This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 7-Eleven Franchising . All opinions are 100% mine.
We’re taking a quick break from organizing and DIY to announce a really neat contest that I think will be of interest to quite a few of you. Probably because of my own military affiliation (proud Army spouse for nineteen years!) I know that we are fortunate to have lots of readers who are affiliated with the military–active duty, spouses, veterans, parents and children of service members, and the list goes on. We love and appreciate every one of you! And when an opportunity like this one comes along, I have to share.
If you’re not eligible for this contest yourself, please take a minute to forward this post to someone who is, or share it using the social share buttons at the end of the post.
Here’s the scoop: 7-Eleven is giving away a convenience store franchise to an eligible military veteran! Pretty cool, huh? Don’t delay on this, though, because the contest launched on 11/11/14 (last Veteran’s Day) and the initial entry phase ends on 1/25/15–so you only have a few weeks to enter. You enter at OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND.
Here’s how the whole things works:
1. Enter — the first step is to enter the contest here.
2. Apply — next, you’ll fill out a more detailed application (the deadline for these first two steps is January 25, 2015).
3. Finalists announced — the top ten finalists will be announced in March 2015.
4. Make a video – each finalist will create a video explaining why they should be the winner.
5. Videos are posted to Facebook — all finalist videos will be posted to the 7-Eleven Franchising Facebook page.
6. America votes — the top three are flown to Dallas for a final interview.
7. We have a winner! — the 7-Eleven franchise winner is announced April 13, 2015.
Pretty, neat, huh?
So, I had some questions about the contest, and just who is eligible. You can see all of the FAQs (and answers!) here. I also dug around a bit to get the backstory on 7-Eleven. Now, I grew up going to 7-Eleven all the time (I have a Slurpee addiction), but I wasn’t married to an Army guy when I was in high school, so I wasn’t really paying attention to their commitment to veterans and the military. So here are a few things I learned about 7-Eleven and the franchise industry:
• Joe DePinto, the President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., is a military veteran (no surprise there–ours vets make awesome corporate types and business owners because of their experience!).
• 7-Eleven was voted Best for Veterans franchise.
• In the past four years, 203,890 new veterans and military spouses have started franchising careers and 5,608 vets have become franchise owners.
• In the past year, 50,000+ vets have found employment in the franchise industry. We always wonder what we’re going to do when we “get out.” Looks like franchises are a very viable option and opportunity!
7-Eleven is absolutely committed to U.S. Veterans, with special franchising opportunities that aren’t available to the general public (hello? Up to 20% off the initial franchise fee AND special financing!). And if you’re considering entering this contest, or franchising in general, here are a few things to remember about 7-Eleven franchising:
• It’s turnkey–they provide the store, land and equipment.
• A gross profit split means they’re invested in your success.
• You get extensive training support from franchise pros.
• Start-up is fast (3-6 months) and they’re with you every step of the way.
• All-you-can-drink Slurpees (sorry, that’s mine–couldn’t resist!).
Read more about starting your own franchise here. Or, watch the video:
So, please be sure to enter and share with your friends who are veterans. Good luck!
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