The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployment among military veterans is historically lower than the average population. Valpak is hoping to help change those statistics.
In support of the Vow to Hire Veterans Act
is planning to hire 100 veterans to join its sales force by 2013, as well as offer incentives to vets wanting to start a business through its franchise program, part of the International Franchise Association's "Operation Enduring Opportunities" initiative.
"Veterans possess the key skills and attributes needed for success: leadership, teamwork, quick reactions, problem solving, courage and integrity," says Rick McElwain, VP of network sales development at Valpak.
Valpak's goal is to hire as team members and recruit as franchise business owners 75,000 veterans and military spouses and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2014. Incentives for veterans hoping to join Valpak as a franchisee include the ability to acquire a Valpak territory with no franchise, training or initial territory fees. Additional savings kick in as the franchise continues to grow.
"Providing opportunities to honorably discharged vets is not only good business, but the right thing to do," says McElwain.
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Rick McElwain, Valpak