International Franchise Association Association News


Mark your calendar for the International Franchise Expo June 18-20 in New York

IFA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

The International Franchise Expo, set for June 18 to 20 at the Javits Center in New York City is your opportunity to take advantage of 70 free seminars and in-depth symposia. The IFA-sponsored event is produced by MFV Expositions. Make arrangements now to be on hand to gain valuable insights to expand your franchise business and network with industry colleagues.


Register for IFA’s Franchise Development Seminar

IFA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

IFA's Franchise Development Seminars are smaller, more interactive programs designed for franchise development professionals to hear from experts on the latest trends and best practices. If you want to reinvigorate your recruitment process in 2015 there is no better way to learn how to do that, and do it successfully, than by attending our seminar. The first Franchise Development Seminar will be conducted in Washington, D.C. June 4.


Data Shows Franchisees Maintain High Levels of Satisfaction and Contract Renewal

IFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Franchisees indicate incredibly high satisfaction rates in independent research and renew their contracts at an extremely high rate according to data required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) -- both indications of broad satisfaction with the franchise industry by franchisees and their workers, despite a recent Service Employees International Union (SEIU) report. "The SEIU is so desperate to lend credibility in its fledging effort to convince government officials to help it unionize franchise workers that it has ginned up a report that grossly misrepresents attitudes toward franchising," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE.


Join the Coalition to Save Local Businesses Today

IFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Join CSLB today and help protect your business from government overreach! The franchise model, which has provided millions the opportunity to grow, build and manage their own business, is being threatened by National Labor Relations Board overreach. The pending "joint employer" recommendation by the NLRB's General Counsel would upend the 780,000 locally-owned U.S. franchise businesses and jeopardize 8.9 million jobs they directly support. IFA has recently launched the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, which aims to inform members of Congress about the potentially devastating impact that the NLRB joint employer ruling would have on America's small businesses.


Attend One of Asia's Premier Franchise Events

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia) is one of Asia's premier franchise events. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FLAsia is a platform for Asian expansion. The 2014 event attracted a record 300+ brands from 22 countries. The 2015 show will take place 29-31 October 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. E-mail FLAsia@bizlink.com.sg for special IFA member participation packages.


Register today for the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

The annual IFA Washington, D.C. fly-in is now named the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, and it will take place Sept. 29-30 at the JW Marriott in the nation's capital. It is an integration of our grassroots advocacy program, the Franchise Action Network, with our annual fly-in, formerly known as the Public Affairs Conference. This meeting gives you the opportunity to meet with your representatives in Congress to discuss regulations that can affect your business.


Missed your chance to pre-register for the IFA Legal Symposium? Don't worry -- register on site!

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Pre-registration for IFA’s 48th Annual Legal Symposium is now closed, but interested parties are welcome to register on site. This year's Legal Symposium, May 3 to 5 in Chicago, will be a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know and how to put it into practice. The program will provide value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners and focus on the practical use of the law and the how-tos for navigating today's business and regulatory environment. Featuring expert speakers and timely content, the symposium is a "must-attend" event for all concerned with franchising's legal, regulatory and business issues.


Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today!

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today and sign up to receive FAN Mail! The FAN gives you the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on the future of the franchise industry. The FAN seeks to mobilize the industry and present a strong and consistent message about the power of the franchise business model in every community nationwide. Make your voice heard and join the movement.


Today is the last day to pre-register for IFA’s Legal Symposium

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

This year's Legal Symposium, May 3 to 5 in Chicago, will be a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know and how to put it into practice. The program will provide value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners and focus on the practical use of the law and the how-tos for navigating today’s business and regulatory environment. Featuring expert speakers and timely content, the symposium is a "must-attend" event for all concerned with franchising's legal, regulatory and business issues.


It’s Not Too Late -- Register Now for the IFA Legal Symposium!

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

This year’s Legal Symposium, May 3 to 5 in Chicago, will be a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know and how to put it into practice. The program will provide value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners and focus on the practical use of the law and the how-to’s for navigating today’s business and regulatory environment. Featuring expert speakers and timely content, the symposium is a “must-attend” event for all concerned with franchising’s legal, regulatory and business issues.


Webinar: Get the facts on what the new "Ambush Election" rule means for your business

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) controversial new rules concerning union elections went into effect. Want to find out what this could mean for your business? Join the IFA for a webinar at 1:30 pm ET on April 21 to learn about the new rules, what they mean for union representation elections, and how they could impact your franchise business.


Franchisee leaders voice opposition of California franchise bill

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

On behalf of the over 80,000 franchise locations that employ nearly one million workers in the state, International Franchise Association leaders today urged lawmakers to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which would impose additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses. "The unintended consequences of this bill would dramatically change the franchise relationship between franchisors and franchisees and we have serious concerns about some of the provisions included in the bill," IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira said.


Union's Protests a Ploy to Distract Public and Policymakers from NLRB Overreach

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

The IFA called the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) "Fight for $15" a multi-million dollar public relations campaign designed to mislead the public and policymakers from the blatant and politically-motivated overreach of the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to expand its current joint employer standard, which would completely eliminate local control of millions of independently-owned franchises and other local small businesses. "The SEIU can claim that the goal of these protests is to increase wages for workers, ... [but] the only winners are union leaders and the policymakers beholden to them," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE.


Mark your calendar for IFA’s International Franchise Expo June 18-20 in New York

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

The International Franchise Expo, set for June 18 to 20 at the Javits Center in New York City is your opportunity to take advantage of 70 free seminars and in-depth symposia. The IFA-sponsored event is produced by MFV Expositions. Make arrangements now to be on hand to gain valuable insights to expand your franchise business and network with industry colleagues.


Check out FranSocial's Career Center

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2015

FranSocial has launched an all-new Career Center! The Career Center, which is open to the public for viewing, allows members to post career opportunities for all to see. Stop by the Career Center today to browse current job postings or to add your own!


Discounted Hotel Deadline for IFA Legal Symposium is Tomorrow!

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

This year’s Legal Symposium, May 3 to 5 in Chicago, will be a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know and how to put it into practice. The program will provide value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners and focus on the practical use of the law and the how-to’s for navigating today’s business and regulatory environment. Featuring expert speakers and timely content, the symposium is a “must-attend” event for all concerned with franchising’s legal, regulatory and business issues.


IFA Works to Increase Franchise Access to Capital Through SBA Loan Program

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

IFA is working to improve the Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Program in an effort to help franchise businesses obtain SBA loans. IFA has submitted written comments to the SBA to advise the agency on ways to increase the loan programs' efficiency. IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, noted the importance of the association's efforts, commenting that "franchisees deserve equal access to the SBA resources available to other small business owners, particularly as the franchise industry has continued to grow at a higher rate than non-franchised businesses each of the last five years following the recession." To view IFA's statement in full and for more information about IFA's work to improve access to financing for franchise business owners, please click here.


Join the Franchise Trade Mission to Central America

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2015

As part of IFA's efforts to provide our members access to international opportunities, IFA, Franchise Times and the U.S. Commercial Service will co-sponsor the 2015 franchise trade mission to Central America. The trade mission will run from Sept. 20-25, 2015, with stops in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. The application deadline is close of business, E.T., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. To learn more about the mission and apply please click here.




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