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Veteran Franchising Opportunities

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Investigate which franchise opportunity aligns with your small business objectives. Access a growing list of franchising resources available to Veteran entrepreneurs.

International Franchise Association (IFA)

To speed and improve the franchise ownership process, the International Franchise Association (IFA) serves as a conduit between Veterans and the participating franchise systems, but does not engage in negotiations, nor does IFA provide financing or financial guidance.  Many franchise systems offer financing, others help prospective franchisees locate the necessary capital to acquire a franchise.  Learn more »

  • IFA Educational Foundation Veterans Scholarship Program
    The IFA Educational Foundation, with the generous support of Michael Seid & Associations LLC, Figaro’s Italian Pizza, Luce Smith and Scott, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, and The Dwyer Group has created a Veterans Scholarship Fund.  The fund provides $2,500 annual scholarships to a qualified Veteran of the U.S. military, to encourage his or her pursuit of continuing education focused on entrepreneurial studies.  Learn more »
  • IFA Veterans Franchising (VetFran) Toolkit
    The VetFran Toolkit includes a Franchising 101 online course, a finance assessment, a workbook for prospective franchise owners, a fund to help veterans without the equity to access loans and partner links.  If you are a U.S. military Veteran, you can also access the VetFran Mentor Network and 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.  Learn more »

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, a 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 Lil Caesar’s VetFran Program at 1-800-553-5776.  Learn more »

Top Franchises for Veterans

Franchise Business Review’s released a report on the Top Franchises for Veterans. Franchise Business Review 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. This is the true story behind what franchise brands say they will do for Veterans and what they actually do.  Learn more »


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.

Veterans and Franchising Special Report

  • 2012 - Veterans and Franchising report looks at Veterans in franchising, including the best opportunities for military-trained franchisees based on a survey of more than 3,500 Veteran franchisees.  Learn more »
  • 2011 - Veterans and Franchising 2011 is the first report to look at which franchise opportunities are most Veteran-friendly based on franchisee satisfaction.  Learn more »

Veterans Business Services (VBS)

VBS Franchise Accelerator® system offers Veterans a tool to conduct feasibility analysis and due diligence on multiple franchises; special Veteran discount programs.  Learn more »

Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran)

To honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” was developed to help them transition to civilian life.  The idea of the late Don Dwyer Sr., founder of The Dwyer Group, VetFran is a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association member-companies that is designed to encourage franchise ownership by offering financial incentives to honorably discharged Veterans.

  • Nearly 1,400 Veteran-Franchises and Growing!
    Taking advantage of the financial incentives offered by participating companies, Veterans, by early 2009, had acquired nearly 1,400 franchises through the VetFran program and more than 200 were in various stages of negotiation.
  • Financial Incentives
    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.  A current list of participating companies and the discounts these franchise systems offer is available on this web site,, under “VetFran Directory.”

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