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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