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SpeedPro is Poised to Weather Economic Turbulence

September 27, 2022

Starting or operating a business is a big leap anytime, but especially in 2022. Aspiring business owners want to know that their investment opportunity is a financially stable business model that can weather any economic turbulence.

SpeedPro’s large-format printing franchise gives owners that opportunity. Because of our low-overhead model, great profit margins, diverse clientele, and growing industry, our business is prepared to help owners navigate times of economic uncertainty. Here are just a few ways SpeedPro franchise owners are set up for success.

Low overhead

In times of economic turbulence, small business owners know every penny counts. Thankfully, SpeedPro Studios can operate with exceptionally low overhead costs.

As an exclusively business-to-business franchise model, our Studios do not have retail storefront needs which saves on the cost of additional leased spaced typically needed for direct-to-consumer facing businesses. Employee workstations, printing equipment, and materials storage – even having a bay for vehicle and fleet wraps – can be achieved in surprisingly low square-footage.

Few employees

SpeedPro is a lean operation by nature. Most Studios run with a handful of additional employees. Because our Studios start and stay small, there’s less pressure on owners. Your monthly costs remain low because there are fewer salaries and benefits packages to pay out, but your business continues to run smoothly.

Studios range in overall square-footage and maximize all available space.

High profit margins

In some industries, the cost of running a business is high. If an owner has to invest heavily to buy product and it never sells, they might be out a substantial amount of money. The risk is even greater when those products’ profit margins are slim.

SpeedPro is proud to report industry-leading profit margins of around 68 percent, on average (per our 2022 FDD Item 19). Our cost to do business is low, but our high quality and exceptional service deliver great returns. This is combined with our network’s buying power. SpeedPro works with the best suppliers of materials, equipment, and supplies ensure franchisees have access to tremendous pricing to operate their businesses. This means greater savings and higher profits!

In-demand services

One fear of B2B businesses is that when the economy takes a turn for the worst, clients close up shop or tighten their budgets for external services. This is true in some cases, but not always. In the print and advertising industry, for example, companies tend to stick with their ad spend.

Advertisers and businesses that maintain or grow their marketing budgets often increase overall sales both during and after a recession. This is because business need to stay competitive when consumer spending drops. By tailoring their marketing messages, channels of distribution,and advertising heavily, they stay top-of-mind for customers.

Therefore, SpeedPro operates in an in-demand industry, regardless of economic performance. Our clients continue to need high-quality large-format print products to get in front of customers. Even more importantly, our products tend to be more affordable than other advertising options. Things like vehicle wraps cost as little as four cents per thousand impressions, which provide valuable ROI.

Customer diversity

The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” rings true during economic turbulence. If businesses bank on the success of one particular client segment and that segment heads south, they could be in trouble.

SpeedPro combats this by serving an extremely wide range of client types and industries. This allows owners to pivot when some clients pull back. We can truly serve any business: from Fortune 500 companies to small independent businesses; from schools and universities to faith-based organizations; from local ad agencies to nationwide small-format print shops. Our products are applicable to almost everyone, meaning our owners have plentiful options for new clients.

Reduce your risk with SpeedPro

If you dream of opening your own business but are skeptical about the state of the economy, be strategic about your investment. Launching a SpeedPro Studio allows you to capitalize on a growing industry, operate a lean team and expand your reach across a variety of client types.

Ready to get started? Fill out our contact form to get in touch with a franchise representative!

SpeedPro Supports Small Businesses

September 16, 2022

Every year, more small business owners launch new ventures and take a chance on their dreams. As they grow, these companies need support in marketing and advertising—and what better partner than another small business? SpeedPro, a leading B2B large-format printing franchise, gives owners the opportunity to support small businesses in their local communities—and find their own success in the process.

Small businesses hold immense potential

The United States is a fantastic place to start a small business—and entrepreneurs know it! In 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reported that there were 32.5 million small businesses in the country. This number is 2.5 percent higher than in 2020 and is consistent with a pattern of growth over the past five years. A further 17 million new small businesses were predicted to be formed in 2022. What all these numbers show is that more and more people are opening their own businesses each year.

Younger generations are largely responsible for this growth. Millennials and Generation Z are more likely to start a side business of their own. They’re also the ones championing the “Shop Small” movement. This demonstrates a positive outlook for small businesses across the country.

