EmbroidMe is at the forefront of a                                               rapidly growing $45 billion industry.    ...
Opportunities f T               or omorrowEmbroidMe has experienced tremendous growth. We plan to build on that growth by ...
Recognized as a top distributor since 2005 by a leading trade organization.The names you know. The brands you trust. You’l...
Everybody is an EmbroidMe Customer!                On-P se P                    remi roduction                In addition ...
Ranked #1 By “Entrepreneur Magazine”!              Comprehensive T                            raining              Our cla...
As an EmbroidMe      franchisee, you will      take part in one of      the most extensive      training programs in the  ...
Assistance is always just a                                                               phone call or click away.       ...
Internet St          rategyAll EmbroidMe franchisees are given their own state of the art website, which theycan customize...
THE EMBROIDME FRANCHISE FEATURES:                                   Comprehensive Training Program                        ...
2121 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411 1-800-727-6720 561-640-7367 www.embroidme.comThe logos and designs herein are...
FACTS ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESSREASONS:    COMPANY DOWNSIZING    YOU WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOUR SKILLS    YOU W...
Why EmbroidMe?GROWING INDUSTRY                    Look around you. Embroidery is everywhere. Your customer list is        ...
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Media Contact:                                                                                Carmen Ordonez              ...
Media Contact:                                                                                     Carmen Ordonez         ...
Last year, Entrepreneur magazine also ranked UFG number one in its category for the ninthconsecutive year in the publicati...
Ranked #1 in Industry  9 Years In A Row
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  1. 1. EmbroidMe is at the forefront of a rapidly growing $45 billion industry. There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes from running a business that helps build other businesses. That’s what EmbroidMe is all about… offering complete branding solutions that include everything from custom embroidery, garment printing, promotional products and personalized gifts. EmbroidMe does it personally, professionally and punctually. Traditionally, the industry was broken down into home-based or large commercial operators. EmbroidMe is in the middle, offering a full-service branding solution, making us a vital part of Mark Johnson, President the $45 billion industry. We opened the first EmbroidMe store in West Palm Beach, Florida. We have helped hundreds of people open franchise locations making it possible for thousands of businesses, groups and individuals to get the customized apparel, promotional products and personalized gifts they need at affordable prices. Our franchise affords you all the advantages of a large retail chain, while maintaining the independence of owning your own business.Company Hstory iEmbroidMe, Inc., a privately owned company, is the world’s largest embroidery franchise with retail stores around the globe.Since we began franchising, we have become the world leader in the full-service embroidery, garment printing, promotionalproducts and personalized gifts industries, making it possible for thousands of organizations and businesses to easily andcost-effectively get the customized apparel and promotional products they need.EmbroidMe’s founder has been franchising businesses all over the world for more than three decades. Starting with hisfamily-run printing business, Ray Titus then launched his own global company, SIGNARAMA, more than 25 years ago. Now,that franchise has grown to have nearly 1,000 stores in more than 50 countries. Next, Ray saw opportunity in the growingembroidery industry.In April 2000, we opened the first EmbroidMe store in West Palm Beach, Florida, featuring a full-service showroom that combinesa wide variety of apparel and promotional items. The store grew continuously over its first year. Today, EmbroidMe’s WorldHeadquarters remains in Florida, and we have a strong presence from the U.S. and Canada, to Europe, Australia and Africa.EmbroidMe has become a brand name people trust for quality embroidery and customized specialty products.
  2. 2. Opportunities f T or omorrowEmbroidMe has experienced tremendous growth. We plan to build on that growth by continuing toadd domestic stores in key locations throughout the United States, as well as positioning ourselvesstrategically throughout the world as the global leader in the embroidery and promotional productsindustry. Not only has the EmbroidMe brand expanded, but also our industry, offering growthpotential for our EmbroidMe franchisees.
  3. 3. Recognized as a top distributor since 2005 by a leading trade organization.The names you know. The brands you trust. You’llfind them in every EmbroidMe store.Our showroom features products from the topname brands your customers want to promotetheir business or event. T E he mbroidMe Showroom We have combined the embroidery business and the promotional products business into a unique retail showroom that is revolutionizing the industry. Our EmbroidMe showrooms feature a large selection of casual apparel of various sizes, colors and styles from leading apparel manufacturers. We also display accessories, giftware, and logoed merchandise. So whether it’s a custom embroidered blanket for a newborn or a corporate sale for dozens of shirts, caps and pens, EmbroidMe can fulfill the order in a timely and professional manner! Throughout our EmbroidMe showroom you will find the leading names in fashionable and functional custom apparel. We are casually dressing the world in the labels customers look for and the clothing they love. We’ve got polo shirts, t-shirts, denim wear, hats, caps, sweatshirts, sports attire, uniforms, robes, fleece, jackets, bags, totes, aprons, towels, giftware and logoed merchandise. Whatever the need, whatever the name, at EmbroidMe we customize it. As an EmbroidMe franchise owner, you will enjoy the savings of manufacturer direct and mass purchasing power on popular, high quality apparel and accessories.
