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Military Member to Franchisee: What is the Deal with “Military Friendly Franchises”?

Charles Internicola

by Charles Internicola
National Business and Franchise Lawyer

Date: 06/28/2011 | Category: Buy a Franchise | No comments

In terms of franchise trends and topics of discussion‚ there has been significant interest by franchisors in establishing programs for the sale of franchises to former military members. Is this a form of patriotism or a sales opportunity? I believe the answer depends on the specific franchisor and‚ on the surface‚ not easily determinable.

From my perspective‚ without question‚ the men and women of the United State armed forces account for and represent – truly – some of the most intelligent‚ diligent and hard working individuals in this country and the world. These individuals are an exceptional national asset and for this reason‚ many‚ would be prime candidates to serve as America's future business leaders. So‚ franchise sales to military members does make sense and may serve as a "win-win" situation. However‚ these brave men and women must nevertheless be aware that irrespective of a franchisor's good intentions (which I believe many have) buying a franchise is not right for everyone and there is tremendous variation as to the quality of franchise opportunities. So even if you are offered a military discount‚ the discount itself should not be a determining factor in selecting a franchise. Always conduct a thorough evaluation of a franchise opportunity.

Moving past my words of caution recently G.I. Jobs‚ an online resource which provides current and former members of the military with information on education‚ employment and franchise opportunities‚ released a list with their top picks for military friendly franchises.  Franchises on the "Military Friendly Franchises 2011 List" were surveyed by G.I. Jobs and determined to have (a) a success in recruiting military and veterans‚ (b) a participation in non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military veterans (such as participating in programs like VetFran) and (c) a participation in financial efforts to recruit and retain military veterans (such as offering a discount to military veterans). Franchises that ranked high on the "Military Friendly Franchise 2011 List" are broken up by franchise type and listed below. Please keep in mind this list was based off of surveys given to franchisors about their own franchise system and does not necessarily reflect the views of veteran franchisees associated with the franchises. The list was reported by G.I. Jobs.

Automotive

Advanced Maintenance
Auto Appraisal Network‚ Inc
Color-Glo International
Creative Colors International‚ Inc.
Kwicksilver Wheel Repair
Lentz USA Service Centers
Line-X Corp.
Maaco
Matco Tools
Meineke Car Care Centers
Moran Industries
Novus Franchising Inc.
Onsight Solutions
Rent-N-Roll Custom Wheels & Tires
Snap-on Tools Company LLC
Ziebart International Corporation

Baked Goods

Dunkin' Donuts
Nestle Toll House Café By Chip

Beauty-Related

Fantastic  Sams Hair Salons
Sports Clips
V's Barbershop

Building & Construction

ABC  Seamless
Bin There Dump That
Closet & Storage Concepts
Concrete Raising of America‚ Inc.
G.J. Gardner Homes
Granite Transformations
Kitchen Tune-Up
Paul Davis Restoration‚ Inc.
Shelfgenie
Tiffany Marble Molds‚ Inc.

Business-Related

ACFN Franchised‚ Inc.
AdviCoach
AIM Mail Centers
Bookkeeping Express
Business Partner Franchising‚ LLC
Cleannet USA
Coffee News
Cybertary
Empire Business Brokers
ERC Franchising‚ LLC
Fastsigns Int'l LLC
Focalpoint Business Coaching International
Geese Police
Growth Coach‚ The
HIrePatriots.com
Mr. Appliance Corporation
Padgett Business Services
TheHomeMag Franchising
Us Laws
Valpak

Child-Related

Compuchild
KidzArt and Art Innovators
Kinderdance International Inc.
Rainbow Station
Righttime Kids
Royal Keys

Computer Products and Services

Friendly Computers

Decorating & Home Design

Budget Blinds
Décor & You
Decorating Den Interiors
Fresh Coat Panters
Get A Grip Franchising LLC
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
Tailored Living

Education-Related

Mathnasium Learning Centers
The Entrepreneur's Source
Tutor Doctor

Fast Food Restaurants

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants‚ Inc.
Cousins Subs
Lemon Heaven Beverages
Little Caesar Enterprises‚ Inc.
Marco's Pizza
Pollo Campero
Shakey's Pizza Restaurant
Staggering Ox
Steak Escape
Teriyaki Experience

