Identify the perfect franchise for you! Take our short quiz Take our free franchise quiz!
Identify the perfect franchise for you! Take our short quiz Take our free franchise quiz!

How the UPS Store Helps First-Timers Transition to Franchise Ownership

UPS Store Logo

Many people aspire to start a business and become their own boss. It could be a goal from an early age, or maybe the idea came after retirement and years of hard work.

At any life stage, it can be difficult to juggle current responsibilities and jump into business ownership. According to a recent survey conducted by The UPS Store, consumers who have dreamed of starting their own businesses say financing is the main reason they have not pursued their dreams; however, business owners say taking the leap of faith to start their business was the hardest thing they have overcome. Assessing all of the risks can be scary for many; however, opening a UPS Store franchise can help remove some of the risks associated with starting a business from scratch.

With more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store offers an ownership model ideal for helping small businesses, and the network reaches nearly every corner of the country. But every UPS Store center is locally owned, offering a unique understanding of the needs of its community.

Opening a UPS Store can be an easy transition for first-time franchise owners, thanks to the support and proven business model UPS Store franchises provide owners. The program is designed to help new franchisees develop and grow business acumen and day-to-day operational skills required to run a UPS Store franchise. New franchisees attend an extensive training program tailored to all types of learning styles and learn to use their existing skills to succeed and grow in the franchise environment.

UPS Store Store Front

And, thanks to regular training opportunities, national franchisee conventions and the large community of UPS Store franchise owners ready to network, collaborate and answer questions, the learning really never stops.

The UPS Store aims to help all new franchise owners make a smooth transition into managing their own store, but takes particular pride in helping our country’s veterans. For veterans, it can be challenging to shift back into civilian life after serving time in the military. The UPS Store partners with the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran) program and veterans operate more than 275 UPS Store franchise locations throughout the country. As a way of saying thank you for the service to our country, veterans interested in buying a UPS Store franchise are offered $10,000 off the UPS franchise cost and 50 percent off the initial application fee.

The UPS Store is proud to offer a fully-supportive franchise training program to help their new franchisees succeed as they embark on their business ownership journey.

To learn more about The UPS Store franchising opportunities, please visit theupsstorefranchise.com.

Southern California will Soon Get a Taste of Texas Barbecue with Five New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Locations

(Huntington Beach, CA) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding again throughout Southern California with new locations planned for Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Cerritos/Artesia, Lakewood and Yorba Linda. The five-store development agreement with PK Group, Inc. will open the first location in Huntington Beach in early 2017. The Costa Mesa store will follow in late summer to early fall of 2017.

GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS ANNOUNCES FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING HOME REMODELING SPACE

MIAMI, FL (March 10, 2016) – Granite Transformations, a global full-service residential and commercial remodeling franchise known for their revolutionary, proprietary resurfacing process, is pleased to announce that franchise opportunities are now available throughout North America. With more than 20 years of franchising experience, the company offers a unique and thriving business model that has made its presence known in eight countries on four continents across the globe, with more than 150 franchise locations worldwide, including 74 North American locations.The home improvement business has seen continued growth and success over the past several years, and with a moderate entry-level investment, the opportunity proves to be an enticing venture for prospective franchise owners with a significant potential for profit and future growth.The Granite Transformations story is a rich, centuries-old Italian heritage turned global entrepreneurial dream. The company presents time-challenged and quality-conscious homeowners a premium surface design solution without the demolition hassle of traditional kitchen and bath remodeling. Using an exclusive selection of the highest-quality granite, recycled glass and quartz counter tops and mosaic tiles – all offering a lifetime warranty – its "over-the-top"installation process virtually eliminates the need for demolition, shortening a project timeline and easing the stress and mess of typical home renovations. The product’s versatility allows for a wide range of uses and brings added value and growth potential, appealing to both homeowners and commercial businesses alike looking to renovate or build new.“Granite Transformations offers one of the most dynamic and fulfilling franchise opportunities in the rapidly expanding home remodeling space,” says Andrea Di Giuseppe, International Chief Executive Officer. “Customers are looking to spend wisely and make a smart investment – they want the most attractive, quality, sustainable product, which is exactly what we offer coupled with the fastest install process available to immediately increase home value.”With renovations continually on the rise, franchise owners enjoy minimal risk and consistent demand no matter the state of the economy. Homeowners are choosing to renovate the key areas of their homes – kitchens and bathrooms– rather than build or buy new, and their recognition of the value of this important, long-term investment is an undeniable owner benefit.Di Giuseppe continues, “From the very beginning, Granite Transformations has stayed true to its artistic tradition,respect for natural resources and commitment to innovation, and the company is committed to the continuing expansion, growth and success of our franchise system.”

Theater for Kids, Business for Adults: Interview with Drama Kids CEO Doug Howard

Doug Howard: Today’s school systems are overloaded with standard testing requirements and are significantly underfunded in the creative arts. And yet many national studies from educational agencies consistently show that drama participation builds creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative skills that are necessary in college and for successful careers. Drama Kids fulfills a need by bringing its after school classes and summer camp programs into schools and community locations.