Of course, small businesses need help finding and retaining customers. Marketing and advertising is what helps them build a consumer base and grow year after year. The SBA advises that small businesses allocate 7–8% of their revenue toward marketing. This number will look different for every business, but the bottom line is that owners know they need to invest a substantial amount into advertising.

The majority of small businesses spend an average of $10,000 to $50,000 per year on marketing and advertising. B2C companies tend to spend more on marketing than B2B companies do, and businesses with younger owners often have larger marketing budgets.

This means that there are billions of dollars spent on marketing and advertising in the U.S. each year. What’s even more important is that many small business owners can’t handle these tasks themselves. They turn to external partners—like SpeedPro—to execute their marketing and advertising efforts.

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Why small businesses need partners like SpeedPro

Small businesses need print partners. Printers are instrumental in helping companies generate growth for a number of reasons. First and foremost, most small businesses lack the equipment and know-how required to produce high-quality graphics and printed projects. If they need large signs, vehicle wraps or trade show collateral, they need to turn to an external vendor.

As a large-format printing franchise, SpeedPro is well-positioned to help small business owners launch and expand their businesses. Our product line is a perfect fit for small businesses interested in ramping up their advertising efforts on a limited budget. We provide Great. Big. Graphics. at an affordable price point, but we don’t sacrifice quality. Better yet, we serve as a true partner to businesses large and small. Our owners are adept at uncovering each business’s unique needs and tailoring projects to meet them.

A few products, in particular, serve the niche needs of small businesses. Vehicle wraps are a huge hit. Whether local businesses have a single company vehicle or a small fleet, vehicle wraps get their name out in front of new customers on a daily basis. Trade show displays are another popular choice. As small businesses start to expand their outreach, showing up to industry conferences and events with high-quality displays help them grab more attention. And, of course, small businesses of all kinds can use large exterior signage like window graphics and branded signs to attract passersby.

SpeedPro’s business model gives us breadth of reach for small businesses, too. We are able to work directly with independent small businesses to develop advertising products. But we are also able to partner with local ad/design agencies and event planners to serve as a vendor for their clients. These businesses need connections, and SpeedPro’s services help bolster their success!

Start your small business with SpeedPro

As a network of small businesses ourselves, SpeedPro understands the value that small businesses bring to the U.S. economy. The potential that small businesses hold in our industry is undeniable, and our franchise owners are poised to capitalize on it. By providing high-quality products and services, we help small businesses grow—and our businesses grow themselves!

If you’re interested in launching your very own large-format printing business, request more information about SpeedPro today.

Do I Need Print Experience for SpeedPro?

August 26, 2022

SpeedPro is known for delivering top-quality large-format print products to organizations across a wide range of verticals. Our place in the printing industry sometimes turns aspiring franchisees off, because people mistakenly believe they lack the experience needed for the job. Fortunately, SpeedPro Studio owners don’t need to enter the business with any printing experience! Our model is set up so that each new owner can apply their unique experience to the business, while we provide the printing know-how. 

Take a closer look at how SpeedPro owners succeed, even without having a background large-format print production.

Types of experience that benefit SpeedPro owners

Contrary to popular belief, printing experience is not necessary to open a SpeedPro Studio. Although industry experience may help you adapt to the business faster, it won’t make or break your ability to join the SpeedPro family nor grow a thriving business.

Instead of printing experience, the SpeedPro franchise team is looking for entrepreneurs with a diverse set of skills and prior experience. While not necessary for consideration, here are a few of the qualities and types of experience that can help you in your franchising journey.

  • Business management/operations: SpeedPro is a business first and foremost, so our owners need to be able to effectively launch and operate their companies. A business mindset is very important in franchisees, even if you haven’t operated a business on your own before. However, it can be particularly helpful to come into the world of franchising with some experience in business operations or management. This experience will help you make those critical decisions, lead a team of employees, and drive your business through challenges and toward growth.
  • Sales: Experience in sales can provide a huge advantage to SpeedPro franchisees. As the owner of your Studio, you’ll network and meet with local businesses to sell your print products. Outbound sales efforts are a huge portion of the business, so you need to be able to build relationships with other organizations and encourage them to purchase. If you have experience leveraging sales strategies in other industries, you may be more likely to succeed.
  • Creativity: SpeedPro’s business model requires creativity on multiple fronts. Owners must come up with creative solutions to customers’ needs. Creative problem-solving experience from a sales or project management role can help you identify needs and match them to the right product line quickly and efficiently. Hands-on creativity is also a boon in our business, since our Studios are constantly designing and producing aesthetically pleasing products. A creative eye can certainly help you and your team.

