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Fresh Coat of Jackson Gives Room Painting to Woman Battling Breast Cancer - April 16, 2014

When Fresh Coat of Jackson owner Carlis Faler’s wife Tonya became a breast cancer survivor in 2013, the couple had an idea – they wanted to give a free room painting to someone who was facing the same challenges.

Breast Cancer Free Room Recipient and Carlis FalerWhen Fresh Coat of Jackson owner Carlis Faler’s wife Tonya became a breast cancer survivor in 2013, the couple had an idea – they wanted to give a free room painting to someone who was facing the same challenges.

“We personally know the hardship and struggle other people battling breast cancer are going through and we thought it would be a nice gesture to offer a free room painting to someone else dealing with those challenges. We wanted to brighten someone’s day,” Faler said.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application.

The franchise, which is locally owned and operated, asked the community for nominations for who should receive the room painting. Julie Staires, who is currently battling breast cancer, saw their call for nominations on Facebook when a friend shared the post, but she had no idea she had been nominated or that Tonya had selected her as the winner.

“I was really surprised when Fresh Coat contacted me and that I was the recipient of the room painting … I feel so honored to receive this gift, just as I have finished 7 months of treatment! My girls and I are so excited to brighten a room. I’ve not been in my home very long, and have not had the strength or energy to do anything to it,” Staires said.

The family is planning to have Fresh Coat of Jackson paint the dining room.

“In the past, so many good memories have been made around our dining table that we think a ‘fresh coat’ of paint will be a great start to making new memories after cancer for us,” Staires said. “What an incredible gift. Thank you Fresh Coat.”

Faler said he’s happy Fresh Coat was in a position to make a difference in someone’s day – and home.

“We wanted to do something for someone who is going through what we went through and this gives us a way to do something nice for someone deserving and showcase our work,” he said.

Fresh Coat is committed to quality products and services. In fact, the company offers a 3-3-3 customer service pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live person within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within three weeks. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and no-charge detailed quotes.

“Our painters are employees – not subcontractors – so we can control the quality and craftsmanship of the work and we know the people who are coming into your home. Our ultimate goal is to make the painting experience pleasurable and leave you with a painting job you’re happy with,” Faler said. “With years of experience in providing quality work and a focus on customer service, we’re changing how painting is done in the Jackson area.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To see what Fresh Coat of Jackson can do for your home or business, call 601-707-9308, email cfaler(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatJackson.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens South Austin, TX Franchise - April 15, 2014

Arthurs Bring Painting Experience, Customer Service to Fresh Coat Franchise

Kenny and Tonya Arthur recently opened the new business, Fresh Coat Painters of South Austin.

While in Bloomington, Indiana, Kenny Arthur started a painting business – a business that was successful through his college days and after. But when his wife Tonya got a job offer in Texas, the two decided to give up the business and move to South Austin.

Now the family is excited to be opening their new painting business – Fresh Coat of South Austin.

“When we moved here, Kenny joined corporate America with me as an account manager in sales and marketing. He’s always been drawn to working for himself and it’s a good fit for us, so we started looking to invest in a franchise. Fresh Coat was a perfect fit,” Tonya said.

Fresh Coat’s services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes.

Fresh Coat of South Austin serves Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley and New Braunfels.

“I know painting because of my background and I know quality customer service because of my work as an account manager in sales and marketing. I understand the importance of building rapport and how to provide an excellent customer experience. I plan to bring all of that to Fresh Coat,” Kenny said.

“We are going to specialize in customer service. Our painters do quality work, but it’s more than that. We are committed to being above everyone else when it comes to service,” he added.

When it comes to customer service, Fresh Coat Painters also offers a 3-3-3 promise. That means calls will be answered within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days and the job will be started within three weeks, customer schedule permitting.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

“We are looking forward to serving our neighbors and growing within our community. We have a 13-year-old son who is very active and we’re looking to get even more involved as small business owners. We’re excited about giving back,” Tonya said.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of South Austin, call 513-400-2776, email karthur(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatSouthAustin.com.

Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville & Dublin Helps Make-A-Wish® Grant Wishes

Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville & Dublin Helps Make-A-Wish® Grant Wishes

Steve Gloyer and Tony Butler, owners of Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville and Dublin donated paint and services to Make-A-Wish® to brighten up rooms for two children as well as the corporate staff.

Almost everyone knows someone who’s facing a life-threatening medical condition. Fresh Coat of Westerville and Dublin co-owners Tony Butler and Steven Gloyer are no exception. So when their local Make-A-Wish® office reached out to Fresh Coat for a corporate office painting project, there was no question about what Gloyer and Butler would say.

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana was looking for a quote to paint their entire Columbus, Ohio, office, instead of providing them with a fair quote; we surprised them by offering to paint the entire office at cost. In addition, we were able to get our paint supplier, Sherwin Williams to happily donate all of the paint for the job. Since then we’ve donated our services to paint a little girl’s room as part of a room makeover wish and we have another room makeover coming up very soon,” Gloyer said. “When we’re able to make donations like these, it saves the organization money so that they can make more children’s wishes come true and that’s what it is all about.”

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville and Dublin serves most of the Greater Columbus area.

“We are proud to be involved with such a great organization like Make-A-Wish. Granting children’s wishes is a wonderful cause and something we are very happy to be a part of. Sometimes something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can help bring so much needed cheer,” Gloyer added.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish come true can have positive impacts on the health of children.

Emily Denholm, the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, said having companies like Fresh Coat willing to get involved in the organization’s mission truly makes all the difference.

“We are a local organization and we grant wishes here in this community. We rely on the support our local partners and companies to help us make those wishes come true. We are truly grateful for the support of Fresh Coat Painters,” she said.

Butler said that while he’s humbled people recognize the importance of donations like the services Fresh Coat has been able to provide, it’s really about helping kids and families in their community.

“Steve and I both believe that you do the right thing because it’s the right thing. This is one of those situations. When Make-A-Wish called us, we saw a perfect opportunity to make a difference – a chance to make these lives a little brighter,” Butler said. “The room makeovers are for wishes, but the chapter corporate office painting is important too.”

"Fresh Coat Painters as a national company understands the importance of giving back to the communities we serve and we're always excited when our owners take it upon themselves to donate their services and when our great partner Sherwin Williams can provide the paint. We'd also like to thank Make-A-Wish for coming to Fresh Coat for that first quote and for allowing our Columbus locations to get involved with the local chapter," Fresh Coat Painters’ Director of Operations Greg Platz said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. Fresh Coat Painters also offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live person within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within three weeks.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Westerville can do for your home or business, call (614)448-1303, email sgloyer(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.freshcoatwesterville.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Central MN Franchise - March 26, 2014

Fresh Coat Franchise Brings Quality, Professionalism to Central Minnesota

Eric Heipel is looking forward to bringing top-quality workmanship and service to the Central Minnesota area through his family’s new business, Fresh Coat Painters.

Eric Heipel is looking forward to bringing top-quality workmanship and service to the Central Minnesota area through his family’s new business, Fresh Coat Painters of Central Minnesota.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, deck staining, and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes.

Fresh Coat of Central Minnesota serves the Greater St. Cloud Metro, Alexandria, Monticello, and Northwest Minneapolis suburbs including Maple Grove, Rogers, and Elk River.

“The business model of Fresh Coat really resonated with me and I knew there was demand for what we offer. I wanted to be a business owner, but not a painter, so having a franchise that allows me to focus my time on client care while hiring experienced craftsmen was a perfect opportunity,” Heipel said.

The company is owned by Eric and his wife, Annie, but Eric runs the day-to-day operations. The couple has four children – Edie, Penny, Mary and Charlie. Before opening Fresh Coat Painters, Eric was in business and operations management with a Christian camp and conference center. As part of his job, he oversaw facility development and managed major capital projects.

“In that role, I really developed a love for project management and came to understand that finding good painters is not always easy. There is a need out there for fully insured painters who return telephone calls, do fabulous work and do not leave a mess behind. Our goal is to bring great painters to our clients with the backing of a trustworthy company,” Heipel said.

As part of their commitment to customer service, Fresh Coat also offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live person within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within three weeks.

“We have four core values that set us apart: quality workmanship and materials, professionalism, reliability and cleanliness. It’s all about providing a great service and treating our clients and their property with respect and care – just like it were my own home,” Heipel said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Central Minnesota can do for your home or business, call 320-281-1232, email eheipel(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.freshcoatstcloud.com.

Darrell Hale, Owner of Fresh Coat Allen Named Franchise of the Year

Darrell Hale’s Fresh Coat of Allen & McKinney Named Franchise of the Year

Less than two years after opening, Fresh Coat of Allen & McKinney is named the Franchise of the Year.

Darrell Hale - Franchise of the YearWhen Darrell and Marie Hale opened Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney in the summer of 2012, it was a chance to start a new chapter in their lives together. The couple worked so hard to build their business that this February, just a year-and-a-half after their opening, Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney was named Fresh Coat’s national Franchise of the Year.

“We decided about two years ago that we wanted to open our own business, but we wanted something sustainable. Painting is one of those things you need, regardless of the economy, and it’s not a fad. Fresh Coat stood out to us because of the solid business model,” Darrell Hale said. “I knew that we were off to a good start, but I had no idea we’d be named Franchise of the Year. I was genuinely surprised and excited.”

Fresh Coat Painters offers interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney serves Allen, McKinney, Plano, Murphy, Wylie, Lucas, Fairview, Garland, Richardson and parts of North Dallas.

“It’s been an extremely busy 18 months and getting into the routine of owning your own business and balancing life has been a challenge, but we’re thrilled with how things have gone. In fact, our business is so strong already this year that I’m bringing on a part-time estimator to help with the quotes,” Hale said. “In fact, our December numbers were double our 2012 total and I’m confident we’ll grow another 20 percent this year.”

To ensure excellent quality services, Fresh Coat Painters works with employee painting teams rather than contractors. Fresh Coat Painters also offers a 3-3-3 promise, which means calls will be answered within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days and the job will be started within three weeks, customer schedule permitting.

In addition to the numbers, the Franchise of the Year Award also recognizes a franchise owner’s contribution to the Fresh Coat franchise system.

“Darrell and Marie have a knack for marketing and their business growth is phenomenal, but it’s more than that. Darrell has really become an informal leader among our newer franchise owners. We can always count on him to help other franchise owners and to offer advice when he can,” said Bernie Brozek, President of Fresh Coat Painters. “We’re very proud of Darrell and Marie.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. Fresh Coat Painters has more than 100 franchise owners nation-wide.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Allen and McKinney can do for your home or business, visit http://www.freshcoatallen.com, email dhale(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or call 972-PAINTING.

“I know PAINTING is too many letters for a phone number, but in Texas, you can leave off the G. Paintin’ is the same thing,” Hale added.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens League City, TX Franchise - March 4, 2014

Joshua Ashley Brings Passion for Helping People to New Fresh Coat Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters of League City brings quality service, painting products to Texas community.

Joshua Ashley has always enjoyed helping people – a trait that strengthened when he was in the Marine Corps. So when he decided to open his own business, he wanted a Veteran-friendly franchise that would help him make a positive difference in the lives of others. And that’s exactly what he’s looking to do with his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of League City, Texas.

Fresh Coat Painters offers interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of League City serves Webster, Friends Wood, Clear Lake, Nassau Bay, Sea Brook, Galveston, Pasadena, La Marque, Baytown, League City, Dickinson, Santa Fe and the surrounding areas.

Before opening the business, Joshua Ashley spent 8 years in the Marine Corps infantry and worked as a finance manager at a car dealership.

“In each of those roles, I enjoyed working with people. At the car dealership, I also liked being able to help people get what they needed or wanted. I’m looking forward to doing both of those things with Fresh Coat. I’m excited about working with clients, looking at the projects, listening to what they want do to and delivering a stress-free, quality painting experience,” Joshua Ashley said.

As part of the commitment to service, Fresh Coat Painters also offers a 3-3-3 promise, which means calls will be answered within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days and the job will be started within three weeks, customer schedule permitting.

“That promise is about more than the timing for me. Customer service should be the key in any business and we’re going to prove that it’s true for the painting industry as well,” he said.

Outside of work, Joshua Ashley is a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I happened to be one of the lucky ones who didn’t get hurt in the service, but a lot of my guys were injured. The Wounded Warrior project is an important cause and an organization that means a lot to me,” he said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of League City can do for your home or business, call 281-817-6323, email jashley(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatLeagueCity.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Clarksville, TN Franchise - March 3, 2014

Rich Whitaker Focuses on Customer Service with Fresh Coat Painting Business

Rich Whitaker is proud to announce the grand opening of his new franchise business, Fresh Coat Painters of Clarksville, TN.

Fresh Coat ClarksvilleWhen Rich Whitaker left the military after 25 years, he was faced with an important question: what should he and his wife Cheryl do now? The answer: open Fresh Coat Painters of Clarksville.

“I was transitioning from a career in the Army and we were looking to open a home service business with a reputation for high standards and professionalism. Fresh Coat was appealing because the business affords us the opportunity to serve the community by helping homeowners add value to their house while making it feel more like a home,” Rich said.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Clarksville serves Clarksville, Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell, Woodlawn, Pleasant View and the surrounding area.

Rich is looking forward to bringing a new level of customer service to the painting industry in the Clarksville community.

“We’ll take the pain out of painting. Finding a painting company that will answer their business line or return a call can sometimes be a frustrating experience by itself. When customers call Fresh Coat Clarksville, they’ll talk to our customer service center and have an appointment for me to look at the job within minutes. And, I guarantee that we’ll be on time and the job will be done right,” Rich said.

In addition to the 24-hour service, Fresh Coat offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means that customers’ calls are answered by a live person within three minutes, a free quote is delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will start no later than three weeks from the day of quote.

Instead of using sub-contractors, Fresh Coat hires full-time painters to do the work, which Rich knows will make a difference to people in the Clarksville area.

“We will hire some of the area’s most talented painters and provide them a full-time job with benefits. With great, on-staff painters and Fresh Coat Clarksville’s commitment to quality, we’ll raise the level of quality and consistency for the painting trade in our area,” he said.

Rich and Cheryl met in their hometown of Island, Kentucky and have been married for 26 years. They have three children Truman, Andrew, and Catherine and make their home in east Clarksville.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Clarksville can do for your home or business, call 931-266-0385, email rwhitaker (at) freshcoatpainters (dot) com or visit http://www.FreshCoatClarksville.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Wausau, WI Franchise - February 27, 2014

Ken Van Ert Stands Behind Quality, Service of New Painting Business

New business - Fresh Coat Painters - opens to serve central Wisconsin.

Ken Van ErtAfter more than 30 years of working in and with the homebuilding industry, Ken Van Ert is opening his own business in a similar industry – home and business painting.

The new business, Fresh Coat Painters of Central Wisconsin, officially launches in March. The company serves Wausau, Schofield, Marshfield, Mosinee, Stevens Point, Plover, Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding areas.

“When I started looking into the possibility of going into business for myself, I investigated a few different franchises. I understand how homes are built and what all goes into building and maintaining a home. That’s part of what made Fresh Coat a good fit for me,” Van Ert said.

Fresh Coat’s services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes.

Additionally, Fresh Coat Painters offers a 3-3-3 promise – calls will be answered within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days and the job will be started within three weeks, customer schedule permitting.

That overall Fresh Coat commitment to customer service is part of what Van Ert and his wife Marivic are looking forward to bringing to the Central Wisconsin area.

“Customer service is incredibly important to me. I will stand behind the work of my team. I want to make sure everyone who works with Fresh Coat of Central Wisconsin is 100 percent satisfied. We are a quality organization – not some fly-by-night painters in a truck company,” he said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Central Wisconsin can serve you, call (715)952-4966, email kvanert(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatWausau.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Sioux Falls, SD Franchise - February 21, 2014

Kory Jons Aims to Bring Quality Service, Fair Prices to Community with New Fresh Coat Painters Business

Fresh Coat Painters of Sioux Falls, a new business in the community, offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application.

Fresh Coat Sioux Falls OwnersWhen Kory Jons started looking into opening his own business, he wanted a franchise with a company that believed in their concept and stood by their services. That’s what brought him to Fresh Coat Painters and led him to open his own Fresh Coat franchise in Sioux Falls.

“I was looking for a business with a solid business model and a commitment to customer service that could be started up quickly. Fresh Coat has a strong business model, selling a great service with quality products and I saw a need for that type of painting company in this area. On top of everything, Fresh Coat stands by their concept, which is important,” Jons said.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer live 24/7 customer service, and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat of Sioux Falls serves the Sioux Falls area and the surrounding communities.

Jons, who lives with his wife Michelle and their Great Dane Rex, said it will be the quality of the final product and professional customer service all done in a timely manner that will set Fresh Coat Painters of Sioux Falls apart from competitors.

“At Fresh Coat we employ quality painters and use top of the line quality products. We will be on time, accurate and courteous. We want to bring you a quality painting company with fair prices. That’s the way it should be,” he said. “Also, building a relationship with my customers is something I’m looking forward to. We hope that our customers will come back to us with future work and will refer people to Fresh Coat. That’s what we’re working towards, so that’s what our work will show.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Sioux Falls can do for your home or business, call 605-231-4780, email kjons(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatSiouxFalls.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Newton, MA Franchise - February 6, 2014

New Fresh Coat Painters - A Company Committed to A Great Experience

Matt Veteto is looking forward to providing a quality customer experience through his new painting business, Fresh Coat Painters of Newton.

In all Matt Veteto’s many years working with customers in corporate America, he always said: “if I owned my own business I would want to create a great experience for my customers and team.”

It’s that experience he’s looking forward to providing with his new business – Fresh Coat Painters of Newton.

“I researched many local businesses, but decided to open my own Fresh Coat Painters Franchise because of the services, the leadership, and the overall positive direction the company has planned for the future. It was a great fit with what I was looking for,” Veteto said.

“Technology is revolutionizing the painting industry. With our exclusive software, we have the ability to create an exact price and know how long each customers’ project will take, which means no more guessing games or ‘I forgot to add this to your original price so I need to charge you more’ situations. I never want any customer to feel handcuffed during the process,” he said.

Fresh Coat Painters of Newton serves Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Chestnut Hill, West Roxbury, Westwood and Dover as well as the surrounding areas.

“From my house, I can be at any customer’s house within my service area in 20 minutes or less,” Veteto said.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, and many other services for nearly every surface. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live person to talk with 24/7, online scheduling and free detailed quotes.

“My business is all about creating a positive experience for the customer. When I am meeting with a customer, my main goal is to ‘listen’ to what my customers’ needs are and then creating a proposal based on their needs. I’m communicating the value of what we offer as a painting company. We are in the ‘yes’ business and I want people in our community to know that I’m committed to that,” Veteto said.

As part of that positive experience Veteto is working to create, his painters are all in-house employees – not subcontractors – who are thoroughly screened and background-checked. Fresh Coat Painters of Newton also is licensed and registered in Massachusetts as well as insured, bonded and EPA certified.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

For more about what Fresh Coat of Newton can do for your home or business, call Veteto at 781-222-4597, email mveteto(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatNewton.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens East Louisville, KY Franchise - February 4, 2014

Jerry Guidry Opens Fresh Coat Painters to Raise the Bar for Painting Services in East Louisville, Oldham County

Jerry Guidry is excited to announce the opening of his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of East Louisville, which is aimed at taking the stress out of having your home or business painted.

Fresh Coat Centennial JenningsLouisville, KY (PRWEB) February 04, 2014

Jerry Guidry is excited to announce the opening of his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of East Louisville, which is aimed at taking the stress out of having your home or business painted.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of East Louisville serves the eastern side of the city and Oldham County.

For Guidry, starting his own business all began with trying to hire a painter.

“Opening Fresh Coat started when I tried to hire a painting company and had a less than pleasant experience. I thought to myself, ‘Is this really the best it gets?’” he said. “I have a friend who owns a Fresh Coat in another city but he couldn’t drive all the way to Louisville for a painting job, we didn’t have a Fresh Coat locally and I couldn’t find anyone here who was up the standards I was looking for. That’s when I saw an opportunity to bring great painting service to this community by opening my own Fresh Coat franchise.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

Guidry, who served eight years in the military, says it will be the quality of his painters and his passion for great customer service that will set Fresh Coat Painters of East Louisville apart from competitors.

“I’ve been in hospitality for a long time and, in my role as the operations manager of the hotel where I worked, I’ve hired a lot of painters. Most of them do wonderful work, but many just need solid management and someone who can handle the customer service side of the business. That’s where I come in. I love working with customers and helping them to feel comfortable with a process that, for many, is unfamiliar. With our excellent painters and my customer service experience, we have a great team,” he said.

“I think people will like that, when they hire Fresh Coat, they’ll be working with me, the owner, they’ll have painters they can count on, and they’ll see that the technology we use really makes the quote process a science. It’s all about upgrading the service they can expect from painters,” Guidry added.

Also along the lines of customer service, Fresh Coat offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live person within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within three weeks.

“When you’re working with Fresh Coat, you’ll know that you’re talking to a company that can provide excellence customer service with a quality product and people who are willing to sit down with you. We’ll have a conversation about what you’re really looking for and the best way to meet your needs,” Guidry said.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of East Louisville can do for your home or business, call (502)338-7301, email jguidry(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatEastLouisville.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens South Bend, IN Franchise - January 21, 2014

Randy and Karen Ferrie Open Fresh Coat Painters of South Bend

Couple Opens New Painting Business and Focuses on Quality, Customer Service

Fresh Coat South BendSouth Bend, IN (PRWEB) January 16, 2014

Randy and Karen Ferrie are excited to announce the opening of their new business, Fresh Coat Painters of South Bend. With much consideration The Ferries decided to make this a women-owned business, with Karen as the owner handling the business administration and Randy as the President to run the day-to-day operations.

Before launching this new small business, Randy spent 23 years working in the window coverings business and eventually moved to working on windows in RVs, but the work slowed during the recession and never quite recovered. So recently he and his wife Karen, who has been in the insurance business for 30+ years, decided it was time to look into opening their own franchise.

“As we did our research, Fresh Coat always came to the top. We’re looking forward to providing great, quality service to our customers and changing how they think about the painting industry,” Karen said.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes. Fresh Coat of South Bend serves the Michiana area of northern Indiana.

“I want people to know that we’ve hired very skilled craftsmen to work at Fresh Coat of South Bend. Everyone can paint, but not everyone is a painter. Our ‘PAINTERS’ are our employees and they take tremendous pride in the work they do. Our team is extremely knowledgeable in product selection and application and Lead Certified as well. Additionally, they are background checked, insured and professional,” Randy said. “The comments that we have received from our customers is very gratifying. It is very satisfying to know that your employees have the same vision for your business and excited to be part of the Fresh Coat family.”

Randy and Karen have been married 34 years and they have three daughters Chelsea, Cote, Carley and were just blessed with their first granddaughter Ella Jean. The Ferries are especially looking forward to the positive impact they’ll be able to make on the South Bend/Michiana community as business owners.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of South Bend can do for you and your home or business, call (574)400-2587, email rferrie(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.freshcoatsouthbend.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Pinehurst, NC Franchise - January 16, 2014

Peggy McNeil Returns to Her Roots with Fresh Coat Painters of Southern Pines

New business franchise offers residential, commercial painting services.

Peggy McNeil Owner of Fresh Coat PinehurstPinehurst, NC (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

Three-and-a-half years ago, Peggy (Villone) McNeil left an 18-year career as the co-owner of a tile and stone business. Today she’s starting the new chapter of her life as the owner of a new business – Fresh Coat Painters of Southern Pines.

“For the last few years I was in insurance and business services. Although I enjoyed what I was doing, I always missed being in the home remodeling and construction business. I love interior remodeling and I’ve been helping friends and clients as a painting consultant for years, so Fresh Coat Painters was a great fit for me,” McNeil said.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and are committed to great customer experiences with services such as 24/7 access and free touch-ups.

“I wanted a franchise system so I could get up and running right away and have the sort of support system I need and my customers deserve. I did a lot of research and just fell in love with the systems and the people of Fresh Coat. They listen to owners, who have listened to clients, and have put together a business model that works well for everyone,” she said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

In addition to providing great painting services, McNeil is looking forward to giving back to the community.

“I just launched, but already I was invited to be a sponsor for a local cancer fundraiser put on by Village Design Group where all the money raised stayed in the local community and I participated in a Feed the World event by Anna Edwards of Wells Fargo Advisors where we packaged 10,000 meals to feed families throughout the world. I also took part in a local Veterans Job fair where I was able to hire several new employees,” she said. “I want to be a great neighbor and supporter within the community. I truly think that’s an important part of being a business owner.”

To learn more about how Fresh Coat Painters of Southern Pines can improve your home or business, call (910)783-4713, email pmcneil(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatPinehurst.com.

inPaint Magazine speaks with Cliff Hudson of Fresh Coat Central Valley - January 13, 2014

inPaint Magazine speaks with Cliff Hudson of Fresh Coat Central Valley about what it takes to get quality jobs.Click here to read the article.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Central, OH Franchise - January 8, 2014

Steven Gloyer Brings Customer-Is-Always-Right Philosophy to Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville & Dublin

New Fresh Coat Painters franchise serves central Ohio.

Fresh Coat WestervilleWesterville, OH (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

When it comes to customer services, Steven Gloyer knows it’s all about the client. It’s just like the old adage: the client is always right. And it’s that commitment to making the clients happy that Gloyer is bringing to his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville and Dublin.

Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville and Dublin serves most of the Greater Columbus area.

Gloyer originally owned a Fresh Coat franchise in Arizona, but when he recently relocated to the Columbus area in order to be closer to his children, he decided to bring his company with him.

“Prior to purchasing my Fresh Coat franchise, I worked in corporate finance. The first summer after my divorce my children flew from Ohio to Arizona to stay with me for the summer and, unfortunately, I spent most of that time working. In corporate finance it is nearly impossible to take six to eight weeks off of work at one time. That’s when I decided I needed to make a change. I felt that owning my own business would allow me the flexibility to control my own schedule so I could spend more time with my children, and Fresh Coat met my requirements. Even though I loved living on the west coast, I love my children more, they mean the world to me, which is why I moved to Ohio and have opened Fresh Coat Painters of Westerville and Dublin,” Gloyer said.

Prior to moving to Ohio, the Fresh Coat corporate office staff introduced Steve to Tony Butler, a Fresh Coat owner with an adjacent territory. After weeks of negotiations, the two decided to form a strategic alliance that doubled the size of their company. Through this management agreement, the two were able to solve many of the challenges they shared.

