The list satisfies veterans’ need to know which franchise they should pursue, which ones give them the best financial incentives and training, and which franchises have the highest number of veteran franchisees.
Franchises on the list range from restaurants to tax services and home-based opportunities. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting owner-operators with military experience. “Those of us who have lived and worked in a military environment are used to ‘following a system,’ so we put a great emphasis on introducing veterans to franchising,” said Jon Rucker, director of Snap-on’s Military Veteran Program. “A veteran-owned franchise business is a good fit for the long-term success of both the veteran and the franchise.”
“It’s an honor to be included on the Military Friendly Franchises list,” said Doug Rogers, president of Mr. Appliance Corp. “Our success depends on the hard work of our franchise owners. This achievement is a direct reflection of their dedication to being leaders in the service industry.”
“The list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, general manager for G.I. Jobs. “Military veterans can execute a plan, lead employees, and are trained to overcome adversity. Combine this background and work ethic with an established franchise system and you have greatly increased the odds of the business succeeding.”
The 2011 list was compiled through exhaustive research by G.I. Jobs in which thousands of franchises nationwide were polled. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of a Franchise Advisory Board consisting of Mail Boxes Etc. Founder Jim Amos, Spring-Green President James Young, Mr. Rooter Plumbing President Mary Kennedy-Thompson, and Anytime Fitness National Media Director Mark Daly. All four board members are military veterans or come from veteran families.
The full list of Military Friendly Franchises will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs Magazine, and on Military Franchising, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose. Additional resources are posted on the Military Friendly Franchises Facebook page, www.facebook.com/militaryfranchising.
G.I. Jobs is published 12 times per year by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The company also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
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In Oakley, you can find Mr. Appliance at 2063 Main St., Suite 423. The phone number is 925-625-9959.