June 28, 2012
On June 15, USA Today published its third annual list of the “50 Top Franchises for Veterans” as compiled by the World Franchising Network, and The Cleaning Authority was right there in the front lines.
Over 400 franchises applied for the honor, with the criteria being the number and percent of offices owned by veterans, the number of veterans in senior management, and what kind of special offers the franchise makes just for veterans.
On this last point, The Cleaning Authority received special mention for its generous offer to all qualified veterans — A full 50% discount off their initial franchise fee!
Better still, through the Patriot Express Loan Program, many veterans can also qualify for streamlined loans partially guaranteed through the Small Business Administration.
According to Rob Bond of the World Franchising Network, “It is encouraging to note not only the increasing percentage of veterans that either own a franchise or manage company-owned stores, but also how many veterans are among the management ranks of the franchisor system itself.”
As Allen Thrift, Sr. VP of The Cleaning Authority and proud veteran of the U.S. Navy puts it, “As a veteran myself, I fully understand the importance of serving my country, and I can’t accept the fact that so many of our fine, highly-trained, highly-qualified veterans are having difficulty finding success when they return to the business world.”
“We believe we have a lot to offer with our franchise opportunity, and that these people have a lot to offer us.”
Brian Wallace, also a Navy veteran, and The Cleaning Authority’s “Franchisee of the Year” for 2011 adds, “In the Navy, I learned the value of having a plan (back then we called it orders), and then taking the responsibility to follow it. I’ve been able to transfer that learning to running my business here at The Cleaning Authority, where they have an excellent plan, and great support as well, and it’s worked out very well for me.”
About The Cleaning Authority
Founded in 1989, The Cleaning Authority currently operates 173 residential cleaning franchise locations nationwide.The company features a unique Detail-Clean Rotation System®, proprietary operations software, national call center, and an extensive employee training program that is a model for the residential cleaning industry. The Cleaning Authority is privately held and headquartered in Columbia, MD.