Weekly Feature

2018-03-08 / Business

‘W.E. Take the Lead’ poses 7-Eleven franchise available to female entrepreneurs

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, 7-Eleven Inc. will hold the “W.E. Take the Lead” women’s franchise giveaway contest, targeted exclusively to female entrepreneurs.

The contest is open to all eligible women interested in becoming an independent business owner with the convenience retailer. One woman will be awarded an initial franchise fee-free 7-Eleven franchise, for an initial franchise fee value of up to $190,000.

The winner will be required to pay a portion of the initial franchise fee for a store they select that is more than $190,000. There are additional fees and expenses that the contest winner will be required to pay as part of franchising a 7-Eleven convenience store.

This is the second year 7-Eleven has targeted women for the franchise giveaway. The multiphase contest includes submitting a detailed franchise application, meeting company franchising qualifications, preliminary interviews, a video submission, an in-store hands-on experience and a final one-on-one interview with 7-Eleven senior leadership for the top finalists, all of which will occur over an eight-month period.

“Last year we had such an incredible response, and we are excited to open the contest again to women who are interested in joining the 7-Eleven team,” said Dan Soper, 7-Eleven vice president of operations support. “7-Eleven encourages women entrepreneurship everywhere, especially in the neighborhoods in which we operate.”

The winner can choose any of the company’s corporate-operated 7-Eleven convenience stores available for franchising in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination. Interested women can enter online at franchise. 7-eleven.com/franchise/ we-take-the-lead now through May 7. The winner will be announced in October.

In addition, 7-Eleven will make a donation to the winning woman’s charity of choice that aligns with the 7-Eleven Project A-Game grant program. Project A-Game funds youth programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.

To qualify, an entrant must be age 21 or older; a legal resident of the U.S.; have sufficient financial resources; be able to move, at her own expense, to an area with 7-Eleven convenience stores available for franchising; have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience; and meet 7-Eleven’s new franchise qualifications.

Contestants will go through the same qualification process as all 7-Eleven franchise applicants, including, but not limited to, credit evaluation, background check, leadership test, business plan development, budget and store location preferences.

Refer to the contest’s official rules for a full description of all eligibility requirements for entering the contest.

This year marks the 54th year of franchising for 7-Eleven, and today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. An interactive map at franchise. 7-eleven.com/franchise/franchises for-sale indicates stores available for franchising.

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