Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) is home to three dynamic franchise brands in the home improvement industry: Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft®. Providing comprehensive training is a hallmark of its franchise business models and each of the three franchise opportunities is dedicated to producing excellence in its franchise owners to ensure professionalism and business success. HFC prides itself on training expertise, including:

  • Initial two-week training classes at Corporate into all phases of business
  • Extensive Operations Manuals
  • In-depth online training and educational videos available 24/7/365
  • A dedicated team of Business Coaches
  • Franchisees in neighboring territories serve as mentors/support for new owners
  • Vendor Alliance online webinars and onsite franchisee training by product reps
  • Specialty training such as the Budget Blinds five-day Inspired Drapes Drapery School
  • Sales and Marketing regional training seminars (SAMS)
  • Annual Conventions packed full of information, training and networking

Since a franchise business is a living entity, change and forward momentum are part of the package. To keep the business growing and vital, training is crucial to keep up with new products, new technologies and evolving business practices. And there’s nothing like getting up close and personal with the pros–industry experts and long-term, successful fellow franchisees to learn the tricks of the trade.

SAMS meetings make learning fun

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SAMS are regional Sales and Marketing Seminars held in key locations across the country from March through October for Budget Blinds’ franchise business owners. In 2016, 29 such meetings were held in 23 states and Canada, bringing training and networking within everyone’s reach. For one full day, focus becomes best business practices, what’s new that you need to know, and connecting with fellow franchise owners. Goals for SAMS meetings:

  • Increase sales
  • Actively promote and foster uniformity of the Budget Blinds brand
  • Relay and highlight Corporate Updates
  • Provide more in-depth training on key areas of your business
  • Gather important feedback from you on areas you would like Corporate to act on
  • Motivate, rally and encourage one another

With Budget Blinds, the commitment to meeting those goals is strong and as evidenced by the following comments from first-time attenders and seasoned veterans, you’ll see that SAMS meetings hit the mark!

Wealth of knowledge and information

  • “As a new franchisee, I found this meeting very informational. All of the speakers had extensive knowledge and real experience.  Another thing I found beneficial was hearing from other franchisees who have been in the game for 10 to 20 years.” – A. Lang
  • “Great for continuing education on products and current trends. The presenters were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.” – K. Coleman

SAMS covers all phases of business, with something for everyone

SAMS covers all phases of business, with something for everyone

Helps my business grow

  • “I’ll never miss a SAMS meeting. This is where I get the nuts-and-bolts, day-to-day information that has helped me improve my business every year.” – H. Cagle
  • “Starting our 12th year in October and I always come away with two or three ideas that will make my company better, make more money, or make my life easier.” – M. Toto
  • “As always, I walk away with new ideas to help grow my business and take it to the next level.” – K. Guagenti

It’s good for me personally

  • “As a newer franchisee, the SAMS meeting was extremely helpful. Every time I get around the Budget Blinds family, I leave motivated with a plan on how to get better.” – T. Bauhs
  • “I love Budget Blinds! This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.  After 10 years in business, I’m ready for 10 more.” – E. Benton

Love the camaraderie of other franchise owners

  • “As a new owner, it’s great to spend time with other owners. This is such a great opportunity to refocus and get back on track with best practices.” – J. Mizell
  • “Great meeting with my neighboring franchisees to foster relationships, work on marketing co-op and share marketing/selling experiences/practices.” – S. Linnemeyer
  • “Being able to network and exchange experience with people in my region is instrumental and critical to my franchise success.” – R. Dombkowski

Building relationships with other franchise owners is an important element to SAMS and lasting friendships are formed

Building relationships with other franchise owners is an important element to SAMS and lasting friendships are formed

Well worth the time and energy

  • “This was my first SAMS meeting and it was definitely worth the time. I got many great ideas and a large list of to do’s.” – D. Juarez
  • “I drove 2 hours and 45 minutes and it was very well worth my time. After being with Budget Blinds for 15 years, I still found benefit in what I took home to implement.” – D. Siefken
  • “As always, it was worth the time and expense to attend. Reminders of best practices are needed booster shots.  New tips are valuable and old tips bear re-hearing.  Shared information with fellow franchisees is invaluable.” – N. Disney

Everyone should attend

  • “More people should do this. They don’t know what they’re missing.” – C. Johnson
  • “This is one of my favorite times of the year; just when I feel like I’m hitting the wall, the SAMS meetings have a way of picking up my spirits and giving me the push that I need to finish the year strong.  As a business owner, I think this is a must!” – P. Patterson

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If you thought being a franchise owner meant going it alone once you open for business, that’s not the case with Budget Blinds or any of the HFC franchise brands! You will be supported by a strong infrastructure, ongoing training and a wide network of fellow franchisees. Being your own boss doesn’t have to be the impossible dream. Call 1-800-420-5374 today or go online to Home Franchise Concepts and begin to make that dream a reality. If you are a veteran, HFC has special programs to assist veterans with becoming independent franchise business owners. Click here to learn how HFC and its family of brands support veterans.