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  • Knock 'Em Out of the Park With Embroidered Apparel for Teams

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL-(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - The first pitch has been thrown, the first run has scored -- baseball and softball season is underway! With so many leagues across the country, baseball is a year-round sport. It's not too late to plan your team's embroidered apparel and gear for tournaments, all-star games or even next season.

    Baseball and softball are played in every corner of America. Teams are on the field to make a statement. A top-quality uniform says they are ready to play -- and win! With more than 2,100,000 Little League baseball and 300,000 softball participants worldwide, every team needs an edge. A good-looking, top-quality uniform can instill pride in its players. Parents and fans also like to get in the spirit by wearing their team's colors and emblazoning their child's name and number on their own shirts. Baseball uniforms can also form lasting memories. Many Little League players keep their uniforms as keepsakes and reminders of past glory.

    EmbroidMe, the world's leading embroidery franchise, has a wide variety of uniforms, apparel and gear to choose from. Top-name brands such as Champion and Majestic, and others, are all in play. With more than 400 locations, there is an EmbroidMe location nearby and ready to team up with sports leagues to provide the gear they need to be champions. Not only will the players know that they are wearing the best, but they'll look their best whether on the pitcher's mound, in the batter's box or sliding into home. Other sports items such as stadium blankets, backpacks or sports bags are also a great way to promote your team. No matter which team you're cheering for, EmbroidMe is your team uniform headquarters! For a complete selection of custom apparel, promotional products, team apparel, golf items, totes, personalized gifts, awards & incentives, and more, please locate a store near you at www.EmbroidMe.com.

    About EmbroidMe: With hundreds of retail locations worldwide, EmbroidMe provides full-service custom embroidery and screen printing for apparel, as well as promotional products and gifts to both the private and commercial segments of the business community. To locate the store nearest you, visit: https://www.embroidme.com.

  • Navy Veteran Stitches Her Way to Success in Fredrick

    Although Leslie Simensen served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm in the early '90s, her toughest task may have been operating an embroidery kiosk by herself during the Christmas shopping rush.

    But Simensen, 45, parlayed that hectic retailing experience into becoming the owner of the Frederick franchise of EmbroidMe, a global embroidery company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. Privately held EmbroidMe has more than 450 franchise locations in eight countries, according to its website. It had revenues of about $85 million in 2009, said company President Mark Johnson.

    A native of the Tulsa, Okla., area, Simensen participated in the Navy ROTC program while earning her bachelor's in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She was commissioned into the Navy following her graduation in 1987.

    Simensen worked in public affairs at the Norfolk (Va.) Naval Station, then was a marketing officer for Navy recruiting in Dallas before heading overseas to join Operation Desert Storm as a protocol officer.

    "I was the only woman on the ship," Simensen said of her eight-month experience overseas.

    Simensen also worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and on the presidential inaugural committee during her time in the Navy. Following her discharge in 1994, she worked many different jobs, including stints in the telecommunications sector and at Walt Disney World in Florida.

    After the telecommunications industry fell on hard times about eight years ago, Simensen was introduced to embroidery after wanting to create personalized items for her children.

    She began creating embroidery for other parents and participated in craft shows.

    While selling her embroidery at a kiosk in the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Mall during the 2007 holiday shopping season, Simensen was approached by Brian Smith, who was with his wife doing their holiday shopping.

    At the time, Smith was the mid-Atlantic region vice president of United Franchise Group in West Palm Beach, which owns EmbroidMe. Smith, who has since left the company, said he approached Simensen because she was "doing an exceptional job despite being by herself in a tough shopping environment."

    Simensen initially was hesitant about becoming involved with EmbroidMe, because she said she didn't feel comfortable being told what to do.

    But after a visit to other EmbroidMe stores and the company's headquarters, Simensen said, she "fell in love with it. I knew it would be a great opportunity for me ... and in the two years that I have been here, the corporate office has been amazing with their support."

    Simensen bought the Frederick EmbroidMe location in August 2008; she declined to disclose the price. The store produces specialty apparel and promotional items for large and small businesses, schools, churches and even firefighters.

    Simensen also has created products for Frederick American Little League baseball and the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team. David Ziedelis, the Keys' general manager, said EmbroidMe has partnered with the team and sponsored its charity golf tournament. The store "produces a lot of our promotional items" and apparel for the Keys' stadium staff, he said.

    "This is our first year working together and [Simensen] has been tremendous," Ziedelis said.

    Simensen declined to disclose specific sales figures, but said she surpassed her total 2009 sales in June. So far, sales are up more than 60 percent from a year ago. She has one full-time and three part-time employees.

