International Franchise Association Association News


ICFE to offer 10 full-day Special Sessions at #IFA2017

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 09, 2016

With every IFA Annual Convention, there is an opportunity to begin, advance or complete Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) requirements during the ICFE Special Sessions. For #IFA2017, ICFE is offering 10 full-day sessions designed to enhance your understanding of franchising and provide the tools needed for franchising success. Join the CFE movement. Become "franchise strong!" Register now.


Veteran turns coffee shop into nine-unit family enterprise

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 09, 2016

US Army Special Forces veteran Ray Omar has gone from owning one Dunkin' Donuts to nine. Following in his dad's footsteps, he has brought his family into the business. Omar is expanding his Maryland operations to Washington, D.C. and Tennessee, and is bringing his brother Zak and sister-in law Megan into the business. IFA's @OurFranchise campaign tells Omar's story. Read more.


Are you the next IFA Executive VP?

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 07, 2016

The IFA Franchise Education and Research Foundation is searching for an Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. The EVP/CDO will work with staff, volunteer leadership and donors to advance the Foundation's mission, achieve strategic objectives, increase engagement and financial support from donors and members, and oversee day-to-day management of Foundation programs. Please email inquiries of interest to Foundation President John Reynolds, CFE.


Attend dynamic program on Profit Mastery

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 07, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to attend parts 1 and 2 of this dynamic program on Profit Mastery with Steve LeFever, CFE, and Rod Bristol, CFE, on Jan. 28-29 in Las Vegas, just prior to #IFA2017. Managing a business without Profit Mastery is like driving to an unfamiliar destination without navigation! Sign up today!


Obituary: Roger Murphy, Founder of Murphy Business & Financial

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 05, 2016

Roger Murphy, founder, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, passed away on Nov. 30. Considered a pioneer in the business brokerage and franchise worlds, Murphy grew his business into the largest business brokerage franchise in North America, with more than 175 offices. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 12 in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Memorial donations in Murphy's name may be sent to Suncoast Hospice Foundation or the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida. Read more.


Attend WednesdayWise Webinar: Understanding Your Franchise Unit Economics

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 05, 2016

The next topic for IFA's WednesdayWise Webinars series centers around Understanding Your Franchise Unit Economics. Join IFA for the webinar this Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET. WednesdayWise Webinars are approved for 50 CFE Participation Credits. Register today!


Franchising needs your story

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

Since July 2016, IFA has been spreading the positive message of franchising via the @OurFranchise campaign. Through the campaign and associated tour, @OurFranchise seeks to uncover the real stories of franchise owners that give back to local communities and create opportunities for others. Each path into this diverse business model is unique and powerful, and the success of @OurFranchise hinges on bringing stories like yours to light. Tell your story today!


Protect your franchise system

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

FRAN-GUARD™, IFA's Franchise Sales Management and Compliance Program, will be presented twice at the ICFE Special Sessions in Las Vegas, Jan. 28-29. It's a great opportunity for CFE candidates and re-certifying CFEs because the compliance program is mandatory. It's an excellent way for all IFA members to take the steps to protect your system. Register today!


Attend full-day ICFE Special Sessions during #IFA2017

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

With every IFA Annual Convention, there is an opportunity to begin, advance or complete Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) requirements during the ICFE Special Sessions. For #IFA2017, ICFE is offering 10 full-day sessions designed to enhance your understanding of franchising and provide the tools needed for franchising success. Join the CFE movement. Become "franchise strong!" Your decision will make a difference in your career, your business and your system. Register now.


IFA seeks Vice President of Marketing

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

IFA is looking for a Vice President of Marketing to create and execute an effective marketing plan for the association's products and services, including conferences, websites, publications, affinity programs and membership. Can you lead a marketing team and engage with colleagues across multiple departments in the development and execution of marketing campaigns? Then IFA wants to hear from you! Read the job description to find out more.


Attend Dec. 7 webinar to focus on Franchise Unit Economics

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 28, 2016

The next topic for IFA's WednesdayWise Webinars series centers on Understanding Your Franchise Unit Economics. Join Qvinci Software Marketing Manager Ahmer Ameen for the webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ET. Sign up today!


Cresanti: Overtime ruling brings relief to franchises

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, said that franchises are "breathing a collective sigh of relief" following a ruling by a Texas judge to issue a preliminary injunction halting the US Department of Labor's overtime rule. "While a modest increase in the overtime threshold would have been appropriate, many franchises were faced with difficult and costly decisions about how to reclassify their greatest assets -- their employees," he said. Read more.


Share your story with @OurFranchise

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

With a new set of elected officials heading to Washington following the 2016 election cycle, now is the time to share your franchising story. There is an ongoing public misunderstanding about the franchise business model, and elected officials need to know what you put into running your business. IFA's @OurFranchise initiative takes aim at this issue by putting franchise owners up front for policymakers to see firsthand. Share your story today!


