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Best Franchise Opportunities for Women and Minorities - The UPS Store

Best Franchise Opportunities for Women and Minorities - The UPS Store

Learn why owning a The UPS Store is one of the best franchise opportunities available for women and minorities.

Women and minority-owned businesses are a driving force in the U.S. economy. According to the State of Women-Owned Business Report, 42 percent of American businesses, nearly 13 million, are owned by women. This represents an increase of 21 percent since 2014, compared to an increase of just 9 percent in all business in the same time period. Women-owned businesses employ 9.4 million workers and generate $1.9 trillion a year in revenue. Almost 30 percent (or approximately 8 million) American businesses are minority-owned. These businesses provide employment for 7.2 million Americans and produce over $1 trillion in revenue annually. According to the Minority Business Development Agency, these numbers have been steadily increasing over the last decade.

The UPS Store is proud to support and contribute to this growth. We’re committed to ethnic diversity and are devoted to empowering women and minority franchisees. As an essential business, The UPS Store provides critical services to communities and has franchise opportunities available across the country.

Now Could Be a Good Time to Start Your Own Business

While the coronavirus pandemic hit many small business owners hard, it left many entrepreneurs chomping at the bit to start their own business. Data collected May 23-27, 2020 for the Small Business Startup Sentiment IndexTM shows that nearly 56 percent of aspiring owners intend to start a business within the next three months. Almost 61 percent of respondents (compared to 76 percent pre-COVID-19) feel that now is a good time to start a business. The pandemic hasn’t squelched the entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, nearly 37 percent reported that the pandemic actually increased their desire to have more control over their own future through business ownership.

Whether you want to be your own boss, pursue a passion, advance your career, or are motivated by a life event or dissatisfaction with corporate America, there are a wide variety of reasons for starting your own business. Owning a The UPS Store can be a great option for achieving your entrepreneurial dreams and is one of the best franchise opportunities for women and minorities.

Benefits of Franchising with The UPS Store

Joining a franchise network can help overcome many obstacles along the path to business ownership. One of the biggest concerns for starting a business, especially for women and minorities who are faced with gender and race-based barriers, is access to capital. However, starting a business doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, The UPS Store has been ranked number one on Entrepreneur’s Top 100 Franchises for Less than $150K. We also offer flexible financing options to help our franchisees get started off on the right track. But our support doesn’t end there. We’re committed to the success of our franchisees and provide them with support and guidance every step of the way.

The UPS Store is a nationally renowned brand with nearly 40 years of franchise experience. We’ve honed a proven business model and operating system, are dedicated to the continual development of innovative solutions and know how to transfer that knowledge to our franchisees. Our comprehensive training program includes web-based training, interactive workshops and hands-on, in-store experience to ensure our franchisees are well prepared before opening their centers. The UPS Store also provides franchisees ongoing support like troubleshooting help and expert advice not only from home office staff but also fellow franchisees. Our franchise system network of thousands of owners are happy to share insights and learn from one another. We also provide multi-level marketing and advertising support including nationwide brand awareness campaigns, regional and local advertising efforts and tools to support individual store promotion.

The UPS Store Supports Diversity

The UPS Store is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive franchise community. We believe in sharing franchise opportunities with anyone who has the entrepreneurial spirit and drive required to make their business successful. Ideal franchisees have strong problem solving and leadership skills, can effectively manage time and resources, are willing to learn new systems and procedures and are committed to providing outstanding customer service. The UPS Store has helped thousands of individuals of all backgrounds own their future, like Sahar Al-Furaiji. After fleeing terrorists in her home country, she leveraged logistics and business management experience gained running a non-profit in Iraq to open her The UPS Store location in Arlington, VA. 

The UPS Store franchise owners also bring valuable resources to their communities. And not just in the form of the products and services their center offers. Franchisees serve as positive role models and mentors for others and actively participate in community leadership. For example, New York City minority franchise owner Brandon Phillips has made a positive impact on his neighborhood in Queens. He shares, "The UPS Store brought something different to the community. I've received many awards and recognition from local officials because of the store."

Owning Your Own Business Can Change Your Life

Although it takes a significant amount of time and effort to build your business, once established, business ownership allows you to have more control over your work-life balance. While everyone can benefit from more time to enjoy personal or family activities, this can be especially important for women. Donna Trainor, The UPS Store franchisee agrees, “Owning my own UPS Store has changed my life tremendously. I’m a single parent, so being able to have the time to go to my children’s functions has given me a different lifestyle versus someone dictating when I can leave.”

In addition to allowing more direct control over your schedule, owning your own business also provides an opportunity for personal growth. Franchisee Maria Daly says, “I think more for myself now, I make business decisions today which I would never have made before, my confidence has grown, I'm more secure, my management skills have grown immensely, and I feel like I could probably do any job now from what I've gained working with The UPS Store.”

The UPS Store is committed to creating equal opportunities for all franchisees, regardless of gender or race. Reach out to our franchise development team to learn more. You can also explore The UPS Store locations for sale and open markets ready for development on our website.

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We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $15,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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Ranked for over 30 Consecutive Years

The UPS Store has been ranked #1 in the postal and business services category for over 30 years and remains in the top 5 overall for the seventh consecutive year according to the Franchise 500 list.

Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.