Mitt Romney to Headline Franchise Event in February

December 27th, 2010

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As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gears up for a near-certain second bid for the presidency, he will attempt to show off his business bona fides by headlining a small business event in Las Vegas in mid-February.

At the International Franchise Association’s conference, he will have the opportunity to showcase his resume before a friendly and influential audience of approximately 2,500 small business owners in what also happens to be an early nominating state on the Republican primary calendar.

Internation Franchise Association’s Web site notes that its mission is “to protect, enhance and promote franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.” Data on the group’s site show that approximately 21 million jobs are attributable to small franchises.

International Franchise Association’s 51st annual convention will take place in Las Vegas from Feb. 13 to 16 at the MGM Grand, and the theme is “Building the Future Together.” Organizers plan to emphasize how small business owners can position themselves “as the economy begins to improve,” meaning Romney will have to navigate his message carefully as he keeps up his current criticism of President Obama’s handling of the economy.

Romney is the convention headliner, and he will speak at the opening general session on Monday, Feb. 14th. Forbes Inc. CEO Steve Forbes, who ran in the GOP primaries for president in 1996 and 2000, is keynoting the event during the closing luncheon on Wednesday the 16th.

Romney is the top draw and may help the group pull in some funds; International Franchise Association notes in its registration materials that Romney will be on hand to schmooze at a VIP reception for the association’s political action committee, FranPAC.

In a release detailing Romney’s appearance, International Franchise Association notes, “Elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Gov. Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office and created tens of thousands of jobs.”

The announcement even touts Romney’s stewardship of health care reform in the Bay State.

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