The most important advocacy event of the year, the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting (formerly the Public Affairs Conference), is coming to Washington, DC this September 29-30. Here are 5 reasons why YOU need to be there:
1. You CAN make a difference.
Issues like the new joint employer standard can drastically affect your business, and members of Congress need to know why. Attend this event and you’ll have the opportunity to meet directly with your representatives to express the consequences of a new joint employer standard. We need to come together at this critical time-if we don’t do something now, the franchise industry will be in jeopardy. Click here to find out what can happen to your business if this were to take effect.
IFA will prep you before your meeting, and this year we will have Soapbox Consulting here to provide even more guidance on having an effective visit through a professional advocacy training panel during the program! They will also schedule all of your appointments on Capitol Hill. Also, expect to hear from the Soapbox team to discuss your meetings after you register to make the most of your day on the Hill!
2. Network with your peers.
There will be several opportunities for you to form new relationships and see familiar faces during this event. Join us for the Franchisee Meet & Greet, Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 pm-6:15 pm. You also won’t want to miss our closing event, the Congressional Reception, Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. This will take place on the rooftop terrace of Charlie Palmer’s, and you can mix and mingle with your peers and members of Congress while overlooking Capitol Hill! Also, new in 2015, is the Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Annual Awards Dinner (separate fee required) on Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 pm – click here for more information.
3. Celebrate franchising.
The Leadership & Franchisee of the Year Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 29 recognizes outstanding franchisees and leaders among their industry peers. Franchisors: nominate a franchisee today by clicking here. Nominations are due by August 21.
4. Be an informed advocate for franchising.
Our members are the best voices for our industry. Getting involved in IFA’s advocacy efforts during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting will help drive our effectiveness on Capitol Hill and within state legislatures all year round. IFA will make sure you are equipped with the most up-to-date information about issues that affect your business so you can help save the franchise business model and protect your livelihood.
5. The Franchisee Growth Conference.
New in 2015 – the Franchisee Growth Conference will be held in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting! It takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, right across from the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, from Sept. 28-29. This conference will feature programming specific to the needs of franchisees that you help you learn the latest innovations and best practices to evolve your business. Attend both the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting and the Franchisee Growth Conference to take advantage of registration discounts. For more details, click here.