West Palm Beach, FL, November 2, 2010 Tis the season for giving. With the holidays approaching and the spirit of giving in the air, nothing shows appreciation to employees and clients better than a personalized card or gift. Not only do corporate cards and gifts show gratitude to the people who have made an impact on business throughout the year, they are excellent tools to foster strong working relationships and encourage repeat business. Gifts to employees show that they are valued and appreciated as individuals and recognizes their performance and achievements. EmbroidMe offers a large variety of personalized gifts which will continue to cultivate goodwill long after the holiday season is over. The experts at EmbroidMe facilitate the process of selecting items that are in line with the corporate culture and budget from an assortment of more than 800,000 promotional productsall available for branding with logos and messages. EmbroidMe also carries greeting cards that can be personalized with the company name and logo to get the right message across. Some popular gift choices for clients include personalized desk sets, gift baskets, calendars, mugs filled with goodies, picture frames, sports blankets and personalized apparel. Such useful items will keep the company logo in front of your clients and will be a constant reminder of the brand throughout the year. EmbroidMe helps organizations solidify and build their brands through a number of services and products, specifically custom embroidered apparel, screen printing services, and promotional products. By helping you establish and maintain a personalized online store, EmbroidMe makes it possible to order official logo/name materials at your convenience. About EmbroidMe: With more than 400 retail locations worldwide, EmbroidMe provides full-service custom embroidery and screen printing, as well as promotional products, to both the private and commercial segments of the business community. To locate the store nearest you, visit: www.EmbroidMe.com.
I began my entrepreneurial dream with just that...a dream. I had no prior business experience before taking this plunge. I worked in a prison for 8.5 years. When they said anyone could make this business work, they were not lying. The cards were stacked against me. No experience, not much working capital and a bunch of nay sayers. I knew 1 thing though , regardless of success or failure, I had nobody to blame or pat on the back except for me. UFG gave me opportunity to own my own business. It was up to me to make it work. When we opened in 2005, it was just me and a college buddy doing it all. We struggled as all new businesses do. But we persevered. There was no way I was going to fail and have all those people tell me, "I told you so!" I learned as much as I could about this business from other owners, vendors, workshops and trade shows. I learned about my competition. They taught me what to do and what not to do. I positioned myself within the community to be very opportunistic when it came to jumping on grenades others threw and made things work out for who would become my customers. Since my 1st year, I added another friend onto the team as a sales person. He is going to hit $200K this year. I finally have the right person in place for my CAS who can tolerate being around me for more than an hour. We are moving into a new facility - 50% more space, half the rent - which in itself will propel our company towards my goal of $1 mil in annual sales. The 1 thing that has stayed consistent with me for the past 5 years is that I have never and will never blame anyone but me my the companies shortcomings. Not corporate, not other store owners, the people I surround myself with and especially the economy. It's all about me. I will get to the top of the mountain or DIE trying. Joe Vulpio EmbroidMe Dublin 6345 Sawmill Road Dublin, Ohio 43017 (p) 614-789-1898 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a perfect example of using out of the box thinking to create videos that people will watch, and that will get your name out there to new customers. If your video puts a smile on someones face dont you think they will want to visit your store in the future? This is a short video of our air dancer featuring some local talent having fun. A big Thank You goes out to the Morris United girls soccer team, The Morristown Madams roller derby, Katie Sue the dancer and ballerina, Steve the break-dancer and everyone else who came out that day. We are your local souce for Embroiery, Screen Printing, Promotional Products & Persaonalized Gifts. Visit our showroom... EmbroidMe Morristown NJ 16 Pine Street Morristown, NJ 07960 George Zacieracha www.embroidme-morristown.com
LESLIE SIMENSEN OF EMBROIDME FREDERICK, MD was featured in her local newspaper, overviewing her history in the Navy, how she became an EmbroidMe Franchisee, and some of the work she?s done in the community. ?What started out as a hobby became an obsession, which is now my business.? NAVY VETERAN STITCHES HER WAY TO SUCCESS IN FREDERICK by Chris Huntemann Gazzete.net: Maryland Community Newspapers Online Sept. 2, 2010 UPDATE! The day after this article was published Leslie emailed us to let us know that it already got her new customers & a new employee! ?So far this morning I?ve had three new customers call about yesterday?s article. Free publicity: good. ?Yesterday, I had the second of two cars follow me home, down my 250 foot long driveway, to ask me for my business card. Simply because they saw my wrapped van driving around the neighborhood. One was a college professor and they?ve ordered 150 jackets, the other is an FBI agent who needs an entire assortment of products and services. Wraps: good. ? Today I hired a new OSR that I?ve been trying to get. The deciding factor for him? Yesterday?s article where he learned more about me. More sales: very good.? EmbroidMe of Frederick, MD 5732 Buckeystown Pike, Unit 21 Frederick, Maryland 21701 Leslie Simensen https://www.embroidme-frederick.com/
When: January 23-25, 2011 Where: Orange County Convention Center, FL
This event is open to the Embroidery and Promotional Products Industry members. The cost for tickets are $45 each.
