Archive for October, 2012

October 25th, 2012

AlphaGraphics Adds Four New Franchisees to Global Network

Leader in Printing, Outsourced Marketing Services Posts 8.9% Year-over-year Growth

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – September was a big month for the AlphaGraphics network, with four new owners closing on franchise agreements to open new AlphaGraphics Business Centers. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, AlphaGraphics, Inc. plans, produces and manages visual communications for businesses at nearly 300 owner-operated, locally based business centers worldwide.

Girish Sethi in Houston, Texas, previously owned a box manufacturing company in India that allowed him to gain familiarity with the printing industry. He holds both a bachelors and a post-graduate degree in computer applications, and was also president of All Around Art & Foliograph Galleries, with responsibility for manufacturing operations and 11 retail locations.

Gene and Yolanda Lucero, along with their business partner Trish Perez, are opening a new AlphaGraphics center in the Dallas area. Gene spent 24 years working for Xerox in sales, including six as a General Manager, and 11 in sales management with accounts such as the U.S. Army, Air Force and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Gene holds a degree in digital technology and engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Trish also spent time in sales for Xerox and was most recently a federal account manager for managed print services with Cannon IV, Inc. She earned a degree in marketing from the University of Texas in Austin.

Arif Jacksi in Manhattan, N.Y. is converting his IMPRESSIONS print shop to an AlphaGraphics center. He brings 14 years of experience in design, web development, commercial printing and sign production, but was interested in the marketing services and network support that a strong franchise brand could offer to his business.

Dan Hayes owns Doops Copy in Olympia, Wash., a 21-year-old independent printing business that is now being converted to an AlphaGraphics Business Center. Dan’s B2B model has served the construction industry, working with designers and project managers to reproduce commercial building documents and host them online.

“These new owners represent the ideal AlphaGraphics franchisee, bringing industry experience, entrepreneurial success and a lot of talent to our network,” said Dave Buzza, vice president of global development for AlphaGraphics. “With our focus on being a marketing and communications provider, we’ve been able to serve as an out-source marketing partner for our clients, and that has allowed us to grow consistently through the economic downturn.”

The AlphaGraphics network, a 41 year-old brand, continues to be at the forefront of the printing franchise industry and ranked in the Top 200 Franchises. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, the world’s highest quality standards and a global network, the company’s trained and experienced team members are committed to delivering creative solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses and increase their reach. For more, visit www.alphagraphics.com or www.alphagraphicsfranchise.com.

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October 18th, 2012

A Word from Vice President of Global Development Dave Buzza: Introducing the AG Ramp-In Process for New Owners

BIG NEWS: We recently introduced the innovative AG Ramp-In process that dramatically reduces the initial investment and cash burn, and pushes back any capital funding and/or long term leases until a new Franchisee is making money. Our objective is for you to achieve break-even on a full AlphaGraphics Business Center without having to secure a loan or service leases.

Simply put, you can enter the AlphaGraphics network for an initial investment of less than $60K. You can start in a shared office suite environment with an MIS system, complete training, a sales process, a full database of prospects, a professional marketing kit and materials, and a reliable set of sublet vendors (other local AlphaGraphics) and go to work developing a base of clients and sales. Instead of waiting on the lengthy funding and real estate processes, you can be in business immediately.

Simultaneously, our AGAlliance Acquisitions Team will engage with you to help build an organic base of clients and reach monthly sales in excess of $20,000 BEFORE you transition to a full AlphaGraphics Business Center. So, instead of burning through cash, you can actually be accumulating cash during this process.

Please call Chrys Richardson at (801) 595-7259 with questions, and to discuss this attractive option in more detail.

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