How SpeedPro sets you up for success

No print experience? No problem! SpeedPro makes our large-format printing franchise opportunity more accessible by setting new franchise owners up for success from the start. Our onboarding process includes comprehensive training sessions that will teach you everything you need to know. From details on our product lines to how to use our printers to the best sales and marketing strategies, you’ll be sent back to your Studio with a wealth of information you can apply on day one.

Further, new SpeedPro franchisees are provided a startup package as part of your initial investment. What this means is you don’t need to worry about researching the latest printer technology or cost-effective inks. We’ve done all the hard work for you and have ensured every Studio operates with the latest and greatest tools and resources in the industry.

Whether you have experience in the printing industry or not, SpeedPro makes it easy to learn and apply your skills to our growing large-format printing franchise. Request more information and discuss your skills and experience with a franchise consultant to see if SpeedPro is the right opportunity for you!

How to Fund Your SpeedPro Studio

August 16, 2022

Liking a franchise system’s business model isn’t the only factor in your decision to commit. You also need to make sure you can afford the investment—as well as know how you plan to pay for it. Fortunately, aspiring entrepreneurs have a wealth of options when it comes to financing a new small business. If you have your heart set on opening a SpeedPro Studio, take a closer look at the cost of our business and potential funding paths.

The cost of opening a SpeedPro Studio

SpeedPro’s light manufacturing business has the benefit of an affordable start-up investment and a low overhead model. This means our Studio owners can launch and continue to operate their businesses without extremely high costs. Per the SpeedPro 2022 Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), the estimated initial investment for a new SpeedPro Studio is between $250,730 – $327,340.

This investment range includes a number of important costs and fees, including the initial franchise fee of $49,500 and a $20,000 initial investment into the SpeedPro marketing fund. It also includes our startup package, which gives new SpeedPro franchise owners all the equipment and tools you need to launch your business. An itemized list of costs associated with the initial investment can be found detailed in Item 7 of the FDD.

Factors that may impact SpeedPro investment

While some costs to open a SpeedPro are fixed, there are some factors that might raise or lower your startup price.

For example, the location you select for your Studio can impact your initial investment and/or monthly costs. SpeedPro Studios should be located in commercial corridors surrounded by many other businesses to serve. The cost to purchase or lease a property may fluctuate based on your chosen territory and neighborhood.

A commercial vehicle may also increase your initial investment costs. SpeedPro owners will need a vehicle to operate their businesses. You may choose to use your personal vehicle or buy/lease a vehicle specially for the business. Vehicles are not included in the SpeedPro startup package, so this is a cost you’ll need to factor into your initial investment plan.

We also offer discounts for those who serve our country! Veterans and first responders are eligible for a discount on their initial franchise fee, which reduces the startup investment.

Finally, your investment costs may differ if you’re buying an established resale Studio rather than launching a new location. If a resale business interested you, a SpeedPro franchise development team member can discuss available resale opportunities and provide investment details.

Top SpeedPro funding methods

There are a few popular methods to help you finance the cost of your SpeedPro Studio. It’s a good idea to weigh your options and determine which funding method makes the most sense for your current and future financial situation.

  • Conventional loans: Banks and other lenders typically offer conventional term loans for small business expenses. You’ll get all the funding you need up front and pay the lender back in monthly installments, plus interest. Term loans are great for covering almost all your startup costs or for plugging funding gaps if you plan to use personal savings.
  • SBA loans: The Small Business Administration (SBA) backs certain types of small business loans with a network of lenders. These loans are similar to conventional loans but generally provide more favorable terms and interest rates.
  • 401(k) rollovers: You can also consider equity (non-debt funding) for your business, also known as a Rollover as Business Startup (ROBS). This process allows you to take a retirement account from a previous employer and roll it into a new 401(k) for your business, then invest those funds into your franchise. ROBS is IRS-approved and there are no early withdrawal penalties. You’ll need to work with a third-party administrator to make sure this structure is set up and managed appropriately.