Don't miss the hottest event on the East Coast, featuring 700+ suppliers, thousands of money-making products, renowned education and exciting networking events. Michael J. Fox, will be presenting during the morning Keynote.
Visit: asishow.com for more information. Or, call 877-ASI-SHOW with questions.
Competitive Greatness, as Coach John Wooden describes it, is A real love for the hard battle, knowing it offers the opportunity to be at your best when your best is required. There are a lot of factors at play in our competitive world today the economy, the internet, and certainly the other embroidery, screen printing and promotional product companies that we face every day. My question is, Are you passionate enough about the competitive journey to build a successful business? The great competitors who I have known all share a joy from the struggle or journey it takes to win. But its not the victory that makes them successful, its the satisfaction that comes from putting in that supreme effort it takes to win. The extra hours, the motivation that you give to others, the hard work that goes into building something special. That is where the true victory lies, in the self satisfaction of knowing that you summoned your best effort to compete on the highest level. Are you doing the things necessary to compete in todays world? Are you marketing your business every day, looking for new employees every day, motivating others every day? We are in a great business we get to help other people with their businesses and make their companies or organizations more successful. What a great thing! But we need to compete every day. In my view, there is nothing tiresome in the old adage, When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But this doesnt have to be something that isnt enjoyed. If you are putting in your best effort there is a tremendous self satisfaction in the building of your business. Work hard and have fun with the journey. Mark Johnson President EmbroidMe
We would like to share a letter from one of our franchisees in Dodge City, Kansas...
Without a doubt our EmbroidMe business would not be where it is today without the benefits that come with being part of a successful franchise.
We started our business and had everything on the line-- it was a situation that we knew we had to make it work. We worked hard and are proud to say that in 6 years we have reached the Hall of Fame status. We have served on the Franchise Advisory Council for the past 4 years. We could not have been as competitive in our market without the benefits that we received from our vendors because of the size of our franchise. We have been able to show our clients and potential clients that we are local but at the same time we are global. This has been significant in the growth of our business and this has helped us as we have gone out to the businesses to present ourselves in a professional manner.
One of the best things that has helped our growth has been the growth of our friendships with fellow franchisees and our corporate office support people. We have helped each other with our experiences and our connections to vendors and products. The most notable customer that walked through our door was a CBS Early Morning News representative, in Dodge City, Kansas no lessonly because of our franchise connections could we have taken care of 500 polos, screenprinted in two locations, ordered on Tuesday night after store hours and delivered to our door on Thursday afternoon! Then to return the favor we were able to suggest a product to a fellow franchisee that sealed the deal on a $20,000 order and secured the customers faith in EmbroidMe and in their ongoing contract. We enjoy helping others now as that is what makes the franchise system worksuccessful stores helping others to be successful.
The Mentor program has been implemented to achieve this goal and we are proud to have served as head Mentors for the past year. At the last expo we received the award for Head Mentors of the Year and we were very honored to get this prestigious award.
EmbroidMe Dodge City 1909 N. 14th Avenue, Suite B Dodge City, Kansas 67801 Kim & Gavin Unruh https://www.embroidme-dodgecity.com/default.aspx
GERMANTOWN, WI (SEPTEMBER 2010) - EmbroidMe, the world's largest embroidery franchise, announces a new owner for its Germantown store at W164 N11271 Squire Drive under the ownership of local resident Mark Metzker.
Before becoming an EmbroidMe franchisee, Mark worked nearly 20 years as a programmer analyst for FIS, formerly known as Metavante. According to Mark, he has always wanted to own his own business.
"The EmbroidMe franchise is a great opportunity to work with local businesses, developing creative solutions to build brand awareness and to get noticed," said Mark. "I'm looking forward to becoming part of the Germantown business community."
EmbroidMe of Germantown will host an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, September 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcomed to attend.
Approaching 400 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 Germantown, contact Mark at (262) 251-2100 or info@embroidme-mequon. For franchising information, please call (800)727-6720 or visit www.embroidme.com.
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.
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.