“One of my concerns prior to moving to Ohio was the fact that I didn’t know anyone here and felt it would make it that much more difficult to start a successful and profitable business. Tony fills that void as he has a vast network of connections. Tony’s primary focus is his mortgage business, thus he doesn’t have the time to successfully run his painting business. This is where I was able to fill his void,” Gloyer said.

“The primary thing that separates us from the thousands of painters out there is that we are businessman running a painting company, we are not a painters trying to run a business. Most painting companies are run by painters who run the business like a trade and not a business. I truly believe the key to running a successful and profitable business is to provide excellent customer service, quality work at a fair price. I also believe the customer is always right – even when maybe they’re not – and it’s our job to do what we can to make sure they are satisfied,” he added.

Also along the lines of customer service,Fresh Coat offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live person within three minutes, a quote will be delivered within three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within three weeks.

In addition to growing the customer base for his painting business, Gloyer is focused on giving back to the community he serves. Although his business is new to the area, Gloyer has already painted a little girl’s room for the Make-A-Wish foundation and, when the organization approached him about painting their offices, he donated the labor and asked his local Sherwin-Williams store to donate the paint.

“I really want to be able to give back and be a positive part of the community. Working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation was an easy decision because I know, if I can help provide those services, then they will have more money to spend on making children’s wishes come true,” Gloyer said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Westerville can do for your home or business, call (614)448-1303, email sgloyer(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.freshcoatwesterville.com and like the company on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FreshCoatWesterville.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Santa Barbara, CA Franchise - December 13, 2013

Fresh Coat Painters Opens in Santa Barbara with Focus on Customer Service

Justin and Michele Engelbach, who have three young children, have opened Fresh Coat of Santa Barbara, which offers residential and commercial painting services and more.

Fresh Coat Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA (Noozhawk) December 13, 2013

When Justin and Michele Engelbach travelled to Japan, they were impressed by the country's focus on customer service. So when they decided to open their own business here in the States, they knew it would have to be something that would involve the same philosophy of customer service.

That's why they decided to open Fresh Coat of Santa Barbara.

"The approach to customer service in Japan just blew us away. From the minute you request a service, or walk into a store or restaurant, everything is always centered on the customer," Justin Engelbach said. "Having been involved in construction management for the past 10 years, we researched trade industries that notoriously struggle with customer service. It was through our research that we noticed a large separation between painting contractors and the quality customer we were accustom to. The Fresh Coat franchise had the customer service values we were looking for, so we saw it as a perfect opportunity to marry our management experience with our service expectations we wanted to provide.

Fresh Coat offers residential and commercial painting services, including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, wallpaper and popcorn ceiling removal and other services for nearly every protective coating application. It uses quality, environmentally safe materials and offers a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes.

Fresh Coat of Santa Barbara serves Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Fresh Coat also offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered by a live individual in three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job can be started within three weeks.

"We are committed to providing high-quality work at an affordable price, both of which are channeled through our own customer service expectations" Engelbach said.

The Engelbachs have three younger kids and are looking forward to getting more involved in the Santa Barbara and Ventura communities.

"It is important to us to become active within our community for many purposes," Engelbach said. "This will provide us an opportunity to listen to people, learn from their life endeavors and create a broader sense of community."

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond&'s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat of Santa Barbara can do for your home or business, call 805.394.4021 or click here.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Alpharetta, GA Franchise - December 13, 2013

New Business Owner Brings Painting, Building Experience to Fresh Coat Painters of Alpharetta

Businessman David Richter opens Fresh Coat Painters to Serve Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell and the surrounding communities.

Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

David Richter grew up in hardware store and was mixing paint at 10-years-old. Now the businessman has opened his own full-service painting company – Fresh Coat Painters of Alpharetta.

“I grew up in the store and then worked in construction and home building for a long time. I understand that most of the complaints homeowners and business owners have about building jobs are about interior wall coverings or paint. When I decided I wanted to open my own business, Fresh Coat Painters was a good fit because I understand what it takes to do the job right,” Richter said.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Alpharetta serves Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell and the surrounding communities.

In addition the services available, Richter is committed to the Fresh Coat Painters 3-3-3- pledge.

“That means we’ll answer your call within three minutes, get a quote to you in three days (your schedule permitting), and start the job within three weeks,” he said. “I think it’s important for people to know that I understand what a good paint job entails. I’ve been on the ladder, used the sand paper, mixed the paint and worked with residential and commercial clients.”

“I bring the kind of expertise that clients need because I can come into a home or business, hear what the owners would like to do, help them to visualize the end result and give them the information they need to make informed decisions about the job. Whatever you’re looking for – whether you’re a homeowner looking for a fresh look or a business owner in need of an overnight remodel – we’ll help you get there,” Richter added.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Alpharetta can do for your home or business, call (404)386-8251, email drichter(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.freshcoatalpharetta.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Lawrenceville, GA Franchise - December 12, 2013

Ted Pearse Brings Commitment to Customers to Fresh Coat Painters of Lawrenceville

Ted Pearse is excited to announce the opening of his new business - Fresh Coat Painters of Lawrenceville, GA.

Fresh Coat Lawrenceville GA Owner Ted Pearse

Lawrenceville, GA (PRWEB) December 06, 2013

Ted Pearse has always had a philosophy about customer service – do whatever it takes to make sure the client is happy. It’s that commitment to service that Ted Pearse is looking to bring to his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of Lawrenceville.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes.

“I’ve always made it a point to take great care of my customers. When I was in food service, the people I worked with loved me because I fixed problems. In any business, it’s about building relationships. That’s how I’m approaching the painting business as well,” Pearse said.

Fresh Coat also is committed to the 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered in three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job can be started within three weeks.

Pearse’s background has helped him to understand how to run a business and satisfy clients. His experience includes everything from owning a small family sandwich shop to running a food service business with a $22 million budget.

“I’ve painted every apartment and house I’ve lived in for the last 34 years, so I know what it takes. I’ve been in food service for 40 years, but I wanted to get out of the rat race and work for myself. I knew I wanted to work hard for myself and have a way to make a difference in my community. My fellow Fresh Coat owners in the area and I are looking forward to getting more involved, especially with projects like Habitat for Humanity. We think that’s important,” he said.

Pearse and his wife Lauren, who works for The American Red Cross, have two teenage sons. He’s also excited to be coaching in the Brookwood Basketball Association and serving as a board member and commissioner of the 13/14 league.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Lawrenceville can do for you, call (678)894-1497, email tpearse(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatLawrenceville.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens New Bern, NC Franchise - December 05, 2013

Jim Yaeger Brings Proven Painting Franchise to New Bern and Surrounding Area

Jim Yaeger recently opened Fresh Coat Painters of New Bern, North Carolina.

Jim Yaeger of Fresh Coat New Bern, North CarolinaNew Bern, NC (PRWEB) December 05, 2013

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Jim Yaeger is excited to announce the opening of his new business, Fresh Coat Painters of New Bern, North Carolina.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes.

“I worked for many years in heavy construction. I knew I wanted something that had a track record with a team concept. I heard a commercial for Fresh Coat Painters, so I researched the franchise for more information and I liked what I saw,” Yaeger said.

“Fresh Coat has a proven program that works and that’s what I knew I’d need to get the business off the ground and best serve my community. The community is important, as it is the people here that attracted my wife and me to this area. They really treated me awesome when I came here with 8 Days of Hope after Hurricane Irene to help rebuild in May 2012. We decided then that this was where we wanted to live,” he added.

Fresh Coat also is committed to the 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered in three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job can be started within three weeks.

“We are here to provide quality service in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of the owner. That’s our commitment,” Yaeger said. “We’re also excited to be connected with Sherwin Williams. That way people know they are getting quality service and top-of-the-line products when they use Fresh Coat Painters.”

Yaeger added that the Fresh Coat Painters community is an important part of what he likes about the company – and what he knows will help him be successful.

“Everyone on the Fresh Coat team is professional and helpful. The other owners around the country are especially important and have been so helpful. Just to be able to go to them and ask questions or look for guidance is extremely valuable,” he said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of New Bern can do for your home or business, call 866-748-2777, email jyaeger(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatNewBern.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens NE Indianapolis Franchise - November 26, 2013

Steve Bingman Brings Management Experience to Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis

After more than 30 years in manufacturing management, Steven Bingman decided it was time to break out on his own. Now the businessman is the proud owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis.

Fresh Coat North East IndianapolisIndianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 26, 2013

After more than 30 years in manufacturing management, Steven Bingman decided it was time to break out on his own. Now the businessman is the proud owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Indianapolis serves the Noblesville, Anderson and Geist areas as well as the surrounding communities.

“I worked under a boss for many years and decided it was about time for me to run my own operation. I went with a Fresh Coat franchise because I wanted to bring a painting company to our community that could offer great craftsmanship and service at an affordable price. That’s what Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis will do,” Bingman said.

As part of Bingman’s commitment to service, he wants people to know about Fresh Coat’s 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered in three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job can be started within three weeks.

“I think it’s important for people to know that Fresh Coat Painters is an employee-based painting company – not one that works with contractors. That employee-based model makes a difference because it leads to improved quality, customer service, and peace of mind for security conscience home owners. We know who our employees are and the high quality work they perform,” Bingman said.

“I’m excited to be opening my own business in our area. I know all those years leading manufacturing teams – including facilities of more than 500 employees – have made me a strong leader and taught me what it takes to run a solid operation. That’s going to have a positive impact on the business, my employees and our customers,” he added.

Bingman and his wife Diana have three grown children who live with their families in the Indianapolis area. He’s excited about growing Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis to support his family, but also to support the families of his painters.

“As we grow, I’m going to focus on taking care of my employees so they can have a stable, profitable future. Many painters in our community have to live job to job. I don’t want that to be the case,” he said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Northeast Indianapolis can do for your home or business, call (317)213-9922, email sbingman(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatIndianapolisNE.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Sarasota, FL Franchise - November 25, 2013

Allison Taraska Aims to Bring a New Level of Quality to Sarasota/Manatee Counties with Fresh Coat Painters

Fresh Coat SarasotaSarasota, FL (PRWEB) November 25, 2013

Being a stay-at-home mom is a big job. In addition to caring for her and her husband Bob’s five children – including two sets of twins – Allison Taraska was often in charge of taking care of the house, which included working with contractors.

"I know what kind of challenges people face when they work with contractors. So, when I decided I wanted to open my own business, I knew I wanted to be in a position to provide people with the great customer service and quality they deserve. Fresh Coat Painters was a perfect choice," she said.

Taraska, a former school teacher, just launched Fresh Coat of Sarasota this fall after the family moved to Florida from New Jersey.

Fresh Coat Painters of Sarasota serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties and specializes in residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and are committed to great customer experiences with services like 24/7 access and free touch-ups.

"I know the sort of quality work and great service I expect for my family and that’s what we’ll deliver for your family," Taraska said. "We’ve only been living here for a short while, but we’re already heavily involved in the community through our kids and the business. We’re looking forward to making a difference here."

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Sarasota can do for your home or business, call (941)225-8162, email ataraska@freshcoatpainters.com or visit http://www.FreshCoatSarasota.com.

Marketing Strategies Top List for Growth in 2014 - Ft. Terry Williams

Franchising's highachieving multi-unit franchisees share views on key topics.

QUESTION - What are you doing now to position your franchise business for a profitable year in 2014?

Fresh Coat LexingtonFranchising World Magazine November 2013

WILLIAMS: “In today’s economic climate, customers, clients and alliance partners are concerned with quality, service and delivery more than ever before. I keep this in mind as I write marketing plans for my multi-unit business in the Lexington/Frankfort area. The first part of my plan focuses on the continued delivery of the best painting services in the communities I serve. It is critical to the success of my business to follow through and do what I say I am going to do, day in and day out. I live in the community I serve, so it is critical to make sure every customer is so completely satisfied that he will refer me to another friend or neighbor.

The next part of my plan focuses on capitalizing on the recovery of the housing market. We will have a two-pronged approach, one that helps increase the property value of existing homes. There is no better way to lift a property’s value than to apply a fresh coat of paint – inside and out. The second part is to promote our services to realtors and title agencies with an incentive or discount offer for their clients.

The final part of the 2014 plan is to “Pay it Forward.” I have tremendous respect for our current and returning veterans. As the last members of our deployed military units return home in 2014, I plan to donate an entire house painting job to one local veteran in our community. In fact, all our Fresh Coat Painters’ franchises nationally will also be donating an entire house painting job to a veteran in 2014 to celebrate their homecoming.

I have high hopes for the coming year, and am very excited to provide such a valuable service to my community.”

Read the full article here!

Fresh Coat Painters opens Hampton, VA Franchise - November 19, 2013

Coal Miner’s Daughter Turns Creative Business Owner

Maryellen Cosby-Smalls opens Fresh Coat Painters to bring professional painting services to her community.

Fresh Coat Hampton VirginiaHampton, VA (PRWEB) November 19, 2013

Maryellen Cosby-Smalls grew up as a coal miner’s daughter and went into structural engineering design after college, actually working in the coal mines. Despite making a comfortable living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, her desire was to live and raise a family within the vast diversities of the Hampton Roads area and do something more creative with her life. Now she’s looking forward to becoming a bigger part of the community as the owner of a new business - Fresh Coat Painters of Hampton.

“I've always had this artistic-creative side and a love to make my environment safe, functional, and beautiful. I found the Fresh Coat organization through a Strategic Management class while working on my MBA at Averett University and I just really liked what I learned about the organization,” she said. “I’m a believer and I believe Jesus Christ has prepared my life to open my own Fresh Coat Painters franchise, so, by faith, I flew off to the headquarters in Cincinnati for a visit and it all just clicked for me. Now here we are!” “My niche in the community will be the ability to extend a unique professionalism to my customers alone with premier quality products and services. My business plan actually includes this mission statement, ‘Not just another JOB but an experience.’ I expect all of my employees to take that statement to heart. Fresh Coat made it easy for me to embrace their philosophies because they align with mine,” Small said.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes. Fresh Coat Painters of Hampton will serve Hampton Roads area and the surrounding communities.

“I’m truly dedicated to creating a home that people can walk into and be proud of. Something they feel a connection with and can say ‘Yes. This is me. This is my home,’” Smalls said. “I’ve also hired a crew of very experienced and professional painters who understand the complexities of each paint job and who are from our community. I think it’s important to create jobs and keep them here in the Hampton area.”

Smalls is also committed to customer service. Fresh Coat Painters offers a 3-3-3 pledge, which means calls will be answered in three minutes, a quote will be delivered in three days (customer schedule permitting) and the job can be started within three weeks. A Hampton Roads resident for 30 years, Smalls raised her two children – Celeste and Collin – in the area. She would like to thank her family and friends as well as The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) organization; SCORE; and Mike’s Vinyl Lettering for helping her start her business strongly and confidently with their love, assistance and professional services.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Hampton can do for your home or business, call (757)327-9656, email msmalls@freshcoatpainters.com or visit http://www.freshcoathampton.com/.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Buford, GA Franchise - November 13, 2013

New Fresh Coat Franchise Committed to Quality, Customer Service

When Alan and Betsy Carleton decided they wanted to become small business owners, they knew they wanted to open a company that was committed to quality products and great customer service, which is why they launched Fresh Coat Painters of Buford.

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When Alan and Betsy Carleton decided they wanted to become small business owners, they knew they wanted to open a company that was committed to quality products and great customer service, which is why they launched Fresh Coat Painters of Buford.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes.

“I spent more than 20 years in outside sales and I knew, based on our experiences as homeowners, that it was incredibly frustrating to work with contractors,” Alan said. “When we decided it was time to look for a small business opportunity, it was that experience that drew us to Fresh Coat Painters. There are other painting companies in our area, but we bring a strong commitment to quality and customer service that other companies haven’t demonstrated.”

In addition to the services Fresh Coat provides as a franchise, the Carleton family can also help with interior design – Betsy does custom window treatments, bedding, pillows and more.

“Bringing Fresh Coat to this community, especially given what Betsy does, made perfect sense to us and what we knew about working with contractors. I think it’s important that customers know we’re different from start to finish. If we say we’re going to be there at 9am, we’ll be there at 9am. If we say the job will be completed in three days, it will be finished in three days or less. People are busy and that’s important.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Buford can do for your home or business, call (678)724-7134, email acarleton(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com or visit http://www.FreshCoatBuford.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Mansfield, OH Franchise - November 01, 2013

Steve Hopkins Looks to Raise the Bar With Fresh Coat Painting Business

Steve Hopkins is looking forward to bringing a new standard of customer service to his community with his new business – Fresh Coat Painters of Mansfield.

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Steve Hopkins is looking forward to bringing a new standard of customer service to his community with his new business – Fresh Coat Painters of Mansfield.

Fresh Coat Painters of Mansfield offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and are committed to great customer experiences with services like 24/7 access and free touch-ups.

“When I was first looking into opening my own Fresh Coat franchise, I did some research and had my niece call six painting companies in the area. Three never called back, one we had to track down, one took a month to get us a quote and one promised a detailed quote we never received,” he said. “Fresh Coat of Mansfield is different. We are prompt, courteous and will provide a real, itemized detailed quote. We’re committed to great customer service.”

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

Hopkins, an active volunteer with a variety of Christian ministries, is also looking forward to working with homeowners one-on-one to address their painting needs without all the stress.

“Before opening Fresh Coat, I was under so much stress at my former job that I could barely go to sleep on Sunday nights and I spent all my evenings worrying. I don’t want any homeowner or business owners to have to feel that way about a painting job. Our operators are available 24/7 so you can make an appointment anytime or easily book through our website,” Hopkins said.

“We’ll be there when we promise, the job will be done on time and we’ll walk through to make sure you’re happy,” he added.

To learn more about what Fresh Coat Painters of Mansfield can do for your home or business, call (567)241-0645, email shopkins@freshcoatpainters.com or visit http://www.FreshCoatMansfieldOH.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Waco, TX Franchise - October 30, 2013

Rebecca Clukey Starts Encore Career by Opening Fresh Coat Painters of Waco

The new business Fresh Coat Painters of Waco offers interior and exterior painting for homes and businesses.

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When Rebecca Clukey lost three family members in less than a year, she decided it was time to move back to her home town of Waco and start the next phase of her life.

“I had a background in accounting from when I lived in Dallas, but I was 50 years old and was facing a tough job market. In order to support myself and my son back here in Waco, I was looking at taking two jobs or living with my dad, and that’s not what I wanted to do at this point in my life. I looked at my options and decided it was time to start my own business.”

That’s when Clukey launched Fresh Coat Painters franchise in Waco.

Fresh Coat Painters, offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and detailed quotes.

“The people here in Waco are unique and loyal – we like to support local people and local businesses, so I knew, if I was going to open a business, I had to have something special. When I came across Fresh Coat, it just felt right. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut, so that’s what I did,” Clukey said. “I want my clients to know that Fresh Coat of Waco will bring to them exactly what I would want for my family. I expect a quality, service and professionalism, so that’s what we’ll deliver. When we’re finished, your home should look like something on HGTV,” she added. “Also, people should feel comfortable with me and with my painters. Sometimes when contractors are in your home, you feel like you’re the one who doesn’t belong. It shouldn’t be like that. With Fresh Coat, we’re guests in your home working to make it a more beautiful place.”

Clukey did a soft launch of Fresh Coat Painters of Waco alongside her sponsorship of the Waco Civic Theater’s production of Beehive: The 60’s Musical. She’s looking forward to be involved in future community events and programs. “As a business owner, it’s important to be part of your community, not just in it. I’m excited about what that will mean for Fresh Coat of Waco,” Clukey said. Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond’s Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

For more information about Fresh Coat Painters of Waco, visit http://www.freshcoatwaco.com, call 254-498-6036) or email rclukey@freshcoatpainters.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Centennial, CO Franchise - August 30, 2013 

Family Opens New Business to Offer Quality Painting Services

Brad and Yeny Jennings recently opened a new business in Centennial, Colorado - Fresh Coat Painters.

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Brad Jennings knows what it takes to finish a great job in the construction and renovation industry - skill, professionalism, communication and teamwork. After years in insurance adjusting and then later project management for a property restoration company, he found that some of those skills were lacking in the businesses and sub-contractors he worked alongside.

That's why, when Brad and his wife Yeny recently decided to start their own business, they chose to break into the painting industry by opening Fresh Coat Painters of Centennial, Colorado.

"Having dealt with painters on countless projects over the years, I had first-hand experience with some who did sloppy work, were unable to show up on time, were unwilling to return phone calls or communicate, and had a complete lack of professionalism. In a nut shell, the bar for painters was set extremely low! When my wife and I made the decision to start our own business, I felt our community would respond well to a more professional painting company," Brad said.

Fresh Coat Painters of Centennial, offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and are committed to great customer experiences with services such as 24/7 access and free touch-ups.

"We really strive to distinguish our business from the pack and one way we do that is in how we communicate with our customers. I continually sense that customers truly appreciate our efforts with phone calls, emails, text messages, etc., to keep them informed from the first call to job completion," Brad said. "We also think it's important that Fresh Coat utilizes employees rather than 'sub' contractors. My past work experience suggested that this makes tremendous sense." 

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of the Strategic Franchise Systems company, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond's Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. 

For more information about Fresh Coat Painters of Centennial, visit http://www.freshcoatcentennial.com, call 720-961-5295 or email bjennings(at)freshcoatpainters(dot)com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Treasure Valley, ID Franchise - September 03, 2013

Fresh Coat Painters of Treasure Valley Focused on Quality Customer Service

Former community banker Chris Lockhart is looking forward to bringing quality and value to Treasure Valley through his new business, Fresh Coat Painters.

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Through his career as a community banker, Chris Lockhart has learned that a sustainable business knows how to bring customers quality, value and great service - and that's what he'll be offering to the Treasure Valley area with his new business, Fresh Coat Painters.

"When I decided it was time to realize my dream of being a small business owner, I was looking for something that our community needs and that can provide that customer service balance of using great quality materials, but still being affordable," Lockhart said. "Fresh Coat was a great fit for me and for this area. It's a top notch franchise and brand with a network of more than 100 other owners who can provide the type of support any new business owner can use."

Fresh Coat Painters of Treasure Valley offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and are committed to great customer experiences with services like 24/7 access and free touch-ups.

In addition to his banking career - where he held multiple leadership roles - Lockhart served three years in the military and spends time volunteering with organizations in his community. He and his family are looking forward to staying involved in this new capacity.

"I'm involved in the Treasure Valley community through a variety of non-profits and I'm committed to finding ways I can continue to give back as a small business owner. That's extremely important to me," he said.

"My passion is helping people through great customer service and I know that will come through with Fresh Coat," Lockhart said.

Fresh Coat was founded in 2004 as part of the Franchise Systems company, which has more than 20 years of franchise experience. In the last year, Fresh Coat has been included in the Bond's Top 100 and named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list. Fresh Coat also is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. 

For more information about Fresh Coat of Treasure Valley and Boise, visit http://www.freshcoatboise.com, call 202-286-2113 or email clockhart@freshcoatpainters.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Greensboro, NC Franchise - August 26, 2013 

New Greensboro Fresh Coat Painters Franchise Grows North Carolina Professional Painting Services

After 25 years of working in the printing trade coupled with industry experience as a painter, Mike Fogleman recently opened his own Fresh Coat Painters.

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After 25 years of working in the printing trade coupled with industry experience as a painter, Mike Fogleman certainly knows the fine points of the painting business. As owner of the newly opened Fresh Coat Painters of Greensboro franchise, Fogleman can put this expertise to good use. "I actually ran a painting crew in college, so I understand the fundamentals of the painting industry," he noted.

Earlier this year, with the printing industry in decline, Fogleman, along with his wife, Martha, began researching various franchises before deciding on Fresh Coat because of its low startup costs, short training time, and "tried and proven" business structure. "We wanted something that could get off the ground quickly, as opposed to starting from scratch," he noted. "Fresh Coat has been around for a long time and perfected its business model. It's a good fit, and something that we can grow."

With Fresh Coat, owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Parents to two children, a 17- and 20-year-old, Fogleman and Martha divide the demands of running the business. Martha puts her accounting background to use, running the office. Fogleman meets with clients to provide quotes and manages the painters.

Fogleman takes pride in educating his clients on how he can help them achieve their goal, be it painting a house inside and out to help sell it, or simply changing the color of a room.

"I definitely have no interest in a hard sell," he said. "For me, it's all about problem solving and building that relationship."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Greensboro or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Greensboro, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Jamestown or their surrounding North Carolina communities, call 336-441-1555 or visit http://www.freshcoatgreensboro.com/.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit http://www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens West Austin, TX Franchise - August 21, 2013 

Fresh Coat Painters Extends Professional Painting Services into West Austin, TX and Surrounding Areas

After looking for a small business that suited their skills, Kelly and Sarah Ross recently opened Fresh Coat Painters of West Austin.

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As an accountant, Sarah Ross understands facts and numbers. When it came to planning her future, along with her domestic partner, Kelly Ross, Sarah knew she was ready to use her knowledge and experience in her own small business.

They researched various franchises before deciding to launch Fresh Coat of West Austin because of its low initial investment costs, short training time, flexible time requirements, and "tried and proven" business structure. As well, the corporate staff and its support of franchise owners on a national level was equally impressive, she noted.

"We really like the concept of painting done right," Sarah said. "Everybody at Fresh Coat is working to make customers happy across the nation." 

With Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Open since May, the Ross' have already hit the ground running, completing both interior and exterior jobs, along with a blend of residential and commercial projects. The most gratifying aspect, Sarah said, is observing the client during the final walk-through. "It's great fun doing that final walk-through with the customer and seeing them so happy at the end," she said. "It's what it's all about."

Fresh Coat owners hire their own employees and never rely on subcontractors. Sarah and Kelly, an operating room nurse, found their lead painter through contacts at Sherwin-Williams. Most of their painters are women, something of a rarity in the home improvement industry. "I'm proud to be a women-owned business and proud to have women on my team," Sarah said. 

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of West Austin or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Mable Falls, Granite Shoals, Austin, Lakeway, Westlake, Horseshoe Bay Kingsland, Spicewood or their surrounding Texas communities, call 830-613-3539 or visit http://www.freshcoatwestaustin.com/.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit http://www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com/.

