The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will be hosting its annual CFA Day Forum March 24-25, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.

This year, the forum will include informational sessions, an attorney's round table, congressional visits, a Cherry Blossom Dinner Cruise and a closing luncheon on Capitol Hill.

This year's agenda will feature subject matter experts on legislative hot topic issues and will boast a variety of informative and educational topics relevant to the franchisee community. The seventh annual CFA Day Forum will personalize the issues happening in Washington, D.C., and allow attendees to gather the necessary information to better prepare their operations across the country.

Along with a congressional luncheon, attendees will head to Capitol Hill to interact directly with their respective members of Congress. Forum attendees will learn how to increase the relevance of their own independent associations and gain the resources needed to advocate for their individual business's rights, with both their franchisor and the government.

"With a new Congress in town, we need to get our story out more than ever,"

"Franchisees need to educate their representatives on the franchise business model, explaining to them that it's their local small-business owner--not the corporation--that is suffering as a result of government mandates. And every new mandate--whether it be Obamacare, minimum wage increases or labor regulations--chips away at the franchisees' bottom line until there's nothing left. If we don't get our story out, no one will."

Speakers at the event will include Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-03). Rep. Kelly, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is the primary sponsor of legislation which will make permanent the 15-year depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements.

Please let your Pennsylvania-based franchisees know and make sure they attend to meet the congressman from the 3rd District of Pennsylvania!

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) is our second confirmed speaker at the closing luncheon being held in conjunction with the 2015 CFA Day Forum! Sen. Fischer is a member of the Senate Small Business Committee. A former member of the Nebraska legislature, Sen, Fischer defeated former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey in 2012. She, her husband and her two sons currently own and operate their family ranch, Sunny Slope Ranch, near Valentine, Nebraska. Please inform your Nebraska-based franchisees and have them register for the 2015 CFA Day Forum!

Also confirmed is one of our closing luncheon speakers--Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Sen. Manchin is one of two democrats signed on to S. 30, the "Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2015." His understanding of the need to increase the definition of "full time" to 40 hours per week and leadership in helping his party understand this priority is crucial

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) will be our closing speaker at the luncheon. Sen. Collins is the primary sponsor and main driver of the 40-hour per week bill. She is a member of the powerful Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), which handles issues including minimum wage, paid sick leave, labor regulations and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She has received many awards for her support of small business and is one of the most influential women in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 2007, the CFA is comprised of franchisee association leaders dedicated to the development and growth of their own organizations. CFA members include independent franchisee associations from 16 well-known brands, representing more than 34,000 franchise owners with 83,000 locations and employing 1.4 million individuals across the nation.

About the Coalition of Franchisee Associations

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations Inc. (CFA) brings together some of the largest and most reputable independent franchisee associations to form an organization with a mission "to leverage the collective strengths of franchisee associations for the benefit of the franchisee community."

The CFA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is committed to providing vital support and assistance to the franchisee community at large. To learn more about the organization, please visit our website.

For more information on the CFA Day Forum, please register here.