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UFG Honored 2011 Governors Business Diversification Award

Company recognized for Outstanding Contributions Toward Diversifying Florida’s Economy

West Palm Beach, FL (September 19, 2011) – The United Franchise Group (UFG), a $500 million West Palm Beach franchise organization, announced today it has been honored with the 2011 Governor’s Business Diversification Award. The company was honored during a special reception held in Tallahassee today at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

The award, which is coordinated by Enterprise Florida, recognizes outstanding contributions made towards improving and diversifying Florida’s economy plus distinctive community investment efforts, particularly relating to industries targeted for economic development and high wage job growth.

UFG Honored 2011 Governors Business Diversification Award

“It gives us pride and pleasure to honor these companies for their success in job creation and enhancing Florida’s business climate,” said Gray Swoope, Enterprise Florida’s president & CEO. “We’re working tirelessly to move Florida’s economy further uphill, so, these contributions from our businesses and economic development partners are highly welcome, encouraged and appreciated.”

UFG is made up of five industry-leading franchise brands including SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest full-service sign business; EmbroidMe, the world’s largest embroidery franchise; Billboard Connection, a home-based advertising agency; Plan Ahead Events, a home-based event planning business; and TransWorld Business Advisors, a business brokerage and franchise development services firm. In 2010, UFG developed nearly 200 new franchises and projects its growth trend to continue in 2011 with a goal of adding up to 300 new franchise locations around the world.

“We are very enthusiastic and honored to receive this award on behalf of all our employees and franchisees at UFG,” said Ray Titus, CEO of United Franchise Group. “This award is a true testament of our hard work and commitment to our customers and Florida’s economy.”

The Governor’s Business Diversification Awards, now in its 28th installment, selected from a pool of 107 organizations, 18 winners in six categories. United Franchise Group won in the Export Excellence category, which highlights companies with significant increase in documented export sales in 2010.

Last year, Entrepreneur magazine also ranked UFG number one in its category for the ninth consecutive year in the publication’s annual “Franchise 500” ranking, which is determined by factors such as financial strength, growth rate and size. Additionally, Franchise Times also ranked UFG as a Top 200 franchise.

About the United Franchise Group (UFG):
United Franchise Group (https://www.unitedfranchisegroup.com) is a $500-million franchising expert with 30 years of experience and 1,400 franchise locations in over 50 countries. Brands include SIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events, and Transworld Business Advisors. Information on franchising opportunities is available at 800-286-8671 (U.S.) or 001-561-640-5570 (international).

About Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Florida's business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Headquartered in Orlando, Enterprise Florida’s mission is to diversify Florida’s economy and create better paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create globally competitive businesses in innovative, high-growth industries. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.

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