While we do wish America's - and indeed, the world's - economic situation would right itself on its own, we have been impressed by the lobbying work the IFA has done inside the Beltway in its fight to grow jobs and increase small-business lending.
An article this week from Politico shows just how engaged Jack Earle and other franchise owners have been in the lobbying process. Rather than simply lobby Congressmen directly, the IFA have tried to bring Main Street to Washington DC, as they've flown franchisees to speak directly to the supercommittee meeting this week.
As Politico reports: "This week the group is flying in local franchisees and franchisers like Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Handle With Care Packaging and McDonald’s, as part of an annual event. The IFA has made sure the locals meet with supercommittee members, including Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)."
All week franchisees have been discussing their travails with high-ranking members of the supercommittee. It's a needed approach at a time when jobs is the one word on everyone's mind.
“In this day and age, members of Congress don’t want to listen to people on K Street as much as they want to listen to their own constituents who are engaged every day in trying to make it,” Judith Thorman of the International Franchise Association also told Politico.
With franchisors gathering a lot of attention for their thoughts on the President's jobs strategy, it's great to see franchisees getting to voice their feelings inside the chambers of power as well.