Participants in IFA’s Franchising Pavilion at the VA’s National Veterans Small Business Conference & Expo in Detroit June 26-28 will be eligible to participate AT NO CHARGE in the VA Veterans Franchise Clearinghouse, a program that promotes franchise ownership opportunities, identifies and pre-qualifies potential veteran candidates in partnership with qualifying IFA members. The deadline to register is COB today (June 5th). To register, contact Erica Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We believe that franchising provides a unique opportunity for veterans with silent partners that can make the dream of small business ownership a reality for them,” said Chuck Southern of the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
Confirmed IFA Franchising Pavilion participants so far include KidzArt, Big Boy Restaurants, Sign-A-Rama, FranNet, Lenny’s, Genuine Parts/ NAPA, Franchise Times, Service Brands International (Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, 1-800-DryClean, ProTect Painters), FASTSIGNS, Two Men & a Truck, Sport Clips, CiCi’s Pizza, The Owners Alliance, Allegra Network, WIN Home Inspection, Guidant Financial, Hungry Howies, the Moran Family of Brands (Mr. Transmission, Milex, Alta Mere, Smart View, Cobrand)and IFA.
Franchise companies confirmed for the Hiring Fair include Aaron’s, Applebee’s, Big Boy Restaurants, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Genuine Parts/ NAPA, Handy Pro International, Happy’s Pizza, The Hertz Corporation, Home Instead Senior Care, Ilitch Companies (Little Caesars),the Moran Family of Brands (Mr. Transmission, Milex, Alta Mere, Smart View, Cobrand), Sears, Service Brands International (Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, 1-800-DryClean, ProTect Painters) Snap-On Tools, and Two Men & a Truck International.
“As we continue to work hard each and every day to extend career opportunities to our nation’s veterans, we commend our members who are participating in Detroit – they are setting the right example for our industry and our entire nation,” said Steve Caldeira, CFE, IFA’s President & CEO. “But as Memorial Day served to remind us, the unemployment rate among some groups of veterans is as high as 18%. That’s why we have to keep our focus and keep the pedal to the metal on VetFran, Operation Enduring Opportunity and a strong showing in Detroit.”