Memorial Day is a special day when the entire nation pauses to remember all those who have died in war, fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy every day. Celebrations and remembrances include:
- Proudly flying the stars and stripes at home
- Visiting a local war memorial and paying tribute with flowers or flags on graves
- Attending a Memorial Day parade or ceremony
- Thanking Veterans or a military family for their service and sacrifice by inviting them to lunch or picking up their tab in a restaurant
- Wear a red poppy and observe the National Moment of Remembrance: at 3 p.m. locally, pausing silently to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms
Another way to honor and celebrate Veterans is to help them find gainful employment. Entering the civilian workforce after military service can be challenging and plagued with the question, “How do my skill sets transfer to the civilian sector?” Home Franchise Concepts, home to three dynamic franchise brands in the home services industry, has made a concerted effort to enable qualified Veterans to become franchise business owners by offering substantial discounts to purchase any one of their franchise opportunities–Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft®.
“At Home Franchise Concepts, we strive to empower people by helping to put them in business for themselves. Our first step is to provide significant financial incentives to empower Veterans to take the next step as an entrepreneur. And, we stay with them, offering business support, ongoing training and the tools they will need to be successful.” – Shirin Behzadi, CEO, Home Franchise Concepts
Paying it forward by hiring Veterans
Currently, over 10% of Budget Blinds franchise owners are Veterans, and many of them have, in turn, hired Veterans as part of their own businesses. The camaraderie of the military creates strong bonds and a Veteran’s willingness to help another Veteran and pay it forward is not unusual.
As a franchise business owner, you can handpick your team, including salespeople, admin and installers, giving employment to fellow Veterans. One example is Chris Petty, franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Lexington. Petty is a U.S. Army Veteran and his installer, Ryan Cunningham, is currently a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist. They recently installed free window coverings through our partnership with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) for a severely injured Veteran and his family. (Read more about the HFOT partnership below.)
The same skills learned in the military that make you a successful franchise business owner are also what will make a Veteran a good employee: leadership skills, attention to detail, self-discipline, teamwork and time management, just to name a few.
Ongoing Veteran support initiatives
HFC’s family of brands is dedicated to assisting Veterans in many ways in addition to business ownership. Various partnerships with Veteran assistance organizations include:
- Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely wounded veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries, post -9/11, helping these veterans and their families focus on recovery and rebuilding their lives.
- In Canada, our partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) focuses on supporting Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families.
- Alignment with popular TV shows like NBC’s George to the Rescue and Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover on Lifetime® Television have provided opportunities to assist Veterans and their families through home renovations, including supplying window treatments and whole home storage and organization solutions.
- Individual franchise owners take part in Veteran support activities and projects within their own territories to give back to their communities and honor members of the military.
- New this year is HFC’s There’s No Place Like Home – Veteran Partnership and Giveaway, to give one franchise territory to a qualified Veteran candidate in the U.S. or Canada, to be awarded on November 11, 2017 (Veteran’s Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada).
If you’re a Veteran looking for a new career and being your own boss is something you’ve dreamed about, call 1-800-420-5374 today or go online to Home Franchise Concepts and begin to see the real possibilities of starting your own business within the HFC, Veteran-friendly franchise network.
You can build a secure financial future through independent business ownership of a franchise company that is scalable to the way you live and the specific needs of your family. And, you can help fellow Veterans by providing jobs and career opportunities within your business.