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  • Tutor Doctor Supporting Veterans

    Marketing with VBS since the fall of 2014, Tutor Doctor is now offering veterans a chance to purchase a franchise with regional licensing rights for the price of a local license – a $5,000 discount. This regional license grants a veteran franchisee a protected territory, plus the ability to take on new customers across the state from non-licensed areas, essentially giving them free reign to grow his or her business.

    Spearheading Tutor Doctor’s push to drive veterans to the brand is Bob Rosedale, a 1984 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Air Force veteran, and now Tutor Doctor Vice President of Operations. Rosedale is a former franchisee who brought the first Tutor Doctor business to the state of Idaho. With Mr. Rosedale’s transition to the corporate office, the Idaho Tutor Doctor is now a corporate-owned territory that will serve as a flagship operation to pilot new programs before rolling them out system-wide

    Mr. Rosedale came to Tutor Doctor in 2011 following a 26-year career in the military, retiring as a United States Air Force squadron commander around the same time. He served in a variety of assignments both in the United States and overseas, holding the rating of Command Pilot and serving from 2006-2008 as the United States Defense Attache at the United States Embassy in Riyadh, the capital and most populous city of Saudi Arabia.

    Following his stint in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Rosedale served a second diplomatic tour in the same position, assigned this time to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain from 2008-2011.

    During his service in the United States, Mr. Rosedale was the Deputy Operations Group Commander (2002-03), Commander (2001-02) and Operations Officer (2000-01) of the 86th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas after working as the Chief of Operational Support of Airlift Operations and Training at the United States headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

    He earned an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1989.

    Mr. Rosedale connected with Tutor Doctor in 2011 to continue his drive for managing, educating and learning, all passions that he developed throughout his military career. Now, he is leading a regional Tutor Doctor team to ensure United States veterans receive professional, high quality training and a chance to succeed in business endeavors after stints of active duty.

    Tutor Doctor is the only franchise that present the opportunity to provide services across the western regions of the United States, which features 13 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. The company partners with veterans administrations throughout the country and exemplifies passion, support for veterans and proper strategies to recruit, train and retain the highest qualified tutors and educators for proper business management.

    Mr. Rosedale and the Tutor Doctor team present enthusiasm and support for veterans all over the country, and provide them with special incentives and training.

    In addition to providing students with tutoring in various subjects, families choose Tutor Doctor to help students get ahead and prepare for advanced challenges, such as honors classes that can help them get into preferred universities. With the launch of its ACT/SAT Success Program, students have access to the best one-to-one, in-home test preparation and training in X-Skills, which Mr. Rosedale designed to help students build these organizational and “executive” skills to assist them in school and beyond.

    The company helps more than 200,000 people annually and covers more than 500 territories in 15 countries around the world.

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  • How could a Trump Presidency help Veterans in franchising?

    Written by James F. Mingey, VBS Founder and Managing Director

    Although almost all surveys were wrong in the recent election, they did predict that over 60% of Veterans would vote for Mr. Trump believing he would do a better job of handling Veterans issues.

    So how will he deliver for Veterans? According to his website he’ll begin by:

    1. Appointing a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve veterans. Under a Trump Administration, the needs of D.C. bureaucrats will no longer be placed above those of our veterans.

    2. Use the powers of the presidency to remove and discipline the federal employees and managers who have violated the public’s trust and failed to carry out the duties on behalf of our veterans.

    Idea #1 for President-elect Trump:

    After selecting his new Secretary he could immediately issue an Executive Order that would insure that he/she makes their VA senior staff encourage qualified Veterans to seek self-employment benefits as authorized by Congress.
    According the most recent VA report to Congress on the status of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) in 2014 over 100,000 Veterans are enrolled in the program. These are some of the most deserving Veterans who have definitely borne the burden of battle. Under existing legislation they are entitled to resources to help develop individual self-employment plans, including acquiring franchises. Unfortunately less than ½ of 1% of these Veterans actually get the chance. This is despite that fact that the VA has over 1000 Rehabilitation Counselors who are ready, willing and committed to helping these same Veterans. These Counselors would go any extra mile to do so. An Executive Order would help emphasize to VA senior managers to direct the Counselors to help Veterans start businesses, which in turn would help their local communities by creating some jobs.

