City Wide Maintenance Franchisee Shares Expertise With National Media

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Since its inception in 1961, City Wide Maintenance has grown into a booming management franchise that oversees local facilities maintenance services for a variety of commercial establishments. Because City Wide Maintenance franchisees understand the ins and outs of property maintenance and have extensive sales and management experience, they are routinely called upon by media to share their expertise with a larger audience.

Recently Jennifer Slansky, President of City Wide Maintenance of Portland, shared her advice for scoring exterior maintenance contracts with her fellow professionals. In an article for Cleaning and Maintenance Management magazine, Jennifer pointed out that communicating the need for exterior maintenance to business owners can be tricky because it’s often an out-of-sight-out-of-mind situation.

But property maintenance professionals can stress its importance by emphasizing that the exterior is one of the first impressions customers receive. It’s also better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to building maintenance, Jennifer pointed out. Stressing that safety is paramount when it comes to cracked pavements and parking lots is also a good way of ensuring that clients understand the need for ongoing exterior maintenance, Jennifer said.

This leads to healthier contracts for City Wide franchisees who work in sync with property management professionals in attending to a range of services for external maintenance as well: from parking lot maintenance and snow removal to window cleaning and landscaping needs.

Franchisees like Jennifer stand out in their communities as experts who can be relied upon to work with area contractors to solve a range of property maintenance challenges. It is why City Wide has grown to more than 55 locations around the country and is a great way for franchisees who have strong sales and management experience to carve their own niche in the booming property management industry.

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Having had the opportunity to be part of the City Wide Home Office, selling City Wide for eight years, I would share this view:
My advice is simple on how you can be a success owning a City Wide Franchise. First, find a great partner with a work ethic you admire. Keep the message simple and be relentless at sales. Find the spot where you are uncomfortable and be there often. Chose to do the work in sales because it is difficult. This is where you will find both a passion for the business model and an addiction.

success story of Jennifer Slansky Jennifer SlanskyCo-Owner, City Wide of Portland, a woman-owned business

Much like the saying, “dreams come true, not free,” City Wide offered me the opportunity to chase a dream to build a business for my family though hard work and perseverance. The fruits of that hard work have not only created a profitable and growing family legacy business but, more importantly, the platform for us to improve the quality of life of our employees’ families as well as to give back in a meaningful way to our middle Tennessee community. The ceiling is high for those who want to chase their dream

success story of Tim Akers Tim AkersOwner – City Wide Maintenance of Nashville

Jeff and I saw firsthand through my work for City Wide Franchise Corporate how this business can provide real wealth opportunities for us; there is no greater endorsement than a former employee who decides to buy a franchise from the company! With City Wide, we get to make a difference in our community, not just for ourselves and our family, but for our clients and our team. The work is rewarding because we believe in what we are doing for our clients every day.

success story of Meredith Cimino Meredith Cimino Co-Owner, City Wide Maintenance of Omaha

What appealed to us about City Wide was the opportunity to work together and build a family business. No corporate bosses, no long distance travel, and the freedom to be there for our children when we want. Personal effort is directly rewarded with results and as you grow you get to share that success with an ever-growing team of direct staff, independent contractors, and happy clients.

success story of Alan Matheson Alan MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania

I fell in love with the Home Office team. I believed in the concept of the model. I loved the team’s professionalism, enthusiasm, integrity, ethics and, most importantly, family values. When we left [Discovery Day] I was scared we would not be selected. We were so excited when we got the call that we had been. It has been the best decision we have ever made for our family.

success story of Naila Matheson Naila MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania
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