Although we do not handle franchisor financing in-house, SpeedPro can connect you to our network of financing partners. These partners have experience with SBA and conventional loans as well as 401(k) rollovers, meaning you’ll have support, no matter which option you choose.

Exploring financing options is a core part of the SpeedPro discovery process. Once you’ve begun your journey to Studio ownership, we’ll walk you through the details and help you understand all the costs and funding choices available to you. Get started by requesting more information about SpeedPro!

SpeedPro Puts Innovation First

June 8, 2022

As the large-format industry continues to grow, it takes effort for companies like SpeedPro to stay at the forefront. One of the ways we do this is by investing in innovation across our entire franchise system. From printing technologies and inks to new materials to digital training platforms, SpeedPro’s innovation has positioned us on the leading edge.

When franchisees open their very own SpeedPro Studio, they benefit from all the rewards our innovation has provided. Here are some of the many ways we leverage our innovative approach to large-format printing to deliver printing franchise success.

SpeedPro franchisees create large-format graphics for every type of marketing purpose!

Printing technologies

The printing industry is constantly changing. Manufacturers continue to refine their printing technologies through more advanced printers, new inks, and more efficient applications. Because we understand technology is evolving every year, we prioritize research and make changes as necessary. SpeedPro representatives attend industry tradeshows and seminars to learn about the latest and greatest tech and constantly evaluate how our current printers are meeting customers’ needs. Over the years, we’ve adopted more eco-friendly inks like UV-curable products, more efficient printers, and other technologies to make our products as high-quality as possible.

Thanks to this research, we’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing printers and inks. Our franchisees know they’re using the very best the industry has to offer. When an owner joins SpeedPro, they purchase our startup package that includes our chosen printers and inks, saving them time and effort on the research process.

The relationships SpeedPro maintains within our amazing vendor network gives franchisees access to the most talented global companies in the print space. When SpeedPro franchisees buy equipment and products, they know they can trust what’s being recommended to them.

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New substrates

We not only stay on top of new printing technologies but also materials. While printers were once limited to plastics like PVC and paper, technological advancement has made it possible to print on almost any type of surface. Naturally, SpeedPro is fully committed to staying current and even forward-thinking with our offering, investing in the latest printers capable of applying inks to various substrates.

SpeedPro’s product line now proudly includes materials like glass, wood and textiles. These innovations have given our customers more options for their print projects and have expanded our capabilities as a creative solution partner. They’ve also made our products more sustainable, with a greater selection of recyclable and biodegradable substrates.

Advanced processes

SpeedPro’s innovation doesn’t stop at printers and materials. We also pay close attention to the processes we use for product installation, as well as behind-the-scenes processes for training, sales, and accounting.

Studio owners get access to the latest iteration of our proprietary workflow and CRM software, making it easier to manage business operations. As technology advances, we update our programs to continue making things easier and faster for franchisees.

All of these efforts not only simplify the operations process—they also keep overhead low for the franchisee. The end result is an efficient, well-run company that provides owners with the support they need on all sides.

Innovation is in our history and our future

SpeedPro has always kept innovation at the forefront, even during our early days as a sign-making business. Staying on the leading edge has helped us become—and remain—the nation’s leading wide-format printing and graphics franchise opportunity.

At the end of the day, we’re not afraid to adapt. In fact, we welcome adaptation as means of continual evaluation and improvement. Our end goal is to provide our customers with the highest-quality large-format print products they can find on the market, along with top-notch service. This means we have to stay up to date on the latest technologies and adapt with them. For owners, this means the newest printers and technological capabilities, greater market share and happier clients.

By joining the SpeedPro franchise system, you’ll gain access to all the equipment, tools and resources we’ve curated through our focus on innovation. Become a part of our cutting-edge company today by requesting more information about SpeedPro and beginning the discovery process.

5 Ways to Market Your SpeedPro Franchise

May 3, 2022

A large portion of SpeedPro’s business comes from clients looking for unique ways to enhance their marketing and advertising efforts through high-quality, wide-format signage. But in order to help those clients, SpeedPro Studio Owners need to do some marketing and advertising themselves!

A robust marketing strategy is critical to each one of our Studio’s success. Paired with our corporate marketing support platform, your local efforts will draw in new customers and help make SpeedPro an industry leader. New franchisees and established SpeedPro franchisees market their Studios in these and other ways.

