Diversity Summit Details Financing Programs For Women and Minority Franchisees
For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Hill, 202-628-8000
WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 24 – Deciding which show to catch and what numbers to pick on the roulette table are hardly the challenges franchising leaders envision upon their arrival in Las Vegas in February. Rather, these attendees to the International Franchise Association’s 47 thannual convention Feb. 24-27 at Caesars Palace will look to discuss the challenges and new opportunities their franchise systems face with the changing demographics of today’s budding entrepreneurs.
Demographic trends are among the topics of the convention’s Diversity Summit, developed by the Minorities in Franchising Committee and the Diversity Institute, which will feature keynote speaker Minority Business Development Agency Sr. Dir. Ron Langston who will discuss these trends and share highlights of the latest Small Business Owner survey by the Census Bureau, particularly noting how these changes affect the growth and development of small businesses.
Franchise owners can also learn alternative financing strategies for women and minority franchisees and candidates. Executives of PostNet International Franchise Corp., MaggieMoo’s and the Metropolitan Business Collaborative will impart their wisdom on such strategies and financial options that can be tailored to small businesses in underserved communities.
Experts from Domino’s Pizza, Church’s Chicken, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Express Personnel Services, and law firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone will share insight into incorporating franchise systems into communities with diverse neighborhoods. Regarding the franchisee recruitment process, these sector professionals will detail the advantages in recruiting and finding qualified candidates.
Other highlights of the convention are presentations of major awards, including the Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award. Harrison, chairman of the IFA Diversity Institute, was the first recipient of this award, which was subsequently named in his honor to recognize those who have made significant contributions to minorities in franchising.
Founded in 2005 by the IFA and its educational foundation, the Institute focuses on helping the sector create strong diversity initiatives and execute successful diversity and inclusion plans through an array of foundation research, educational activities, resource development and communications.
As the world’s largest trade group representing franchising, IFA has promoted the small-business model of franchising since 1960. The sector generates more than 18 million U.S. jobs and boosts the nation’s economy by more than $1.53 trillion annually.
Convention registration and further details are available at www.franchise.org.
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