Feature Franchisee: Polymer Pat of High Touch High Tech Western Los Angeles County

 

 

Polymer Pat of Western Los Angeles County opened his High Touch High Tech franchise in 2007. Join us in discussing his experiences, successes, and reasons he loves his business!

Q: Why did you chose to open a High Touch High Tech franchise?

A: I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I always loved teaching, but I didn’t like the environment I was teaching in. Dealing with ornery parents, having to follow regulations and curriculum rules, I couldn’t teach the things I would like to teach. I found this franchise and had the opportunity to stop teaching as a schoolteacher, and still do the teaching I enjoyed. Quite a few things about High Touch High Tech appealed to me. First it was education based, second was I could build my business out of my home. At the time I was renting and didn’t have the funds to buy a giant commercial space. With those two important factors, I was able start my business and run it fairly easily.

Q: Why is STEM education important to you?

A: With STEM education you get this unique feedback from kids. When you’re teaching something that they enjoy and are having fun learning, there is an interaction that gives as much back to me as I impart with the students. You can feel that you’re making a difference in these little kids’ lives.

Q: What has been a success of yours as an entrepreneur? 

A: The biggest success is being my own boss. I like the freedom of it.  While High Touch High Tech is a franchise, I have the freedom to run my business the way I feel is most beneficial to my area. It’s not like a McDonald’s franchise where everything is a square peg into a square hole. I have the ability to be creative in how I implement the programs, and the way I run my business.

Q: What’s been the largest benefit of being a part of High Touch High Tech’s franchise system? 

A: I couldn’t have started this business on my own. I was able to go into a system that is already set and a business model that’s been proven successful. I was given the tools in order to get the business going. I still needed to figure out how to best serve my region, unique to the other franchises. While most of the other franchises do a majority of elementary school programs, that simply wasn’t working for me. High Touch High Tech allowed me the freedom to switch gears and find something else that allowed me to be successful.

Q: What does High Touch High Tech do well as a franchiser?

A:  High Touch High Tech provides an amazing product; the programs drive the business. I really enjoy the programs we offer and enjoy teaching them. Also, the support is really great too. The times I’ve needed to reach out for support, High Touch High Tech is on it, getting me the tools I need.

 

25 Years Of Franchising: Our Franchisees

In 1994, High Touch High Tech sold their first franchise location in Wyckoff Bergen County, New Jersey. Over the course of 25 years we have grown to having 36 franchise locations in 11 countries, with a remarkable, and passionate team of franchisees. Each of our franchisees brings their extraordinary background, experience and skillset and pairs them with High Touch High Tech’s hands-on science mission, creating a fun and exciting learning environment for each student involved. With the help of our magnificent franchisees and partners, over 16 million students participate in a High Touch High Tech program annually. We are so thankful for the franchisees that have share our vision of inspiring students in the STEM fields each day.

We have a diverse team of experiences, backgrounds, skillsets and cultures, but one thing about our franchise team is universal; a love for inspiring students. Science is universal, as is curiosity and drive for discovery in young minds. We dream of being able to reach each and every student with High Touch High Tech’s brand of hand-on science programming, and our array of franchise locations allow that goal to become tangible.

Our franchisees each value STEM education for their own reasons. Radiant Rita of High Touch High Tech of New England believes that utilizing science expands your understanding of the world around you, because everything is science. Tsunami Tommy of High Touch High Tech of Northern New Jersey says that “being able to think in scientific terms allows you to think more clearly and utilize the different parts of your brain.” It’s no secret that there is a gap in science education in schools, and each High Touch High Tech representative works each day to fill that gap to more wholly prepare the next generation of engineers, researchers, developers and mathematicians.

Regardless of background, our franchisees are working tirelessly to inspire and engage young minds. “I love being in the classroom, the kids understand where I’m coming from because I teach with so much passion! I genuinely want their minds to open up to what I’m trying to teach,” said Seashell Shalini of High Touch High Tech of Santa Clara County and South Bay, California.  Miss. A of High Touch High Tech North Florida and Southern Georgia says, “when you hear someone say, ‘Miss. A, this is the best day of my life,’ or ‘Miss. A, I want to be a scientist when I grow up.’ It’s really rewarding because it means we’ve clicked that light switch on.” The purpose of High Touch High Tech is to be a resource to teachers, partnering with them to create a ‘living laboratory’ within their classrooms, leaving our students with a lifelong devotion to learn and love science.

