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IFA President & CEO Elected to Small Business Coalition Leadership

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2010—IFA President & CEO Matthew Shay has been elected Treasurer for the Small Business Legislative Council, a coalition of over 50 trade and professional associations that share a commitment to the future of small business.

“Being involved in the Small Business Legislative Council is a great way for IFA to leverage the strength of our membership with other organizations in which we have so many issues in common,” said Shay.  “As small businesses face a number of issues in Washington, D.C. such as new tax laws, healthcare reform and energy policy, it is critical that we work together to ensure that policy makers understand the impact of new laws and regulations on small businesses.”

As Treasurer of the SBLC, Shay will work with the coalition leadership to set the agenda for the coalition and will move into the chair position in two years.  IFA works with a number of other business organizations as well, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where Shay participates in the Committee of 100, a group of top business association executives. 

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About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.  Through its awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the 21 million jobs and $2.3 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in over 90 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.


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