    Idea #2 for President-Elect Trump:

    The electorate also believed President-elect Trump could do a better job running the economy. To accomplish this improvement he has tax reform high on his agenda. There’s the Trump Tax Plan which, also according to his website “will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax. This rate is available to all businesses, both small and large, that want to retain the profits within the business”.

    Although these proposed rates will surely be favorable to existing profitable franchisors and franchisees, how about creating some direct new tax benefits for the new Veteran entrepreneurs trying acquiring a franchise? The most difficult problems for start-ups, franchises or otherwise, typically is access to capital. This problem could be mitigated by something like the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) which now provides a 39% tax credit and can be sold to generate equity for investment or to lower interest rates, helping sustain a small business in its early years. Proponents of the existing NMTC say that for every dollar provided by the government for NMTC, $8 dollars in private capital will be committed to small business and community development projects. But none of the billions of NMTC allocated so far have been specifically targeted to Veterans.

    Mr. President-Elect, when you implement your tax reform, why not include a specific category of NMTC for Veterans acquiring franchises? Or maybe at least provide a NMTC for Veterans in VA Vocational Rehabilitation trying to start or acquire a franchise. There are many Veterans who would help you get the economy going with franchising. So why not give them a NMTC to start one?

    Idea #3 for President-elect Trump:

    Mr. President-elect has already indicated he will install a 24 Hr. Hotline for Veterans at the White House. I suggest you educate a special cadre of operators who understand small business issues for Veterans. Please make sure your telephone operators understand that it’s not just about Veteran entitlements when they call about starting a business or a franchise, it’s about letting Veterans lead their economies forward as well. The franchise industry helping Veterans can be a powerful resource for jobs.

    Will he stay or will he go?

    Idea #4 for President-elect Trump:

    At the time of this writing we don’t know who will be the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. It seems that the major Veteran Service Organizations (American Legion, DAV, VFW and IAVA) and many other Veteran advocates are solidly behind keeping Secretary McDonald. “Bob” has had a few good ideas, not the least of which is his MyVA initiative which has the potential to really connect Veterans back to their local communities.. It appears Bob now has completed the setup of this MyVA initiative, linking the VA to private local and regional partnerships. Why not give him a chance to take MyVA down the ‘last mile” to as many Veterans as possible?

  • Walmart Foundation supports FDU’s veteran program

    Above: On October 6, 2016, representatives of the Walmart Foundation, presented a check for $48,000 to support Fairleigh Dickinson University’s entrepreneurship program for veterans: Veterans Launching Ventures. From left to right: Brenda Marquez, Walmart; Andrew Rosman, dean of FDU’s Silberman College, Kelly Jensen, Walmart field administrative assistant; Mahmoud El Hamamsy, VLV faculty member; Timur Pakay, executive director of FDU’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Alan Levitan, VLV mentor.

    Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship received a check from the Walmart Foundation for $48,000 to support the 2016-2017 Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program. This donation is the largest in the VLV’s history.

    In its sixth year, the VLV program is designed to provide the skills and support veterans need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses. The VLV program is offered as part of FDU’s commitment to improving the lives of veterans.

    “If not for Walmart’s support, the Veterans Launching Veterans program would not be as successful as it is today. We are grateful to Walmart for providing the educational resources to support veterans at FDU,” said Andrew Rosman, dean of FDU’s Silberman College of Business.

    This gift is far from the only support that Walmart has given to FDU and its veterans programs. Since 2009, Walmart has donated $270,000 to FDU and since 2009, Walmart has donated $163,000 to support the VLV program.

    “Walmart strives to make a positive impact to the communities it serves and we’re grateful for the sacrifices veterans have made,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Walmart. “This is why Walmart is committed to support FDU in assisting vets with employment, job training and education. Investment in our nation’s veterans is imperative in making our country better.”

    The VLV program offers a combination of online education and in-person instruction to teach students the fundamental entrepreneurial skills required in today’s business environment, as well as the competencies needed to launch a new business. Particular emphasis is placed on developing a robust marketing plan as well as a realistic business plan to help veterans make informed decisions to start a business or assist and prepare the student for the general business environment.

    A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs work with the veterans, providing an interactive and informative experience. Over a 10-week period, VLV introduces entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and demonstrations on how to apply those concepts to potential business opportunities. The VLV students are each matched with a mentor who will assist and guide them for 10 months following the completion of the course.

