Speaking Engagement

COVID-19 Issues Affecting Small Businesses & Franchises

Online via Live Webcast

Blank Rome Partner Charles S. Marion will be a panel speaker on the “COVID-19 Issues Affecting Small Businesses & Franchises” live broadcast hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s ("PBA") Franchise Law and Small Business Committees on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, from 12:00 p.m.‒1:00 p.m. EDT. This online program is eligible for Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit.


So much has occurred as a direct or indirect effect of COVID-19. The severity of the pandemic and the measures that cities and states are taking to control it are having a devastating impact on small businesses. From the closure of non-essential businesses to financial relief provided by local governments, many jurisdictions have taken steps that impact proposed franchise transactions and existing franchise operations.

Chuck, who serves as co-chair of the PBA Franchise Law Committee, will be joined by fellow PBA Franchise Law Committee and Small Business Committee chairs and attorneys on this CLE program to address a broad variety of legal issues facing small businesses and franchise systems in this very fluid time. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Financial issues – PPP, Main Street, and other debt issues
  • How are franchisees and franchisors addressing their relationship differently?
  • Will force majeure and business interruption insurance save the day?
  • Workout and bankruptcy issues
  • General business issues ‒ safety issues, etc.

 To learn more or register to attend, please click here.