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VetFran: Our mission since 1991

Our servicemen and women understand one thing better than anyone else  -Dedication to the Mission. Each of them recognizes that victory requires them to master their craft, constantly improve their performance, be part of a team, lead when it is asked of them and to always follow the rules.  By the time our sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines become veterans, they know how to win.  When they leave the service of our country, their training has given another set of skills – those required to be the perfect franchisee.  Their dedication to your mission equals victory for your franchise system.

VetFran was born out of the desire of the late Don Dwyer Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say thank you to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War.  Reborn and re-energized by his daughter, past IFA Chair, Dina Dwyer-Owens after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, VetFran’s ranks have grown to include more than 500 franchise systems that voluntarily offer financial incentives to veterans seeking to become franchise small-business owners.  Through the VetFran program more than 6,300 servicemen and women have become franchisees and more are being added every month.

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You must be an IFA member, but there is no cost to join VetFran.  Eligible franchisors must be committed to providing qualified veterans with financial incentives not available to other franchise investors. Veterans get the best deal!

Franchise Industry makes history last week and Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Announce Veteran Hiring Commitments

The franchising industry made history last week as the IFA launched Operation Enduring Opportunity, a campaign built off of our VetFran strategic initiative to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 Wounded Warriors as business owners and team members by 2014. IFA members held impressive local events in 10 cities, joining with veterans and federal, state and local officials to generate over 100 local news stories and convey to the nation our commitment to support those who have served this nation so bravely at their time of need by offering them opportunities in franchising.

Meanwhile, our partnership with The White House Joining Forces Initiative led to joint events and recognition by First Lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Administration Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and other federal and state leaders – garnering over 200 significant national media hits.   Read more

Tech Franchise ‘Pays it Forward’ to Get Veterans Back to Work

Selected veterans will receive the same training as paying franchisees, and will travel to Southern California for a week of training with TeamLogic professionals to learn how to operate, develop and grow their business. They also get free marketing for three months, and daily phone conversations and support once the franchise is up and running. The offer will stand through the rest of the year, and TeamLogic began reviewing applications earlier this month. Read More

Veterans Job Bank brings franchise industry jobs closer to vets

On November 2, IFA members participated in a webinar with Aneesh Chopra, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, to preview the Veterans Job Bank, which President Obama unveiled during a White House press conference Nov. 7. The Veteran Job Bank is part of the National Resource Directory, a resource directory for veterans that will provides one site that veterans can use to search for job opportunities as they transition back into home life. Read more

Franchising is taking it’s place among leaders in business by saying thank you to our veterans. They fought for us, now we need to fight for them.  Click here to sign-up now.

TSS Photography Gives Back to Veterans through Family Photo Days

TSS PhotographyIn an effort to give back to those who have given so much, TSS Photography will be sponsoring a Veterans Family Photo Days. TSS will be waiving the $50 sitting fee and will also provide a free 8” x 10” print to each family (the print will be mailed the following week).

Veterans are invited to come on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, 2011 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm and Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00am until 3:00pm at TSS Photography’s National Headquarters located at 2150 Boggs Road, Suite 200, Duluth, GA 30096. Veterans should contact the TSS Photography office at 678-740-0875 or to schedule their appointment.  For more information about TSS Photography, contact Troy Van Every at, 1-800-831-9127 ext. 0878 or visit www.tssphotography.comRead more

Mary Kennedy Thompson: My Story

Mary Kennedy Thompson

I became the president of Mr. Rooter Corporation in 2006. Mr. Rooter is the largest all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the world with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. I was commissioned a U.S. Marine Corps officer in 1985. In my eight years as a Marine, I served as a logistics officer, achieving the rank of captain while on active duty.

I was stationed around the world, including Camp Lejeune, N.C., Treasure Island, Calif., and Okinawa, Japan. I also spent time serving in Korea and in the Philippines.  Read more

CaliperA Natural Fit: Caliper matches veterans with franchise opportunities

How do you match a talented veteran with a particular role or franchise concept? Caliper, the leader in professional assessment, is offering exclusive access to its “Franchise Fitness” toolkit free to franchisors engaged in recruiting returning service members into franchising as part of IFA’s VetFran initiative.  Here’s how it works: A VetFran-member franchise executive takes a free “calibration” assessment. Then, the franchisor can offer free assessments to veteran franchisee applicants. The assessments help all parties match skills and experience with particular franchise roles and opportunities.  Find out more

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Upon When you join VetFran, your company can use the VetFran logo on your letterhead, brochures, and other promotional material. Consider sponsoring a VetFran Scholarship. You will receive recognition for your support to the IFA Educational Foundation and know that you have contributed to providing an educational opportunity to someone who helped keep you and your family safe during troubled times.

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If you are an IFA supplier or franchisor and not a current member of VetFran, now is the time to join and be part of the new and exciting initiatives in place for IFA’s VetFran program. VetFran members offer financial incentives to franchisees that meet their requirements. To see examples of VetFran programs established by other franchisors and a list of those franchisors already benefiting from the VetFran program, visit the VetFran Directory located on the IFA website.