When I was in school, we learned about finding the “right” company to work for when we graduated. We were told to find a place that reflected our individual values and helped to nurture our professional ones. It all seemed like a bunch of talk when I was sitting on the receiving end, but now that I am experiencing it, I can see just how valuable that advice was.
Last Thursday, Tim Davis, vice president of operations for The UPS Store franchise network, announced that The UPS Store will be extending approximately $300,000 more in financial incentives for up to 10 qualified U.S. military veterans interested in opening a new The UPS Store franchise location. This commitment is part of “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” a national initiative to recruit or hire as many as 75,000 military veterans and their family members by the end of 2014. These discounts are in addition to the almost $1 million in discounts The UPS Store has already given to veterans since 2004 through its participation with the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program.
The UPS Store participated in the first round of “Operation Enduring Opportunity” last November by waiving the franchise fee of $29,950 for 10 qualified U.S. military veterans who were first-time franchisees wishing to open a new The UPS Store location. Upon securing those 10 veterans by early April, The UPS Store decided to extend the offer.
Since the launch of “Operation Enduring Opportunity” last year, more than 6,200 veterans and their spouses have started careers in franchising – including over 4,000 new veteran franchise business owners. Mickey Ayres was the first person to take advantage of The UPS Store’s increased financial incentive. Mickey is a Navy veteran who was looking for a franchise opportunity where he could use his military training and a master’s degree in logistics. With our discount, he was able to make his entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Mickey’s The UPS Store location will open in Colorado Springs in July.
As someone who has close friends who are actively serving, I am so proud to be a part of a company that works to give back to those veterans like Mickey, who have so graciously given years of their lives to all of us. And with the 4th of July just around the corner, I couldn’t see a better time or better way to say “thank you.”
Find out more about veteran franchising opportunities with The UPS Store, or watch the video below.
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