Missed the IFA Financial Summit? Relive it with the WSJ’s live blog coverage


Link: Missed the IFA Financial Summit? Relive it with the WSJ’s live blog coverage

The first panel at the IFA’s Financial Summit was live-blogged over at the Wall Street Journal’s Small Business page, so if you missed any of the lively discussion about the biggest challenge facing franchise businesses in 2012 – credit access – head on over and read this recap. In addition to the WSJ’s Small Business reporter Emily Maltby, the panel featured IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, IFA Credit Access Task Force Chairman Bill Hall (a Dairy Queen franchisee), Ron Feldman, CEO of Franchise America Finance, Mary Jo Larson, Publisher, Franchise Times; and Darrell Johnson, President & CEO, FRANdata.

The panel was a preview of IFA’s second Small Business Lending Summit, which will be held in Washington on April 17. While lending has loosened somewhat in 2012, the franchise industry is still not back to where it was in terms of growth rates before the recession, so stay-tuned for more action in the coming months about steps the IFA is taking with its partners in the Small Business Lending Campaign to spur franchise small business lending. 

Posted by Matt Haller, IFA Sr. Director of Communications

Getting lenders more comfortable with franchising


IFA leaders will speak to the nation’s top small business lenders during the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders’ (NAGGL) Small Business Administration Technical Conference this week in Atlanta as part of IFA’s Credit Access Road Show and broader efforts to improve credit access for franchise businesses and educate lenders on the benefits of franchise lending.

The ongoing IFA campaign will showcase how the franchise industry’s proven, structured, and scalable business model can translate into more profit and less risk for lenders offering small-business loans. 

IFA leaders will be speaking at events and addressing the media throughout the country as part of the campaign, in partnership with, among others, IFA’s anchor partners from last month’s Small Business Lending Summit, which included NAGGL, the Consumer Bankers Association, the National Restaurant Association and CIT Group. 

Stay tuned to IFA’s FranBlog for the latest on the IFA’s efforts to loosen credit for franchise businesses to thrive.