Minuteman Press International is proud to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week 2017, which honors entrepreneurs and shines the spotlight on their journey to business ownership. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, there are 27 million entrepreneurs in the U.S. alone, making up 14 percent of the working-age population in America. We are truly honored to have such a great group of franchise owners throughout our entire system that have come from all walks of life, and each of them has their own unique story to share. Below are just a few examples of the journey to entrepreneurship that some of our owners have taken:
Jude Arijaje is an opportunist, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration. In 2000, Arijaje came from Nigeria to Philadelphia and was determined to become a success story both in life and business. After working as a parking lot attendant and leveraging the relationships he formed with others in his community, Arijaje went into business as an independent real estate broker. As a real estate agent, Arijaje would spend thousands of dollars per year on printing a wide variety of promotional materials such as signs, flyers, banners and countless other items. This is when he saw another business opportunity come to light in the form of the Minuteman Press franchise, and in 2008 Jude Arijaje began a new chapter in his entrepreneurial career by opening his Minuteman Press business on South Broad Street in the heart of Philadelphia.
Jude shares, “There’s really nothing called luck in this business. It’s a combination of everything including following the Minuteman Press program and getting out there. It includes relentless networking, shaking hands and putting our small business on the map.”
He continues, “There are no two ways about it – The Minuteman Press franchise program works. The best thing I did was follow the system and not try to reinvent the wheel. When I first started out, I pounded the pavement and met with every single business owner around to start building those relationships. What has happened now is that I have built a business with a loyal following that keeps growing thanks to following the Minuteman Press program. I apply those same practices I learned in training today. And when it comes to support, my Regional Vice President Richard Hornberger is always there for me whenever I need anything. It’s amazing that Minuteman Press puts these pieces in place for that kind of local help right in my center.”
Maria Medina was looking for a change, and she found the right fit with Minuteman Press. She has owned a franchise in Fort Lauderdale, FL since 2014. On her journey to entrepreneurship, Maria says, “Having worked for a private University in the UK for 8 years, I found myself in a position where I did not feel challenged. Becoming a business owner meant that I could have a direct impact on the company’s performance by setting goals and directing resources accordingly. Being the owner of a small business also means that I am able to work on the company’s brand by becoming a part of its image through networking and marketing. I have learned, and am still learning, skills which I don’t think I would have if I hadn’t become a business owner.”
Rob Overstreet was working in the restaurant industry and was looking for a change. In 2012, he switched industries and transitioned from employee to entrepreneur. He owns a Minuteman Press franchise in San Diego. Rob says, “Before becoming a Minuteman Press owner, I was working as a Hospitality Manager for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where I was working nights and weekends. I chose Minuteman Press to improve my quality of life and because I liked what I saw in the profit margins. Coming from a customer service-driven business, I knew I would be successful following the Minuteman Press program. The schedule is fantastic and I love what I do.”
Before owning his own business in Brooklyn, Wayne Herman worked in the finance industry. “I worked for Citibank until 2007, just before the big financial crisis,” he says. As luck would have it, Wayne was passed over for a key promotion on several occasions, and so he explored other options before the Great Recession took hold and forced him out of corporate America anyway.
One of those options turned out to be Minuteman Press. Franchising made sense for Wayne because he knew he wanted to start his own business but didn’t want to do it alone. Wayne says, “When I saw the reasonable startup costs for Minuteman Press and the help and ongoing support that the franchise offered to new owners, I thought this was a good idea.”