While each franchise location participates in High Touch High Tech’s copyrighted programming, they are each left with autonomy of their business. We do not believe in one size fits all business models, but instead provide the support, tools and the product for each of our franchisees to be successful. Polymer Pat of Western Los Angles County said, “It’s not like a McDonald’s franchise where everything is a square peg in a square hole. I get to be creative in how I implement the programs and the way I run the business. I have the freedom to run things the way I feel is most beneficial to my particular area.” As a franchise we provide a proven successful business model and have resources to optimize each franchise’s progression. “High Touch High Tech has done very well offering support in so many different areas to us [franchisees]. Program development, marketing, and all the support structures we can reach out and tap into are available to us,” said Seashell Shalini. Each of our franchisees have their own High Touch High Tech adventure, and we use each of these experiences to build as a company. Our franchisees are a part of a community and utilize their sister franchises as sources of support and companionship.

Without each of High Touch High Tech’s franchisees we would not have made it to 25 years. Our franchisees make up the backbone of who we are, what we do and illustrate our encouraging future.

In 1994, High Touch High Tech sold their first franchise location in Wyckoff Bergen County, New Jersey. Over the course of 25 years we have grown to having 36 franchise locations in 11 countries, with a remarkable, and passionate team of franchisees. Each of our franchisees brings their extraordinary background, experience and skillset and pairs them with High Touch High Tech’s hands-on science mission, creating a fun and exciting learning environment for each student involved. With the help of our magnificent franchisees and partners, over 16 million students participate in a High Touch High Tech program annually. We are so thankful for the franchisees that have share our vision of inspiring students in the STEM fields each day.

We have a diverse team of experiences, backgrounds, skillsets and cultures, but one thing about our franchise team is universal; a love for inspiring students. Science is universal, as is curiosity and drive for discovery in young minds. We dream of being able to reach each and every student with High Touch High Tech’s brand of hand-on science programming, and our array of franchise locations allow that goal to become tangible.

Our franchisees each value STEM education for their own reasons. Radiant Rita of High Touch High Tech of New England believes that utilizing science expands your understanding of the world around you, because everything is science. Tsunami Tommy of High Touch High Tech of Northern New Jersey says that “being able to think in scientific terms allows you to think more clearly and utilize the different parts of your brain.” It’s no secret that there is a gap in science education in schools, and each High Touch High Tech representative works each day to fill that gap to more wholly prepare the next generation of engineers, researchers, developers and mathematicians.

Regardless of background, our franchisees are working tirelessly to inspire and engage young minds. “I love being in the classroom, the kids understand where I’m coming from because I teach with so much passion! I genuinely want their minds to open up to what I’m trying to teach,” said Seashell Shalini of High Touch High Tech of Santa Clara County and South Bay, California.  Miss. A of High Touch High Tech North Florida and Southern Georgia says, “when you hear someone say, ‘Miss. A, this is the best day of my life,’ or ‘Miss. A, I want to be a scientist when I grow up.’ It’s really rewarding because it means we’ve clicked that light switch on.” The purpose of High Touch High Tech is to be a resource to teachers, partnering with them to create a ‘living laboratory’ within their classrooms, leaving our students with a lifelong devotion to learn and love science.

While each franchise location participates in High Touch High Tech’s copyrighted programming, they are each left with autonomy of their business. We do not believe in one size fits all business models, but instead provide the support, tools and the product for each of our franchisees to be successful. Polymer Pat of Western Los Angles County said, “It’s not like a McDonald’s franchise where everything is a square peg in a square hole. I get to be creative in how I implement the programs and the way I run the business. I have the freedom to run things the way I feel is most beneficial to my particular area.” As a franchise we provide a proven successful business model and have resources to optimize each franchise’s progression. “High Touch High Tech has done very well offering support in so many different areas to us [franchisees]. Program development, marketing, and all the support structures we can reach out and tap into are available to us,” said Seashell Shalini. Each of our franchisees have their own High Touch High Tech adventure, and we use each of these experiences to build as a company. Our franchisees are a part of a community and utilize their sister franchises as sources of support and companionship.

Without each of High Touch High Tech’s franchisees we would not have made it to 25 years. Our franchisees make up the backbone of who we are, what we do and illustrate our encouraging future.

