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Units as of 2023
542 Decrease 13% over 3 years

A dynamic business with an international presence, Proforma is a well-known supplier of business documents and promotional materials to medium and large-sized companies.

From small beginnings in 1978, Proforma has expanded to become one of the top names in its field. Franchising began in 1985, and the company continues to seek franchisees who will help it continue to succeed. Corporate headquarters are located in Cleveland, Ohio.

There are hundreds of Proforma franchises in the United States to go along with dozens in Canada.

The business world has changed a lot since 1978, and Proforma believes it has changed with it. If you believe that working with Proforma suits you, read on for a closer look at their operations.

Why You May Want To Start a Proforma Franchise

A Proforma franchisee will work closely with their customers and help them choose the paperwork, e-commerce, and multimedia that best suit their advertising and business needs. Working with customers demands a friendly, professional approach, so a potential Proforma franchisee should be confident and good with people.

Proforma wants its franchisees to work directly with them; they do not want absentee owners that employ managers to run the business. In addition, the nature of the business allows the franchisee to work from home. If you choose to do this, it may cut out the cost of leasing office space.

Proforma franchise agreements may last for an indefinite period of time.

What Might Make a Proforma Franchise a Good Choice?

Back in the simpler business world of 1978, companies such as Proforma simply supplied stationery, invoices, and the like. The move into branded promotional material was an obvious next step. However, the rise of e-commerce presented businesses with new challenges. Proforma believes it quickly adapted to help businesses find suitable materials for this new environment. Proforma strives to be nimble and efficient.

A Proforma franchisee will act as a sales agent who should reflect the company's values and professionally represent the company. They will ensure that their operation runs smoothly and that their customers are satisfied with the service they provide. 

How To Open a Proforma Franchise

To be part of the Proforma team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising fees and royalty fees.

A franchisee can choose to start working with Proforma independently and out of their own premises, potentially cutting costs. Proforma also offers a comprehensive training program and ongoing support. Nevertheless, you should thoroughly research your local area to ensure demand for this service. There may be local competition, so you should find out what your competitors offer and the prices they charge.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Proforma franchising team questions.

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Company Overview

About Proforma

Industry Business Services
Related Categories Printing/Marketing Services, Miscellaneous Business Services, Advertising Services
Founded 1978
Parent Company PFG Ventures L.P.
Leadership Greg/Vera Muzzillo, Founder/CEO
Corporate Address 8800 E. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44131
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1985 (38 years)
# of employees at HQ 170
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Canada

# of Units 542 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Proforma franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
Initial Investment Information Circle
$7,030 - $27,695
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
- $100,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
- $50,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
Franchise fee waived
Royalty Fee Information Circle
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing Proforma offers in-house financing to cover the following: accounts receivable

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training As needed
Classroom Training 27 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 1
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022