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Tell Your Story to Congress; Hear From Thought-Provoking Political and Policy Speakers

Don’t miss IFA’s 14th Annual Public Affairs Conference to advocate on behalf of franchise businesses.

Join hundreds of franchise business leaders in Washington, D.C., Sept.16-17, at the most important advocacy event of the year. The International Franchise Association’s Public Affairs Conference is your opportunity to meet with your members of Congress and advocate for issues of importance to your business and franchising.

Tell Your Story

Poll after poll demonstrates the biggest issues on the minds of Americans are still jobs and the economy. And we all know that “Franchising = Jobs.” That’s why it’s so important to come to the nation’s capital this year – again or for your first time – to tell Congress your story of economic development and job-creation. While many franchise brands are recognizable at a national level – our local franchises are truly America’s “hidden” small businesses in almost every town across the country.
Members of Congress need to hear directly from you – the job creators in their states and districts. They need to know how franchising contributes to the local economy and how the issues Congress deals with, such as fixing health care reform, immigration, tax reform and work-force policy issues, will impact your business in their area.

Hear From Exciting Speakers

ADP is the Founding Sponsor for the IFA Public Affairs Conference and Franchisees of the Year Award Sponsor. IFA is excited to announce that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will speak during IFA’s Public Affairs Conference. Rubio previously served as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address. He will provide updates on legislative issues affecting the franchise industry including immigration reform. He will also comment on the veterans bill he has co-sponsored to create a tax credit for veterans and their spouses who purchase a franchise, equal to 25 percent of the total initial franchise fee.

POLITICO Co-Founder and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei

Jim VandeHei leads this highly influential political website and newspaper that Washingtonian magazine hails as a “media phenomenon.” VandeHei, along with co-founder John Harris, left the Washington Post in 2006 to create the all-politics-all-the-time site, and the company has been a smashing success ever since. Drawing on 15 years of experience in Washington journalism, VandeHei directs POLITICO’s editorial content and oversees its business strategy – amalgamating old media values of fairness and accuracy with the speed and immediacy of new technologies.
VandeHei takes audiences on a full tour of the complex political issues facing America today, while providing an engaging, precise and often humorous take on the decisions of the political newsmakers.

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

Scott Brown is a prominent policy thought leader in American politics. During his keynote, he will share with attendees his take on the issues most important to franchising and his thoughts on the state of politics in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Brown represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate from 2010 to 2012, a seat he notably took over in a special election following the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

While a member of the Senate, Brown was a known problem solver working with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Congress in an independent manner. Prior to his time there, he led an active political career in Massachusetts where he was a member of the State Senate from 2004 to 2010, the State House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004 and the Massachusetts General Court.
Brown currently serves as counsel for Nixon Peabody LLC and is a commentator for FOX News. He also served in the Army National Guard for 33 years, currently holding the rank of colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Brown earned his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School and undergraduate degree from Tufts University.

Join IFA for the 2013 Taste of Franchising. While nearly 400 industry representatives walk the halls of Congress delivering messages highlighting the industry’s achievements and challenges during the Public Affairs Conference, the Taste of Franchising event provides a different type of exchange. Members of the franchise community will join lawmakers, policymakers and their staff for a relaxing evening surrounded by delicious dishes donated by sponsors to top off the day’s activities.

Franchising Votes App

While you’re at the Public Affairs Conference, be sure to download and use the Franchising Votes app. It will give you the tools you need to protect, enhance and promote franchising on Capitol Hill, and later in your home state and legislative district.

The app will allow you to review organizational talking points, access information on your members of Congress, view meeting schedules and promote congressional meetings by posting updates, photos and videos to social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. To download, search your app store for “IFA Franchising Votes.”

Erica Farage is senior director of political affairs, grassroots advocacy & multi-unit franchisee engagement for the International Franchise Association. Find her at fransocial.franchise.org via the directory.

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