Women's Franchise Committee connects professionals

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

The Women's Franchise Committee is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging women in franchising by creating a network of business professionals dedicated to strengthening the success of women in franchising. Get involved with your local chapter today.


IFA and ComplianceHR offer overtime tool for members

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 22, 2016

IFA has entered into a partnership with ComplianceHR, creators of a game-changing smart HR tool, the Navigator Suite, that Human Resource Executive named one of the Top 10 HR Products of 2016. The easy-to-use software helps small business owners maintain effective compliance with the law. This online application is built on the expertise of Littler Mendelson's attorneys, channeled into the analysis of hundreds of court cases, and can help franchisees get peace of mind when reclassifying their employees and adapting to rule changes. The tool is available now to franchisees at a fraction of the cost associated with engaging a traditional resource to navigate compliance challenges. The cost is $200 per franchisee for one year of unlimited access. Email OTTool@franchise.org to access the tool now!


Special VetFran Course available at #IFA2017

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2016

The 2017 IFA Convention in Las Vegas will feature a special course specifically designed for veteran franchises and veterans seeking to own a franchise. The course, "Promoting Veteran-Owned Franchises," takes place Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. A panel of experts will include Sport Clips CEO Gordon Logan, The Rosie Network Founder Stephanie Brown, Grease Monkey International's Ralph Yarusso, CFE, and Misty Stutsman, Director of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Find out more and register for #IFA2017 today!


CFEs have a new place to connect

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 21, 2016

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) has launched a new Facebook page. Designed as a place for candidates and existing CFEs to connect, share knowledge and ask questions, the CFE Facebook page is a resource for anyone interested in solidifying their place in the franchising industry. LIKE the page!


Attend Hong Kong Show to grow

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2016

The second annual Hong Kong International Franchising Show is slated to feature a wide range of Hong Kong and international franchise brands. Incoming IFA Chair Shelly Sun, CFE, of BrightStar Care, will be a featured speaker. The show, which takes place Dec. 1-3, offers participating franchisors a business matching platform, as well as consulting and support services. Learn more.


Keynote speakers lined up for #IFA2017

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2016

#IFA2017, which takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas, will feature keynote speakers Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and Marcus Buckingham, four-time New York Times bestselling author. Hear from professionals in franchising such as Greg Delks of Firehouse Subs; Shelly Sun, CFE, with BrightStar Franchising; Ken Switzer of Marco's Pizza; FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson, CFE; Mike Bidwell, CFE, with The Dywer Group; Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen; Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid, CFE, and more! Register now.


Next WednesdayWise Webinar: Understanding Your Franchise Unit Economics

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

The next topic for IFA's WednesdayWise Webinars series centers around Understanding Your Franchise Unit Economics. Join IFA for the webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET. WednesdayWise Webinars are approved for 50 CFE Participation Credits. Register today!


New Orleans is the next @OurFranchise Tour stop

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

The fifth stop on the IFA @OurFranchise Tour kicks off this week in New Orleans in conjunction with the Emerging Franchisor Conference Nov. 17-18. The campaign and tour seek to educate the public about the positive impacts of franchising on local communities. There will be multiple franchise site tours including local franchisees from MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes, Walk-On's, Smoothie King, and Painting with a Twist. Follow the journey on the @OurFranchise Twitter.


CFE launches new Facebook page

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) has launched a new Facebook page. Designed as a place for candidates and existing CFEs to connect, share knowledge and ask questions, the CFE Facebook page is a resource for anyone interested in solidifying their place in the franchising industry. LIKE the page!


#IFA2017 Annual Convention takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2017

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 14, 2016

Nearly 4,000 franchise professionals will gather to learn, network and chart the future of franchising. The Annual Convention presents multiple unique opportunities and a variety of ways to strategically align with key decision-makers from various industries of all sizes. Register for the premier event in franchising.


IFA introduces all-new courses at 2017 Convention

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 11, 2016

With an emphasis on providing education to drive performance, growth and sustainability of franchise brands, #IFA2017 will offer world-class speakers, providing more than 50 educational sessions and programs across four days from Jan.29-Feb. 1 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Everyone who attends "will leave with valuable information to expand their knowledge and passion for franchising, whether they have been in the industry for many years or are new to franchising," said IFA Chair Aziz Hashim, Managing Partner of NRD Capital. Find out more and register today!


Notice: Credits for 2017 CFE Graduates due Nov. 20

IFA SmartBrief | Nov 11, 2016

All CFE candidates planning to graduate at the 2017 IFA Convention in Las Vegas must have all their required CFE credits completed by Sunday, Nov. 20. Candidates should check their credit record by logging in to www.franchise.org. Questions can be directed to Rose DuPont.




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