September 06, 2011 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – GFG Management, LLC announced today the launch of the Great American Cookies Great American Patriot Program, designed to help members of the armed forces own a piece of the American Dream – a small business. The program, available to qualifying veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military, includes a 15% discount on Great American Cookies franchise fees. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.
The program is kicking off with a series of free online webinars in September hosted by GFG executives including Dan Benton, Director of International Development. Benton, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a 34 year veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has worked to grow GFG Management's franchise brands both domestically and internationally for more than 11 years.
The webinars will last approximately 30 minutes and will answer questions including: What sets Global Franchise Group apart from other companies? Why is now the ideal time to become a Great American Cookies franchisee? What should I consider before opening a business in this current economy?
More information on the Great American Patriot program, as well as the schedule and signup details for the September webinars, can be found at www.GreatAmericanCookies.com/Patriot.
"The men and women of our armed forces bring an unparalleled skill set to small business," said Chris Dull, president & CEO of GFG Management, LLC. "We're excited to launch this new program just for service members and we look forward to introducing the Great American Cookies concept to a new group of passionate franchisees."
"Franchising is definitely a great way for former service men and women to utilize all of the organizational and leadership skills they learned in the military." added Sean Falk, former U.S. Marine and owner of multiple Great American Cookies locations. "The Great American Cookies concept is based on a strong business model with an exceptional product and is an excellent franchise opportunity for veterans."
Great American Cookies is also currently supporting the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. through the brand's first ever summer Yellow Ribbon Campaign. Founded in 2005, the Yellow Ribbon Fund provides assistance, including transportation and lodging, for injured service members and their families from across the country while they recuperate at designated military medical facilities. Through September 16th, Great American Cookies is donating $2 from the online sale of every Yellow Ribbon, Uncle Sam Hat and U.S. Flag Cookie Cake to the organization.
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 30 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes four quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® as well as two retail franchise concepts: TAF® and Shoebox New York®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.