ORLANDO, FLORIDA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
U.S. Lawns on 1851 Magazine’s top 100 veteran-friendly franchises list. The Vet100 list is comprised of franchises and brands that are the most accessible to veterans looking to start their own business.
“We are very pleased to be listed as a franchisor that highlights opportunities for our military veterans,” said U.S. Lawns President Ken Hutcheson. “Our ranking on 1851 Magazine’s Vet 100 list shows our dedication to helping military veterans integrate back into civilian life by offering them a business opportunity that provides them with incentives and support, but still allows them to own and operate their own business. Our current franchisees who are veterans find that the commercial landscape management business is a nice fit with their goals and lifestyles.”
The 1851 Vet100 list is a resource for veterans who can source financial support and are interested in venturing into franchise ownership. The list was based on several categories, including VetFran participation, G.I. Jobs approval, unit size, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 ranking and overall commitment to Veteran franchise awareness.
“When Don Dwyer Sr. created VetFran as a way to thank our troops with a little financial support, he probably never imagined it would turn into what it has become today,” said Nick Powills, publisher of 1851 Magazine. “The International Franchise Association’s VetFran, G.I. Jobs and Entrepreneur Magazine have all created special resources for America’s greatest protectors. We decided to do the same.”
Veterans often make some of the best franchisees within their systems, according to Joel Libava, known as The Franchise King. “In a perfect world, yes, military veterans make better franchisees than anyone else,” said Libava. “They come from a rigid place; the military. There are rules, rules and more rules in military life, and they must be followed. Military men and women are also highly disciplined, which is crucial for the owner of a franchise business.”
Beth Solomon, vice president of strategic initiatives and industry relations for the International Franchise Association, agrees. “There are currently around 66,000 veteran-owned franchises in the business, according to the U.S. Census,” said Solomon. “We know the franchising model works for veterans, and it all goes back to the kind of training and experience they get in the military. They understand operational excellence, they are trained in team leadership, and all of these things translate into success in franchising.”
About U.S. Lawns
Founded in 1986, U.S. Lawns now operates a network of more than 250 franchisees providing commercial landscape management and snow removal services to corporate campuses, retail centers, industrial parks, multifamily residential communities and other commercial customers nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.USLawns.com and http://www.USLawnsFranchise.com.