WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 – At the end of 2017, both Franchise Business Review and Entrepreneur Magazine published lists highlighting the best franchises for veterans. IFA and VetFran members dominated both lists, accounting for 84% of Franchise Business Review’s rankings and 80% of Entrepreneur Magazine’s list. “IFA is incredibly proud that so many of our members are being recognized by independent third parties for the amazing work that they do supporting veterans in this space,” said Mary Heitman, IFA Foundation President.
For this year’s Veterans in Franchising report, Franchise Business Review surveyed thousands of veteran franchise owners about their experience. The Top 100 Franchises for Veterans featured in the list received very high marks in owner satisfaction, and were highly rated by the vets that own them. 84 of those franchises were IFA members, and 63 were VetFran members.
Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the top 150 franchises for veterans. To determine the top franchises, Entrepreneur Magazine conducted a survey, taking into consideration each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2017 Franchise 500. Of the 150 companies recognized, 119 were IFA members, and 115 were VetFran members.
The VetFran Program was founded in 1991 and has been an industry-leading initiative which today numbers over 630 member companies, each of which offers discounts and incentives to prospective veteran franchisees. “Bringing recognition to those companies that strive for excellence in veterans recruiting and employment creates a lot of value for veteran opportunity seekers, and I’m thrilled to see so many VetFran member companies getting the recognition they deserve,” added Jeff Bevis, the incoming Chair of the VetFran Program.