This time next year, the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandates, will be in full effect. Even earlier, in October of this year, the first Health Insurance Marketplaces will open. 2014 will see tax hikes, regulations, paperwork, and headaches for franchise small business owners across the country.
The 2013 IFA Convention in Las Vegas will feature a session entitled “The Health Care Law and Your Business: What You Need to Know.” Hear the perspective of a multi-unit franchisee, a health care policy expert, and a veteran insurance broker in a terrific panel that will explore the ACA’s impact on franchising, the most newest health care regulations, and how franchise owners can prepare for 2014.
To expand its education efforts surrounding the ACA, IFA is offering to help franchise companies host webinars on ACA employer requirements for franchisees and other stakeholders. These hour-long sessions include information on key definitions, tax penalties, communications strategies and other topics as well as a Q&A session with a health care expert from Washington Council Ernst & Young. For more information on this member service, please contact IFA’s Kevin Serafino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link: Live Blog: Pose Your Franchising Questions for the IFA Annual Convention
While 3,000 franchise executives and small business owners will descend on Orlando beginning this weekend, many in the franchise industry will be busy running their businesses and not making the trip to Orlando.
For those who can’t be here for the biggest event in franchising of the year, you can follow along some of the action through a live blog with The Wall Street Journal On Sunday, Feb. 12, as WSJ small business reporter Emily Maltby will participate on a Financial Summit panel with experts in franchise development and franchise and small business lending.
Given the 20 percent lending shortfall the franchise industry faced in 2011 and the forecast for a return to franchise establishment growthin 2012, it’s sure to be a timely and lively discussion.
The lineup includes Ron Feldman, CEO of Franchise America Finance; Mary Jo Larson, Publisher, Franchise Times; and Darrell Johnson, President & CEO, FRANdata.
Send the WSJ your questions and comments, both in advance and during the live blog, which will begin on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.
Posted by Matt Haller, IFA Sr. Director of Communications
What’s new? How about benchmarking best performance KPIs with other IFA members? If you missed the “Benchmarking Made Easy” session at IFA’s 51st Annual Convention, you can still get “OnTrack” with IFA’s new, FREE, web-based benchmarking service. Visit the OnTrack page at Franchise.org to sign-up and learn more.
Missed the session on OnTrack and want to order the session DVD? Visit IFA’s online store to purchase a copy.
IFA partnered with Dynamic Benchmarking to develop the service.
Posted by John Reynolds, President, IFA Educational Foundation
Do you already miss being at IFA’s 51st Annual Convention? Just because the convention is over, doesn’t mean the memories can’t live on. Take a few minutes to watch the extended highlight reel of this year’s show. It is sure to help you relive some of the best moments from Las Vegas and share with your colleagues who weren’t able to make it! Enjoy…
Posted by Matt Haller, IFA Director of Communications