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