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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.

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.

Office Buildings Need Large Format Printing

May 19, 2022

SpeedPro’s wide-format printing franchise owners enjoys a plethora of client verticals. We work with organizations large and small, from construction companies to nonprofits to local event hosts. However, one of the biggest market segments we serve is the commercial office industry.

Tapping into the office market in your region is one of the most lucrative moves you can make for your SpeedPro Studio. Office buildings offer a world of opportunity—and the future is looking bright thanks to a few trends! Here are a few reasons why SpeedPro’s product line is a perfect match for local office properties.

Identify the Organization

Office buildings—especially those with multiple tenants—rely on large-format signage to identify themselves. Companies might use banners, three-dimensional signs and window graphics to proudly display who occupies their space. Inside, standard, and digital signage helps to delineate between offices and support each company’s branding.

Because many office buildings look the same from the outside, these types of signage are key to helping employees and visitors get to the right place. They also assist in wayfinding by directing visitors to the correct office location.

Choosing high-quality signs from an experienced printer like SpeedPro also helps these organizations make a great first impression. Using quality signage, they’re able to demonstrate how much they care for and take pride in their office environment. This translates to greater trust from customers.

Give Buildings Personality

Large-format signage does so much more than merely identify a specific company, though. Organizations often invest in new and interesting types of signage in order to support their branding efforts and give their building a unique identity.  

For example, branded architectural finishes or contour cut signage may serve as a statement piece for an office building’s lobby. Custom wallpapers and murals can support corporate branding, leaving visitors with a sight worth remembering.

Bright and colorful wallpaper really makes this space inviting and fun!

Each large-format print product an office client chooses should be purposeful and interesting. This way, they’re able to reinforce their brand identity and set their building apart from others in the area. SpeedPro’s advanced printing technology lets us print on almost any material, giving our clients an expansive pool of unique products to choose from.

Enhance Office Culture

The signage an office client uses not only affects its customers but also its employees. After all, they are the people working in the office every day! It’s important that employees enjoy being in their work space and feel comfortable within its four walls.

These days, brands are looking for new ways to entice workers back into the office after the COVID-19 pandemic. Large-format products like wall murals and interesting signs can transform the look and feel of these spaces. Signage featuring scenic murals, mission statements, and inspirational quotes can motivate employees, remind them of the organization’s vision, and boost company morale. These products also make the work environment more inviting, rather than the standard white or gray walls. When offices are more engaging, employees are more engaged in their work!

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A gorgeous conference room brings life to meetings!

Assist the Offices in Your Community as a SpeedPro Franchise Owner

SpeedPro often helps commercial office clients execute their marketing strategies through large-format print products, but our assistance hits close to home, as well. By livening up the office environment with unique signs, wall graphics and branded finishes, we help corporate tenants stand out in the marketplace and keep their employees happy. Because of this combination of services, SpeedPro acts as a one-stop shop partner for many organizations’ branding and marketing efforts.

There are always new companies looking to build and expand their local presence. This is just one of the reasons SpeedPro Studios thrive in their regional markets. The pool of brands in need of large-format printing is there and ready to be tapped!

If building your own wide-format print Studio sounds interesting to you, request more information about SpeedPro’s printing franchise opportunity today. With SpeedPro, you can grow your small business and aid other businesses in their growth at the same time!

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!


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!

Why Customers Choose SpeedPro

September 22, 2021

A major part of any entrepreneur’s franchise purchase decision is the success of the business. SpeedPro’s competitive advantages make us the leading wide-format printing franchise opportunity in the nation. Through leading technology, a partner-oriented mindset and top-notch quality, we give customers ample reasons to choose SpeedPro.

If you’re interested in a SpeedPro franchise, consider the competitive advantages that make our business attractive to the clients we serve.

Leading print technology

The printing industry as a whole is consistently changing, and wide-format printing is a specific niche within it. At SpeedPro, we stay on the forefront of innovation on both a large and small scale. This allows us to deliver the highest-quality graphics to our clients while keeping operations cost-effective and efficient.

From large corporate clients all the way to small local schools, SpeedPro clients trust that their products are being printed with the latest equipment and materials. We also improve our product line to keep up with the latest trends. A great example is smart signage for contactless experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a SpeedPro owner, you’ll get the benefit of our constantly updated knowledge. This allows you to adapt your business to stay on the cutting edge and provide only the best to your customers.

Decades of expertise

The first SpeedPro Signs business opened in 1992 in Canada, and the company shifted to digital printing in 2001, and opened in Texas in 2003. This means that SpeedPro has decades of experience in the wide-format digital printing industry.

This level of expertise gives our customers a sense of security. They trust that we’ll find the best solution for their needs every time they turn to one of our studios. Every SpeedPro owner gets to capitalize on our long-held reputation in the industry and use our decades of experience.

High-quality product line

One of SpeedPro’s core values is delivering the best possible quality on every project. Our quality standards ensure that each piece we print and install—whether it’s a window graphic or vehicle wrap—is something our customers will be proud of.

Not every print shop does large-format graphics and signage, but we do. Customers understand that working with SpeedPro gives them access to harder-to-find wide-format print pieces that are printed to perfection. And, not only do we design and print the products, but we also offer expert installation. Our quality and end-to-end solutions make us a valuable resource for customers large and small.

Partnership approach

At SpeedPro, our clients aren’t merely buyers—they are partners. Our studios operate as an extension of our clients’ marketing teams, digging deep into their goals and needs to perfect their latest print projects.

This partnership approach requires a lot of collaboration, but it results in a better product and a happier customer. It’s no wonder so many customers return to SpeedPro for repeat wide-format printing needs!

Additionally, every SpeedPro franchise owner shares the same core values as both our corporate office and our customers—top-quality products and professional service. It doesn’t matter the size of the project or the client’s volume. We deliver the same great service to each and every customer, with a focus on professionalism and satisfaction.

Build your client base with SpeedPro

When you open a SpeedPro studio, you get access to the systems and solutions our brand has used to serve client needs for over two decades. Our competitive advantages make for a lucrative business model that both owners and customers benefit from. Interested in learning more about SpeedPro? Fill out our contact form today to get started!