Propelled Brands, a newly formed corporate umbrella set to focus on operating and growing service-oriented franchises, announced today that its two portfolio brands, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. and NerdsToGo®, have been named to FranServ’s annual FRAN-TASTIC 500. The list recognizes 500 industry-leading franchise brands guiding franchisees on the path to becoming successful business owners through franchising.
“Franchising is a doorway for many people looking to be their own boss,” said Alesia Visconti, CEO of FranServe Inc. “A brand that makes our annual ‘FRAN-TASTIC 500’ list demonstrates that it goes above and beyond the norm in helping people fulfill their dreams of business ownership through franchising! It’s a brand that sets itself apart!”
Brands on the FRAN-TASTIC 500 list were nominated and chosen for their turnkey model, operational support, and superb training, among other criteria.
“For both FASTSIGNS and NerdsToGo to be selected for FranServe’s FRAN-TASTIC 500 following the recent launch of Propelled Brands is strong validation for the vision we’ve created for the corporate group,” said Mark Jameson, CFE, Chief Support and Development Officer at Propelled Brands. “Both FASTSIGNS and NerdsToGo have experienced strong growth in the first quarter of 2021, and this prestigious industry recognition is the first of what we believe will be many accolades for Propelled Brands.”
This announcement comes on the heels of FASTSIGNS opening nine centers in the first quarter across the U.S., including in Texas, Florida, New York, California, Michigan, South Carolina, and Illinois, as well as a location in Alberta, Canada. In 2021, FASTSIGNS is aiming to sign at least 35 franchise agreements, targeting Southern California, the Midwest, New England, and along the Northeast Corridor. FASTSIGNS is particularly focused on its co-brand and conversion programs, which help existing business owners add a FASTSIGNS to their store or fully convert their business to a FASTSIGNS franchise. FASTSIGNS has helped countless owners of print shops, photography studios, camera stores, embroidery shops, and more, diversify their product lines and services to meet the growing demand for signs, graphics, and visual communication solutions.
Additionally, NerdsToGo, which offers a variety of consumer and B2B services including residential IT support, business consulting, commercial virus removal, spyware, and more, opened three new locations in the first quarter. The brand aims to sell 30 franchises nationwide as part of its plans to grow the brand’s footprint in new and existing markets. With a long-term goal of growing to over 500 locations, the company is seeking expansion in markets that serve more than 100,000 people.
Both FASTSIGNS and NerdsToGo offer a special incentive for prospective franchisees that are veterans or first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.
Propelled Brands is looking to partner with other service-oriented franchise concepts that align with its forward-thinking growth objectives. For more information or to learn about opportunities with Propelled Brands. To learn about franchise opportunities with FASTSIGNS or NerdsToGo, contact Mark Jameson ([email protected] or call 214.346.5679).