Dream Vacations Launches Annual Contest for Military Vets

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Operation Vetrepreneur winner 2018,
Christo Robinson

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, Dream Vacations is recruiting military veterans to enlist in its eighth annual "Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General" contest. The contest will award five veterans a free franchise; since 2012, Operation Vetrepreneur given away 37 franchises valued at nearly a half-million dollars. This year’s contest begins Memorial Day weekend and lasts through Saturday, August 31.

Five winners will be notified in September. Each grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary Dream Vacations franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will participate in a weeklong franchise training boot camp at Dream Vacations’ world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale in November. 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 supplied with all the tools and knowledge they need to begin their business creating dream vacations.    

All military veterans and Gold Star families who purchase a Dream Vacations travel agency business will receive an enlistment package valued at no less than $5,000 and ongoing support. They can select one of four perks currently being offered : $2,000 travel training credit; receive up to $7,000 back based on initial fee through the Earn Back promotion; waived administrative fees valued at $1,350; or a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet valued at $1,000. They also will receive a waived training fee for a business partner; veteran-themed marketing assets; and the ability to hire active-duty military spouses and veterans as associates at a discount. Additionally, veteran incentives include the ability to move residences and stay in business, LeisureCare Travel Insurance discounts for veterans, travel discounts for military customers and access to veteran networking groups.

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The 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 and an introductory phone interview with a franchise development specialist. Candidates will be required to submit a candidate profile, business plan, video and resume. Finalists will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected. 

Military veterans who have a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in opening a Dream Vacations travel franchise and want to be considered as a candidate for Operation Vetrepreneur, please visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or call 888-249-8235.

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