April 13, 2010 // Franchising.com // Ann Arbor, MI – As part of a targeted new website and recruitment program for military veterans, the World Franchising Network has selected Service Brands International, parent company for Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, ProTect Painters and 1-800-DryClean as part of the first annual list of "50 Top Franchises for Veterans."
The 50 companies included were selected from hundreds of companies requesting evaluation for inclusion in the article. There was no cost to participate in the survey. Each participating franchisor was required to submit a completed questionnaire describing the specific financial incentives provided to veterans by the franchisor. The questionnaire also noted the number (both absolute and as a percentage of the total number) of operating units owned by veterans, as well as the number of veterans in senior management that earned over $60,000 per year.
"We are thrilled to be included on this prestigious list of best franchises for military veterans," said Alex Roberts, Vice President of Franchise Development for Service Brands International. "We have dozens of military veterans who are finding success with all four of our brands and we're continually on the lookout for more franchise partners coming from the military."
The results of this survey were featured in the April 9, 2010 issue of USA Today in the Franchising Today section and were widely disseminated at the International Franchise Expo (IFE) in Washington D.C. To view a digital version of the article, click here. For a complete listing of the companies selected and their websites, please click here.
"We are extremely pleased at the number of franchisors that not only recognize the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made, but, more importantly, welcome them back into the business world with very generous financial incentives," said Rob Bond, President of the World Franchising Network. He added, "As a former veteran who was not welcomed back into society, this is a long overdue change in how we honor our military veterans."
For a more complete list of over 250 franchise systems that wish to recruit veterans, please visit www.Franchises4Vets.com. The site provides information about the specific incentive programs the franchisors offer to veterans. Franchisors who are not yet listed on the website are welcome to submit a completed questionnaire and company logo – there is no cost for inclusion. It is anticipated that www.Franchises4Vets.com will quickly become the go-to site for veterans interested in franchising.
The Franchises4Vets program was created solely to provide in-depth information about franchising to military veterans. In addition to information about franchisor programs, the website also links to various government programs, lenders, attorneys and transition coaches/consultants. This multi-faceted program involves the www.Franchises4Vets.com website, the upcoming annual publication, Veteran's Franchise Guide and periodic articles (such as the "50 Top Franchises for Veterans" feature) on the subject. For additional information, please contact Rob Bond at (800) 841-0873.
Founded in 1984, Service Brands International is a privately held, multi-concept franchise system with worldwide headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its portfolio of home-services brands includes category leaders Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman, 1-800-DryClean and ProTect Painters. Molly Maid is the most respected name in the residential cleaning industry. Entrepreneur magazine ranks Mr. Handyman the #1 handyman service franchise. 1-800-DryClean is Entrepreneur magazine's #1 delivery services franchise and is carving a preferred niche in a booming $10 billion industry. The newest member of the SBI family, ProTect Painters is expected to grow to 200 units during the next five years.