Friday, July 27, 2012

Fresh Coat in Virginia

After more than a decade in pharmaceutical sales, Christy Cooper sought a business opportunity that better suited her creative spirit and her busy lifestyle as a minister’s wife and mother of four. Launching Fresh Coat Painters of Richmond, Va., filled the prescription for her.

“The health care industry has changed dramatically in the last 10 years,” she said. “I was ready to make a change, and after finishing my MBA, I decided to pursue my goal of having my own painting business. Fresh Coat seemed like a good fit between my desire for structure combined with creativity.” Before selecting Fresh Coat, she explored dozens of other franchises.

“I wanted a franchise because I wanted to avoid all the things that can go wrong when you start a business,” she said. “I wanted a proven business model. At the same time, I wanted something I liked, enjoyed and wanted to do day in and day out. When I thought about the painting industry, everything fell into place.”

You can find out more about Fresh Coat of Richmond here:

"Restoring the Colors" for Veterans

Fresh Coat Painters is honoring America's veterans one house at a time with the launch of the new "Restoring the Colors" program.

Fresh Coat Painters will introduce "Restoring the Colors" officially this fall when Scottsdale painting franchise owner Greg Jewell selects a veteran to receive free painting services. Fresh Coat Painters absorbs the costs for all the labor and materials on the project.

Jewell said the idea was born after he and his wife, Susan, were in business about 16 months and were looking for a way to contribute to their community beyond basic charity fundraising.

“We were thinking that once a year we’d give away painting services,” Jewell said. “Once we decided on assistance for veterans, my paint manager suggested the name ‘Restoring the Colors’ because of the tie-in to the military, as well as the painting aspect. It makes sense, and it’s something we support.”

You can find out more about this new program here:

Giving Austin a Fresh Coat

After raising her children, Karen Wagner decided it was time to focus on her own future, and that future would include owning a business. With the launch of her Fresh Coat Austin painting franchise, she is making that future a reality.

“It was not a decision I took lightly,” she said. “I understood how important infrastructure and support are to business success. I knew I wanted more flexibility in my life while being able to structure my days to be productive. I looked at a lot of options. Some required extensive evening work or major upfront investments. With Fresh Coat, I could start out working from home and build up my clientele. And I’ll have the satisfaction that comes from seeing a project from beginning to completion.”

Wagner began extensive evaluations of nine different franchises in December before quitting her long-time position with Dell in April and starting her new business weeks later. Wagner said she considered the Fresh Coat structure encouraging because it fulfilled real needs in the community and provided steady employment for quality workers. With the launch of her business, Fresh Coat Painters continues expansion across Texas.

You can read more about Karen's new business here:

Fresh Coat Gives Back

Growing up in Illinois, Fresh Coat Painters franchise owner Michael Solberg had a friend with a family member who made a lasting impression on him. His friend’s brother was developmentally disabled, and Michael never forgot the boy with the big smile.

Michael said it seemed natural that years later he became involved with The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. The Arc is a non-profit organization that serves more than 200 adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through a wide variety of programs, services and activities.

The Arc celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues its biggest fund-raising event, the annual Great Home Giveaway, which awards one lucky winner a brand new home or $100,000 cash.

You can read more about Mike's involvement with The Arc here:

Fresh Coat painters helps Bath Crashers

Fresh Coat Painters new Minneapolis painting franchise owner Jerry Fancher never expected to launch his business with a bang. But that’s exactly what happened when he was asked to paint for five episodes of the popular DIY Network show “Bath Crashers.” 

Ratings for “Bath Crashers” have gone through the roof recently with viewers who tune in to see bathrooms transformed right before their eyes. Show host Matt Muenster approaches customers as they shop a home improvement store and asks if they have a bathroom in need of a makeover. Crews literally smash the room to pieces and begin the renovation.

Jerry said the show’s producer contacted him about painting the refurbished rooms, and he explained how Fresh Coat Painters beats the competition by consistently delivering quality workmanship with superior products. Producers liked what they heard and within a week Jerry began filming six episodes. 

You can read more about Jerry and his work on Bath Crashers here:

Monday, July 23, 2012

North Carolina's Latest Fresh Coat

 It wasn't a throw of the dice that encouraged former Las Vegas resident Nick Filippides to launch his Fresh Coat Painters painting franchise.

After spending more than 10 years as the owner-operator of a moving and storage company in that city, Filippides recently relocated his family to Raleigh. Although they had made the decision to move some time ago, he said he and his wife looked at multiple franchises over the course of nearly a year and a half before making the jump.

“My business was slowing down in Vegas," he said. "My brother-in-law was also in the moving and storage business in Raleigh, and we were ready to move back East anyway. We have three little ones – 4, 7 and 8 – and we’d rather they be raised and educated here. It’s a great place for businesses and for families.”

You can read more about Nick's plans for his business here:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Giving a Fresh Coat to Aurora

Fresh Coat Painters is expanding its operations in Illinois with the launch of Allan Moss’ painting franchise to serve Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and their surrounding communities. He officially opens Fresh Coat Painters of Aurora on July 9 and already has plans to participate in The Old House New House Home Show in St. Charles Sept. 29-30.

Like many others in this economy, Moss was laid off last year from a position he had enjoyed. Also like so many others, he decided it was time to chart his own course.

“I decided then that I do not want to work for anyone else any longer,” he said.

You can read more about Allan's new business here: