Franchise Industry Leaders to Address U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 79th Annual Conference

In the IFA’s ongoing effort to develop positive working relationships with the elected leaders at all levels of government, on Sunday, June 19th, IFA Chairman Jack Earle, Managing Partner of Earle Enterprises, LP, and IFA Board of Directors Member Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, will address more than 500 mayors from across the country as part of the United States Conference of Mayors’ 79th Annual Conference.  They will be joined on the panel by USCM President, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, from Burnsville, Minn., Mayor Anthony Foxx, from Charlotte, N.C., and George Cloutier, CEO of American Management Services, Inc. and widely respected small business expert.


The plenary session, titled “Mayors and Small Business/Franchise Owners – Building a New Strategy to Retain and Create Jobs in America”, will give presenters an opportunity to discuss how the franchise industry can be a catalyst for job creation as the nation recovers from the recession and the challenges franchise businesses have faced in securing adequate capital necessary to grow and create jobs to their fullest potential. 

In 2009, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution supporting the role of small businesses in economic development.  The IFA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have been working together since to educate mayors across the country about the importance of franchise businesses in local communities.

Posted by Wayne Weikel, IFA State Director of Government Relations & Public Policy