WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2014) — Assisting Hands Home Care Miami co-owners Armando Morales and Adrian Nuñez of Miami, Florida were honored today by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. The senior care franchise and owner-operators representing 53 franchise systems were recognized today during the IFA’s 15th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
“The strength of the U.S. economy significantly relies on the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. “IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Morales and Nuñez with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank them for their work in the promotion of franchising as well as for their daily contributions that not only showcase how local business owners propel the economy, but also foster community ties throughout the U.S.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 300 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, which began Sept. 15 and continues through Sept. 17, franchise industry leaders will meet at over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising, including labor and workforce issues, tax certainty, healthcare reform, immigration and access to credit. The Public Affairs Conference is a powerful way to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth. The event is supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.
During their visit to Washington, IFA members are highlighting the economic impact of franchising. There are currently more than 770,000 franchise businesses that operate in more than 100 different business categories, such as restaurants, hotels, business services, retail stores, real estate agencies and automotive centers. Franchise businesses employ more than 8 million workers and contribute more than $494 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or 3.1 percent of total private sector GDP. As multi-