192 FRANCHISE BRANDS CALL ON CONGRESS FOR MORE PPP LOANS, GREATER ELIGIBILITY

August 06, 2020

Leading Businesses Ask Congress to Increase Eligibility for their Franchisees in Upcoming Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., AUGUST 6 – 192 leading American franchise brands today sent a letter to Congress calling for expanded access to a proposed second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which is currently under discussion in Congress.

Congress’s current PPP proposal includes a provision requiring businesses to have a revenue decline of greater than 50 percent before accessing the second round of funds. While the International Franchise Association (IFA) members on the letter believe that a revenue decline threshold is important, setting that threshold at 50 percent excludes many small businesses in need of support.

“This letter highlights the overwhelming need for additional relief for franchise small businesses,” said Matt Haller, IFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “The small businesses that comprise these brands have worked to create a safe, clean, and compliant environment for their customers and employees alike, often while operating at a greatly reduced capacity. Congress should act quickly to support small businesses like these as the pandemic continues to ensure they can stay afloat and keep their employees during this difficult time.”

On behalf of their franchise owners, the letter signatories are asking Congress to lower that threshold. According to market research firm FRANData, more than 100,000 franchise businesses have had revenue declines between 25 and 50 percent.

In part, the letter states:

Many small businesses like the ones in our systems operate on slim margins. For them, a revenue decline could mean the difference between staying in business or closing. For their employees, this revenue decline could mean the difference between remaining at work and receiving benefits or joining our nation’s too-high number of unemployed people.

For businesses with revenue declines of less than 50 percent – businesses currently excluded from Congress’s proposal – access to a second round of PPP funding, and a new, long-term, low-interest loan program, may prove the lifeline they need to stay afloat throughout the economic recovery. Many of these businesses initially benefited from PPP, but through no fault of their own, remain closed or forced to operate at reduced capacity to protect public safety and health for their employees and customers. This second round of funding and access to these long-term loans is akin to a targeted investment from the federal government into the very businesses where it can make the most difference.

The full letter is available online here.

The brands signing the letter are listed below, along with the state where they are headquartered.

