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Veteran Franchising Opportunities

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Investigate which franchise opportunities align with your small business objectives. Access an ever-growing list of franchising resources available to Veteran entrepreneurs.

International Franchise Association (IFA)

To improve and streamline the franchise ownership process, IFA serves as a conduit between Veterans and participating franchise systems. IFA does not engage in negotiations, nor does it provide financing or financial guidance. However, many franchise systems offer financing, while others help prospective franchisees locate the necessary capital to acquire a franchise. Learn more » External link to a non-government website

  • IFA VetFran® Directory
    VetFran’s ranks have grown to include more than 500 franchise systems that voluntarily offer financial incentives to Veterans seeking to become franchise small business owners. Due to the wide variety of franchises, the criteria for financial incentives is determined by the franchise system in a manner that allows the greatest flexibility for the system and, at the same time, offers Veterans a better deal than is offered to otherwise qualified investors. Typically, VetFran participants offer discounts of their initial fees, but that is not a requirement. Through VetFran, more than 6,300 servicemen and women have become franchisees—and, more are being added every month. Learn more » External link to a non-government website
  • IFA VetFran® Toolkit
    The VetFran Toolkit includes a free Franchising 101 online course, a finance assessment, a workbook for prospective franchise owners, and a fund to help Veterans without the equity to access loans and partner links. If you are a U.S. Veteran, you can also access the VetFran Mentor Network and get advice from an experienced franchise professional. With its training, structure, and focus on operational excellence, franchising can provide an ideal career path for returning Veterans to become leaders in our civilian economy. To find out about the franchise opportunities that might be right for you, start using the VetFran Toolkit today.
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Little Caesars Veterans Program

The Little Caesars Veterans Program provides honorably discharged veterans with a business opportunity when they transition to civilian life or seek a career change, and thanks them for the sacrifices they and their families made for our country. The minimum requirements from Little Caesars are: $50,000 in liquid, unencumbered assets (cash available, no lien or loan on money), VA Rating Letter or DD214, the county you are interested in opening the franchise, and a minimum net worth of $150,000. Your net worth would be assets minus liabilities. If you meet the minimum requirements, please contact the Little Caesars VetFran Program at 1-800-553-5776. Learn more » External link to a non-government website

Top Franchises for Veterans

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the leading market research firm in the franchise industry specializing in franchisee satisfaction and performance. FBR is the only researcher to look at which franchise opportunities are the most Veteran-friendly based on franchisee satisfaction and performance—perhaps the most telling data of all. The FBR Veterans and Franchising Report External link to a non-government website looks at Veterans in franchising, including the best opportunities for military-trained franchisees based on a survey of more than 3,500 Veteran franchisees. This is the true story behind what franchise brands say they will do for Veterans and what they actually do. Learn more » External link to a non-government website


Valpak is a direct marketing franchise system that provides mobile, online, and print advertising solutions to businesses across North America. Since the company’s founding in 1968 with our flagship Blue Envelope, Valpak has evolved into a sophisticated direct marketing system that helps businesses reach their target audience via direct mail, online coupons, mobile apps, e-commerce, targeted e-mail, SMS Text Messaging, and more. Valpak’s model features no royalties, no inventory, low start-up costs, multiple revenue streams, exclusive territory and promotion & marketing support. Learn more » External link to a non-government website

  • Valpak Veterans Franchising Program External link to a non-government website - VetFran Incentive
    Veterans may qualify to have their startup costs, including franchising and training fees, waived 100% and receive help obtaining operating capitol.

Veterans Business Services (VBS)

VBS Franchise Accelerator® system offers Veterans tools to conduct feasibility analysis and due diligence on multiple franchise opportunities and also offers special Veteran discount programs. Learn more » External link to a non-government website


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