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Will Sequester Cuts Affect Your Industry?

WASHINGTON — On Sunday's television news interviews, Republican leaders said that they would not relent on the sequestration of across the board automatic cuts that kicked in on March 1 as Congress remained deadlocked on budget cut decisions.

Franchise Associations Weigh In on Election

Speaker Boehner speaks
Press conference by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on averting the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. (Official Photo by Bryant Avondoglio, Nov 9)

WASHINGTON — Days after the general election, franchise lobbying groups continue to chime in on the results of the presidential election and their political agenda for the new term.

Vice Presidential Debate Discusses Small Business

Vice Presidential Debate 2012 at Centre College, photo by Blue MauMau

DANVILLE, Ky. — Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis) contested in a vice presidential debate at Centre College at Danville, Kentucky Thursday night. In the debate moderated by ABC News' Martha Raddatz, small business tax policy became a point of disagreement.

Retailers and HealthCare: Opinions, Facts, and Inferences

With the big announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled favorably on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as "Obamacare", the two big trade organizations in the U.S., the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) were quick to react, although the tone of their reactions differed significantly.

IFA Missing in National Veteran's Small Business Conference

Washington – The International Franchise Association, self-proclaimed to be the largest franchise trade group in the world, has long touted its strong ties to the military in guiding veterans to buy small businesses.

Too Many Franchises Spoil the Brand?


Front sign of Pontiac dealership, northern Michigan '09. photo/Quinn.anya

WASHINGTON — As the dust settled, the Obama Administration last summer issued a harsh report that was critical of the aggressive termination of franchises by General Motors and Chrysler during their bankruptcy proceedings. 

Presidents with Franchise Connections

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
A Rangers game in Arlington,Texas.  photo by texas mustang

WASHINGTON—It's Presidents' Day. Time to look retrospectively at our Presidents. Two United States Presidents have had direct experience with franchises — our two latest. 

President Signs Tax Cut Law

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photo/Chuck Kennedy, White House 12/17/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Friday afternoon President Barack Obama signed into law a two-year extension of tax cuts that were about to expire, as well as additional tax cuts. The U.S. House of Representatives had voted its approval the night before. The President was flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and other members of Congress.

Obama Agrees to Keep Tax Cuts for All

President Obama talks about cutting taxes
Obama supports tax cuts for all. Franchise associations applaud. photo/WH

Obama Justifies Turkey Pardon

President pardons turkey

According to The Onion, President Obama will deliver a two-hour speech explaining the moral and philosophical underpinnings for granting clemency to Cranberry, 2010's Thanksgiving turkey.