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Restaurateurs join April 7 Small Business Lending Summit

The National Restaurant Association has joined as an anchor partner of the Small Business Lending Summit, hosted by the International Franchise Association and scheduled for April 7 at the Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

"Access to credit remains one of the top priorities for the restaurant industry," said National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney. "We look forward to working with lenders and government regulators at this summit to find solutions that will help drive small business franchise growth."

National Restaurant Association research shows that more than four in 10 quickservice operators said it was more challenging to obtain credit in 2010 than in 2011. Nearly one-third of fullservice operators reported the same.

The day-long event focuses on:

--The role of franchising in growing the economy and creating jobs.
--Economic outlook for 2011.
--Lenders’ perspectives on the credit crunch and why lending to small businesses has been so difficult.
--Legislative and regulatory challenges facing franchisors and franchisees.
--Ideas for increasing the capital available for franchising entrepreneurs.
--How a stable policy environment for franchising can help drive economic recovery.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), chairman of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, will address the group at its luncheon program.

Other anchor partners of the IFA’s Small Business Lending Summit include the Consumer Bankers Association and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.

For more information visit http://www.franchise.org/smallbusinesslendingsummit.aspx

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