Dallas Franchise Industry Leader Urges Congress to Consider Small Businesses in Healthcare Debate

Published on: 09/22/09 by admin

Mullin Law, PC represented small businesses and franchises in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 22, 2009 – Kelly Ganzberger, attorney with Mullin Law, PC of Dallas, Texas, met with members of the Texas delegation about health care reform and other issues important to the franchise industry during the International Franchise Association (IFA) 10th Annual Public Affairs Conference held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 14-15.

Ganzberger joined 450 franchise leaders from around the country to urge Congress to consider the impact of health care reform on small and franchise businesses.

“We asked congressional leaders to remain focused on reducing health care costs, improving quality of care and ensuring that insurance is affordable for businesses to offer to employees,“ said Kelly Ganzberger, attorney with Mullin Law, PC. “The franchise industry supports positive health care reform without substantial cost increases which would be detrimental at this time, during the worst recession since World War II. Small businesses should warrant more consideration in this debate as health care costs will help mold the future of the franchise industry.”

Ganzberger highlighted the importance of franchising to the U.S. economy during meetings with members of Congress.  According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 900,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country that provide 21 million jobs and generate $2.3 trillion in economic output, she said.

“However, the credit market is hampering the franchise industry’s ability to create new, sustainable jobs.  A 40 percent reduction in franchise lending is predicted this year, resulting in the loss of an estimated 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.” Ganzberger said.  “We urged Congress to promote more lending and less government spending so franchise businesses can provide better jobs that help the economy recover at a faster pace.”

About The International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,300 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at www.franchise.org.

About Mullin Law, PC

Mullin Law, PC is a Dallas-based, full service commercial law firm that is nationally recognized in the area of franchise and distribution law.  The firm represents clients throughout the United States areas ranging from franchising to employment law, copyright/trademark law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate litigation, as well as dispute resolution.  To learn more about Mullin Law, please contact www.mullinlawpc.com.

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