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9 12, 2020

Air of Despair: 57% of Unemployed Americans Blame COVID-19 for Job Loss

2020-12-09T12:16:29-05:00December 9th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

OKLAHOMA CITY — The majority of unemployed Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic is most responsible for their job loss and continued unemployment, which is becoming more daunting as time passes.

This is according to a newly released survey conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. An expanded analysis of the full results, including survey methodology, can be found here.

More than 2 in 5 unemployed adults (41%) have been out of work for six months or less, becoming unemployed during the pandemic. The most common reason they are unemployed is their job or position was eliminated due to COVID-19 (33%), followed by they quit (12%) or were laid off (11%).

The national survey of 1,504 U.S. unemployed adults ages 18 and older was conducted online by The Harris Poll between Oct. 15 and Oct. 28, 2020. It offers a detailed, in-depth look at who is unemployed and why.

Efforts Deteriorating in Job Search

Finding a job is the top priority for the majority of unemployed adults (70%). On average, they spend 12 hours a week looking for work. Unemployed adults applied to 11 jobs in the previous month but only had one interview, on average.

Grim Financial Outlook

More than 2 in 3 unemployed adults (69%) do not feel financially secure right now, and 70% believe they do not have enough savings to survive unemployment much longer. The most common sources of income during this time are savings (40%) or financial support from friends and family members (29%).

Relying on Unemployment Benefits

Looking at national and state unemployment benefits, 3 in 4 (75%) agree there is not enough financial support provided to those individuals who are unemployed, especially given that more than half (56%) used to be the breadwinner for their household.

Twenty-seven percent of unemployed adults report they currently rely on unemployment compensation benefits. The average income from unemployment benefits among those receiving them is $828 a month.

Accepting Less than Ideal Job Offers

Because of difficulties in the current job process and increased competition from other job seekers, 85% would be willing to accept some aspects of a job that may be less than ideal if they were offered a job right now. If offered a job right now, they would most commonly be willing to accept a job not in their desired field (47%), that requires long hours (35%) and a more junior position/title (29%).

About the Survey

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. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, our international network of franchises offer localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve, employing 552,000 people across North America in 2019. For more information, visit

30 11, 2020

Boulder Designs: Illuminating the Way For Rock-Star Franchisees’ Success

2020-11-30T18:47:12-05:00November 30th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Boulder Designs® has had an amazing year in 2020 with franchises popping up all over the country, resulting in tremendous growth! Franchisees rave about being part of the Boulder Designs family of businesses, and the feeling is mutual. Boulder Designs officials don’t hesitate to share the love for their franchisees and their businesses. By Rose Mango


13 10, 2020

Sandler Named a Top 20 Online Sales Training Company By Selling Power Magazine

2020-10-13T09:58:34-04:00October 13th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Sandler’s Pivot To Facilitate And Implement Online Training Recognized.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the face of the pandemic, Sandler was able to accommodate clients with a strategic move to online training, and the expansion of online tools and the Sandler Digital Library, which earned them a place on Selling Power Magazine’s first list of the Top 20 Online Sales Companies in 2020.

Selling Power is the leading digital magazine for sales managers and sales VPs.  According to Selling Power founder Gerhard Gschwandtner, “Recent research from McKinsey & Company shows 90% of sales teams have transitioned to remote selling.  Finding a sales training partner that can deliver effective learning virtually – the same way B2B sales teams are conducting business – will be crucial for leaders as they navigate the current crisis and plan for the future.” 

“We are honored that our ability to successfully pivot and provide online training in the midst of the pandemic finds us on this list,” said David Mattson, President and CEO of Sandler.  “Since we are always on the cutting edge of everything in our industry – with our online courses, webinar archive, My Sandler app, virtual instructor-led courses and training sessions, and strategic alliances – it was a tactical, yet natural, move for us.”

