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Meet George Sagadencky of Minuteman Press Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Sagadencky.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I had been in the promotional products industry for 25 years. I owned a small boutique shop called Under the Sun Promotions. After 15 years in the business, we opened in the summer of 2003. The business grew every year and at the height of Under the Sun I had 23 employees and was doing close to $5,000,000.00 in sales. As the recession hit in 2008 I was approached by a billion dollar packaging company that wanted to add promotional products to their product line. I had been a small business person my entire life. I love small business and the thought of working in a corporate environment didn’t appeal to me in any way. But, the recession killed my credit lines and financing to get my company to the next level was becoming impossible. After months of negotiation and promises that our group would be kept intact and we would be part of the “family” I felt this would be a good move for me and my staff would be protected so I sold in the summer of 2008 with the agreement, I would stay on for 5 years.

At the end of the 5 years, we were an unprofitable division and all of my fears about working for a corporation came true. We were in the process of dissolving the division and while I was assured there was a place for me in the company we parted ways.

So I started to look for a business to buy. Private companies as well as franchisees. After looking at franchisees I became disillusion pretty quickly. The good ones, McDonald’s, Subway etc… were beyond my financial capabilities and the ones that I could afford, an investment of +/- $50,000.00 all seemed like Ponzi schemes.

We meet for coffee with the Minuteman representative layout their history, mission statement and culture and I was very impressed. My promotions background was a big plus because Minuteman Press has added a promotional product in the last few years and we both thought this would be a good fit. I had also looked a few printing companies and thought that printing would be a natural fit based on my background.

I looked at a location close to my home after careful consideration mostly about the demands on the new company I purchased I passed. We shook hands, and I never thought I would hear from Minuteman again.

About 3 months later I get a call from Dan and asks how things are. He said, he had a struggling franchise and wanted to know if I was interested in looking at it. I knew it was a long shot but I also have the attitude, “you never know”. I went to look at and I immediately loved the location and thought I could make this work. Since I had already looked a couple of private print shops to buy so I had an idea of what would be a good fit for me as well as being realistic about running 2 companies. I put an offer on the business that week and it was accepted a week later.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the first month, we doubled the sales of the previous owner’s best month and have continued to grow. I have an exclusive partnership with a social media company and website developer that we all refer business to which will allow our continued growth. The goal is to become the faster Minuteman Franchisee to do a $1,000,000.00 in sales.

By the end of the year, we should be close to half way there, with 500,000.00 in annual sales.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Minuteman Press Burbank – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We consider ourselves a full-service marketing agency, specializing in helping small businesses grow sales. I am most proud of how diverse we are as a business. We do printing for collateral material, promotional products to help sales reps, social media, web development and great SEO/SEM programs.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are planning to expand our physical space in March and hope to add 2 full-time sales reps to increase our business.

Pricing:

  • Flyers as low as .20 each
  • Printed t-shirts as low as 2.50 each
  • Web Sites built for as low as $300.00

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1115 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
  • Website: www.mmoburbank.,com
  • Phone: 818 846-0247
  • Email: george@mmpburbank.com


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Minuteman Press

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