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IFA Endorses Rep. Kurt Schrader for Reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 11 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today endorsed Rep. Kurt Schrader for reelection, naming the Oregon Democrat 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 Schrader’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.

Metal Supermarkets Franchisee Keeps Doctors Safe as They Test Patients for COVID-19


Jesse Johnson, Metal Supermarkets multi-unit franchisee in Indiana, was able to use his resources and talents to help local doctors protect themselves against coronavirus. At the request of Hancock Regional Hospital CEO Steve Long, Johnson quickly designed and constructed a booth to be used for rapid, massive testing of people who may have the coronavirus. 

Robeks Serves Local Heroes


When the novel Coronavirus hit the quick service restaurant scene in March 2020, changing for years to come how restaurants (as well as many other industries) do business, we at Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies understood how this would affect our franchises, and also saw how it would affect those who are vital to keeping the world going.  In partnership with Dole, we quickly engaged our franchisees and operations team to blend and donate smoothies to every hospital, fire station, police station, and even grocery store locally they could find.  Some of our franchisees are blending themse

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux Leads with Culture to Navigate the Pandemic and Serve Communities in Time of Need


Culture has always been a key point of differentiation for Walk-On’s, a destination known for offering elevated Louisiana-inspired food alongside an unparalleled sports viewing experience, but now more than ever, it is guiding the company in navigating the pandemic and serving its communities during these unprecedented times.

Making Healthcare Workers Happy One Pretzel at a Time


At Philly Pretzel Factory, we pride ourselves making our customers feel at home when they come to our stores. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen our franchise owners go above and beyond to show their communities support during a difficult time for so many. Many of our stores now have curbside pickup or delivery options so they can continue to safely serve customers and hopefully provide some semblance of normalcy.

Code Wiz Prints Face Shields and Ear Savers to Help Frontline COVID-19 Healthcare Workers


For Code Wiz Founder and CEO Ruth Agbaji, the fight against COVID-19 is personal. Not only has her company, which delivers afterschool computer coding, game programming, and robotics classes to kids ages 7 to 17, been hard hit economically, but her husband, sister, and brother-in-law are physicians on the COVID-19 front lines.

Times Like These Do Bring Out the Best in People


One of the many things I have always appreciated about this country is what many refer to as the "American Spirit.” More than anything, it is a spirit of perseverance. No matter the challenge - from wars to economic collapses to natural disasters - there is always a deep-rooted belief that not only will we stand up to it, but we will come out stronger on the other side.