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Looking Back On National Small Business Week

Another successful National Small Business Week wrapped up during the week as people around the country were reminded of the value of Main Street to the American economy.

Ken Walker, the recently-appointed IFA chairman, used the event as an occasion to call for greater regulation in the franchise industry and a spur in government small-business lending.

"Franchise businesses play a powerful role in creating jobs and economic activity on Main Streets across the country," said Walker said. "We urge Congress to enact polices that lead to increased lending and less government spending. We are confident that policies to encourage lending will lead to more sustainable long-term job growth."

To coincide with the event, the IFA have created a new ad that is now running in print magazines around the country featuring McDonald’s franchisee Jack Earle. Jack also recorded a video for Youtube. It’s a nice touch: Jack makes a clear case for the value of franchising as a jobs creator during a time of high unemployment.

Finally, I’d like to extend belated congratulations to Ken Walker for his appointment. He’s proved himself to be a great proponent of franchising in the past and it’s great to have a person who knows the industry inside-and-out as a leader.

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