Meehans Receive Franchisee of the Year Award

September 19, 2012

Clare and Bill Meehan, franchise owners of AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District, were honored in Washington, D.C. on September 10, 2012, by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. 

Franchise owner-operators representing 31 franchise systems from across the country were recognized during the IFA’s 13th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising. 

The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The conference is a powerful way to help forward IFA’s advocacy efforts and further increase awareness about how franchising can contribute to economic recovery and job growth. 

According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 825,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country which is indirectly responsible for providing 18 million jobs and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output.

“As Washington works to strengthen and renew our economy, lawmakers should remember that franchising counts in local communities all across the country, says IFA Chairman Jon Luther.  “With available credit and sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses like AlphaGraphics will create the jobs necessary for sustained economic recovery and growth.”