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International Staffing Firm Partners with VetFran to Incentivize Franchise Ownership for Military Veterans

Express Employment Professionals, one of the nation’s largest privately held staffing firms, recently awarded its sixth veteran-owned franchise of 2012, marking the franchise’s ongoing commitment to honoring the nation’s military veterans.

Through a partnership with VetFran, the International Franchise Association’s initiative connecting veterans with franchise opportunities, Express Employment Professionals offers incentives to encourage veterans to become business owners through the purchase of a franchise. In 2012, as part of a special recruitment push, Express waived the total franchise fee, a savings of $35,000 for each veteran who was awarded a franchise before Nov. 2. In total, Express has waived $210,000 for veteran franchisees through the VetFran partnership this year.

“Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen have given so much for our country,” said David Lewis, executive director of franchising. “Express was honored to waive the franchise fee in celebration of their service.”

For Express Employment Professionals and other companies that recruit veteran franchisors, the rigorous military training veterans receive during their service breeds strong leadership and teamwork skills, traits that lend themselves well to franchise ownership.

“Leadership is a common trait among our successful franchise owners, so where better to tap into the future leaders of our organization than from the proven leaders of our armed forces?” Lewis said. “Many hopeful entrepreneurs are drawn to Express because we help people by finding them work. The desire to help people is a sense of purpose that is shared between Express franchise owners and our U.S. military.”

In addition, Lewis says military values like service and purpose are reflected in Express Employment Professionals own company outlook.

More information about Express’s VetFran initiative can be found at