July 24, 2012 // Franchising.com // Jackson, MI - KidzArt is pleased to announce it has been listed on 1851 Magazine’s list of the top 100 veteran-friendly franchise opportunities. The Vet100 list is comprised of franchises and brands that are the most accessible to veterans looking to start their own business.
“We couldn’t be happier to be placed on this list which highlights opportunities for our military heroes,” said Sue Bartman, KidzArt CEO. “Our ranking on 1851 Magazine’s Vet 100 list shows KidzArt's dedication to providing a fantastic business opportunity and helping our military veterans integrate back into civilian life while allowing them to own and operate their own business.”
In addition to waiving the $9,900 franchise fee, KidzArt is offering veterans a protected territory, a Web page, a $500 online class registration system, $1000 off all start up marketing services, complete business and art training and on-going franchise support. Program requirements include an interview, the ability to attend training in Jackson, MI for four days and $3,500 available for working capital to launch the business.
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 created 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. Also, military men and women are 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.”
To view the complete list, visit http://www.1851project.com/1851%E2%80%99s-vet-100-100-70-top-veteran-friendly-franchise-opportunities/
Founded in 1998, KidzArt is an international art enrichment franchise company that helps kids of all ages explore their inner artistic potential. Through afterschool classes, camps and birthday parties and fundraisers, KidzArt offers a diverse, multi-cultural, multi-media drawing and fine arts curriculum... KidzArt's "no mistakes" philosophy encourages students to try new things, explore their creativity and overcome their inhibitions or obstacles in order to grow and learn. Franchising since July 2002, KidzArt has franchised units throughout the US, China, the Middle East, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, India, Singapore, Malta, the Philippines and South Korea. To find out more about KidzArt visit www.kidzart.com or call 800-379-8302.
Launched in 2012, 1851 Magazine is a daily virtual entrepreneurial magazine for franchisors, franchisees and anyone interested in the franchising industry. It is designed to communicate with the community, rather than at. 1851 aims to be your guide in business and in life, i.e., in your journey. 1851was named for the year of franchising’s birth, when Singer Sewing Machines decided to go on a journey called franchising. Likewise, 1851 is first in franchising. No singular source currently exists that really talks with you: the franchisee; the franchisor; and the supplier. For more information, visit www.1851project.com
Sue Bartman, CEO