Veterans

The military trains men and women to lead by example. Many of the same traits that make veterans successful in the military also make them great local business owners. Transitioning from active duty to civilian life comes with a new set of challenges. But the very skills honed in the military—leadership, discipline and teamwork to name a few—are the same that make successful entrepreneurs.

And not surprisingly, veterans have a strong track record of franchise success—and their commitment to teamwork carries over into other areas as well, including hiring active duty and retired service members and building diverse opportunities across our communities.

Franchising can open the door to a new path—a path to prosperity for our nation’s veterans entering civilian life.

Together, we are Open for Opportunity.

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Brian Thompson, Metal Supermarkets – Tampa, FL

Brian Thompson, Metal Supermarkets – Tampa, FL

Brian Thompson wasn’t always active in the veteran community in Tampa, Florida. A veteran of the United States Navy, Brian spent nine years working in the nuclear power program in the submarine service. After retiring from service, he spent more than two decades working in corporate America before an opportunity to own his own business came up – and he decided he wanted to plant roots in Florida as owner of three Metal Supermarkets stores (and more on the way!).

Jason Madden, The Entrepreneur’s Source – Albuquerque, NM

Jason Madden, The Entrepreneur’s Source – Albuquerque, NM

Jason Madden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps straight out of high school and spent the next 16 years in the military, taking him to more than 32 countries being charged with tactical and strategic responsibilities. Today, Jason applies his skills from the military, including resiliency, adaptability, and strategic thinking, to his present-day-success as the owner of The Entrepreneur’s Source in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Steven and Peggy Johns, Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Schertz, TX

Steven and Peggy Johns, Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Schertz, TX

Steven and Peggy Johns went from serving their nation to serving the veterans in their community. Meeting at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, both are veterans of the Gulf War. Steven retired as a Chief Petty Officer, and Peggy retired from the Navy as a Military Police Officer.

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97% of surveyed franchisors think veterans make excellent franchisees

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

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