Veterans Archives - Open for Opportunity

97% of surveyed franchisors think veterans make excellent franchisees


Although veterans make up only about 7% of the population, they account for a whopping 14% of all franchisees in America


70% have brought on a veteran franchisee or corporate employee in the last year alone


Community Leader Clement Troutman Shares his Lifetime of Service

IFA was honored to welcome U.S. Navy veteran and Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee Clement Troutman to share his inspirational story to the IFA staff this August – following a visit to…

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Jessica and Tyler Gustafson

With their military background, Jessica and Tyler Gustafson liked the familiarity of having a prepackaged business deal with an included operations manual. The Gustafsons’ passion for health and wellness led…

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Franchising: Bigger in Texas

Open for Opportunity made its way down to the Lonestar state to celebrate Texas’ ranking as the number one state for franchise growth in IFA’s 2023 Franchising Economic Outlook. With…

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From West Point to East Ohio: Ralph Ware is Open for Opportunity

Ralph Ware is a decorated veteran, serving in the US Army Acquisition branch for 10 years. After retiring from the military, Ralph searched for an opportunity to use the skills…

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Virginia is for Franchising

Over the course of the summer, the Open for Opportunity Roadshow had the opportunity to make multiple stops in Richmond, Virginia. Kicking off the first stop, Virginia stakeholders, franchising leaders,…

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Sarah Love, Pure Barre – Virginia

Sarah Love was originally a client of Pure Barre, but she enjoyed it so much that she became a franchise owner in Richmond, VA and has been for nine or…

Meet Sarah Love

Lou Schager, Mosquito Joe – Virginia

Lou Schager spent 27 years as a U.S. Naval Officer before joining the Mosquito Joe franchise corporate team. After retiring from the military, Lou was in search of an opportunity…

Meet Lou Schager

John Alexander, STOP Restoration – North Carolina

John Alexander is a franchise owner of STOP Restoration in Charlotte, North Carolina. His business specializes in restoring homes or businesses that have been damaged. Although he was not familiar…

Meet John Alexander

Rich Freddo, CertaPro Painters – Texas

Rich Freddo was flying planes in the Air Force before he was running a franchise. Rich owns a local CertraPro Painters franchise in Lewisville, Texas. A former Air Force officer,…

Meet Rich Freddo

Scott Hester, Mr. Transmission – Georgia

Scott Hester was serving as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy when first child was born. He decided he didn’t want to miss his young daughter growing up and…

Meet Scott Hester