Lynette Crow, founder of Colorado Springs-based Conspire drug screening company, is giving a franchise to a military veteran in Newark, N.J.
Crow will announce the project next week in Washington D.C. when hundreds of franchise owners descend on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about the issues facing small businesses.
Crow founded Conspire in 2003 and last year she moved to franchise her business. She has sold three franchises and has others in the works with a goal of 200 locations in the next two years.
Crow was recently moved by the stories of Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, who described what it is like to live in a high crime neighborhood. At the same time, the mayor reported that there are more than 5,000 military veterans who live in Newark.
“It tugged at me for several weeks,” Crow said. “The veterans need something to do – they are coming back into a crazy world. (Newark) is a place that needs some drug assistance.”
Crow said she wanted to help. She will waive the $30,000 franchise fee and work to find one military veteran other assistance to start the drug screening business, including bank loans and in-kind office construction. She will also look for donations of rent and overhead for the first six months of operation for the military veteran, she said.
“We are currently connecting with local banks to generate interest in support of our endeavor,” she said.
The veteran would have to be a qualified business owner, Crow said. Once all the funding pieces come together, she will announce how interested veterans can contact her.
“(Military veterans) have done a great thing,” Crow said. “They do so much for us.”