21 Current and Former NFL Players Kick Off Franchising Boot Camp

A new NFL Franchising Boot Camp has attracted 21 NFL players to tackle all aspects of franchising during an April 26-29 session at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Mich. NFL Player Engagement worked with the Ross School of Business and consulted with the International Franchise Association to design the program.

The 21 NFL players — 12 former players and nine active players, including 2013 Pro Bowlers Jahri Evans (New Orleans) and Russell Okung (Seattle) — will participate and hear from franchisees, franchisors, professors, former players and IFA executives about leveraging the resources and business practices related to franchise business ownership.  Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson, who spent more than three decades as a restaurant franchisee, will open the program as the keynote speaker.  Angelo Crowell, Don Davey, Tyoka Jackson and Jamal Lewis, former NFL players with franchise ownership experience, will share their viewpoints during panel discussions.

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Veterans: Register for VetFran’s Focus on Franchising at McDonald’s Hamburger University

VetFran at Hamburger U

On May 10th VetFran is staging a daylong program for 150 veterans at McDonald’s Hamburger University outside Chicago.  The free program is designed to enable veterans to assess franchising and its opportunities and will cover the fundamentals of franchising, legal issues, and franchise finance.  Speakers will include industry leaders and Board members of the International Franchise Association

Please click here to register.

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Featured speakers:

John Kujawa, (Coast Guard veteran) Vice President, Global Franchising, McDonald’s
Steve Caldeira, President and CEO, International Franchise Association
Marc Heuermann, (Illinois Air National Guard veteran), RadioShack franchisee
Richard J. Morey, General Counsel, International Franchise Association, Partner, DLA Piper
Michael Seid, (US Army veteran) CEO, MSA Worldwide and co-author of Franchising for Dummies (Wiley, 2006)
Mary Kennedy Thompson (USMC veteran), President, Mr. Rooter, former franchisee
Joe Lindenmayer (USMC veteran), President & COO, TSS Photography, IFA VetFran Chairman
Rich Bradshaw (USAF, USNR veteran), Senior Vice President of SBA Lending, TD Bank


10:00 Welcoming remarks and brief introduction to franchising (John Kujawa, Steve Caldeira)
10:15 – 10:30 A Veteran’s perspective (Marc Heuermann, RadioShack)
10:30 – 11:45 Franchise Finance 101 (Richard Bradshaw, SVP, SBA Lending, TD Bank)
11:45 to 12:15 Lunch
12:15- 2:30 Franchising 101 (Michael Seid, MSA Worldwide, Richard J. Morey, Partner DLA Piper)
2:30 – 3:30 VetFran and veterans in franchising (Joe Lindenmayer, President & CEO, TSS Photography, Mary Kennedy Thompson, President, Mr. Rooter)
3:30 Q&A
4:00 Adjourn

Veteran attendees will be able to join IFA as subscribers and get free admission to the International Franchise Expo.

To learn more pleas visit: http://www.vetfran.com/mcdonaldsfocusonveterans/



Making franchising’s voice heard on immigration


As the immigration reform debate heats up in Washington ahead of the anticipated release of the Senate “Gang of Eight” legislative framework next week, IFA is making the voice of franchising heard to ensure the industry has the workers it needs as it continues to grow in the years ahead as part of any guest worker program that is included in the legislation.

On Wednesday, IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira penned an op-ed with Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, arguing for a market-based guest worker program:

“Elegant political deals, anchored by common principles agreed to by business and labor groups often at odds, may bring cheers in Washington. But the real key to success will be a final immigration measure that is comprehensive in nature. That would mean ensuring that the government isn’t put in the position of picking winners and losers, and that the legislation is appropriately aligned with the constantly changing needs of small and large businesses.

An employer’s access to lower-skill workers participating in the visa program should be triggered after a check with the domestic labor market. If Americans want the jobs that employers need to fill, they would be first in line to get them and there would be less need for foreign workers. But the need will always exist to some degree, and a guest-worker program that permits a market-based supply of lower-skill workers is essential. Without such a program, no immigration reform bill will be worthy of the name. With one, the framework will be set to power the most prosperous economy in the world.”

The piece serves as a great reminder of the economic impact of the franchising industry to the overall economic recovery, and how a guest worker program that works for our businesses will help power the economy, which continues to create jobs at rates faster than other businesses.

Also on Wednesday, IFA was quoted in this POLITICO story that noted the concern of IFA and other leading business groups with the emerging details of a the potential legislative framework of the immigration reform package coming from the Gang of Eight and negotiated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the labor unions.

