Maria Medina owns the Minuteman Press franchise located at 1416 NE 4th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Thanks to their proactive efforts in the community, Maria and her dedicated team has been recognized with three impressive community awards: 2018 Best of Fort Lauderdale for Design, Print and Promotional Products; Small Business of the Year by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; and Rising Leader of the Year.
Maria says, “It was amazing to be recognized as the Best of Fort Lauderdale for the third year in a row. The award program aggregates your online reviews and online presence in order to determine the best businesses for each category.”
She continues, “My involvement with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has helped my business grow significantly over the past four years. It is great that I have been able to donate my time and sponsor events with them, as well as grow my business at the same time. Rising Leader of the Year is a new award this year and I am the first recipient, which is super exciting! This is the second time I’ve been selected as Small Business of the Year, so it’s great to be continuously recognized by my fellow peers and business owners in the community.”
Maria attributes the growth of her Minuteman Press franchise to her work in the community and the Minuteman Press franchise system that she follows closely. She explains, “I’ve been very involved in my community both by using the marketing program taught by Minuteman Press as well as by joining local groups like the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. I also try and give back to the community and non-profits in the area as much as possible, through donations and monetary contributions.”
As for what’s next for Maria, she says, “We are currently in the permitting process to maximize the square footage of our location so I can add more machinery! I gave my desk to the office manager when I promoted her and am working off this little tiny desk until I’m able to give myself a new office. I’m looking forward to that!”