According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 130,000 unemployed post 9/11 veterans across the U.S.
To assist these deserving veterans in developing job skills and finding rewarding careers, the management team and I decided to launch a new campaign through our franchise Creative Colors International (CCI) – the industry leader
in on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, protection and dyeing of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastic and carpeting. In
collaboration with USA Cares – a charity that provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty U.S.
military service personnel, veterans and their families – the campaign aims to provide honorably discharged military veterans the opportunity to become CCI technicians and to also award one qualified
military veteran a free franchise.
It is an honor to be able to provide job opportunities to deserving military veterans as a reward for their service
and dedication to our country. With nearly ten percent of CCI franchisees coming from a military background, we
understand firsthand the value veterans bring as franchisees thanks to the strong personal and professional attributes acquired during their time of service.
We’ve found that military veterans’ personal and professional qualities align perfectly with franchising due to their
results-driven nature, discipline to follow a proven system for success and desire to help others, which are all important traits we look for in our technicians and franchisees. Many military veterans have
found success investing in a franchise through CCI as they thrive in an environment where they’re able to serve
others, and this two-part program is our small way of giving back to the veteran community as we expand throughout the nation.
The following is a testimonial by Jose del Llano, a military veteran and franchise owner/technician of CCI of Orlando, Fla.: “Coming out of the military, I was looking for a career that would allow me the chance to utilize the leadership and interpersonal skills I acquired during my service. CCI offered a strong support system where I could learn by following people who had already succeeded. If you are skilled in communication and
self-discipline, and have the passion to do whatever it takes to flourish, joining CCI will allow you to discover your full potential and find success in a lucrative, multifaceted industry.”
Starting Monday, July 7, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014, we encourage honorably discharged, post 9/11 veterans nationwide to apply to become full-time CCI technicians as a means to start their new careers by joining forces with successful existing franchise owners.
Each trainee will need to first complete a two-week Certified Technician Training Program at CCI headquarters in Mokena, Ill., in which USA Cares will cover travel expenses. Training will begin on September 2, 2014 and end on September 12, 2014. Additionally, CCI’s nationwide network of franchisees has agreed to donate 5 percent of total profits made on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 as part of the campaign.
During CCI’s Certified Technician Program, veterans will learn the key tasks and responsibilities of a technician,
including how to repair, restore and recolor tears, burns, rips and cuts in all types of leather, vinyl, fabric and plastic materials that can be found in the furniture, automotive and commercial markets. CCI technicians are responsible for providing these services on a mobile basis while developing and maintaining customer accounts, preparing customer invoices and providing weekly reports to the company, as well as distributing marketing literature and explaining the value of CCI’s services/ products to customers.
For veterans who attend training and are interested in becoming technicians, if there are no existing franchises nearby, USA Cares will kindly help relocate the veterans to the nearest CCI franchise. For a list of regions where CCI is currently located, visit http://www.wecanfixthat.com/locations/.
Following training, CCI will launch the second part of our veteran employment initiative with a franchise giveaway
contest. All newly trained veteran technicians who are interested in becoming franchise owners will be
given the opportunity to apply for a free franchise territory, and the winner will be chosen based on professional, personal and financial qualifications, as well as interviews. We felt it was important to launch a two-part program rather than solely offer training or the franchise giveaway contest so we’re able to provide job opportunities for as many veterans as possible. With CCI being a mobile business, it’s also much more reasonable than many other franchise concepts in terms of financial upkeep and operations which will put the resulting veteran
technicians and franchisee in an ideal position for success.
The RSVP deadline for honorably discharged, post 9/11 military veterans nationwide to sign up for CCI’s Certified
Technician Program is Friday, August 15, 2014. While USA Cares will be providing travel expenses for veterans to attend the two-week training, all applicants will be responsible for covering their own lodging, food and any other miscellaneous costs during training.
About the Author
Mark J. Bollman has been the President and Director of Creative Colors International since May of 2000. He
started out as a service technician for J&J’s Creative Colors in 1990. Following, he served as a Field Consultant from
September of 1991 to November of 1992.
From there, he was promoted to Director of Operations until January of 1995, and then further raised to Senior Vice
President from 1995 to 2000.
About Creative Colors International Launched in 1991, the Creative Colors International (CCI) franchise system was
created through its affiliate, J&J’s Creative Colors, the original industry leader in refurbishment techniques and systems.
J&J’s Creative Colors was founded in 1980 by Jim and JoAnn Foster. Today, both companies continue to be family-owned and operated by the second generation Foster family. Catering to the abundance of upholstered items in every home, business and vehicle, CCI is the ultimate in on-site repair, restoration, cleaning, protection, and dyeing of leather, vinyl, plastic and fabric.
For more information visit www.wecanfixthat.com.