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Franchising Helps Veterans Get Jobs

Dedicated to Vet Fran

Just as Mr. Appliance is proud of the red, white and blue, we like to add a little orange too for all of our veteran franchisees who have served our blessed country. Andrew Olive, owner of Mr. Appliance of Comal/Guadalupe not only served our country in the Air Force, but served Mr. Appliance in a local interview for KABB San Antonio that focused on franchising and veterans.

Franchising Helps Veterans Get Jobs

By Grace White

As more and more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, they are finding the job field crowded and competitive. Instead of looking for a job, one local veteran decided to create one for herself and others.

A friendly greeting and a helpful hand, that’s how Air Force veteran Amira Olive and her husband built their business. After six years in the Air Force, instead of waiting for someone to hire her, Olive took a different approach. “What we like about franchising is that you have support,” said Olive.

The Olives’ purchased a Mr. Appliance franchise. It’s a national brand that works with a program called “Vet-Fran” to offer veterans training and discounted start-up costs. “We can basically set our own hours, we can work around our business and that’s the most important thing is to have time for our family.”

The Olives’ started their business four years ago. Amira says the skills she learned in the Air Force helped make her business a success. “What I learned in the Air Force is definitely discipline, a lot of my admin training comes from the Air Force, most importantly how to work as a team.”

“I think it’s great that she can leave the military and then enter into her own business and make it succeed with the skills she learned from there,” said Adrian Perez, a customer.

The veteran unemployment rate is improving. It was 12.4 percent last year for veterans who joined the service after 9/11. This year, it’s down to 8.9 percent.

Olive’s advice to those who still haven’t found a job, “Don’t give up, keep on looking. You’re a veteran, your skills are wanted.”

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