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SpeedPro: The Perfect Mix of Growth and Opportunity

November 21, 2022

There’s a lot to consider when selecting a franchise to invest in. Many entrepreneurs are drawn to new concepts that haven’t completely flooded the industry. At the same time, they want to trust that the business model is stable and proven in the marketplace. It’s tough to find brands that have struck that balance—but SpeedPro has!

SpeedPro, one of the nation’s leading large-format printing franchises, offers new studio owners the perfect mix of growth and opportunity. With around 170 locations, we’ve proven our business’s traction and demand, but there’s still a ton of room for new franchisees to join our family! Learn more about how this makes SpeedPro such an attractive model.

A proven concept

One of the biggest benefits of joining a franchise system is a proven business concept. Entrepreneurs face less risk because the brand has succeeded in other markets. Buying into an established business helps you feel secure in your ability to thrive.

A proven concept is exactly what SpeedPro delivers to its franchise owners. Our B2B light manufacturing business started franchising in Canada in 1996 and expanded to the U.S. franchising market in 2003. Over the past 20 years, our growth has been phenomenal, providing international opportunities and tremendous growth potential to our owners. Now, we have nearly 170 studios—more than proving our concept in the marketplace.

This history and growth has allowed us to deliver bigger and better benefits to our franchisees. We’ve built a strong national network with substantial buying power and close vendor relationships. And, we’re constantly researching and innovating to stay on the leading edge of the wide-format printing industry. Both these things help franchisees maintain high profit margins and large competitive advantages year over year.

We’ve even gone beyond that and created a Kickstart program that helps brand-new studios. Existing studio owners mentor and support new owners before they can even open their doors, helping both the brand and the studio alike. What this means for aspiring franchisees is that they can trust SpeedPro to offer the tools, support and proven concepts that will elevate them to success.

The industry holds immense potential

While our history and growth thus far is certainly important, what matters more is what lies ahead. Nobody wants to invest in a business that has oversaturated the market or an industry that might fall off in a few short years. But soon-to-be studio owners don’t need to fear! Our industry and market hold plentiful opportunities for existing and new businesses alike. SpeedPro’s potential as a franchise has not even come close to being maxed out.

It’s no secret that the large-format printing industry continues to grow. Out-of-home advertising is an evergreen industry that experts believe is here to stay. New businesses are coming online each day, meaning more potential clients for SpeedPro studios across the nation. New printer technologies are also making new products possible, giving us more opportunities to offer creative solutions. Each of these trends demonstrate tremendous potential for brands like SpeedPro.

Our regional territories also leave a lot of room for growth. Despite having 170 studio locations, new owners have an abundance of choice. We still have territories available in almost every major market across the United States, and we’re even expanding internationally!

Think about the number of small businesses you pass every day in your hometown. Now add the number of schools, churches, nonprofits and event spaces nearby. Add in the number of corporations that have a branch or are headquartered in your city. It’s probably a ton of organizations! All of these—and more—are potential customer segments for a SpeedPro studio. When you consider that the majority of small businesses spend an average of $10,000 to $50,000 per year on marketing and advertising, it’s clear how much potential is still out there.

Opportunity is abundant

SpeedPro’s proven concept and opportunity for future growth is a combination aspiring franchise owners do not want to miss. If you’re looking for a stable business model with nearly endless growth potential, don’t pass up your opportunity! Learn more about the SpeedPro large-format printing business today and begin your journey to franchise ownership.

School Districts as a SpeedPro Demographic

November 1, 2022

When you think of “marketing and advertising,” K-12 school districts probably aren’t the first customer segments that come to mind. However, local schools rely heavily on marketing and branding efforts to support their operations, communications, and activities. Now more than ever, school districts are learning that a strong brand helps build deeper connections with their communities.

Education is one of the biggest customer segments SpeedPro serves as a large-format printing business. Opening a SpeedPro Studio in an area with lots of schools could be a boon for your small business!

K-12 schools rely on great branding and signage

If you think about it, schools use a tremendous amount of signage throughout their campuses and facilities. Given their size, many elementary, middle, and high schools need wide-format printed products to bring their marketing and advertising visions to life, making them a great candidate for SpeedPro’s printing services.

What’s more, school districts are increasingly using branding to build connections within their communities. Schools rely on a clear color scheme, logo, or mascot, mission statement, and values to create a strong identity in the area. They often echo these elements through signage and aesthetics. Older schools are also turning to large-scale renovations to improve their physical spaces and reinforce their brands through visuals.

Consider the many ways large-format printing can support K-12 education.