1. The Local Chamber of Commerce

SpeedPro is a B2B business, meaning we only cater to the needs of other businesses and organizations. There are few better ways to meet and network with the businesses in your area than to join your local chamber of commerce.

Chamber of Commerce organizations offer national, state-wide, and regional business membership, typically for a fee. In exchange, these Chambers provide plenty of opportunities for networking and advertising. They often host regular events where you can meet other entrepreneurs, sell your services, and trade advice on business ownership. One contact you meet at your Chamber of Commerce could turn into a stream of referral business!

2. Network with Small-format Printers and Ad Agencies

Aside from working with organizations’ marketing departments directly, SpeedPro franchise Owners also serve ad agencies and small-format printers with white label print products. We’re not a competitor to these companies; instead, we help expand their offerings!

Building meaningful connections with these types of companies can go a long way in growing a business-to-business franchise. Clients and customers of agencies and other printers often need diverse products, and our high quality and level of service make us a great repeat vendor.

You can meet many event planners, ad agencies, marketing, and design firms, and small-format printers through networking events and other business group opportunities. You can also reach out to them directly to connect and nurture the relationship from scratch.

3. Maintain a Digital Presence

Many times, B2B clients find SpeedPro Studios by doing their own research. In their search for a large-format print provider, customers usually go online, so creating and maintaining a strong digital presence ensures that your Studio will be seen and give clients the information they need.

Make sure that your Studio information is loaded into Google My Business correctly so you show up in search engine results. You’ll need your address and phone number to be accurate for clients to reach you!

Social media is also a great place to market. Photo platforms like Instagram allow you to share pictures of recently completed projects, giving your business an online portfolio for clients to browse. LinkedIn is another great platform to occupy. There, you can search for and connect with business owners in your area who might need your services.

4. Wrap Your Vehicle

One of the most common products SpeedPro offers its customers is vinyl vehicle wraps—and SpeedPro Owners can use them too! Every SpeedPro franchisee needs a Studio vehicle to operate their company, whether it’s your personal car or one you purchase specifically for the business. We encourage every Owner to wrap their company vehicle in a SpeedPro-approved wrap to cost-effectively advertise their Studio.

The wrap should have your location, services, and SpeedPro branding. This way, as you drive around town to conduct sales calls and make deliveries, people are exposed to the brand and get to see SpeedPro’s workmanship for themselves.

5. Rely on Our National Marketing Support

At SpeedPro, we don’t expect Owners to do it alone. Part of the benefit of our franchising system is that our corporate team provides high-level support for things like marketing and sales.

As an Owner, you’ll contribute to our corporate marketing fund each month. These fees go toward the overarching sales and marketing systems we offer all franchisees and the tools we use to build our brand nationally. SpeedPro will support your marketing efforts in multiple ways, such as training, a Studio-specific website, and national advertising efforts.

We’ll also help you get your footing through the franchisee Ramp-Up Program, which helps you establish a local footprint. You’ll join networking groups and become involved in the local business community as you prepare to open your doors, then enjoy a local press event to celebrate your grand opening!

There are many ways to market your SpeedPro Studio. No matter which path you choose, our franchising team will help to support you so your business has the best opportunity to grow and thrive.

Ready to jumpstart your own large-format printing business? Request more information about the SpeedPro franchise opportunity today!


SpeedPro’s Place in the Pop-Up Market

April 20, 2022

The pop-up retail trend has been gaining ground for years, and the pandemic only made it more popular among brands. A form of experiential marketing, pop-up retail is a fantastic way for brands to experiment with their businesses and attract more consumer attention.

As the pop-up shop trend grows even larger in the years to come, brands will need a trusted partner to produce the large-format print products used in their temporary locations. SpeedPro can be that partner. Check out why pop-up retail is exploding and how SpeedPro franchise owners are positioned to benefit.

Understanding the Growing Pop-Up Trend

Pop-up retail, also known as “flash retailing,” is a way for brands to set up short-term, low-budget experiences. These shops are often set up in vacant retail storefronts, empty venues in shopping malls, and even mobile trailers, warehouses, and outdoor spaces.

Pop-up shops are particularly popular among online stores, giving them an opportunity to sell to customers in person. Pop-up shops aren’t only for things like clothes, however. Brands are creating pop-up experiences for their hair or nail salons, jewelry shops, bars, eateries, training centers, and much more. The key is taking a business to a new location and setting up a temporary shop.