  • SCORE mentors Veterans in the St. Joe’s VEJ Program

    SCORE mentors Veterans in the St. Joseph’s University Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program

    WEST CHESTER, PA, November 27, 2016 – Twenty three Veterans with dreams of starting their own business began the St. Joseph’s University 2016 Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program. These Veterans ranged in age from 28 to 52 and represent five branches of the United States military and many years of service to our country. VEJ offers an intensive three-part program that begins with an online course of study to provide veterans with a foundation in business fundamentals and guidance in developing a business plan. The second phase is a week-long residency that included classroom instruction, guest lectures, panels, workshops, networking and mentoring. In the third phase, the entrepreneurs are partnered with business leaders in a year-long mentorship and are given access to complimentary support services including legal, accounting and tax services, web design and hosting, to kick start their venture.

    Chester and Delaware County SCORE volunteers were invited to provide mentorship to these Veterans during the program and to help them plan and present their business idea in the “Venture Pitch Competition” at the end of the program. Birgit Williams, a Veteran and a SCORE client was a winner of the Venture Pitch Competition with her business startup called “75 Fox Trot Construction LLC.” Having worked as a project manager in a family-owned construction business and then completing a Construction Management Certificate Program at Temple University, Williams plans to bid for government construction projects. Winning the Venture Pitch Competition has given her $5,000 in seed money and free in-kind services from a web site developer as well as exposure to training and networking opportunities. “The Veteran Entrepreneur Jumpstart Program was a very enlightening and rewarding experience. I found the speakers very relatable and particularly enjoyed the stories of former graduates and local businessmen. They were very candid and shared obstacles they faced and how they conquered them,” said Williams.

    About Chester and Delaware County SCORE

    Chester and Delaware County SCORE is a non-profit organization that provides free counseling to entrepreneurs and small business. They have more than 100 experienced counselors with expertise in almost every facet of business. Of the more than 300 SCORE chapters across the nation, the Chester and Delaware County SCORE chapter was named “Best Chapter in America” in 2015. The chapter also teaches more than 50 seminars and workshops. Their recently introduced Advisory Boards were created to help existing businesses to grow. Call today to schedule a personal session with a counselor at any one of our 13 counseling locations, or to learn more about our small business education programs. Call us at 610-344-6910 or click here to visit us online Chester and Delaware County Score

  • Eric Kropiwnicki Goes from Classroom to CEO

    “I’m calling from Afghanistan…can you hear me OK?” So began a great conversation with Marine Corps and Army veteran, Eric Kropiwnicki approximately a year ago.  At that time, he was a “short-timer,” overseas with the government, and about to leave the military following 23 years of service.

    He mentioned that he would be home in time for Thanksgiving.  I actually got emotional hearing that news – it’s a huge deal, HUGE DEAL, to be on American soil, celebrating the most American of holidays, and doing so with your own family.  It immediately took me back 19 years to the first Thanksgiving I spent without my immediate and extended family.  Hosting “single sailors,” as I quickly learned was the norm for any Navy couples with extra chairs around their table, helped take my mind off of what I was missing 6,000 miles away.

    Eric brought me back to the present as he went on to say that he had heard about the Rutgers Mini-MBA: Business Management for Military and Veterans through his research on entrepreneurship following military service and the online publication “Veterans Business Services.”  He wanted to earn his Mini-MBA and learn all he could about running a business. He loved that he would learn from veterans who had themselves made successful transitions from military to business careers.

    In the classroom that following January, Eric joined a group of veterans, active-duty, military-affiliated, and civilians who were all anxious to build their business acumen and understand how military training and experience could be used in civilian organizations.  In the weeklong program, they experienced topics such as: strategy, leadership, supply chain, and economics.

    One memorable moment was during the communications module, when instructor Michelle Lederman (author of Heroes Get Hired), a petite 4’10” woman, demonstrated techniques that a tall and broadly shouldered Eric, and others of similar build, could use to be less physically intimidating to people they would encounter in interviews or business meetings.

    Fast forward to October 2016 when Eric reaches out to again share good news – he is now the CEO of Broken Gear Inc., a service-disabled veteran owned athletic apparel company.  Broken Gear is the official outfitter of the 2016 America’s Parades in New York and Los Angeles.  They’re also the outfitter of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Parade.