  4. 4. Everybody is an EmbroidMe Customer! On-P se P remi roduction In addition to our large display showroom, the EmbroidMe store includes our multi-functional production center. You, the owner, can oversee all aspects of your EmbroidMe business right under one roof. Our unique store design enables you to provide faster fulfillment of orders, better quality control and a greater variety of services, all with fewer employees and higher profits. Our EmbroidMe on-premise production department contains the most advanced technology and equipment in the industry, all designed for high quality, fast output and easy usage. By prioritizing sales and service, and incorporating retail production, EmbroidMe is setting a new standard in the industry. We are a one-stop, full-service provider for embroidered apparel, accessories and customized promotional products.
  5. 5. Ranked #1 By “Entrepreneur Magazine”! Comprehensive T raining Our classroom instruction covers all facets of operating an EmbroidMe franchise, from business management to marketing strategies, merchandising systems and technical applications. There is no prior experience necessary to become an EmbroidMe franchisee. Because our production systems are easy to use, you will not need any technical skills. We will make sure you understand every aspect of your EmbroidMe business, from hiring an employee to operating your embroidery and garment printing equipment to marketing and promoting your services to the local business market. Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, our theater is the central hub of our training facilities that include a production room, computer lab and fully-stocked showroom.
  6. 6. As an EmbroidMe franchisee, you will take part in one of the most extensive training programs in the franchise industry. HANDS-ON TRAINING STORE OPERATIONS PRODUCT KNOWLEDGEOur training program features a variety of techniques to help yougain overall business knowledge, and specific awareness aboutthe embroidery and promotional products industries. You’ll benefitfrom top-notch instruction on how to build a business effectively,and you’ll get hands-on experience on the production side, soyou know what it takes to produce your product. Additionally, livewebinars and training videos are available to help you train your staffand help you retain the information once you get back to your store.
  7. 7. Assistance is always just a phone call or click away. WORLD EXPO GROUP SEMINARS REGIONAL MEETINGS CORPORATE R&DContinued S port upEmbroidMe not only teaches you the systems and equipment during your classroom training, but also provides visits to your store in order to workpersonally with you.One of our local field representatives will help you set up your equipment and continue building your knowledge and expertise in your own store.After equipment set-up and on-the-job technical training, an EmbroidMe marketing representative will work with you one-on-one to teach you howto promote and develop your business. We also provide printing and promotional materials to give your EmbroidMe store an immediate presence inyour community. With EmbroidMe you can count on first-rate, first-hand support.There are ongoing opportunities to benefit from the assistance we provide you. Regional meetings are held frequently right in your area, so you canalways get the latest information from corporate and benefit from interacting with fellow local franchisees.You will be invited to attend the World Expo, an exciting regular event, that brings our franchisees from all over the world together to broaden theirknowledge of the business, provide profitable marketing and operational strategies and interact with key vendors, manufacturers and distributors.In addition, we provide ongoing information and training to you via our exclusive video network plus informative news that is posted online and sentdirectly to your inbox.
  8. 8. Internet St rategyAll EmbroidMe franchisees are given their own state of the art website, which theycan customize and localize to create optimal Search Engine Optimization results. Weassist our stores locally with proven internet e-marketing solutions from search engineoptimization and indexing to banner advertising and opt-in direct email strategies.Your localized EmbroidMe.com website will give you a powerful marketing advantage,allowing you to showcase your projects and your community.Your website will include an advanced Apparel Design Studio that allows customers tocreate their orders online. Users can see their logo placed on the apparel, and use fontand image options to create a design that’s all their own.Your website will also include the ability to create convenient Online Company Stores.These virtual stores allow you to provide an easy online solution for your customers’business branding needs. Products are uploaded to a private site where your customercan order with ease 24/7. Onl Stores and Ordering ine Our Advertising Fund also increases brand awareness nationally via internet strategies that include pay-per-click, social media campaigns and aggressive online press release programs. With EmbroidMe, you can have it all. EmbroidMe’s online company stores offer an easy solution for customers who wish to place easy re-orders while keeping their logo and brand consistent. Customers choose which items they want to sell in their online stores, and then EmbroidMe creates the private online stores, where users can browse the exclusive designs and purchase 24/7.
