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College Hunks' Stephen Bienko Honored By IFA

The following content is courtesy of the IFA, with minor edits by College Hunks.

College Hunks Hauling Junk Franchisee Stephen Bienko, of Fairfield, NJ, was honored recently by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award.

Franchise Owner/Operators representing 36 franchise systems were recognized during the IFA’s 14th Annual Public Affairs Conference for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising. Stephen owns the North Jersey location along with one in Nashville, TN.

“The franchising community is an important part of the U.S. economy due to the hard work of franchisees,” said IFA Chairman Steve Romaniello, Managing Director, Roark Capital Group. “The IFA is proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of Stephen Bienko with the Franchisee of the Year Award and thank him not only for [his] work to promote franchising, but for the contributions [he makes] every day to showcase how local business owners propel the economy in communities across the country.”

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 in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, franchise industry leaders met with over 200 congressional offices about issues important to the future of franchising such as tax certainty, healthcare reform, immigration and access to credit. The Public Affairs 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. The event is supported by founding sponsor ADP Small Business Services.

During their visit to Washington, IFA members highlighted the economic impact of franchising. 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," Romaniello said. “With sound regulatory policies, franchise businesses can create the jobs necessary for sustained economic recovery and growth.”

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