    Broken Gear is dedicated to helping service-disabled veterans and disabled athletes, their motto being “Broken, Not Beaten.”  This time next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to tell you that Broken Gear plays a large role in the Invictus Games.  Prince Harry might have to write next year’s blog.

  • Veterans Day 2016

    Here come those discounts again from all of America’s patriotic merchants. Whether it’s free coffee, a breakfast, admission to a theme park, a good night sleep at a hotel or a free haircut this year’s Veteran discounts offer something for everyone.

    Are all these merchants really patriotic or could this just be good business through making an annual discount gesture to the 23,000,000 Veterans in America?

    In fairness, for many merchants both of those goals are compatible and many major companies like Home Depot offer year round discounts and many other non-commercial community programs for Veterans. Discounts seem to come from everywhere. Veterans can even get a $25 coupon for completing a personalized and confidential behavior survey from VetsPrevail where Veterans earn rewards for helping each other to discover issues and overcome their challenges with PTSD.

    Franchise Industry Discounts

    Within the franchise industry it hasn’t escaped Franchisors that offering discounts to Veterans is very good for business. At VetFran, an initiative of the International Franchise Association, over 700 of their franchise members compete for Veterans attention and the VetFran discount deals they list are even star rated for value and vetted for viability. Even though VetFran offers valuable opportunities, the Franchisors still wouldn’t make their offers without a very good prospect of getting their upfront discount (which might be viewed as their investment) back from the Veteran franchisee over the life of the franchise. Of course the discount can hopefully be a win/win.

    Ask your own franchise consultant what cash discount they can provide on your franchise idea?

    Any reputable consultant will spend hours with a Veteran, asking questions and listening to your needs and goals, before ever recommending a franchise. Any consultant who starts mentioning companies after a few minutes of conversation is simply trying to steer the Veteran to an opportunity that probably benefits the consultant without considering what really benefits the Veteran.

    Nevertheless, even reputable consultants have a limited number of pre-screened opportunities. And if the Veteran isn’t interested in one of those “pre-screened” opportunities, how can he/she really know if they are truly getting unbiased advice. Of course that same consultant can adapt to other potential choices and whatever is most important to the Veteran looking for a franchise. But at the end of the day, the consultant will typically recommend a franchise they represent and that pays that consultant a fee. So often franchise consultants will say their services are “free”. Maybe Veterans should ask their franchise consultant if they will share a percentage of their “free” fee from your selected franchisor. Ask if they will guarantee the greatest possible rebate on your transaction. Or maybe Veterans should ask if the consultant will continue to represent them and even provide a 100% discount on the consultant’s fee if the Veteran eventually chooses an opportunity that is not one on their list.

    We believe there will be many new disruptive “discount” ideas for Veterans coming from franchise consultants in 2017. In the spirit of Veterans Day “discounts”, all Veterans should have a conversation with their franchise consultants about possible discounts and fee rebates long before they go into the discovery process on any franchise opportunity.

    Enjoy your Veterans Day!

    Click below to see some Veterans Day deals*

    http://militarybenefits.info/miscellaneous-discounts-veterans-day-deals-veterans/

    *Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service and not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

  • Soaring to New Heights With Franchising

    By Fred Morache, COO of Postal Connections

    Choosing to pursue a career in the military is an admirable investment in both the country and a person’s future. Of the more than one million men and women that make up our country’s Armed Forces, each has his or her own reason for choosing to enlist.

    For Jim Bowe, the path that led him to the Air Force was a natural one – and one that provided him the dedication, strength and willpower necessary to later follow a path to embrace his entrepreneurial side and open his own franchise.

    Taking Flight

    Jim joined the Air Force ROTC at Brigham Young University in 1979. Following his graduation in 1985, he went on to pilot training and then became an instructor at the Air Force Undergraduate Navigator Training School in California. In 1989, Jim became an AC-130H Aircraft Commander for the 16th Special Operations Squadron in Florida, flying Spectre gunships for various missions across the world.

    After separating from the Air Force in 1999, Jim continued flying commercially for Continental Express and then American Airlines. Although flying for commercial airlines meant Jim had more time to spend with family – compared to the 270 days he spent overseas each year on average when he was an Air Force pilot – Jim saw many of his colleagues being furloughed and worried that it could happen to him, too.

