SIGNARAMA has partnered with the International Franchise Association (IFA), the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to host the New Opportunities Workshop (NOW) to educate veterans on franchising and small business opportunities.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.During the workshop, a free online Veterans Franchise Toolkit and a new Mentor Network will be launched designed to connect veterans to business leaders and jobs. Speaking at the workshop will include SIGNARAMA President, Jim Tatem along with SIGNARAMA franchisee and veteran, Robert M. DeGroff.
DeGroff became a SIGNARAMA franchisee in February 2012 with the help of the VetFran program, an IFA initiative that helps returning veterans access franchise opportunities. Prior to becoming a business owner, DeGroff served in the United States Army from 1983 until 2011, most recently holding the title of Special Operations Command Sergeant Major.
“We are thrilled to be able to participate in events such as the New Opportunities workshop in support of our veterans and military,” said Jim Tatem, president of SIGNARAMA. “At SIGNARAMA we are committed to helping our veterans transition back into civilian life and find career opportunities, such as the success our veteran franchisee Robert M. DeGroff has had.”
In addition to SIGNARAMA’s participation in the New Opportunities Workshop, it will also participate in several job fairs aimed to hiring veterans including the Veteran Open House taking place on June 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Detroit Hall of Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. and the Recruit Military Veteran Job Fair on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
As Independence Day approaches, and with unemployment rates for some groups of veterans hovering at more than18 percent, franchising can provide an ideal career path for returning veterans to become leaders in the civilian economy. Recently SIGNARAMA announced an initiative that supports returning military members seeking to start a SIGNARAMA franchise. As part of the program, the company waived the franchise fee for one qualified U.S. military veteran, making it easier for them to start their own business. A saving estimated at up to $40,000.
SIGNARAMA is part of a successful system of business-to-business franchise brands and development services under the United Franchise Group. As part of the $30-billion-plus worldwide sign market, SIGNARAMA has been at the forefront of the sign industry for more than two decades providing cost effective advertising and branding solutions for companies to increase recognition. Growth continues to be a focus for SIGNARAMA, both domestically and internationally. Currently the company boasts almost 900 locations in more than 50 countries including Albania, Colombia and Australia.
Each and every SIGNARAMA store features trained specialists that understand the unique advertising and marketing needs of today’s constantly evolving market and can offer impactful solutions from digital signage to vehicle wraps, banners, and monument, neon, LED and pylon signs.