This past November, the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies launched a pilot program called Franchise Venture Planning in partnership with the USO.

The one-week program was designed to teach wounded, injured, or ill soldiers, their caregivers, and surviving spouses the fundamental analytical and operational skills around starting a franchise business. The program focused on both the fundamental decision to invest in a franchise as well as the operational, tactical, and strategic decisions needed to run a successful franchise. 

Dr. Ben Litalien, who also leads the Center’s Certificate in Franchise Management program, lead students through an intense week of case studies, lecture, guest speakers, and meetings with professionals who support our active duty and veteran community in business efforts.

At the program graduation ceremony, Associate Dean Edwin Schmierer compared Georgetown University's core value of Women and Men for Others to the military oath for service to country, and reminded the graduates to apply their knowledge and skills in service to others.

We wish the graduates success in their future endeavors, and we are proud to announce that Georgetown University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education will partner again with the USO to deliver the program four additional times in 2014.