DETROIT — Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. is conducting its first three-day training class for six U.S. Veterans who have been awarded franchise opportunities in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
Launched on Veterans Day in 2006, the Little Caesars Veterans Program creates an opportunity for veterans to become Little Caesars franchise owners. Through the program, qualified, honorably discharged veterans are eligible to receive a benefit of $10,000, and service-disabled veterans are eligible for a benefit of up to $68,000.
Since its inception, the program has received more than 1,100 inquiries from military veterans throughout the United States.
"We're very pleased to welcome these veterans as Little Caesars franchisees and it's exciting to see them starting new careers and becoming business owners," said David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. "We are very happy with the response the Little Caesars Veterans Program has received, and how it provides exceptional business opportunities for those who have served and sacrificed for their country and now wish to serve their communities."
The inaugural training class will provide the new franchisees with an overview of the required six-week training program in which all Little Caesars franchisees participate, as well as specific instruction on the Little Caesars operating system in the store environment, real estate and site selection.
Participants also will have the opportunity to talk with Little Caesars executives and company founder Michael Ilitch.
"I believe that the skills I learned in the military, including a focus on teamwork, dedication and a familiarity with processes, will help me be an effective Little Caesars franchisee," said veteran Patricia Evans, who will open a Little Caesars store in Valdosta, Georgia. "I'm excited about owning my own business and making decisions on a daily basis that impact the bottom line, as well as participating in the Valdosta community."
Little Caesars franchisees and veterans Robbie Doughty and Lloyd Allard, who opened their first Little Caesars store in Paducah, Ky., in February, will also participate in the class and offer insights about their experiences as entrepreneurs to-date.
The training will conclude with a celebratory gathering at Comerica Park where Doughty will throw out the first pitch as the Detroit Tigers take on the Baltimore Orioles May 2.