THINK LOCAL, GIVE LOCAL: How to sow seeds of success in your community.

Author:Sean
 
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Franchising is a specialized and proven business model. Specifically, a company creates a brand and a method for operating a business. Founders will use franchising as a way to distribute that brand across the nation. It's critically important to understand that there is not one big corporation running all these locations. Instead, that business you love to visit is locally owned and operated by a member of your own community!

Thinking Locally

Franchise business owners want nothing more than to give back to the community that provides so much for them. That franchised location provides needed taxes for community growth, jobs for a robust economy and training for future opportunities. Additionally, when you shop local, you are supporting the businesses that sponsor Little League, provide scholarships, give to local charities, volunteer countless hours and sponsor events in your hometown. This is the genesis for how Franchising Gives Back.

Every year, there are thousands of events all over the nation that make an impact locally. Those events would be too numerous to list in this publication. Everyone involved deserves recognition for his or her effort. The International Franchise Association recognizes many brands and franchise business owners at the annual Franchising Gives Back awards ceremony. The IFA also hosts a volunteer service event every year that brings together franchisors, franchisees and suppliers to make a major impact on an organization in need.

Giving Locally

Sean Falk, CFE is a Client Executive with Hylant and Kimberly Falk, CFE is the Development Director for Primrose Schools. They have participated in the service event for many years. Hylant has been involved every year since its inception. This year's event was unique because IFA volunteers returned to serve a school that they helped two years prior. The school, located on the outskirts of Las Vegas, has many needs. Most of the students are homeless. All of them are on food assistance programs. Most students would not have access to vegetables and fruits daily or even have three complete meals. The school's dropout rate was very high and only a handful of students ever considered going to college.

When Sean and Kim arrived at the Franchising Gives Back volunteer service event in 2017, they painted buildings, wrote inspirational messages on murals and created garden beds. The students used the gardens to study science by figuring out planting schedules, watering rates and...

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