Planning for the Future: Buying A Recession-Proof Franchise

In our current US market, the economy is fortunately doing quite well! There is current expansion in job creation, GPD growth is continuous, interest rates are reliable and steady, and inflation is low! These are all very strong markers of a strong economy, or also known as the Goldilocks Economy.

The Goldilocks economy was named after the popular children’s story. Unlike Papa Bear’s porridge being too hot, or Mama Bear’s porridge being too cold, our economy is in the ideal “just right” state.  While this economy is most favorable for entrepreneurs, corporations and employees, how long is this economy realistically sustainable? How does one plan for the ever-unsure future, and create a defense for the potential of a fiscal downturn?

While business is satisfying and we’re comfortable in our current job market, preparing for the future should always be in the back of consumer’s minds. Creating your own business is always an excellent way to turn a profit, but it does come with added challenges compared to opening and operating a franchise business. There is always risks when opening a business, and losing your savings and investment is at the forefront of these risks. The safest bets of business being that of recession-proof franchise businesses, the places where people are going to spend even in the toughest of times.

This offers the question of which businesses have shown to be ‘recession-proof? Services seen as necessities are the most secure, being that regardless of economy, your hair is still going to grow, your taxes will still need to be prepared, and children will still be in need of an education.  Childcare education services continue flourish even in times of economic struggle. This market for enrichment programs includes sports, art, music, and more recently STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education. Education franchises also have some of the higher pre-tax income margins, seeing an average of $106,205 yearly. Focus on education is often highlighted in times of high unemployment as a potential anchor for avoiding layoffs.

Franchising is the key tool in launching, operating, and growing your business. Many successful franchisers, like High Touch High Tech, assist franchisees in the structure of understanding their market, training and implementation, and strategic marketing plan initiatives. This benefits franchisees by offering a more focused, streamlined process than would be necessary with opening a business on their own. Opening a franchise offers the flexibility, entrepreneur status, and profit margins that are associated with being a business owner with the added collaboration and support of your franchiser.

High Touch High Tech is a franchise operation that has been offering franchise locations for more than 25 years, one of the longstanding names in STEM enrichment education.  We offer our franchisees the partnership of organization and foundation, in a market proven to be more resistant to bankruptcy and collapse. High Touch High Tech encourages those with a passion for education, independence, optimism and business savvy to secure business plan while the market is in your favor.

Sources cited:

Amadeo, Kimberly.  “How is the US economy doing?” The Balance, July 2019 Web.

Amadeo, KimberlyThe Balance, Glossary: Fiscal Terms, June 2019 Web.

Elgin, Jeff. “Starting a Business; Recession-Proof Franchises.” Entrepreneur, April 2009 Web.

Grossman, Rick. “Why You Should Buy a Franchise Instead of Starting Your Own.” Entrepreneur, December 2012 Web.

Stites, Eric.  “How much does it really cost to run a franchise business?” CNBC: Make It, May 2016 Web.

Young Entrepreneurs and Franchises.

 

 

When you set out to start a business of your own a great option that can get over looked is franchising, especially for young entrepreneurs.  Franchising gives you many of the same advantages of running your own business but comes with some great perks like training, credibility and a plan to start and grow right from the start. High Touch High Tech-Science Made Fun offers those perks!

Here are a few questions to consider when searching for the right franchise;

  • Which franchise would appeal to my experiences and interests as a recent college graduate?
  • Which franchises feature low startup capital requirements?
  • Which franchises are friendliest to young entrepreneurs?
  • Which franchises make a difference?

Reasons High Touch High Tech is the right franchise for young entrepreneurs;

  • Large market assignment
  • Loyal customers
  • Low cost
  • Home-Based Business
  • Grow a profitable children’s franchise
  • Start with a 25+ year reputation
  • Educational credibility
  • Unlimited Corporate support
  • Internet presence — websites, social media, and blog
  • Corporate partnerships — to further increase brand visibility
  • Continuous cash flow
  • Franchisee Resource Center
  • Biennial franchise conferences that provide opportunities to learn fresh and innovative ways to grow your business, while exploring best practices and interacting with fellow owners.
  • Engage children
  • Support science education and teachers
  • Bolster student achievement

Hightouch Hightech

Our franchisees are changing the world one young scientist at a time!

P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814
PHONE: 828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 800.444.4968

info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net

The Five Pillars of the Top Franchises to Open!