An Interview with Fresh Coat's President - Bernard Brozek

Franchise Help's Interview with Fresh Coat President Bernard Brozek 

When Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, talks about his brand, he doesn't whitewash things. He confidently sees Fresh Coat as the market leader in the residential and commercial painting space, discounting some other painting franchises and claiming that local mom and pop companies are the real competitor.

When other franchise systems such as ProTect and CertaPro are mentioned, he gives them the brush-off.

"I don't consider them at all competitors as much as I do the mom and pops," Brozek says. "The people who know and respect their customers—that's the mom and pops."

The Differentiators

The differentiator between Fresh Coat and other franchise brands in the home services sector is its use of bonded, insured, backgrounded painters who are employees of the franchises, not subcontractors that some other companies use.

"We are the only major company that has its own employees," said Brozek, who joined the company in 2011 with an impressive background of franchise development experience. "That's why we are growing over 40 percent a year because of repeat business; and that's because customers get just great service."

Fresh Coat uses a 24-hour answering service to accommodate customers, cloud software, and such technology as 30-day estimates printed directly on site from an Ipad immediately following a walk-through of the property. It also touts having a secure staff that clients can trust.

"We're pretty well protected when we walk into your home and we even wear booties," Brozek said.

Strategic Franchising

Fresh Coat is one of the companies owned by Strategic Franchising Systems, a development company founded by Gary D. Green, considered by the International Franchise Association (IFA)to be one of the top franchisors in the United States. Strategic Franchising's other brands include Home Helpers, Caring Transitions and Growth Coach, all of which have been successful in tapping into the senior market through home-based startups.

All of Strategic Franchising's executives have extensive experience in the industry. Brozek has been in franchising for more than 30 years as CEO for Housemaster, COO for Home Depot's N-hance Renewal Wood brand and COO for Sport Clips. He has also held executive management positions in other national franchise systems, including Pizza Hut and Pepsico.

Under Brozek's leadership, Fresh Coat has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a "Top 100 Low-Cost" and "Top 100 Home-based" franchise. The suggested Liquid Capital Required at $29,350 is relatively low for buying into the $100 billion home services industry; overall initial investment estimates range from $47,350 to $74,950. Six painters are recommended to be hired in the startup phase.

"This business is very strong, very profitable," Brozek said. "There's not a lot of overhead. For the price of a Lexus you can buy a Fresh Coat franchise."

Projected Growth

The company began franchising in 2005 and has grown to 102 units. Brozek said he would like to see expansion at 75 units annually to reach 500 units as a five-year plan. New owners cover an array of ages and backgrounds, he added. Forty-percent of them are women.

In fact, the 2012 Fresh Coat Franchise of the Year award went to Tracy, Calif.-based Virna Hudson and her husband Cliff. Their franchise also produces the second-highest volume of annual sales in the Fresh Coat system. Virna Hudson has been such an influential franchisee that corporate listened to her suggestion of providing more "sparkly" uniforms because she thought the business was too male-oriented. Corporate responded and Hudson got her wish.

"The Big Mac and the Egg McMuffin were both invented by franchisees; so listening to franchisees is important," Brozek said. "They give us great tips on our marketing ideas: what's working, what isn't working."

Exceptional Branding and Marketing

Aside from listening to its partners, Fresh Coat is also recognized for excellent branding and extensive marketing—including out-of-the-box initiatives such as requiring all owner vehicles to be wrapped with the company logo and information, with the back of the vehicle exterior plastered with similarly messaged refrigerator magnets. Current and potential customers can peel the magnets off the car themselves or be handed one during a service call so they have it at home for future reference.

A $5,000 to $10,000 promotional package accompanies every new opening. And with a special Jump Start training program, owners can be ready to open in six weeks, Brozek said, except in Arizona, California and Florida, where a contractor's license is required.

Individual franchisees receive thorough training at the company's Cincinnati headquarters and Brozek offers an important piece of advice for potential partners.

"My three words are 'follow the system. . .follow the system,'" he said. "It's a model that works. (Candidates) all have entrepreneurial spirit and that's what we want, but they need to dive in and get right at it."

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Fresh Coat Painters opens Nashua, NH Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters expands painting services in New Hampshire with new painting franchise in Nashua

Nashua Painting FranchiseNashua, NH – Fully aware of the customer service pitfalls that plague the home improvement industry, Mark Russell opened his new southern New Hampshire Fresh Coat Painters of Nashua franchise with a commitment to earning his customers' trust and offering a better painting experience.

"I've heard multiple horror stories from customers, so it's refreshing to a lot of people to see a painting contractor – or any contractor for that matter - show up on time and do what they say they're going to do," Russell said. "That's what my focus is on."

"Mark, along with our other owners, understands that running a painting business isn't just about painting," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."

Russell came to the business with experience in the medical field, having worked in the medical device sales field throughout all of New England. But after 12 years in the industry, he made the decision to go into business for himself.

Russell evaluated various franchises before deciding on Fresh Coat because of its modest startup costs, short training time, flexible time requirements, and "tried and proven" business structure. 

"I was interested in owning my own business, but I looked to a franchise for the name recognition and a system already in place," he said. "I looked at various business models, but all of them came with potential pitfalls. Then I found Fresh Coat, and its structure made sense. I'm a very logical person and Fresh Coat made the most logical sense to me."

Before the official launch date, he turned to the local Sherwin-Williams store to seek out potential painters, relying on word-of-mouth to find the best candidates. For Russell, the new business offers the opportunity to invest in himself while providing solid jobs for others. "To me there's a sense of pride in creating jobs that benefit the local economy. It's a very cool thing," he said, noting that his lead painter boasts 25 years of experience in the painting industry. Fresh Coat owners hire their own personnel, and never use sub-contractors. As a result, they can more effectively guide the operation and provide more support to the painters. All Fresh Coat painters undergo drug testing and background checks are fully licensed and bonded, he said.

"Our structure ensures clients get the best skills of all involved," Brozek said. "Our owners promote and grow the business while client service managers and experienced painters provide the best in quality and service for clients. These services are always in demand, but too often the industry has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators."

With Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC quoting system, financing options available, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"The call center is especially helpful," Russell noted. "People love being able to get through to us at any time they need to. The web site also allows potential customers to get in touch at any time, day or night."

As his business continues to grow, Russell can count on the encouragement of his family. His wife, Ann, talks up the painting business with captive clients in her salon, Russell quipped. Sons Derek and Shaun may someday be involved on a larger scale once they complete college. Fresh Coat also offers a legacy program to ensure that families will get the most value out of their investment.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business is about the client's entire experience, from that initial phone call through job completion and the follow-up. It's like our motto says, it really is about 'Painting Done Right,'" Brozek said.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Nashua or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Salem, Pelham, Hudson, Windham, Derry, Londonderry, Chester, Atkinson, Plaistow or their surrounding New Hampshire communities, call  603-685-4534 or visit http://www.freshcoatnashua.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat provides painting services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Houston, TX Franchise

New Texas Fresh Coat Franchise Brings Painting Expertise to Houston Area

Houston Painting FranchiseCincinnati, OH –  With decades of experience in corporate sales, marketing, operations and finance, Eric and Alyssa Ascencio, and Yuri and Claudia Lorenzsonn – co-owners of the newly-launched Fresh Coat of West Houston – joined their collective strengths to create an operation focused on providing the highest level of customer service within the painting industry.

"We were looking for an opportunity where we could put our combined experiences to work, to put our efforts into something that was already built. It just seemed like everything we heard about Fresh Coat, they had the process down and perfectly in place," Eric observed. As a veteran of corporate sales within the telecom industry, Eric understands the risks and rewards of owning a business. 

After meeting Yuri during another business venture, the duo decided they were ready to use their knowledge and experience in their own small business. While researching painting franchise opportunities in varied industries, they were attracted to Fresh Coat because its principles were similar to their own and it offered a proven system for success. They each supervise an integral aspect of the business - Eric takes care of sales while Yuri manages operations; Claudia handles marketing the business, and Alyssa watches the finances.

"Our motto of 'Painting Done Right' resonates with many owners," noted Bernard Brozek, President of Fresh Coat. "Eric, Yuri, Alyssa and Claudia know first-hand that what sets one company apart from another usually comes down to client service and satisfaction. Our structure ensures clients get the best of all involved from the initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up. It's about building long-term relationships."
Yuri said that level of professionalism clicked with him.

"I worked for a major home improvement store for 17 years," he quipped. "I'm very familiar with the construction and home improvement industries. I've seen the good, but also the bad contractors, the lack of professionalism." 

The group did their research before deciding on Fresh Coat; aside from the proven system, they liked the low startup costs, short training time, and high level of support from the home office. By being part of a national franchise operation, they are able to provide services to clients that would otherwise be out of their reach, including: a number for customers to call and speak with a live person 24/7, proprietary quoting software, available financing for qualified customers, an automatic Touch-Up Service for commercial clients, and fund-raising opportunities for local and national charities.

"One of the benefits of buying into Fresh Coat is that there is already a process in place," Yuri mentioned. "But this is definitely our business; we control our own destiny."

"Our structure ensures clients get the best skills of all involved," Brozek offered. "Our owners promote and grow the business while client service managers and experienced painters provide the best in quality and service for clients. These services are always in demand, but too often the industry has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators."

"We officially launched at the end of March, right before the start of the Houston Home & Garden Show, with thousands of people in attendance," Yuri recalled. That event generated a tremendous amount of leads and word-of-mouth business, after which they quickly found themselves in need of an experienced painter. Fortunately, for them, Eric explained, their newly-hired painter came to them with years of experience in both interior and exterior painting.

"We all agree that this is a good opportunity," Eric said. "We have four individuals working to run the business, but it really is a team organization. We're looking forward to making it a great success."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of West Houston or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, Deer Park, El Lago, Friendswood, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Houston, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Morgan's Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley Village, Stafford, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Waller, Webster, West University Place or their surrounding Texas communities, call  713-596-9040 or visit http://www.freshcoatwesthouston.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat provides painting services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Franklin, TN Franchise

Fresh Coat's New Painting Franchise Highlights Quality and Service for the Franklin, TN Area

Franklin Painting FranchiseCincinnati, OH –  Years of experience as a small business owner have prepared John Hamilton well for the launch Fresh Coat's latest franchise in Tennessee, Fresh Coat of Franklin. As he promotes his company's professional painting services throughout his community, he's focusing on the critical essence of every business – customer service. 

"It's definitely all about customer service," he noted. It's early in the morning and Hamilton is already on the go, dropping in on a customer who's recently had work done. He and his client walk through the freshly painted rooms, with Hamilton making sure the homeowner is satisfied. "This is what's it's all about – I need to make sure the owner is ecstatic with our work. And now he may provide a referral."

Bernard Brozek, President of Fresh Coat, said Hamilton discovered one of the most important principals behind the Fresh Coat system: provide high quality professional service so that you can build long-term relationships that lead to repeat business and solid referrals.

Hamilton has been running his own businesses since 2002, with a number of vacuum cleaner and appliance stores throughout the region. With an already strong background, Hamilton said he was looking to branch out into other opportunities in his local area when he learned about Fresh Coat from another franchise owner. He said he wasn't looking to re-invent the wheel and the more he learned about Fresh Coat, the more he was impressed by it.

Brozek said the company's business model does set it apart – most notably in that Fresh Coat employs its painters and doesn't use subcontractors. Prior to opening, Hamilton utilized ads on Craigslist and word-of-mouth to track down and interview professional painters. All Fresh Coat painters undergo drug testing and background checks are fully bonded and insured. 

"John, like our other owners, understands that the industry needs a new level of professionalism," Brozek said. "Painting has suffered from a bad reputation because of fly-by-night operators. What we've found is that good painters want to work for a company that's going to provide them with steady employment year-round. Clients benefit because quality painters do the work while owners handle the marketing and other business aspects of the company."

With Fresh Coat, owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including live answering 24/7, proprietary quoting software, available financing for qualified customers, automatic enrollment in a Touch-Up program for offices and businesses, as well as fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"We really try to accommodate our customers. All of our work comes with a warranty, customers pay when the job is completed, and we take credit cards," Hamilton mentioned. As he builds his business, he stressed, customer service will remain his top priority. "We're going to stay busy and work on always getting it right for every customer. We'll get there on time and we'll get the job done best."

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Franklin or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Nashville, Brentwood, Spring Hill Green Hills, Belleview, Frost Hill, Fairview, Oak Hill, Belle Meade or their surrounding Tennessee communities, call 615-600-4426 or visit http://www.freshcoatfranklin.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat provides painting services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Hudson, OH Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters Extends Painting Operations into Hudson, OH and Surrounding Areas

Hudson Painting FranchiseHudson, OH – As a 16-year-old teenager, Jerry Cowley embarked on his first job – painting houses as a summer gig. He's now come full circle, as the new owner of his Fresh Coat Painters of Hudson, OH painting franchise. "Painting is just something that's in my blood. My old boss said, 'Who would have ever thought that 16-year-old would be running his own company?'" Cowley laughed.  

In the intervening years, Cowley gained even more industry experience, working for Sherwin-Williams for eight years. He then segued into education, teaching business, finance and entrepreneurship for 15 years at a local school, all the while continuing to work as a painter during the summer months. And while he may no longer be the one wielding a brush, opting instead to focus on providing quotes for customers and behind-the-scenes marketing, make no mistake – Cowley will be putting his expertise to good use.
"I've been teaching it all these years, now I'm going to practice what I teach," he noted.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."

"Painting is a high-demand industry, but there are many fly-by-night operators who may compromise on quality," commented Brozek. "Jerry and most of our other franchise owners have their own stories to share. They know how important it is to focus on client service because that's what leads to repeat business and referrals. Our business model allows our owners to promote their businesses while the staff does the projects. That way clients get the best skills of all involved." 

The long-time Stow resident and his wife, Linda, are parents to two young daughters – Madison, 14, and Morgan, 10. Before making the decision to purchase his franchise, Cowley sought their input; he knew he wanted a venture that would afford an opportunity to balance a successful business with a fulfilling, flexible home life. "This was definitely a team decision and I wouldn't have made it without them. Being the owner of my own Fresh Coat business allows for more flexibility with family time without losing that focus on client service."
Cowley said he especially appreciates the guidance in marketing as well as the multiple client assistance programs available to him as a franchisee. These include a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC quoting system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"I appreciate the marketing and the 24/7 call center, essentially all the support," Cowley said. "What finalized my decision to purchase were my visits to the corporate office; there was great synergy. I also appreciate the support I receive from the corporate office and from my fellow franchisees. When I was I was exploring the industry, I kept looking at Fresh Coat because you get all that backing – plus more –with one decision. It just felt right and I'm very confident in their support."

"Because Fresh Coat hires only employees, never subcontractors, our model offers stability to painters in a high-demand," Brozek said. "And our owners get our ongoing support because one of our primary goals is helping our franchisees succeed with quality marketing, training and resource materials."

Cowley's crew of painters boasts 50-plus years of combined experience. When the franchise opened for business this April, "we were ready to hit the ground running. We've been booked solid and are getting positive reviews. There's definitely a need for this service here in Hudson. It's perfect for a Fresh Coat location, really."
"We definitely expect to make a positive impact on our community with our business," he said.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Hudson or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Twinsburg, Tallmadge, Macedonia, Bath, Streetsboro, Copley, Fairlawn, or their surrounding Ohio communities, call 330-474-3346 or visit www.freshcoathudson.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Honors 2013 Franchisee of the Year

Fresh Coat Painters Honors 2013 Franchisee of the Year

Central Valley Painter Cincinnati, OH – Virna and Cliff Hudson, owners of Fresh Coat Painters of Central Valley, were recently awarded Fresh Coat's Franchise of the Year award at the 2013 National Conference in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. It was the third consecutive time the wife-and-husband duo had earned the distinction which is a testament to their hard work, commitment to quality, and dedication to customer service. 

"The Hudsons have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication to the Fresh Coat brand. They are excellent role models for the entire Fresh Coat network and I am honored to recognize their efforts," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters.

"It truly is an honor," Virna said, noting the recognition serves as a reminder of past highlights and a prompt to focus on the future. "You can't go backwards, you have to go forward, both as individuals and as a business. We're certainly looking forward to what the coming year has in store."

"Ultimately you don't do this for an award; you work hard to grow your business. This award however does legitimize our efforts and prepares us for long-term business relationships. Everything that we planned for this past year, we have surpassed in relationship to our business goals – personnel, office and equipment," Cliff said.

Their commitment to quality and community encouraged impressive progress. The Hudsons began with three employees when they first opened their Fresh Coat painting franchise in 2008; that number has risen to nearly 20. Virna runs the residential portion, concentrating on sales and marketing, while Cliff directs the commercial portion of the business and operations. Painters, estimators, a bookkeeper, an operations manager, and foremen round out their team. Earlier this year the couple moved from a home office into a 1,200-square-foot office and warehouse space. Virna also captured the honor of being named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tracy, California Chamber of Commerce.

Brozek said the Hudson's success is indicative of their overall ability to connect with clients, coupled with the strength of the painting industry.

"Virna and Cliff embody what is great about the Fresh Coat community," he said. "They are successful themselves, and they're always happy to help their fellow owners by providing advice based upon their vast experience."

"Painting is always an essential service," Brozek said. "In a slow economy, people are enhancing their current homes or maybe trying to sell or simply moving into a new space. In a booming economy, people are building new homes, expanding existing ones, or simply upgrading what they have. Regardless of the situation, painting comes into play. No matter the economy, it's always in demand."

Aside from networking and marketing, Virna said, it's also essential to take note of clients' needs and provide an honest recommendation of the necessary scope of work, without the characteristic hard sales pitch. "Most clients have an idea what they want in regards to color choices but others just simply do not know and need assistance. That's where we come in and make sure we listen to what our client wants," she said.

"When we say we will be there on time and we are. If we say a project will take two days, we deliver on that promise. We take the hassle out of painting by ensuring that our clients don't have to worry about anything except picking out their color. In most cases our clients are not even at home while their house is being painted. They get to come home after we are finished and relax, because our painters will even clean up after we are done. The bottom line is we are not satisfied until our customer is completely 100 percent satisfied. We are fortunate to have a great staff on board who truly pride in their work," Virna said.

"Ultimately the secret to our success is building relationships within the industry," Cliff noted. "We're approaching them as honest business people rather than someone just out to make money. We're much more interested in long-term relationships."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Central Valley or to schedule a free on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Livermore and their surrounding California communities, call 209-390-4326 or visit http://www.freshcoatcentralvalley.com .

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is led by CEO Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors. With decades of experience, he has established multiple brands awarding more than 3,000 franchises in 500-plus markets around the world.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens West Indianapolis Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters adds franchise in West Indianapolis

Indianapolis PainterCincinnati, OH – On the drive home, fresh from an initial franchise discovery meeting, Gary Pedigo had already made the decision to purchase his franchise, Fresh Coat Painters of Indianapolis West. The decision was made easy, Gary noted, in part because of the nature of the industry and Fresh Coat's business model.

"Everybody needs to paint; painting is all but recession-proof," he observed. "Whether it's when new construction is booming or remodeling during a recession. That's where Fresh Coat comes in. I was looking for a franchise that I could grow and I wasn't looking to re-invent the wheel. The key was finding a franchise that was a good fit."

Gary researched various franchises before deciding on Fresh Coat because of its low startup costs, extensive and ongoing training, flexible time requirements, and "tried and proven" business structure. It was that professional structure that most impressed him, he said.

"Our structure ensures clients get the best skills of all involved," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters. "Our owners promote and grow the business while client service managers and experienced painters provide the best in quality and service for clients. These services are always in demand, but the industry has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators."

"We also use only employees, never subcontractors," Brozek said, "so our painters know they'll have the stability of an organized, professional operation where they'll have work year-round. And, we help promote that stability through quality marketing, training and resource materials for our franchise owners."

With Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC quoting system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Growing up on a farm in central Indiana and then having owned his own contracting business, Gary was no stranger to the demands and rigors of owning a small business and honed many practical skills with on-the-job experience. "Growing up on a farm, you had to be a jack of all trades. After our farming operation went out of business due to the economy in the 1970s and '80s, it seemed like a natural transition into contracting," Gary said. In the intervening years he spent several years working in the automotive manufacturing industry before opting to venture back into the small business field. 

"I realized at some time before I retire that I wanted another crack at owning my own business," Gary said. Buying a Fresh Coat franchise was an investment in his family's future – his youngest son, Adam, serves a vital role as he provides most of the quotes, and acts as the client service manager. Gary's wife Pam is also an integral part of the team.

A recent graduate of Purdue University, Adam said that working in the painting industry is familiar territory. "I grew up around the construction business, so everything I learned about the industry, I learned from my Dad," he noted. "I'm doing about 85 percent of the quotes and following up with the painters and making sure that our customers are satisfied."

"We officially launched on January 25 – that was the start of the Indiana Home & Garden Show, with 100,000 people in attendance. We also participated in the Indiana Flower & Patio Show," Adam said. Those two events generated a tremendous amount of leads and word-of-mouth business and the father-and-son duo quickly found themselves in need of an experienced painter. "The first painter we hired has years of experience in residential and commercial painting, he's worked out beautifully. We have hired a second painter and we're now pursuing painter number three," Gary observed.

"It has been exciting and fast paced," Gary said. "We're extremely happy and looking forward to growing."
To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Indianapolis West or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Avon, Plainfield, Speedway, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Greenwood, Beech Grove, Mooresville, Whiteland or their surrounding Indiana communities, call  708-290-0264  or visit www.freshcoatindianapoliswest.com

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Cranberry Township, PA Franchise

Fresh Coat Delivers a Decade of Experience to New Cranberry Township Location

Cranberry Township PainterCincinnati, OH – After nine years of working in the trade, Pat Boyle certainly knows the fine points of the painting industry. As owner of a newly-opened Fresh Coat painting franchise, the Cranberry Township resident can put his expertise – and knowledge of virtually every conceivable finish, formula and hue – to good use.

"Before looking at Fresh Coat, I worked for Sherwin-Williams for nine years, initially managing three different locations. My last position was working as an outside sales representative," Boyle recalled. "Knowing the products certainly helps in terms of being prepared."

"I always wanted to have my own business, be my own boss," he said. "I went with Fresh Coat because of their emphasis on customer service, that's really what attracted me to the company." Boyle began researching business and franchise options early last year, and when he came across the Fresh Coat name and accompanying business model he knew he had found a like-minded company, one that matched his skill sets and desire for quality. 

With Fresh Coat, owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, a proprietary quoting system, twelve month same-as-cash financing, an automatic Touch-Up Service for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."

During his time in the industry, Boyle too often saw just how difficult it was to find a reliable paint contractor. Some never returned customers' calls while others performed shoddy work. Fresh Coat owners hire their own personnel, and never use sub-contractors, he noted. As a result, they can more effectively guide the operation and provide more support to the painters. Boyle further mentioned that all Fresh Coat's painters undergo drug testing and background checks, and are fully licensed and bonded. His research showed that the need for dependable, skilled painting professionals was there, and he was ready to tap into it. Boyle utilized ads on Craigslist and word-of-mouth to track down and interview professional painters. "I talked to many painters before I found the right ones," he said, noting he has already hired two painters and hopes to add more as the year progresses. Boyle actually enjoys painting and has completed several of his own painting projects; still he values the structure of the company, which allows him to concentrate on the business while experienced painters complete the work. 

Brozek said the company's research has found that the business model satisfies both owners and their employees.

"Painting is an industry with a negative reputation – late arrivals, no shows, messy clean-up, sloppy work – so those painters who are professional appreciate the opportunity to work for a company that provides pay, benefits and steady work," Brozek said.

For this new father of a baby boy, it's also essential to be a good corporate citizen. As long-time Cranberry Township residents, Boyle and his wife, Leah, look forward to putting down roots as a family and serving the community as business owners.  

"At the end of each job, it's very gratifying to see the homeowners' reaction to our results. Seeing the customer happy is a reward for sure," he noted.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Cranberry Township or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Wexford, Sewickley, Gibsonia, Fox Chapel, Allison Park, Beaver, Pittsburgh, Mars, North Hills or their surrounding Pennsylvania communities, call  412-339-1373 or visit http://www.freshcoatcranberrytwp.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Staunton, VA Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters expands professional painting services in Virginia with new Staunton painting franchise

Staunton PainterCincinnati, OH -- During his years of working as a construction manager in the home building industry, Matthew Sutton observed how vital painters were to the process. "Painters are so critical; after all it's their work homeowners first see. And I saw just how hard it was to find a good paint subcontractor," he said. With the launch of his new Fresh Coat Painters of Staunton painting franchise, Sutton now employs his own crew of experienced, professional painters.

"When I was in the construction business, painters were always the hardest to find, with the highest turnover. That's one of the reasons why I really appreciate Fresh Coat, and am excited to be a Fresh Coat owner, because they subscribe to the same business model of professionalism that I do," Sutton noted. 

"Painting is an industry with a negative reputation – late arrivals, messy clean-up, sloppy workmanship – so those who are professional appreciate the opportunity to work for a company that provides pay, benefits and steady work," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. "That professionalism is one of our biggest selling points. Because Fresh Coat hires only employees, never subcontractors, our model offers stability to painters in a high-demand industry with too many fly-by-night operators."

Born and raised in Staunton, Sutton signed up for the United States Army after high school, serving in the first Desert Storm before receiving an honorable discharge in 1991. In 1995 he married Dr. Angela Sutton and the newlyweds moved to Charleston where he embarked on his long-term career in the housing industry.  In 2007, as the housing market shifted, Sutton, his wife, and their two daughters, 12-year-old Hannah and four-year-old Madi moved back to Virginia. Sutton realized his time in the housing construction industry offered him valuable insight and experience and began researching various franchises before settling on Fresh Coat.

"Given my background, I believed painting would be the best way to get back into the construction industry. One of the main reasons that I went with Fresh Coat is the call center, where someone is always there to take that call and answer any questions 24-7," Sutton said. "Fresh Coat stresses professionalism, such as being on time and finishing the job the way the customer would like to see it finished. These things are important to me as well."

Brozek said that helping owners succeed is of paramount importance to the company. "Matthew comes to us with extensive experience in the construction and remodeling industry, so our goal is to enhance that knowledge and support him with top-notch marketing, training and resource materials."

Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC quoting system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," Brozek noted. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."