More and more businesses are turning to the pop-up trend because of its ability to provide great customer insights and generate buzz. Pop-ups are useful for creating excitement about a new launch, showcasing exclusivity, testing new products, and exploring new markets. This is all done in a low-cost and low-risk way.

COVID-19 made pop-ups even more common. As businesses closed mid-pandemic, they left the retail sector’s vacancy rates at an all-time high. In many cases landlords are now willing to be more flexible with their leases, giving brands the ability to rent space for a few months or as little as a few days. Additionally, digital fatigue has led to the rise of in-person shopping once again. Consumers are eager to get out and experience new things.

According to a recent study by Shopify, 32% of brands said they’d be establishing or expanding their use of pop-up and in-person experiences in the next year. This just shows the existing market for pop-up retail and how much it’s growing in the near future. 

How SpeedPro Serves the Pop-Up Market

Pop-up retail is ultimately focused on delivering immersive brand experiences on a short-term basis. Brands rely heavily on foot traffic to bring curious customers through the door, then use branded materials to keep them inside. This means brands need eye-catching signage to advertise and create their pop-ups—but they also need it to be easy to install and takedown.

What this boils down to is that pop-up shops need large-format graphics that SpeedPro can provide! Our product line perfectly serves the needs of brands interested in launching their next pop-up. By working with local businesses that are taking their stores on the road, SpeedPro owners can create a package of print products that turn vacant storefronts into inviting spaces.

Advertising is critical to help pop-ups build brand awareness. Window and floor graphics are great ways to customize the space, direct customers, and advertise from the outside. Outdoor banners and flags are useful advertising materials to draw in passersby.

To maximize easy installation, pop-ups might also utilize a range of large-format materials. Retractable banners and stands, three-dimensional signs, point-of-purchase displays, kiosk design and signage, and even cardboard furniture are all great options for these brands. These types of graphics are durable and portable, allowing businesses to take them from one pop-up to the next.

SpeedPro’s hyperlocal approach also gives owners an edge in the pop-up market. When new brands come to town and are in need of large-format printing, being an established name in the market could bring you that new business.

Take Advantage of Pop-Ups in Your SpeedPro Studio

SpeedPro’s diverse product line and creative approach mean our studios are well-positioned to take advantage of the latest trends in retail and advertising. Through networking, you can make your Studio the go-to provider of large-format printing for local pop-up shops!

Request information online to learn more about SpeedPro’s print franchise opportunity and discover whether it’s the right fit for you.

Explore SpeedPro’s Diverse Verticals

February 21, 2022

All types of businesses need wide-format print products. When you think of them, a few large ones might come to mind, such as event planners. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover there are so many more client segments waiting to be tapped!

SpeedPro’s diverse client verticals allow our owners to tap into multiple growing segments at once. Not only does this provide ample opportunity for growth and cash flow stability, it also protects our studios from major industry changes. As a SpeedPro owner, your eggs are in multiple clients baskets that have both high potential and are repeatable!

Once your franchise opens for business, you’ll get to choose which client segments you target.

10 of SpeedPro’s target customers

While we focus exclusively on B2B clients requiring customized, wide-format print projects, the client pool is not small! Here are just 10 of the possible client verticals you might work with through your SpeedPro studio.