    Following a New Path

    In 2003, Jim’s brother approached him with the idea of going into business together. For Jim and his wife, Elizabeth, it was a thought that would not only provide them with a financial backup plan, but one that also gave them the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream. Jim and Elizabeth had discussed wanting to start their own business for years – even during Jim’s tenure in the Air Force – but held back out of concern that their respective backgrounds would not support their passion for business ownership.

    This time, Jim and Elizabeth decided to take a leap of faith and became owners of their very own Postal Connections franchise in 2003.

    Finding Support and Success

    By franchising with Postal Connections, Jim and Elizabeth found a network of support not unlike the camaraderie Jim was so accustomed to from his time in the military. When medical issues challenged this husband and wife team only a few years after opening their first Postal Connections store and right before the busiest season of the year, the entire Postal Connections franchise family was there in support, offering to help in any way they could.

    Coming from a world with procedures and checklists in place for everything he did, Jim’s experience from the Air Force and commercial airline industry provided him the ability to approach his Postal Connections business strategically. From employee training to marketing best practices and everything in between, the systems and processes that Postal Connections has in place for its franchisees are what Jim credits for the success of his stores. Above all else, Jim strives to take care of his employees and customers first – much like he was trained as an officer in the Air Force to make his troops his first priority.

    Today, Jim and Elizabeth own and operate three Postal Connections stores in Red Lion, Lancaster and Ephrata, Pennsylvania, which opened earlier this year. Elizabeth and their son-in-law now oversee the day-to-day operations of both businesses, and Jim and Elizabeth have realized their most important goal with their Postal Connections stores – a family business and lasting legacy.

    Fred Morache is the COO of Postal Connections, a business services franchise connecting consumers with convenient access to postal products, shipping, printing, creative services, copying, faxing, passport services, notary and shredding in more than 15 states, and CEO of iSOLD It, which provides consumer support for selling on eBay, Amazon and Craigslist. Visit Postal Connections online at www.postalconnections.com and iSOLD It at www.isoldit.com.

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  • Postal Connections Rallies Communities to “Share Your Story” for Veterans Day

    Brand Launches Book Donation Drive for Military Men and Women

    FRISCO, Texas – In honor of Veterans Day, Postal Connections is rallying communities across the country to “Share Your Story” in a month-long, nation-wide book donation drive.

    postalstore10_5_16From Tuesday, October 11 through Friday, November 11, Postal Connections is partnering with Operation Paperback to gather gently used paperback books to donate to active troops and veterans in need. Postal Connections stores across the country will be accepting donations from local residents, businesses and community members to send to troops serving overseas and on U.S. soil. Books must be gently used paperbacks that are in good condition (i.e., no books that are old, musty, yellow with bent spines or ripped covers). Suggested book genres include action, bestsellers, biographies and memoirs, fantasy, history, horror, mysteries, science fiction, true crime and children’s books for military families. Educational and homeschool materials are also welcome.

    “The men and women who have served and continue to serve our country are making one of the greatest sacrifices there is,” said Fred Morache, COO of Postal Connections. “We are proud to be teaming up with Operation Paperback to provide veterans and active duty troops with books donated by the people back home who truly appreciate the work they do to protect us all.”

    In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans hospitals located across the U.S., as well as USO centers at U.S. airport transit points. The organization has more than 19,000 volunteers from all 50 states, forming a network of shippers that send upwards of 15,000 books every month to troops.

    About Postal Cpostalconnectionslogoonnections

    Founded in 1995, Postal Connections is a growing franchise chain of postal, shipping and business service stores, with 40 locations nationwide aimed at providing convenience for its customers. Standard Postal Connections stores operate by offering consumers and small businesses needed services and products that include shipping alternatives, packaging, freight, offset printing, creative services, copying, mail receiving, inkjet, toner and laser cartridges, notary, fax, office and shipping supplies and much more.

    To learn more about Postal Connections’ services, visit www.postalconnections.com or call (619) 294-7550. For more information on Postal Connections franchise opportunities, visit www.postalconnections.com/franchise-opportunities/ or call 1-800-POSTALS (767-8257).

