CARROLLTON, Texas, Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the leader in signs, graphics and visual communications, was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review (FBR) in its 2016 Top Franchises for Veterans Report. The brand ranked 11 th overall, earning its designation as "The Best of the Best" Franchise for Veterans. As Veteran's Day approaches, FASTSIGNS celebrates our nation's veterans by continuing to give them the tools that they need to build a successful business after their time in the Armed Forces. In addition to being recognized by FBR, FASTSIGNS International was recently honored with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the Department of Defense's highest recognition presented to employers for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve members.
FASTSIGNS International was among 158 franchise brands, representing over 22,000 franchise owners that participated in Franchise Business Review's research. Participating franchisees from a variety of industries were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations and financial opportunity. Leaders in the veteran community, FASTSIGNS reports that over 10 percent of its franchisees are comprised of military veterans. Disciplined, driven and self-motivated, veterans possess a number of valued skills and a wealth of experience essential to successful franchise business ownership. "It's truly an honor to be recognized by our veterans and business owners in the Franchise Business Review," said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "We remain committed to supporting our veterans and active duty servicemen and women by continuing to offer incentives and assistance for them and their families to achieve success. Our hope is that more companies and franchise brands will do the same." As part of the commitment to veterans, FASTSIGNS International is also a proud participant of the International Franchise Association's VetFran program (Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative), which assists military veterans in accessing franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance and industry support. Veterans that join the FASTSIGNS U.S. network can take advantage of specific incentives including a reduced franchise fee of $22,250, a savings of 50 percent, in addition to reduced royalties and advertising fees for the first year. FASTSIGNS International has also been recognized as a top franchise for military veterans by leading publications including USA Today, G.I. Jobs magazine and Military Times magazine. FASTSIGNS International is recruiting franchisees throughout the U.S. In addition to more than 400 U.S. and Canadian markets targeted for development, FASTSIGNS has 65+ international locations in nine countries open for continued expansion. As part of the brand's development strategy, FASTSIGNS is also targeting Co-Brand and conversion opportunities whereby print shop owners can expand their services by adding FASTSIGNS to their existing business or convert their business into a thriving FASTSIGNS center.