  9. 9. THE EMBROIDME FRANCHISE FEATURES: Comprehensive Training Program Brand Building Two week training Complete marketing plan including On-site training promotional materials Training Manuals Internet Marketing Campaign Ongoing Support Direct Mail Program Technical & marketing support Advertising Fund Toll-free in-house technical support Your own store website Online training and industry updates Advanced online design tools Mentor and Franchisee Advisory program Site Selection Regional support offices Prime locations Regional Meetings Lease negotiations Financing Complete construction package Mass purchasing power Attractive retail store designY Next Step T our owards SuccessWe realize that an investment in an EmbroidMe franchise requires confidence and commitment. You should feel comfortable with ourfranchise system and excited about our industry. We encourage you to meet with a Regional Vice President in your area and be given apersonal first-hand look at an established EmbroidMe location.Now that you’ve had the opportunity to learn about EmbroidMe, the next step is easy...Call us at (800) 727-6720 or visit us online at www.embroidme.com.
  10. 10. 2121 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411 1-800-727-6720 561-640-7367 www.embroidme.comThe logos and designs herein are the property of the corporations they represent. Their appearance here is not an indication of any endorsementof EmbroidMe, but merely a representation of what EmbroidMe can produce.information provided herein is true, complete and not misleading.This offering is made by prospectus only. EmbroidMe is a Proud Member of the UNITED FRANCHISE GROUP
  11. 11. FACTS ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESSREASONS: COMPANY DOWNSIZING YOU WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOUR SKILLS YOU WANT TO BE INDEPENDENT – TO COME AND GO AS YOU PLEASE YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOURS YOU WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE YOUR INCOME YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR A survey of 163 millionaires showed that 74% owned a business.BUYING A FRANCHISE CAN BE SMART INSTANT NAME RECOGNITION BUSINESS PRACTICALLY FROM DAY ONE EXCELLENT SUCCESS RATE GUIDELINES AND ADVICE TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS YOU MAY FACE LITTLE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
  12. 12. Why EmbroidMe?GROWING INDUSTRY Look around you. Embroidery is everywhere. Your customer list is endless and includes every segment of the business world: retail service, professional, athletic and corporate. Today the embroidery industry is a $45 billion industry.FULL SERVICE We have combined the embroidery business and the advertising specialty business into a one-stop, full-service retail showroom.FRANCHISE EXPERIENCE For more than thirty years, our founder has been franchising businesses all over the world.PRIME LOCATIONS AVAILABLE There are still many choice locations available.FRANCHISE FEE Demographics and lease negotiation are included.INCLUDES FINDING A LOCATION We study traffic counts, business counts, traffic flow and growth areas to find a location we can mutually agree upon.DECIDE ON LOCATION, LEASE AND All decisions are mutually decided on by the perspective buyer and usMARKETING AREA BEFORE PURCHASE before your purchase is completed.PROTECTED TERRITORY We give you a designated territory from which to operate your store.RENOVATIONS We oversee the painting, plumbing, carpeting and electrical work, everything we need to bring your store up to EmbroidMe standards.FRANCHISE FEE INCLUDES 5 WEEKS OF Training, lodging, lunch and transportation to and from our beautifulTRAINING West Palm Beach, Florida training facility are included. One week on- the-job training in your area at a local EmbroidMe. Your final two weeks will consist of marketing and technical training at your store.NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY In our school, you will learn all aspects of the business from the technical end to the business end.FRANCHISE FEE INCLUDES PRINTED We don’t wait for business to come to you. Our unique marketingMATERIALS AND INITIAL MAILING programs introduce your business to your community.FINANCING AVAILABLE Financing of our equipment package is available to help you get started in the business.NAMES BEHIND OUR NAME We feature high quality apparel and accessories from some of the biggest names in the industry: Lee, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, Outer Banks, Champion… just to name a few.STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT We have partnered with Brother International to supply you with the latest embroidery equipment and technology.MASS PURCHASING POWER Our franchise affords you the advantages and savings that come with a large retail chain.LOW INVENTORY Due to the efficiency of our franchise program, the inventory is kept to a minimum.CONTINUED RESEARCH AND Our franchisees are kept abreast of new research and developmentDEVELOPMENT through our newsletter and our website.800 SUPPORT NUMBER A toll-free number is available to answer all your questions.ONGOING PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS & We continue to help you with any challenges you may face.SUPPORTFULL-SERVICE CAPABILITY We cater to customers who want one item to 10,000! www.embroidme.com 1-800-727-6720
