Wednesday, January 19, 2011

VetFran Program on “20 To Watch” List for 2011

Franchise Times magazine included the VetFran Program - founded by my father, the late founder of The Dwyer Group - to its “20 To Watch” List for 2011. Each year the magazine predicts the industry’s top movers, shakers and money makers, and it’s a huge honor for the VetFran Program to be recognized in this list.

As the former chair of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Task Force, I am a big supporter of the VetFran program, which gives honorably discharged U.S. veterans incentives and discounts on purchasing franchises. Helping veterans transition into entrepreneurship is a great way for us to say ‘thank you’ for serving our nation.

Since the VetFran program was re-launched in 2002, more than 350 franchising companies have participated in the program. To date, more than 1,500 veterans have purchased their own franchises with the help of the VetFran program.

The Dwyer Group celebrated its 200th franchisee through the VetFran program in November. Army veteran Lonnie Oldham – along with his wife Nancy and son Clayton – opened a Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise in San Angelo, Texas. They were able to save $6,500 because of the VetFran Program.

Altogether, The Dwyer Group has given more than $1 million in discounts to veterans through the VetFran program. This is a milestone I think Don Dwyer Sr., late founder of VetFran and The Dwyer Group, would be proud. He established the program after the Gulf War as a way to honor our veterans and re-launched after 9/11.

If you’re interested in using the VetFran Program to open a franchise, you can visit to learn more. Go to to find out the other 19 to watch in 2011.

Here’s wishing you a world class day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Here's to Optimism

I count my blessings that The Dwyer Group has experienced such incredible growth and strength. And last week, the International Franchise Association released a forecast for 2011 that projects a 2.5% jump for the industry and some 194,000 new jobs: This is another incredible sign of the role small-business ownership will continue to play in moving our great country forward. The opportunity to be in business for yourself and not by yourself still thrives, and everyone at The Dwyer Group and across our franchise brands is excited to be a part of it.