October 11, 2010 // Franchising.com // NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Steve White, Chief Operating Officer of Allegra Network LLC, joined 500 franchise leaders in Washington, D.C. on September 13 – 14 to demonstrate the importance of franchising in the U.S. economy.
The 11th annual International Franchise Association (IFA) Public Affairs Conference brought more than 500 franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to Washington to lobby Congress on issues important to franchising such as access to credit, tax laws, health care and labor policies.
"As a 25-year veteran of franchising, I've seen tremendous positive growth and changes in the industry," said White, who has been with Allegra Network for more than 16 years. "I'm proud to represent Allegra Network and the franchising industry by meeting with lawmakers to stress the importance of franchising in the United States and to stand up for the issues that are currently facing our business community."
A few notable accomplishments achieved during White's time in Washington with IFA members include:
According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 900,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country, which are indirectly responsible for providing 21 million jobs and generating $2.3 trillion in economic output.
Allegra Network LLC is one of world's largest marketing, print and graphic communications franchises linking nearly 550 locations across North America. The company ranks in the top 200 among all franchise companies in the world and is considered a leader in franchise training, technology implementation and system profitability. Allegra Network was founded in 1976 and today supports three primary brands under its print division – Allegra, American Speedy Printing and Insty-Prints, and the Signs Now brand under its sign division. The company is privately owned by an investor group including Michael Marcantonio, former vice president of Domino's Pizza and Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder and former CEO of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University. For more information on Allegra Network, please call (800) 726-9050 or visit www.allegranetwork.com.