Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS International Inc. announces that it is offering a new franchise development incentive geared toward first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs and firefighters.
The company says it will reduce the fee required for those who come from these professions to become a franchisee by 50 percent, or $23,750.
FASTSIGNS says it plans to open an additional 45 centers across the U.S. in 2018 and is targeting markets such as Greater New York City, Boston, and the Northeast Corridor, and throughout the West Coast including Southern California and Arizona. Across all of North America, FASTSIGNS says it has more than 400 markets ready for development.
It hopes this new financial incentive will help entice some of those men and women who are first responders to take the plunge and buy a franchise.
“We are proud to be the only franchisor in our segment to offer a development incentive specifically for first responders, providing them a means to become entrepreneurs after they’ve served their communities for so many years as the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency,” says Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International. “Now, these qualified entrepreneurs will have a means to serve their community in a different way-helping other business owners develop the most effective visual solutions.”
FASTSIGNS says it is also planning to grow aggressively internationally in target markets such as Brazil, Quebec, North Africa, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, and Latin America.