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Small Business Bill Safeguards Franchises

As the second-generation operator of a family-owned small business, I know how important it is for Florida’s small business owners and their investments to be protected. An important legislative proposal will provide basic protections to enable business owners throughout the state to continue to grow and thrive in Florida’s economy.

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Latvala to Out-of-State Franchise Group: “You Talkin’ to Me?”

The Capitolist

The International Franchise Association is starting to look like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. The group, a coalition of franchisers that includes international corporate conglomerates with highly recognizable brand names, has engineered a series of ham-handed blunders over the past several weeks, including a false claim wrapped in an insult of Senator Jack Latvala.

More on the insult of Latvala in a moment. First, a recap of the first set of blunders by the IFA, which launched a social media campaign urging people to contact Florida lawmakers and tell them to oppose Senate Bill 750. The problem is, they superimposed Florida lawmakers’ photos over a picture of…California.

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Coalition of Franchisee Associations Applauds Progress of the Protect Florida Small Business Act

Blue Mau Mau

As an advocate for small businesses, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is pleased to report progress of pro-franchisee legislation introduced during the Florida legislative session. Sponsored by state Sen. Jack Latvala (R-16) and Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-28), the Protect Florida Small Business Act will level the playing field for owners of franchised small businesses and provide legal protections that will lead to more economic growth and jobs in communities across the state.

On Tuesday, April 4, the legislation was approved 7-2 by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

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Lawmakers looking to give boost to Florida’s local franchise business owners

Florida Politics

For the Republican-dominated state Legislature, helping the business community is a high priority.

So, it’s not surprising that this Session, new protections for small-business owners are capturing legislators’ attention.

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries will hear SB 750, known as the Protect Florida Small Business Act. This bill, sponsored by powerful appropriations chair Sen. Jack Latvala, outlines several measures directed toward some of the questionable business practices of out-of-state franchisors in their relationships with Florida’s local franchise business owners.

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Sen. Latvala: My bill would protect franchise holders

Orlando Sentinel

With all the corporate advertising bombarding us every day, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the people who own franchise stores are local small-business men and women. They are our neighbors, folks who scraped together enough of their own money to pursue their dream under the national brand name of a familiar convenience store, restaurant or gym.

Together, these small-business owners provide 404,000 jobs for Floridians and generate $35 billion in annual economic activity. The owners have poured their hearts, their souls and their savings into their businesses — yet they have no real protection if the national corporation decides to drop them as a franchise holder. This is wrong, and must be changed.

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Franchise Owners: Bill helps small investors

Tampa Bay Times

When it comes to franchises, you know the names — Dunkin’ Donuts, Planet Fitness, Meineke, 7-Eleven and others — but you may not realize these stores are often owned locally. As one of these local owners, I know starting franchises takes a lot of time, money and hard work to succeed. That’s why I support the Protect Florida Small Business Act.

This legislation, sponsored by Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, provides reasonable protections for the more than 40,000 franchised businesses in Florida, helping Floridians like me who take the risk to invest in one.

For me, this is not just a business; it’s what I’ve invested my life into. In 1973, my family sold almost everything we had to invest in a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Brandon. Through years of dedication, we now own 12 stores in Hillsborough County and provide jobs for more than 300 area residents.

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Florida Legislature Must Act to Protect Florida’s Small Businesses

Sunshine State News

A Florida couple lost their successful franchise business after a large international corporation abruptly shut them down in 2011. After investing tens of thousands of dollars into their franchise business and becoming one of the most successful in the Tampa area, the couple was stripped of their business and left with no recourse against the giant international corporation.

The international corporation offers afterschool reading and math programs throughout 49 countries and has around 1,600 franchises throughout the United States and Canada.

Shortly after opening a franchise in the Tampa area, the couple became leaders in the franchise association, joining other franchise owners across the country to advocate for their businesses and to address unfair corporate governance issues. Because of this, they became a target of the international organization. When one of the owners suffered a health problem in 2011, the organization pounced on an opportunity to strip the couple of their franchise due to a technicality and issued them an order to shut down immediately.

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