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Why Huddle House is one of the best franchises for immigrant entrepreneurs

Sam Shah and his wife, Prusha, have their arms around each other as they stand in front of their hotel and restaurant. Signs for Days Inn and Huddle House can be seen on the building in the background.
Sam Shah and his wife, Prusha, opened a Huddle House in their Days Inn franchise in Pennsylvania. Since opening, the Shahs have seen double-digit sales increases and higher occupancy rates.

Owning your own business is the ultimate American dream, and perhaps even more so for newer Americans. In fact, new Americans are more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start their own business, according to Entrepreneur magazine. And if you’re wondering why we believe we’re one of the best franchises for immigrants, consider this: 60% of our last 50 franchise agreements were signed by first- or second-generation entrepreneurs.

Immigrants are the fastest-growing group of business owners in this country, and Huddle House is doing everything we can to make the transition to entrepreneurship go smoothly. We encourage entrepreneurs from all over the world to open their own restaurant franchise with us, and we have the support in place to help them be successful.

“We embrace immigrant entrepreneurs and have worked closely with immigration attorneys to allow for EB-5 visa applicants to join our system,” says Christina Chambers, Vice President of Franchise Development. “Since we allow for investor-owners to partner with a qualified day-to-day managing operator, our owners can start their business while working through the visa program.”

‘Franchises provide even more value’

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program confers green card status – legal residency in the U.S. – on anyone who can invest at least $1 million in a business that will employ a minimum of 10 American workers. With a median investment of around $1 million, Huddle House can accommodate qualified EB-5 visa holders with either multi-unit opportunities or even single-unit investments, if they also purchase the land.

With one or several Huddle House locations, immigrant entrepreneurs become job creators, with an average of 20-25 people needed at each restaurant, and can help positively impact the American economy.

The exterior of a Huddle House restaurant with an American flag in front.
The American dream of owning your own business is very appealing, especially to those who are new to this country. Huddle House welcomes immigrant entrepreneurs.

The Kauffman Index reports that immigrants comprise 27.5% of all new entrepreneurs in the U.S., even though they only represent 13.5% of the U.S. population, according to Entrepreneur columnist Jim Judy.

“Franchising continues to be popular for budding entrepreneurs who prefer having a proven model of success, established brand equity and support systems in place to help their business grow,” Judy writes. “For immigrants looking for their piece of the American Dream through small-business ownership, franchises provide even more value.”

The best franchises for immigrants

Looking for the right franchise that meets your business goals can be challenging, no matter where you’re from. Immigrants in particular will likely want a proven concept that works in many different formats and communities and offers a lot of support.

In addition to understanding the particular needs of immigrant entrepreneurs who may be new to this country or who don’t have a long background in American business ownership, Huddle House meets the criteria as one of the best franchises for immigrant investors in many ways.

We are a well-established brand and one of the longest-operating breakfast franchises in the country, having been in business since 1964 and franchising since 1966. We’re known for our signature Southern hospitality, our all-day breakfast and hearty meals at affordable prices.

We’re big, but not too big. We have more than 400 units open and in development nationwide, and we had record growth in 2017. Our growth is strategic as we introduce Huddle House to new territories and a whole new legion of fans.

We understand what kind of support our franchisees need. We are prepared to offer our expertise and training, particularly to new franchise owners, and we also know how to set you up for success if you’re already an experienced franchisee.

Learn more

If you’d like to know more about the franchising opportunities with Huddle House, which is considered one of the best franchises for immigrants, please fill out the short form on this page. We will send you a password to access our proprietary Huddle House Franchise Information Center, which includes more in-depth information about our brand. We look forward to hearing from you!