No one is more deserving of attaining the American Dream than the fearless men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Military.
Because of their experience, commitment to team efforts, and work ethic, countless companies work hard to recruit and hire our heroes, but one company in particular is going the extra mile to make Veteran’s dreams of owning their own franchise business a reality.
Through a new incentive program dedicated to providing $1 Million in discounts towards the purchase of one of its franchise companies, Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living®, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) is thrilled to welcome ten new U.S. Veteran franchisees to their team. This discount provides deserving individuals the ability to translate the discipline, teamwork and experience gained from their military service into owning and growing their own
On Veteran’s Day 2013, HFC launched the Million Dollar Franchise Event, a commitment to give away $1 Million in
discounts to U.S. Veterans interested in owning their own business. The program’s goal is to honor those that have worked hard protecting our country’s freedom and help them secure a promising financial future for themselves and their families.
With over 50 U.S. Veteran franchisees Million Dollar Franchise Event in their ever-growing team of franchise business owners, HFC’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Chad Hallock, truly values the skills military veterans gain while on active duty. Hallock states, “The training, discipline and teamwork instilled in members of the U.S. Armed Forces prepares every Veteran for a successful role as a franchise business owner. Our goal in creating the Million Dollar Franchise Event is to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and provide significant financial incentives to make their transition into the civilian workforce smooth and successful for both them and their families.”
“Business ownership makes me appreciate the service I gave to this country because now I can translate my leadership experience into a valuable opportunity for myself,” said Rick Grimes, one of the newest Budget Blinds franchise business owners as a result of the Million Dollar Franchise Event.
After suffering a recent layoff and wondering how his military career could translate into the next chapter of his life, Grimes researched how his IRA might help him start his own business. Budget Blinds’ franchise model provided the kind of corporate support and financial opportunities that made Grimes confident in his ability to finance college for his children and be comfortable in retirement.
Grimes is now leveraging the skills he gained through his seven year Army career in personnel management and operations to create a successful business focused on a “mission” of superior customer service.
Along the same lines, 34-year-old U.S. Army Veteran, Maurice Coombs, also came to Budget Blinds through the Million Dollar Franchise Event. During his military career as a generator mechanic and logistics coordinator, Coombs was able to study Business Management between combat deployments to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. With the desire to take control of his own career through business ownership, Coombs sought the support structure of a franchise system as he transitioned into the civilian workforce. Now serving Davie, FL, with
his new Budget Blinds franchise, Coombs is using the leadership experience he gained through service to build his own business.
With the vision of running his franchise as a family business, U.S. Air Force Veteran Michael Dunn is another recent
addition to the HFC family as a result of the company’s $1 Million commitment to support U.S. Veteran entrepreneurs. A 10-year military career afforded Dunn the opportunity to obtain a Masters Degree, spending the next 18 years in sales management in the computer hardware
“Home improvement has always been a passion of mine, so I jumped at the opportunity to make a career out of improving the lives of other families through a window treatment franchise,” said Dunn. Now serving Killeen, TX, and Temple, TX, Dunn’s Budget Blinds business will be supported by his wife and two sons who will be assisting with administration and marketing. With a history and passion for assisting U.S. Veterans and being recognized by
Military Times and Franchise Business Review for achievements in supporting Veterans and Veteran-related causes, HFC’s Million Dollar Franchise Event continues the tradition by granting military Veterans of all backgrounds significant discounts off the purchase of a Budget Blinds or Tailored Living franchise. The ultimate goal of the Million Dollar Franchise Event is to award at least 30 Budget Blinds and/or Tailored Living franchises to deserving veterans totaling $1,000,000 in financial discounts.
In addition to the financial assistance, HFC also offers numerous support and mentoring groups, such as the Vets4Vets program that connects existing HFC veteran franchisees with new, incoming
veteran franchisees in order to produce a mentoring relationship. Home Franchise Concepts is proud to offer
two very different business models under one roof. Tailored Living provides wholehome organization solutions offering franchisees an exciting hands-on business, ideal for design-minded Veterans.
Budget Blinds provides homeowners with window treatments and room accessories,
from drapes and plantation shutters, to pillows and rugs. Requiring no inventory storage, Budget Blinds appeals to Veterans seeking a low overhead business model with the option of operating as a homebased