FOG Member Announcement in Early January

 

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We need your help! Deadlines for the 2013 Spring/Summer Franchise Opportunities Guide are approaching, and we need your company’s text listing updated.

Listing Update Deadline – Spring/Summer Guide – January 18th

To make directory updates to the Franchise Opportunities Guide access the membership listing from IFA’s Member Portal on Franchise.org

If you need username and password, or have problems accessing the listing on Franchise.org, please contact your representative who oversees the state in which your business is headquartered.

Kelley Class kclass@franchise.org – AK, CA, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, MA, NC, NH, NV, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, UT, VA, VT, WV, & International

Carly Wooley cwooley@franchise.org – AL, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, LA, MS, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX

Greg Cook gcook@franchise.org- IA, ID, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY

EVALUATE YOUR COMPANY’S IMAGE…

Prospective franchisees use the Guide as a valuable resource when researching franchise opportunities. Is your franchise easily distinguished from your competitors’ listings in this key publication?

If not, we have solutions! Contact your IFA representative TODAY for assistance.

Act now, making placement in the Guide, and Franchise.org, a priority!

IRS issues employer mandate details

IRS issues employer mandate guidance (REUTERS)

IRS issues employer mandate guidance (REUTERS)

The IRS yesterday (December 28, 2012) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the employer requirements under the Affordable Care Act (Internal Revenue Code §4980H), many of which will take effect on January 1, 2014.

The mandate will require “applicable large employers” to either offer full-time employees (and their dependents) an “affordable” health benefits package that meets a “minimum value” standard, or face possible penalties. Applicable large employers are defined as employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees. IFA is reviewing the extensive 144 page rule, which was accompanied by a Q&A document, and will have a full analysis soon. The full rule is available here.

Also, IFA is offering franchise system webinars for IFA members interested in learning about the details of the law’s requirements, penalties and other implications for franchise businesses. To request a webinar, please email Kevin Serafino (kserafino@franchise.org).

In yesterday’s rule, the proposed regulations put forth are organized as follows:

· Definitions

· Rules for determining status as an applicable large employer and applicable large employer member

· Rules for determining full-time employees

· Rules for determining assessable tax payments under IRC §4980H(a)

· Rules for determining whether an employer is subject to assessable tax payments under section IRC §4980H(b)

· Rules relating to the administration and assessment of assessable tax payments under IRC §4980H

· Rules relating to transition relief in certain circumstances

The notice of proposed rulemaking is scheduled for publication in the January 2, 2013, Federal Register, and comments are due by March 18, 2013. In addition, the IRS announced a public hearing on the notice of proposed rulemaking for April 23, 2013, at 10 am. IFA will be submitting formal comments building upon the extensive comments already submitting regarding the law.

Year-end Video Update

We have prepared this short year-end video to highlight what we have achieved together to protect, promote and enhance franchising in a challenging year.

Best Wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year from your friends at the International Franchise Association.

NFL and IFA Launch Franchising Boot Camp

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy  Judith Thorman and Director of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy Erica Fitzsimmons traveled to the National Football League’s headquarters Dec. 12 in New York to announce a partnership  between the IFA and the NFL to execute the first-ever NFL Franchising Boot Camp, an intensive program for approximately 20 current and former NFL players and their spouses who are interested in learning about the franchising industry.

The boot camp is scheduled for April 26-29, 2013 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, named for Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and will be keynoted by Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a former NFL receiver for the Baltimore Colts and franchisee himself, who built an empire of 800 restaurants from one hamburger stand.

Several high profile players such as Drew Brees, a Jimmy John’s franchisee; Peyton Manning, a Papa John’s franchisee; and Colt McCoy, who has just signed on with Dunkin’ Donuts as a franchisee; have become part of our great industry. This boot camp will provide the opportunity for more NFL athletes to learn about franchising.

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From CEO to employee: Steve Greenbaum goes undercover at PostNet locations to learn what holds his company together

PostNet is the world’s fastest growing chain of neighborhood business centers.  Headquartered in Denver, CO, the company has grown to more than 700 locations in 39 states across the US, including a strong international presence in nine countries.  Steve Greenbaum co-founded the company in Las Vegas, when post offices failed to supply shipping materials to customers.  Now CEO, Greenbaum is focused on PostNet being the only business in America focused on providing resources to small businesses everywhere.

Hitting the road and going undercover within his own company on CBS’ Undercover Boss, Greenbaum hoped to experience firsthand, “the challenges that our franchise owners go through every day and learn what we can do to continue to help improve their businesses.”

“We need to take a look at what can be done to make our stores more than just another business,” said Greenbaum.  Working undercover as a packaging specialist in his Bronx, NY, location, Greenbaum worked side by side a Marine Veteran and realized how franchising, with a structured working environment, has become a perfect fit for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

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