Sutton has already signed his first painting contract and submitted bids for additional jobs. Online job ads yielded a slew of resumes, which Sutton narrowed down one newly-hired painter. As business dictates, he noted, he'll bring more painters on board. His past construction experience and new training as a Fresh Coat owner -- "it's all coming into play now," he said.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Staunton or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Wintergreen, Waynesboro, Crozet or their surrounding Virginia communities call  540-416-0408 or visit http://www.freshcoatstaunton.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Pensacola, FL Franchise

Fresh Coat expands Orland Park's Professional Painting Expertise with a New Franchise

Overland Park PainterCincinnati, OH – It's an all-too-common problem when hiring a painter; homeowners have little insight into whether or not the person they hired is a skilled professional - one who will complete a project on time and on budget. Steve Juveland aims to remove the guesswork for his clients. Upon launching his new painting franchise, Fresh Coat of Orland Park, in the near west suburbs of Chicago, Juveland said he sought out the most experienced, qualified professionals, knowing that their work will serve as the embodiment of his business. "They're very talented. I know when they go out on a job they're going to present a very positive view of Fresh Coat," he noted. "They are a reflection of me as the owner."

Fresh Coat owners hire their own personnel, and never use sub-contractors. As a result, they can more effectively guide the operation and provide more support to the painters. All Fresh Coat painters undergo drug testing and background checks are fully licensed and bonded.

"Steve's success is not an accident, it's the product of our history and system," said Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters. "We showed him how to use his talents to his best advantage and to hire painters to do the painting. We know from experience that our business model works very well not only for our owners, but also for their painters and, most importantly, their clients. They get the best skills of all involved."

After 25 years in the pharmaceutical sales industry – specifically sales and contract management, with a sales territory spanning most of the Midwest – Juveland began looking into franchises. He did his due diligence, researching nearly every aspect of available franchises, when he became aware of the Fresh Coat name. What finally solidified his decision, he said, was the advice and expertise given to him by other successful Fresh Coat owners. "They gave me insight into what to expect from a market standpoint. You have the freedom, you have the autonomy to run your own show, although everything still falls on you as the owner," Juveland said. "It looked like it was an industry that is always needed, it's recession-proof. Yes, it does somewhat depend on the economy, but there is always somebody who needs a layer of paint on the inside or outside of their home."
With Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including 24/7 live answering, a proprietary estimating system, available financing options, an Automatic Touch-Up program for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

The Frankfort, IL resident draws on his marketing and sales proficiency and clearly relishes his role as business owner. After launching his Fresh Coat franchise early this March, Juveland's hit the ground running, securing several jobs right off the bat. "I'm always looking to get as many contracts as possible. Now that I have several painters on my payroll, I feel very responsible for them." 

"Painting is a high-demand industry, but there are way too many fly-by-night operators," Brozek said. "Steve and most of our other franchise owners have their own stories to share. They know how important it is to focus on client service because that's what leads to repeat business and referrals. Our business model allows our owners to promote their businesses while the staff does the projects. That way clients get the best skills of all involved."

The Fresh Coat brand assures quality and consistency, Juveland noted, and he's ready to be part of the company's history. "If somebody wants to repaint their house in five years, they will still get me. Not many subcontractors can say that."

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Orland Park or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in South West Chicago, Frankfort, New Lenox, Mokena, Orland Hills, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Palos Heights, Palos Hills or their surrounding Illinois communities, call  708-290-0264  or visit http://www.freshcoatorlandpark.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Marietta, GA Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters widens Georgia painting services with opening of Marietta painting franchise

Marietta PainterCincinnati, OH – With 27 years of experience as small business owners, Karen and Mike Byars know a thing or two about managing the day-to-day rigors of a business enterprise. Through the launch of their new Fresh Coat Painters painting franchise, the couple is looking to satisfy the need for professional painting services in their Marietta, Ga. Community. "We wanted a business we could believe in and we could support," Karen said. "Mike did a lot of research and found other franchises but when he discovered Fresh Coat, we found it to be very appealing."

The Byars have seen the competition in action thanks to owning rental properties and while hiring painters to paint their own home and have always had a tacit interest in the home improvement industry, Karen said. When it came time to branch out with a new venture, it made sense to turn such a passing interest into a fixed association. Much like with their existing insurance agency, their franchise depends on managing relationships, with both customers and employees.

"What stood out most was the honesty and integrity of the company.  As business owners we know reputation is the utmost thing.  We are very impressed with the Fresh Coat way of serving clients with such an honest approach," Mike said. "It's amazing how similar the two businesses mirror each other.  The same basic principles apply all the way from dealing with clients to building and managing the business."

Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said its franchise owners understand the importance of building a business by providing services that are noteworthy. "Just as Karen and Mike indicated, the clients expect owners to adhere to the principals behind the Fresh Coat business model: provide professional services and build long-term relationships. Those basics are often ignored by many in the painting industry."

"Honesty and professionalism are the foundation of our business model," he said. "We are striving to alter the image of the painting industry because its reputation has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators. That image has lowered the trust levels of potential clients who often complain of no-shows, unfinished projects or sloppy work. With our structure, clients get the best skills of all involved from their first phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up."

Since completing their first job late last year, the benefits and support of owning a Fresh Coat franchise, as envisioned, have come to fruition. "The back office support is very important to us.  The system allows us to focus our time on what makes our business profitable," Mike said.

Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-Fresh as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities. Additionally, Fresh Coat owners hire their own personnel, and never use sub-contractors. As a result, they can more effectively guide the operation and provide more support to the painters. All Fresh Coat painters undergo drug testing and background checks are fully licensed and bonded.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," Brozek said. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."

Their adherence to such a tried-and-true business standard is already paying off. Thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations, flyers, and a mailer campaign, the result has been a Fresh Coat franchise that continues to grow, even during the characteristically slower winter months.

"Our first job was in November and that job was quite a bit outside of our territory, working on a historic building. The holidays were quite busy for us and we've already had other jobs in the meantime. We've kept one to two painters busy since right after Thanksgiving. It's been really great, but we still aspire to grow even more," Karen said, noting that their son, the youngest of four, also helps with the business. 

"We've just found Fresh Coat to be more of a family," she added. "They are very committed people, very committed to us as a franchise."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Marietta or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock, Cartersville, Powder Springs, Hiram, Smyrna, Dallas, Vinings, Roswell or their surrounding Georgia communities, call 678-894-1439 or visit http://www.freshcoatmarietta.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

California Fresh Coat Owner Named Chamber's Entrepreneur of the Year

California Fresh Coat Owner Named Chamber's Entrepreneur of the Year

Cincinnati, OH – For Virna Hudson, owner of Fresh Coat of Central Valley, success is encapsulated in a single moment, the instant when her client walks into a newly-painted home and, for the first time, glimpses the transformation. "That to me, it makes my day. That's what we always strive to ensure when we do a job, that we do it right," she said.

That single-minded dedication to her clients' needs and accompanying business acumen has earned Hudson the honor of being named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tracy, California Chamber of Commerce. The Tracy resident will be recognized at the chamber's gala in February.

"It's truly an honor," Hudson said of the recognition. "This year has really been an exciting year." 

From the outset, Hudson saw the need to plant roots, to network with other like-minded business professionals. "Before we even started the business, we got involved in the community. It's all about establishing relationships," Hudson said. Their commitment to quality and community encouraged impressive growth. Hudson and her husband, Cliff, began with three employees when they first opened their Fresh Coat business in 2008; that number has risen to nearly 20. Hudson runs the residential portion, concentrating on sales and marketing, while Cliff focuses on the commercial estimating and operations. Painters, estimators, a bookkeeper, an operations manager, and foremen round out their team. Just this month the couple moved from a home office into a 1,200-square-foot office and warehouse space.

Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Hudson's success is indicative of her overall ability to connect with clients, coupled with the strength of the painting industry.

"Virna and Cliff embody what is great about the Fresh Coat community," he said. "They are successful themselves, and they're always happy to help their fellow owners by providing advice based upon their vast experience."

"Painting is always an essential service," Brozek said. "In a slow economy, people are enhancing their current homes or maybe trying to sell or simply moving into a new space. In a booming economy, people are building new homes, expanding existing ones, or simply upgrading what they have. Regardless of the situation, painting comes into play. No matter the economy, it's always in demand."

Aside from networking and marketing, Hudson said, it's also essential to take note of clients' needs and provide an honest recommendation of the necessary scope of work, without the characteristic hard sales pitch. "Most clients have an idea what they want in regards to color choices but others just simply do not know and need assistance. That's where we come in and make sure we listen to what our client wants," she said. 

"When we say we will be there on time and we are. If we say a project will take two days, we deliver on that promise. We take the hassle out of painting by ensuring that our clients don't have to worry about anything except picking out their color. In most cases our clients are not even at home while their house is being painted. They get to come home after we are finished and relax, because our painters will even clean up after we are done. The bottom line is we are not satisfied until our customer is completely 100 percent satisfied. We are fortunate to have a great staff on board who truly pride in their work," Hudson said. 

"Most of the business we get is through word of mouth and referrals. We make sure to hire the right people, which then allows us to showcase our work," Hudson noted. 

"Above all, people want to do business with people that they know and trust, I truly believe that." 

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Central Valley or to schedule a free on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Livermore and their surrounding California communities, call 209-390-4326 or visit www.freshcoatcentralvalley.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters of Monroe Launch their Redesigned Website

Redesigned Fresh Coat Web Site Highlights Comprehensive Painting Services

Cincinnati, OH – Hiring professional painters, and the associated questions and decisions, can prove to be bewildering for many. Steve Moody and Shannon Oyler's Fresh Coat Painters of Monroe franchise seeks to eliminate the guesswork and assist customers with a comprehensive approach to painting services.

Supported by a redesigned and expanded web site, Fresh Coat Painters of Monroe allows potential customers to log in and view all available services, including a photo gallery of previous jobs and a Frequently Asked Questions page that spells out the fundamentals. A 24/7 call center ensures that even night owls can have their questions answered. "The new web site is great - it's more user-friendly, it's more straightforward," Oyler said.

Moody noted the obvious benefits of having a live person available to answer questions anytime of the day or night, receiving actual quotes instead of estimates, and being able to pay over time if necessary.

"Some of the best supports for clients, though, aren't so obvious to them," Moody said. "As owners, we have access to all these other franchise owners, and we can benefit from each other's experiences. I know that if I've got a question, I can post it to our network and within minutes I'll have answers. As owners, we also have access to vendors where Fresh Coat has long-standing relationships. That provides us with uniform pricing and readily available resources. For example, our local Sherwin Williams has an interior decorator on staff who we can contact if a client needs such services."

The color consultation has been a popular option with customers from the start since the franchise opened last May. "Anytime a client is hesitant about color, I suggest a color consultation," Oyler noted. "I've had many clients who have utilized our Sherwin-Williams color consultant. They match the paint colors to ensure that the rooms flow."

"We're proud of the programs we provide that help our franchisees expand their skills and grow their businesses," said Fresh Coat President Bernard Brozek. "What we find is that good business practices combined with quality services for clients leads to long-term success."

"Helping our owners succeed is basic for us," Brozek said. "Our goal is to complement our owners' inherent abilities with quality marketing, training and resource materials, which include several client assistance programs such as a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities."

Fresh Coat's emphasis on community collaboration is an essential component of their business. Oyler said she and Moody place a high premium on community service, on paying it forward. "I live in this community, our children go to school here, and it's important to give back," she said, noting that they recently donated a free room for a church raffle and also participate in other church and school fund-raising programs. 

"Our business model is unique because we are striving to alter the image of the industry," Brozek said. "Its reputation has been tarnished because of too many fly-by-night operators. That's hurt the image of owners and the reputations of painters. And it's lowered the trust levels of potential clients who often complain of no-shows, unfinished projects or sloppy work. With our structure, the clients get the best skills of all involved from their first phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up."

Both Moody and Oyler had been successful business owners and managers before launching their Fresh Coat franchise. Oyler was in charge of retention at a major shipping services company and spent much of her career recruiting, hiring and training personnel. Because Fresh Coat never uses subcontractors, hiring only professional painters, Oyler handles the practical aspects of interviewing and hiring painters.

With Fresh Coat's business model, marketing materials and ongoing support, Oyler said she sees the opportunities for the company and the community as "unlimited."

To learn more or to schedule a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Monroe, Morrow, South Lebanon, Springboro, Liberty Township, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Middletown and their surrounding Ohio communities, call 513-618-7417 or visit www.freshcoatmonroe.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Entrepreneur Names Fresh Coat Painters To Elite 2013 Franchise 500 List

Entrepreneur Names Fresh Coat Painters To Elite 2013 Franchise 500 List

Cincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters, the high-volume, interior residential and commercial painting service, today announced its inclusion in Entrepreneur magazine's prestigious 2013 Franchise 500®. Fresh Coat ranked 205th among the comprehensive franchise rankings.

"We are proud to once again have been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine. It is an honor to be included in this tremendous accolade," said Bernard Brozek, Fresh Coat president. "Our continued extraordinary growth and success is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our franchise owners to the Fresh Coat name. Our exceptional business model, dedicated corporate team, and passionate franchise owners show why the Fresh Coat brand continues to build momentum."  

The placement marks Fresh Coat's fourth showing on the list; in 2012 the company ranked 284th. Fresh Coat last year also ranked within Entrepreneur's Top 100 for both low-cost and top home-based franchises.

This is the 34th year for the list. According to Entrepreneur magazine, to be eligible for the Franchise 500® ranking, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one in the United States. Entrepreneur ranks companies based on a number of criteria, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. The magazine also considers the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it has been franchising, among other considerations. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the United States.

In 2012, Fresh Coat Painters opened 46 new franchises. The company currently operates 89 franchises in 27 states with plans to reach more than 100 franchise locations by the end of the year.

"As we continue to grow, we always look for ways to better support our franchise owners. I'm proud that the current avenues we offer for assistance are paying off," Brozek noted. Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Fresh Coat based its business model on the idea that the painting industry needed a makeover because of the negative stereotypes that often come to mind of workers who arrive late, leave early, provide poor quality or just make a mess.

"Business professionals know that running a painting business isn't just about painting," Brozek said. "It's about the client's experience from the initial call through the consultation, the job completion and the follow-up. When you're paying for a job to be done, you want to feel you're getting quality work at a reasonable price. Our business model helps ensure that outcome."

Brozek said Fresh Coat's success in attracting new franchise owners and in earning the praise of industry observers stems from its commitment to professionalism and client services.

"Our owners are business people, not painters," Brozek said. "They focus their attention on promoting and growing the business while their experienced employees – never subcontractors – complete the jobs to the client's satisfaction. By hiring our own painters, our owners can assure quality for the client while protecting their brand and reputation. It's a model that has proved successful repeatedly throughout all our markets."

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information about franchise opportunities with Fresh Coat Painters, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

To schedule a free, on-site quote for painting services anywhere in North America, call 888-848-6073 or submit your request online at www.freshcoatpainters.com.

New Fresh Coat Franchise Provides Expertise for Allen, TX, and Neighbors

New Fresh Coat Painters franchise providing expertise for Allen, Texas, and its neighbors

Allen Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – As a veteran of the telecom industry, Darrell Hale was accustomed to the pressures of the corporate grind, logging more than a million airline miles. For him, his new Fresh Coat Painters of Allen, Texas, painting franchise affords an opportunity to balance a successful business with a fulfilling, flexible home life.

"My wife, Marie, and I had been thinking of doing a franchise for years. We looked at and researched various franchise web sites, and Fresh Coat always percolated to the top," he said. "We wanted something that was recession-resistant and not too high-tech, with plenty of available labor. We've been very impressed with the caliber of Fresh Coat. We've already finished our first job last week and have four more lined up. It's a strong start right out of the gate. Things are going well – I'm very excited."

Launched in July, Hale's Fresh Coat venture is a family affair. Parents to three young daughters – with a fourth daughter slated to make her arrival this month – he and Marie divide the demands of owning a business. Marie handles the day-to-day paperwork and marketing while Hale stays busy in the field, networking with potential clients and preparing quotes. 

Still, he's made it a point to carve out family time, for instance recently indulging in a prekindergarten breakfast with his youngest. "It's harder to break away to do those things with a corporate job," he said. 

Given his rapid success, Hale is looking to champion another cause close to his heart, namely children. As a 7-year-old, Hale made his first financial contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He recently served as Captain of Team Fresh Coat in the Wish 100, a 60-mike trek through McKinney, Texas, and the surrounding counties on Oct. 6. More than 2,000 riders pedaled to raise funds, helping The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas make wishes come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Not only did Hale support the cause via his team, the Plano resident also will be donating $50 to Make-A-Wish for each painting job booked during the event. "We had a table set up right there in the finish area to be able to talk to other riders and sign up customers," he said.

Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said that approach is typical of Fresh Coat franchise owners. "Our franchisees not only go the extra mile for our customers, but for their community."

Fresh Coat franchises are locally owned and operated, even hiring their own painting personnel and never relying on outside contractors. Community support is how owners measure success as they pay it forward, Brozek said.

"Our franchisees take it upon themselves to help others," he said. "They've painted rooms for veterans coming home from war, as well as for cancer patients. They truly enjoy giving back to the community." 

Hale, a West Point graduate is an avid endurance cyclist, typically logging about 120 training miles a week. "It's good to feel the blood pumping in your veins, the wind in your face. It sounds cliché, but that's how it is," he said. 
In August, he completed the grueling Hotter 'N Hell Hundred, a 100-mile bike ride, through Wichita Falls, Texas, where the mercury fittingly climbs into the triple digits. Despite the extreme conditions, Hale averaged a speed of 17.8 mph for the duration of the course. "We were smoking," he quipped.

Taking a cue from his hobby, Hale describes how the demands of cycling mirror the rigors of running a business: "When you hit a hard hill, you know that if you can push through, you'll have the benefit of being able to coast down the other side," he said. 

Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings to support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Right now Hale and Marie remain focused on continuing to grow their business, something made easier given the level of training and support offered to franchise owners. "We're doing what we're enjoying and we're having fun doing it," Hale said.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Allen or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Allen, Plano, Murphy, McKinney or their surrounding Texas communities, call 469-342-3687 or visit www.freshcoatallen.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens West Des Moines, IA Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters expands Iowa painting services with launch of Central Iowa painting franchise

West Des Moines Painting FranchiseCincinnati, OH – Before finalizing the purchase of his Fresh Coat Painters franchise, Ryan Fredregill went to great lengths to size up his potential competitors. The local resident called six different painting operators to request information and estimates; only two showed up, albeit three weeks later. That's when Fredregill realized that his new painting franchise in West Des Moines was in a position to provide customers with a much, much different experience.

"There's a lot of competition, I'll admit, but there isn't anybody else that can offer what we offer," he said. "The fact that only two painters showed up – and showed up late – speaks to the opportunity we have here. I offer a 3-3-3 pledge and what that means is we will answer the phone within 3 minutes of your call, give a written estimate within 3 days of your call, and within 3 weeks of an accepted quote your painting project will begin."

Fresh Coat owners hire their own personnel, and never use sub-contractors. As a result, they can more effectively guide the operation and provide more support to the painters. All Fresh Coat painters undergo drug testing and background checks are fully licensed and bonded, Fredregill said, providing an extra level of security.

"When you're in people's homes it's important to have trustworthy employees," he said. 
Fredregill is now utilizing online advertising to place job ads and has been setting up interviews with experienced, professional painters.

Bernard Brozek, president of Fresh Coat Painters, said the company's business model sets them apart within the industry, offering painting professionals the opportunity to build a career. 

"Painting is an industry with a negative reputation – late arrivals, no shows, messy clean-up, sloppy work – so those painters who are professional appreciate the opportunity to work for a company that provides pay, benefits and steady work," he said. 

Already an experienced small business owner in Baxter, Fredregill was looking to expand to other avenues when he began researching his options. Throughout his months of investigation, he kept coming back to Fresh Coat.

"The Fresh Coat system was just what I had been looking for," he said. "The marketing support is excellent and the franchise fee is affordable. Most importantly, it's low overhead; I didn't need to tie up excessive funds in real estate with a fancy office.

For this father of two, it was also essential that his new endeavor be in the service industry, to draw on his expertise in management and marketing coupled with client service skills.

"I like being around people and meeting the needs of the customer," he said. "It's all about listening to their specific needs and providing them with various options that meet their satisfaction. I truly enjoy putting together a game plan and offering someone different options. The transformation after a fresh coat of paint in someone's home or office can make all the difference."

Brozek said Fresh Coat owners can attest to the value of professionalism and courtesy, setting them apart from other painting operators.

"Our franchisees realize the importance of focus, discipline and leadership in the success of any operation," he said. "Our structure puts the focus on the clients, so that they receive the best of all those involved. Owners direct their energy into promoting and growing their businesses while client service managers and professional painters complete the specific projects. Clients get the best skills of all those involved."

Fresh Coat owners have a range of corporate offerings that support their clients and make the process smoother, including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Fredregill actually enjoys painting and has completed several of his own painting projects, still he also values the structure of the company, which allows him to concentrate on the business while experienced painters complete the work.

"And that means we'll paint most anything. Given our location in Iowa and the agricultural environment, that means grain bins, machine sheds and barns, too," he noted.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Central Iowa or to schedule an on-site quote for residential, commercial or agricultural projects in Des Moines, Johnston, Ames, Ankeny, West Des Moines, Waukee, Grimes, Clive, Norwalk, Huxley and Marshalltown or their surrounding Iowa communities, call 515-619-5538 or visit www.freshcoatcentraliowa.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Bowie, MD Franchise

New Fresh Coat Painters franchise to serve Bowie and other Maryland suburbs of D.C.

Bowie Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Years of experience in service to the country prepared Charles Green well for the launch of his Fresh Coat Painters franchise in the Washington, D.C., area. What he didn't have was experience as a painter.

"I love the fact that I don't do any of the painting," he said, noting that with the Fresh Coat structure, owners promote and grow the business while professional painters complete the projects. "The best people are doing the right jobs for the clients."

Right out of high school, Green went into the Air Force where he served for six years. That was followed with work as a customs agent, an ATF agent, and, most recently, a contractor with the Justice Department.  After having lived all over the world, Green wanted to settle into his own company and started looking at franchises in 2007. He pursued two of them before opting out.

"I guess the third time is the charm," he said. "Since I knew I'd need financing, I got a copy of the Small Business Administration's preapproved list and narrowed my choices to six. From those, I picked two to investigate extensively, and Fresh Coat won me over. Home improvement had never crossed my mind, but the process, the vision, what they're trying to do resonated with me."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the company's business model does set it apart – most notably in that Fresh Coat employs its painters and never uses subcontractors.

"Charles, like our other owners, understands that the industry needs a new level of professionalism," Brozek said. "Painting has suffered with a bad reputation for fly-by-night operators. What we've found is that good painters want to work for a company that's going to provide them with steady employment year-round. Clients benefit because quality painters do the painting while owners handle the marketing and other business aspects of the company."

Because he doesn't like to paint, Green sees strong potential for his success with Fresh Coat.

"I didn't want to invent the wheel. I wanted to be a spoke in a wheel that was already rolling," he said. "The Fresh Coat concept is brand new, and I can see the potential. There is no flagship company in painting, so there's lots of room for growth. Think about it, any commodity being sold, whether it's hamburgers or hardware, has an industry leader. Right now, most painting companies are mom-and-pop operations, and clients are at their mercy. They may get a great painter, but they may get drinkers, smokers or someone in business today and out of business tomorrow. Fresh Coat is a 2012 business."

Brozek said the company strives to assist owners by providing them with top-notch marketing, training and resource materials as well as programs to enhance the clients' experience: a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"Everything supports our professionalism," Green said, "especially the quotes. There is no tape measure. Room measurements are taken with a laser, and everything is input into a computer. The technology is impressive. Clients get a professional print-out with details covering not only what work will be done, but also exactly how much it will cost and how much time it will take. That looks really professional."

Green also said he benefitted from the interaction with other franchisees, especially Matthew McKay, another Maryland franchise owner  whose territory borders Green's.

"My first job went very well because he was willing to share what he knew and because he was willing to let me use some of his workers," Green said. "I mentioned to him that I had a church that wanted its whole interior painted. Ultimately, we had 10 painters working three and a half days because the pastor liked what we were doing so much, he asked us to do more work. We also painted pews, chairs, the porch and pillars. That job likely will turn into more work because the pastor asked for more of our brochures. People know quality work when they see it and are happy to recommend it to others."

Brozek said Green discovered the principals behind the Fresh Coat business model: Provide professional services and build long-term relationships that lead to repeat business and solid referrals.

"That was huge for me," Green said. "It fit right in with my own philosophy: As much as clients are smiling when we arrive, I want them to still be smiling when we leave because they had a wonderful experience and received excellent painting services."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Bowie, Md., or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Bowie, Crofton, Odenton, Greenbelt, Mitchellville and their surrounding communities , call 240-206-6755 or visit www.freshcoatbowie.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Sugar Land, TX Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters expands Minnesota services with new painting franchise in southern Minneapolis

Minneapolis Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Coffee shops and painting companies may not have much in common, but Anne Long says her years working at Caribou Coffee prepared her well for the launch of her Fresh Coat Painters franchise in South Minneapolis, Minn.

While attending college, she went to work at Caribou. In three days later, she got a promotion, and within a year, she was a store manager.

"I liked the idea of my own business, and Caribou gave me the confidence to know that I could do it," she said. "I learned troubleshooting, hiring and firing, scheduling, reading P&L (profit and loss) sheets. I guess I have a lot of experience for a 29-year-old."

As the mother of an active 4-year-old with another baby on the way, Long said she wanted an in-demand business that allowed her flexibility. "I don't mind working long hours, but if I want to take an hour to see my daughter's dance class, I don't want to have to ask someone else if it's OK."

For Long, a franchise was the best option because "all the kinks had been worked out," she said, and she didn't want to spend months getting the business up and running.

"My husband and I were exploring options when we saw Fresh Coat listed in Entrepreneur magazine," she said. "It fit with my needs, and it really is recession-proof. Painting is everywhere, all the time. When you can't afford a remodel, you can paint. If you do remodel, you'll paint. To help sell your home, you'll paint. After you buy, you'll want to paint. Whatever home improvement you're doing, it likely will involve painting."

Long said she also valued the structure of the company in that, as an owner, she would promote and grow the business while experienced painters complete the projects.

