CFA Lobby Day and Forum Registration Open

The annual CFA event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 15 – 16, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, is shaping up as another exceptional program. The day will begin with an opening address and an Attorney Roundtable with many of the premier franchisee attorneys in the country speaking on a number of…

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CFA Lobby Day and Forum Registration Open

The annual CFA event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 15 – 16, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, is shaping up as another exceptional program. The day will begin with an opening address and an Attorney Roundtable with many of the premier franchisee attorneys in the country speaking on a number of…

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IRS Hears from Franchising on Estate Tax Change

Today was the formal deadline for submission of comments on the proposed new Internal Revenue Service regulations curbing valuation discounts currently in place.  We hope many of you submitted comments as the proposed change can be devastating to your estate plans, but know that through the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, we’ve got the issue covered. …

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Drive-by Lawsuit Hearing

It may be a while before we see real reform on one of the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s (CFA) top priorities, but at least we’ve begun the process.  The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice last week held a public hearing on the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act (HR. 3765). …

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Congress To Hear Testimony on “drive-by Lawsuits”

It was one of the key talking points highlighted by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations at the organizations Lobby Day back in March, and now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR3765).  The committee will take testimony in a public…

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Skating in a New Direction

Over the course of the past month or so, we’ve watched three of America’s major sports present All-Star games, where their sport’s premier players are recognized and fans can witness the best of the best competing for all-star bragging rights. Most of these contests fail to live up to the hype, but in one case,…

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Two Words that Changed the Face of Franchising

For four years – between 2011 and 2015 – a group of business owners representing the biggest names in franchising joined with a team of lawyers and consultants to amend the California franchise law and level the playing field in a sector of the U.S. economy responsible for nearly $500 billion in gross domestic product.…

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Independent Joe #36 February/ March

If there’s an extra glow to the Golden Arches of McDonald’s these days, you could say it’s because the morning sun is shining all day. Last spring, McDonald’s was reporting “negative guest traffic” as a cause of its 33 percent drop in net income. This year the world’s largest food chain is basking in the…

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CFA Day Forum

Those of you who would like to attend the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17&18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC must register for the event by the close of business today in order to ensure a scheduled visit with your own representatives in Congress.  The Hill visits take weeks to schedule and confirm…

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CFA Day Forum

Time is of the essence for those planning to attend the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17&18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC as the CFA room block will expire next Tuesday! Until then, registrants for the Forum can get rooms at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for only $299/night, a great price for…

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