Franchise industry continues to build relationships with SBA

IFA Franchise Congress member Amy Nichols (Dogtopia, MD) with SBA Administrator Karen Mills

The IFA participated in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week to highlight its expanded Credit Access Campaign. A sponsor of the week’s events, the IFA has been linked throughout the year with SBA’s “Jobs Act” small business nationwide tour. IFA’s Franchise Congress key contact advocacy group has been instrumental in building relationships with the SBA; Franchise Congress member Amy Nichols, franchisor of Dogtopia, MD, attended the Small Business Week event.

In addition, the recent SBA Jobs Tour Round table in Seattle, WA on May 9 was attended by Franchise Congress members Phyllis Pieri (Your Franchise Coach, WA), and Jerrod Sessler (HomeTask, Inc., WA), along with IFA member Barbara Carper-Ness (Profit Soup, WA). They had great success in broaching the subject of bank lending to franchises, as well as strengthening entrepreneurship in small markets. A special thanks to the continued involvement of IFA’s Franchise Congress at these key regional events!

IFA Franchise Congress member Phyllis Pieri (Your Franchise Coach, WA) with the SBA’s Steven Smits