"The painting industry is kind of new to having female owners, and several people have commented to me about how unique it is to see a woman heading a company," she said. "But Fresh Coat is getting lots of them now. I see it as an asset. Many of the clients are women, and they like to work with women sorting out the project details and discussing options. Every household is different, and that's cool, so it's fun to work with them to find what suits them best."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Long understands well the principle of client satisfaction to long-term success.

"She, like our other owners, knows that running a painting business isn't just about the painting," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience from the first call to the job completion and beyond. The client's satisfaction leads to repeat business as well as valuable referrals to other potential clients."

Fresh Coat's structure also is appreciated by painters, who are employees, never subcontractors, he said. "Painting is an industry with a negative reputation – late arrivals, messy clean-up, sloppy workmanship – so those painters who are professional appreciate the opportunity to work for a company that provides pay, benefits and steady work."

Long said she had the same observation after placing job ads.

"Applicants were surprised they'd be employees and that painting could be a career for them," she said. "One of my goals is to establish a solid reputation for my company and my painters, so that more business will follow. Good employees can have a real future, earn a good living, pay their bills. If they want those things, they have room to grow with Fresh Coat."

Brozek said the company strives to assist franchise owners in achieving their goals by providing quality marketing, training and resource materials and offering access to corporate offerings such as a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"Those things add credibility," Long said. "Our website looks complete with business information plus links, pictures, coupons and more. The call center provides a live person every time who can answer questions and set appointments. The EPIC system lets me get accurate measurements and give real quotes, not estimates, for client's projects."

Long also benefits from the interaction with her fellow franchise owners, especially those in Minnesota.
"Steve (Bowen) and Jerry (Fancher) have been very welcoming," she said. "Before I launched, Jerry let me join him on an Eden Prairie job, and because of his connection to 'Bath Crashers,' I'll be doing episodes of that show later this year.  With our territories bordering each other, we're all working together to build a good name for Fresh Coat throughout the Minneapolis area."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of South Minneapolis or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Medicine Lake, Plymouth and their surrounding communities , call 612-223-7864 or visit www.freshcoatsouthminneapolis.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Lancaster, PA Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters' Lancaster painting franchise spotlights quality and service for the Lanscaster, PA area

Lanscaster Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – After decades of business success, Kathryn Boyd could have chosen to rest on her laurels and enjoy an early retirement. Instead she is opening a new painting franchise, Fresh Coat Painters of Lancaster, Pa., to promote professional painting services within her community.

It's not the first time she's been a woman in a male-dominated field. When she found herself as a single mother of two, Boyd knew she needed a better-paying position than her teaching job. She started work in a business brokerage house before becoming one of the first women to attain a license for the coupon company that later became Valpak, one of the most successful franchises in the country. 

"At the time, couponing was a very new idea, quite an innovation," she said. "I was a young woman and one of the few in that world. For 22 years, I found it fun, exciting, creative and innovative."

In 2009, she sold her stake. Since then, she's enjoyed traveling and doing things she hadn't had time to do before. But she grew restless, and in an effort to determine her next move, she did some business consulting and looked for an opportunity to address a real need.

"I guess I don't know how not to work," she said, noting that she started working at age 15. "I was ready to try something new and innovative, and Fresh Coat fit the bill. It's creative and fun, and painting adds beauty and has a lasting impact."

Boyd was particularly impressed with the Fresh Coat business model that emphasizes client service.
"I saw that first-hand," she said. "It was my first surprise with Fresh Coat. I submitted a request for more information expecting to receive something in the mail in a week or two. Within an hour of my request, I was talking with someone from the company. That alone exemplifies client service."

After visiting the corporate offices, she said she was intrigued by the energy and excitement of the company's leadership and by her fellow franchisees who also were interested in creating local jobs and investing in their respective communities.

"It was apparent that they cared, and that makes all the difference," she said. "I learned that in one of my earliest jobs. At 17, I was a waitress and I wasn't very good, yet my tips kept going up. I asked one of the older waitresses why, and she said, 'It's simple. You care, and they know it.' I've never forgotten that.  Business can be taught, skills can be improved, but passion and caring can only be demonstrated. People know it when they see it. And it's what sold me on Fresh Coat."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Boyd's knowledge, experience and commitment to caring for clients will serve her well in her new enterprise.

"Like our other owners, she knows that running a painting company isn't just about painting," he said. "It's about the client's experience from the initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up. With our structure, clients get the best of all those involved. Our owners promote and grow the business while our experienced painters – employees, not subcontractors – provide professional, quality services."

For Boyd, the business model made sense for her, her employees and her clients. "I was blessed to find an exceptional man to serve as my operations manager. Bob Heiney has worked as a painter for 30 years and is well-respected in Lancaster County. He was born and raised here, so he has a commitment to his community. I respect his work and I appreciate the skills of a quality tradesman.  He's a true artisan, and I can see him being a mentor to younger painters and helping them develop their skills."

She added that clients benefit, too, because most people have become numb, even expecting the worst, when it comes to service. "You call 10 places, leave a bunch of messages, only five call you back, and only three actually show up."

With Fresh Coat, someone answers the phone 24 hours a day, she said. "Having a live voice, not a voicemail, is wonderful. With shift work, some people need to call outside normal business hours."

That's just one of the benefits of being part of the national operation, she said.

"Fresh Coat is growing by leaps and bounds," she said. "That taps into a wealth of information. They've created something unique, and I see them continuing to innovate to benefit clients. A lot of good ideas come from franchisees. I see them contributing, and corporate listening. What better way to grow a company. Give great client service, show that you care, and success will follow."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Lancaster or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Lancaster, Lititz, East Petersburg, Landisville, Leola and their surrounding Pennsylvania communities , call 717-826-0108 or visit www.freshcoatlancaster.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Buffalo, NY Franchise

New Fresh Coat Painters franchise spotlights service for New York's Buffalo, Niagara Falls region

Buffalo Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Sarah Steiner knows a lot about listening to people, evaluating their needs, and determining their best course of action. When she did a similar assessment of her own situation, she decided that by buying Fresh Coat Painters of Buffalo, N.Y., she would put herself on the right path.

The busy mother of 5-year-old twins wanted a business that allowed her to use her skills and experience while providing her and her husband, Erik, with the flexibility they needed for their lifestyle.

"We wanted a business we could believe in and we could support," she said. "We did a lot of research, and when Fresh Coat came along, it just clicked. They're supportive of the family and bringing families into the discussion. And Buffalo can use the services of a professional painting company that puts its focus on client service. Everything about this process just made sense. I could run the business, still be a mother, and not be tied up somewhere for specific hours."

Steiner said several variables also have reinforced her decision, starting with her parents who both know something of the housing industry. Her mother is a Realtor; her father, a contractor. "I grew up in the construction business," she said. "My two brothers and I measured a lot of rooms in our youth."

Her professional experience also complements her business approach. As a special education teacher, she learned to listen carefully and provide valuable guidance. After the twins were born, she stopped teaching for a while, but soon found herself working at a friend's health club where she became the director of client services.
"I've learned a lot about dealing with people," she said, "and coming from a client-services background helped me easily understand the Fresh Coat approach and its emphasis on client satisfaction. People want to know that you're dealing with them honestly and professionally."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Steiner's understanding of the importance of those traits will serve her well as she launches her franchise.

"Honesty and professionalism are the foundation of our business model," he said. "We are striving to alter the image of the painting industry because its reputation has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators. That image has lowered the trust levels of potential clients who often complain of no-shows, unfinished projects or sloppy work. With our structure, clients get the best skills of all involved from their first phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up. Our owners promote and grow the business while experienced painters do quality work on time and on budget."

Steiner knows first-hand about bad service. "It's unfortunate that many service industries have forgotten the importance of the client. You place 5 or 6 calls. If you're lucky, you might be able to leave a message. And if you're really lucky, two of them will call you back. Even then, you feel like you've been given a lot of empty promises."

Because Fresh Coat owners hire their personnel, and never use sub-contractors, they can better safeguard the operation and provide more support to the painters, she said.

"We've hired two painters, each with about 7 years' experience," she said. "I've learned that usually painters bounce around from job to job. It seems very rare that anyone can offer them guaranteed hours and employee benefits like we can. Having that stability for them helps ensure we have stability in our operations, and that in turn, benefits our clients."

Several corporate offerings also help ensure client satisfaction. Among them are a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"We want to be the painting company of choice in our region, and the 24/7 call center is huge," Steiner said. "I know what it's like to have put in a busy day, and once the kids are in bed, finally having the time to get some projects done. With the center, clients can call at 11 o'clock at night, and right then and there, get answers when they want them on their schedule."

She added that financing for painting will be especially beneficial to residents of the Buffalo area.

"We have high-, middle- and low-income households," she said. "Often people want to make changes, but they're concerned that they can't do everything right now. Maybe they've saved, but not quite enough. Or they need more work done than they originally thought. Considering the disruption to the home, I know they'd prefer to get the work done, so they don't have to go through the process again in a year or so. Being able to pay over time will be a godsend to those clients."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Buffalo or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls and other western New York communities, call 716-568-4352 or visit www.freshcoatbuffalo.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Erie, PA Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters expands into Pennsylvania with painting franchise to serve Erie, PA and its neighbors

Erie Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – As the owner of multiple businesses, Tony Campanella is a busy man, but he's not one to pass up an excellent opportunity. He sees his new Fresh Coat Painters painting franchise as a valuable service that fulfills a real need in his Erie, Pa., community.

"For 20 years, I worked in my family's business of packaging and shipping industrial supplies," he said. "For 10 years, I've owned multiple rental properties. Four years ago, I entered the hospitality business by opening a coffee shop. I see Fresh Coat as another income stream for me and a service for my community's homeowners and small businesses."

Although Fresh Coat is nationally known as the top residential painting company, Campanella said his rental properties demonstrated the need for services for small commercial enterprises.

"When I needed painting done, the large operators were just too expensive for me and the small operators didn't get back to me," he said. "My business was not big enough to attract their attention, so I could definitely see room in the marketplace for a company with professional services at affordable prices."
Campanella knew he wanted to buy a franchise because he didn't have the time to create the business from the ground up.

"I researched and found Fresh Coat was among the top low-cost franchises," he said. "It gets great reviews and has a great reputation. I liked the system, too. I don't like painting, so when I read that owners need never pick up a paint brush, I was sold. If I were creating a franchise, this is the system I'd put in place."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the business model is a major selling point.

"Our structure is such that owners run the business and professional painters do the painting," he said. "It's about providing clients with the best skills of all those involved, so that they become repeat customers and recommend Fresh Coat to others. It's about building long-term relationships. And because we use only our employees, never subcontractors, clients can be sure that when they hire Fresh Coat, no other company's truck is going to show up in the driveway."

Campanella said painters also appreciate the structure because while most like painting, they don't necessarily like giving the quotes or doing the billing and bookkeeping.

"I was fortunate to hire an experienced, qualified painter who was relocating to Erie so he and his wife could be closer to family," he said. "He appreciated the structure of the company and the opportunity to work year-round. I interviewed several painters, and that was a common refrain. Right now, demand is high and they're really busy, but soon those jobs will be gone, and they'll be back to looking for work."

Brozek said the company has found that good painters want steady employment and a steady paycheck.
"They want to be able to establish credit and invest in the future for themselves, their families and their communities," he said. "Our structure makes year-round employment possible because our owners get the support they need in the way of marketing, training and resource materials, so they can promote and grow the business."

Campanella said he was impressed with the caliber of those materials.

"I come from a background in small business, so I know how difficult it is to come up with ideas to showcase your product or services, then create a professional sales piece," he said. "Fresh Coat's printed materials are effective, and with the additional focus on the internet and social media, they're adding even more value for franchise owners."

Clients also benefit from several corporate programs such as its 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"The call center adds real value for promoting the business and scheduling appointments," Campanella said. "There's no greater turnoff to potential clients than an answering machine."

With the EPIC system, he said, clients get a professional, computerized printout regarding their project complete with a description of the work, a timetable for completion, and a quote, not an estimate, of the costs. "There's room to add remarks to the quote as well, so clients can see everything in writing. That's just one more way to build quality relationships with our clients."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Erie or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Erie, Girard, North East, Fairview, Millcreek, Lake City, Summit, Edinboro, Harborcreek, Lawrence Park, Wesleyville, East Springfield, Albion or their surrounding Pennsylvania  communities , call 814-806-2136 or visit www.freshcoaterie.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens CT River Valley Franchise

New Fresh Coat Painters franchise extends Connecticut painting services southwest of Hartford

CT River Valley Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Joseph Rossitto knows the importance of surrounding yourself with "smart people" on the road to success in life. With the launch of his Fresh Coat painting franchise in Wethersfield, Conn., he's already seeing the benefits of following a proven business model.

"We've already completed our first job, and the client was very satisfied," he said. "They want me to come back and give them another quote on their deck."

That first job involved removing wallpaper and then painting, but it wasn't just the appearance of the finished project that impressed the clients, he said.  "What they really appreciated was that we showed up when we said we would, and we were done when we said we'd be done. And, we didn't charge upfront for the work."

That commitment to clients is the cornerstone of the Fresh Coat Painters business model and one that Rossitto embraces fully. "It's a unique system run by smart people with good business experience."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said its franchise owners understand the importance of building a business by providing services that are noteworthy. "Just as Joseph describes, his clients noticed that the crew showed up when it said it would and completed quality work in a specified period of time. Those basics are often ignored by many in the painting industry."

With the Fresh Coat system, clients get priority from their initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up, Brozek said.

"Our owners direct their attention to promoting and growing the business while our onsite managers and painters – always employees, never subcontractors – provide quality services on time and on budget," he said. "Clients get the best skills of each person all along the way. When clients are happy, they call Fresh Coat again and recommend Fresh Coat to others. Owners see business growth because of their happy clients."
Rossitto said he's confident in the system. His biggest challenge has been his age. He's just 22.

"It does affect credibility," he said. "People see me as a kid, and some of them have had bad experiences with the painting company that is made up primarily of college kids."

But, this 22-year-old has experienced more than most others of his age. His mother was a software engineer before beginning her battle with cancer when Joseph was just 14 years old. His father endured a tough upbringing in Italy before coming to America at 15. He worked two jobs to support his family before earning a degree and becoming a financial adviser.

Rossitto inherited his parents' intelligence and stick to itness, and decided after his first job at age 16 that he'd prefer to use those traits to set his own course.

"My father never got the chance to go to college, and that's what he wanted for me," Rossitto said. "I opted instead to go into the Navy, where I studied nuclear engineering, one of the toughest programs around. I decided I didn't want that as a career, so I started looking at business options."

He attained moderate success with a couple of endeavors, then opted for a Fresh Coat franchise because he sees its long-term potential. "It's still small enough that the cost is reasonable. It's like being able to buy one of the first Subways or first Starbucks. Those were initially low-cost, but now they're worth millions. Like those franchises, we're filling a niche that needs to be filled in the marketplace."

Rossitto also had no difficulty finding painters who wanted to be part of his vision.

"Finding painters was a breeze," he said. "I knew some people already, and within a week, I had more interested. They want to be part of a professional team where they can use their knowledge and skills."
Brozek said Fresh Coat has heard similar comments. "Painters want to paint. They may or may not want to handle the marketing, scheduling, insurance, billing and other paperwork. With our system, our owners handle those things, thus allowing painters to focus on what they do best. 

"We also offer our owners additional tools to help them better serve their clients such as a 24/7 call center, a proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities."

Those perks help ensure clients feel valued from the start, Rossitto said, and that's a smart way to run a business.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Wethersfield, Conn., or to schedule an on-site quote for projects in West Hartford, Farmington, Newington, South Glastonbury, East Hampton, and their surrounding communities , call 860-724-2817 or visit www.freshcoatwethersfield.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens South Jersey Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters franchise brings professional painting services to South Jersey

South Jersey Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Kris Noyes likes making money, the more the better, and he's willing to do what it takes to earn it. Indeed, Noyes started working at age 11 with a paper route that he grew from 30 homes to 120 in just a couple of years.  Since then he's had a string of successful businesses, and at 35, he's adding yet another: a Fresh Coat Painters franchise to serve southern New Jersey.

A fellow entrepreneur, Matthew McKay, introduced him to the franchise. McKay launched Fresh Coat Painters of Annapolis, Md., earlier this year.

"Matt and I are both owners of multiple Oreck stores, and we were chatting at a recent meeting when he told me about the company," Noyes said. "I liked that the ideals of Fresh Coat matched those of Oreck. We put our clients first, and that's what puts us in a different category than most vacuum cleaner companies. Fresh Coat is in a different category than most painting companies. Buying the franchise seemed like a great chance to add an income stream while providing a quality service."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said successful business owners like Noyes and McKay appreciate the company's business model because it brings professionalism to an industry tarnished by too many negative images of painters who don't do the job right.

Noyes recalled his own experience of scheduling five painters for bids on a project and having only three show up. "The basics were ignored. It's seems so obvious that you should answer calls, show up on time, wearing a clean shirt. I don't know how many stories I've heard of people saying the painter didn't show up and didn't call or showed up saying the job would take four days, but it was 12 instead. There's a lot of frustration."
Brozek said he's heard those stories, too.

"Painting is a high-demand industry, and our owners know how important it is to focus on client service because that's what leads to repeat business and referrals," he said. "Our business model allows our owners to promote their businesses while the client service managers and painters – employees, never subcontractors – do the projects. That way clients get the best skills of all involved."

Noyes especially likes the structure because he is not a painter. "I did it once and said I'd never do it again." And, after seeing his painters at work, he understands why they feel the pressure when trying to do the job and generate new business.

"With the set-up, the breakdown, the job and the clean-up, I don't see how they would have time to be out marketing services and signing new contracts. What they do requires skills and attention," he said. "I want my painters to be very client-oriented and to go the extra mile to make sure they're happy with the work. I see it as my job to provide continual, steady employment. I'm excited to be building the company and putting crews together."

Brozek said Fresh Coat's structure helps ensure franchise owners succeed, which is of paramount importance. "We complement their inherent abilities with quality marketing, training and resource materials along with a variety of client assistance programs."

Among those are a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"The support is unbelievable," Noyes said. "The marketing materials, the leads generated through the websites, the intranet for owners, it's all awesome.  The call center is priceless. I love to be in charge of everything, but there's no way I could be available 24 hours a day. It's great that we have someone who can take the calls and make appointments at any hour of the day or night."

The EPIC system also has proved extremely helpful, he said, noting that one client in particular gave him the job because of the professionalism of his quote. "It was a significant project, and we were able to provide accurate numbers for each area and explanations for why some areas were higher or lower than others' estimates. We got the job, not because we were the cheapest, but because I could answer questions clearly and completely.
"EPIC is impressive because we provide accurate numbers regarding costs and hours. We're using a computer to measure and a printer to create a written proposal. It's about being professional and providing real numbers. Not guestimating."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of South Jersey or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Blackwood,  Turnersville, Sewell, Glassboro, Sicklerville, Clayton, Deptford and their surrounding communities, call 856-302-0283 or visit www.freshcoatsouthjersey.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Monmouth County, NJ Franchise

Fresh Coat Painters' franchise expands operations into Monmouth County, NJ

Monmouth County Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – For more than 35 years, Bob Covino has operated his own businesses ranging from restaurants and nightclubs to real estate and construction. For 22 years, he and wife Sue have developed a significant networking business, and now they are adding a Fresh Coat Painters franchise to their enterprises.

"If you rest, you rust," Covino said. "Last year we were noticing that we had a lot of free time during the day, so we started looking around for a business we could buy that would provide us with additional income and that had some integrity attached to it."

He said the couple was drawn to Fresh Coat because it fit their needs while also being reasonably priced and offering a unique approach to the painting business.

"We were impressed that the focus was on clients," he said. "Too often painters start a job, disappear for a few days, then come back, paint a little longer, then disappear again. The person who suffers in that situation is the client. With Fresh Coat, we start when we say we will and we stay until the job is done. We don't leave until the client has signed off on it. Moreover, we don't use subcontractors, which provides peace of mind because clients know who's in their home."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the Covinos' experience tied in well with the principals behind the Fresh Coat business model: Provide professional services and build long-term relationships.

"They, like our other owners, know that painting isn't just about doing quality work," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience. By providing excellent service from the first phone call to the final inspection and beyond, Fresh Coat earns the respect of its clients who not only become repeat clients, but also recommend Fresh Coat to others."

Covino said that he found painters also were receptive to the company's structure. When he advertised for workers for his territory of Monmouth County, N.J., he received eight responses in two days. 

"We specified that we would do background checks, so I knew that we were getting good candidates," he said. "All had at least 10 years' experience and were looking for something with stability and a reliable income. When we told them we covered the costs of insurance and bonding, and we offered paid vacations, they were thrilled. Most said they hated the uncertainty of other painting companies. With us, they know they'll get paid every week."
Brozek said Fresh Coat has found this to be a common refrain among experienced painters.

"We are striving to alter the image of the industry, which has been tarnished because of too many fly-by-night operators," he said. "That's hurt the reputations of painters and lowered the trust levels of potential clients. With our structure, clients get the best skills of all involved. Our owners promote and grow the business while managers and painters provide quality workmanship on time and on budget."

Covino said his family was so impressed with the structure that one son-in-law, Bobby Napoliello, already has joined the team as the client services manager.

"We've got three great daughters, three great sons-in-law, and four great grandkids," he said. "We see the potential to turn this into a family affair because we see that it's a service that's needed by everyone and Fresh Coat has created a structure that helps ensure our long-term success."

Helping owners succeed is of paramount importance to the company, Brozek said. "Obviously Bob and Sue have extensive business experience, so we enhance their knowledge and support them with top-notch marketing, training and resource materials."

Covino appreciates that support. "I could have started a painting business on my own, but I would have been just another painter on the block. With Fresh Coat, I get the branding, the expertise, and the reputation. When someone asks 'Who is Fresh Coat?' I can say 'We're the largest residential painting company in America.' That gives me credibility."

Clients benefit, too, from corporate programs such as a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"The EPIC system is impressive," Covino said. "We arrive with a photo ID, laser measurement tool, HP Tablet and wireless printer. We provide the client with a printed statement detailing the job, the costs and the timetable for the work. Others' estimates are all over the board, but our numbers are accurate."
To learn more or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Monmouth County, N.J., call 732-722-5033 or visit www.freshcoatmonmouthcounty.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coats' 'Restoring the Colors' Provides Free Painting for Veterans

Fresh Coat Painters' 'Restoring the Colors' provides free painting services for veterans

Scottsdale Painting FranchiseScottsdale, Arizona – Fresh Coat Painters is honoring America's veterans one house at a time with the launch of the new "Restoring the Colors" program. 

Fresh Coat Painters will introduce "Restoring the Colors" officially this fall when Scottsdale painting franchise owner Greg Jewell selects a veteran to receive free painting services. Fresh Coat Painters absorbs the costs for all the labor and materials on the project.

Jewell said the idea was born after he and his wife, Susan, were in business about 16 months and were looking for a way to contribute to their community beyond basic charity fundraising.

"We were thinking that once a year we'd give away painting services," Jewell said. "Once we decided on assistance for veterans, my paint manager suggested the name 'Restoring the Colors' because of the tie-in to the military, as well as the painting aspect. It makes sense, and it's something we support."

The home of Moe and Marilyn Silverman recently got a whole-house facelift when they received the first "Restoring the Colors" donation from Fresh Coat Painters of Scottsdale. The Silvermans' project would have cost the couple about $3,000.

Everything came together naturally for this first project. Marilyn Silverman knew the Jewells through family ties.
"When Susan told me that her husband owned a painting company, I contacted them to do some work at our house," Marilyn said. "Our patio covering was coming apart, paint was peeling, and I knew it needed to be fixed quickly. The team did a wonderful job. They were as nice as could be, very polite."

While there, Greg saw that the entire house needed exterior painting. Susan suggested that they would be ideal candidates for "Restoring the Colors." Interestingly, after serving in the military, Moe had worked as a union painter in New York before retiring and moving to Arizona in 1991.

"Moe served in World War II and was an MP in Japan during the U.S. occupation right after the war," Jewell said. "He's now in his 80s, so even though he spent his career as a professional painter himself, he's not really financially or physically able to paint a whole house."

The Silvermans will mark their 57th anniversary in August.

"We met after the war," Marilyn said. "And Moe has a million stories. He worked on lots of jobs, the most famous of which was the 1964 World's Fair. He and the rest of the team painted everything there. All the wives got to take a tour before it opened. It was amazing." 

For their home, Jewell had a crew of three who painted all the stucco and trim.

"It's a single-story with various rooflines," he said. "We also painted the perimeter wall. Moe brought his expertise to the worksite. He was out there inspecting while we worked, and he seemed pleased."

Jewell plans "Restoring the Colors" to be a once-a-year project with work done around Veterans Day. "Our hope as a company is that people will be applying for the giveaway and that every nominee will be worthy of receiving it."

Jewell's assistance for veterans didn't stop with the Silvermans. He also hired a 26-year-old who had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and helped him transition back into civilian life. That man has since gone back to school to become an electrician.

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Scottsdale or to schedule a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Care Free, Cave Creek, Phoenix, Rio Verde, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, Surprise or their neighboring communities, call Jewell at 480-374-1506 or visit www.freshcoatscottsdale.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens Austin Franchise to expand Texas presence

Fresh Coat Painters expands operations with Austin, TX Painting Franchise

Austin Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – After raising her children, Karen Wagner decided it was time to focus on her own future, and that future would include owning a business. With the launch of her Fresh Coat Austin painting franchise, she is making that future a reality.

"It was not a decision I took lightly," she said. "I understood how important infrastructure and support are to business success. I knew I wanted more flexibility in my life while being able to structure my days to be productive. I looked at a lot of options. Some required extensive evening work or major upfront investments. With Fresh Coat, I could start out working from home and build up my clientele. And I'll have the satisfaction that comes from seeing a project from beginning to completion."

Wagner began extensive evaluations of nine different franchises in December before quitting her long-time position with Dell in April and starting her new business weeks later. Wagner said she considered the Fresh Coat structure encouraging because it fulfilled real needs in the community and provided steady employment for quality workers. With the launch of her business, Fresh Coat Painters continues expansion across Texas.

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the company welcomes the scrutiny of professionals like Wagner.
"Like our other owners, she understands that running a painting company isn't just about painting," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience, from the initial phone call throughout the project to the follow-up. By building quality relationships with clients, they'll continue to use the services and recommend them to their friends and family members. It's the foundation for our owners' long-term success."

