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Veterans turn to franchising

Even though Veteran’s Day was commemorated last week, it’s still always a good time to honour the service that veterans have made to this country. And while, as soldiers, they contributed to the country’s safety, thanks to the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran), honourably discharged veterans are finding they can contribute to the nation’s wealth as franchisees.

With VetFran, over 350 companies have signed up to assist qualified veterans purchase franchises by offering them financial incentives. VetFran was started 17 years ago by the late Don Dwyer during the first Persian Gulf War. The idea behind VetFran was to allow veterans easy access into contributing to the economy after their service abroad. Over 100 companies originally signed up and the operation, which was eventually taken over by Don’s daughter, Dina Dwyer-Owens, was grown from strength to strength.

Vet Fran was created with assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Corporation, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, and includes outreach initiatives to our country's military and veteran organizations. VetFran is one of the most innovative initiatives in franchising and here’s a somewhat belated thanks to America’s veterans. If you’re an honorably-disarmed veteran looking to set out on a new course in life, VetFran may have an opportunity for you.

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