The Minuteman Press franchise located on Main Street in Penticton was a sponsor of the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Curling Championships, won last Sunday by Team Manitoba skipped by Jennifer Jones.
It was Jones’ first win at the Scotties Tournament since 2015 as she tied Colleen Jones for the all-time tournament record with six victories. Andre Martin and Barbara Jenic, co-owners of the Minuteman Press in Penticton, attended the nine-day event, held at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC, that brought together Canada’s best female curlers, competing to represent Canada on the world stage in 2018.
“To be a Silver Sponsor for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts was a real honour,” said Martin. “Sponsoring and attending the event was a great way for Minuteman Press in Penticton to raise our profile with our business community so that people know they can come to us for a wide range of products and services.”
In addition to crowning new women’s curling champions, the 2018 Scotties Tournament included entertainment and charity events like a telethon to raise money for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, which supports babies who are born premature or critically ill. The events also help provide scholarship opportunities to junior curlers. “The Scotties Tournament not only brings the best of Canada on the ice, but shows the best of Canada off the ice through the telethon and other great events,” said Martin.
Before joining the Minuteman Press network, Martin worked in the newspaper industry for over 20 years. He and Jenic are active in the community and Martin is currently a member of the Penticton City Council. He also is the Chair of two peer-to-peer development groups.
“Events like the Scotties Tournament provide great opportunities for our franchise owners to market their business,” said Neil MacLeod, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President for Western Canada. “Andre and Barbara took full advantage of their sponsorship of the event and I am sure they will continue to be active contributors to their community who make a real difference.”
Minuteman Press began franchising in 1975 and has grown to nearly 1,000 business service franchise locations worldwide including the U.S., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. “We really liked Minuteman Press International’s ability to provide us with the resources to create our strong supply chain, their proprietary business management software that helps us manage the business, and the fact that we were able to buy an established business that already had a local foundation,” said Martin.