  • School branding: Schools love to create a welcoming and exciting atmosphere through colorful and engaging signage. These institutions might install a new wall mural in a common space to emphasize school spirit or upgrade their exterior signage to reflect a more modern logo. Wayfinding signage is helpful on large, sprawling campuses. Temporary banners are often used both on and off school property to advertise school events. The school might even have a small bus or van fleet needing custom-branded vehicle wraps.
  • New initiatives: Schools that are pushing for a new curriculum or district-wide initiatives want to catch the eye of passersby. Quality graphics, bold colors, and clear text are needed on banners, flags, and window graphics to give parents, staff, and visitors critical information.
  • Sports and activities: Schools are constantly hosting events and activities for student groups. Athletics, arts, and other clubs typically require their own branded signage to promote upcoming events and give each school space a unique identity. Flags, banners, and floor graphics are commonly used to make each activity stand out.
  • Fundraising: Fundraising is a huge part of K-12 schools’ marketing efforts. These important initiatives require big signs and impressive graphics to communicate a need and encourage people to donate.

Where schools of the past may have been content to not stand out in the community, modern schools are constantly looking to improve their facilities and wow parents and students alike. SpeedPro’s Great. Big. Graphics. help them achieve this goal!

Listen to a SpeedPro Studio team communicate about their school system work.

SpeedPro serves as a school district partner

Beyond our wide range of products, SpeedPro Studios provide something even better to schools across the country: fantastic service. Many schools are unfamiliar with large-format printing and might not know exactly what they need to transform their spaces. SpeedPro not only brings high-quality printed products to the table but also the creativity and solutions-oriented mindset schools need to accomplish their goals.

Because of this, many school districts consider SpeedPro a true partner in their marketing and advertising efforts. Our Studio owners are capable of meeting them where they are and posing creative solutions for their unique needs. As the schools’ events and initiatives change over the years, they feel comfortable turning to SpeedPro for ongoing services.

This also means that SpeedPro franchisees have the opportunity to really serve their communities in a deep way. Building strong relationships with local schools helps bolster education. Some of our owners even serve the schools their children attend! As a Studio owner, you can go to work each day knowing that you’re staying involved with the community, all while earning a living through your small business.

If you’re interested in launching a thriving career in large-format printing, consider investing in a SpeedPro Studio of your own! Our B2B large-format printing business allows you to connect with local organizations like schools, universities and much more. Reach out to learn more about our business model and get started!

Large-Format Printing is an Evergreen Business

July 26, 2022

Investing in a franchise system is an investment in your long-term future. After you pour time, energy, and money into starting a business, you want to be able to grow it year over year. This means the business model needs to remain relevant in the marketplace.

Large-format printing is one such business centered around innovation and technology that constantly evolves and improves over time. For decades, organizations have turned to wide-format print companies like SpeedPro to fulfill their branding, marketing and advertising needs. This is not merely a trend. Clients continue to ask for high-quality printed products—and are expected to continue to long into the future—even as the industry evolves and adapts. For this reason, it’s logical to make this distinction: opening a SpeedPro Studio means opening an evergreen business.

Large-format Remains Key in Advertising

The marketing and advertising industry has changed dramatically over the years. However, large-format print products are still a mainstay.

Print products like banners, murals, billboards, and vehicle wraps are part of “out-of-home” advertising (OOH). This segment of marketing is meant to catch consumers’ attention while they’re driving to work, shopping, or running errands. OOH has great return on investment and the ability to catch the eye of passersby more effectively than one email in a cluttered inbox. Because of its longstanding history, prevalence, and cost-effectiveness, OOH is not expected to wane anytime soon. Visual messaging and branding will continue to be key areas of focus for marketers.

Large-format printers like SpeedPro play a critical role in bringing OOH to life. Advertisers at Fortune 500 companies, schools, and even nonprofit organizations don’t have immediate access to high-quality printers capable of producing extremely large graphics. Rather, they turn to Studios like SpeedPro to print their wide-format posters, wraps, and more. The annual growth of the large-format industry shows just how important our work is to these clients.

SpeedPro Keeps Up with The Times

Although large-format printing is poised to stay relevant for years to come, that doesn’t mean the industry isn’t changing! Print studios must adapt and be open to the latest technological advancements in order to meet customer needs.

Fortunately for SpeedPro Studio owners, innovation is one of the core tenets of our business. We invest heavily in the latest technology to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry. This approach allows us to meet higher customer expectations related to sustainability, resolution, and material quality. It also allows us to incorporate new forms of large-format signage, like digital screens and backlit graphics. Also, the SpeedPro brand is committed to working with vendors who are committed to innovation as well as their equipment design, inks, substrates and materials, and more.

