November 11 is the perfect time to celebrate and honor our brave and worthy Veterans! In the U.S., it’s Veteran’s Day and in Canada, it’s Remembrance Day, that special day to honor military heroes and Veterans, acknowledging the unpayable debt to all who serve in the Armed Forces, past and present.
The day is filled with activities designed to honor our military, including speeches, parades, balloons and firework displays on the national and local community levels, bringing people together in celebration. Barbeques and picnics abound as families gather to enjoy the freedoms we share. Military personnel take center stage as many restaurants give free meals to service members, other patrons pick up the tab for dining Veterans and, at the family table, they get service with a smile and the biggest piece of pie.
Make every day Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Day
The attitude of gratitude to our military should go beyond this “official” day to every day. It doesn’t take a parade a day to continually honor and support our military, there are many ways to offer support through Veteran’s organizations, neighborhood initiatives, national fund raising activities and personal donations to a charity of your choice.
Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) and its family of brands, including Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft®, take seriously the privilege of honoring Veterans through various avenues of service and giving back. “HFC has a strong commitment to supporting Veterans who have served our countries. Many of our franchisees are Veterans themselves or have personal connections to the Armed Forces, so we feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to these true heroes when and where we can.” — Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts
- The partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) focuses on supporting Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members. HFC and Budget Blinds made two annual $15,000 donations to WWC and Canadian franchise owners raise awareness of the ministry with consumers through participating in local events and during in-home sales consultations.
- Budget Blinds is the official window coverings supplier for Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured veterans in the U.S. Since 2014, Budget Blinds has donated and installed faux wood blinds in over 75 homes, as well as making two annual donations of $50,000.
- In 2013, Tailored Living and Budget Blinds joined with NBC’s hit series, George to the Rescue, to rescue struggling families in dire need of home improvements. We have helped multiple families over the years with George to the Rescue, including installing new window coverings and custom storage solutions for two retired military Veterans.
- Budget Blinds partnered with Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover airing on Lifetime® Television, to provide custom window coverings for four families of deserving veterans during this past year.
Changing Veterans’ lives through franchise business ownership
Additionally, for 25 years, HFC has been assisting Veterans with becoming independent franchise business owners by offering substantial discounts to qualified individuals. This helps pave the way to financial independence and career satisfaction, and it’s a tangible way to say a big “thank you for your service.” All three brands offer discounts to Veterans:
- Retired career Veterans with over 20 years of service
- Transitioning-out military who will be re-entering the civilian workforce
- Veterans not wanting to work for someone else
- Veterans wanting to relocate can purchase a territory where they choose to live
Here are snapshots of a few of our Veteran franchise owners.
- Gary Zimmerman, Budget Blinds serving Westford, MA, served 21 years in the Air Force. He joined HFC in March 2015, saying he had always wanted to own his own business and jumped at the opportunity. He is now the proud owner of two territories.
- Derek Harris served six years in the Navy and is now a Tailored Living franchise owner in Littleton, CO.“I chose Tailored Living because the company structure was compatible with my hands-on attitude and I enjoy working with people to achieve goals. I’ve been able to carry over the work ethic I gained during my time in the military which made for an easy transition.”
- Ed Burns retired from the Marine Corps after 20+ years, and has been a franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Costa Mesa, CA, for over three years. “You have so much responsibility in the military; it’s really nice to be just responsible for yourself. I love being my own boss. I love the service we’re providing.”
- Patrick Godfrey, franchise owner of Concrete Craft of Charlotte, NC, has been with HFC for over eight years. “I joined Concrete Craft because it’s a company with strong growth potential and a backbone to support it. My twelve years in the Navy provided me with the work ethic and organizational skills to be able to grow my franchise beyond my best estimates.”
- Chris Petty Budget Blinds of Lexington, SC, was a Captain in the U.S. Army and has been a part of the franchise system for over two years. At the national convention in January, Petty was awarded Rookie of the Year.
There’s No Place Like Home – Veteran Partnership and Giveaway
For 2017, as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration for HFC, an exciting new veteran initiative will award a franchise territory to a qualified Veteran candidate in the U.S. or Canada in just a few days, on November 11. One Veteran will be honored with the gift of an independently owned franchise business in the brand of his or her choice: Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® or Concrete Craft®.
Additionally, through GoFundMe, consumers and fellow franchise owners can make contributions for first-year business expenses for the winning Veteran. HFC will match, dollar-for-dollar, all contributions up to $50,000, making a possibility of $100,000 start-up capital for the new business.
Veteran support will continue to be an integral part of the HFC fabric, and helping Veterans build secure futures is a major goal of the entire HFC franchise network, as expressed by Behzadi.
“Helping our Veterans transition into the civilian workforce as a business owner is truly an honor and a privilege. 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.”
For more information about franchise ownership opportunities within the HFC family of brands, go online to Home Franchise Concepts or call 1-800-420-5374 today.
- If you’re a veteran, learn how HFC assists veterans with substantial discounts to become an independent franchise business owner.
- For information about HFC’s veteran support programs and franchise opportunities for all three brands, visit HFC Veteran Partnerships.
- To learn more about HFC’s newest Veteran initiative, There’s No Place Like Home – Veteran Partnership and Giveaway, click here.
Don’t forget to check back to see who the lucky winner is on November 11!