Over the past few months, the franchising industry has come under attack, creating headlines around the nation. There are many threats to be concerned with—from discriminatory minimum wage increases to changes in joint-employer status—that could alter the franchise business model as we know it. The IFA is working to neutralize these types of attacks and educate policymakers that locally-owned franchise businesses are America’s hidden small businesses that not only create jobs, but also provide incredible value to local communities around the country.
To defend the industry, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has launched a new strategic initiative called the Franchise Action Network (FAN). This network creates consistency by bringing franchisees and franchisors together to be one consistent and collective voice on behalf of the industry. re:group has teamed up with the IFA and we’re asking our clients to help by signing up. By building the Franchise Action Network across the nation, our industry will be prepared to handle future federal, state and city issues that threaten the franchising industry. Over the next several months, the FAN will be educating franchisees, franchisors and suppliers in each state on public policy issues in their area, which will position the IFA for successful legislative activity in the 2015 sessions beyond.
By joining the FAN, you will play a critical role in ensuring the franchise model remains an important part of the U.S. economy. re:group supports the IFA and Franchise Action Network and asks that our clients take a moment to learn more about the issues that could effect everyone in our industry. To learn more or to join the FAN, visit FranchiseActionNetwork.com.
If you have any questions about this, please reach out to Carey.Jernigan@regroup.us. Also, the Detroit Franchise Business Network will be discussing these issues at the January 13, 2015 meeting. Details to follow.