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re:group president, Janet Muhleman, heads to Capital Hill


September 7, 2010, Ann Arbor, MI – September 13th and14th, Janet Muhleman, president of re:group, will be attending the IFA Public Affairs Conference. As a part of that she, along with more than 500 franchise leaders, will interact with federal lawmakers. She will meet with our Michigan legislators to voice the needs and concerns of the franchise community.

These concerns include the issues of health care reform costs, access to credit for small business, support for veterans and tax uncertainties for small business. With 2010 being a critical midterm election year, it is more important than ever to educate members of Congress on issues impacting the nation’s franchise community.

As a thirty year veteran of franchise marketing, Janet has seen the growth and change in franchising. She has worked side-by-side with franchise business owners, understands their challenges and is pleased to lend her support to this effort.

While working with franchise clients, re:group observes first-hand the restricted growth of the category due to lack of access to credit. “At a time when franchising could be an opportunity for the unemployed, there are many potential franchisees but not the necessary funding sources,” said Muhleman. “It’s really curtailing expansion.”

Franchised businesses play an important role in economic recovery and job growth. There are over 900,000 franchised businesses in the United States that employ over 21 million people. It contributes $2.3 trillion in annual economic output to the U.S. economy.

IFA is the largest and oldest franchising trade group; the IFA’s mission is to safeguard the business environment for franchising worldwide. IFA represents more than 85 industries, including more than 11,000 franchisee, 1,200 franchisor and 600 supplier members nationwide.

re:group, inc., is a privately held, national brand marketing firm located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that provides integrated brand management, including branding, marketing, design, internet marketing, advertising, SEO, social media, communications and digital and traditional media services as part of an integrated strategy.


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