By: Robert PriceA local veteran is giving thanks for the big help he got opening a new business.Lenny’s Sub Shop celebrated the opening of a new location at Rittiman and Harry Wurzbach.It’s owned by Major Cody Roberson, who’s entering civilian life after twenty years of military service.He got help securing a loan to open the shop thanks to a program called “Operation Enduring Opportunity”, a joint campaign from the Small Business Administration and the International Franchise Association.Also, Lenny’s waived the nearly-thirty-thousand-dollar franchise fee.”What a tremendous opportunity to know that you don’t have to come up with that franchise fee, which is pretty expensive,” said Maj. Roberson.Lenny’s is giving fifteen free franchises to veterans through next year.There are already some two-and-a-half million veteran-owned businesses in the country.If you or someone you know is a veteran looking to get help, head to sba.gov

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