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How Veteran Franchise Centers Helps Veterans Follow Their Entrepreneurial Dream

Lonnie Helgerson has headed up Ident-A-Kid, Expetec and Computer Doctor, but he's also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Helgerson's latest company combines his knowledge of both worlds.

This story appears in the July 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

How did you go from the Army to franchising?

I spent a couple of years in active duty and then moved into the Army National Guard. While in the Guard, I started working for Super 8 Motels in the aviation department. One day Super 8's founder, Ron Rivett, and I were chatting in front of one of the hangars and I took his picture. In the background of that photo were his Learjet and Mercedes, and at that moment it dawned on me that I could do what he was doing by starting my own franchise company. A few years later I formed Computer Doctor, and the rest, as they say, is history. I still have that picture hanging in my office and look at it every day.

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