Signage and Visual Graphics Franchise Offers Independent Owners Opportunities to Maximize New Channels for Growth

FASTSIGNS(R) to Educate 2013 SGIA Expo Attendees About Expanding Business Services Through Co-Brand and Conversion Programs

CARROLLTON, Texas, Oct. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Balancing the demands of day-to-day business, while also staying relevant with marketing and technology advancements has proven challenging for today's independent sign and print shop owners. FASTSIGNS®, the worldwide franchisor for the more than 540 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers, recognizes these difficulties and provides the necessary resources for independent owners to advance through its co-brand or conversion opportunities.

With great success amongst both franchise programs, FASTSIGNS will exhibit at SGIA 2013 (Booth No. 635), to be held Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. The company's goal is to participate in discussions around printing business advancements and educate attendees about opportunities to evolve their independent businesses through both co-branded and conversion franchises.

In addition to exhibiting, FASTSIGNS executives will host an exclusive lunch session at 11:30 a.m. on October 24. Guests who pre-register for the program will have an opportunity to speak with FASTSIGNS Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Monson, who was recently featured as an industry innovator and influencer in the October 2013 issue of Sign and Digital Graphics. This recognition is a result of her significant contributions that have not only helped to grow FASTSIGNS, but also benefited the sign and graphics industry as a whole, such as the cobrand and conversion programs.

Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support & Development, will also be present at the exclusive lunch to teach guests about the two franchise opportunities. These programs allow independent business owners to maximize on new channels for growth through wide-format, signage and graphics and take their companies to the next level through increased brand exposure, which will ultimately attract new customers and drive profit margins.

As part of the support provided to independent business owners, FASTSIGNS offers conversion and co-brand agreements, for as little as $10,000 down in addition to reduced royalties. The company also offers the leading brand name in the sign and graphics industry and the latest technology, cost savings and relationships with national vendors and suppliers, comprehensive marketing and visual communications solutions and the benefits that come from networking with FASTSIGNS centers nationwide.

"FASTSIGNS has seen exponential growth through the implementation of these programs. Coupled with the increased global market demand for services and the upturn of the U.S. economy, we expect to expand even further and enter new markets," Jameson said. "Last year, we finalized 38 new center agreements, and have already opened 23 new centers and signed 22 agreements this year in high-volume cities throughout North America."

FASTSIGNS is the largest sign and graphics franchisor in North America and consistently receives top ratings for system growth and franchisee satisfaction, including: certification as a 2013 World-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute, inclusion on the Franchise Business Review's 2013 "FBR50", and inclusion in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500® as the No. 1 franchisor in the sign and graphic category.

With more than 540 FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers in eight countries, the company provides marketing and visual communications solutions to businesses, organizations and events of all types and sizes. FASTSIGNS offers a variety of sign and graphics solutions – including banners, building signs, digital signage, yard signs, vehicle graphics, decals, trade show exhibits and displays, point-of-purchase signs, and posters – as well as mobile websites, promotional products, interior décor, branding, printing and other marketing services.

For more information or to register for the lunch program with FASTSIGNS at SGIA 2013, please contact Mark Jameson at or call (214) 346-5679. Availability is limited.


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 540 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphic and visual communications centers in eight countries including the US (and Puerto Rico), Canada, England, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). FASTSIGNS provides comprehensive visual communications solutions to help customers of all sizes – across all industries – meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility through the use of signs, graphics, printing, promotional products and related marketing services. FASTSIGNS was ranked number one for the third year in a row in the sign and graphic category in the 2013 Entrepreneur Magazine annual Franchise 500®. For franchise information, contact Mark Jameson ( or 214-346-5679) or visit

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