SOURCE: FASTSIGNS International, Inc.

October 16, 2008 16:37 ET

International Franchisor Seeks Entrepreneurs to Join Expansion Into Western U.S.

FASTSIGNS® on Display at West Coast Franchise Expo, Nov. 7-9 in Los Angeles

CARROLLTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - While companies continue to invest millions to ensure their image is more dominant than the competition, leading sign and graphic franchise, FASTSIGNS® International, Inc., is seeking motivated franchisees to join its continued expansion into the Western U.S. The franchisor will join more than 150 franchise systems at the West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE), Nov. 7-9 in Los Angeles, sponsored by the International Franchise Association (IFA).

With 35 centers open in California alone and another six under development, FASTSIGNS has seen consistent growth in California over the past two years. FASTSIGNS centers use innovation and technology to make the sign buying process simple by offering streamlined communication systems and high impact output technologies for a full range of custom sign and graphic products including banners, full color digital graphics, vehicle graphics, labels and decals, site signs, safety and identification signage, trade show exhibits and displays and so much more.

"We have had an established presence in California since 1988," said Bill McPherson, vice president of domestic franchise development for FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "Stronger market interest and increased inquiries into franchise ownership are being expressed by former corporate employees who want move on to the next stage in life and run their own business -- even in uncertain economic times."

FASTSIGNS franchisees are treated as strategic entrepreneurs, operating as local, independent business people, but with the support of a franchise system. Owners have access to a variety of marketing programs, field visits and other resources to obtain the guidance their individual center needs. Franchisees have incorporated their centers into the fabric of the community and actively search for ways to be more involved. "We are eager to work with local entrepreneurs to grow our brand and offer signage solutions to help businesses in the area achieve their objectives and create awareness for their products and services," says McPherson.

Interested future franchisees are invited to stop by FASTSIGNS booth #630 at the West Coast Franchise Expo, in the Los Angeles Convention Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Nov. 9.

--  Learn why FASTSIGNS is one of the most respected brands in all of
    franchising and has garnered more franchisee satisfaction awards than any
    other national sign franchise over the past three years*.
    
--  Talk with existing FASTSIGNS franchisees about their experience in
    researching the industry and ultimately making the decision to become a
    FASTSIGNS franchisee.
    
--  Understand how the sign industry continues to show strong growth year
    over year, even in down economies.
    

* Recognized as one of the industry's leading franchises, FASTSIGNS is listed as one of the top 50 Franchises in Franchise Business Review's Franchisee Satisfaction Survey, with the prestigious "Best in Class" ranking in the Business Services category for 2006, 2007, and 2008; and is listed on Entrepreneur Magazine's "Franchise 500".

About FASTSIGNS International, Inc.

FASTSIGNS corporate headquarters are in Carrollton, Texas; over 530 centers are located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Australia (where locations operate under SIGNWAVE®). For franchise information, call 800-827-7446 or visit http://franchise.fastsigns.com.

About the International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit www.franchise.org. To visit the West Coast Franchise Expo site, go to www.wcfexpo.com/index.cfm.

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