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Denver, CO (February 23, 2012) – In an effort to make business ownership more attainable for U.S. veterans, PostNet, America’s first Neighborhood Business Center, is participating in a new fundraising initiative launched by Sprigster, the nation’s only donation-based crowdfunding platform focused exclusively on franchising. The “Boost a Hero” program features profiles of veterans, like PostNet’s Amanda Crow, seeking contributions from the “crowd” to help fund their business endeavors.
Crow, a 27-year-old Navy veteran, opened her first PostNet franchise in November 2011, and is looking to raise $90,000 in start-up capital towards the purchase of a second store in Virginia where she will continue to employ veterans and military spouses. Prior to launching her PostNet business, Crow served as the only female specials ops parachute rigger in the U.S. Navy for nine years. She and her husband first considered opening a ship and pack business after waiting in long lines at their naval base to send out Christmas cards. Amanda’s husband was killed in February 2010 while deployed at war, and she went on to realize the dream they shared.
“I’m honored to be a part of the “Boost a Hero” program and I’m humbled by the generous donations we’ve received thus far,” said Crow, who raised more than $2,000 towards her goal in less than a week. “Business ownership among veterans will contribute greatly to the revitalization of our economy, and Sprigster has developed a groundbreaking platform that allows the masses to support this important cause.”
Sprigster is currently working with franchisors like PostNet to qualify veterans for the “Boost a Hero” program. Sprigster also provides resources and coaching to assist the featured veterans in promoting their projects to friends, family, and the general population using social media tools.
“We are excited that PostNet is one of the first to join the ‘Boost a Hero’ program and embark on this effort to make franchise ownership possible for the brave men and women who’ve served honorably in our nation’s Armed Forces,” said Sprigster CEO Mark Mohler. “It’s an honor to offer a platform that will help someone as dedicated and deserving as Amanda Crow expand her business and achieve her business goals. We look forward to assisting even more veterans as they pursue franchise business ownership.”
Earlier this year, PostNet pledged its commitment to helping veterans by adding to the Veteran’s Job Bank – a hiring database led by First Lady Michelle Obama and supported by the International Franchise Association (IFA). Through the technology, PostNet adds a few specific tags to their existing job posting preferences that automatically import the postings into the national Veteran’s Job Bank. Furthermore, PostNet has committed to hiring 100 military veterans with a stretch goal of 150 by 2014, part of a national hiring plan called Operation Enduring Opportunity, which is being backed by the White House Joining Forces Initiative and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Helping veterans find employment and assistance with financing is a mission that is ingrained in our culture,” said Steve Greenbaum, CEO of PostNet. “Amanda is an incredibly inspiring woman who has been an invaluable addition to our franchise family. We’re committed to helping her and other veterans succeed in the entrepreneurial endeavors.”
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Founded in 1993, Denver-based PostNet has more than 700 locations worldwide, including several hundred U.S. locations. Each locally owned and operated PostNet Neighborhood Business Center specializes in meeting the design, printing, copying and shipping needs of businesses and busy consumers, with a focus on exceptional, personal customer service. PostNet centers offer full-service digital printing; full- and self-service copying; document binding and finishing; and services like graphic design, computer rental stations, private mailbox rentals and more. They also offer expert packaging services and shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. To learn more, visit www.postnet.com.
Sprigster is the nation’s only crowdfunding platform focused exclusively on franchising. Sprigster’s initial franchise platform, “Boost a Hero”, was designed to facilitate access to capital for qualifying U.S. veterans. Sprigster was founded by serial entrepreneurs, Mark Mohler and Todd Jones, who have both spent the past 15 years focused on small business formation, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship-based businesses. For more information about Sprigster, please visit www.sprigster.com. Also, please follow us on Twitter at @Sprigsterllc and check out our Facebook and Google+ pages. Media Contact: Monica Rutkowski, Fishman Public Relations; firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 945-1300 ext. 235 ###