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NIFA Panel Discussion Prepares Businesses for Growth During the 2020 March Luncheon

NIFA Panel Discussion Prepares Businesses for Growth During the 2020 March Luncheon

We want to thank all of the panelists, hosts, guests and sponsors for an incredible gathering during the Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA) March Luncheon, hosted at Cooper’s Hawk in Chicago. It’s more important than ever to stay connected during times of uncertainty. Gatherings such as these luncheons allow NIFA to foster meaningful discussions among Chicagoland’s franchising community and encourage valuable networking opportunities. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s time.

We hope that everyone stays safe, and we encourage you to stay connected through the NIFA LinkedIn group. Together we are stronger, and with that in mind, we are hosting an ongoing Virtual Town Hall Discussion within the group to help provide guidance on maneuvering the current challenges that businesses are facing today. No business topic is off limits, so feel free to join the conversation.

The March Luncheon featured a spirited panel discussion, “Preparing Your Business for Growth,” led by Wintrust Franchise Finance heads Sandra McCraren and Sean Willison. Panelists included: 

  • Kevin Cook, Multi-Unit Owner, McDonald’s – Minnesota
  • Aziz Nathani, Multi-Unit Owner, Dunkin’ – Chicagoland
  • Jackie Lobdell, Executive Director of Franchise Development, Slim Chickens

The group of distinguished franchisee, franchisor and industry leaders covered a variety of discussion points related to business growth and fostering a positive culture, as well as the biggest opportunities and challenges businesses face today. The panel highly emphasized the importance of people. From attracting and retaining the best talent to listening and implementing franchisee input, each panelist provided strong input. An audience Q&A followed the discussion.

The March Luncheon was sponsored Wintrust (Title Sponsor) and Colliers International (Valet Sponsor).

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