Chris Hartery, Mississauga, Ontario Owner since 2010
"The corporate office is always finding ways for each franchisee to grow their business. The one thing that has always stood out for me is as a franchise owner is the fact that this is our business. We run it the way we see fit. The head office is there for as much or as little support as we need. Our Regional VP and Field Rep are always a phone call away. We wanted autonomy and that is exactly what Minuteman Press International gives us."
Brad Ray & Alison Jack-Ray, Edmonton East, Alberta, Owner since 2004
"The Minuteman Press franchise offers a well-known brand, which was appealing. Attending their comprehensive two-week franchise training program in Farmingdale, New York was also a key in making our decision as well."
"Running a business is a life altering decision. We have never worked so hard at anything in our entire lives and we have always been hard workers. That being said, we are proud of our accomplishments. We took a successful business, built on that and made it better by reaching new goals monthly. We don't regret the decision for one minute. The reason is simple. What you put into your business is what you get out of it."
Andre Martin & Barbara Jenic, Penticton, British Columbia, Owner Since 2016
"We really liked Minuteman Press International's ability to provide us with the resources to create our strong supply chain, their proprietary business management software that helps us manage the business, and the fact that we were able to buy an established business that already had a local foundation."
Dan Murias, Red Deer, Alberta Owner Since 2005
"The local support team members are the 'feet on the pavement' people. I have had to call on my Regional Vice President Neil MacLeod and his field support staff several times over the years for many reasons including new staff training, marketing assistance, and operational assistance. Both the local and home office teams have been essential parts of our growth."
Chantal Maheux-Webster & Family, Dartmouth & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Owner since 1998
In 1998, Mike Maheux, Sr. retired from the Coast Guard, and bought an existing Minuteman Press. His children, Mike, Jr. and Chantal, joined their father at the center while they were in their early teens, working on the "back-end" of the business throughout university. After graduation, their roles expanded as they were eager to interact with the customers they had been satisfying on the production end since their youth. Today, the successful family operation possesses just the right balance of determination, hard work and marketing expertise needed to directly benefit their clients' best interests, no matter what the challenge. The result is an ever-expanding demand for all they offer as complete marketing services providers. "We went heavy into large format printing, signage and vehicle graphics to accommodate our clients." Chantal continues, "We wouldn't be in business if we didn't have a special ability to work with our customers on a personal level. This is what sets us apart from all the other impersonal companies, such as online printers. We are invested in each and every one of them and we are part of their growth."
Doug Frederickson, Surrey, British Columbia, Owner Since 1994
"The training and support from Minuteman Press lets us focus on running the business and selling our products and services. There are great systems in place that keep us from having to re-invent the wheel, which was important to me since I had no prior print industry experience. By applying my retail experience and following the Minuteman system, I was able to combine those two elements and find success with this venture."
Jeff Wereley & Karen McArthur, Guelph, Ontario, Owner Since 2016
"Another important reason we liked and chose Minuteman Press was the fact that they have a comprehensive business management software program called FLEX that helps us with everything from daily quoting and production, which makes it very easy for us to manage our franchise business operations on a day to day basis. The most rewarding thing for us is that we are building a future for us not for someone else."
Justin Bester, Hamilton, Ontario Owner Since 1998
"There isn't necessarily a "perfect" time to own a franchise in regards to age or finances. The ideal time to do anything is when you have a passion for what you are about to embark on. Owning a business takes time and commitment. You must love what you do to succeed."
Saqib Tariq, Calgary, Alberta Owner Since 2008
"The training and local support is essential and helpful in the beginning as well as today with new systems, buying equipment, and negotiating the best national prices with vendors. These benefits provided by Minuteman Press take away a lot of hassle and save us time that we can use to focus on growing our business."
Steve Wilms, Coquitlam & New Westminster, British Columbia Owner 2014
"Our approach to service and how our staff actualizes that approach is central to our development and it is an absolute advantage over any competition. We may have similar equipment and good pricing, but if you can select the best staff and create the best environment to connect with people and help them meet their goals according to a sound plan, that will make all the difference."
Mohammed & Zaibunnisa Ghazipura, Mississauga, Ontario, Owner since 1985
From what Mohammed Ghazipura describes as "humble beginnings" when he opened his Minuteman Press printing and marketing franchise in 1985 to today, he has been part of the evolution of the printing industry. His growth can be measured in the numbers of loyal, long-term clients and their own steady success as a direct result of the potency of partnering with Minuteman Press, no matter which decade their ventures began. As Mohammed says, "We have grown along with our clients, and with our employees, too."
A gracious and intelligent leader, true to the culture of his franchisor, Minuteman Press International, Mohammed refers to his employees as more than staff members. "Our employees are the cornerstone of our success and the family environment we maintain has led to an amazing retention rate, affording us the opportunity to provide truly great customer service. Our senior pressman has been with the company since the beginning. That's over 32 years ago!"
From a practical standpoint, he has experienced the bottom-line benefit of his business philosophy, saying, "From a completely capitalistic point of view, the success and growth of our clients has a direct correlation to an increase in the number of orders we receive from them."
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