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Florida’s Small Businesses See Bright Future Thanks to Latvala and Brodeur

Shark Tank

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.

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Jason Brodeur introduces bill to protect local franchise owners

Florida Politics

Legislation to protect owners of franchise establishments — like McDonalds and 7-Eleven — has been introduced in the Florida House.

Sponsored by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur, HB 1069 would prohibit a franchiser from refusing to renew a franchise unless specific criteria have been met.

A group of 7-Eleven franchise owners made their case for such a bill at a Pasco County Legislative Delegation last month, calling for legislation to protect them from having their businesses ripped out from underneath them by their corporate owners.

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Florida franchise owners could benefit from state proposal

Orlando Sentinel

Restrictions on selling or transferring stores without the approval of national chains would be lifted for owners of franchise businesses in Florida, under a measure that drew quick opposition after being filed Tuesday.
The proposal (SB 750), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also seeks to make it harder to terminate or refuse to renew contracts with franchise owners.

Latvala, during a press conference at the Capitol, called the proposal “basic protections” for small family businesses. “No one is out there telling me as a small business person in the printing business that I can’t sell my business to anyone that I want to sell it to,” Latvala said. The measure would only apply to people who receive franchises after the law goes into effect, Latvala said.

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Jack Latvala, Jason Brodeur aim to protect franchisees

Florida Politics

Legislation that would protect small business owners who enter into franchise agreements was filed Tuesday in the Florida Legislature.

State Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Jason Brodeur announced their support of the “Protect Florida Small Business Act” (SB 750).

The bill’s intent “is to promote fair business relations between franchisees and franchisors and to protect franchisees against unfair treatment by franchisors,” it says.

“Therefore, it is necessary to regulate the conduct of franchisors and their representatives in order to prevent fraud, unfair business practices, unfair methods of competition … and other abuses upon franchisees in this state.”

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Sen. Latvala & Rep. Brodeur Introduce the Protect Florida Small Business Act

Capital Soup

Advocates for Florida small businesses, led by state Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, today unveiled legislation that will level the playing field for owners of franchised small businesses in Florida. The Protect Florida Small Business Act provides legal protections that will lead to more economic growth and jobs in communities across the state. The Protect Florida Small Business Act would only apply to renewals and new franchise contracts after the bills effect date.

“More than 400,000 jobs in Florida are directly tied to the hard work and efforts of franchised small business owners,” said Senator Latvala (R-16), the bill’s Senate sponsor. “Currently these small businessmen and women have no real protection if the national corporation drops them as a franchise holder. This is not a level playing field, this is wrong, and it must change.”

“As a legislator, I want to continue to make sure Florida has the most business-friendly climate in America. As a chamber of commerce president, I’m particularly sensitive to the threats against small business owners from out-of-state companies.” said Rep. Brodeur (R-28), the House sponsor. “I want to be sure that there is a level playing field for all business owners in Florida, whether they are a small independent shop or a franchisee.”

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Franchisees Support Move By Legislature to “Level Playing Field” Between Small Biz Owners and Parent Franchises

The Capitolist

A coalition of franchisees is urging the legislature to support small business owners in Florida through legislation unveiled today by state Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur. The proposals would level the playing field for owners of franchised small businesses in Florida and provide legal protections that they say will lead to more economic growth and jobs in communities across the state. The Protect Florida Small Business Act would only apply to renewals and new franchise contracts after the bills effect date, according to a press release from the coalition.

“More than 400,000 jobs in Florida are directly tied to the hard work and efforts of franchised small business owners,” said Senator Latvala (R-16), the bill’s Senate sponsor. “Currently these small businessmen and women have no real protection if the national corporation drops them as a franchise holder. This is not a level playing field, this is wrong, and it must change.”

“As a legislator, I want to continue to make sure Florida has the most business-friendly climate in America. As a chamber of commerce president, I’m particularly sensitive to the threats against small business owners from out-of-state companies.” said Rep. Brodeur (R-28), the House sponsor. “I want to be sure that there is a level playing field for all business owners in Florida, whether they are a small independent shop or a franchisee.”

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Protect the Slurpee!

Florida Politics

7-Eleven franchise owners this asked the Pasco County Legislative Delegation this week for legislation to protect them from having their businesses ripped out from underneath them by their corporate owners.

“We work tirelessly. We are continuing to grow the local economy, paying local and state and payroll taxes,” said Arnie Tange, a 7-Eleven franchise owner. “However, because of the lack of protection laws for small businesses, we can lose our small businesses if our franchiser – who’s based in another state – decided not to renew or extend my agreement to operate under their brand name.”

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