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  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the perfect fit for veterans, ask Veteran Joey Hale

    joeyhaleTWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the perfect fit for veterans, giving them an opportunity to grow their professional lives and move their careers forward. Franchisee Joey Hale is one of many vets in the system who has leveraged the opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives.

    “Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Joey. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”

    Soon after returning to Birmingham Ala., Joey’s family members, Jess Langley, Jason Langley, and Marty Langley, had recently became TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees in Knoxville, Tenn.

    “They asked me if I was interested in helping, so I commuted for close to a year working as a mover/driver before I worked with Jess to open a location in Chattanooga, Tenn. I moved my family to Chattanooga in 1999 and have been there ever since.”

    Like many veterans, Joey believes his military background was perfect for the type of work TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does.

    “Owning a small business has many unexpected challenges, and in the military, you have to be ready for any situation or mission,” said Joey. “I learned how to work in a disciplined environment and it helped me create a business with structure and rules to help keep people motivated but also focused on excellence. Lastly, it taught me how to be a leader and a follower. In business, employees will look to you for answers, but there are other times that you must recognize the talents of others and let them shine.”

    Today, Joey has seven franchises in three states: California, Maryland, and Tennessee. He employs more than 100 people and has over 50 trucks in his fleet. He credits much of his success to his military background which has been a staple in his business structure and strategies.

    “Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee has allowed me to achieve personal goals, become financially independent, and has given me the flexibility to enjoy life and family,” said Joey. “I still wake up every day and want to go to work and be around the wonderful group of people at our company.”

    TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network! If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com for franchise opportunities available in your area!

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  • Veterans Launching Ventures

    The Veterans Launching Ventures program put on by the Rothman Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a ten-week entrepreneurship course for veterans to prepare “vetrepreneurs” in the art of business planning, and is fully funded by the Walmart Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Bank of America.

    The course teaches key business planning skills and helps veterans with financial forecasting, marketing, and how to raise capital for a startup. Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business, and nonprofit communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in the nation (as ranked by the Princeton Review).

    An example of one of the graduates who completed the course, a Marine Veteran, Tom Wicklow, shows how successful the educational experience was. Tom is a graduate of the Spring 2016, 10-week Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

    Tom was planning on buying a franchise called “Let Mommy Sleep”, which provides overnight newborn care and other support to new parents. The franchisor is a Bristow, VA based company that currently has one other franchisee in Philadelphia. Tom, a resident of New Jersey, plans to address the northern New Jersey market, but needed more guidance about the entrepreneurial process of starting a franchise.

    As Tom expressed ,he has benefited in many way by taking the course,

    “Taking the program made a huge difference in my understanding of what needs to be done to successfully launch my business. I realized that I was not as prepared as I thought I was, prior to taking the program. It forced me to do the due diligence and work required before launching the business. In particular, the program helped me develop a business plan, including a marketing strategy and a financial plan. It also helped me with my presentation skills.”

    The FDU’s mentor program also benefited Tom by finding the right mentor,

    “Charlie Faure, SCORE Mentor, was instrumental in helping me evaluate the franchise agreement. His 30+ years of franchise experience left no doubt that his recommendations held water. And during the evaluation process, his guidance helped me further understand the potential of the business. I have every intention of keeping Charlie on my team for as long as he is willing, as I’m sure I will rely on his advice in the future. By utilizing a wealth of educational information you get from working with SCORE, I would say the value of this course was incredible.”

    Thanks to the support of Walmart Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Bank of America, Veterans can take this course for free and benefit from the resource partnerships that have been established to support the participants of “Veterans Launching Ventures” program.

    The next course begins on October 6th. For more information, please visit www.fdu.edu/vlv or call 973-443-8842.

  • Military Veteran Finds Second Act

    Military Veteran finds Second Act with Property Management Franchise

    While veteran employment has been making gains in recent years, Army veteran James Campbell saw firsthand what it’s like to make the transition to civilian life when he retired from the Army after a 30-year career. Faced with a struggling economic climate and lack of fulfilling opportunities, James had to find a way to discover what his next career would be – and he found it in franchising.

