Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 - Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. (Jan-Pro), an established global leader in commercial cleaning, today officially launched its VetConnection franchise program, the first branded, fully customized cleaning franchise opportunity specially designed for veterans - announcing business opportunities available all across the United States.
Utilizing similar skill sets and methods learned in the military, a veteran can build a successful business with VetConnection. A veteran simply needs to choose the location of his or her Jan-Pro business, choose their investment level, and discuss their individual business growth plan. Jan-Pro will provide complete training, full support services, and will even provide customers to the new veteran-owned business, so no selling is required.
“After my service in the Army, my wife and I were able to realize our dream of starting our own business through Jan-Pro,” said Rafael Marrero, Jan-Pro of Atlanta. “In our first year we grew by over 400% through new client referrals.”
JAN-PRO also plans to lead the industry in terms of the unique financial incentives it offers to veterans who purchase franchises. Depending on the franchise plan selected and the amount of cash the veteran puts down as the initial fee, discounts of up to 20% are available. In addition JAN-PRO is introducing another industry first for veterans called VetConnection Vouchers which will be redeemable on JAN-PRO approved cleaning equipment and supplies.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans remains high. Unemployment among veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan rose to 12.1% in 2011, up from 11.5% the year prior. Veteran advocates feel programs like Jan-Pro VetConnection and others are needed, especially considering that the Pentagon is preparing to cut 123,900 troops by fiscal year 2017, according to Business Week.
Lawrence Adkinson, USMC veteran and today, Jan-Pro of Salt Lake City owner, put it this way: “By researching the franchise janitorial industry, my wife and I decided that their solid history, business structure, training and support made Jan-Pro the best opportunity. I am proud to be a USMC vet and proud to be on the Jan-Pro team.”
Long recognized as a leader in the commercial cleaning industry, Jan-Pro has been named a “Top 10 Franchise for Veterans” by Franchise Business Review, a “Top 50 Franchise for Military Veterans” by World Franchising, and a “Military Friendly Franchise” by G.I. Jobs. With its strong franchise concept, Jan-Pro has achieved the unmatched accomplishment of being ranked “#1 Fastest Growing Franchise” three consecutive years by Entrepreneur Magazine.
“My leadership education and experiences as an Enlisted Soldier, and later as an Officer have proven to be as valuable in my Jan-Pro business as they were during my military career,” said Justin Cali, Owner Jan-Pro Orlando. Christopher Robertson, U.S. Navy veteran of Jan-Pro Jacksonville agrees: “My military experience definitely prepared me to run my Jan-Pro franchise. We learned about leadership, accountability, and most of all dealing with people.”
“We’re not aware of any company in our category offering veterans anything like this level of financial incentives and we’re proud to be doing our part to help them start businesses of their own. A JAN-PRO franchise is a perfect match of skills and training for ex-military personnel at all levels,” said CEO Rich Kissane.
Jan-Pro was founded in 1991 by Jacques Lapointe in Providence, Rhode Island, with a desire to offer the highest quality cleaning techniques and systems available. Currently, the Jan-Pro team is comprised of business leaders with experience around the world, as well as seasoned cleaning industry executives. Today, the international company structure is comprised of Master and Unit franchisees. Jan-Pro regularly receives inquiries and accolades from around the world.
To learn more, visit the Jan-Pro website at http://www.jan-pro.com
SOURCE: Jan-Pro International, Inc.