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Local veteran buys franchise through nationwide military support program

By Keri Lunt Stevens daily Herald - | Nov 11, 2014

With the help of a home services company’s veteran support program, multiple U.S. military men and women are pursuing entrepreneurial dreams and becoming independent business owners.

Since its launch last year, 20 veterans have signed on to become franchisees through the Million Dollar Franchise Event (MDFE) program, an initiative sponsored by Home Franchise Concepts (HFC). One Utah serviceman, Sandy resident Kevin Griffin, is among them.

The program aims to provide $1 million in discounts to U.S. veterans and military service men and women interested in pursuing one of the company’s franchise brands, Budget Blinds and Tailored Living. To date, it has provided about $745,000 in discounts, according to Chad Hallock, founder and CEO of Home Franchise Concepts.

“I’m so proud and impressed by them,” Hallock said of veterans. “We put the program together to show them they’re not forgotten.”

MDFE helps veterans apply their acquired skills into the business world. Those who have signed on so far appreciate the support system of corporate but love the opportunity they have to own their own business, Hollock said.

That was exactly what made the program attractive to Griffin, a recent Washington State transplant who said while looking for work he dreaded the idea of working for someone else.

“I’m not a good employee,” he said jokingly. “I don’t get along good with the boss.”

Griffin, 58, recently became a franchise owner of Tailored Living, a custom home and garage organization solution based in Sandy. He runs the business out of a company warehouse, going from location to location with his trailer. His wife Maria does the books.

It’s the first Tailored Living franchise in the state.

Griffin said in addition to working for himself, he was drawn to the company because of its support system. Franchisees not only have access to corporate mentors, but they can connect with each other for advice and support.

“Anything I need to know is in the manual or a phone call away,” he said.

Griffin joined the U.S. Air Force in 1973 when he was 17 years old. He said he served as an Aircraft Environmental Systems Repairman, working as a mechanic on C-141 cargo planes at McChord Air Force Base in Washington.

Before moving to Utah earlier this year, he owned his own business selling and installing large lock-key mailboxes in new housing developments. He’s a true blue handyman, with experience in electrical, plumbing and all things home remodeling. With Tailored Living, Griffin helps clients get the most out of their space, whether its a closet, office, pantry, mudroom or garage.

“I believe I can fix anything in your house as long as it’s not your computer,” he said.

For other veterans considering the program, Griffin said he expects they’ll get from it what they put into it.

“It’s definitely an up-and-coming business,” he said. “For someone who wants to work for themselves, it’s a great way to go.”

To learn more about the Million Dollar Franchise Event program, visit homefranchiseconcepts.com.

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