The five pillars of the top franchises to open!

 

 

Entrepreneur Magazine came up with a proprietary ranking formula to help determine which companies come out on top and why.

High Touch High Tech (ht ) is one of the best educational franchise opportunities available today. We are the top science education franchise serving over 16 million children annually with a simple home-based business model.

  1. Cost and fees
    • Franchise fee
    • Total investment
    • Royalty fees
  2. Size and growth
    • Open and operating units
    • Growth rate
    • Closures
  3. Support
    • Training times
    • Marketing support
    • Operation support
    • Franchise infrastructure
    • Financing availability
    • Litigation
  4. Brand strength
    • Social media
    • System size
    • Years in business
    • Years franchising
  5. Financial strength and stability
    • Franchisor’s audited financial statements

Why reinvent the wheel when High Touch High Tech has a proven track record and a recognized brand?
Take our successful concept and combine it with your talents to inspire the scientists of tomorrow.

Taking your first steps to Ownership!

Contact Us

PHONE: 828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 800.444.4968
FAX: 828.684.3194
EMAIL: info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net
Address: P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814

Own Your Own Franchise While Making A Difference.

Have you ever thought about owning your own franchise while making a difference?

Boy Playing with Space Mud

 

 

 

Ready to join an industry that’s thriving?

High Touch High Tech brand represents a credible, hands-on, educational resource for teachers, and a super FUN, high impact science experience for kids. We have been making science meaningful and memorable for students since 1992! With over 16 million participants annually and more than 3000 school districts served annually, demand for supplemental education is on                                the rise!

 

 

Want to make a difference in your community?

Our elementary education science experiences will excite your students, and develop a lifelong love of science.  We provide fun, yet educational business opportunities that                                               make a BIG impact with the kids in your community!

 

Low Investment

A simple and highly efficient business model leads to high growth margins.

 

 

High Touch High Tech could be the opportunity for you!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

 

Call 1.800.684.3192 or visit ScienceMadeFunFranchise.com

 

Come Be a Part of an Educational Science Experience!

 

Often, science is a tool that explains the world around us. It teaches children about life and the world we live in. From a young age, children start inquiring about science. “Mommy, what makes the sky blue”?  “Daddy, how does my gold fish breathe under water”? Science provides answers to these questions for children and students of all ages. Science tells a story, challenges us and allows us think outside of the box!

High Touch High Tech brings “hands-on” science programs into schools around the world to ensure that this imperative subject is instructed in a fun and memorable way. Our staff works with various schools and their faculty members to coordinate “in-house” science field-trips to demonstrate how astonishing science really is!  If a fourth-grade science curriculum requires that the students are to be taught about “Physics” we will come to the school and transform the children into a junior physicist as they discover forces that affect motion. The scientist/instructor will discuss how energy takes various forms that are grouped based on their interaction with matter. They will then get to explore Edison’s inventions and even build their own electroscope to bring home! Next, they will have a hands-on experiment with static & current electricity. It will be a day that the students will never forget!

Our organization has been fortunate enough to inspire young minds across the globe. These informative, “hands-on” science programs allow students all around the world to experience what makes science so FUN! Our domestic and international operations are so grateful to have the opportunity to educate students about some of the “science world’s” most interesting topics. We are here to provide students with the idea that one day, they can create solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. From the United States to the Middle East we are here to make a difference and improve the educational science experience for students everywhere. Come be a part of that educational science experience!

 

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High Touch High Tech Invites You to the Franchise Expo Toronto!

Come to Canada’s Largest “Own Your Own Business”Event!

September 8-9, 2018: Toronto – The International Centre – Hall 5

High Touch High Tech is at booth #312

Sat. 10am-5pm · Sun. 11am-5pm

 

2 days only! Meet Face to Face with High Touch High Tech President/CEO, Daniel Shaw!

Stop by our booth and learn why franchising is the EASY way to own your own business!

 

For more information about the event and how to get free admission, please click here:

http://www.franchiseshowinfo.com/toronto-september-show

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

Why Didn’t I Think of That? 10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Looking to start a new venture in the franchising world? Remember “Ask Why Before You Buy!

What we mean by this is, before buying a new franchise, there are several things you should ask the franchisor.  These questions can give you a lot of insight into what you can expect as part of this franchise. 