Selling Power’s criteria for selecting companies to the list included:

-Platform and applications used for delivery of online training

-The scope and breadth of online offerings

-Methodologies for supporting participant retention

-Strength of client feedback as it relates to customer support, ROI, ease of use, and overall client satisfaction

Mattson continued, “While many of our centers have been able to return to in-person training, it’s important to be able to offer an online alternative to those who need that option.  This recognition from Selling Power is a nice addition to the accolades Sandler has already received this year from Training Industry, Franchise Business Review, and Entrepreneur.”

Sandler’s delivery modalities include Virtual Instructor-Led Training (livestream & on-demand), Online Courses (SandlerOnline LMS), and in-person ILT via 270 local global offices as well as the Corporate Development Division which serves enterprise organizations.

About Sandler

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. 

26 08, 2020

How the Education System Fails to Prepare Workers–and What Needs to Change

2020-08-28T11:45:56-04:00August 26th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

A Call for an Education Revolution Aligning Classrooms and Careers. 

OKLAHOMA CITY — 2020 has been anything but normal for students and teachers with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many schools across the nation prepare to resume classes virtually, a new white paper from Express Employment Professionals explores why now is the perfect time to revolutionize the education system.

The new white paper dives deeper into a survey commissioned by Express in conjunction with The Harris Poll that revealed nearly 9 in 10 employees (87%) agree a whole new approach to education, skills training and learning—an “education revolution”—is needed to prepare people for the workforce. And of those employees, 40% “strongly agree” with that sentiment.

The key challenges survey respondents identified include:

  1. The gap between skills needed and skills taught
  2. The lack of work study or earn-and-learn opportunities
  3. The cost and utility of college and higher education

The rapid changes of this year only further revealed what was ultimately not working with the education system before the pandemic—when too many students entered the workforce unprepared for the jobs available to them. This unwanted disruption is a challenge but also an opportunity to refocus curriculum on what Americans say matters for their careers.

Regardless of whether government policy changes are made to address these concerns, it is critical for everyone—employers, educators, policymakers, students and more—to have a clearer understanding of employees’ relationship with and perspectives on the education system, as well as what each can do in response.

Other notable topics in the white paper include:

  • Confidence in preparation to handle aspects of work
  • Combining education and experience
  • Accessibility and affordability of college
  • Lifelong learning
  • Upskilling

“Historically, during difficult times is often when a society sees the most innovation. This pandemic has exposed which jobs are absolutely essential to the economy, and we need to make sure we are preparing students adequately for the workforce of today and tomorrow,” Express CEO Bill Stoller said. “Now is the time for an education revolution.”

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. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, our international network of franchises offer localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve, employing 552,000 people across North America in 2019. For more information, visit

23 07, 2020

ATC Healthcare Awarded as One of Forbes’ Best Temporary Staffing Firms in 2020

2020-07-23T11:55:59-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Healthcare Staffing Franchise Ranked as a Five-Star Firm in the United States.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — ATC Healthcare announced today it has been named to Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms for 2020. The prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. ATC Healthcare received a five-star ranking, signifying a placement in the first half of awarded companies.

America’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms is comprised of the best recruiting agencies based on the results of independent surveys involving over 26,500 recruiters and 5,400 job candidates and hiring managers.

ATC Healthcare is proud to be featured in this Forbes’ article. The brand is being recognized for staffing hospitals in New York City with hundreds of nurses from across the country, expanding its business by 35%.

“It is an honor to have been ranked by Forbes as a top staffing firm. We are a healthcare staffing company that truly cares about our clients and this award just reinforces that our services are making a positive impact,” said David Savitsky, CEO of ATC Healthcare. “This recognition represents ATC Healthcare’s commitment to providing the best quality and service in the industry. We are excited to continue this momentum for the rest of 2020 and beyond!”

ATC Healthcare, 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 40 years of proven results, ATC Healthcare brings businesses and medical professionals together to make the entire healthcare continuum run smoothly.

