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Veterans Have until Sept. 13 to Win CruiseOne Franchise


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More than 75 people have already applied for Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General, the contest that will ultimately select five military veterans to win a CruiseOne franchise. The deadline to enter is Sept. 13, not Memorial Day as incorrectly reported in the June/July issue of Franchise Times.

This is the second year for the contest, launched by the home-based travel agency franchise as an effort to enlist more military veterans as franchise owners in honor of their service. “At CruiseOne, we salute military veterans and are pleased to offer them the opportunity to work in the exciting travel industry,” says CruiseOne’s Dwain Wall.

Contestants can expect a grueling schedule, which one of last year’s winners likened to the hit singing contest American Idol. First, candidates will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.

Five grand prize winners will be announced in November 2013. Valued at $12,700, each grand prize includes a free CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees.

Says Isaac Ingram, one of last year’s winners: “Each time I would make it to the next step, like American Idol, and you say, this isn’t happening to me,” he recalls. Today he’s getting down to business. “One of the things that you learn in the Navy, you create a plan and you stick with your plan.”

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