Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper visited with IFA staff last week in Washington, D.C. as part of his outreach to trade groups whose members contribute to the economy in his state (franchise businesses are responsible for supporting 319,000 jobs and 17,000 franchise establishments in Colorado). IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira thanked Gov. Hickenlooper for his recent support to oppose a paid sick leave ballot initiative in Denver which would have negatively impacted franchise businesses and provided an overview of IFA’s work to create better bank-ready franchise borrowers through its ongoing Credit Access Campaign.
Gov. Hickenlooper was keenly interested in several recent news stories in Colorado about the IFA’s work to hire and recruit veterans to become franchise business owners through Operation Enduring Opportunity. He applauded IFA’s leadership in this area and urged us to continue working to hire and recruit veterans as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan draw down. With more than a million troops scheduled to return in the next several years, Gov. Hickenlooper has made it a priority of his administration to address the problem of homeless veterans, who face additional hurdles in their return to civilian life.