“Franchising Gives Back” to Support Orlando Veterans Facility

WASHINGTON (Press Release – Dec. 16, 2011) – The International Franchise Association today announced the Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility home to veterans, will receive the support of the inaugural “Franchising Gives Back” event ahead of IFA’s 52nd Annual Convention, Feb. 10, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

“Franchise businesses have stepped up their support of veterans employment and recruitment initiatives this year, so it is a natural fit that our inaugural Franchising Gives Back event will support a veteran-focused organization like the Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.

IFA’s Franchising Gives Back is designed to highlight the strong commitment and impact of franchising to build vibrant communities through both local economic activity and support for local organizations. The Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center is the 2nd largest non-profit nursing home in Florida, with over 350 residents, including many veterans, homeless and children and elderly with disabilities. The Center has been serving Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties for over 48 years, providing post-acute services, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation programs, restorative and long-term care and respite care.

Recognizing the year-round community service initiatives of its members, franchise executives and entrepreneurs from among the expected 3,000 attendees in Orlando will build benches, plant shrubs and complete construction of a park to honor military veterans. IFA members will also spend time with Center residents creating hands-on, arts and crafts and meet and greet residents. The event will also include an awards presentation to IFA member franchisors, franchisees and suppliers for outstanding year-round community contributions.

IFA’s 52nd Annual Convention will be held February 11-14, 2012, at Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL. Franchise business professionals will gather at the premier franchise industry conference dedicated to excellence, education and relationship building. Click here for more information or to register.

About the International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.

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