2012 List of Military Friendly Franchises includes Memphis-based Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean

If you’re a military veteran and interested in launching your own business, specifically a franchise of an existing successful company, then listen up: This is news you can use.

A new list that includes more than 24 business categories offers information on “Military Friendly Franchises” for 2012. The franchises were narrowed down and designated as attractive business options for veterans after thousands of national companies were considered for inclusion on the annual list.

From “Automotive” to “Travel,” the online directory provides links to companies that offer great franchise opportunties to former military personnel, including such Memphis-based operations as Merry Maids and ServiceMaster Clean.

According to online resource G.I. Jobs, veteran-owned franchises are significant economic drivers, generating more than $41 billion each year and employing some 1.5 million workers.

To help veterans navigate the franchise landscape, the site offers updates on companies that provide top financial incentives and training, as well as which franchises boast the highest number of veteran owners.

In an online statement about this year’s listing, Richard Ascolese, president & CEO,
Coverall North America wrote, “We have overwhelmingly found today’s returning veterans to be highly skilled people with excellent operational skills that apply well to business ownership. The independent thinking required in today’s military, combined with an emphasis on processes and systems, makes veterans a perfect fit for franchising.”

Added Sean Collins, vice president for G.I. Jobs, “According to the SBA, one in four returning veterans are interested in starting their own business, but they are often unclear where to begin the process. The list is a transparent resource for veterans to compare franchise opportunities.”

To see the full list or to learn more about small business franchise opportunities for veterans, visit http://www.militaryfranchising.com/

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