Retired Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris is no stranger to the IFA, having spoken at IFA’s Public Affairs Conference in 2011 and featured as a personality at the 2012 IFA Convention. He’s a Wounded Warrior, veteran of the U.S. Army, motivational speaker and now, WIN Home Inspection’s newest Strategic-Partner. Working alongside his son and wife in San Antonio, Harris has embarked on his recent role as a franchise business owner and has not looked back.
While serving in Iraq in 2007, his patrol vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (I.E.D). Harris was in a coma for 48 days, had third-degree burns on 35% of his body, lost his ears, the tip of his nose and three fingers, and has since undergone roughly 50 surgeries. Harris recognizes that everything that happened while serving has helped him to become who he is today.Read More
VetFran member, Interim HealthCare, a national home care, hospice and healthcare staffing franchise, will waive the franchise fee for the first qualifying military veteran joining the franchise network this year. The total savings a veteran can realize is $40,000.
“Home healthcare is an intense 24/7 business and our network of franchisees embrace that work ethic daily,” Kathleen Gilmartin, President and CEO of Interim HealthCare said. “Veterans of the military are dependable, tenacious and conscientious, all characteristics that fit perfectly with our culture of caring and excellence. I’m thrilled to help one of our veterans live the dream of becoming an Interim HealthCare franchisee by waiving our franchise fee.”Read More
CruiseOne, the nation’s largest home-based franchise travel agent network as part of World Travel Holdings, is calling up from the reserves and into action former members of the U.S. military to join its ranks as a travel business owner.
Military veterans are invited to participate in the Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General contest, with five deserving veterans each receiving a CruiseOne travel franchise. The contest begins on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 and continues until Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.Read More
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Tuesday the Veteran Pledge Initiative. The initiative is a commitment by top SBA national, regional and community lenders to collectively increase their lending activity to veterans by five percent per year for the next five years VetFran Committee Chair Joe Lindenmayer of TSS Photography and VetFran Committee member Rich Bradshaw of TD Bank joined the SBA’s Administrator Karen Mills and representatives of the SBA lending community, the U.S. Army, and transitioning service members interested in small business ownership at Ft. Bragg. VetFran was invited to speak on behalf of existing and prospective veteran franchise owners as well as franchisors eager to add veterans to their systems.
In his remarks during the announcement, Joe Lindenmayer expressed “Today, VetFran boasts a record 579 franchise companies offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in franchise ownership and there are no shortage of veterans interested in franchising, with the VetFran Directory receiving over 44,000 hits a month. Where the equation all too often breaks down is access to credit. The goal of this initiative is to close the lending gap, a problem which is preventing many otherwise worthy veterans from becoming franchisees and leaders in the civilian economy.”Read More
Ice House America, the automated ice vending technology franchise, has extended the “IceBorn Franchise Giveaway for Veterans” contest – where one deserving veteran will win an IceBorn House franchise valued at $118,000, plus 12 months of free royalty and marketing fees. The IceBorn House is a freestanding, 24/7, automated retail ice destination offering water and ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand.
Veterans can enter the “IceBorn Franchise Giveaway for Veterans” by June 30, 2013 by creating a two minute video, uploading it to YouTube, and submitting a short application. For more information on the contest, visit www.iceborngiveaway.com. For contest rules, click here.Read More