Husband and Wife Franchise Team Jeff and Dawn Brown Open Minuteman Press in Kent, Washington
For Dawn and Jeff Brown, buying a newly converted Minuteman Press franchise in Kent, Washington simply made sense. Dawn says, "We chose Minuteman Press International for a few reasons. The first was that their core values aligned with our own. Minuteman Press is still a family-owned franchise business and that appealed to us. It had that small-town feel, but with the resources of an international company. We also liked how as franchisees we had a full support system behind us as owners."
Jeff and Dawn have been married for over 25 years and are excited to own their business together. Prior to franchising with Minuteman Press, Jeff worked in software development for over 20 years. He and Dawn have five children and they enjoy volunteering, camping, and spending time with their family. While raising their children, Dawn enjoyed philanthropy work for several non-profit organizations and she returned to college to finish her degree in Communications.
Dawn says, "Since we have been married for over 25 years, we are well accustomed to working together. Our business relationship easily transitioned from our personal relationship. We both have strengths that when combined, make up a pretty amazing team."
One crucial aspect of franchise ownership that Jeff and Dawn also appreciate is the positive team culture fostered by Minuteman Press International that they have seen first-hand. Dawn says, "We love the franchise support we receive from Minuteman Press. Our local Regional Vice President Chris Jutt is a rock star at marketing and encouragement."
Minuteman Press in Kent serves a wide range of clients in their business community. Jeff says, "Some of the different types of customers and industries we support range from the startup business such as a new flower shop to the big corporate players and government contracts. We are also well-known for our vehicle decals and wide format outdoor signage."
Dawn elaborates, "One of our clients is the Muckleshoot Gaming Commission. They created an employee reward program using variable data printing on plastic cards. We worked closely with them on this project and are looking forward to seeing how the program impacts morale. Another client is a new restaurant just across the street Bahn 12. We have developed a friendship as a result of our business partnership and they have the best Laos food!"
For those businesses that are unfamiliar with Minuteman Press in Kent, Jeff and Dawn have the following message: "We are a full service, printing and marketing design company. We offer all types of business to business services including business cards, brochures, flyers, forms, booklets, and specialize in wide format printing. We offer UV protected vehicle decals and wraps. We look forward to meeting you and extending our business family."
One of the reasons Jeff and Dawn have been successful thus far is their overall philosophy. Dawn says, "Just as we believe it's important for us to know who you are and how you approach your business, we also believe it's important for you to know who we are and how we approach ours. We are a local small business whose vision is to build relationships, not just gain customers. We look forward to helping your business grow. We have lived in the area for about 20 years."
Getting involved is important for every business owner, and the Brown family takes that to heart. Dawn says, "As a business owner, I have had the opportunity to meet the Mayor and many of her employees at various events. I also work closely with the Kent Downtown Partnership and am a member of the Greater Maple Valley Networking Association. I have also started my own networking group and have recruited several other small business owners near our office. "
What's next for Minuteman Press in Kent, Washington? Dawn answers, "Our next big goals include upgrading our current color press, building stronger business relationships, and continuing to sponsor local events. We also enjoy community service as well as visiting the food trucks around town that have utilized our graphic design and wide format printing services. That's always a real treat!"
Jeff and Dawn Brown's Minuteman Press franchise is 1819 Central Avenue South, Suite 80, Kent, WA 98032. For more information, call (425) 251-4925 or visit their website: https://kent-wa.minutemanpress.com.