WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2019 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) hosted the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting (FAN) this week.
FAN gives franchise business leaders from across the country the opportunity to meet directly with key members of Congress to discuss important legislation impacting the franchise business model. More than 350 franchise owners and advocates attended the 2019 meeting, which ran from Sept. 9th through the 11th.
“FAN is a celebration of the power of franchise businesses making their voices heard in our nation’s capital. Attendees’ presence and involvement shows the collective strength of franchising,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “By gathering so many business owners here in Washington, we are able to amplify the message that franchise businesses are local businesses and that local ownership is the key to our success.”
Events like the FAN Annual meeting give emerging franchisors like Cinch I.T. (a Massachusetts based technology franchise designed for sales professionals) the opportunity to have a strong voice in their local government policy decisions. “Government officials tend to rely on franchises to provide support as it is clearly recognized that voters have a favorable opinion of family-owned franchises,” said Charles Dobyns, CEO of Franchise Dynamics.
The FAN meeting featured presentations from two successful franchise business and non-profit leaders, the day of lobbying on Capitol Hill, the Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner, educational programming for franchisees, the Franchisee of the Year Awards Dinner, and the Taste of Franchising closing reception.
IFA’s Franchise Action Network, or FAN, is the association’s industry-leading grassroots network of advocates across the country, serving as the voice of America’s 733,000 franchise businesses in Washington and state capitals across the country.
Marketing Associate, Cinch I.T.