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IFA Reports Over 151,000 Veterans and Military Spouses Have Entered Franchising Since 2011

As part of the International Franchise Association’s Operation Enduring Opportunity initiative within its VetFran program, and participation in the White House Joining Forces Initiative, IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira today announced that 151,557 veterans and military spouses have entered franchising since 2011, including 5,192 as franchise business owners. These new hiring numbers dramatically surpass the commitment made by the IFA two years age to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses by 2014.

“IFA and our member companies are proud to have surpassed the industry’s pledge to hire veterans in franchise establishments and motivate many returning heroes to become new franchise business owners,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira. “IFA has a long history of supporting our veterans and together with IFA members, we will continue to help transition servicemen and women to the civilian workforce, and help other companies understand and leverage the unique skills and experience our veterans have to offer.”

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HomeTask CEO Jerrod Sessler joins VetFran and Offers a Veteran Franchise Discount in Hopes of Fueling Veteran Job Growth

HomeTask CEO Jerrod Sessler saw that his franchise joined VetFran in advance of Veterans Day. Sessler, a U.S. Navy veteran, believes wholeheartedly in the mission of VetFran. Sessler recently shared “Getting our military family back on safe soil and giving them support to excel in their personal and professional lives should be a high priority for all of us. VetFran does a great job of opening up various doors of opportunity and lines of communication with people and companies that can assist veterans in achieving the American dream. Veterans have sacrificed so much and after providing us the opportunity to pursue our dreams, we should help them to pursue theirs when they return home.”

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Interim HealthCare Welcomes Air Force Veterans as its Newest Franchisees

In advance of Veteran’s Day, Interim HealthCare Inc. is welcoming as franchisees two retiring Air Force veterans in Salt Lake City. Michael Hawkins and Michael Eliason are the recipients of the waived franchise fee that Interim HealthCare announced earlier this year as part of its participation in VetFran. The two plan to begin offering personal care and support services in February 2014 and expand to skilled nursing care within the first year.

“When we announced the waived franchise fee for a qualifying military veteran in May, we couldn’t have hoped to find a team as well matched to our core values as Michael and Eli,” said Kathleen Gilmartin, President and CEO of Interim HealthCare. “As airmen, they embody the core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all they do – characteristics also vital to running a successful home care business.

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Sport Clips Expands “Help A Hero” Campaign to Benefit Scholarship Program for Veterans

More than 1,100 Sport Clips Haircuts locations will come together on a single mission – to raise $575,000 for the company’s annual “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign, benefiting the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Since 2007, the Help A Hero program has supported the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ “Free Call Days”, making more than 2 million calls home possible for deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members. In its seventh year, the campaign will expand its focus to offer scholarships to veterans through the VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship Program. Each scholarship will provide up to $5,000 of assistance to veterans who are pursuing an education at post-secondary institutions, including trade schools.

Donations to Help A Hero will be collected in-store and at local fundraising events through November 11, Veterans Day. In addition, Sport Clips will hold “The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year” on Veterans Day, when each store will donate a dollar from every haircut service to the VFW-administered scholarship program.

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Past VetFran Committee Chair Shapes Franchise Program for Veterans

Lonnie Helgerson, CFE, past VetFran Committee Chair, President of IslandTime Treasures, and U.S. Army veteran has developed a new program to help veterans interested in owning an IslandTime Treasures franchise. The new military franchise program offers a franchise fee reduced by more than 50% to $3,500 and includes everything needed to open and start operating the franchise including a full equipment package. “We’ve doubled the initial inventory with the intent that you can recoup your initial fee with the startup package.” said Lonnie Helgerson.

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