Secure Your Future in Large-Format Printing

When becoming a business owner, you want to make sure your business doesn’t rest solely on shifting trends. If your customers move on, you won’t have a business!

At SpeedPro, franchisees have confidence in two facts:

  1. Large-format printing remains a critical component of advertising.
  2. SpeedPro remains dedicated to setting the pace with new technology and adapting as the industry grows.

Combined, this is a recipe for a fantastic, evergreen investment!

When you open your very own SpeedPro Studio, you don’t have to worry about the business becoming obsolete because of changing trends or technologies. The SpeedPro business model will remain both relevant and important to our clients across a multitude of client industries. Once you open your doors, you can focus on building relationships with other businesses in your area that need your large-format print services. Let the SpeedPro Home Office Team handle the innovation and testing, and we’ll provide resources to support you as you grow.

At SpeedPro, we give passionate business owners the tools, resources, and training they need to develop their large-format printing Studios. This gives you the freedom to build wealth for you and your family’s future—without the fear of obsolescence. Request more information about SpeedPro’s franchise opportunity today and begin the discovery process.  

Start Your Summer with SpeedPro

June 21, 2022

For most people, summer means vacations, family gatherings, sporting events, and outdoor adventures. But for determined entrepreneurs, summer is also a fantastic time for new business planning!

If you’re interested in opening a B2B franchise, consider SpeedPro, a light manufacturing, large-format printing business. Getting started with SpeedPro during the summer months is a great way to position your small business for success. Here’s why.

Why start a business in summer?

The summer season tends to be slower when it comes to new business startups. There are a number of potential reasons for this.

First, people get busy during the summer months and put business planning on the back burner. Between vacations, kids being out of school, and social events, many entrepreneurs decide they’re simply too busy to get started and push their planning to the fall. Second, many entrepreneurs intend to time their business opening for the new year or the end of the year. This means a lot of people ramp up during the fall and winter seasons.

However, there’s no one “right” season for your business’s launch! Summer is a fantastic choice and may actually give you some advantages in the market. For example, by starting your SpeedPro franchise this summer, you will be up and running in just a few short months,  partner with businesses in your community, and generate revenue sooner than your wait-til-later counterparts. And, let’s be honest, the fall leads swiftly into the holiday season, the busiest time of year for most people.

Remember, there’s no perfect time to start a business. The startup tasks, onboarding, and responsibilities are the same no matter the season. So, why wait to begin your entrepreneurial journey? Waiting until “later” might just become “never” if you delay.

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Summertime is a great time to pursue business ownership, and be up and running quickly!

The path to SpeedPro ownership

Another important thing to consider is the timeline to opening for your chosen franchise system. With SpeedPro, it takes a few months for franchisees to work through the discovery process, sign the franchise agreement, buildout their Studios, and open their doors. Beginning this process in the summer allows you to get up and running that much sooner.

Take a look at the timeline breakdown, from discovery to opening.

  • Discovery process: SpeedPro’s 8-step discovery process helps you learn about our business and determine whether it’s the right fit for you. It ends with you signing a franchise agreement and beginning your franchise journey. This entire process can last between 60 and 90 days.
  • Training: After completing the discovery process, all new Studio owners partake in a two-week training session at the SpeedPro home office in Denver, Colorado. During this time, you’ll learn everything you need to know about operating a SpeedPro Studio.
  • Studio buildout: After selecting your Studio’s location, there will be a buildout period to ensure the property meets the needs of your business. Although this process varies, most buildouts take 30 to 60 days. During this time, you’ll work with a nearby Buddy Studio to build client relationships and generate revenue—even before your doors open!

After these few months, your Studio will be complete and you’ll be ready to host your grand opening!

Begin your journey today

SpeedPro’s streamlined startup process makes it easy to launch your Studio with support in just a few months. Starting in the summer allows you to get up and running before the end of the year. You’ll enjoy solid business footing as you enter the new year, with a full calendar year for budgeting and tracking sales. Opening before the start of the new year also allows you to take advantage of local business’s fresh marketing budgets. When these organizations need large-format printing for their new-year strategies, your established Studio will be prepared to help!

Our rapidly expanding franchise system is looking for determined, relationship-driven entrepreneurs to join our team. If you’re interested in launching your own business in the large-format printing industry, request information about SpeedPro and begin the discovery process this summer.