A Criterium Engineers franchise begins with this
assumption: The franchise is your business. You identify the
professional and financial goals you want to achieve, you select
the building engineering specialties you want to emphasize, you
decide how fast you want to grow. We don't tell you how to
run your business. But we know what it takes to run a
successful consulting engineering business. We've been doing
that for more than 60 years. And we give our affiliates the tools
that we know can help them succeed.
Independent But Not Alone
Criterium Engineers affiliates can offer their
clients the best of both worlds ‐the personalized service
and market knowledge of a small, local company, backed by the
resources and reputation of a well-known national consulting
engineering practice. If you have large ambitions for a small
Training begins with an intensive 5-day course for
new franchisees at our corporate office in Maine. But it
doesn't end there. Training and continuing education are
cornerstones of the Criterium Engineers affiliate program.
After you return to your office and get started, we will spend
another 5 days with you to be sure you are headed in the right
direction. Every other year, we host a conference with
featured speakers addressing a wide range of engineering and
business development topics. We also sponsor additional
programs, webinars and seminars periodically, to keep our
engineers updated and informed about relevant engineering- and real
estate-related developments and trends.
Our clients look to us for our expertise and value
the advice we offer and the effective solutions we recommend.
No single engineer will have the answer to every question.
But the Professional Engineers and Registered Architects on
Criterium's staff and in its national network of affiliates have
decades of collective experience. If you encounter an
engineering or design problem you can't solve, someone in this
group has almost certainly been there, done that, and can
help. A call to 207-869-4224 will connect
you with our affiliate coordinator, who will direct you to the
information you need or connect you with one of the more than 100
Criterium engineers who are available to consult with you by phone
Criterium Engineers also provides business support.
Criterium Engineers staff visit affiliate offices every year to
observe, consult, discuss new ideas, and address any
concerns. But you don't have to wait for these annual visits
‐ we're here for you any time you need us to answer
questions, provide technical help or just offer a reassuring
word. In addition to toll-free and on-line consulting from
our management staff, you will have access to:
- Business referrals from the corporate office and
from other franchisees.
- Insurance coverage under Criterium's professional
liability master policies.
- Modern, Responsive Website with email and
- IT helpdesk support and consultation.
- Accounting software.
- Discounts on a wide range of products and
- Engineering reporting systems, templates, standard
agreements and other business forms.
- Information resources, including: a weekly
newsletter, technical bulletins and a members' only segment of our
Criterium actively supports its affiliates with:
- Professionally developed brochures, newsletters, and
other marketing tools.
- A modern corporate website.
- Relationships with valuable industry trade
- Name recognition.
- Corporate branding. (The Criterium name and our
distinctive orange triangle are registered trademarks that our
affiliates are exclusively licensed to use.)