Hosts Free Franchise-Opportunity Seminars; Offers a National Funding Source for Franchisee Candidates As the nation celebrates National Small Business Week May 16-20, The UPS Store ® will be hosting more than 50 free franchise-opportunities seminars across the country for individuals interested in learning about the small business community and the largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal, printing and business services centers. "What better week to educate men and women interested in joining the nation's more than 27 million small businesses than National Small Business Week," said Chris Adkins, who oversees franchise development for The UPS Storenetwork. "Our franchise opportunities seminars can help individuals learn more about the opportunity of becoming their own boss." Earlier this year, The UPS Store announced a collaboration with Franchise Finance America (FAF) and The Bankcorp Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bancorp, Inc., providing $15 million for the development of new locations and an additional $7.5 million for the transfer of current locations to new franchise applicants. The UPS Store is the first franchise network in its category to receive this funding, making it a great time to consider The UPS Store franchise opportunity. "This lending program was developed with FAF to provide qualified candidates with a time-sensitive credit approval process, allowing them to build out their business, create local jobs and begin servicing their community in a shortened amount of time," adds Adkins. In 2011, Entrepreneur magazine's annual "Franchise 500," a ranking of franchise opportunities based on factors like financial strength, growth rate and size, rated The UPS Store franchise opportunity No. 1 in the postal and business services category for the 21st consecutive year.* In addition to domestic and international shipping,The UPS Store provides a variety of products and services to small-business owners and general consumers alike, including: digital printing, black-and-white and color copies, document finishing (binding, laminating, etc.), printing services (business cards, letterhead, rubber stamps, etc.), full-service packing, custom crating and shipping for large items (e.g., grandfather clocks, rowboats), notary, mailbox and postal services, office and packaging supplies, and more. Franchised by Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE), a UPS subsidiary, The UPS Store locations, along with Mail Boxes Etc. locations, comprise the nation's largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers, with nearly 4,400 locations in the U.S. For additional information, please visit www.theupsstore.com.