Budget Blinds® is the flagship franchise brand of parent company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), home to two additional brands, Tailored Living® featuring PremierGarage® and Concrete Craft. While each brand is different, a common denominator for growth is pursuing veterans to become franchise business owners.
For Budget Blinds, franchising since 1994, the first veteran franchise owner came onboard in 2006 and now 10% of Budget Blinds franchise owners are military veterans. The growth is not accidental. Recognizing the skill sets and leadership qualities that are instilled in the military, Budget Blinds has made a concerted effort to engage military veterans in franchise business ownership.
A hand up, not a handout
Entrepreneur Magazine’s November 2015 issue featured Budget Blinds as one of the most vet-friendly franchises in an article titled, Call of Duty. (To read the full article, click here to subscribe to Entrepreneur online or pick up a copy at your local newsstand.) The premise of the article is summed up by Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds: “The training, discipline, and teamwork instilled in members of the U.S. Armed Forces prepare every veteran for a successful role as a franchise business owner. Our goal is to provide significant financial incentives to make a veteran’s transition into the civilian workforce a smooth and successful one.”
Recognizing the strong potential for business success with military veterans, Budget Blinds has continually sought new ways to involve veterans in the franchise process:
- An ongoing program offers qualified veterans a $15,000 discount off the purchase price of a Budget Blinds franchise.
- The Million Dollar Franchise Event (MDFE) was launched on Veteran’s Day 2013, to assist U.S. military veterans with becoming franchise business owners by offering $35,000 discounts against initial franchise fees up to $1 million. Within a year and a half and surpassing the $1 million goal, 30+ veterans had become franchise owners.
- 2015 launched Troops in Transition, a test program designed for qualified veterans who have exited or will be exiting active duty within a two-year window. Waiving the initial franchise fee, there is a six-month trial period to prove viability as an owner, with the option to then become a full-term franchisee.
- A mentorship program whereby new veterans who join are aligned with seasoned Budget Blinds’ veteran franchisees. Cedric Cook, military veteran and franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Fulshear, TX, helped structure the mentorship program and explains, “It’s tough coming off of active duty. Somebody who’s gone through it can give them a listening ear and offer perspective.”
Honoring all veterans
In addition to helping veterans become franchise business owners, Budget Blinds aligns with veteran-assist organizations to provide help and support to veterans in need.
- Budget Blinds and HFC entered into a corporate partnership with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a non-profit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for post-9/11 severely injured veterans. Springs Window Fashions®, a long-time manufacturing partner, joins in our commitment to place faux wood blinds in 120 HFOT homes over the next three years. This affords independent franchisees the opportunity to participate as the “feet on the ground,” measuring and installing the blinds in the HFOT homes in their local territories.
- Budget Blinds formed a partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC), supporting their mission to provide a diverse set of programs and services for wounded Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families. Budget Blinds’ Canadian franchise owners strive to raise awareness for WWC and their mission to “Honour the Fallen, Help the Living” through local marketing efforts and during in-home consultations.
- Our veteran franchise owners often reach out to fellow veterans when they build their teams of installers, sales people and office personnel. They know that military training instills a strong work ethic, resulting in excellent employees who are committed to completing a job to the best of their ability.
You certainly don’t need to be a veteran to take advantage of the Budget Blinds franchise opportunity. If you have the desire to be your own boss, and a start-from-scratch startup look isn’t appealing, look into franchising as a way to become an independent business owner. A Budget Blinds franchise presents a proven business model, strong corporate support and national brand awareness through robust print and media efforts is already in place. And that’s only the beginning!
To learn more about the Budget Blinds franchise opportunity, call 800-420-5374 today, or go to http://www.budget-blinds-franchise.com/.
For more information about HFC’s veteran support programs and all franchise opportunities for all three brands, visit www.homefranchiseconcepts.com.