"Everyone needs painting sometime, whether they're moving, want to change colors or they want to spruce up their current home," Wagner said. "Of course, a lot of us have relatives who need assistance in maintaining their homes. And every business owner knows that the appearance of an office makes an impression on clients and potential clients, as well as on employees. Painting affects everybody."

Wagner knew immediately that she had made the right decision. She said that she met people who wanted to sign a contract with her even before she was open.

"When I explained our structure, people were impressed," she said. "We hire our own painters and don't use subcontractors. We do background checks and provide insurance and bonding. It's a unique approach in the industry and one that's appreciated not only by clients, but also by the painters. It's allowed me to recruit multiple quality applicants and hire excellent, local people. My client service manager has 25-plus years of painting experience working with high-end operations and leading crews.  Another painter has construction experience, so he's my go-to guy if someone needs minor repairs before we can paint."

As a 17-year resident of Cedar Park, Wagner said she was pleased to provide employment opportunities to residents in her franchise territory of Austin, Cedar Point, Round Rock, Leander and other communities of Travis and Williamson counties.

Brozek said the company's business model sets it apart from competitors.

"Painting attracts a lot of fly-by-night operators," he said. "We've found that quality painters want to work for us because we can provide them with steady employment, allow them to use their skills, and provide them with opportunities to build better futures for themselves and their families. They give our clients excellent workmanship on time and on budget."

Wagner said the business model is complemented by Fresh Coat's commitment to owners through their training, marketing and resource materials. Among those are a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fundraising opportunities for charities.

"The EPIC system has been especially appreciated," Wagner said. "I'm able to provide a breakdown of every component of the job complete with costs and time frames. It demonstrates professionalism, like our workers arriving on time, doing the job well and cleaning up afterwards."

As part of her launch, Wagner will have a booth at the Austin Home & Garden Show Aug. 17-19. Visit her there or to arrange a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Austin, Cedar Point, Round Rock, Leander and other Texas communities of Travis and Williamson counties, call Wagner at 512-961-3660 or visit www.freshcoatnorthaustin.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters owner gives back for charity's Great Home Giveaway

Fresh Coat Painters owner gives back for charity's Great Home Giveaway

Belvidere Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Growing up in Illinois, Fresh Coat Painters franchise owner Michael Solberg had a friend with a family member who made a lasting impression on him. His friend's brother was developmentally disabled, and Michael never forgot the boy with the big smile. 

Michael said it seemed natural that years later he became involved with The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. The Arc is a non-profit organization that serves more than 200 adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through a wide variety of programs, services and activities.

The Arc celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues its biggest fund-raising event, the annual Great Home Giveaway, which awards one lucky winner a brand new home or $100,000 cash.

"The Arc helps families in so many ways, from schooling to finding jobs for adults," Michael said. "They do everything they can to help the developmentally disabled become productive members of society."
Michael's Fresh Coat Painters in Belvidere, Ill. has established itself as a leader in the painting industry, offering quality craftsmanship and reliable service. The company painted the house that belonged to The Arc's marketing director, and she was so satisfied with the job that she immediately contacted Michael.

"She was so impressed with the care we took with her painting job that she asked if I wanted to get involved with The Arc," he said.

"Michael is just one example of our franchise owners who truly take pride in their work and sincerely want their clients to be happy," said Fresh Coat President Bernard Brozek. "They know superior workmanship speaks for itself, and the word gets around when painting is done right." 

Soon after finishing the marketing director's house, Michael saw his former friend with his disabled brother at a local store. He said he was amazed that after so many years his friend's brother still remembered him, knew where he lived and talked about the times they spent together as children. 

"This young man is a great individual," Michael said. "We had been searching for a local charity that could use our help and were genuinely impressed with The Arc. Every penny they raise goes to help people who need it most. It was a good fit for us, and it gives us a chance to highlight our talent. We really enjoy doing this."

Fresh Coat Painters and Sherwin Williams have partnered for The Great Home Giveaway with Fresh Coat donating brushes, rollers and supplies, and Sherwin Williams donating the paint.  The house to be awarded will be open for viewing by the public beginning Aug. 4. The grand prize drawing will be televised during the 6 p.m. news broadcast on WTVO, Channel 17, on Thursday, Nov. 15. To learn more, visit www.arcwbo.org/great_home_giveaway0.aspx.

For more information about Fresh Coat Painters, visit www.freshcoatpainters.com or freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Visit Michael's website at www.freshcoatpaintersofbelvidere.com.

Fresh Coat Painting Franchise featured on DIY Network's 'Bath Crashers'

Fresh Coat Painters featured on DIY Network's 'Bath Crashers'

Durham and Chapel Hill Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters new Minneapolis painting franchise owner Jerry Fancher never expected to launch his business with a bang. But that's exactly what happened when he was asked to paint for five episodes of the popular DIY Network show "Bath Crashers." 
Ratings for "Bath Crashers" have gone through the roof recently with viewers who tune in to see bathrooms transformed right before their eyes. Show host Matt Muenster approaches customers as they shop a home improvement store and asks if they have a bathroom in need of a makeover. Crews literally smash the room to pieces and begin the renovation.

Jerry said the show's producer contacted him about painting the refurbished rooms, and he explained how Fresh Coat Painters beats the competition by consistently delivering quality workmanship with superior products. Producers liked what they heard and within a week Jerry began filming six episodes. 

"I am happy the show will highlight the professionalism and quality of the Fresh Coat brand," Jerry said.
Jerry said he wants everyone to know how Fresh Coat Painters offers superior painting services not found with other painting companies. Fresh Coat's attention to detail, conscientious, timely set-up and clean-up, and eco-friendly, low-odor, premium paints assure a job well done. Whether residential or commercial, Fresh Coat is the total painting solution. 
"We are so pleased that Jerry will be featured nationally on the show," said Fresh Coat Painters President Bernard Brozek. "Jerry is just one example of how professional and knowledgeable our owners are. It's really wonderful to work with him."

Jerry said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of taping the shows and plans to watch every episode. The first show airs Monday, July 23, at 10:30 p.m. Eastern with repeats at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24; 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5; and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, all Eastern times. Subsequent episodes  also will air multiple times.

To learn more about Jerry Fancher and his services, please visit www.freshcoatedenprairie.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens franchise to serve Durham-Chapel Hill region of NC

Fresh Coat Painters opens franchise to serve Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina

Durham and Chapel Hill Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – It wasn't a throw of the dice that encouraged former Las Vegas resident Nick Filippides to launch his Fresh Coat Painters painting franchise.

After spending more than 10 years as the owner-operator of a moving and storage company in that city, Filippides recently relocated his family to Raleigh. Although they had made the decision to move some time ago, he said he and his wife looked at multiple franchises over the course of nearly a year and a half before making the jump.

"My business was slowing down in Vegas," he said. "My brother-in-law was also in the moving and storage business in Raleigh, and we were ready to move back East anyway. We have three little ones – 4, 7 and 8 – and we'd rather they be raised and educated here. It's a great place for businesses and for families."

His Fresh Coat franchise will serve Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and surrounding communities.

"We looked at auto repair, home service, lots of options," he said. "I knew I wanted to go with a franchise because I know the benefits of that structure through my experience with the moving firm."

Filippides settled on painting services and already had been approved for a franchise by a Fresh Coat competitor when his wife found Fresh Coat and learned more about its impressive reputation.

"I really checked it out," Filippides said. "I spoke with at least 15 current franchisees all over the country just trying to find something negative. I didn't. The major selling factor for me was the structure. Having the painters as your employees is a very good idea – much better than using subcontractors. Employers have much greater control."

Filippides said he knows the value of having employees who can be trusted.

"In the moving business, I had to weed out a lot of bad employees, and turnover was high," he said. "It's all about establishing trust between your company and your clients. You want that background check to ensure you don't have questionable employees. But it's more than that. It's about their behavior, dress code and manners. Ultimately, my company had a very good track record with the Better Business Bureau. I had 15 very good crews, and I could trust them with everything."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the business model does attract professionals like Filippides.

"Our owners understand that the business isn't just about painting," he said. "It's about providing excellent service from the initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-through. Our owners focus on promoting and growing the business while the client service managers and experienced painters provide quality services on time and on budget. Clients get the best of all involved."

Filippides said he expects to establish that same type of professionalism with his new business.

"Movers and painters are similar, except for one big difference - painters have skills," he said. "Movers basically can be taught everything they need to know in a couple of weeks. Painters can spend years learning techniques and improving their art. By focusing on hiring quality painters and paying them an appropriate wage, I think we can hire some of the best people available."

Brozek said the company's experience indicates that Filippides is correct.

"The painting industry has a reputation for too many fly-by-night operators," he said. "Professional painters welcome the chance to work with Fresh Coat because our owners provide them with steady employment all year long. They're able to settle down, establish credit and live more structured lives. That allows them to do the work they enjoy without having to worry about finding their next job."

Filippides said being a part of the Fresh Coat system allows him to offer clients the best of a neighborhood business with the backing of a national operation. The corporate offerings include a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"The call center is a major thing," Filippides said. "It's great that a professional always answers the phone. It's also great that we have national accounts that give us prices we could not get as a single business. And the EPIC system is a definite plus because we can provide clients with real numbers unlike the typical paint-and-ladder operator who offers estimates based on his best guess."

To learn more or to schedule a free on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and their surrounding North Carolina communities, call 919-554-9011 or visit www.freshcoatdurham.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens a new Franchise in Aurora, IL

Fresh Coat Painters extends operations into Aurora, IL and the surrounding areas

Aurora Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters is expanding its operations in Illinois with the launch of Allan Moss' painting franchise to serve Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and their surrounding communities. He officially opens Fresh Coat Painters of Aurora on July 9 and already has plans to participate in The Old House New House Home Show in St. Charles Sept. 29-30.

Like many others in this economy, Moss was laid off last year from a position he had enjoyed. Also like so many others, he decided it was time to chart his own course.

"I decided then that I do not want to work for anyone else any longer," he said.

With his background in sales, supply chains and computers, Moss first considered opening his own computer service business. Soon he discovered that it would not be profitable enough for his needs.

"After thinking about it, I chose to look into home improvement businesses because they're always pretty stable," he said. "Expectations are reasonable. Start-up costs are affordable. And I can make a reasonable profit."

His exploration of the industry led him to Fresh Coat where he found the people to be "happy and positive," he said. "They were upfront, honest, friendly, and they laid out a plan for success. All my questions were answered."

Painting also was a business where he could see a real need in his community.

"Most people don't have the time or the equipment to tackle the job," he said. "And many people have reached a point where they have no desire to be climbing on ladders. I see this as a growing area with lots of potential. People are willing to pay for quality services at affordable prices."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the Fresh Coat business model does attract professionals like Moss.

"Our owners understand that running a painting company isn't just about painting," he said. "It's about providing top-notch service from the client's initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up. The goal is to establish a long-term relationship that ensures clients feel comfortable not only in using the services again and again, but also referring the company to others for their needs."

Moss said the Fresh Coat approach made sense to him.

"It's too hard to try to start everything from scratch," he said. "With Fresh Coat, everything was logical. As an owner, my focus is on promoting and growing the business. The actual work is done by experienced painters who are Fresh Coat employees. We don't use subcontractors, so clients can know that the people working in their home work for the same company they contracted."

Interestingly, when Moss began to interview potential employees, he found that they had "checked out" him and Fresh Coat.

"By the time they met me, they already knew a lot about the company and were already enthusiastic," he said. "I've had no difficulty finding experienced painters who would welcome the opportunity to work with me. Most have had at least 15 years' experience, and a few have other skills they can offer such as basic carpentry or drywall skills. I've found a lot of good people ready to work."

Brozek said Moss' experience is not uncommon.

"The industry has suffered with a bad reputation for fly-by-night operators," he said. "What we've found is that good painters want to work for a company that's going to provide them with steady employment year-round. Our structure makes that possible because our owners get the support they need in the way of marketing, training and resource materials."

Moss said he especially appreciated the guidance in marketing because he had done "some marketing in the past, but nothing like this."

He also welcomed the multiple client assistance programs available to him as a franchisee. These include a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"I appreciate the 24/7 call center," Moss said. "It's important that clients and potential clients are able to reach a live person whenever they want. I also appreciate the support I receive from the corporate office and from my fellow franchisees. It's great having a group that ensures I can get whatever I need to better serve my clients."
To learn more or to schedule a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and their surrounding Illinois communities, call 630-405-6171 or visit www.freshcoataurora.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens a new painting franchise in Overland Park, KS

Fresh Coat Painters opens first Kansas franchise to serve Overland Park, KS

Overland Park Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters has expanded into Kansas with the addition of Tara Tooley's painting franchise to serve Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill, Stilwell and their surrounding Johnson County communities southwest of Kansas City.

Tooley said her first-hand experiences showed her that many of those in the service industry need to adjust their actions to better serve their clients. She has assisted her husband with his roofing and insulation business and had worked as an insurance adjuster herself. In both roles, she saw situations when clients were left in a lurch or were misled in some way by individuals or companies hired to address a client's specific problems.

"Fresh Coat is client-driven," she said. "And that's what sold me. I know that is what's missing in most home service interactions. With Fresh Coat, we hire our employees. We don't use subcontractors. We do background checks, and our workers are bonded and insured. And we have a client service manager assigned to every job. Clients get the attention they deserve."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said that focus on clients is the foundation for the company's business model.

"We are striving to alter the image of the industry, which has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators," he said. "Complaints of no-shows, unfinished work or poor quality have led to a lack of trust among potential clients. Our structure helps address those concerns because clients get the best skills of all involved from the initial phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up.

"Tara's experience will serve her well," he added. "Like our other owners, she understands that client service is critical to her long-term success. Our structure allows owners to market and promote the business while client service managers and painters deliver quality work on time and on budget. Each person focuses on what he or she does best, and clients reap the benefits."

For Tooley, the potential for long-term success was another variable in her decision to buy the franchise.

"Painting is basically recession-proof," she said. "When people are building, they need to paint. When they're remodeling, they need to paint. When they're selling, they need to paint. When they've just bought, they usually want to paint. And, from my experience, it's an area where there is a lack of client service. As a business professional, I saw this as a great opportunity."

In addition, she said, she is a creative person who enjoys sharing her ideas and helping people fulfill their vision. "I like that kind of stuff."

Tooley is not intimidated by being a woman in a male-dominated industry, she said.

"As a two-time cancer survivor, I'm pretty fearless," she said. "And being a woman in this field in some ways has its advantages. Many of those purchasing the services are women, so they may want to work with another woman. And as an owner, I want to promote the success of other women, and if I can find quality female painters, I want to give them a chance to grow with my company."

Tooley already has joined SuccessKC, a Kansas City area women's professional referral networking group of service providers and business owners committed to exceeding client expectations and surrounding themselves with other professionals of the same mindset.

"I want to set an example for my daughter, too," Tooley said. "She's 8 and has already demonstrated that she has a mind for business. I want her growing up and seeing herself as a successful business woman."

Brozek welcomes Tooley's energy and enthusiasm because Fresh Coat's goal is to help its owners succeed.
"Our owners come from all walks of life with very diverse backgrounds," he said. "We strive to complement their inherent abilities with top-notch marketing, training and resource materials."

Among those are several client-service offerings including a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"I really like the 24/7 call center," Tooley said. "It's been proven that when a potential client doesn't get a live person, they'll usually hang up and call the next name on their list. With our service, clients can call whenever it's convenient for them, get their questions answered, and even schedule an appointment."

The EPIC system also ensures clients receive an actual quote, rather than estimate, for their project.

"Too often the client gets a hand-written estimate scribbled on the back of a business card," Tooley said. "With us, that client gets a computer-generated printout complete with details such as square footage, hours to complete the job, and the total costs including the paint. It's much more professional."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Lenexa or to schedule a free on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee, Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill, Stilwell and their surrounding communities southwest of Kansas City, call 913-396-6729 or visit www.freshcoatoverlandpark.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens New Franchise in Dyersburg-Jackson, TN 

Fresh Coat Painters opens painting franchise to serve West Tennessee's Dyersburg-Jackson region

Dyersburg-Jackson Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters' expansion into Tennessee is continuing with the launch of Chris Hurt's painting franchise to serve the communities of Dyersburg, Jackson, Ripley, Covington, Alamo, Halls and their surrounding communities.

For Hurt, the franchise offered an opportunity to create jobs in his hometown while providing more security for himself and his family. The Halls, Tenn., native attended college in Jackson, then returned to Halls where he now works as a physical education teacher and head football coach for the high school.

"I love teaching and coaching," he said. "At the same time, I have three children. The reality is that as a teacher, you basically need another source of income to provide for your family's future."

After evaluating various franchises, Hurt said Fresh Coat best fit his goals – a reliable income stream for himself, job opportunities for others, and quality needed services for the community.

"People are always remodeling and fixing up their homes," he said. "Finding a quality painter is difficult. I'm the third generation to live in my home, and we recently remodeled to expand the master bathroom, add a walk-in closet, and such. It was a good bit of work, but when it came time to paint, my contractor had no one to recommend. His guys could do it, but they didn't necessarily want that job. And, I didn't want to do it either. I've learned that a lot of other people had similar experiences. If you can find a painter, they're not available for weeks. Or, if you find one who is available, they may not be reliable. It's frustrating."
Among the factors that drew Hurt to Fresh Coat was its commitment to clients.

"We provide a straight quote, including paint, and we tell the client exactly when we'll arrive and how long the job will take," Hurt said. "We hire our employees, who are bonded and insured, and we provide workers' compensation. We don't use subcontractors, so when you hire us, you're not going to see a truck from another company pulling into your driveway. You'll know who is coming into your home. I think that level of professionalism is something people are willing to pay to get."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the company's business model does focus on the client and providing the best service possible.

"Like our other owners, Chris understands that client service begins from the first phone call throughout the project and into the follow-through," he said. "Our structure is such that our owners promote and grow the business while the client service managers and painters do outstanding work on time and on budget. Clients get the best of everyone involved."

Hurt also has found that painters appreciate the potential for steady employment complete with benefits. His first hire, Kirby Ogden, a former project manager for a major construction company, is heading up the team, which includes three painters thus far, all with at least 15 years experience.

Ogden said reliability is the biggest complaint he hears from those who use painters.

"I've talked with Realtors, builders, bankers, and others who work in and around home and building construction," he said. "One of the first questions I ask them is 'Does your painter show up on time?' You'd be amazed how quickly that question leads to comments about no-shows, early departures or unfinished work. With Fresh Coat, I'm hoping we'll get the chance to quote on every job, provide excellent service, grow our reputation, gain referrals and keep our employees working.

"Right now, people are not building new houses as much as they're repairing and upgrading what they've got. I think the potential is excellent for us to hire even more painters, keep them busy, and add more management people and office staff down the road."

Hurt mirrored Ogden's comments, noting that being part of the Fresh Coat franchise system allows him to offer various options for clients that might not otherwise be available.

Brozek said the company prides itself on being able to help owners help their clients. "We strive to complement our owners' inherent abilities with quality marketing, training and resource materials, and provide them with access to excellent client service opportunities including our 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities."

As a teacher, Hurt said he welcomes the chance to offer the fund-raising option for the school and other organizations in the community.

"We anticipate that referrals will be a big part of our business," Hurt said. "And I know that lots of groups need to raise funds. With our referral plan, $50 goes toward the program of the client's choice. I think that will be huge. And like most business owners, if I'm making money, I'm happy to give back to my community."

To learn more or to schedule a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Dyersburg, Jackson, Ripley, Covington, Alamo, Halls and their surrounding West Tennessee communities, call 731-419-4644 or visit www.freshcoatdyersburgjackson.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens a new painting franchise in Monroe, OH

Fresh Coat Painters expands Ohio operations into Monroe, OH

Monroe Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters is extending its services in Ohio with the addition of Steve Moody and Shannon Oyler's painting franchise to serve Monroe, Morrow, South Lebanon, Springboro, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Middletown and their surrounding communities.

For Moody and Oyler, the franchise provides each partner with an opportunity to use their best skills while growing a profitable business for both – all while ensuring top-notch, professional services for their clients.
"We're very different people," Moody said. "I tend to be strictly business. I just want the job done and done right in the most efficient way possible. Shannon approaches work in a much more personable way. I knew I wouldn't be able to make this franchise work without the balance of her skills."

Oyler acknowledges that her background is "more personable" because she has spent much of her career in recruiting, hiring and training personnel. Nevertheless she was the one who had to be convinced that Fresh Coat was the right fit for their goals.

"We're both very quality-oriented people, and we both want the job done right," she said. "By the time he introduced Fresh Coat to me, Steve was already enthusiastic because he knows that professional painting services are something the community needs. With that, there's no dispute. But I was much more analytical and nitpicky about the details. Ultimately, though, Fresh Coat was able to answer all my questions. I wanted to be sure the structure was such that all parties – owners, clients, painters and managers – would benefit."
Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, welcomed the scrutiny.

"Our business model is unique because we are striving to alter the image of the industry," he said. "Its reputation has been tarnished because of too many fly-by-night operators. That's hurt the image of owners and the reputations of painters. And it's lowered the trust levels of potential clients who often complain of no-shows, unfinished projects or sloppy work. With our structure, the clients get the best skills of all involved from their first phone call throughout the project and into the follow-up."

Both Moody and Oyler had been successful business owners and managers before, so while they knew best practices in business, they had concerns about the painting industry, Oyler said.
"I wondered about what type of employee we were going to find," Moody added. "We know that getting the job done correctly depends on having employees who are committed to quality work and who genuinely care about the clients. With the Fresh Coat model, we could see how we could find the best employees and provide them with the benefits to ensure they'll want to stay with us long-term."

Brozek said the business model does attract more professional painters because Fresh Coat never uses subcontractors. "Our owners spend their time promoting and growing the business," he said. "Their role is to ensure that client service managers and painters have steady work, which promotes employee loyalty. Those employees then can focus their attention on the clients' needs ensuring they receive top quality work completed on time and on budget. Clients receive the best skills of all involved."

Oyler said that their interviews with painters have confirmed Brozek's observations. "What we're finding is that almost every painter has tried to run a business, but they didn't want to do the marketing and the bookkeeping. They wanted to be painters. I think they appreciate what we're doing because we handle those aspects of the job, and they get to do what they prefer."

Moody said that he also could see that some of the painters might be good business owners or managers if they received the right training. "With our structure, we could increase that painter's options. We could give them the chance to lead a crew, develop those skills, and grow as the company grows."

With Fresh Coat's marketing materials and ongoing support, Oyler said she sees the opportunities for the company and the community as "unlimited."

"Helping our owners succeed is basic for us," Brozek said. "Our goal is to complement our owners' inherent abilities with quality marketing, training and resource materials, which include several client assistance programs such as a 24/7 call center, proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities."

Moody noted the obvious benefits of having a live person available to answer questions anytime of the day or night, receiving actual quotes instead of estimates, and being able to pay over time if necessary.

"Some of the best supports for clients, though, aren't so obvious to them," he said. "As owners, we have access to all these other franchise owners, and we can benefit from each other's experiences. I know that if I've got a question, I can post it to our network and within minutes I'll have answers. As owners, we also have access to vendors where Fresh Coat has long-standing relationships. That provides us with uniform pricing and readily available resources. For example, our local Sherwin Williams has an interior decorator on staff who we can contact if a client needs such services."

Oyler agreed. "There's so much there to help us service our clients. It's a win-win for all involved."
To learn more or to schedule a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Monroe, Morrow, South Lebanon, Springboro, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Middletown and their surrounding Ohio communities, call 513-618-7417 or visit www.freshcoatmonroe.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters launches a painting franchise in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Fresh Coat Painters adds Leominster, MA painting franchise

Fresh Coat Painters adds franchise to serve Summerville, SC

Fresh Coat Painters adds franchise to serve Summerville, SC

Summerville Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters has added South Carolina's Low Country to its service areas with the launch of Jimmy and Brandie Zeski's franchise to serve Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston, Ladson, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and their surrounding communities.

For Jimmy, starting a painting company was an obvious business opportunity.

For Brandie, not so much. She had to be convinced.
"I've been in sales for 13 years, most recently as a business manager for a motorcycle dealership, so I understand what it takes to find and keep clients," he said. "I'd been looking at Fresh Coat for about three years, and I thought the business model made sense. Last year, on a part-time basis, I decided to start my own little painting company to test the market and see if there was a need for the services. Very quickly I could see we had solid potential here."

Brandie, a nurse in a neonatal unit, recalls that she was extremely skeptical.

"Jimmy has wanted to own his own business for a long time," she said. "When he pitched it to me, I wasn't convinced. After all, there's a million painters, so where's the opportunity? But he proved it to me. Clients said he often was the only one who showed up to provide a quote. In some cases, he was the only one to answer the phone when they were seeking bids. Once he convinced me, we decided to visit Fresh Coat for Discovery Day. That's when I became convinced that we could build a business big enough that he could leave sales behind."
Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the Zeskis saw first-hand what sets Fresh Coat apart from most of its competitors.

"Jimmy already had the work ethic that says you do what you say you're going to do, and he clearly understands the fundamentals of marketing in that you can't get the job if you don't engage with potential clients," Brozek said. "We love Brandie's caution because it shows that she's a wise woman who values the efforts we've taken to build a structure that addresses her business concerns. Their professionalism is exactly in keeping with our goal of changing the image of the industry."

Although Jimmy certainly was able to start his own painting business, he said he welcomed the advantages offered as part of a national franchise system.

"Fresh Coat already has systems in place that it might take years for me to develop," he said. "And, because I'm part of a bigger organization, I also receive discounts I likely couldn't get on my own. Already I noticed the difference in the most basic thing, the price of the paint. 

"Equally as important, I have the structures in place such as payroll and insurance to hire the people I have been using as subcontractors.  With Fresh Coat, our painters are employees, never subcontractors, so we do background checks and get them bonded and insured. Clients appreciate that additional reassurance. In addition, the painters love it. They're really happy and excited to learn they can work full-time, and all they have to do is show up, paint and complete the jobs we've found for them. It's rewarding for me to be able to provide employment for them."

Brozek said the company's structure does benefit all concerned. "Our owners focus on promoting and growing their business while the experienced painters get to use their knowledge to provide quality services. The client gets the best skills of all involved."

Brandie said Fresh Coat's professionalism also extends to its marketing systems. She noted that potential clients can research the company easily on the web and can get questions answered by a live person anytime day or night.