  1. Marketing & advertising agencies: The largest segment of customers SpeedPro works with fall under the marketing and advertising umbrella. These clients work with their own customers to connect them with the products and services needed to market their businesses. Because most of these agencies do not have their own wide-format printing equipment, they turn to us to provide banners, window graphics, trade show displays and more. This customer segment provides ample opportunity for repeat business and can help a SpeedPro studio grow significantly.
  2. Small-format printers & sign companies: SpeedPro studios also often work with small-format print and sign companies as a white-label provider of wide-format printing. These relationships are often reciprocal—each side can provide a unique set of products to the other’s customers. Because SpeedPro does not provide small-format print products, we are not competitors to these companies and actually help expand their service line.
  3. Construction: Construction companies have a variety of wide-format print needs. These companies often have a fleet of vehicles that require professional vehicle wraps. They also typically erect large, branded signs at construction sites for both safety and informative purposes.
  4. Events & convention services: Companies that provide event and convention services, like event planners, as well as organizations that routinely host events need large-format printing. Product needs for this segment often include environmental graphics like banners, flags and window graphics. These companies may also require branded indoor signage and trade show displays.
  5. Schools & universities: Educational institutions may have a variety of needs met by the large-format printing industry. Banners and displays serve events and recreational programming. Schools may improve their interior atmosphere through wall murals and other graphics. Other signage is useful for temporary programs and wayfinding on larger campuses.
  6. Real estate: Local real estate agencies use large-format print products to attract passersby to their properties. Real estate signs, pop-up banners and flags are some of the most commonly used, whether long-term or for temporary events like open houses.
  7. Food service: Restaurants and food service companies may require a wide variety of large-format signage, depending on the establishment. Wall murals and window and floor graphics are some of the most common products in this industry. Other banners and large signs may serve a purpose during events and promotional periods.
  8. Retail & consumer products: Retail companies are some of the largest users of large-format print products. Stores often use window and floor graphics to brand their businesses and showcase promotions. Retail graphics help with wayfinding and product information. Point-of-purchase displays are also common.
  9. Sports & recreation: Organizations that host popular events in the sports and recreation industry require large graphics to increase attendance. These companies often need unique banners, event graphics, flags and many more eye-catching signs for each event.
  10. Transportation: Transportation companies most often require vehicle fleet wraps to create a consistent branding experience. However, companies that operate out of an office location may need additional forms of large-format signage.

The client segments SpeedPro serves extend far beyond these 10. B2B companies across almost every industry need high-quality, professionally installed print products and signage. By forging lasting partnerships with our clients’ organizations, SpeedPro studios lock in repeat business and enjoy diverse profit areas.

Ready to learn more about SpeedPro’s industry-leading print franchise opportunity? Contact us to get started, and a representative will be in touch!

4 Trends Supporting SpeedPro Growth

February 10, 2022

As a prospective SpeedPro franchisee, you want to be certain that there’s a future for your business. Assessing trends in the wide-format printing industry is critical to understanding how SpeedPro is poised to grow and evolve over time.

Fortunately, SpeedPro’s business model is both innovative and market-leading. We have our fingers on the pulse of macro industry trends that are expected to drive growth among our many product lines. Take a closer look at a few key trends we believe support SpeedPro’s bright future as an essential franchise business opportunity.

Out-of-home advertising

Today’s marketing and advertising professionals are balancing highly targeted digital ads with broad-reaching out-of-home (OOH) advertisements. Large in size and highly visible, OOH ads are seen by thousands of passersby each day. Wall murals, billboards, banners and vehicle wraps improve brand recognition and have the potential to capture new customers.

As a large-format printing franchise, SpeedPro is perfectly aligned with the growing OOH advertising trend. Rather than cater to small-format product lines like business cards and letterhead, our business provides quality, large-scale products designed to be seen by millions. With our name established in the industry, we’re ready to capture more customers as they increasingly turn to OOH advertising.

Smaller print runs

Wide-format print customers – generally businesses like marketing firms, advertising agencies, universities, corporations and such – are less likely to purchase bulk print products. Instead, they’re more likely to need a handful of projects that are highly customized. In the past, mass customization on small print runs was not cost-effective for the printer or the customer. Thanks to changing technologies, however, small print runs are both possible and reasonable in terms of cost.

SpeedPro studios are well positioned to meet the demand for highly customized, smaller print needs. Our clients may request a single wall mural or vehicle wraps for an entire fleet. Our business model is set up to meet those needs and produce high-quality graphics on a smaller scale without charging exorbitant prices or reducing our owners’ profit margins.

Demand for sustainability

Sustainability is a growing point of focus across all industries. B2B customers are factoring green production into their decision to purchase. The printing industry has begun shifting to more sustainable printing materials, including eco-friendly inks like latex and water-based solutions.

The demand for sustainability has also extended into an expectation for more sustainable substrates. Instead of erecting PVC-based signage, customers are opting for greener materials, like PVC-free vinyl, textiles and paper products. This demand is driving growth in UV printing technologies. UV printers are capable of printing directly onto a wider range of substrates, giving large-format printers more flexibility in the sustainable products they offer.

