Rep. Paul Ryan: IFA’s 2010 Legislator of the Year Award winner, now Romney’s VP Nominee. Who will win this year’s award?


IFA’s Public Affairs Conference will gather hundreds of franchise business leaders in Washington Sept. 10-11 to inform Congress how public policy impacts the economic health of franchise small businesses.  The franchise industry needs your commitment to tackle critical legislation surrounding issues like jobs, taxes and health care.

As franchise business owners make visits to over 200 congressional offices during the conference, IFA will also present its “Legislator of the Year” award to lawmakers who have supported a pro-franchising, pro business agenda.

Recently announced Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan received IFA’s Legislator of the Year award at the Public Affairs Conference in 2010, demonstrating his strong ties to the small business community, where he cultivated his message of smaller government and reduced regulatory burdens.

“We are pleased to award this honor to an outstanding member of Congress,” said Past IFA Chairman Ken Walker of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in 2010.  “He has demonstrated his commitment to policies that create a sound business environment for franchising, especially during these tough economic times.”

Rep. Ryan, who was given positive scores on congressional votes monitored by the Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, has been popular among small business owners reassuring the industry that questions about tax certainty and health care will be answered.  Ed Gillespie, who will be a keynote speaker at the Conference on September 10th along with Terry McAuliffe, told The Wall Street Journal, “One of the reasons he was chosen was his willingness to put forward innovative solutions in a budget.”

As the country looks toward the elections this fall, it is more important than ever to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill, urging policy makers to address expiring tax rates so franchise business owners can do what they do best: create jobs.

Don’t miss your chance to come to Washington and meet this year’s “Legislator of the Year.”Register Now for IFA’s Public Affairs Conference.