Safeguard Business Systems Successfully Completes the Divestiture of Four Midwest Businesses to New Distributor

September 30, 2018

Industry-Leading Business Solutions Provider Bolsters Local Ties Through its Latest Transactions

DALLAS, TX – Safeguard Business Systems, the provider of products, services and expertise designed to help businesses across North America grow, has completed the sale of four Safeguard-owned businesses to Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based new distributor Emily Paulick.

Paulick has been a part of the Safeguard network for nearly eight years in several different capacities. She started her career with the company working part-time at the Oshkosh Safeguard distributorship, and as she rose through the ranks, she fell in love with the industry and eventually managed the business five years later. After a successful run as manager, the mother of four was ready to take the next steps to ownership.

“I’ve been running the Safeguard business on my own for nearly three years, so when the opportunity to own it presented itself, it was an easy decision,” said Paulick. “The products and services we provide are unique and the customers are great, so I find it rewarding to be able to interact with them and hear their feedback directly. There’s no better feeling than providing superior customer service and having people tell you not only that they love working with you, but that they’re coming back specifically to work with you.”

Born less than two miles from her current home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Paulick grew up working in her grandfather’s butcher shop, Shapers Sausage Company. She committed to the family business full-time after high school, eventually picking up two additional part-time jobs, the first at a local candy company and the second at Safeguard. After the sausage company closed, Paulick received a degree in accounting and returned to work at Safeguard full-time. She credits the original female owner she worked for to piquing her interest and laying out the blueprint for success in the Safeguard system. When Safeguard decided to sell the business Paulick was a natural pick to be the new owner manager.

Balancing the full-time job that is motherhood on top of running a business isn’t an easy feat, but with the support of her family and the Safeguard network, Paulick has found success in both arenas. Safeguard’s business model has given her an opportunity to both provide for her family and become a successful female business owner.

“I’m young, driven and have a growing family,” Paulick said. “I answer every phone call and email while simultaneously making sure that my family gets where they need to be on time. My business covers more than half of the state of Wisconsin and additional areas in Illinois and Ohio, yet Safeguard ships products all over the country.”

With an array of clients across the nation that includes farmers as well as accountants, Paulick is confident and eager to continue growing her Safeguard distributorships for years to come.

“Emily’s familiarity with the Safeguard network and dedication to helping the customers grow their businesses made her an excellent partner for these transactions,” said R. Scott Sutton, Vice President of Acquisitions and Franchise Development for Safeguard. “Our team has the utmost confidence that her leadership and business acumen will lead to continued success with Safeguard.”


For more than 60 years, Safeguard, through its network of distributors, has been providing the products, services and expertise needed by business owners to help their businesses grow. Through innovation, dedication and a commitment to quality and integrity, Safeguard has transformed itself from a small check printing business to a fully diversified business solutions enterprise. To learn more about Safeguard, please visit, or follow us on Twitter at


Since 2008, Safeguard’s award-winning Business Acquisitions and Mergers (BAM) Team has emerged as the most decorated strategic growth team in the industry. With more than 100 years of collective experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business strategy and financial performance assessment, the BAM Team possesses the “know how” needed by Safeguard, its affiliates, distributors and franchisees to complete complex transactions across multiple business channels. The BAM team has completed more than 150 total transactions since its inception, earning accolades at the highest levels. In 2018, Safeguard won Strategic Corporation Firm of the Year award from M&A Advisors as well as a second coveted Dealmaker of the Year award, presented by Franchise Times® Magazine, after first winning the award in 2014. In 2017, the BAM team won an M&A Advisors Deal of the Year award in the Professional Services (B-to-B) category as well as a bronze Stevie® American Business Award as Support Team of the Year. To learn more about the BAM Team, please visit , or follow us on Twitter at