  13. 13. Money Section/Page/Zone: BUSINESS/D001/PN peared in Sun-Sentinel on the date and page indicated. You may not create derivative works, or in any way exploit or repurpose any content displayed or co Money sunsentinel.com sunsentinel.com BUSINESS LEADER, PALM BEACH COUNTYBUSINESS LEADER, PALM BEACH COUNTY RAY TITUSRAY TITUS sunsentinel.com Position: Chief Executive, United BUSINESS LEADER, Franchise Group. PALM BEACH COUNTY Personal: 48; married to Andrea; sons Alex James, 19; Austin Roy, 17; Andrew, Client Name: 14. Description:Position: Executive, UnitedExecutive, Award Education: Studied business PalmPosition: Chief ChiefFranchise Group. LEADER, PALM BEACH COUNTYBUSINESS as Business Leader, Advertiser:United 48; married to Andrea; sons Franchise Group. Beach management and communications at County. The award wasRAY TITUSPersonal:Alex James, 19; Austin Roy, 17; Andrew, presentedJohn Fischer College, Rochester, St. Thursday evening at thePersonal:14. 48; married Boca Raton Resort Southern College, N.Y., and Florida Lakeland. & Club.to Andrea; sons AlexEducation: Studied business “It’s the loyalty and hard work Career highlights: Meeting PresidentJames, 19;communications atmanagement and Austin Roy, 17; of our George W. Bush inhasOval Office theSt. John Fischer College, Rochester,Andrew, 14. people that the led to in 2007 when Signarama won the U.S. About theN.Y., and Florida Southern College, successDept.theCommerce’s Presidential “E” of of business,” Titus said.Lakeland. awardEducation: Executive, UnitedStudiedPosition: Chief Award for export excellence; openingFranchise Group.Career highlights: Meeting President UFG has 145 employeesmovingmore its 1,000th location and and intobusiness in management and than 1,000spacious Westowners. office.George W. Bush the Oval Office in the franchise Palm Beach The Sun Sentinel Co.2007 when Signarama won the U.S. sonsPersonal: 48; married to Andrea; gives the Excaliburcommunications Roy, 17; Andrew,Alex of Commerce’s Presidential St. JohnDept.James, 19; Austin at “E” Community involvement: The Heath Lino Evans Foundation, which helps Palm DeFeo, of West Award to business lead-Fischer College, opening14.Award for export excellence; Rochester, Beach, victimsbeen a abuse, and First has of sexual SIGNARAMAits 1,000th location and moving into ers in South Florida whoN.Y., and Palm Beach office.the spacious West FloridaEducation: Studied business Southern franchisee for nearlyWest Palm Beach. 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Last year, almost 200 taught youof Arleneexport excellence;WRITER“E” “E”Dept. of Commerce’s PresidentialBy Commerce’s | STAFF Satchell Presidential United and personal life, and often first Signarama for the Excalibur wife,’” Tituslead- “Their at 48, he’s chief executive of businessFranchise Today systems have worked well , unknowns,” Titus son owedthe Titus sold nations fran- you to your business said. were Award to locationsAward for opening franchise us,” DeFeo saidPalm trainingfirm that specializes muchchise in 1987toand opened a store in franchise his wife Andrea, 47, who for in a West and Beach and joked about how in Group, 1987 of the opened a his said. new Titus andAward for come and moving into small sign shop marketing tools that Signarama pro- him. its flagship North Palm Beach that year to test thetheonce in South Florida who beenits 1,000th has export way from the Ray Titus location a long excellence; Awardadded. ers worked for his father, have from commu- store in North Palm Beach that year “He’d say, ‘I taught you franchising, business-to-business franchises, includingthe spacious Farmingdale, N.Y., in 1986, when he left the vided when he bought the business in West Palm Beach office.he founded in Signarama brand. Florida market. nity. married for 22 years. have distinguishedfamily printing business to strike out on his own. to test the Florida market. 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For his entrepreneurial success, whenwas named the brand has grown to nearlyEvents, “Both were unique in work ethicwithin theiralways striving are better… Titus 1,000 a home-based event … “He’s com- nominees forin Farmingdale, Sun Sentinel Co.’s Excalibur Award as and personal life, In 2004, Titus and in the ability to get things done, N.Y., in 1986, ties TheLAURIE SILVERS business locations worldwide. andhe left the family printing business often joked about how much his sonsite planning business; and in both good times Transworld always challenging us to be better,”2010 winner of the pany. judged on:Business Leader, Palm Beach County The award was bought a new headquarters . at 2121 and move forward te: 04/10/2011to strike out on his own. at the Boca Raton Resort & Vista Parkway to accommodate and bad,” Titus said. business Tatem said. topresented