    Upon retirement, James began looking for his next venture, and ultimately decided to pursue his longtime interest in real estate. Unfortunately, the housing market was difficult to break into at the time due to its instability, but James knew there was one thing that could be counted on: rent. Tenants had to pay their rent every month, and so he decided to pursue a career in property management, an industry fueled by the millions of Americans who choose to rent. James found Real Property Management, purchasing his first franchise in 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Real Property Management is the leading property management franchise in the nation, with over 280 locations across the United States. The brand has been consistently recognized as a leading franchise for veterans, receiving awards including Franchise Times Magazine’s 2016 Best for Vets, Franchise Business Review’s Top 100 for Vets, and Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets.

    James was attracted to Real Property Management because of its brand experience, reliability, and generous discount for veterans. He knew he was in good hands with Real Property Management’s franchise blueprint, along with the significant support and resources the home office offered to new franchisees. He hit the ground running, and began making a profit after only eight months in business.

    James is now the franchise owner of two Real Property Management offices, managing small teams at both locations. Although he still handles the high-level marketing and financial oversight for the offices, he is able to delegate a majority of work to his teams – a skill set the military prepared him well for. The leadership skills and work ethic he acquired from the Army translated well into his new role as a business owner and leader. His thoughtful delegation also allows him time to spend with his wife and kids, allowing him to achieve the highly sought after work-life balance.

    His advice for other veterans looking to find their next ventures is to also look at franchising opportunities. James recommends doing your due diligence by researching revenue streams both month-to-month and year-to-year. Real Property Management worked for James because he was able to expand his property base every month, allowing his revenue to consistently grow, and add new employees as his revenue allowed.

    “Franchising was the perfect opportunity for me to achieve everything I wanted after my military career,” said James. “Real Property Management allowed me to gain financial stability, more time with my family and the opportunity to own a business I’m passionate about.”

  • Pool Scouts Turns to Veterans

    Buzz Franchise Brands is diving into a new lane of franchise success and is searching for driven, entrepreneurial-minded franchise partners who want to take the plunge toward a more lucrative future. The Virginia Beach, VA based franchisor, well-known for its wildly successful mosquito abatement service Mosquito Joe, introduced its latest franchising concept earlier this year: Pool Scouts, a franchise focused on cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services of pools at commercial and residential properties.

    To set the new brand up for quick success, Buzz Chief Operating Officer Brian Garrison is turning to a group he knows well: veterans. A 22-year U.S. Navy veteran himself, Garrison immediately recognized the passion, discipline and work ethic that veterans bring with them into civilian life. One of his top priorities as the brand took shape was to partner with VetFran and offer a $2,500 discount on franchise fees to all veterans. Pool Scouts’ business model is also an ideal fit for transitioning military members, who work in an innovative, outdoor industry and use a proven systematic approach to streamlined operational excellence to excel quickly. The concept also allows a wide range of flexibility, from scheduling to location, allowing for more time with family, who can also be closely involved in the business.

    The Pools Scouts executive leadership team also works to feed the success of its franchisees by offering support, structure and access to resources designed to leverage each owner’s unique skill set. The brand seeks driven, trainable and collaborative individuals; similar characteristics to those gained from military service.

    It’s a lucrative time to join the growing brand, as the already lucrative $3 billion U.S. market for swimming pool equipment and maintenance is projected to grow by an additional 4 percent by 2018 due to strong economic recovery, according to a recent IbisWorld study.

    “We want to incentivize the right people to join our growing brand,” said Pool Scouts President Michael Wagner. “So, we’re eliminating as many obstacles as possible and setting our franchisees up for success. Veterans are an ideal fit in that formula and we look forward to joining forces with even more successful veteran partners this year.”

    Pool Scouts plans to open four new locations by the end of 2016 and is currently looking for business-minded entrepreneurs to help expand the business nationwide. Pool Scouts offers the lowest franchise fee in the industry with a total initial investment between $54,500 and $98,000. With no need for a physical retail location, a recurring revenue model, and a leadership team capable of running a 500-unit company, Pool Scouts will be a competitive force for years to come in the most active pool markets in America.

    ABOUT POOL SCOUTS

    Virginia Beach, VA-based Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential and commercial properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit www.poolscoutsfranchise.com  or complete the following form to have a representative reach you directly:

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  • Greg Carafello from Cartridge World to appear on CNBC and CBS!

