ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--They’ve earned their medals in the U.S. Armed Forces. Now veterans can prove their mettle in the business world with the Maid Brigade Veterans Franchise Giveaway, a program that will award more than $1.5 million in business ownership opportunities to 100+ veterans, creating more than 1,000 jobs nationwide.
The contest comes at a time when America's economy is down, but patriotism is high. Maid Brigade, the award-winning residential cleaning service and longtime supporter of the military, is offering new careers to veterans, a group it considers worthy, qualified, and proven as franchise owners. Currently, 10 percent of Maid Brigade owners are veterans; others in the network come from a range of careers.
The contest will launch on Independence Day, July 4, and conclude on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. To apply, veterans must visit www.maidbrigadegiveaway.com to complete the form and submit a short essay by September 30 on how their military responsibilities would translate to successful Maid Brigade franchise ownership.
Maid Brigade will waive its $14,500 Select Market Franchise fee for as many as 100 qualified veteran applicants. Additionally, one grand-prize winner will receive a new Maid Brigade franchise operation at zero cost — a total value of $45,000, which includes waived franchise fees, working capital, training, and equipment. Second and third place winners will receive similar packages valued at $27,500 and $17,500, respectively. A Select Market Franchise is designed for smaller geographical regions. Owners manage all business aspects of an operation and oversee staff that cleans homes following Maid Brigade's Green Clean Certified cleaning system.
An Esteemed Panel of Judges
Maid Brigade's four-member panel of judges consists of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael H. Miller; Ted Daywalt, military veteran and President of VetJobs, the leading military-related job board on the Internet and endorsed by The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Naval Reserve Association and the Veterans of Modern Warfare; decorated U.S. military veteran and Maid Brigade franchise owner Ray Toombs; and Maid Brigade Chairman and Founder Don Hay.
Maid Brigade's technology-driven business systems, highly standardized cleaning processes, and ongoing corporate support make its organization an especially good fit for veterans. While Maid Brigade has a history of supporting veterans, a new bill, the Help Veterans Own Franchises Act (HR 2672), has recently been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage other franchise businesses to offer veterans discounts.