2013 Military Friendly Franchises ® List Released: Annual survey-driven list provides veterans a clear path to business ownership

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On the eve of more than 1 million service members returning home, Victory Media is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Military Friendly Franchises® list. The list satisfies veterans’ need to know which franchises they should consider, which ones give them the best financial incentives and training, and which franchises have the highest number of veterans on board.

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"The independent thinking required in today’s military, combined with an emphasis on processes and systems, makes veterans a perfect fit for franchising,” said Jon Rucker, Military Programs Manager for Snap-On Tools.

On the eve of more than 1 million service members returning home(1), Victory Media is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Military Friendly Franchises® list. The list satisfies veterans’ need to know which franchises they should consider, which ones give them the best financial incentives and training, and which franchises have the highest number of veterans on board.

Comprising the top 10 percent of franchise concepts doing the most to recruit and train America’s veterans as business owners, franchises on the list range from restaurants to truck-based and home-based opportunities. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting owner-operators with military experience.

“We have overwhelmingly found today’s returning veterans to be highly skilled people with excellent operational skills that apply well to business ownership. The independent thinking required in today’s military, combined with an emphasis on processes and systems, makes veterans a perfect fit for franchising,” said Jon Rucker, Military Programs Manager for Snap-On Tools.

“According to the SBA, one in four returning veterans are interested in starting their own business², but they are often unclear where to begin the process,” said Sean Collins, a Navy veteran, Vice President for Victory Media and director for G.I. Jobs. “The list is a transparent resource for active service members and veterans to compare franchise opportunities.” All survey fields for each franchise on the list are clearly displayed at http://www.militaryfranchising.com, allowing veterans to know exactly what incentives each franchise offers and how many veterans are already on board.

The 2013 list was compiled through exhaustive research by Victory Media in which thousands of franchises nationwide were polled. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of a Franchise Advisory Board consisting of Mail Boxes Etc. founder Jim Amos, Spring-Green Lawn Care President James Young, Mr. Rooter President Mary Kennedy-Thompson, National Media Director for Anytime Fitness Mark Daly, Military Programs Manager for Snap-On Tools Jon Rucker, and Beth Solomon, President & CEO at the National Association of Development Companies. All board members are military veterans or come from military families. The survey results that determined the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur magazine, and on http://www.militaryfranchising.com, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.
View the digital edition of G.I. Jobs for free.

About Military Friendly ®:

The Military Friendly Franchises® designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 2,500 franchise concepts. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of a Franchise Advisory Board of franchise experts and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and is available at: http://www.militaryfriendly.com/survey. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website: http://www.militaryfranchising.com/search/methodology.aspx

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs(gijobs.com), Military Spouse (militaryspouse.com), Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

You can follow Military Friendly ® on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MilitaryFriendly or on Twitter @Mil_Friendly

For further information on Military Friendly Franchises® or Victory Media, or to arrange interviews, contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt at 212-707-8181 or Judee Cohen at 917-721-0663.

Sources:
¹DOD manpower study, 2012.
²U.S. SBA Veterans Fact Sheet; http://www.sba.gov
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