Vet to CEO

Franchisors are stepping up to provide sponsorship support for the “Franchising for Transitioning Warriors Program.”

Vet to CEO in collaboration with Veterans Business Services has developed an innovative seven week online course which is specific to the franchising industry.

Vet to CEO historically has been offering entrepreneurial franchising courses to transitioning Veterans since 2012 but now has adapted the online course to focus on the franchise industry. The current online entrepreneurial seven week program has already been offered to hundreds of transitioning Veterans on a monthly basis but now Veterans can learn about the intricacies of the franchise industry and the many facets of starting a franchise business through the new franchising course.

“Franchising for Transitioning Warriors Program” will address issues relating to financing, marketing, and business

planning as it relates to purchasing any franchise concept. The Vet to CEO franchising based online program has experienced facilitators in entrepreneurship and teaches franchising principles exclusively to veterans and transitioning members of the military. The program enables veterans to construct a viable business plan for acquiring a franchise based on a military planning model. The program also leverages the innovative GUST platform to assist participants seeking funding sources for their businesses. The course is free to all vets, funded by donations and support from franchisors.

“VetToCEO started with a Kaufmann Foundation partnership,” said Mike Horn, a Director at VetToCEO “We designed our own program after delivering the Kauffman FastTrac program and have delivered it to hundreds of veterans.” Now, in collaboration with Veterans Business Services and several quality franchisors, we can deliver the same hands on approach to Veterans interested in franchise opportunities. The “Franchising for Transitioning Warriors Program” is a very hands-on program,” said John Panaccione. “The Veteran entrepreneurs we work with, from start-up to experienced business owners, are taught entrepreneurship in much the same way as they learned skills in the military, making it easier to understand how their military service can equate to entrepreneurial success.” John Panaccione served as an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and then started a software company, LogicBay, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He’s convinced that other vets have what it takes to start their own businesses. Through Vet to CEO, the nonprofit he co-founded, he’s showing them just how to do it.

Vet to CEO has a unique way of teaching and has a collaborative approach to educating Veterans. Each educational online module will have guest speakers from the franchising industry or from unique experiential lectures from the experts in the franchise industry. When you consider that almost 10 percent of small businesses are owned by members of the active military or veterans, any training that helps make the transition from active military service to successful entrepreneurship is a worthwhile endeavor. Companies such as Tutor Doctor, UPS Stores, and StreetShares are stepping up to support the program and Vet to CEO/VBS is inviting other franchise organizations to get involved as sponsors to support the program on an ongoing basis. “Veteran enrollment for the class has not been an issue.”, states Patrick Mingey Director of Marketing for VBS, “last time we promoted the course we received over 75 eager Veterans interested in taking the course within five days and the course usually has initial enrollments over 100 members.”

VBS is very excited to continue to promote the new “Franchising for Transitioning Warriors Program,” and we are inviting

representatives of the franchise industry to not only sponsor the program but take an integral role is supporting Veterans

through sharing your knowledge within the webinars.

Get to know the presenters John Panaccione and Mike Horn by visiting and learn more about Jim Mingey at

The franchising course “Franchising for Transitioning Warriors Program” will be offered on June 23rd through August 1st, and Veterans can register for at

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the course or possibly becoming a presenter within one of the webinar modules, please contact Patrick Mingey at 610-504-5385 or email him at

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