    The Frederick store has won multiple company awards, including EmbroidMe's Top Store Appearance award at the company's annual expo in July. The Frederick store was one of eight EmbroidMe locations worldwide to receive the award and Simensen also received the Overall Improved Store award at last year's expo, the only U.S. store to receive the award, she said.

    Johnson said Simensen "does an outstanding job" and is a "passionate" franchisee who "cares about her employees."

    Simensen lives in Martinsburg with her husband and two daughters.

  • Million Dollar Dream - EmbroidMe East Tamaki

    When Wayne Strong first took over EmbroidMe East Tamaki back in late 2007 he said he wanted to reward the person who spent the 1 millionth dollar with him. He didn't expect it to come around quite so fast, but it did, on 17th November 2009. "We appreciate the business of all our customers, but there could only be one who spent the millionth dollar, and it happened to be Nova Therm" Mr Strong stated at the presentation. "We are pleased to be able to mark this milestone by rewarding a valued customer."

    The lucky recipient of a Christmas hamper plus over $500 worth of complimentary caps with their logo embroidered on them was Nova Therm, a manufacturing company based in East Tamaki. "We are very surprised to receive these caps and were more than happy with the products and service we had received to date. We will definitely be placing further orders in the future" said Paul Vujcich, Managing Director of Nova Therm. EmbroidMe East Tamaki had just completed a substantial clothing order for the team at Nova Therm. In ongoing discussions caps were something that was being considered for the New Year. "It seemed like the obvious thing to me", Mr Strong confirmed. "We specifically chose something that we knew they were interested in, and would get a lot of use from"

    EmbroidMe is a brand which is managed in New Zealand by the Business Franchise Group. Despite the challenging trading environment over the past 18 months, the group has grown to 8 stores across New Zealand, and the group's growth has been pleasing. Greg Longstaff from the Business Franchise Group says "we are lucky to have passionate owners like Wayne who go the extra distance with finding solutions for their customers. We attribute this and our varied product range for brands success over the past year".

    EmbroidMe East Tamaki has gone from strength to strength this year, despite the doom and gloom merchants. "Turnover is actually up over 19% year to date compared to the previous year at the end of November, which is not bad for a recession is it?" Mr Strong does not deny that trading conditions have been tough for some companies. The demise of a number of their own direct competitors bearing witness to the difficulties experienced by many in 2009. However it would seem that making yourself more visible to your customers during tough times is something that a lot of companies have taken up with some enthusiasm. Mr Strong advised "People are realising they need to ensure that staff uniforms are up to scratch in order to portray a professional image. As well as being good at what you do, you need to look the part as well. We have even had some businesses that have been around for many years adopting a uniform for the first time."

    EmbroidMe East Tamaki supply and brand the full range of apparel and promotional products. They provide Embroidery, Screen printing, Vinyl lettering, Digital transfers and Promotional Products ranging from cooler and tote bags to pens and umbrellas. If you can put your name on it, we can supply and brand it for you. Operating from their fully stocked showroom on the corner of Smales and Springs Roads they have customers throughout Howick, Pakuranga, Botany and East Tamaki, as well as the Pohutukawa Coast, Clevedon area and a growing number of customers in the newly developing Flat Bush area.

    Anyone looking for a 1 stop shop for all their branded clothing and promotional products should seriously consider what EmbroidMe East Tamaki has to offer before they make any decisions. They have no minimums, fast turn around times, a vast range of solutions and the strength of being the global leader in their field. See EmbroidMe East Tamaki today and GET NOTICED!

  • Great Franchise Opportunities Highlighted

    If you are thinking of setting up a small business yet you are still unsure of what you exactly want to do or are scared to death of not being able to generate good business, then you must try looking into these franchise opportunities and choose the right one that will suit your taste and budget. An important factor to take in consideration is your ability to actually run your chosen franchise opportunity efficiently and successfully.

    One of the most popular franchise opportunity nowadays is the 'EmbroidMe' franchise opportunity wherein you can create custom-made apparel as well as merchandise which has embroidery on it. EmbroidMe actually has the tagline, 'Casually Dressing the World' in its retail showrooms wherein it aims to make their company known through all forms of medium, in corporate marketing programs as well as over the internet. EmbroidMe is outfitting their customers with creatively customized apparel not just for work but for play as well. They also offer all sorts of promotional merchandise as well as advertising specialty items.