International Franchise Association CEO Steve Caldeira also told POLITICO he is concerned about the size of the program and economic indicators used as triggers.

“Obviously we would like to see a number higher than 20,000 workers at the start of the program,” said Caldeira. If Americans want the jobs that employers need to fill, they would be first in line to get them and there would be less need for foreign workers.”

The POLITICO story led to an appearance on Thursday evening by IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira and ImmigrationWorks USA CEO Tamar Jacoby on FOX Business’ Cavuto program to discuss whether or not the “deal” negotiated by the Gang of Eight is sufficient.

In the segment, Caldeira and Jacoby expressed praise for the Senate negotiators and the business and labor groups involved in crafting the current framework.

“We believe in the basic principles negotiated by the Gang of Eight and the Chamber and Labor, but we believe it does not go far enough as it relates to guest worker program. The caps that you just mentioned on the program account for not even 1/10 of the workers we’ll need in franchise industry as well as construction industry…In our industry, we added 150,000 jobs last year, we forecast 162,000 jobs this year, but we can’t find the workers to meet the forecast of demand moving forward.

As the debate evolves in the coming weeks and months over immigration reform, IFA will continue to engage in an integrated lobbying, grassroots, media outreach and member engagement campaign throughout the country to ensure the franchise industry’s voice is heard. This campaign included a roundtable at last week’s Franchise Update Multi-Unit Conference in Las Vegas and at the upcoming Restaurant Leadership Conference in Arizona. The Las Vegas outreach resulted in a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal featuring comments from Aslam Khan, George Zografos, and IFA VP for Government Relations & Public Policy Jay Perron, as well as an April 1 Las Vegas Review-Journal opinion piece by IFA member Patrick Walls, the president of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shops.

Capital Area Franchise Association Explores ACA Employer Requirements, Action Plans

The Capital Area Franchise Association (CAFA) held its monthly networking lunch this week that included an informative panel on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and steps employer can take to prepare for compliance in 2014.  The overwhelming consensus: if you haven’t already started preparing, you should.


CAFA, a network of franchisees and franchisors in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas, hosted the event in Tyson’s Corner, VA and assembled a panel comprised of four unique perspectives.  A franchisee, a franchisor, an accountant and an insurance broker contributed to the panel to clarify some of the ACA’s more confusing provisions and describe what effective action plans look like.

Chris Frye, a Virginia-based CPA with Yount, Hyde & Barbour, explained that effective ACA planning involves making a string of strategic decisions, and that business owners should make these decisions while surrounded by trusted advisors.  Mark Carrier, President of the Maryland multi-unit hotel franchisee B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, added that no business will be unaffected the employer mandate.  Although some businesses may not be required to provide coverage to employees, every business will see changes to the way they operate.  CAFA President Joe Caruso stressed the need for prompt action on ACA compliance, with open enrollment for state exchanges beginning in October 2013.

As compliance deadlines approach, franchise owners need resources and materials to begin understanding how the employer mandate will impact their businesses.  IFA’s new website, www.MakingSenseofHealthCare.org, contains tools and information for employers to determine which aspects of the employer mandate they are responsible for complying with, testimonials from franchise industry leaders about how they are adjusting their business and workforce to comply with the law, and an interactive feature to chat with IFA government relations staff in real-time to answer questions about the law.  The site is sponsored by the Hylant Group.

IFA SmartBrief Brings Franchising’s Story to Life

Eager to learn what is affecting franchise businesses in legislative, policy,
marketing and economic areas? Three times a week, those following the franchise industry can get the latest news in IFA’s news bulletin, IFA SmartBrief. Published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it includes such categories as franchise news, best practices and business leadership, news from IFA, trends watch and a policy and finance update.

With a circulation of 25,000, the brief provides tips to help better operate
your franchise business, as well as share the activities IFA is conducting on Capitol Hill to promote the industry and counter policies and regulations that would stifle franchise businesses in their local communities.

The brief, easy-to-ready summaries spotlight what your peers and competitors are doing to expand, update or rebuild their brands. There are many media sources and include major media such as the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, trade publications include QSR and Adweek and broadcast outlets such as FOX Business News and CNBC. Articles provide tips on taking advantage of social media, improving your credit, listening to customer feedback and more.

Not yet signed up for this free resource?  Visit www.franchise.org and select SmartBrief under “Resources.”

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