National Hire a Veteran Day

Did you know that July 25th is National #HireAVeteranDay? Founded by Marine Corps Veteran Dan Caporale in 2017, the day is designed to serve as a reminder that companies seeking to fill vacancies will find outstanding talent in the Veteran community. Nearly 7% of the American population is a U.S. military Veteran. These veterans represent…

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The Military Spouse Opportunity

During the IFA 2022 Convention in San Diego, VetFran hosted a panel that included several Non-Profits.  There was considerable conversation regarding employment opportunities for military spouses regardless of the status of their veteran. The conversation included the assistance for these spouses to either find employment when active duty troops are relocated or transferred, or aligning…

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Thank You to Snap-on Tools for being a 2022 Gold Sponsor of VetFran!

VetFran is proud and grateful to have Snap-on Tools continue in 2022 as a Gold Sponsor. As a non-profit initiative, everything we do is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsor companies and individuals. As part of the International Franchise Association Foundation, VetFran supports Veterans interested in franchise ownership and careers in franchising.…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Jimmy Weeks, Internet Strategy Labs

Jimmy Weeks loves to help franchise brands grow. While he founded Internet Strategy Labs in 2001, it wasn’t until 2007 that he really got started helping franchise companies build websites and understand their web traffic patterns. But Jimmy’s passion for serving others didn’t originate with the development of his computer skills… While a junior in…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Kendall Lemley, Minutemen Press

Kendall Lemley spent 9 years on active duty with the Air Force, after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in the class of 1992. He then spent an additional 13 years in the Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Ready to strike out on his own, Kendall…

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Franchising is Open for Opportunity!

Join the IFA Foundation for a series of webinars as part oft he Open for Opportunity campaign.Learn how local franchise ownership could be the answer to your entrepreneurial dreams. Click here to register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Mary Kennedy Thompson, Neighborly

Mary Kennedy Thompson currently serves as the COO of Neighborly, the parent company for many brands such as Mr. Rooter, Molly Maid, and Mosquito Joe. But before that she was an officer in the Marine Corps and one of only a handful of Marines that was jump qualified. Mary is a self-described Army brat –…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Ralph Yarusso, Mayweather Boxing

Ralph Yarusso is an Air Force veteran, as well as a 30-year veteran of franchising. Originally desiring a career in aviation technology, the United States Air Force decided that Ralph would best fit in as an aircrew loadmaster. Upon completion of his contract, he left the service as a Technical Sergeant. Ralph recently reflected on…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Steve White, PuroClean USA

Meet Army Veteran Steve White, former Chairman of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee. Steve has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the franchising industry from Domino’s Pizza to Allegra Network to his current role as the President and COO of PuroClean USA.   In celebration of VetFran’s 30th anniversary, Steve moderated a panel…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Brian Thompson, Metal Supermarkets

International Franchise Association and VetFran are proud to highlight Veterans who continue to serve their communities as franchise owners.   Brian Thompson served in the U.S. Navy for 9 years earning his stripes at one of the most challenging technical schools in the U.S. Armed Forces – Nuclear Power School.  He then applied those skills for…

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