From Memorial Day through the Fourth of July and on to Veteran’s Day, the United States turns its attention to honoring our veterans. This year marks the third anniversary since First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined forces to create the White House Joining Forces Program “to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.”
The International Franchise Association (IFA) is also committed year-round to recognizing and assisting America’s veterans through its VetFran program. Sylvan is a proud supporter of VetFran. In fact, one of Sylvan's very own multi-unit franchisees, Todd Crabtree, is a former marine who made his passion for education a business venture and now owns four Centers.
VetFran is a veteran transition program that helps veterans gain the professional skills and entrepreneurial knowledge they need prior to working in or starting a franchise. IFA president and CEO Steve Caldeira has said “veterans thrive in the franchise industry because they are used to following systems and structure, work as part of a team and truly understand what leadership is all about. This is exactly how the time-tested model of franchising works, by following that same proven and successful template.”
By the end of 2014, IFA and its membership have promised to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors. Currently, more than 152,000 service members or their spouses have started careers in franchising. Among that number are more than 5,000 individuals who have become franchise owners and who have taken advantage of the financial discounts offered on the initial franchise fee by VetFran member companies.
Launched in 1991, VetFran was created by the IFA as a strategic initiative to improve Gulf War veterans’ access to franchise opportunities. In 2011, the IFA expanded the initiative to include hiring more veterans with the launch of Operation Enduring Opportunity. To further its efforts, the IFA joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring our Heroes” initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
The IFA has been honored for its work to aid veterans, receiving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One Bank Award for Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment. Additionally, the IFA was honored in a White House ceremony in 2013 with other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for their significant commitments and contributions to veterans-related hiring programs.
Interested veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors can contact Sylvan’s Franchise Development Team at 1-800-284-8214 or email@example.com to learn more about ownership opportunities through VetFran.