October 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // WASHINGTON – Coverall North America, Inc., Franchised Business Owner of the Year, Large Category, Joseph Tocco of Macomb, Mich. was honored by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owner-operators representing 53 franchise systems were recognized today during the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, formerly the Public Affairs Conference, for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising. Each award winner was selected by their franchise company.
“The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti. “IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Joseph Tocco with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank him for his work in the promotion of franchising as well as for his daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U.S.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, which began Sept. 28 and continues through Sept. 30, franchise industry leaders will meet with over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising, including specifically labor and workforce issues. The Franchise Action Network is a powerful tool to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth and educate lawmakers how franchise businesses contribute to their local communities. The event is supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.
During their visits to Washington, IFA members are highlighting the economic impact of franchising. Franchise businesses directly support nearly 8.9 million workers and contribute more than $890 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or 3 percent of total private sector GDP. Franchisees and IFA members will bring key topics to Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers about the potential impact of the recent National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling on independently owned and operated franchised businesses, job growth and the economy.
“Lawmakers in Washington would do well to remember that with sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses can create the jobs necessary for sustained economic recovery and job growth,” Cresanti said. “Unchecked regulatory overreach by a single agency, run by officials with a defined, narrow and parochial interest, has the capacity to derail significant economic activity in the United States; destroying the dreams of small business ownership one small company at a time.”
Since its inception in 1985, Coverall North America, Inc. has grown into a leading franchised brand, licensing thousands of entrepreneurs to operate independent commercial cleaning businesses using the Coverall® brand and system. February 26, 2015, marked the company’s 30th year in business, a milestone anniversary celebrated across the entire Coverall Franchise System. In 2008, Coverall launched its proprietary Health-Based Cleaning System® Program and in 2014, introduced the Coverall Core 4® Process, demonstrating its dedication to continuous innovation and leadership on behalf of its franchisees. Coverall’s unique system combines advanced cleaning technologies and tools, hospital-grade disinfectants, professional training programs, business support services, and a passion for healthy cleaning to do one thing: help our franchised businesses remove the maximum amount of dirt and germs as efficiently as possible for their customers. System-wide, more than 8,000 Franchised Businesses provide Coverall® Program services across 90 markets to over 40,000 customers. For more information, visit www.coverall.com.
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