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Important Legislative Issues to Draw Record Participation in Franchise Grassroots Meeting

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Contact: Alisa Harrison, 202-628-8000  

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11 - Recognizing a change coming to Washington, hundreds of franchising entrepreneurs and professionals will descend on Capitol Hill this fall to discuss key small-business issues facing the franchising sector, the International Franchise Association (IFA) said today.

“Participation in IFA’s public affairs conference, the Annual Franchise Appreciation Day, has grown considerably over the past few years because members have recognized the importance of engaging Congress,” said David French, vice president of Government Relations.  “With the 110th Congress rushing to finish legislative business before a critical Presidential and Congressional elections this November, the franchising sector is keenly aware of the negative impact pending legislation could have on their enterprises.”

Franchised small businesses have continued to expand, creating new American jobs. According to a recent study, the sector generates employment for 21 million Americans and contributes in excess of $2.3 trillion, or nearly 11 percent, of the nation’s private-sector economic output. 

IFA’s Ninth Annual Franchise Appreciation Day activities, scheduled for Sept. 15-16 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, include briefings and roundtable discussions on key issues affecting franchising, including affordable health care, card-check union organizing and practical immigration reform, and face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and key staff.

Paul Begala, a popular political pundit and former White House aide to President Clinton, will provide a political perspective on the fall election as the event’s keynote speaker.

For more information about the 9th Annual Franchise Appreciation Day, visit


About The International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,300 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at