In recognition of Canada’s veterans and their brave service to our country, CFA is pleased to work with the Department of National Defence to deliver the CFA Military Veterans Program. This initiative helps honourably released Canadian Armed Forces personnel who want to transition to work outside the Forces through the opportunities in franchising.
Participating CFA member franchise brands offer military veterans special incentives unavailable to other franchisees, making it easier for them to meet the requirements of franchise investment.
“In our experience, military personnel are particularly well-suited to the franchising environment, as they have the dedication and the drive needed to grow their own business, and understand the value of working within our guidance and direction,” says David Druker, President of The UPS Store network in Canada, a participating MVP franchisor.
Major Jo-Anne Flawn-LaForge is a Career Transition Advisor for the Canadian Armed Forces, and helped develop MVP. She agrees with Druker that veterans fit perfectly into the franchise system because of the skills they develop during their military experience. “Veterans make great franchisees because of their leadership, their ability to follow a system, and their ability to work with and develop teams,” says Maj. Flawn-LaForge.
|For Marc Carriere, a former combat engineer who served three tours in Afghanistan, the idea of working for someone else after his release from the military didn’t appeal to him. “I’d been in such a regimented system for so many years, part of me was wondering what it’d be like to not work for someone else,” he says.
Through online research, he came across MVP and discovered real estate franchise PropertyGuys.com. He recently became their franchisee in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. Carriere says that his military experience has provided him with many qualities he can use in his new venture. “Being an entrepreneur can be a roller coaster ride. In the military we’re trained not to give up and to try and find a solution, even when it gets tough,” he says.
Ken Fenner is another veteran who is preparing to make the transition from the military into franchise ownership. His wife, Melanie, already owns two Pita Pit franchises in New Brunswick, with plans to open a third. Ken has begun his release due to an injury, and has now joined Melanie in operating her Pita Pit locations. Melanie says Pita Pit has been helpful with Ken’s transition and she’s looking forward to having another location up and running for when he retires.
Thousands of military members make the transition back to civilian life each year. Franchising provides many of these veterans with an opportunity to become business owners and to work for themselves. Major Flawn-LaForge says that a lot of their success in franchising is a result of the due diligence conducted by both the franchisors and the veterans. “The brands are serious about the people they take in and they ensure that the person is the right fit. That due diligence is there and when the veteran has landed, they have a great chance for success and they’re happy.”
If you’re a veteran looking to find a franchise, or a franchisor looking to recruit military veterans to your franchise system, click here for more information about CFA’s Military Veterans Program.
This post is adapted from an article that appears in the November/December issue of FranchiseCanada Magazine. Click here to read the full article online or order your subscription to FranchiseCanada Magazine here.