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By Van Fisher, Polaris Consulting, LLC Over a year ago, in April 2020, unemployment hit its highest rate since the great depression, peaking at 14.7 percent. In response to this unprecedented loss of jobs, Payment Protection Program (PPP) Loans were issued with bi-partisan support to protect the salaries of millions of workers and ensure that our economy could return to pre-pandemic levels. As vaccination rates allow businesses...

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By Bonny Shelton Despite the pandemic, the Southeast Region has continued to meet and share. The 2020 Summer meeting was held in person at The Cloister, Sea Island, Brunswick, Georgia. It was a good time of up-to-date business aids, news, and fun socializing — all with no incidents. In October, we met virtually by Zoom with good attendance and participation. Our annual meeting was also virtual in...

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As a franchisee, how you effectively encourage, motivate, and provide recognition to your teams is extremely important right now. With the cancellation of spring regional meetings, we are developing an easy way for you to celebrate your teams! We will provide you with the platform to show your RGMs they are the ones leading the charge and continuing to be the front-line heroes. The world’s response...

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By Kelly Rodenberg The AKFCF, in partnership with KFCC, continue to find ways to support franchisees through the new Franchise Business Academy. This newest endeavor is another step in the AKFCF’s commitment to our mission statement of supporting and protecting the interests of franchisees across the system. In April, we presented the first academy workshop “The Big 2 Inflation – What to Expect for Future Food and...

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By Kelly Rodenberg, AKFCF Executive Director In collaboration with the KFC Franchise Finance team, AKFCF is pleased to announce the inaugural Franchise Business Academy is launching on April 21! With a series of webinars, the Franchise Business Academy will provide you, a valued member of our franchise community, with the resources and tools to build a successful enterprise. Best practices will be discussed across various aspects...

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By Amy Agenbroad On Wednesday, March 31, President Joe Biden released his infrastructure plan, The American Jobs Plan, totaling over $2 trillion. The plan pushes the envelope of what is considered “infrastructure” by going beyond just roads, bridges, and railways. President Biden emphasized that the U.S. currently ranks 13th worldwide in overall infrastructure, by traditional standards. President Biden is also proposing a number of changes to...

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As we are finally recovering from a brutally cold stretch of weather in the Greater Midwest, we desperately long to get together and share stories, fellowship and best practices with our fellow operators, but for the second year in a row, that’s not going to be able to happen. No spring meeting again this year thanks to COVID-19 concerns. When you read this, we will...

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AKFCF wishes to thank all who made the Convention possible — our incredible KFCC, NCAC, and RSCS Partners, the suppliers who made the virtual expo hall a vibrant and important place to be, our generous sponsors, workshop speakers, the AKFCF EC, Booth Production Group, AKFCF President Brandon Robertson (who did an amazing job), and all of you who attended! We truly hope that you found the...

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The afternoon of Thursday, February 4 and into the early morning of Friday, February 5, the Senate carried out a “Vote-a-roma” on a budget resolution as they begin a budgetary process known as budget reconciliation to pass a COVID-19 relief package. Instead of a typical 60-vote threshold in the Senate, reconciliation is an expedited legislative process that would require only a simple majority vote. With...

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By Shannon Prendiville The last year has been a challenge to us all. The Northwest region has continued to support communities impacted by the events of 2020 — a year filled with hardships endured by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, fires, and riots. There are many examples of these genuine acts of caring throughout our KFC family. Here are just a few highlights from...

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