The sunshine state is home to more than 40,000 small businesses that are owned and operated by franchisees. They offer more than 404,000 jobs to Floridians and have an annual economic activity of $35 billion. Said investments from franchisees range from hotels and restaurants, retail and convenience stores, home-based services and automotive service stations. Though many are associated with nationally recognized name corporations, they are owned and are the product of local individuals who risked finances to start a business to pursue their American dream.
Franchisees are constantly investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in their businesses, and they also give back to their communities. They employ Florida citizens, they pay Florida sales and property tax, but the disproportionate power and unjust practices of corporate franchisers raise concerns about franchisees losing everything.