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ASP Helping Veteran Entrepreneurs

ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company Franchise Helping Veteran Entrepreneurs with Business Resources and Support

Our nation’s military veterans hold a special place in our hearts, so we wanted to find a way to help those veterans who are making the transition from the military to the civilian sector. ASP is honored to partner with Mission United, a local organization that serves veterans and their families by guiding them through a united system of comprehensive services, including connecting veterans to careers through education and training.

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Thomas P. Swift, Jr., President & COO of ASP, presented a workshop on the 10 Steps to Start a Business at the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center, located beside Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. Thanks to our partnership with Mission United, ASP was able to be a resource to over 40 entrepreneurial veterans who attended this special workshop.

Topics for the 10 Steps to Start a Business included:

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas and Do Your Research
Step 2: Build a Business Plan – 8 Areas
Step 3: Plan Your Finances and Budget – 4 Areas
Step 4: Choose Your Business Structure – 5 Basic Types
Step 5: Pick Your Business Name and Register with the State
Step 6: Obtain ALL Licenses and Permits
Step 7: Purchase Insurance
Step 8: Choose Your Partners and Team Wisely
Step 9: Grow Through Advertising
Step 10: Revisit Your Business Plan Annually

Learn the difference between starting a new company and buying a franchise.

 

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ASP Veteran Program Featured in Franchising USA

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Miguel Macias, 1st Winner of the ASP Veteran Program

Pool Franchise Looking to Expand Offers Veterans Valuable Discounts – Article by Franchising USA.

24-year Navy veteran and ASP franchise owner, Miguel Macias, is pictured in this publication by Franchising USA. Miguel became the first ASP business owner to have his full franchise fee waived by the ASP Veteran Program.

ASP Franchising is the corporate headquarters for America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool service franchise. The team at ASP franchising noticed many veterans were curious about business ownership and started showing interest in their swimming pool franchise. In 2015, the franchising team set out to form a veteran program franchise giveaway as a way to honor our nation’s heroes. Each year ASP will award one franchise to a qualified military veteran on Veterans Day. In addition to this exclusive giveaway, all qualified veterans who purchase a franchise receive a 15% discount on the initial franchise fee.

Many military veterans possess the skills needed to be great franchises such as commitment, trustworthiness, and unmatched determination to succeed. ASP wants to aid in unlocking that potential and help countless veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

On the franchisee side, ASP boasts a comprehensive training program and a strong support system.

For 11 days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, franchisees attend ASP’s Pool School on its campus in Macon, which features  14 working pools that have every kind of pool equipment conceivable.

At Pool School, in addition to the hands-on maintenance training, franchisees receive instruction in every aspect of running a business from marketing to billing to running QuickBooks.

Along with a local marketing team, the company has a national PR firm that supports franchisees, plus staff at headquarters who handle technical questions from franchisees throughout the day.

It’s possible!

Read the full Franchising USA article here or explore our veterans page to learn more about the ASP Veteran Program and the benefits to becoming small business franchise owner in the swimming pool industry.

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Franchising USA is a monthly digital publication bringing you all the latest news, expert advice, and information from the world of franchising.

 

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ASP Awards Winner of Veteran Program with a Free Pool Service Franchise New franchise to open in Reno, Nevada in April

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MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently announced the winner of their veterans program. The program, launched on Veterans Day 2015, was designed to honor the service given to our country with the awarding of a free pool maintenance franchise. The winner, Miguel Macias, will open his franchise in Reno, Nevada, this coming April.

“As a thank you for the service rendered to our country, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans by awarding one free pool service franchise each year to a qualified veteran,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer or ASP. “Though the program just launched in 2015, we are excited to have our first winner, and welcome Macias to the franchising family. We are thankful for the service he has given to our country and know that the skills he learned in the course of that service will prove beneficial in his new endeavor as an ASP owner.”

Macias served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, 13 of which were spent serving as an HR officer. After being stationed all over the world, Macias retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2015. When deciding what to do after retirement, he discussed the ASP opportunity with a friend and former ASP employee and was impressed by the comprehensive program they provide. From his military experience, Macias learned leadership, responsibility, and resourcefulness; skills that will directly translate to his work as an ASP pool service franchise owner.

According to Macias, his most remembered military moment was when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. At the time, he was working on a Navy destroyer pier-side in Norfolk, VA. After watching the news coverage of the event on TV, the crew was told to get the ship ready to deploy with no further instructions about where they were going or for how long. The crew busily prepared the ship and ended up patrolling in the New York/Boston area.

Before military service, Macias earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in management information systems and Italian studies. He also attended the school again while in the service and earned his MBA in Human Resources. Navy service is second nature to the Macias family as his wife is a retired Navy nurse and their oldest daughter is currently serving in the Navy.

Many veterans have a hard time during the transition process from serving in the military to becoming a civilian as military skills are hard to translate directly into business skills. However, the military does prepare you to have the confidence to start something new and make business decisions. Macias says he is “thrilled, excited, and grateful to the team for selecting me. I am very humbled and very blessed to have this gift, and excited to get going!”

Though the Macias family has only been in Reno a matter of months, they are excited about their new home and love the active lifestyle that residents lead. Macias hopes that as swimming season draws near that his ASP pool maintenance franchise will be the go to company for the residents of Reno.

ASP launched their veterans program in 2015, and plan to award a free franchise every year to one qualified veteran. As the nation’s leading swimming pool company, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and is honored to have them among their ranks.

To learn more about the ASP Veteran’s program, visit here.