    15 Years Later ….groundzerovideo

    Terrorists have attacked the World Trade Center twice. Some security experts say it remains a target. Former FBI special agent Don Borelli, who helped lead NYC’s counter-terrorism task force post 9-11, shares his inside knowledge with CNBC’s Jim Cramer. To learn more about security at the new World Trade Center, tune in to Ground Zero Rising: Freedom vs Fear on Thursday, September 1 at 10p ET on CNBC. About 40 minutes into the show – STAY TUNED because Gregory Carafello from Cartridge World will be one of the 9-11 survivors to be spotlighted – it is a show that illustrates the rebirth of the World Trade Center area with the new buildings and tenants old and now. Mr. Carafello, a 9-11 survivor and a tenant of Two World Trade Center is the first and possibly the only business tenant to return for business back at the new World Trade Center on the 85th floor. Greg is also a Docent of the 911 museum.

    Then on September 11, 2016 on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Greg will again be interviewed for this 15 year anniversary special – the story is of loss, hard work and rebirth…… stay tuned and do not miss – then let us know what you think by emailing Greg personally at kingocolor@aol.com.

  • 5 Elements of World Class Leadership

    It is a rare organization that does not have some sort of mission statement, organizational philosophy or values proposition to guide members and focus their work. Most leaders recognize that developing these clearly articulated statements is time well spent; they help keep the organization on track and pointed toward clear goals. A written leadership philosophy, which we call The Leader’s Compass, achieves the same thing on a personal level; it lets people know what you expect, what you value, how you’ll act, and how you’ll measure performance, with the additional benefits of making the workplace less stressful and more productive. And, like a compass, it helps to keep you, the leader, on course.

  • Fast Track Planning for Self-Employment

    So what if you’re a Veteran who knows that he/she wants to go into business for themselves but maybe is not unsure which industry to select or which franchise in that sector to evaluate? If you’re qualified for VA benefits one answer may be requesting the “Fast Track” method under the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program to help you decide your direction. Of course you must qualify for benefits including having at least a 20% Disability Rating, and if you do qualify as a Veteran, you may opt to use a Fast Track plan for self-employment and pursue examining feasibility for their franchise ideas.

    Fast Track planning allows for the identification of a specific vocational small business goal to be deferred. In other words, one can explore the viability and suitability of a franchise while simultaneously developing the feasibility of a particular business concept. Veterans could also develop their own plan for a franchise concept. But Fast Track planning may only be used by Veterans when self-employment is the primary focus of further rehabilitation planning.

    Services provided under Fast Track can include:

    Eligible payments include general education courses to support training requirements in the vocational goal for operating a franchise. Or other courses designed to provide insight into aspects of running a successful business, such as accounting, business management and/or economics. The advantage of Fast Track is that you can move forward on several entrepreneurial directions simultaneously.

    Every Fast Track Individual Work & Rehabilitation Plan (IWRP) for a Veteran considering self-employment must include a referral to a “disinterested” advisor capable of providing sound business advice. In franchising that would not include Franchise Consultants seeking a Franchise Fee from specific transaction(s). And any Franchise Fee by itself would be an ineligible cost. But referral to a professional business consultant with no conflict, either on a voluntary or contractual basis, to determine feasibility is necessary to complete an IWRP.

    VA OSDBU

    When it comes to supporting Veteran small business aspirations the VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has made great strides in supporting Veterans.

    Self-employment presents opportunities and challenges to all potential entrepreneurs. Veterans are no exception. The federal government supports veterans’ efforts to own their own businesses. VA has a special mission to act as an advocate in commercial and federal markets and ensure the Department meets certain goals in purchasing from veteran-owned small businesses. VA uses outreach and offers one-on-one coaching to carry out this mission. An estimated 3 million American veterans own their own businesses. Most could benefit from VA’s enterprising veteran support services.

    Services VA offers:

    • A toll-free call center (1-866-584-2344), where veterans, military personnel or their family members can talk one-on-one with a business coach about how to start or expand business;

    • Information on business management, financing and marketing, as well as small-business conferences and business training opportunities;

    • Information about legislation affecting veteran-owned business, including existing laws that require federal agencies to increase business opportunities for veterans by setting aside a certain portion of their purchasing dollars for veterans and service-disabled veterans;

    • Inclusion in a Veteran business database for exposure to both commercial and government business, plus recognition as a verified veteran-owned of service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

    For more information about the Fast Track program visit the VA Entrepreneurial Portal and Franchising Opportunties  http://va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/index.asp

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