The brand offers its franchise partners unmatched franchisee support. Most notably, corporate manages all back-office affairs, so franchisees can focus on marketing their business and recruiting clients and staff. The back-office work corporate manages for its franchise partners includes payroll for healthcare associates, client credit checks, invoicing, payroll for healthcare and receivables and more.

In addition to back-office support, ATC Healthcare franchisees are provided with thorough training, including step-by-step marketing guides, empowering franchise partners with the confidence to grow and market the business while corporate handles the paperwork. Due to the robust nature of the training program, healthcare or staffing industry experience is not required to become an ATC Healthcare franchise partner as they will be trained on proprietary best practices and processes and systems.

The ATC Healthcare opportunity is built to attract ambitious and people-oriented entrepreneurs with strong leadership abilities, business savvy and dedication to the brand’s mission.

For more information on the ATC Healthcare franchise opportunity, visit

About ATC Healthcare

ATC Healthcare is an industry-leading healthcare staffing franchise. Powered by more than 35 years of experience, ATC Healthcare and its franchise partners are experts at developing staffing solutions for a diverse selection of clients.

ATC Healthcare’s 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 about ATC Healthcare, visit

7 07, 2020

FASTSIGNS Provides Tools to Succeed Even Through Trying Times

2020-08-07T16:03:07-04:00July 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to business owners in all industries around the world. And while the business landscape continues to change rapidly and dramatically, one thing has remained constant: the need for businesses to communicate with consumers. FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has helped its franchisees in fulfilling the needs of their business clients by providing signs, graphics, digital signs, décor graphics and more. By Jessica Jones


16 06, 2020

RSVP Advertising Driving Results for Businesses Through Targeted Direct Mail Marketing

2020-06-16T11:40:21-04:00June 16th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Alliance Franchise Brands model capitalizes on home, lifestyle services.

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Spending more time at home due to the pandemic is prompting homeowners across the country to make improvements to their living spaces that are now playing double-duty as workspaces. And as the weather warms in several regions, outdoor home projects are ramping up as home services providers get back to work.

To capitalize on home and lifestyle product and service sales opportunities, local, regional and national brands are turning to effective direct marketing solutions that are targeted to affluent neighborhoods.

“Direct mail has always been a strong channel, but it’s especially effective today as more people are working from and staying closer to home – and their mailboxes,” according to RSVP Advertising Brand Leader Dori Bennett. “RSVP franchise members, part of the Alliance Franchise Brands network, work with a wide range of business-to-consumer advertisers in more than 65 U.S. markets to deliver high-quality professionally designed and produced mailers.”

“For advertisers, reaching prospects and buyers is top of mind for companies of all sizes,” Bennett continued. “Our direct mail luxury card packs sent to a targeted audience are a safe and effective way to help businesses reach the mass affluent homeowners who are ready to buy.”

The RSVP franchise model drives qualified leads to businesses, targeting homeowners who are most likely to purchase home remodeling, professional landscaping and other lifestyle services.

“We have proven RSVP works for our advertisers, even during an economic downturn,” said Aaron Riggs, RSVP franchise owner in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. “In April and May, we saw great results – especially for home improvements companies who provide services outside the home. We are helping brands reach people where they are right now.”

Scott Rubel, RSVP franchise owner in Phoenix, Ariz., said, “Our recent mailing delivered the highest call volume in one day that we’ve ever had in the 25 years we’ve been in business. There’s power in direct mail when you do it right, and RSVP delivers.”

To learn more about how RSVP is helping businesses reach high-value prospects, visit or call 800-726-9050.

About Alliance Franchise Brands

Alliance Franchise Brands LLC and its subsidiary, KK Printing Canada ULC, are the franchisors of more than 600 locations in North America operating the company’s brands: Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Image360, Signs Now, Signs By Tomorrow, KKP, Insty-Prints, American Speedy Printing Centers and RSVP Advertising.

Independently owned and operated franchises provide national, regional and local businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced solutions for their printing, marketing and graphics communications. For more information, visit For RSVP franchise offerings, visit