Thursday evening owed to him. President, Hollywood Position: Business Advisors, a Their contributions ability to build TheirClub. growth. the South Florida com- During the recession’s “rough Titus and innovatively develop and Media Corp. Today, at 48, and hard work of our people that has led say,Titus credits his foray into franchis- patch” the company was forced to lay especially their also gives time “It’s the loyalty he’s chief executive “He’dPersonal: ‘I taught you munity,to United Franchise Group, franchising, ing59, married toof the late Roy Titus. operates solely asface of “a commitment totheir company. communityofthe success of the business,” Titus said. to his father, Mitchell UFG off staff in the a franchiser of lot resources to several activelyPosition: President, Hollywoodand more than 1,000 franchise UFG has 145 employees Roy co-founder basketball taught you Rubenstein, Titus founded Minutemanand does not own Titus said. any of Press unknowns,” or operate organizations, ability to in- Junior Their includingowners.Media Corp. and introduced Media;to your wife,’” the brands’ stores,business was flat in 2010, Hollywood you three grown and today it has International in 1973, Although Titus said. participate as a leader in Achievement of the Palm Beachesspecializes in West Palm Beach, has been aTitus said. more than 950 locations. Lino DeFeo, of business-to-business Signaramachildren. crease company profits charitable and civicPersonal: 59, married to Mitchellfranchisee for nearly two decades. and the or stock value for share- Heath Evans Foundation,Rubenstein, co-founder of Education: Bachelor’skey influence in Titus’ Roy was a degree, Please turn to TITUS, 6D groups.SIGNARAMA brand.Hollywood Media; three grown Titus and his wife Andrea, 47, who has a training facility and mock small business University of Miami; law degree, a charity launches in 2006 to help The holders, enhance cus-children. once worked for his father, have storefronts where new franchise childrentomer service or create University of Miami. affected by sexual abuse. award honors an out- UFG generated degree, revenues of more been marriedhighlights: Co-founded Career for 22 years.Education: Bachelor’sthan $450Miami; law degree, and sales owners are taught essentials about standing small businesssupport in every area “He’s been or career opportuni- aSMALL million in 2010,University ofBUSINESS LEADER, PALM BEACH COUNTY Hollywood Sci-Fi Channel and jobsare forecast to grow 15 percent toUniversity of Miami. Business lessons learned infrom their new businesses, including of the sole pro- their com- Media; owns cable TV station Port foundation,” said founder owner who is a ties within his fatherLucie andGary Rockwell, a equipment demonstrations. prietor or who owns a a West Palm Beach Heath Evans,LAURIE SILVERS St. and five radio stations on20 percent thisCo-foundedCareer highlights: year. pany. Last year, Titus engineered controlling interest in his contributions to the a native and veteran fullback for the Treasure Coast.Sci-Fi Channel and Hollywood mentor, have proven invaluableMedia; owns cable TV station in Port success, For his entrepreneurial Their New Orleans Saints football team. over the years. involvement: Community merger with Fort Lauderdale’sher business. the South Florida com- orTitus wasCoast. stations2010 winner named the onSt. Lucie and five radio Chairwoman of Economic Council ofthe Treasureof the Sun Sentinel Co.’s Excalibur were unique in work ethic… Transworld Business Advisors to “BothPalm Beach County, 2010; serves on “He’s a constant giver,” EvansCommunity involvement: boards of Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, WPBT public expand outside Florida. Transworld said. munity, especially their MoreChairwoman of Economic Council of commitment to activelyPosition: President, Hollywood broadcasting station and Jewish
  14. 14. Media Contact: Carmen Ordonez email: cordonez@fish-consulting.com Phone: 954-893-9150 United Franchise Group Signs Agreement with Franchise Finance for $5 Million Franchisee Lending Program Loan Program to Provide Funds for New Start-Ups and Existing Franchisee ExpansionWest Palm Beach, FL (June 3, 2011) – The United Franchise Group (UFG), a $500 million WestPalm Beach franchise development firm, today announced it has reached an agreement for afranchisee lending program with Franchise Finance, the oldest independent franchise financecompany in the U.S. The program aims to facilitate growth by lending financial support to new andexisting UFG franchisees, while offering exclusive access to $5 million of development capital.Franchise Finance has established National Finance programs with only the top 10% of allFranchise Concepts.