In a crowded field of franchisors, one stands out as a totally unique opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs who are looking for a cutting-edge business. In 2003 Florida-based Ice House America (IHA) pioneered the unique water and ice vending machine business concept, which led to IHA launching their franchise brand, IceBorn, in 2012. The company has single-handedly disrupted the retail-based bagged ice vending market. IHA’s brands are not only the pioneer, but the largest player and leader in the ice vending space.
IceBorn is an entrepreneur’s dream and a chance to get in on a concept that is set for rapid growth. Little says it provides a great business opportunity for every level of entrepreneur. “The IceBorn franchise gives you the freedom to own a business while continuing to allow you to pursue other opportunities in life or even maintain your current work schedule without even having to hire any employees.”
He further explains that IceBorn is a great opportunity for a semi-passive investment, with tremendous support in everything from a technical support hotline, to local marketing, and protected territories that allow a franchise owner to explore the possibilities of a massive industry.
“Vended ice makes up about 5 percent of the $4 billion ice industry and our brands over 90%of these sales,” says IceBorn VP of Sales and Marketing Michael Little.
Little says that IceBorn offers franchisees the choice of three varieties of ice vending machines. The smallest is the Express model (about the size of a traditional Coke vending machine), next is the Kiosk model, which is a mid-sized 100-square foot machine with a large capacity, and the House model, the brand’s largest model at 200-square feet. All of the machines offer ice and water that’s purified through the company’s proprietary Healthwise Purification Method, a fact that Little says, allows the brand to create a superior product to its competition.
“These models all produce the same great quality of ice and water, but vary in their ice production capabilities,” says Little. “And we help our franchisees evaluate their market and location to solidify the right machine for them.”
IceBorn has partnered with the SBA for an expedited loan process. And the brand’s sales reps are well-versed in the various financing options available, and can assist in guiding new franchisees toward the right financing option that fits their needs.
Investment levels in an IceBorn franchise range from $23,000 on up to more than $150,000 depending on the size of machine chosen and quantity of machines franchised.
IceBorn’s unique training and technical support provide allows anyone with an entrepreneurial drive the tools for a successful business. And, Little says, the brand currently has open opportunities available in all markets across the country. “This is a very exciting time to join the IceBorn Franchise” he says.
Once a franchise development agreement is signed, the IceBorn team provides support to franchisees in finding properties, site development, grand opening, ongoing marketing needs, area development assistance.
For an entrepreneur looking for “the next big thing,” and an opportunity to get in on the ground level of an emerging franchise concept, IceBorn is a story that won’t be a secret for long.