IFA Advocacy

Get the latest information around IFA's advocacy efforts surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how we're fighting to ensure you have the support you need after the current situation is over. Here, you'll find what we're doing, how we're doing it, what's expected and how you can help. 

Letter to State Legislators: Need for Business Interruption Insurance Legislation

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To ensure that franchisees can recover and eventually reopen from the unprecedented economic burden created by COVID-19, the International Franchise Association urges states to ensure existing business interruption or continuity insurance cover losses related to COVID-19 pandemic.

IFA Forbearance and Rent Abatement Letter

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Governors, along with state agencies and legislators across the country are leading the charge against the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this letter, the majority of states have closed non-essential businesses. To ensure that franchisees are able to recover from the unprecedented economic burden created by COVID-19, the International Franchise Association urges states to implement an emergency forbearance and rent abatement program.

IFA: 89% of Franchise Owners Haven't Received PPP Funding

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WASHINGTON, APRIL 21 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today released the results of a survey of franchise owners on the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

“These results show that small business owners need additional PPP funding as quickly as possible,” said Matt Haller, IFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs.

IFA Letter to Secretary Mnuchin to Confirm Eligibility of Franchise Businesses in CARES Act

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Upon a direct reading of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it seems clear that Congress recognized the importance of providing the franchising sector a path to recovery. For the Act to achieve its intended outcome and have maximum impact, IFA requests confirmation that certain franchised businesses have eligibility in the Paycheck Protection Loan program.

IFA Letter to Urge States to Close Convention Centers & Large Meetings

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Governors, along with state agencies and legislators across the country are leading the charge against the COVID 19 pandemic. At the time of this letter, more than half of the states have closed non-essential businesses. To further protect Americans, the International Franchise Association urges states to immediately close all convention centers and large meetings for the foreseeable future.