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FASTSIGNS is the Number One Franchise Opportunity in the Signage and Graphic Sector



FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, was recently ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®. This marks the sixth consecutive year FASTSIGNS has achieved this honor and represents the recognition of the brand’s outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power throughout 2021. 




Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, FASTSIGNS not only ranked first in the sign, graphic, and visual communications category, but was also the only brand within its category to earn a place among the top 100 franchises on the prestigious list.


FASTSIGNS has been a mainstay for years on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list.  The worldwide franchisor of over 750 independently owned and operated sign shops in eight countries, FASTSIGNS provides comprehensive signage and graphic solutions to help businesses of all sizes and across all industries attract attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all their customer touchpoints. It’s no wonder FASTSIGNS has taken the lead in the $29 billion signage and graphic industry.


“Our success is only possible thanks to the hard work and commitment of our franchisees who work tirelessly to support each other,” said Mark Jameson, Chief Support and Development Officer at Propelled Brands. “At FASTSIGNS, we believe that our franchisees’ success must always come first. We are by their side every step of the way when they join our brand to ensure our franchisees become the go-to resource for visual communications in their communities.”


Franchisees receive ongoing training and support to stay ahead of the competition and exceed the needs of their local business community. 

The roadmap for FASTSIGNS’ continued growth also includes the progress made and the continued investment in building FASTSIGNS to be a diverse community of franchisees from all walks of life. This dedication can be seen in FASTSIGNS’ commitment to help veterans and the formation of a Diversity and Inclusion Committee.



The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was created to foster an environment that promotes and prioritizes diversity and inclusion within the FASTSIGNS system and the broader signage and franchising industries. The committee, composed of eight members, tackles subjects such as increasing the number of minority franchisees within the FASTSIGNS system, promoting more open dialogue and collaboration, workplace environments, training protocols, education, and other topics to create more inclusive initiatives. Additionally, the committee works to ensure diverse individuals can lead a rewarding career at FASTSIGNS locations worldwide.


“Every company should value diversity and inclusion because of the richness and strength it brings to their business,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., CEO of Propelled Brands, and Chair of the International Franchise Association. “Diversity and inclusion needs to extend beyond professional backgrounds, personalities, and other life experiences, and encompass all of an individual’s unique characteristics and experiences, including race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation. As the leader of our sector, FASTSIGNS is proud to lead the way as the signage and franchising industries continue to become more diverse and inclusive with every passing year.”


“We always have to remember that there is a bigger world out there,” said Howard James, FASTSIGNS franchisee and member of the Diversity Committee. “Every person has different points of view, different backgrounds, different circumstances, and I think it’s crucial that the other owners, myself included, know that just for the good of our business. If I’m unfamiliar or have a bias toward a specific group of people, I’m doing myself and my business a disservice. If I let my own bias control me, I may lose what could have been a great customer or even a future employee.”


FASTSIGNS provides veteran-friendly financing options such as a reduced franchise fee and reduced royalties for the first year of business to encourage veteran franchisees to join the brand. This has led to more than 10% of all FASTSIGNS franchises being owned by veterans and has earned FASTSIGNS a place on Entrepreneur magazine’s Top Franchises for Veterans list for the past five years.


The total investment for a FASTSIGNS franchise is approximately $233,555 – $307,308 including a $49,750 franchise fee. Ideal candidates have a net worth of $300,000, of which $80K is liquid. Additionally, FASTSIGNS offers a special incentive for veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50% reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.


For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson ( or 214-346-5679)