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IFA Congratulates Newly Elected Members of Congress

The International Franchise Association congratulates the newly-elected members of Congress. It urges Congress to focus on pro-growth policies.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 3 – The outcome of the 2010 midterm elections is a positive step towards returning to pro-growth economic policies that create jobs and restore certainty for the franchise industry and small businesses across America, the International Franchise Association said today.

“Voters across America overwhelmingly agreed with IFA and small business owners on the need to elect candidates aligned with pro-growth policies that will create jobs and strengthen the economy,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.  “IFA congratulates the newly-elected members of the 112th Congress and looks forward to working with the leaders of both parties to advance policies that will help small businesses grow and create jobs.”

Through IFA’s political action committee FranPAC, the franchise small business community supported 138 pro-franchising federal candidates.  Pending the outcome of several races still to be decided, FranPAC-supported candidates were victorious in 85 percent of their races.

“When Congress convenes early in 2011, IFA will immediately begin to educate new members about the economic impact of franchising by illustrating how important pro-growth policies are in the effort to create and sustain jobs,” Caldeira said. “To help get the economy back on track, we will urge Congress to act quickly to extend tax relief to small businesses, further extend the SBA’s 90 percent loan guarantees into 2011, and roll back the most onerous provisions in the health care reform law such as the 1099 reporting requirement.”

Robert W Sisyphus's picture

Intentional fragmentation

We find that small business is intended to be fragmented.  Lots of associations - fragmented.

Then you have a small business government funded body that talks up representing small business. The keeps small business under control.  It sounds difficult but it really is too easy. 

Tell me; how often are your pre-election small business promises broken?  It seems in Australia that everyone in small business gets excited - every time. Short memory span over here.

Smithsonian Institute

Excellent venue to visit when in town. If you need a place to nap, on a budget, one could easily find a table and a pair of chairs to stretch out on at the corporate document archive center.

In the memory of 2 Great Americans:
"And so, my fellow Americans, Ask not what your country can do for you; Ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy
"Ask Not." - Ted Sorensen

"And, I'm The Mayor of Dunkin' Donuts." - Joe USA

Bob Frankman's picture

Most memorable #2: "I'm not a witch. I'm you."

How soon will we forget this ad?

Hint for the video producer: The dark background, smoke puffs and dark clothing aren't very convincing that she isn't a witch.

I'm glad she'll do what I do if I go to Washington. The first thing I would do is visit the Smithsonian Institute museum. Secondly, if I could, I would camp out overnight in the Space and Science museum.

The ad really caught national attention.

Bob Frankman's picture

Most memorable campaign ad of 2010

Elections wind down today so it is time for review. Politics aside, here is arguably the most memorable campaign ad of 2010, thanks to Senate candidate from California, Carly Fiorina. Love the demon sheep, especially since it is just a few days after Halloween.

This is one scary video.

Small Biz, good for votes

It's the same in the U.S. Small business owners are discussed when their votes are needed, election time. Owners may be numerous but they are fragmented. Burger King restaurateurs or ValuPak franchisees do not lift the economy to the next value added level like microcomputer, nanotechnology or green revolutions. Politicians know that. But they need votes so they will talk about and splash money to small business - like the Small Business Jobs Act - around election time.

Robert W Sisyphus's picture

A question

In Australia small business is a high priority for all politicians before every election. Then it is forgotten until the next election.  Obvious question; is it the same in the US?

Small business leans only slightly right

For some reason, I thought small business owners and franchisees were heavily Republican. But these polls show that they closely follow the population, leaning only slightly in the aggregate to the right, probably within the margin of error. That's interesting. Thanks.

Don Sniegowski's picture

Mobile applications for voting

Visible VoteHere's my contribution for staying informed. There are three free mobile applications that list candidates in U.S. districts and States. None of these mobile applications are worthy of a five star rating out of five stars. Nonetheless, they are helpful applications for busy franchisees who are constantly on the go.

#1. Visible vote. ****

Visible Vote picks up information on where your voting location is, your legislators, news about them and what their positions are. But it also engages your smartphone to easily connect with your representative. For example, I accidentally hit the "call legislator" button for my Senator, Mitch McConnell on the app. My iPhone immediately called his office at 12:05 a.m. Monday. (Uh, that was me, Senator. I hope that number doesn't roll over to your home.) That's how easy it is to tell Congress how you feel on any issue. You can email too. And you can see how your vote compares to theirs.

CNN Election Center#2. CNN Election Center Mobile. ***

Not bad! Users view their House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates by entering their ZIP code. It includes key ballot measures and allows users to find polling locations.

This uses social media and crowd sourcing in a way familiar to Blue MauMau readers. Citizen reporters can submit reports in the Report Election Project that takes a political pulse of the country. It provides the latest news and poll information leading up to Election Day. Users can customize it to follow up to 15 races. And on Election Day, it reports breaking news and major race result alerts.

#3. Your franchise association's website. *

Check out the website of your franchise association. A few franchise associations— like AAHOA, AKFCF, CFA, DDIFO, IFA, NADA, and others — have information and tools for their members on bills and Congressional candidates that are on their watch list.

Con: Sadly, none of the association websites have embedded a simple code in the background to format their sites so that a smartphone can easily read and navigate it. Cramming a website that was intended for a one and a half foot long computer monitor onto a tiny cell phone screen should be a job for Superman's eyes only.

There is a bigger problem than formatting. It is a lack of political content. After looking at the vast majority of trade association websites, one would be hard pressed to know that there are issues in front of Congress that will profoundly affect franchisees. Not even a peep, or a link. These sites are sort of a static brochure for the association. It might have a few vendor ads to pay the bills, and if you're really lucky -- it might have a private bulletin board for members. Sadly, largely unused.

Google Election Center

#4. Google Election Center. ** Created by the boys and girls at Google to help you find your voting place, this app has a lot of potential. The information readers submit can be used in an Election Center search application. Google offers an elections API. This allows information to be retrieved by trade associations and individuals who want to build tools based on this data. This information and app can be embed on their website to offer election information of candidates and bills that the association wants to highlight, match it with maps showing polling locations and issues. By making your data available through Google, your can help voters access official, up to date information.You know, it leverages those newfangled social media tools so that members can begin to interact more with their association.

Con. Few organizations have plugged into its API. No franchise association has. Another problem is that on my iPhone I have to always retype my address for local information to show up. That's a nuisance. Oh Google, the master of data mining and the Web, couldn't you put a cookie on your application to remember my info?

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