToGo® and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza. 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. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS®, NerdsToGo®, MY SALON Suite or Salon Plaza franchise opportunities, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

3 05, 2022

Tech Entrepreneur Opens Tigard NerdsToGo

2022-05-03T14:15:44-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Experienced Business Professional Brings Expertise to Tigard Market.

TIGARD, Ore.  NerdsToGo®, a leading provider of IT Solutions for Business and Home, opened a brand new location in Tigard, Oregon. The newest location (12540 SW Main Street, Suite 110) is under the direction of owner and operator Rory Dunnaback.

Dunnaback, along with his father John Dunnaback, opened a Milwaukie NerdsToGo in 2018. A Portland resident, Rory saw a geographical competitive advantage to opening a store in Tigard, which is west of Portland. The Tigard launch serves a growing need in metro areas for tech services as the reliance on such services becomes more important than ever post-pandemic.

“A lot had to do with geography,” he said. The location fits with his marketing strategy and goal of having more exposure with locations east and west of Portland.

The Tigard location offers even greater brand exposure due to the retail storefront and strong downtown community surrounding it. This store location on Tigard’s main street brings great visibility. It’s also the first store in the U.S. to initiate the recent brand refresh. Dunnaback’s first location is in downtown Milwaukie on Main Street–those in the area might have seen the signature yellow Nerd vans around town or have worked with the friendly, approachable Nerds as they help make technology less intimidating.

As local economies begin to come back to main streets, this is great for business and brand recognition in the heart of the downtown area, Dunnaback said.

“I’m really proud to have both of my businesses on main streets,” he said. “It’s very small-town America.” Dunnaback was named Franchisee of the Year and won the Nerdy Award earlier this year, which recognizes an individual that excels in helping customers and employees achieve their full potential.

As a managed service provider, NerdsToGo offers a variety of services for small to medium sized businesses including: Server and PC Monitoring, Data Back-up and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Hosting and Microsoft Office Support. NerdAssure, a proprietary bundle of IT services scaled and priced for small businesses, is created for small companies who don’t have the resources to employ full time IT specialists. Home services tailored to the individual include Computer Repair, Internet trouble-shooting and cybersecurity solutions.

Dunnaback’s interest in opening NerdsToGo began with a desire to open a family business with his dad. Yet, he’s long been involved with IT solutions, as well as the role technology plays in people’s lives since majoring in information technology at Michigan State and then establishing a career in healthcare technology. In addition to operating NerdsToGo franchises, Rory is an involved member of his community, serving as President of the Downtown Milwaukie Business Association.

Rory is also a member of the Westside Professional Business Association that has been around since the late 1970s. He is also on the board of the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce and a Chair of the North Clackamas Education Foundation.

Dunnaback will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on May 5th at 2pm.

For more information and to see the services offered visit www.nerdstogo.com.

About NerdsToGo®
NerdsToGo is a growing IT services franchise brand that provides a simple path to overcoming the pain points and complexities of technology. Friendly and approachable Nerds offer solutions for efficiency and security for small to medium-sized businesses, as well as the individual who needs help with personal computers, devices and home networks. As a Managed Services Provider for business, the Nerds can assess, design and support IT networks while providing remote support and vendor management.

Propelled Brands is the multi-brand franchisor for NerdsToGo, recognized for its top-rated franchisee satisfaction in Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Top 100 Culture list. With a focus on business-to-business franchises including FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE® in Australia, MY SALON Suite® and Salon Plaza® brands, Propelled Brands helps each franchise confidently navigate forward based on their unique position, momentum and purpose.

To learn more, visit NerdsToGo.com. Follow the brand on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/nerdstogo/, or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NerdsToGoComputerService/. For information about the NerdsToGo franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or call 214.346.5679).

28 04, 2022

Stacy Eley Named Brand President of Suite Management Franchising

2022-04-28T15:07:24-04:00April 28th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — Propelled Brands, the parent company of Suite Management Franchising (SMF), the franchisor of both MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, a salon suite franchise that focuses on providing hairstylists and beauty professionals a personal space to build their independent businesses and be their own boss, has named Stacy Eley brand president.

“It is a great honor to accept the brand president role,” said Stacy Eley. “I love franchising! I am passionate about the Suite Management Franchising network and the value we bring to our franchisees and our franchisees’ members. I look forward to further accelerating the growth and success of franchisees.”

Stacy has been with Suite Management Franchising since April of 2013, first as Director of Operations, then Senior Vice President of Operations, and since February of 2020, she has held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Suite Management Franchising, Eley held director positions in the fitness franchise industry, planning and directing strategic initiatives for brand expansion, training and communication.

In her current role as brand president, Eley will be responsible for increasing franchisee profitability through effective leadership, innovation, new revenue streams, and operational efficiencies, as well as driving growth in the number of franchise locations. She will focus on franchisee/franchisor collaboration, sharing best practices, operational standards and providing coaching, training and ongoing education to all franchisees within the MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza network.

“I am honored to appoint Stacy to this role,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of Propelled Brands, who acquired SMF in June 2021. “Her inclusive and compassionate leadership style and deep knowledge and expertise in the salon suite space will be a great asset to Suite Management Franchising and all of their franchisees as she creates new opportunities and drives continued success and growth for the network.”

For more information about the MY SALON Suite or Salon Plaza franchise, visit https://www.mysalonsuite.com, or contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@propelledbrands.com or 214-346-5679.

About Suite Management Franchising

Suite Management Franchising, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, is a salon suite franchise created for entrepreneurial-spirited individuals interested in diversifying their portfolio while living a semi-absentee lifestyle. Founded to inspire and empower the modern-day salon owner, the company offers a unique opportunity for a diverse range of beauty and health professionals to run their businesses successfully. Salon members are provided ongoing training, support, and a strong referral network to help their business generate a six-figure income. Featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list, the brand is widely recognized for its rapid expansion and noteworthy success. A strategic alliance partnership with Propelled Brands, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, continues to propel the brand’s growth. With 225 locations in 35 states across the United States and Canada, the franchise concept plans to add 200 franchise partners and 500 salons in the next three years.

For more information about Suite Management Franchising, visit mysalonsuite.com/franchise. To learn more about MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, visit mysalonsuite.com and salonplaza.com.