November 10, 2011 // Franchising.com // BOSTON--On Friday, Nov. 11, Steve Caldeira, President & CEO of the International Franchise Association (IFA), will join SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Stuart Mathis, President of The UPS Store ® to announce a partnership to help veterans own and manage small businesses at a The UPS Store ®location owned by Captain Jamie Salisbury, a veteran small business owner.
"We often speak about the sacred trust we have with our service men and women, and one way we honor that trust is ensuring they have every possible opportunity for success," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. "On this patriotic day, it is only natural for us to reflect on our nation's veterans who have the leadership skills and experience to become successful entrepreneurs and small business owners. The impact of this initiative will mean veterans and their families will get the chance to pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs and create jobs to drive economic growth at a critical time for our country."
The visit will include veterans who have found career stability and success in franchising. Veterans have a proven track record of success in franchising. According to a recent study based on U.S. Census data, there are more than 66,000 veteran-owned franchise establishments in the United States, providing jobs directly for 815,000 Americans, many through the IFA's VetFran program, originally established in 1991, and subsequently re-vamped after 9/11. Responding now to veteran unemployment rates of 11.5 percent (22 percent for veterans under 25 years old), IFA is launching Operation Enduring Opportunity to offer returning veterans career paths in franchising including employment and ownership on a broader scale.
Veterans Day Events with Veteran Franchise Small Business
Owners and Government Officials
Karen Mills, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray
Steve Caldeira, President & CEO, International Franchise Association
Stuart Mathis, President, The UPS Store
Jamie Salisbury, The UPS Store Franchisee, U.S. Army Veteran
The UPS Store, 304 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
November 11, 2011, 12 noon
The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the franchise industry, which supports nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.