1st Propane Information:
A 1st Propane franchisee contracts to provide the energy needs of rural homeowners and many types of commercial business and farms. You provide a tank that is 100 to 1000 gallons in size, and periodically re-fill the tank on-site.
As a 1st Propanefranchise owner, you will contract with local homeowners, farms and businesses to provide them with the propane they need for heating and various other uses. Then you will deliver the propane on a predetermined schedule based on the amount of their usage. The potential for growth is only limited by the number of customers you can acquire and your staff can service. Adding additional employees to serve more customers is made easy due to the training and certification programs included with your franchise.
Key Factors of the Franchise Program
Initial Training Program and Ongoing Support. You will receive extensive training on the 1st Propane way of doing business through a detailed ten day training program at our offices in California. The remaining training is performed at your own location, giving you a hands-on feel for the business in your own market. Ongoing support is provided through our main office and periodic visits from members of the corporate staff to assist you with the efficient operation of your business.
State-of-the-art Equipment. You will be using state-of-the-art equipment with specific applications developed exclusively for 1st Propane. This high tech equipment includes computerized route scheduling for more efficient deliveries and a hand held computer to automate the delivery and customer billing process.
Proprietary Software Package. You will have the use of PLATO, a proprietary software system developed specifically for your use in managing your 1st Propane dealership. This sophisticated management tool is only available to 1st Propane franchise owners.
Centralized Accounting. To ease your paperwork burden and costly staff requirements, your business accounting is performed for you by 1st Propane. Each night your computer is polled via modem and the data collected is compiled, analyzed, and returned to you in the form of management reports and useful statistical data. As a management tool it is unsurpassed in value in that it monitors all of the financial aspects of your business.
Employee Certification. You and your employees will receive professional training and certification in the propane industry’s nationally recognized Certified Employee Training Program. Our training satisfies National LP-Gas Code requirements for qualified individuals by combining hands-on activities with written and verified evaluations.
Exclusive Territory. Included with the award of your franchise is a protected territory in which we will not install another 1st Propane dealer. You will have the exclusive rights to this area during the term of your franchise agreement and any renewals thereafter.