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

Take Advantage of What COVID-19 Has Revealed About Essential Businesses


If investing in a franchise has been on your mind for a while, just consider what a great opportunity you have to own an essential business right now.

Many people who join franchise systems are drawn to the fact that you own your own business, but you are not alone in the venture. You have the franchisor and support staff on your side as you launch your business and confront challenges.

2020 has brought plenty of challenges, but it also has revealed some interesting information for franchise investors:

Sports Clips Franchisee Gives Back to Employees and Community

Debra Sawyer, a Sports Clips “rock star” franchisee who owns over 20 locations throughout Virginia and Florida, has been a leader in the Sports Clips organization and a fierce advocate for women in franchising. Sawyer continues to lead the way as the coronavirus pandemic ravages American public health and its economy.


WASHINGTON, JUNE 3 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act:

“America’s small businesses needed this bill,” said Matt Haller, IFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “By providing flexibility and certainty in how they can use PPP loans, small businesses – franchise or otherwise – can use this funding to stay in business, retain their employees, and give back to their communities.” 

Grumpy’s Restaurant CEO Connects with Community Amid Crisis

A well-loved Jacksonville, Florida staple, Grumpy’s Restaurant is one of many small franchises across the nation that has had to make huge adaptations during the pandemic. The brand, with their flagship unit open and two in development, has always been involved in its home community of Orange Park, Florida, but in a time of crisis, President and CEO Daniel DeLeon knew he had to put a plan in place to connect with his staff, local residents, first responders, and more. During a time when there is a lot of uncertainty, he urges franchisors and franchisees alike to make a difference on a local level.

Assisted Living Locators Supports Veterans During COVID-19 Crisis


“Our veterans, no matter how much time they spend in uniform, devote some or all of their lives looking out for us. It’s time we help take care of them. Many are elderly and for medical reasons are unable to do things for themselves,” said Angela Olea, Assisted Living Locators CEO RN. 

Assisted Living Locators senior care advisors are strengthening and supporting the veteran’s community by offering free services, resources and guidance to help senior veterans and families find the best care solutions. Here are some of the inspiring ways they are giving back.

You Can Count on Marco’s Pizza – Franchisees Ignite Hyper-Local Giveback Efforts Amid the Pandemic


As franchise brands navigate the pandemic, brand culture increases in importance. Strong brand health depends on community involvement, which will continue to accelerate as we enter this new, post-COVID era.