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Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Named in List of 50 Top Franchises For Veterans

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, North America’s largest home inspection franchise, was recently named on World Franchising Network’s list of the 50 top franchises for veterans. The list was featured in USA Today on June 20. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors was chosen for its number of veterans serving as franchisees within the system.

The World Franchising Network chose 50 franchisors from over 300 companies that were evaluated for the opportunity to be featured on the list. Participating franchisors filled out questionnaires that were used to obtain both the absolute number and percentage of the total number of operating units owned or managed by veterans. Out of the 428 U.S. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchises, 34.8 percent, or 149, are currently either owned or managed by veterans.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors participates in The International Franchise Association’s VetFran program, which helps veterans find franchise opportunities, and they offer a 10 percent discount on the initial franchise fee to veterans who qualify to become franchisees.

“Pillar To Post is very proud of its commitment to honoring our veterans and providing them with the opportunities they need to be successful,” said Dan Steward, president and CEO of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

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Pillar To Post Named One of 2014’s Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises by U.S. Veterans Magazine

Pillar To Post has been named one of the top veteran-friendly franchises in 2014 by U.S. Veteran’s Magazine. The magazine released the early results for their 2014 ranking on March 4.

U.S. Veterans Magazine polls hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in order to determine its Best of the Best evaluations. The magazine seeks to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review provide a valuable resource for job seekers, business owners, students, consumers, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

“We are honored to be ranked as one of the nation’s most veteran-friendly companies,” said Dan Steward, president and CEO of Pillar To Post. “This distinction reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence in all aspects of the business and our dedication to providing opportunities to all of those who serve or have served our country, as well as their families, to build a successful career after their service is complete.”

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U.S. Veterans Magazine Releases Early Results for the 2014 Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polls hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for its 2014 Best of the Best evaluations. At USVM, our goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

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Franchise Expo breaks records in Houston

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, so it’s not too surprising that Franchise Expo South broke records during its first year in Houston.

Nearly 11,000 visitors and more than 200 franchisors attended and exhibited at the event, which ran Feb. 6–8 at Reliant Center. Both figures are the largest in the show’s eight-year history. It previously had been held in Miami.

Visitors came from 38 states and 18 countries, though most were from the greater Houston area.

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Pillar To Post Awarded 2014 Franchise Satisfaction Award by Franchise Business Review

Pillar To Post has been awarded Franchise Business Review’s 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. The Franchisee Satisfaction Awards are part of a national project that looks at franchisee satisfaction at some of the country’s most popular franchise brands. Now in its 9th year, the “FBR50” is the only awards program to rank companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction. Pillar To Post is ranked in the top 50 for the second year in a row.

Franchise Business Review determines the recipients of its Franchisee Satisfaction Awards by surveying well over 300 brands and thousands of franchisees. Franchises are then ranked based on their assumptions. The surveys cover topics such as FDD information, training, startup assistance, financial future from a franchisee’s perspective, ongoing support, marketing programs and more. They then calculate an average for all surveys and rank all brands that score above average on their shortlist. This is the second year in a row Pillar To Post has been ranked as one of Franchise Business Review’s top franchises. The company has been included on the short list for four of the last seven years.

“We are honored to be ranked as one of the top franchises in the country and to win the Franchisee Satisfaction Award,” said Dan Steward, president and CEO of Pillar To Post. “It is especially meaningful to receive this award because it is determined entirely by a survey of our franchisees. We are dedicated to providing the systems and support to allow our franchisees to build strong, profitable businesses while offering the highest quality services to their community. Receiving an award based on their satisfaction means we’re doing our job.”

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PILLAR TO POST – Ranked # 1 Home Inspection Company #118 overall in Top 500 Franchises

We are thrilled to announce that Pillar To Post has been ranked the #1 home inspection franchise and #118 franchise overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Franchise 500®. “Entrepreneur” is the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise measurement and ranking tool. There are over 4,000 franchises in North America and Entrepreneur shortlisted 836 of them for intensive review.

Franchise 500® recognized Pillar To Post for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength, stability, growth rate, system size, litigation record and franchisee success rate. Pillar To Post has held the top home inspection spot for most of the last 14 years and this year’s ranking at #118 is 68 spots higher than last year’s ranking at #186 and 145 spots higher than being #263 the year before. The listing is published in the magazine’s January 2014 issue.

“We are honored and humbled to be ranked #1 in the home inspection category and No. 118 overall,” said Dan Steward, president and CEO of Pillar To Post. “This distinction reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence in all aspects of the business and the outstanding work being done by our dedicated franchisees. I am very proud of everyone in our organization.”

“Without a doubt, we achieved this ranking thanks to the high-quality services and expertise provided by our franchisees, so we’re glad to share the honor with them, and to have them share it with their customers and communities. This list will help keep Pillar To Post top of mind for our customers, increase brand recognition, grow the system, and drive more customers to individual businesses. It’s a fantastic thing for the whole Pillar To Post family!”

Over its 35 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for entrepreneurs. Pillar To Post’s position on the ranking reinforces its strength in the industry.

The rankings for all 500 companies are determined using an exclusive formula that takes into account objective and quantifiable factors. An independent CPA analyzes all financial data. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. All franchises are given a cumulative score, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

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As Featured on Yahoo: Top Franchises You Can Launch for Less Than $50,000

Business ownership doesn’t have to be super-expensive. Sure, some franchises cost thousands–even millions–of dollars to start. But a growing number of franchisors are coming up with home based and mobile options, as well as new technologies, to help keep costs down for franchisees. Below, you’ll find Entrepreneur’s Top Low-Cost Franchises, 97 businesses that can each be started for less than $50,000.

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