Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living® are named in the Military Times top 38 Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15! Inclusion was based on financial discounts and corporate policies that empower veterans to become successful business owners. This is the second time for Budget Blinds and the first time for Tailored Living, and it is an honor that neither company takes lightly.
In fact, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), the parent company of Budget blinds and Tailored Living, has a long corporate culture of supporting America’s veterans, culminating in the launch last November of The Million Dollar Franchise Event: turning vets into entrepreneurs. This veteran-dedicated campaign makes available one million dollars in discounts in order to place qualified veterans into 30 or more Budget Blinds and/or Tailored Living franchises. To date, over $650K has been awarded in 20 territories.
Tony Forbes, the company’s co-founder and Executive Vice President shares the heart behind this campaign. “Coming from a military family, I’ve been close to the people who have laid it all on the line in service to this country. This is why the Million Dollar Franchise Event is so important to me. It presents the opportunity to give back to veterans.”
A History with Veterans
On two separate occasions, Budget Blinds and Tailored Living teamed up with NBC’s hit home improvement series George to the Rescue to help renovate homes for veterans in need, supplying window blinds and organizational solutions to make their return to civilian life easier.
Budget Blinds’ first veteran franchisee joined the company in 2006. Now, there are over 50 veteran-owned franchises in the HFC family, including Budget Blinds and Tailored Living.
Larry Sportello, a U.S. Navy veteran and Budget Blinds franchisee serving Keene, New Hampshire since 2008, enjoys being his own boss. “I can tell you firsthand that being in the military instills valuable traits in an individual that will pay dividends during their entrepreneurial pursuits. Traits such as integrity, discipline, and determination can be directly applied to the business environment and will help them succeed.”
Rick Grimes, one of the newest Budget Blinds franchise owners through the Million Dollar Franchise Event servicing Lawrenceville, Georgia, says, “Business ownership makes me appreciate the service I gave to this country because now I can translate my leadership experience into a valuable opportunity for myself.” Grimes’ seven-year Army career in personnel management and operations honed the skills that have helped him build a successful business focused on superior customer service, a hallmark of Budget Blinds.
Tailored Living’s first Utah franchisee, Kevin Griffin serving Wasatch Front, is a U.S. Air Force veteran, with a family history of military service. He’s excited about the business model, the Million Dollar Franchise Event assist and the support of the Tailored Living franchise opportunity. “I look forward to the potential that the Tailored Living franchise brings. Previously I owned a job; with this new venture I will own a business. I have a 10-year plan to grow the business and look forward to the responsibility that comes with it.”
Veteran franchise owners can count on:
- A proven business model that can be structured to accommodate disabled veterans who need ultimate control of their working environment, helping to fine-tune management skills and delegate tasks so they can focus on their own personal strengths to build their business.
- Intensive start-up training with ongoing corporate support for continued education, national marketing and personal growth.
- Dedicated, assigned Business Coaches to help with all phases of the franchise business, from start up to product information to local area marketing.
- Regional trainings and annual conventions for networking and business advancement.
The company’s Co-Founder and CEO, Chad Hallock, values the skills military personnel gain on active duty. Hallock states, “The training, discipline and teamwork instilled in members of the U.S. Armed Forces prepare every veteran for a successful role as a franchise business owner. Our goal for creating the Million Dollar Franchise Event is to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and provide significant financial incentives to make their transition into the civilian workforce a smooth and successful one.”
To begin the application process to the Million Dollar Franchise Event for veterans, or to learn more about the Budget Blinds and Tailored Living franchise opportunities, please visit www.HFCSupportsVets.com.
You can view all 38 Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 by clicking here.