1. What initial services do you offer? This will let you know the level of involvement you can expect from the franchisor to help you get your new franchise off the ground.  

2. What assistance do you provide in obtaining finance?  Starting a franchise can be expensive, so knowing whether or not you can expect some help from the franchisor is important.  

3. What help will I receive in arranging local advertising and promotions? Are there standard promotions (radio spots, print ads, etc.) available for my use?  Advertising can be a big upfront expense, so it is important to know if you will need to budget for your own advertising campaign or the franchisor offers assistance in this area.   

4. Can you give me specific examples of problems that your franchisees have faced and how you have been able to help them? This question will help you find out how the franchisor supports franchisees. The franchisor should be able to provide examples about how a franchisee in need was helped.  

5. What can you tell me about some of your franchisees that have been very successful?  What about those who have not had great success?  Knowing what has worked in the past (and what hasn’t) will be very beneficial in developing your business plan.  

6. What kind insurance must I have? Do you have an arrangement with a broker or a company offering special rates?  Again, this is another expense that you may have to include in your budget.  

7. Do you provide ongoing training in the form of workshops, conferences, seminars, regional meetings, refresher or advanced courses?  Knowing that your franchisor will continually be offering support and guidance can put you at ease when you are starting a new franchise.  

8. What is the day-to-day business like for your franchise? This important, often overlooked, question will let you know what you can expect on a daily basis as a franchisee.  

9. What employee characteristics are typically found among employees at one of your franchises?  Employees are often the face of a business, so knowing what characteristics to expect could be important to your decision.  

10. What are relationships like between the franchisees Knowing if there is a familial feeling among the franchisees or heavy competition is an important dynamic to understand before becoming a part of a franchise. 

Starting your own business is exhilarating in itself, but it’s even better when you have an experienced support team by your side that has been there before, knows the many different aspects of the small business landscape, and can offer guidance every step of the way. 

That’s the High Touch High Tech (ht2) franchise advantage!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

We offer you a unique opportunity to build a successful business while contributing to your community. Get started today with your franchise by teaching science fun to children. Our services are in high demand. Teachers, parents, school administrators, businesses and government have vested interests in enriching children’s science experiences. High Touch High Tech franchisees realize the benefits of providing programs that make science fun, and accessible.

Why reinvent the wheel when High Touch High Tech has a proven track record and a recognized brand? Take our successful concept and combine it with your talents to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. Get started by going to http://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/.

High Touch High Tech Named a 2018 Top Franchise

High Touch High Tech Named a 2018 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

 Independent Survey Shows Franchise Owners Are Highly Satisfied with High Touch High Tech’s Performance

Asheville, NC, January 9, 2018– High Touch High Tech was recently named a top franchise for 2018 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 13th annual ranking of the top 200 award-winning franchise opportunities. The list is available at https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-franchise-opportunities/.

The mission of High Touch High Tech is to introduce children, at an early age, to the amazing world of science and nature by providing innovative, educational, hands-on programs that are presented in a fun manner, that nurtures their budding young minds and stimulate both their imagination and curiosity. For more than 20 years, the rapidly growing children’s education franchise has cultivated an outstanding & diverse family of franchisees ranging from former educators to corporate executives.

Each year, over sixteen million kids participate in the company’s inquiry-based programming. Every day, every hour, somewhere in the world, there is a High Touch High Tech program currently happening.  As the leader in innovative, hands-on science & nature experiences, they continue to leave a lasting impression by making science concepts both meaningful & memorable for children of all ages.

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of the top 200 franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises.

High Touch High Tech was among 307 franchise brands, representing over 28,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. High Touch High Tech’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchiser/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs when choosing which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list are the top performing brands in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

“I am excited and humbled to learn that High Touch High Tech was ranked in the Top 50 in the 2018 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. This award provides wonderful affirmation of the hard work we put in, and our corporate culture of supporting our franchisees, realizing everyday that our success is linked to our franchisees success.” says Daniel Shaw, President & CEO of High Touch High Tech.

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full description of the 2018 Top Franchises.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in bench marking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

Media Contacts:

High Touch High Tech

Terri Connolly

Vice President, Brand Development

828.684.3192

tconnolly@ScienceMadeFun.net

 

Franchise Business Review

Ali Forman

B2B Marketing Manager

603.319.4818

ali@franchisebusinessreview.com