    The catch point(s) of the EmbroidMe franchise opportunity are its sudden commercial boom. It’s a highly new and fresh revolutionary industry concept. This franchise opportunity's great and organized system allows the wonderful opportunity of being your own boss. You do not have to answer to anyone but yourself! According to Ray Titus, the president of the EmbroidMe company. They are looking for willing entrepreneurs who are dreaming of running and managing their own business but in spite of just having a small business, they are well provided with many benefits that a stable global company can offer them - not to mention, mass purchasing power as well as great advertising apart from the other possible additional help that your EmbroidMe franchise opportunity might be needing in the future.

    EmbroidMe offers full service embroidery as well as screen printing and other promotional products to its customers. The EmbroidMe 'empire' actually now has over 250 stores all over the world and has been rated as #1 in the industry for four consecutive years as well as being one of the 50 fastest growing franchise opportunities according to Entrepreneur Magazine.

    When it comes to the EmbroidMe staff's training and support, a turnkey franchise the EmbroidMe company will actually assist in the demographic studies of the area that you want to put up your EmbroidMe franchise. A study on your site selection as well assistance on lease negotiations would be conducted. The EmbroidMe company will also coordinate with you for renovations that will be done on your store. This franchise opportunity will also provide an excellent 4-week training program for you and your staff. Not only that, this franchise opportunity will also assist you in conducting interviews, hiring and training prospective EmbroidMe employees since this is a service oriented franchise opportunity it is highly important that every employee must be able to comply and adhere to EmbroidMe's strict rules and regulations.

  • Personalization is Recession-proof at EmbroidMe

    From business owners to schools, EmbroidMe provides embroidery and screen printing services for school spirit wear, uniforms, hats, caps, t-shirts, and more.

    Whether they are personalizing gifts or filling corporate orders, EmbroidMe, Inc. is the world’s largest embroidery franchise and has been named the leading embroidery franchise company for the last two consecutive years by Entrepreneur Magazine. The privately owned company is booming, with plans of expansion and brand partnerships in the near future. The Cumming EmbroidMe, is one of more than 450 retail locations around the world, including a second location in Marietta – both now owned by James Simmons and Damaris Davila.

    Aside from their success, EmbroidMe in Cumming gives a unique service to the community. From business owners to schools, EmbroidMe provides embroidery and screen printing services for school spirit wear, u niforms, hats, caps, t-shirts, and more. By partnering with brands like Hanes, Nike, Adidas, and Outerbanks, plus delivering competitive pricing from available vendors, EmbroidMe strives to deliver the best quality. They use a bleach-proof polythread meaning their embroidery will typically outlast the garment. They also print customized T-shirts.

    A member of the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, EmbroidMe is located at 655 Atlanta Rd., Suite 507. Don’t miss their tent sales on August 29 and Sept 5 when they will be selling off overstocked inventory at discounted prices. EmbroidMe is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 5:00 and by appointment on Saturdays. EmbroidMe encourages business and school leaders to contact them for pricing on corporate attire and spirit wear. Pricing depends on volume and ranges from $14.95 to $60.00 for shirts. From now until the end of the year, mention you read about EmbroidMe on Cumming Home and receive a 10% discount on your total purchase.

    Source: Cumminghome.com

  • EmbroidMe Ranked 18th in ASI Counselor Top 40 for 2009

    EmbroidMe's steady franchise expansion continued in 2008, an important factor behind the company's 12% growth.

    2008 Results: Sales were up primarily due to continued growth in same-store sales and the opening of new locations, says EmbroidMe President Mark Johnson.

    New in 2008: "We continue to take advantage of the newest technologies with our new online catalog, new online design capabilities and by driving traffic to our stores through our search engine optimization campaigns," Johnson says. In addition, the company's ad fund successfully utilized database marketing to prospect for incremental business.

    Personnel Changes: Johnson was named president of EmbroidMe in January, 2008. Steve Seltzer was named director of marketing, Mary Mills brand marketing manager and Christine Marion e-marketing manager.

    Top Challenges: Continued growth in a "nervous economy" remains the top challenge, Johnson says. Outlook for 2009: "We are very encouraged so far for the balance of the year after a relatively slow first quarter," Johnson says. "Our stores seem to be growing again and the feedback from our franchise owners is very positive about the second half of the year."

  • EmbroidMe Bucks Economy

    eme-bucks-ecomomyCompany expands, moves as other businesses fail

    EmbroidMe is one example of a business expanding in a retracting economy. That's because the business offers solutions for what's going on in the economy, owner Leslie Simensen said.

    EmbroidMe moved into larger quarters at 5732 Buckeystown Pike, near the Common Market grocery store.

    The company's expansion proves there's a need to build brand awareness of the customer, especially in a dismal economic climate, Simensen said.

    "That is the single most important thing EmbroidMe does," Simensen said.

