CruiseOne and Dream Vacations have announced that their fifth annual Operation Vetrepreneur contest is set to begin Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
Military veterans will be able to enter the contest starting that day, and the contest will run through Thursday, September 1. The CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date. To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Thursday, September 1. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.com (website may not be live until May 30) or on the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise.
Candidates will participate in three rounds of judging. First, they will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan, video and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.
Five winners will be notified in September 2016. Each grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty in November, when they participate in a weeklong franchise training boot camp at the CruiseOne / Dream Vacations’ headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program. Once training is completed, winners will be armed with all the tools and knowledge they need to begin their dream business creating dream vacations.
A member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative, CruiseOne / Dream Vacations is committed to giving back to the military community and offers many incentive programs, including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. More than 30 percent of the home-based travel franchise system are military veterans or active-duty spouses.
The website may not be live until May 30.
Visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or call 888-249-8235