To help combat the statistics which show that less than one-third of franchised businesses in the U.S. are owned by women,statistic 7-Eleven®, the world’s largest convenience store franchise is giving away a fee-free franchise to one deserving woman.
That is a prize package worth up to $190,00 and the company hopes the effort will increase its own number of female franchisee.
It’s a good franchise to own apparently because 7-Eleven® was recently named in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500.
The company also plans to make a donation to the winning woman’s charity of choice that aligns with its Project A-Games program. Project A-Game grants help provide youth a foundation for success by funding programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.
Hurry! The deadline to enter is this Friday, April 7.
Nice! Here is an excerpt from the press release with more details:
This multi-phase competition includes meeting company franchising qualifications, preliminary interviews, video contest and a final one-on-one interview with 7-Eleven senior leadership for the top finalists.
“Some of our most successful franchisees across the country are women,” said Larry Hughes, 7-Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “7-Eleven serves a diverse customer base, and the number of women shopping our stores continues to grow. More and more are choosing to become independent business owners, and 7-Eleven offers a proven system and one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities around.”
After meeting qualifications, submitting an essay and talking to 7-Eleven franchise sales representatives, the top 25 candidates will be invited to submit a video on why they deserve a 7-Eleven franchise. Up to seven will be selected from this pool for the semifinal competition. By voting for their favorite videos on the 7-Eleven Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7-Eleven’s franchise department management and narrowed to one winner.
The winner can choose any of the company’s 7-Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination. Interested women can enter online at WomensFranchiseGiveaway.com now through 11:59 p.m. CST on April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced in July 2017.
To qualify, an entrant must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants will go through the same qualification process as all 7-Eleven franchise applicants including credit evaluation, a leadership test, business plan development, budget, and store location preferences.
This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store. Today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. An interactive map at www.franchise.7-eleven.com indicates stores available for franchising.
The Fine Print: The contest is not open to eligible women who are legal residents of Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and where prohibited. All participants must read and agree to the official rules at WomensFranchiseGiveaway.com.
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