Frozen Desserts

Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co.
Happy & Healthy Products
Paciugo Franchising‚ LP
Red Mango Franchising Company
Tasti D-Lite LLC

Health & Fitness

Accessible Home Health Care
Anytime Fitness
BrightStar Care
CKO Kickboxing
Comfort Keepers
Elements Fitness
Fitgolf Enterprises‚ d/b/a Body Balance For Performance
Foot Solutions
Fuerza Pilates
Gold's Gym
Good Feet
Griswold Special Care
GymMatrix
Home Helpers & Direct Link
Interim Healthcare
Planet Beach Franchising Corp.
Relax The Back
Tan Republic
Visiting Angels

Lodging

Value Place

Maintenance Services

Aire Serve Heating & Air Conditioning
AmeriSpec Inspection Services
BLACK DAWG SEALCOAT
Blue Dawg Power Wash
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning system
Ductz Air Duct Cleaning
Duraclean International‚ Inc.
Fish Window Cleaning Services
Furniture Medic‚ Inc.
Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.
HOODZ
Jet-Black
Lawn Doctor‚ Inc.
Maid Brigade
Millicare Commercial Carpet Care
Nutri-Lawn‚ Ecology-Friendly Lawn Care
Pestmaster Services‚ Inc.
Service Master Clean
Sparkle Wash Pressure Washing
Spring-Green lawn Care Corp.
Weed Man
West Sanitation Services‚ Inc.
Window Gang
Yellow Dawg Striping

Party-Related Goods/Services

Crystal Rose Franchise
Gamin' Ride Franchise Systems‚ Inc.

Personnel Services

Assisting Hands Home Care
Link Staffing Services

Pet-Related Products/Services

Aussie Pet Mobile
Bark Busters – Home Dog Training
G'day! Pet Care
PawSpa resort
Preppy Pet
Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care
The Pooch Mobile

Photographic Products/Services

TSS Photography

Publications

Hometowntimes.com

Real Estate

Area Pro Realty
Hometeam Inspection Services‚ The
Homevestors of America
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection
RE/MAX‚ LLC
United Country Real Estate

Restaurants (Sit-Down)

Big Boy Restaurants International LLC
Burger Hut Inc.
Lenny's Sub Shop
Spicy Pickle
The Melting Pot Restaurants

Retail Food

Between Rounds Bakery Sandwich Café & Catering
Breadsmith
Coffee Beanery
Figaro's Italian Pizza
Godfather's Pizza‚ Inc.
Maui Wowi Hawaiin Coffees and Smoothies
Papa Murphy's Take ‘n' Bake Pizza
The Original Basket Boutique

Retail Stores

Batteries Plus
Discount Retail Store Services‚ LLC
Hobbytown USA
More Space Place‚ Inc.
PostalAnnex+
The Great Frame Up
Verlo Mattress Factory Stores‚ LLC
Woodcraft Franchise LLC

Security-Related

Pop-A-Lock

Services-General

1-800-DryClean
1-800-Water Damage
A All Animal Control
American Leak Detection
Border Magic‚ LLC
Boulder Designs‚ LLC
CarePatrol Franchise Systems‚ LLC
Caring Transitions
Certapro Painters
Clean A Can
Enviro-Tech Pest Services
Glass Doctor
InXpress
Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems
Liberty Tax Services
Molly Maid
Mr. handyman International
Mr. Rooter
Pestmaster Franchise Network‚ Inc.
Pi Franchise Group
Pressed 4 Time
Pronto Auto Insurance
ProTect Painters
Rainbow International Restoration and Cleaning
Roni Deutch Tax Center
Safe Ship
Six Franchise Group Inc. dba Move It Now
The Dwyer Group
The Foundry System‚ LLC
The Maids International
Touching Hearts At Home
Two Men And A Truck
We Do Lines

Sports & Recreation

American Poolplayers Association
i9 Sports Corporation
The National Martial Arts League Franchise‚ LLC

Travel

Cruise Planners/American Express
CruiseOne Inc.
Golfahoy Golf Travel Ambassador Franchise/License

Video

Flicko's Video Services

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