Brozek said the company strives to help its franchise owners succeed by complementing their inherent abilities with quality marketing, training and resource materials.

"The 24/7 call center helps ensure clients and potential clients are never left hanging," he said. "And many of our other programs also help ensure ongoing satisfaction. These include our proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities."

Jimmy said the EPIC system has proved to be extremely beneficial for his clients. "Usually after I visit the site and take my measurements, the client's next question is 'How long will it take before you can give me an estimate?' They're surprised when I say, 'Let me go out to my truck, and I'll create it for you.' They're impressed that I can give them an accurate printout that lists prices, including paint, along with time frames and scheduling options."

He also has had positive feedback from homeowners and Realtors with regard to the Paint Now-Pay Later program. "A lot of people are strapped for cash," he said. "We also accept credit cards, so our programs allow them to do what needs to be done now to give their home an upgrade."

To learn more or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston, Ladson, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and their surrounding South Carolina communities, call 843-696-9565 or visit  www.freshcoatsummerville.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters adds Knoxville, TN painting franchise

Fresh Coat Painters adds franchise to serve Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters has opened its second painting franchise in Tennessee just weeks after opening its first in that state. The newer one, owned by Merle and Marian Ottenberg, will serve Knoxville, Farragut, Clinton, Mascot and other communities in and around Knox County.

For the Ottenbergs, the franchise offers a way to "recycle and reinvent" themselves, Marian said.

She and Merle have spent most of their lives each working two and three jobs at a time to build a better life for themselves and their family.
"We saw this as an opportunity to work together for ourselves while employing good people, promoting good business practices, and providing good services at affordable prices," she said. "Everything that's been happening recently seems to have moved us toward this opportunity."

"Everything that's been happening" started when their daughter moved to the Knoxville area 11 years ago. Each time the couple visited her from their home in western Pennsylvania, they "loved it more and more," Marian said, then as the economy began to suffer, so did their incomes.

Moving south and developing an income stream for themselves seemed like a real possibility.

"We've always had a strong work ethic," Merle said, "and having owned our own businesses before, we knew that we could use our skills and experience to launch and grow a business. Fresh Coat just took all the stumbling blocks away."

Ironically it was a casual, off-the-cuff comment that led them to Fresh Coat. While discussing business ideas, Merle told Marian "we could just start a painting company."

In researching what such an endeavor might involve, Merle found Fresh Coat, and both he and Marian were sold right away because the company's business model matched what they both understood about the importance of branding, marketing and client service to the long-term success of any company.

"The professionalism was apparent from the start," Marian said. "With the backing of the company and the approved vendor lists, they've done much of the legwork for us."

"It was an opportunity that just made sense," Merle said. "With the move to Knoxville, it seemed like it was meant to be."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said that the Ottenbergs share the traits of other successful franchise owners.

"They understand that operating a painting business isn't just about painting well," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience. They want to be treated professionally from the first phone call."
Both Merle and Marian said that approach fit with their ideals.

"We're selling quality," Merle said. "Our employees are bonded and insured. We don't use subcontractors. And, if you have a problem, we're local owners. We don't have to 'call the home office in Chicago' to give clients an answer."

Marian noted that her experience with service providers made her appreciate the Fresh Coat philosophy about client service.

"It always irritated me when someone would take forever to get back to you," she said. "I always felt that if I'm not important enough for you to give me a callback, then I'm not important enough to give you my business."
Brozek said the company's business structure helps benefit clients as much as the owners and their workers. "Owners promote and grow their businesses while painters and client service managers provide quality workmanship. Clients get the best of all involved."

Merle said that among painters he has interviewed they also appreciate the structure.

"All are experienced and some operate their own businesses," he said. "But they're burned out, tired of having to do it all. They welcome the chance to focus solely on painting and let someone else handle the marketing and promotion. Those who work as painters say they love to paint and that's what they want to do. They have no interest in the operations."

"That's a common refrain," Brozek said. "With so many fly-by-night operators, quality painters appreciate the chance to earn a steady income all year round. Our goal is to support our owners by providing them with the tools and resources that help ensure a new level of professionalism."

Among those resources are a 24/7 call center, the proprietary EPIC estimating system , the Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing program, an Automatic Touch-Up program for business owners, and fund-raising opportunities for nonprofit organizations.

"These things are making launching so much easier," Marian said. "The ability to speak with someone 24-7 makes so much sense for clients."

And, Merle added, the technology behind the EPIC system allows clients to receive an accurate quote, rather than an estimate, listing not only the costs, but also the work schedule.

To learn more or to arrange a free, on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Knoxville, Farragut, Clinton, Mascot and other communities in and around Knox County, Tenn., call 865-978-6645 or visit www.freshcoatknoxville.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters expands into Northern Colorado 

Fresh Coat Painters expands into Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters has expanded operations in Colorado with the launch of Fred Crowe's franchise serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other communities in Larimer County and northern Weld County.

After 25 years as a management consultant, Crowe understands the risks and rewards of owning a business. He decided he was ready to use his knowledge and experience in his own small business. In researching industries, he was attracted to Fresh Coat because its principles were similar to his own and it offered a proven system for success.

"I prefer to be my own boss, and I wanted to operate a business that has a long-term future for myself, my employees and my clients," he said. "With Fresh Coat, I knew that the jobs would never be outsourced overseas, and I knew that people would always be in need of these services."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Crowe's business acumen will serve him well. 
"He knows first-hand the solid business practices that help all businesses succeed," Brozek said. "He understands the importance of proper hiring, effective marketing and quality client service. With Fresh Coat, we help him and his fellow owners by providing the tools that enhance those three areas."

Indeed the business model sold Crowe. "After talking with other franchisees and attending training, I could see that this offered a well-defined, proven system for launch, development and growth. There would be no need to reinvent the wheel."

By putting the focus on professionalism, Brozek said Fresh Coat has "changed the image" of the painting industry.

"Our structure ensures clients get the best skills of all involved," he said. "Our owners promote and grow the business while client service managers and experienced painters – employees, not subcontractors – provide the best in quality and service for clients. These services are always in demand, but too often the industry has been tarnished by too many fly-by-night operators."

Crowe said his personal experience supported that view.

"I've found many service companies, even some well-established companies, to be not really very professional," he said. "People who need these services, though, actually may prefer not to do the work themselves. They're always asking around for recommendations, and my hope is that Fresh Coat will become the name that tops people's lists."

Crowe said that the structure has allowed him to attract quality job applicants.

"The biggest issue I've found is that painters often have worked with companies that don't provide them with consistent work," he said. "Because my role is to promote the business and find new opportunities, they can focus on using their skills and experience to give clients exceptional service. As employees, they receive benefits, vacations, and other perks that give them better job security. And that leads to significant loyalty to the company, thus reducing employee turnover."

By being part of a national franchise operation, Crowe also is able to provide services to clients that would otherwise be out of his reach. Among those are a 24/7 call center, the proprietary EPIC estimating program,  Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"These services foster a professional experience for all clients," Crowe said. "It's not just one specific thing that makes people know that they're going to have a good experience."

The 24/7 call center allows clients to reach a live person anytime, he noted. The EPIC system uses the latest technology to provide clients with an onsite quote, not an estimate, for their project complete with accurate schedules and prices including quality paint. And, with the Paint Now-Pay Later program, clients can get projects done when they want and spread out the payment.

"Our owners understand that running a painting company isn't just about the painting," Brozek said. "It's about the client's entire experience from that initial phone call through job completion and the follow-up. It's like our motto says, it really is about 'Painting Done Right.'"

To learn more or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other Colorado communities in Larimer County and northern Weld County, call 970-744-4018 or visit www.freshcoatnortherncolorado.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters continues rapid growth with addition of 17 new franchises in first quarter of 2012. 

Fresh Coat Painters Awards 17 Painting Franchises in Q1 of 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters is continuing its rapid growth with the addition of 17 new franchises in the first quarter of 2012 in locations all across America.

"We more than doubled our size last year, and this year, we're pleased to be off to an even bigger start," said Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. "More and more men – and women – are approaching us about owning a franchise because they recognize that painting is an essential service that impacts homes, offices and businesses everywhere. The opportunities are significant."

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat based its business model on the idea that the painting industry needed a makeover because of the negative stereotypes that often come to mind of workers who arrive late, leave early, provide poor quality or just make a mess.

"Business professionals know that running a painting business isn't just about painting," Brozek said. "It's about the client's experience from the initial call through the consultation, the job completion and the follow-up. When you're paying for a job to be done, you want to feel you're getting quality work at a reasonable price. Our business model helps ensure that outcome."

Among those who have launched thus far in 2012, the business opportunities and the business model was just two of the factors affecting their decision to purchase. They also were drawn to the low start-up costs, positive cash flow, customized technology, corporate training and ongoing support.

For Russell and Claire Lindsay, owners of Fresh Coat Painters of Denver, Colo., the biggest selling point for the franchise was Fresh Coat's policy of hiring its employees and never using subcontractors.

"When we asked friends and associates about good painters, no one could name someone they would recommend," Russell said. "Often they commented on the lack of professionalism. I love that we hire our painters, so we can license and insure them, and we can do background checks on them. We can assure clients of the caliber of our people."

Claire agreed. "When you're inviting someone into your home, you want to know that you, your family and your things are safe. That's vitally important."

Chris Lehr, owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Jacksonville, Fla., said he has found that experienced painters also appreciate the business structure, and he has had no difficulty finding quality applicants.

"I want to work with people who take pride in their work," he said. "And I'm glad the Fresh Coat structure allows each member of the team to use their best abilities. We've got some good people here. Often they had owned a business, but didn't know how to market it. With our structure, I network, promote and grow the business, and they put their focus on the projects."

Brozek said this is common response. "Skilled painters enjoy painting, and they're good at it. They like the stability of an organized, professional operation where they know they'll have work year-round. We help promote that stability by supporting and advising our franchise owners through quality marketing, training and resource materials."

Among those materials are several that assist clients directly such as a 24/7 call center, the proprietary EPIC estimating system, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

Adam Richardson, owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Nashville, Tenn., said being part of a franchise system allows him to offer services he couldn't on his own, especially the 24/7 call center and the financing.
"Clients can reach a live person any hour of the day or night. That's a huge, huge selling point," he said. "And, most painting companies don't offer any type of financing, and I know a lot of people who could use that extra help."

Richardson was especially impressed with the EPIC estimating system, which allows Fresh Coat to provide an on-site written quote, not an estimate, for projects.

"Too often painters just come in, look around and operate on the notion of 'How much money do I need this week?' before they just throw out a number," he said. "With our system, we input real measurements, so we're able to tell the client not only the costs, but also the project's timeframe." 

Michelle van Dyk, owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she appreciates all of the opportunities available as part of a franchise system.

"Being part of an organization with dozens of locations across the country does bring a lot of benefits for an owner and for clients," she said. "It increases our buying power, expands the knowledge base, and boosts the marketing opportunities. These days that may be the biggest factor. You can be a fabulous painter with all the necessary tools, equipment, licenses, ethics and experience, but if no one knows who you are, you still won't have any business."

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Fresh Coat Painters, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

To schedule a free, on-site quote for painting services anywhere in North America, call 888-848-6073 or submit your request online at www.freshcoatpainters.com.

Fresh Coat Painters opens its first Tennessee Franchise in Nashville 

Fresh Coat Painters Opens its First Painting Franchise in Tennessee to Service Nashville and the Surrounding Communities

Nashville Painting FranchiseCincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters has added Tennessee to its operations with the opening of Adam Richardson's painting franchise to service Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Mt. Juliet and other communities in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties.

For Richardson, 28, the business is the fulfillment of a long-time goal.
"I started working at 16, and I've worked in a lot of small businesses," he said. "Those taught me about how to treat people and ultimately I segued into client service where I've spent most of my career. My goal always was to have my own business, and Fresh Coat's commitment to client service was fully in line with my own principles."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said the company's focus on professionalism attracts many of its franchise owners.

"Adam has built a successful career by providing his clients with quality and service," Brozek said. "We want to help him succeed in his new endeavor by complementing his knowledge and experience with the quality marketing, training and resource materials that will help him attract and retain clients."

Richardson said those client-focused services sold him on Fresh Coat.

"My mother actually told me about Fresh Coat," he said. "But my first reaction was 'No one will ever pay for painting services,' so I started asking around and found out that a lot of people would. They don't like it or they're not good at it or they just don't have time for it. Most said they'd be happy to pay someone if they knew they could trust them, but that trust factor was a hurdle."

Richardson's own experience reinforced that concern.

"I had a room that needed to be painted, so I decided to call around and see what would happen," he said. "Of the seven people I could reach, only one seemed professional. He provided me with an estimate, and it was reasonable. The others either never showed or never got back in touch."

Brozek said that Richardson's experience is not unusual.

"A painting business isn't about painting," he said. "It's about the whole process from that first call through project completion and proper follow-up. Our structure ensures the client gets the best of all involved because owners promote and grow the business while their employees – never subcontractors – ensure the job is done well and to the client's satisfaction."

Professional painters also appreciate the model, Brozek said, because in an industry with "way too many fly-by-night operators," Fresh Coat can provide them with steady employment all year long.
Richardson agreed that the separation of responsibilities not only benefits the clients, but also himself and his painters.

"The first painter I hired has more than 15 years' experience," he said. "His work is excellent, but he hadn't been getting the volume of work that he wanted because he didn't have the time to market his services. My background is in public relations and marketing, so we work well together."

Richardson said clients also benefit from a host of services made possible by Fresh Coat including a 24/7 call center, Paint Now-Pay Later same-as-cash financing,  proprietary EPIC estimating system, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

"Clients can reach a live person any hour of the day or night. That's a huge, huge selling point," he said. "And, most painting companies don't have any kind of financing, and I know a lot of people who could use that extra help."

Because he appreciates technology, Richardson said he was especially impressed with the EPIC system which allows Fresh Coat to provide an on-site written quote, not an estimate, for projects.

"Too often painters just come in, look around and operate on the notion of 'How much money do I need this week?' before they just throw out a number," he said. "With our system, we input real measurements, so we're able to tell the client not only the costs, but also the project's timeframe."

To learn more about Fresh Coat Painters of Nashville or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Mt. Juliet and other communities in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson counties, call 615-678-0189 or visit www.freshcoatnashville.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com.

Fresh Coat Painters doubled size in 2011 with the awarding of over 40 franchises across the US. 

Fresh Coat Painters awards 40+ franchises in a year

Cincinnati, Ohio – Fresh Coat Painters doubled its size in 2011 with the awarding of more than 40 new painting franchises across the United States.

"We saw extraordinary growth and success last year," said Bernie Brozek, Fresh Coat president. "We jumped to No. 1 in residential painting services, and we earned accolades from Entrepreneur magazine, which placed us among its Top 500 franchises overall and within its Top 100 for both low-cost and top home-based franchises. We anticipate similar results in 2012."

Brozek said Fresh Coat's success in attracting new franchise owners and in earning the praise of industry observers stems from its commitment to professionalism and client services.

"Our owners are business people, not painters," Brozek said. "They focus their attention on promoting and growing the business while their experienced employees – never subcontractors – complete the jobs to the client's satisfaction. By hiring our own painters, our owners can assure quality for the client while protecting their brand and reputation. It's a model that has proved successful repeatedly throughout all our markets."

Those markets span the U.S. and Canada with new franchises launched from coast to coast. Among the most successful new owners in 2011 was the company's Rookie of the Year Eric Stavropoulos.

After starting Fresh Coat Painters of Hartford County in Connecticut, Stavropoulos experienced so much success that he launched a second franchise just six months later. That franchise serves areas just west of Hartford in and around Torrington, Conn.

"We hit the ground running," Stavropoulos said. "I'm confident we'll continue to have success because of my team's talents and commitment. We're booking jobs all winter long, and we're already booked for most of April for exterior work."

Success continues for franchise owners, as Chris Holtmeier can attest.

Holtmeier opened his Fresh Coat Painters of Loveland, Ohio, in 2006 and now employs experienced painters who work full-time all year long. His business has "grown steadily" through the years, he said, with 2011 being especially profitable when he doubled his staff and doubled his business.

"My referral base has gone way up," he said, adding that Fresh Coat's commitment to professionalism underscores his growth. "People want reliability. We've all heard stories of the person who didn't respond to a job request, didn't show for an appointment, or didn't provide a quote for the work. I find it's pretty cut and dry: Show up. Do a nice job. Charge a fair rate. It's not that hard to do, and the rewards continue to come."

Holtmeier said he has dozens of stories of jobs that started out small, then grew exponentially.

"I had one client who just wanted a hall painted," he said. "Most painters wouldn't even come out to look at it. She liked our work so much that she hired us to paint her next two houses as well as another property she owned. That $200 hallway turned into $15,000 to $20,000 in additional business."

Both he and Stavropoulos credit the Fresh Coat business model as instrumental to their success.

"If you follow the system, it works," Holtmeier said. "When I share my story, I try to make it clear that it's not a one-shot-and-done business. It's not some get-rich-quick scheme. It's about doing the job well year in and year out. Treat people right, and rewards will follow." 
Stavropoulos said Fresh Coat's initial training along with the ongoing guidance from corporate personnel have fueled his better-than-expected success in his first year. 

"The support has been great," he said. "Corporate really wants you to do well, and all my hard work has paid off. We blew our first year pro forma out of the water. At the end of November, we were 68 percent ahead of the projection for the year."

Stavropoulos said he also appreciated that the company has continued to grow because the franchise owners themselves serve as valuable resources for one another.

"It's great to be a part of the Fresh Coat family," he said, noting he has reached out to more experienced owners for their insights and guidance. "With their long-term, first-hand experience, having them as resources helps boost my confidence that I can remain successful for years to come."

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information about franchise opportunities, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Tampa Painting Franchise Expands Florida Presence

Tampa Painting Franchise Expands

Just months after launch, Florida painting franchise growing quickly, adding jobs, in hard-hit Tampa area.

Tampa PainterWhen Ross Childers launched his Fresh Coat Painters franchise in Tampa, Fla., last October, he anticipated it would take years to see growth and success. Instead his operation is "running full steam" with a team of six working full-time to complete jobs booked a month in advance.

"I was surprised that it took off as fast as it did," Childers said. "And 70 to 80 percent of our business comes from our clients' referrals to family and friends. I started out with just two people, then quickly hired a manager, started adding more staff. Now my painters are working 40-hour weeks every week, and I'll likely be adding two more painters before I mark my one-year anniversary."

Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said Childers' experience shows the need for quality painters who act with professionalism.

"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience from that initial call to the job completion and the follow-through. It's about building relationships with clients, so that they feel comfortable calling again or making a referral."

Childers said his clients acknowledged that his appearance at the first appointment made a marked impression.

"They've told me that they requested quotes from a few companies," he said. "Others sometimes would show up from a previous job wearing the paint on their T-shirts and jeans, look around the space, and throw out an estimate. 

"I arrive wearing a clean shirt and pressed pants. I discuss their project and plans, listen to their concerns, present options, maybe offer some suggestions. Because I take accurate measurements, I'm able to provide them with an accurate quote. We're not the cheapest or certainly not the most expensive. It's our level of professionalism that impresses them, and we often get the job because of it."

After the job begins, that professionalism continues with the actions of his team.
"I run a pretty tight ship," Childers said. "I hire workers who'll show up on time every time, put in the full 40-hour week, and do quality work. I do background checks on everyone, and they're all U.S. citizens, which is important to people down here. All of them are experienced painters, and any one of them could answer our client's questions. Their knowledge and skill show."

After the job is finished, the workers clean up after themselves and leave the site spotless.
"Clients are shocked at how great it looks," Childers said. "We take the time to do it right. We vacuum the carpets, mop the floors, whatever, because we don't want the property owner to walk into a beautifully painted room with a mess on the floor to clean up." 

Because the Florida real estate has been hit hard in recent years, Childers said friends were a bit surprised when he decided to pursue his own business in a "down" economy. Yet Childers saw it as a logical transition when his previous employer was slammed by the economy. With a degree in construction management and experience as a manager for various businesses, he said he was ready to start his own operation. But he didn't want to go it alone.

"I looked at buying a business, but owners took the approach of 'here's the equipment, give me my check' followed by a casual 'good luck' and a wave," he said. "I knew I needed guidance, so I started looking at franchises. What I found was that a lot of them were the same way. They just wanted to sell me a business, take my money, pat me on the back, and wish me luck. 

"Fresh Coat was different from the start. They answered every question, never tried to push me into anything. I felt comfortable from the start."

Since his purchase, he has continued to receive support not only from the corporate offices, but also from his fellow franchisees. "I'm a phone call away from the solution to any problem I've got," he said.

Childers anticipates continued success because of the signs of a rebounding economy in Florida, such as his recent affiliation with a real estate investor.

"We were hired to do a total interior rehab on a house in a gated community," he said. "We went in for three days repairing the walls and making some other fixes before we actually started painting. We took the time to do the job right, and the neighbors started commenting on how great the place looked. 

"It turns out that the house had been empty for a while after being in foreclosure. The new owner bought it and about 12 to 14 other foreclosed houses. My team hadn't even finished this first house when the owner came around, checked out what we had done, then nodded and said we had the rest of those houses, too."

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Tampa or to schedule a free, on-site consultation for residential or commercial projects throughout Tampa and its surrounding communities, call Childers at 813-406-5255 or visit http://www.freshcoattampabay.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpainters.com.

Texans' franchise marks first year with steady sales, growing staff and positive outlook 

Texans' painting franchise marks first year with steady sales, growing staff and positive outlook

Texas painting franchise

Growing a business …. Adding jobs …. In a down economy .... In a hard-hit area …. Texans Paul and Linda Timmons are demonstrating how it's done. The couple just marked their one-year anniversary as Fresh Coat Painters  franchise owners. In addition, they've hired eight professional painters and expect to add even more within the next few months.

"Theirs is one of our many success stories," said Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. "They've shown how professionalism and client service are the keys to success. Indeed, all our franchisees know that running a painting business isn't about painting. It's about each client's entire experience from that initial call to the job completion and beyond."

For the Timmonses, that commitment to clients provides the foundation for all their business decisions, and the Fort Worth market demands exceptional service.

"The market here is very, very competitive," Paul said. "There are lots of jobs that could be done, so we focus our attention on winning bids and serving clients, and that's worked for us."

Linda said that when Paul visits a home or business to introduce himself and discuss client expectations, most clients are impressed – especially because he took notes.

"Paul does a great job of building relationships, a true partnership where both sides feel it's reciprocal," Linda said. "As a result, his close rate is really high. I also send emails to clients confirming all the details. I don't know how often I have clients say that no one else even called them back."

Like other franchise owners in the Fresh Coat organization, Brozek said, the Timmonses understand that clients want to be respected both for their time and their opinions.
"We do take a very professional approach," Paul said. "We show up when we say we will, and if for any reason we can't, we contact the client. We don't leave them in the dark waiting around for us. Clients thank us for that courtesy."

As the parents to two active teenagers, both Paul and Linda understand the importance of scheduling in the effort to balance work and family life. Daughter Katie just turned 16, started driving, and competes in league-level volleyball. Son Jackson, 13, plays on his school's basketball team and as a percussionist in the school band.

"I want to be free to spend time with my kids," Paul said. "And I try to make it to their activities because it's important for my daughter when she's looking to the sidelines or for my son when he's looking into the audience to see Dad there."

Linda said that their clients and their painters appreciate her efforts in scheduling accurately. She books the appointments for the business and the family, so everyone is on the same page and knows exactly what they can expect. Her process also helps to ensure client satisfaction.

 "We work to ensure everything goes right," she said, "but if it doesn't, we make it right. It's like this: If you make a mistake and fix it, you may get further than when everything goes right from the start. People remember it and tell others about it when you take the extra steps to ensure satisfaction."

Paul also praised the professionalism and workmanship of his painters. "One thing I'm most proud of is the compliments I get about my painters," he said. "I have four teams of two who do superior work. To do the kind of work we specialize in at Fresh Coat, we need that level of craftsmanship. Painters paint because they love to paint, and God bless them. They spend 70 percent of their time prepping the job and 30 percent of it actually painting. They take a lot of pride in their finished product."

Brozek said that professional painters do appreciate the Fresh Coat business model because the company hires only employees, never subcontractors.

"That policy offers stability to painters in a high-demand industry with way too many fly-by-night operators," he said. "Our structure is just one reason our franchisees have the opportunity to launch and grow their businesses quickly. One of our paramount goals is to help them succeed by complementing their ambition and abilities with top-notch support in marketing, training and resources." And referrals from happy clients have proved to be most beneficial in expanding the operation, Paul said.

"I'll give you an example," he said. "I have one client who hired us to paint the exterior of her home. My team did a great job, and she called me back to paint the interior. Then, her father-in-law called me to paint the exterior of his house. A guy down the street saw that work and called me to do his house. Now the lady across the street from him wants to talk with me. All those jobs stemmed from one job where I decided to give that client the extra quality and service she wanted."

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Fort Worth or to schedule a free, on-site consultation for residential or commercial projects throughout the Tarrant County area, call the Timmonses at 817-479-8100 or visit www.freshcoatdfw.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpainters.com.

Charity's 'raffle house' getting a Fresh Coat painting makeover 

Charity's 'raffle house' getting a Fresh Coat painting makeover

Belvidere Painting contractor

Belvidere, Ill. – Fresh Coat Painters and Sherwin-Williams are teaming up to bring customized color to this year's "raffle house" for the 19th Annual Great Home Giveaway for The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties.

Traditionally, the walls and trim of the interior of the house were primed and painted white, said Lisa Bartholme, event coordinator. This year, each room of the house will be painted in colors that bring out its best features.

Mike Solberg, owner of the Fresh Coat Painters of Belvidere painting company, said he's thrilled to be a part of the annual fund-raising event for The Arc.

"Instead of just straight-up painting, we wanted to give them something more," he said. "We wanted to use color to spotlight how paint can showcase architectural features or amenities of the home. For example, we can explain how the kitchen cabinets can be complemented with the correct use of color, so that those beautiful cabinets get the attention they deserve. They'll just 'pop' as visitors walk into the space."

He added that an accent wall in the master bedroom will highlight the beauty of the bedroom suite that the furniture supplier has for the room. And other rooms of the house will have colors that bring out their particular features such as the marble selection in the master bath or the quartz countertop in the kitchen. Indeed, the paint on the walls acts almost like the proper frame around a piece of artwork.

