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Chicago Welcomes the IFA's @OurFranchise Tour
The IFA's President and CEO Robert Cresanti touts franchising's economic power during the @OurFranchise address to the Franchise Capital Exchange in Chicago.

From August 23 to August 25, the International Franchise Association’s @OurFranchise Tour spread its message throughout Chicago, highlighting how local franchises are supporting the city’s communities and creating hundreds of jobs.

During the tour, Cresanti addressed the Franchise Capital Exchange, along with NRD Capital Managing Director and IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim, who keynoted the event. Cresanti also called on elected officials to recognize the importance of franchising during the upcoming election season, and encouraged franchising supporters to make their voices heard when choosing candidates at the polls.

Cresanti also met with Illinois elected officials and staff, representatives of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and co-hosted a “Women in Business” luncheon at the Metropolitan Club to highlight how franchising provides opportunities for women interested in owning their own business.

Participants in the “Women in Business” luncheon included: Shelly Sun, CEO of BrightStar; Cheri McEssy, Owner of BrightStar; Sherri Fishman, President of Fishman PR; Marla Topliff, President of Rosati’s Pizza; Brittany Ladd, COO of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity; Andria Winters, Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity; Barbara Moran-Goodrich, the CEO of Moran Family of Brands; and Kathleen Wood, the CEO and Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners.

Want to follow Cresanti as he continues his tour throughout the country? Follow @OurFranchise on Twitter for exclusive photos, videos and special updates along the way.

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