Find articles and information regarding navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic here.

Navigating COVID-19 Through the Lens of the Restaurant Industry

It’s no secret that the restaurant industry has been one of the most tremendously impacted industries by the pandemic. For the first time for many of us as restaurant owners, the fate of our businesses are not a result of our work or dedication to the restaurants we lead and love. This is a force greater than we could have imagined, and we are all doing our best to stay agile and adapt.

IFA Endorses Sen Steve Daines For Re-Election

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 26 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed Sen. Steve Daines for reelection, naming the Montana Republican as a “Friend of Franchising.”

The endorsement – based on a review process evaluating factors including the candidate’s voting record, official actions, and public statements – are reflective of Daines’s efforts to promote business growth and employee development for America’s 733,000 franchise small businesses. Endorsements are not related to political party affiliation.

Leaping Above and Beyond for the Community – Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Gives Back Amid COVID-19


In a blink of an eye, a quick bite to eat at a favorite locally owned pub or visiting a loved one in an assisted living facility became impossible activities amid stay-at-home orders, while personal protective equipment became a part of our wardrobes. For individuals and businesses alike, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up our communities and redefined our day-to-day lives. 

Camaraderie Amidst Pandemic 

Creative Colors Provides Free Vehicle Sanitizing to Local Police and Fire Departments


Just outside of Chicago in Mokena and Frankfort, the team at J&J’s Creative Colors has been giving back to local police and fire departments. They have provided free vehicle sanitizing for patrol cars and ambulances, which will help to provide a safe environment for their community heroes. So far, they have made four rounds of cleanings, and will have more planned.

IFA Leads Business Coalition Opposing Joint Employer Standard Expansion In Colorado


The International Franchise Association (IFA) last night sent a letter representing 128 companies and associations asking Colorado’s Department of Labor to reconsider a proposed expansion of the joint employer standard.

Facing COVID-19 as a Full Service Restaurant Franchise

It is unbelievable how quickly things can change. Within a matter of days, the business model that has helped sustain community staples like Huddle House and Perkins Bakery & Restaurant in various capacities for nearly 70 years has been turned on its head. The restaurant industry, along with a few others such as airlines, hotels and walk-in retail, has been hardest hit.

Giving Back is the Best Investment a Franchise Can Make


When we started the franchise back in 2007, my original partners and I mutually agreed that giving back was an important investment to make in our neighborhood and our business. We lived in the best city, enjoyed the best staff and a growing clientele, and had access to the best community partners, so it was an easy decision.