FASTSIGNS International, INC., Named One of the Best Franchises of 2018 by Military Times

Author: Christina Krenek

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise, announced today that it was named one of the Best Franchises of 2018 by the Military Times — the only brand in its category to be recognized in the rankings — for the benefits it offers to military veterans and active-duty service members. As part of the International Franchise Association's (IFA) VetFran program, FASTSIGNS offers special incentives, including a 50-percent discount on the franchise fee — a savings of $23,750. 

"We are excited to be acknowledged by Military Times as one of the Best Franchises of 2018. FASTSIGNS is dedicated to helping military veterans find success and purpose through franchise opportunities and this prestigious recognition aligns with our efforts to equip veterans with the opportunity to start a business after returning from service," said Catherine Monson, CEO, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "We are the only franchise in the signage and visual graphics industry to offer a 50-percent discount to any veteran, without stipulations."  

In an effort to continuously support our veterans, Monson will keynote the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Annual Employer Awards Dinner in Austin, Texas, on April 13, which recognizes employees for supporting National Guardsmen/Reservist employees. 

The Military Times Best Franchises of 2018 is a meticulous, month-long process designed to honor companies around the country for their accommodations for service members and veterans. Franchises are evaluated on company culture, investment quality, overall franchising costs, military discounts, and overall support for franchisees in the National Guard and reserves.

"The franchise brands on this list make the extra effort for their veteran and military-connected franchisees," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. "They earned their places on these rankings through their dedication to current and former service members, and their efforts should get the attention of veterans considering their launching a franchise."

Over the last several years, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has continued to be recognized for its commitment to veterans. In 2016, FASTSIGNS was honored with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition presented by the Department of Defense to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.

Additionally, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 70 overall on Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500®, the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and has been ranked by Franchise Business Review as one of the "Best of the Best" for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years. Additionally, FASTSIGNS also was named to Franchise Business Review's "Innovative Franchises" list in 2017 and a "Best-in-Category" franchise by Franchise Business Review in 2018. Most recently, FASTSIGNS was named an "Amazing Franchise Opportunity" by internationally recognized franchise speaker and author Dr. John Hayes in his new e-book: "12 Amazing Franchise Opportunities – Second Edition."

For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson at (214) 346-5679.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 675 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in eight countries including the US, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at or LinkedIn:

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