SpeedPro stays on top of the industry’s cutting-edge products, including inks and printers. By introducing these technologies to our studio owners, we enable you to take advantage of the growth and demand for sustainable printing.

Surface printing options expand

Changes in print technology have expanded the role wide-format printing plays in the print franchise industry. High-efficiency printers paired with new types of inks have allowed for more diversity in printing substrates. Today, nearly every surface can be printed on, including textiles, glass and wood. This gives customers far greater choice when selecting the print medium for their project.

It also gives SpeedPro owners the opportunity to home in on and promote cost-effective substrates. As printing technology makes it easier to transform nearly any surface into a well-designed, printed message, in-house costs will continue to drop. SpeedPro studios can offer a greater product selection with lower overhead, less waste and higher profit margins.

Rather than fight changing tides, SpeedPro remains flexible, innovative and evolving as trends emerge and shift in the printing industry. This is how we’ve remained at the cutting edge of wide-format print franchising for decades—and how we will continue to do so. By joining the SpeedPro family, you’ll get access to our decades of experience and the industry insights that will shape our future.

Learn more about the SpeedPro franchise opportunity today by filling out our contact form. We’ll be in touch to discuss our Great. Big. Opportunity!

Culture is Key in SpeedPro Operations

September 9, 2021

One ingredient that’s often overlooked in the recipe for a successful business is culture. The company culture you, your employees and even your customers share is something special. Culture defines who you are as a business, guides your future growth and keeps your team working as a tight-knit unit.

At SpeedPro, culture is key to our operations. We aim to foster a supportive, motivational and collaborative culture that uplifts every member of our brand—from our topmost executives to our studio owners to your field consultants and staff.

The SpeedPro Culture

SpeedPro’s culture revolves around a few core values. We look for franchise owners who share these core values and will work to imbue them in every aspect of their business.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a core tenet of the SpeedPro business model. An atmosphere of partnership and camaraderie can be found in almost every facet of the business. From day one, new and existing franchise owners collaborate to get the newest studios up and running successfully. This collaboration between owners often continues well into the future, with franchisees sharing tips, tricks and lessons learned to make fellow studios more successful. On a smaller level, collaboration between your studio’s staff is key to operating the business efficiently and building a strong sense of teamwork. We want our business to feel like a family, and that only happens when we all work together. With that culture established in your studio, you’re able to extend that collaboration to your customers while working on new projects and building lasting relationships. In turn, this helps your business grow.

John Barber, franchisee in Norcross (GA), says franchise peers are strong with SpeedPro. He also says his employees act like owners and he treats them like partners. Now that’s a great culture!

Client Focus

The SpeedPro team prides ourselves on our never-ending dedication to our customers. Our studios don’t merely sell a product. We design, print and install top-quality projects with clients using a partnership-oriented mindset. We work with clients to understand their needs and pain points and find solutions for them, and we always aim to exceed expectations with every job. This focus on client satisfaction runs from the top down throughout our organization. This makes it clear to clients that SpeedPro operates for their benefit.

Innovation

SpeedPro is as successful as it is today is because of large-format printing innovation. Therefore, an innovative spirit is a key piece of our company culture. We want all our owners and team members to share our passion for staying on the cutting edge of the wide-format printing industry. Our team is adaptable and engaged in the industry, always looking to the next “big thing.” Owners benefit from this focus by receiving the latest industry knowledge, trends and equipment to both attract and retain clients. And, our clients benefit by working with a knowledgeable  printing partner who is capable of delivering the highest quality and most innovative products on the market.

SpeedPro Helps Clients’ Culture, Too

Culture is not only key for SpeedPro’s day-to-day operations, but also our clients’. Our product line actually helps clients engage with their own internal cultures, in addition to reaping the benefits of ours.

Things like wall graphics, murals and signage with positive messaging, value statements and quotes contribute to a stronger company culture for our clients. In this way, SpeedPro can help clients tap into their core values and design an engaging graphic to make their workplace more interesting and unified. We want our customers to understand that we care about our company culture, but we care about theirs, too.

Tap into the Power of Culture

SpeedPro’s company culture is one of teamwork, great customer service and adaptability. Our franchisees know that these core values permeate every move we make as a business, and that affects their customer relationships, too. If you long to be part of a franchise system that values culture just as much as sales, SpeedPro might be the perfect opportunity for you. Fill out our contact form to get started today.