VomFASS Honors Veterans with Franchise Opportunity

November 11th, Veterans Day, marks the anniversary of vomFASS’ participation in the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program, as well as membership in the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA).

David Gibson, CEO of vomFASS USA and a Vietnam Veteran, is eager to introduce returning military members to the benefits of business ownership and offers a substantial franchise fee discount in honor of their service.

Speaking recently, Jeff Young, Director of Franchise Development for vomFASS USA, said, “Veterans Day is a great time to think about those who have served our country and to consider ways they can transition into rewarding careers and business ownership. We have a lot of interest in vomFASS from our Veterans who are separating from service or returning from overseas. With 280 vomFASS shops around the world, it’s not uncommon that they visited one of our U.S. or international stores and fell in love with the concept. Military service provides great background experience for franchising, as candidates are already comfortable following systems and procedures.”

There are several programs in place to help Veterans get into business. Patriot Express is a business-financing program offered by the Small Business Administration that offers business counseling and expedited loan processing for Veterans. Another program, offered by the International Franchise Association, is VetFran, a discount offered by more than 450 franchise companies to Veterans in recognition of their service to our country.

According to the IFA, buying a franchise significantly reduces the risks of starting a new business, and it minimizes all the hard work of finding a location, negotiating a lease, hiring reliable contractors, and doing so quickly and within budget. More importantly, it allows a business start-up to build upon an established, successful system. When you buy a franchise, you are buying a complete turnkey business, with the training and marketing support of the franchise company and a line of proven products.

vomFASS is serious about its commitment to Veterans and currently has three Veterans in the company. As previously mentioned, David Gibson, CEO of vomFASS USA, is a proud Vietnam Veteran. Robert and Debbie Kay are the owners of the Sarasota, Florida, vomFASS franchise. Robert is a four-year Marine Corps Veteran who then enlisted in the National Guard in 2007, completing a tour in Afghanistan in 2012. Dustin and Lesli Tanski are owners of the Ft. Collins, Colorado, shop. Dustin became interested in culture and food when he served in the military in Washington and Korea from 1996 to 2000. “I love that the one thing all countries have in common is that when you go to visit, they share their food,” Dustin says. “The love of food is universal. I feel Crescendo (vomFASS sister store) brings the love of food from around the globe right home to your table. I think Crescendo will be the most cultural store in Colorado; it has a real international flair.”

Travel and service combine in the military to provide the experience and problem-solving skills needed for a successful vomFASS franchise. Our Veterans have used these qualities to thrive after their military duty.

A brief history of Veterans Day

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919; however, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Originally, Armistice Day was primarily set aside to honor veterans of World War I. But in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the Nation’s history, and after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, veterans service organizations successfully urged the 83rd Congress to replace the word “Armistice” with the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The observance of Veterans Day on November 11th not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

From Toni’s Kitchen

Thanksgiving, the greatest of foodie holidays, is fast approaching. The quandary is always the same… keep it traditional, or spice it up. The Cranberry Apple Chutney recipe below is the perfect answer. Traditional cranberry sauce has evolved into a beautiful and exotic chutney. It makes the perfect, up-scale accompaniment to that traditional dinner. Serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin or gourd to add seasonal flair.


Cranberry Apple Chutney
Makes 2 cups

2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup vomFASS Cranberry Vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 T. orange zest
1 T. ginger, grated
1/2 t. allspice
1 t. mustard seeds


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes. Remove cover and simmer over low heat to reduce excess liquid; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states in the United States regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.