Coalition of Franchisee Associations To Meet in March
This year's annual CFA Day Forum will be in Washington, D.C. from March 24-25 at the Omni Shoreham. The forum will include informational sessions, an attorney's round table, congressional visits, a Cherry Blossom Dinner Cruise, and a closing luncheon on Capitol Hill.
Traditionally, the CFA Day Forum has provided an opportunity for franchisees and their vendor business partners to hear from well-known political speakers including Sens. John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Rand Paul, as well as Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Reps. Howard Coble, and Jared Huffman, and political pundits like Bill Kristol, George Will, and Sam Donaldson.
This year's agenda will feature subject matter experts on legislative hot topic issues and will boast a variety of informative and educational topics relevant to the franchisee community. The seventh annual CFA Day Forum will personalize the issues happening in Washington, D.C., and allow attendees to gather the necessary information to better prepare their operations across the country.
Along with a congressional luncheon, attendees will head to Capitol Hill to interact directly with their respective members of Congress. Forum attendees will learn how to increase the relevance of their own independent associations and gain the resources needed to advocate for their individual business's rights, with both their franchisor and the government.
"With a new Congress in town, we need to get our story out more than ever," says Misty Chally, CFA executive director. "Franchisees need to educate their representatives on the franchise business model, explaining to them that it's their local small-business owner-- not the corporation-- that is suffering as a result of government mandates. And every new mandate--whether it be Obamacare, minimum wage increases, or labor regulations--chips away at the franchisees' bottom line until there's nothing left. If we don't get our story out, no one will."
Founded in 2007, the CFA is comprised of franchisee association leaders dedicated to the development and growth of their own organizations. CFA members include independent franchisee associations from 16 well-known brands, representing more than 34,000 franchise owners with 83,000 locations and employing 1.4 million individuals across the nation.
For more information on the CFA Day Forum, visit www.thecfainc.com/events.html.
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