The transition from military life to civilian life is often a larger undertaking than meets the eye. While many veterans look forward to being reunited with their families and returning to a life outside of deployment, many also find themselves starting from scratch while having to build a successful career. Companies across the United States, notably FASTSIGNS International, Inc., have programs in place to give veterans the opportunity to establish a strong foundation that will allow them to create a fulfilling life and career to prosper in.
FASTSIGNS® recognizes the courage and strength of military veterans and is dedicated to helping them find success and purpose through its franchise opportunities. Today, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 660 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers in eight countries.
Currently, over 10 percent of the total number of franchisees in the FASTSIGNS system are military veterans. The increasing number of veteran franchisees within the company’s network is a true testament not only to the brand’s recruitment efforts and commitment to the veteran community, but also the unlimited potential for success partnering with an established industry leader can bring.
“FASTSIGNS has made recruiting military servicemen and women a priority over the last decade,” said Mark Jameson, executive vice president of franchise support and development. “With their leadership experience and mission-focused work ethic, military veterans bring a host of skills to the table that make them ideal candidates for our brand and translate well into franchise ownership, and we’re proud to support those who have served our country.”
Steve Adrian, a Retired Army Musician and FASTSIGNS franchisee, discovered the brand on a top military-friendly franchises ranking while researching the best concepts to invest in as a veteran. He joined the company in 2015, and today he and his wife are owners of a successful FASTSIGNS franchise in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“We liked the business model and wanted to work for ourselves. FASTSIGNS gave us the autonomy we wanted but without the risk normally associated with starting a new business on your own,” said Adrian. “We’ve only been open for just over two years, but we’ve already exceeded our sales goals and have plans to double our space in the next year.”
Recently, FASTSIGNS International was honored with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition presented by the Department of Defense to employers for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve members. FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was one of 15 employers from across the nation receiving the prestigious award. Additionally, FASTSIGNS has been recognized as one of the “Top Franchises for Veterans” by Franchise Business Review and as a top “Military Friendly Franchise” by G.I. Jobs.
“It is our priority to ensure that our veterans have the opportunity and support to successfully immerse themselves in a career within the franchising model,” said Jameson. “We pride ourselves on our strong network of franchisees and encourage all potential franchisees to connect with existing franchisees to validate the business opportunity. Specifically for veterans who are franchise candidates, we supply a list of our franchisees that are military veterans so they can validate with veterans and also connect based on similar backgrounds.”
Stan Gray, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve who opened his FASTSIGNS center in January 2015, went through the onboarding process and attributes his positive experience to speaking with existing FASTSIGNS business owners.
“When I began talking to franchisees, I instantly felt like they were willing to help each other out and share best practices and support one another,” said Gray. “Today, we offer to speak to prospects considering joining the franchise and support the brand in any way we can.”
FASTSIGNS offers military veterans the most comprehensive support and financial incentives available in the signage industry. FASTSIGNS participates in the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program that provides military veterans with special incentives and assistance to open a franchise. Veterans can take advantage of specific incentives, including a franchise fee of $23,750 (a savings of 50 percent). FASTSIGNS is the only franchise in its industry to offer a 50-percent discount to any veteran, without stipulations.
The average total investment range for a new center is between $182,329 and $267,520. The minimum requirements for prospective franchisees include $80,000 in available capital and a $250,000 net worth.
FASTSIGNS is committed to offering competitive resources and financial support to veterans in an effort to assist in every part of the process. For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity and specific veterans incentives for veterans, contact Mark Jameson at email@example.com or 214-346-5679, or visit www.fastsigns.com.