American Family Care, AL

American Family Care Urgent Care, AL

P3 Cost Analysts, AR

Amazing Lash Studio Franchise, AZ

Assisted Living Locators, AZ

CarePatrol, AZ

Daily Jam, AZ

Massage Envy Franchising, AZ

V's Barbershop, AZ

Archibald's Drive Thru, CA

Aussie Pet Mobile Inc., CA

Big Mamas and Papas Pizzeria, CA

Brain Balance Achievement Centers, CA

California Closets, CA

COIT Cleaning and Restoration, CA

Curves International, CA

Drybar Holdings LLC, CA

Franchise Services, Inc., CA

Home Care Assistance, CA

MADabolic, CA

Mathnasium Learning Centers, CA

PIP Printing, CA

Sir Speedy Printing, CA

Stratus Building Solutions, CA

TeamLogic IT, CA

The Closet Trading Company, CA

The Good Feet Store, CA

The UPS Store, Inc., CA

True REST Franchising, CA

World Gym International, CA

Yoga Six, CA

KKP, CN

Metal Supermarkets, CN

AlphaGraphics, CO

Frenchies Modern Nail Care, CO

Payroll Vault Franchising, CO

PostNet International Franchise Corporation, CO

Royal Aloha Franchise Co., CO

Sola Salon Studios, CO

Wayback Burgers, CT

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts, FL

EventPrep, Inc., FL

HEW fitness, FL

i9 Sports Corporation, FL

Nikita Hair, FL

OrangeTheory Fitness, FL

Paul Davis Restoration, FL

Precision Door Service, FL

PuroClean, FL

RSVP, FL

Signarama, FL

Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, GA

Carvel, GA

Church's Chicken, GA

Cinnabon, GA

Floor Coverings International, GA

Honey Baked Ham Co., GA

Jamba, GA

M Squared Franchise Consulting, GA

Maid Brigade, GA

McAlister's Deli, GA

Moe's Southwest Grill, GA

Pigtails & Crewcuts, GA

Schlotzsky's, GA

The Coca-Cola Company, GA

Workout Anytime Franchising Systems, GA

Your Pie Franchising, GA

Pancheros Mexican Grill, IA

CD One Price Cleaners, IL

Creative Colors International, Inc., IL

Image One Facililty Solutions, Inc, IL

Pivotal Growth Partners, IL

Spring-Green Law Care, IL

Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc., IN

Wings Etc., IN

Nextaff, KS

A&W Restaurants, Inc., KY

FranNet, KY

AeroWest International, LA

Pizza Artista, LA

Cheesy Street Grill, MA

Dunkin' Brands, Inc., MA

FIC Restaurants, Inc., MA

Johnny Rockets, MA

Lapels Dry Cleaning, MA

Image360, MD

Roy Rogers Restaurants, MD

Sign by Tomorrow, MD

Signs Now, MD

Allegra Marketing, MI

Alliance Franchise Brands, MI

American Speedy Printing Centers, MI

At Your Side, MI

Best Life Brands, MI

ComForCare, MI

Detroit Kid City Franchise, MI

Dryer Vent Wizard, MI

Franworth, MI

HOODZ International, MI

Hungry Howie's Pizza and Subs Inc., MI

Jabz Franchising, MI

LaVida Massage, MI

Molly Maid, MI

Mr. Handyman, MI

Sobeck Enterprises,Inc., MI

Great Clips, Inc., MN

Haagen-Dazs, MN

Insty Prints, MN

KidCreate Studio, MN

Miracle-Ear, Inc., MN

Slumberland Furniture, MN

American Poolplayers Association, MO

Fish Window Cleaning, MO

Hair Saloon, MO

BeLocal, NC

Blue Moon Estate Sales, NC

East Coast Wings + Grill, NC

Famous Toastery, NC

Golden Corral Corporation, NC

N2 Publishing, NC

Real Producers, NC

The Salt Suite, NC

Home Instead Senior Care, NE

1Huddle, NJ

Closet & Storage Concepts / More Space Place, NJ

Eye Level Learning Centers, NJ

K9 Resorts, NJ

Lawn Doctor, NJ

Lightbridge Academy, NJ

UCMAS Mental Math Schools, NJ

Hampton Coffee Company, NY

Home Helpers Home Care, OH

Pet Wants Franchise System, OH

Window Genie, OH

Express Services, Inc., OK

Elmer's Restaurants, Inc., OR

Auntie Anne's, PA

CertaPro Painters, PA

FirstService Brands, PA

GNC, PA

Green Home Solutions, PA

Painting with a Twist, PA

Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, PA

Rita's Franchise Company, PA

Soccer Shots, PA

Adventure Kids Playcare, TX

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning, TX

Bumper Man Inc., TX

Childrens Lighthouse, TX

FASTSIGNS International, TX

Five Star Painting, TX

Franchise Drivers Inc., TX

Glass Doctor, TX

Gold's Gym International, TX

iCode Franchise Inc., TX

Ivy Kids Early Learning Center, TX

Kwik Kopy, TX

Mr. Appliance, TX

Mr. Electric, TX

Mr. Rooter, TX

Neighborly, TX

Rainbow International, TX

Salons by JC, TX

Sport Clips, TX

The Ground Guys, TX

The Lash Lounge, TX

The Woodhouse Day Spas, TX

Twin Peaks Restaurants, TX

Urban Air Adventure Park, TX

Wanna Play Playcare, TX

Xpressdocs, TX

Athletic Republic, UT

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids, UT

InXpress, UT

Lendio, UT

Real Property Management, UT

Abrakadoodle, VA

Archadeck, VA

Conserva Irrigation, VA

FIT20 USA, VA

Home Clean Heroes, VA

Kinderdance International Inc, VA

Mosquito Joe, VA

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, VA

Outdoor Living Brands, Inc., VA

Ynot Italian, VA

Ben & Jerry's Franchising Inc., VT

EarthWise Pet, WA

Skyhawks Franchise Group, WA

Culver's Franchising System, WI

Taco John's, WY

Myfrii Franchise

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