Franchise Source Brands International’s™ Chief Relationship Officer Named to the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee

Karen Powell Appointed to Help Take VetFran and Operation Enduring Opportunity Initiatives to the Next Level

September 26, 2012 // // SOUTHBURY, Conn. – Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI) announced today that Karen Powell, it’s Chief Relationship Officer and the founder & CEO of its Decor&You® brand, has been appointed to the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran Committee.

As a member of the committee, Powell will take an official leadership role in the VetFran strategic initiative and Operation Enduring Opportunity, the franchise industry’s campaign to help 75,000 veterans and military spouses, plus 5,000 wounded warriors, launch careers in franchising. Since implemented, more than 15,000 veterans have started careers in franchising, including over 4,200 franchise business owners.

“Karen is a distinguished industry leader who has been at the forefront of this important campaign through Decor&You, The Entrepreneur’s Source®, and FSBI’s other brands,” said Beth Solomon, IFA Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Industry Relations. “With her passion for veterans and franchising, she will help take VetFran to the next level, which is good for our industry, our economy and our nation.”

In early December, Powell will represent VetFran in speaking to the New England Franchise Association.

“Whether as an employee or a business owner, a career in franchising is a viable opportunity for today’s military veterans,” said Powell. “The IFA’s VetFran program is a major industry initiative that helps veterans access training, financial assistance and more. It’s a crucial program for not only the franchise industry but also the economy, and I’m so honored to be a part of its committee.”

For further information regarding FSBI, visit For more information about VetFran, visit

About Franchise Source Brands International™

Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI) is a multi-brand business coaching franchisor with high-performance brands dedicated to the advancement of the entrepreneur and those who aspire to be one. Today, FSBI’s business coaching brands dominate the $1.5 billion business coaching market with a commanding 33 percent of the business coaching and consulting franchise market in North America. With a leadership team that boasts the Certified Franchise Executives designation from the International Franchise Association, FSBI operates highly-ranked franchise brands, including: The Entrepreneur’s Source®, AdviCoach®, Business Partner Marketing Coach®, DIGIKIDS®, Expense Reduction Consulting®, Decor&You®, Franchise Match® and WEBB Women Empowered by Business®. For more information regarding FSBI or any of its brands, visit

About the International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the franchise industry, which supports nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.

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