It was 1991 when Don Dwyer Sr., the founder of the Dwyer Group, now--Neighborly--founded the VetFran Program to give back to veterans returning from the Gulf War. Informed by his own life of service, Don Dwyer's bold vision for a franchise brand that embraced the skills and values shared by veterans has since become an industry-wide initiative encompassing nearly 600 companies.
During its nearly three decades, the program's mission has been a rallying cry that has seen franchising become one of the most veteran-friendly and veteran-ready segments of the U.S. economy. Educating veterans about entrepreneurship and franchising and connecting them with franchisors and resource partners is a strength decades in the making. VetFran is changing and growing, and we want you to be a part of this next chapter--today.
A New Chapter
Over the course of 28 years, the VetFran message has gone coast to coast and to nearly every state in the country, taking the form of speeches, expert panels, White House announcements, expo sessions, career fairs and articles in every kind of publication you can imagine. Franchisors have connected with veterans and veterans with educators and resource partners, but among the tens of thousands of connections the program has made, one voice has been underrepresented.
When a veteran follows the path to prosperity illuminated by VetFran's efforts and they become a franchisee, what they may not realize is that they are also becoming the best kind of ambassador for the VetFran message. There's no one better to tell the story of veterans in franchising than a veteran who has walked that path, and there's no one veterans want to hear from more than someone who has lived that experience.
During this past month, VetFran has opened a brand new portal--vetfran.org--where the thousands of veteran franchisees from our VetFran member brands can register and join the new nationwide VetFran network. A program that has served as a bridge between franchisors and the veterans community is expanding to become a nexus for franchisors, franchisees and entrepreneurial veterans to better embody and convey the story of veterans in franchising.
Call of Duty
If you are a veteran franchisee, keep reading. If you are a franchisor who has or wants to have more veteran franchisees, this is the one article of 2019 that you need to share with them. VetFran has opened a new tier of opportunities for veteran franchisees and you don't want to miss out on...