“We are proud to partner with Franchise Finance for this exclusive franchise lending program,” saidRay Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group. “This program provides a tremendous opportunity forprospective and existing franchisees who want to grow with UFG, but would otherwise have adifficult time securing capital given the current lending environment.”According to a recent study by the International Franchise Association, franchise lending has seena 40 percent decline, resulting in the loss of nearly 50,000 jobs and more than $5 billion ineconomic activity. The Franchise Finance lending program was specifically designed to meet theneeds of franchisees and specializes in conventional, SBA loans, as well as construction loans andmulti lines of credit.“UFG is the only service-type franchisor we feel confident investing $5 Million into, and we feelsecure because of their strong management and business model” said Rick Anderson, generalmanager of Franchise Finance. “Franchise Finance will provide the custom lending solutions thatwill enable qualified UFG franchisees to build their businesses.”UFG is made up of five industry-leading franchise brands including SIGNARAMA, the world’slargest full-service sign business; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; BillboardConnection, a home-based advertising agency; Plan Ahead Events, a home-based event planningbusiness; and TransWorld Business Advisors, a business brokerage and franchise developmentservices firm. In 2010, UFG developed nearly 200 new franchises and projects its growth trend tocontinue in 2011 with a goal of adding up to 300 new franchise locations around the world.
  15. 15. Media Contact: Carmen Ordonez email: cordonez@fish-consulting.com Phone: 954-893-9150 United Franchise Group Honored with 2011 Governor’s Business Diversification Award Company recognized for Outstanding Contributions Toward Diversifying Florida’s EconomyWest Palm Beach, FL (September 19, 2011) – The United Franchise Group (UFG), a $500 millionWest Palm Beach franchise organization, announced today it has been honored with the 2011Governor’s Business Diversification Award. The company was honored during a special reception heldin Tallahassee today at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.The award, which is coordinated by Enterprise Florida, recognizes outstanding contributions madetowards improving and diversifying Florida’s economy plus distinctive community investment efforts,particularly relating to industries targeted for economic development and high wage job growth.“It gives us pride and pleasure to honor these companies for their success in job creation andenhancing Florida’s business climate,” said Gray Swoope, Enterprise Florida’s president & CEO.“We’re working tirelessly to move Florida’s economy further uphill, so, these contributions from ourbusinesses and economic development partners are highly welcome, encouraged and appreciated.”UFG is made up of five industry-leading franchise brands including SIGNARAMA, the world’s largestfull-service sign business; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; Billboard Connection,a home-based advertising agency; Plan Ahead Events, a home-based event planning business; andTransWorld Business Advisors, a business brokerage and franchise development services firm. In2010, UFG developed nearly 200 new franchises and projects its growth trend to continue in 2011 witha goal of adding up to 300 new franchise locations around the world.“We are very enthusiastic and honored to receive this award on behalf of all our employees andfranchisees at UFG,” said Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group. “This award is a true testamentof our hard work and commitment to our customers and Florida’s economy.”The Governor’s Business Diversification Awards, now in its 28th installment, selected from a pool of 107organizations, 18 winners in six categories. United Franchise Group won in the Export Excellencecategory, which highlights companies with significant increase in documented export sales in 2010.
  16. 16. Last year, Entrepreneur magazine also ranked UFG number one in its category for the ninthconsecutive year in the publication’s annual “Franchise 500” ranking, which is determined by factorssuch as financial strength, growth rate and size. Additionally, Franchise Times also ranked UFG as aTop 200 franchise.About the United Franchise Group (UFG):United Franchise Group (http://www.unitedfranchisegroup.com) is a $500-million franchising expertwith 30 years of experience and 1,400 franchise locations in over 50 countries. Brands includeSIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events, and Transworld BusinessAdvisors. Information on franchising opportunities is available at 800-286-8671 (U.S.) or 001-561-640-5570 (international).About Enterprise Florida, Inc.Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Floridas business andgovernment leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Headquartered in Orlando, Enterprise Florida’s mission is to diversify Florida’s economy and createbetter paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create globally competitivebusinesses in innovative, high-growth industries. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida worksclosely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State ofFlorida and by private-sector businesses. ###
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