A Top-Ranked Franchise for Veterans
One-fourth of WIN Home Inspection franchise owners are veterans
WIN Home Inspection is committed to the success of veterans — and they have noticed. Fully one-quarter of the owners in the WIN system are military veterans, and WIN has been named a Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine and was named one of the Top 10 franchises for veterans by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2012.
Inspired by the International Franchise Association’s “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” which is a concerted effort to help veterans find jobs and start businesses, in 2012 WIN committed $1.2 million to finance its own program, “WIN for America.”
If you are a qualified honorably discharged United States military veteran, you may be eligible to receive a discount on the Initial Franchise Fee for a WIN Standard Designated Market Area. The reduced fee is $13,500.
The veterans’ program involves a review and qualification process conducted by WIN. This qualification process includes a series of interviews, predefined essay questions, background checks and the submission of a business plan using materials provided by WIN.
The program has been a life-changer for some veterans.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Retired Shilo Harris chose WIN as “the gateway to a new beginning.” A Wounded Warrior and motivational speaker, Harris looked to WIN as the stepping stone to his new life. “I’m able to provide for my family through a built-in successful system that allows me to thrive” he says. He also employs his son within his business in San Antonio, TX, while his wife handles marketing, making the business a family affair.
Leonard Curto, an Air Force Veteran located in Thunderbird, AZ, adds, “The WIN for America program is what caught my attention and brought me to WIN Home Inspection. It’s an amazing concept for veterans, and I’m grateful WIN has made this process easy for me to become my own boss.”
Sgt. Michael Ryan Palmer joined his parents in the family business in Bend, OR, in February 2013 after five years of active duty with the Marines. “Most of the guys I know are still trying to get back on their feet, and I was really lucky to have this business to come straight into,” says Palmer. “I couldn’t ask for a smoother transition; I went from working in uniform to working in a polo. Every single day, I feel like I accomplish something. Coming out of the Marine Corps, I felt like I was really making a difference, and I still feel like that, helping my clients make one of the biggest decisions of their life. What I do matters.”