    Simensen embroiders or screen-prints products locally, allowing for lower shipping costs, faster turnaround and more responsive service. The service also customizes name brands and designs items with logos using Advanced Virtual Sample Technology. The company handles the entire job from start to finish and creates a free online company store to help a customer sell logoed merchandise to its audience.

    Simensen, a veteran who served in Desert Storm, was spotted by EmbroidMe's vice president while she was operating a kiosk in a West Virginia mall. He asked her to become an EmbroidMe franchisee, but Simensen wasn't sure that going the franchise route would work, considering her Type A personality, with specific ideas for her company.

    After assurances from the vice president that she could be as independent as she wanted, Simensen accepted the offer, and the arrangement has worked well, she said.

    In August, Simensen bought an embroidery store that had existed for five years in Frederick . The previous owners, who were ready to retire, had attracted a loyal following and established a good reputation, Simensen said.

    EmbroidMe is looking to add to its three-employee operation. Additional workers are needed to introduce the company's products and services to the Frederick community, Simensen said.

    EmbroidMe's new location allows customers to touch and feel the product as opposed to going online and buying the cheapest shirt they can find, Simensen said.

    A veteran, Simensen said she makes it a point to seek veterans for hire.

    "I did not get here by myself so I make it a point to reach out as well," said Simensen, whose husband is a veteran as well.

    SOURCE: THe Frederic News-Post February 17, 2009

  • Embroidme Increases SEO by Launching Social Networking Campaign

    West Palm Beach, FL- EmbroidMe, Inc., the world's largest embroidery and screen printing franchise, has launched an aggressive social networking campaign in an effort to strengthen brand awareness and increase search engine optimization efforts. The company has found success by incorporating social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube into its new campaign.

    These social media platforms allow EmbroidMe to build brand awareness by announcing company news and events, promoting specials and sales, and updating consumers on its products. This strategy has helped position the company as a full-service custom embroidery and screen printing franchise that offers promotional products, personalized gifts and much more. In addition to growing the brand, EmbroidMe's social networking campaign has increased its organic search engine optimization results on the Web, which is coupled with an effective Pay Per Click campaign.

    "We felt that it was incredibly important to join the social networking conversation and engage in the discussion. This campaign has enabled EmbroidMe to tap into new markets, increase customers and sales, and continue to build the brand," says Christine Marion, E-Marketing Specialist for EmbroidMe.

    About EmbroidMe:

    With hundreds of retail locations worldwide, EmbroidMe provides full-service custom embroidery and screen printing for apparel, as well as promotional products and gifts to both the private and commercial segments of the business community. To locate the store nearest you, visit: https://embroidme.com. Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/embroidme.

  • Lenexa Franchise Owners Win National Award

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15 - EmbroidMe Lenexa franchisees Todd and Wendy Diskin of Lenexa, Kan. were honored today by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owner-operators representing nearly 50 franchise systems were recognized today during the IFA's Ninth Annual Franchise Appreciation Day here for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.

    As the association's public affairs conference, Franchise Appreciation Day is a two-day event which began today and continues through Sept. 16. Attendees are meeting with members of Congress and Administration officials about issues important to franchising, including small-business health plans, immigration reform, business activity taxes and wages. The event and the award are supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.

    "The IFA is proud to recognize the commendable efforts of Todd and Wendy Diskin with the Franchisee of the Year Award," said IFA Chairman Steve Greenbaum. "The franchising community is fortunate for the outstanding contributions of these exemplary individuals who have helped bolster the growth of the industry."

    According to a recent study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 900,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country, which are indirectly responsible for providing 21 million jobs and generating $2.3 trillion in economic output. In Kansas, 9,991 establishments directly provide 119,739 jobs and contribute $8.2 billion to the U.S. economy.

    About The International Franchise Association The International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,300 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at www.franchise.org.

  • New EmbroidMe Franchise Opens in Mona Vale

    Mona Vale, NSW Australia (July 2008) - EmbroidMe, the world's largest embroidery franchise has a new store at 1/63 Darley Street, under the ownership of Caroline and Peter Robertson.

    Before becoming an EmbroidMe franchisee, Peter was a site manager of a water bottling plant in Iraq for four years.

    "We were fortunate to have discovered EmbroidMe because my wife and I were looking at going into business together," said Peter.

    With more than 450 retail locations worldwide, EmbroidMe provides full-service custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel, as well as promotional products and gifts to both the private and commercial segments of the business community.

    For more information on EmbroidMe in Mona Vale, contact Peter or Caroline at 02-9999-1159. For franchising information, please call 800-727-6720 or visit www.embroidme-monavale.com.au

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