November 13, 2012

Vanguard Cleaning Systems Program for U.S. Military Veterans

SAN MATEO, CA (November 13, 2012) – Vanguard Cleaning Systems, a leading commercial cleaning franchisor, announced a program for U.S. Military veterans who have received their honorable discharge from the military. The program, in which initial franchise fees are reduced by 10 percent, is intended to create business opportunities in a rapidly growing category.

“The leadership and discipline I learned from the Marines combined with the business expertise and support I have received from the Vanguard regional office have helped me build a foundation for success,” said Shayne Saxton, Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Inland Northwest franchisee. “I’m proud to be creating a long-term business for me and my family.”

Shayne Saxton, a former U.S. Marine, was recognized by Vanguard Cleaning Systems as the Franchisee of the Year in January 2012 for his outstanding performance in delivering high-quality services to his clients.

“Simply put: Shayne’s a leader,” said Jim Uebelher, President of Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Inland Northwest. “He has used his expertise in organizing people and in operating around a shared goal to deliver great service to his customers. We’re proud of the contribution he’s made to our country and pleased to have him on ‘our team.’”

In addition to the 10 percent reduction of the initial franchise fee, prospective franchisees participating in the program will receive:

  • Initial business operations training in areas such as selling their own accounts, providing customer service and managing cleaning operations
  • The opportunity to purchase high quality cleaning equipment and supplies through the Vanguard regional office
  • Commercial cleaning customers
  • Invoicing and collection services for customers
  • Customer service assistance during the day
  • Ongoing business support – training on new equipment and techniques, operations, account sales and new business development

More information about the Vanguard Veteran’s Program can be found at

About IFA’s VetFran

The IFA VetFran Strategic initiative was founded in 1991 and includes more than 400 IFA franchisor member companies offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in small business ownership and/or a career path in franchising. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,100 veterans have become franchise business owners through VetFran. You can learn more about this organization at

About Vanguard Cleaning Systems®

Founded in 1984, the Vanguard Cleaning Systems® franchise organization has 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised businesses in North America.  Through a master franchise network of 53 regional offices, Vanguard Cleaning Systems® franchisees provide cleaning services for more than 15,000 commercial customers.

The Vanguard® franchise has been consistently ranked among the top franchises in North America, achieving a rank of #7 in the 2011 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and #15 in the 2012 D & B AllBusiness AllStar franchises.  You can learn more about the Vanguard Cleaning Systems® franchise organization at