"We can explain how color works and how we can provide the expertise to present that color at its best," Solberg said.

Bartholme asked Fresh Coat to become involved because of her personal experience with that caliber of knowledge.

"I contacted Fresh Coat after Mike and his crew had done work on my personal home," she said. "I was very impressed by their attention to detail. It is one of those experiences that don't happen very often – you get more than you expected."

Once he was on board, Solberg reached out to Tim Aldrich, market manager for Sherwin Williams, Belvidere, to urge him to donate the paint and to tap into his resources to enhance the effort.

Aldrich welcomed the opportunity because he, too, wanted to give The Arc special treatment. He asked Sara Antuna, interior decorating specialist, to share her expertise. Antuna works with the Sherwin-Williams' stores in Belvidere and in Rockford. 

"I'm happy to be working with Fresh Coat," Aldrich said, "because we've done several projects with Mike, and he's always been very professional both with the end-user and with my product. The quality of his work makes our paint look good, and the quality of our paint makes his work look good. It's a great collaboration."

Antuna met with The Arc's representatives, and together they determined which colors would work best with the tiles, flooring, woodwork, countertops and other features of the home.

"I know they'll be using about eight or nine different colors in the house to create a color scheme that flows throughout," Aldrich said. "I'm excited to see the finished work." Bartholme said The Arc is thrilled that Fresh Coat and Sherwin-Williams are joining the dozens of sponsors who make the Great Home Giveaway such a success year after year. "We are excited to be partnering with Fresh Coat. Their creativity, attention to detail, and professionalism will make this year's 'raffle house' one of the best ever," she said. "We also are very excited that Fresh Coat brought in Sherwin-Williams. They have that creative eye that will tie the entire house together."

The Arc helps families to rear children with developmental disabilities in their homes and supports adults with such disabilities to live in their communities, close to work, family and friends. Each year, as a major fundraiser for the organization, it raffles off a new house that has been built through the efforts of community businesses and groups.

This year's prize is a fully accessible 1,725-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch style home built by Howlett Homes at 393 University Drive, Rockford. Features include an open floor plan with a great room, bay window, cathedral ceilings, custom maple and quartz kitchen, stainless steel appliances, master suite with walk-in shower, two-car garage and much more.

Tours of the house begin later this summer. Raffle tickets are $20 each. The winner will be selected on Oct. 20. For details, visit The Arc's website at www.arcwbo.org.

To learn more about Fresh Coat of Belvidere or to request a free onsite quote, call Solberg at 815-544-6999 or visit www.freshcoatpaintersofbelvidere.com.  Sherwin-Williams of Belvidere can be reached at 815-544-8484 or through www.sherwin-williams.com.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.freshcoatpainters.com.

Fresh Coat Painters Launches 9 New Painting Franchises Across America

Fresh Coat Painters Launches 9 New Painting Franchises Across America

Cincinnati, OH – Fresh Coat Painters has launched nine new painting franchise locations in just the last six months in markets all across the United States – further evidence that even in a "down economy," businesspeople can succeed in the always-in-demand painting services industry.

Fresh Coat founder Ralph Martin has seen this evidence through the years.

"In a growing economy, people are building homes and businesses, upgrading existing spaces, and/or expanding their square footage," he said. "In a faltering economy, people are selling properties, enhancing current spaces, and/or moving to less expensive locations. In all cases, painting is part of the equation."

Those franchise owners who have launched in recent months say that factor was just one reason they chose to join Fresh Coat. They also were drawn to the low start-up costs, proven business plan, positive cash flow, potentially high profitability, corporate training and ongoing support.

"Helping franchisees succeed is a company imperative," said Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat. "Our franchise owners reflect the diversity of America in ages, races, ethnicities and genders, yet they also reflect the best values of America: dedication, sincerity, determination, work ethic, vision and more. We strive to complement their inherent abilities by offering them professional support through our marketing, training and resource materials.

"Our owners know that running a painting business isn't about painting. It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building long-term relationships."

James and Stacey Wenklert (Fresh Coat of Farmington Hills, Mich.) saw the need for quality painting services because of the number of people who own their own homes and businesses who either can't do the work themselves or don't have the time or the desire to do it. They appreciated the company's structure wherein owners are advised not to act as painters, but to hire professional painters who want to paint.

"I have a plan," James said, "and most importantly, I'm building my business – not doing the painting – and that's the huge difference."

Ross Childers (Fresh Coat of Tampa, Fla.) agreed. Having worked in various businesses including construction and restaurant management, he said starting his franchise gave him the freedom to control of his own schedule. 

Using the principles he's learned, he has exceeded his own expectations both in terms of the quality of his employees and in the number of his residential and commercial bookings. And, because of high-tech scheduling systems, he can book jobs with no down-time in between, regardless of the season or the weather. And he doesn't have to devote time with invoicing and juggling accounts. 

"I'm still up at 6 a.m., but now it's for myself," he said.

Eric Stavropoulos (Fresh Coat of Hartford, Conn.) also cited the quality of the training as vital to his success and one the major reasons he chose to buy not just one franchise territory, but two.

"These are not just people off the street," he said. "They didn't just read it in a manual, then try to tell you how to do it. They've been there and done it themselves."
He plans to open his second franchise later this year to serve the Stamford and Greenwich regions of Connecticut.

Brad Yaeger of Burlington, Iowa, (Fresh Coat of the Quad Cities) appreciated the company's emphasis on customer service and building relationships. "If you're holding a paint brush in one hand doing that job and holding a phone in the other hand trying to book the next job, you're not giving 100% of your attention to either job."

Customers appreciate the professionalism of Fresh Coat, he said, because they would rather spend their time doing something other than painting their homes or offices. "Time with your family and friends is valuable."

Julie and Chris Wilkins (Fresh Coat of Little Rock, Ark.) couldn't agree more.
"Chris and I were looking for something to start and create together," Julie said. "We wanted something we could hand down to (our children, ages 2 and 3). We're making a legacy for them."

Indeed, the main reason they chose Fresh Coat over 10 to 12 other franchise companies was the support they have received and will continue to receive as their business grows.
"Other companies just throw all this stuff at you and take your money," Chris said. "At Fresh Coat, everybody is there to help."

Amanda Todt (Fresh Coat of Southeast Missouri) saw that as well. "They really had done their research, and they want to share it with you. They're a good group of guys who really want you to succeed."

She also found that painters appreciated the business model of hiring only employees, never subcontractors. "They were very receptive because they get to do painting without having to do marketing. They're happy with that, and happy workers are productive workers. The way I see it, if you combine an excellent painter with an excellent marketer, the possibilities are limitless."

Greg Jewell (Fresh Coat of Scottsdale, Ariz.) said he found the same receptivity. "Many (painters) don't know how to market or network. They know how to paint, and that's what they want to do."

In addition, his Client Service Manager works with clients to confirm things in advance, oversee onsite operations, and follow up to ensure satisfaction. Team members offer unique abilities, Jewell said, and being one franchisee within a larger organization offers that same benefit.

"There is the economy of scale," he said. "With 50-plus owners, we can get good pricing on a national scale.  It's also great to know I'm one phone call away from real expertise."
Mark Bertilrud (Fresh Coat of Lansing, Mich.) values having solid teams locally and nationally.

"The painters I hired have 10 to 12 years' experience," he said. "Their speed and skill is amazing. It's like anything else where you really see the difference between an amateur and a pro."

The corporate staff and fellow franchisees also are tremendous assets, he said. "If I've got a question, in 10 minutes, I've got an answer whereas on my own, it might have taken three days of research."

Quresh Amijee (Fresh Coat of North Houston, Texas) launched just last week. He, too, anticipates success because he has seen the success of his fellow franchise owners and the potential in the Texas market. He liked that Fresh Coat offers a "working plan," client-assistance programs, and ongoing support to help franchisees succeed.

Among those client-assistance programs are a 24/7 call center, Paint Now-Pay Later 12-months-same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities.

And assisting clients is a priority for Amijee. "My painters do the painting while I promote the business and get more clients. That way each client gets my attention first, then gets my painters' attention, and ultimately gets more attention from each of us."

To request a free quote for Fresh Coat services in your neighborhood, visit www.freshcoatpainters.com/estimate.html.

Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information about franchise opportunities, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com.

New Website Spotlights Fresh Coat Painting Franchise Opportunities

New Website Spotlights Fresh Coat Painting Franchise Opportunities

Cincinnati, Ohio - Fresh Coat Painters has launched a new website designed to assist those interested in buying a franchise business.

"This site compliments our original site," said Ralph Martin, founder of Fresh Coat. "Our original site focused on assisting those who were seeking painting services.

"With so many people interested in starting their own businesses and exploring different opportunities, we decided to make information about Fresh Coat ownership readily available in one place."

The new site, www.freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com, provides an overview of the expanding industry, the increasing demand for services, and the low-cost opportunity for business professionals. In addition, Fresh Coat shares information about its background, affiliations, training, support and business model.

"We're proud of the programs we provide that help our franchisees expand their skills and grow their businesses," said Bernie Brozek, Fresh Coat president. "What we find is that good business practices combined with quality services for clients leads to long-term success."

In fact, one of the fundamentals of the Fresh Coat model is that franchise owners need never get on a ladder or pick up a paint brush because the owners are first and foremost business people.

"It's about business, not about painting," Martin said.

As evidence of that principle, Fresh Coat provides franchise owners with effective marketing materials along with high-tech management tools to allow them to tap into the most profitable markets, attract the best quality employees, and virtually eliminate "down time" between jobs all year round, he said.

Painting is a multi-billion-dollar industry with an increasing demand for professionals because more and more people are too busy to fit it into their schedules, unhappy doing the work themselves, or simply no long physically able to take on the task.

"For anyone exploring franchise opportunities in general and painting franchise opportunities in particular, our new website provides valuable information and insights," Brozek said. "And some of our current franchise owners share their testimonials, too."

The site answers the most frequently asked questions, he said. Plus those visiting the site can just click a button to request a franchise information packet by mail.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat painting is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and is one of four brands (Home Helpers in-home non-medical senior care services, The Growth Coach business coaching, and Caring Transitions relocation and liquidation services) backed by an expert franchising team led by Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors. In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Fresh Coat a "Top Home-Based Business" and included it in the prestigious Franchise 500 list for the third year in a row. Fresh Coat is a member and/or affiliated with the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, Vet-Fran and MinorityFran. For information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Minorities Build the American Dream

Minorities Build the American Dream

Talk with Fresh Coat Painting franchise owners Jesus and Estefania Walls and Raul and Paulo Castaneda and three similarities quickly emerge—their tenacity, optimism, and dedicated perseverance to the daily operation and long term growth of their painting franchises.

Former salesman Jesus Walls bought his Fresh Coat franchise in the fall of 2006 and opened with one painter on staff. Six months later, seven more painters joined the team and today, Jesus employs a full-time project manager and 20 to 30 painters to cover his exclusive territory in Dallas, Texas. "Our sales goal for 2010 is to break a million dollars, and we'll do it," he says, describing an upcoming $200,000 commercial job painting the interiors of four public schools.

For new Fresh Coat owners Raul and Paulo Castaneda, hearing about Walls' success boosts their hopes that in a few years, their franchise will be hitting the same sales numbers. "I believe our sales will be above average for 2010 especially because of Raul's experience and connections in the construction business," says Paulo, who moved from her native Uruguay eleven years ago. The couple opened their Fresh Coat franchise in mid-August and a few days later booked their first commercial painting job at a Starbucks near their home in Bronxville, New York.

Hispanic-owned businesses like Walls' and Castanedas' are booming across the United States with the largest group (30%) being in construction, repair and maintenance. According to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the growth rate of Hispanic-owned businesses is three times the growth rate of all other businesses in the US. But Raul and Paulo do not think of themselves as minority business owners. Says Paolo, "Raul is from Mexico and moved to the United States fourteen years ago—we love our Hispanic roots but we consider ourselves multi-cultural in our business approach." 

"For people from every walk of life, owning a franchise is a great opportunity to have their piece of the American dream," says Fresh Coat president Ralph Martin. "At Fresh Coat, we're proud our franchises are low-cost, can be home-based, and are very recession-resistant."

According to the US Census Web site, Texas, where Jesus Walls lives, has 447,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, the third largest of all the states. "Most of the guys we employ are Hispanic or minority descended," says Jesus. "They work really hard and I believe that's helped us transcend barriers. We conduct ourselves in a professional, respectful way. We focus on delivering excellent service to our customers. They expect quality and that's what we provide."

Raul and Paulo say it was the flexibility Fresh Coat offered that sold them on the franchise. For Jesus Walls, it was all about owning a business and being his own boss. He finds the networking and selling part of the job exciting and fun. "When someone says 'no' I don't take that personally—it just means I'm closer to a 'yes.' I'm looking to meet people all the time and get our Fresh Coat name out there. As for quality, I make sure it speaks to the level of my expectations," he says. "I'm very strict about how I run this business and how we do our jobs. We believe if we work hard, our customers will come.

The American Dream couldn't be defined any better than that.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat painting is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and is one of four brands (Home Helpers in-home non-medical senior care services, The Growth Coach business coaching, and Caring Transitions relocation and liquidation services) backed by an expert franchising team led by Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors. In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Fresh Coat a "Top Home-Based Business" and included it in the prestigious Franchise 500 list for the third year in a row. Fresh Coat is a member and/or affiliated with the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, Vet-Fran and MinorityFran. For information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Fresh Coat Franchise Owner Russell Johnson's White House Experience 

Minorities Build the American Dream

Talk with Fresh Coat Painting franchise owners Jesus and Estefania Walls and Raul and Paulo Castaneda and three similarities quickly emerge—their tenacity, optimism, and dedicated perseverance to the daily operation and long term growth of their painting franchises.

Former salesman Jesus Walls bought his Fresh Coat franchise in the fall of 2006 and opened with one painter on staff. Six months later, seven more painters joined the team and today, Jesus employs a full-time project manager and 20 to 30 painters to cover his exclusive territory in Dallas, Texas. "Our sales goal for 2010 is to break a million dollars, and we'll do it," he says, describing an upcoming $200,000 commercial job painting the interiors of four public schools.

For new Fresh Coat owners Raul and Paulo Castaneda, hearing about Walls' success boosts their hopes that in a few years, their franchise will be hitting the same sales numbers. "I believe our sales will be above average for 2010 especially because of Raul's experience and connections in the construction business," says Paulo, who moved from her native Uruguay eleven years ago. The couple opened their Fresh Coat franchise in mid-August and a few days later booked their first commercial painting job at a Starbucks near their home in Bronxville, New York.

Hispanic-owned businesses like Walls' and Castanedas' are booming across the United States with the largest group (30%) being in construction, repair and maintenance. According to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the growth rate of Hispanic-owned businesses is three times the growth rate of all other businesses in the US. But Raul and Paulo do not think of themselves as minority business owners. Says Paolo, "Raul is from Mexico and moved to the United States fourteen years ago—we love our Hispanic roots but we consider ourselves multi-cultural in our business approach." 

"For people from every walk of life, owning a franchise is a great opportunity to have their piece of the American dream," says Fresh Coat president Ralph Martin. "At Fresh Coat, we're proud our franchises are low-cost, can be home-based, and are very recession-resistant."

According to the US Census Web site, Texas, where Jesus Walls lives, has 447,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, the third largest of all the states. "Most of the guys we employ are Hispanic or minority descended," says Jesus. "They work really hard and I believe that's helped us transcend barriers. We conduct ourselves in a professional, respectful way. We focus on delivering excellent service to our customers. They expect quality and that's what we provide."

Raul and Paulo say it was the flexibility Fresh Coat offered that sold them on the franchise. For Jesus Walls, it was all about owning a business and being his own boss. He finds the networking and selling part of the job exciting and fun. "When someone says 'no' I don't take that personally—it just means I'm closer to a 'yes.' I'm looking to meet people all the time and get our Fresh Coat name out there. As for quality, I make sure it speaks to the level of my expectations," he says. "I'm very strict about how I run this business and how we do our jobs. We believe if we work hard, our customers will come.

The American Dream couldn't be defined any better than that.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat painting is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and is one of four brands (Home Helpers in-home non-medical senior care services, The Growth Coach business coaching, and Caring Transitions relocation and liquidation services) backed by an expert franchising team led by Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors. In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Fresh Coat a "Top Home-Based Business" and included it in the prestigious Franchise 500 list for the third year in a row. Fresh Coat is a member and/or affiliated with the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, Vet-Fran and MinorityFran. For information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Fresh Coat Painting franchise opens in Hartford, CT

Fresh Coat Painting franchise opens in Hartford, CT

Cincinnati, Ohio – Dec. 7 -- Eric Stavropoulos, a lifelong Connecticut resident, has launched his first Fresh Coat Painting business to serve Hartford County and its communities of Manchester, Vernon, Glastonbury, South Windsor and East Hartford.

A restaurateur's son, Stavropoulos always knew he would own his own business. He studied business management in college and gained experience as a manager for his father, who is still working at 75.

After deciding against food services, Stavropoulos explored other entrepreneurial endeavors and chose Fresh Coat because of the reasonable cost, professional training and ongoing support.

"I looked at a few other franchises," he said. "One of them wanted a million dollars just to start."

He also liked Fresh Coat because of its transparency, he said, noting the franchise consultant answered his questions and even was willing to mail him written information. "Fresh Coat was the only one that would do that."

Stavropoulos said he was impressed with the caliber of the managers, especially President Ralph Martin, who actually had run an operation. "These are not just people off the street. They didn't just read it in a manual, then try to tell you how to do it. They've been there and done it themselves."

Martin praised Stavropoulos for his work ethic and due diligence. "Fresh Coat is an ideal business for motivated business professionals like Eric who want to guide their own success."

Stavropoulos again was impressed during his week-long training where he learned Fresh Coat's system for best practices in hiring personnel, determining accurate proposals, and fulfilling customers' needs.

"Four days into the training, I decided to buy another territory," he said. That business will open next spring for Stamford and Greenwich. 

Stavropoulos anticipates success, and he's pleased he won't be painting.

"I'm an absolutely horrible painter," he said. "I have a good background in business. That's what I love to do. I'll let the painters do the painting. That's what they love to do."

For an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects, call 860-481-4370 or visit www.freshcoatofhartfordcounty.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters was ranked in 2010 as a "Top Home Based Business" by Entrepreneur magazine and included on its Franchise 500 list for the third straight year. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. 

For details, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Fresh Coat Franchise Owner Russell Johnson Paints at the White House

Fresh Coat Franchise Owner Russell Johnson Paints at the White House

(Nov. 11) -- Brushstroke by brushstroke, veteran Russell Johnson served his country. The retired Marine just finished painting the black wrought-iron gate surrounding the 18-acre White House property, a job taking three weeks and approximately 75 gallons of primer and paint.

Johnson's work experience includes two tours of duty in Iraq, stints that involved much leadership, if no paint.

"When I came home from overseas, I started looking at franchise opportunities," Johnson told AOL News. The 41-year-old father of three retired to his home state, North Carolina, where he discovered Fresh Coat, a painting franchise.

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About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters is backed by an experienced management team led by Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors, who has established 8+ brands and awarded 3,000+ franchises in over 500 markets world-wide. In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Fresh Coat a "Top Home Based Business" and included it in their prestigious Franchise 500 list for the third straight year. Fresh Coat is a member and/or affiliated with the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran, and Minority Fran. For information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

Fresh Coat Painters Opens in Tampa Florida

Fresh Coat Painters Opens in Tampa Florida

Cincinnati, OH - Fresh Coat Painters is proud to announce the opening of a new franchise in Tampa Florida. Ross Childers, a Tampa resident, opened Fresh Coat Painters on October 1.

Mr. Childers holds a degree in construction management and has worked in the painting industry and in restaurant management. Those positions offered valuable experience in business management and an inside look at the everyday workings of the booming, yet highly fragmented, $30 billion painting industry. Purchasing a Fresh Coat franchise, Childers says, just made sense. "As the business owner, I determine my schedule and set my pace," he says. "I love the freedom of that."

Quick to give credit to his Fresh Coat franchise consultant, Childers says the consultant answered every question and provided just the right amount of support and guidance. "I like the way Fresh Coat is structured particularly their emphasis on teaching franchisees how to hire wisely, how to successfully market the business, and the availability of their operations department," he says. That availability is a point Fresh Coat management is proud of. Says Fresh Coat CEO, Ralph Martin, "As a new franchisee, it's very reassuring for them to pick up the telephone and have an experienced, knowledgeable person from our operations team to talk with."

Childers says he's pleased to be further ahead than he'd planned and extremely satisfied with his employees and the residential and commercial jobs he's continuing to book. "I'm still up at 6 a.m.," he confesses, "but now it's for myself. I'm working on my business-not in it. And that makes all the difference."

"For people from every walk of life, owning a franchise is a great opportunity to have their piece of the American dream," says Fresh Coat president Ralph Martin. "At Fresh Coat, we're proud our franchises are low-cost, can be home-based, and are very recession-resistant."

For an on-site quote or to book an appointment with Fresh Coat for residential or commercial work, call Ross Childers at 813-406-5255 or visit his website at www.freshcoattampabay.com.

About Fresh Coat

Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters is backed by an experienced management team led by Gary D. Green, one of America's top franchisors, who has established 8+ brands and awarded 3,000+ franchises in over 500 markets world-wide. In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Fresh Coat a "Top Home Based Business" and included it in their prestigious Franchise 500 list for the third straight year. Fresh Coat is a member and/or affiliated with the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran, and Minority Fran. For information, call 866-708-9355 or visit www.FreshCoatPainters.com

New Legacy Program Can Save You $2,500!

Fresh Coat Legacy Program

A person's wealth is built around 2 important things – small business ownership and hard work. But, there's a third - support from the family. 

After all, success is merely a mindset and is usually found by having a long-term plan and the courage today to step out of one's comfort zone to create the life you want for you and your family.

Here's how it works:

  • $2,000 Discount - Grow your Fresh Coat franchise with your spouse, significant other, or another family member and receive $2,000 off your initial franchise fee.

  • An Added Benefit – We're investing in your success. At no cost to you, you'll be assigned a personal business coach through The Growth Coach, a nationally acclaimed organization to better help you build the business you want.

  • One-On-One Assistance - You will personally meet with the CEO or president of Fresh Coat for a one-on-one meeting to discuss a 5-year family plan to share with your business coach to begin this exciting, life-long journey.

  • Airfare Included – Airfare will be reimbursed to you for the 2nd and 3rd person when you visit our corporate offices as part of our Award process. Limit of $300 per person, up to $500 per family. Those participating in the program must attend. Reimbursement will occur upon signing of the franchise agreement.

Call today to see if you are eligible to enroll 800-317-7089

Families who support each other… Grow together

Certain restrictions may apply. Program may be cancelled without notice.

Giving the White House a Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat Legacy Program

A person's wealth is built around 2 important things – small business ownership and hard work. But, there's a third - support from the family. 

After all, success is merely a mindset and is usually found by having a long-term plan and the courage today to step out of one's comfort zone to create the life you want for you and your family.

Here's how it works:

  • $2,000 Discount - Grow your Fresh Coat franchise with your spouse, significant other, or another family member and receive $2,000 off your initial franchise fee.

  • An Added Benefit – We're investing in your success. At no cost to you, you'll be assigned a personal business coach through The Growth Coach, a nationally acclaimed organization to better help you build the business you want.

  • One-On-One Assistance - You will personally meet with the CEO or president of Fresh Coat for a one-on-one meeting to discuss a 5-year family plan to share with your business coach to begin this exciting, life-long journey.

  • Airfare Included – Airfare will be reimbursed to you for the 2nd and 3rd person when you visit our corporate offices as part of our Award process. Limit of $300 per person, up to $500 per family. Those participating in the program must attend. Reimbursement will occur upon signing of the franchise agreement.

Call today to see if you are eligible to enroll 800-317-7089

Families who support each other… Grow together

Certain restrictions may apply. Program may be cancelled without notice.

Fresh Coat Painters Opens Franchise in SW Chicago

Fresh Coat Legacy Program

A person's wealth is built around 2 important things – small business ownership and hard work. But, there's a third - support from the family. 

After all, success is merely a mindset and is usually found by having a long-term plan and the courage today to step out of one's comfort zone to create the life you want for you and your family.

Here's how it works:

  • $2,000 Discount - Grow your Fresh Coat franchise with your spouse, significant other, or another family member and receive $2,000 off your initial franchise fee.

  • An Added Benefit – We're investing in your success. At no cost to you, you'll be assigned a personal business coach through The Growth Coach, a nationally acclaimed organization to better help you build the business you want.

  • One-On-One Assistance - You will personally meet with the CEO or president of Fresh Coat for a one-on-one meeting to discuss a 5-year family plan to share with your business coach to begin this exciting, life-long journey.

  • Airfare Included – Airfare will be reimbursed to you for the 2nd and 3rd person when you visit our corporate offices as part of our Award process. Limit of $300 per person, up to $500 per family. Those participating in the program must attend. Reimbursement will occur upon signing of the franchise agreement.

Call today to see if you are eligible to enroll 800-317-7089

Families who support each other… Grow together

Certain restrictions may apply. Program may be cancelled without notice.

Fresh Coat Painting Adds 12 New Franchises

Fresh Coat Legacy Program

A person's wealth is built around 2 important things – small business ownership and hard work. But, there's a third - support from the family. 

After all, success is merely a mindset and is usually found by having a long-term plan and the courage today to step out of one's comfort zone to create the life you want for you and your family.

Here's how it works:

  • $2,000 Discount - Grow your Fresh Coat franchise with your spouse, significant other, or another family member and receive $2,000 off your initial franchise fee.

  • An Added Benefit – We're investing in your success. At no cost to you, you'll be assigned a personal business coach through The Growth Coach, a nationally acclaimed organization to better help you build the business you want.

  • One-On-One Assistance - You will personally meet with the CEO or president of Fresh Coat for a one-on-one meeting to discuss a 5-year family plan to share with your business coach to begin this exciting, life-long journey.

  • Airfare Included – Airfare will be reimbursed to you for the 2nd and 3rd person when you visit our corporate offices as part of our Award process. Limit of $300 per person, up to $500 per family. Those participating in the program must attend. Reimbursement will occur upon signing of the franchise agreement.

Call today to see if you are eligible to enroll 800-317-7089

Families who support each other… Grow together

Certain restrictions may apply. Program may be cancelled without notice.

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