For the second year in a row, Budget Blinds® has been 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. Budget Blinds is proud to honor our military veterans by helping them build solid financial futures by becoming business owners in an established and growing franchise company.

Budget Blinds’ parent company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), 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.  HFC has committed one million dollars in discounts to helping place qualified veterans into 30 or more franchise territories for Budget Blinds and its sister company, Tailored Living. 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 of Supporting 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 48 veteran-owned Budget Blinds franchise business owners across the U.S. and that number is steadily growing.

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.

Those sentiments of military service translating into valuable business skills are echoed by Budget Blinds’ Co-Founder and CEO, Chad Hallock: “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.”

Veteran franchise owners can count on unequaled support from Budget Blinds:

  • 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 Business Coaches to guide through all phases of the Budget Blinds business, from start up to product information to local area marketing.
  • Regional training and annual conventions for networking and business advancement.

If you are a military veteran and interested in applying for the Million Dollar Franchise Event or just want to learn more about the Budget Blinds franchise opportunity, please visit

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