International Franchise Association Association News


Make your nominations for major IFA awards through June 27

IFA SmartBrief | May 27, 2016

Each year, IFA honors an elite group of individuals with its highest awards during the annual convention. Nominations are being accepted through June 27 for IFA's major awards -- Hall of Fame, Entrepreneur of the Year, Ronald E. Harrison and Bonnie LeVine -- to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to franchising. Submit your nominations today!


Webinar: Taking your business to the next level

IFA SmartBrief | May 27, 2016

Join IFA on June 1 for the latest in the WednesdayWise webinar series. Lane Fisher, CFE, partner with Fisher Zucker, will moderate the webinar, "How to Take Your Emerging Franchise to the Next Level and Then to...." A panel of franchise experts will join Fisher on the webinar, which starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Sign up today!


Cross borders without leaving home at the International Franchise Expo

IFA SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

The 2015 International Franchise Expo attracted visitors from 122 countries. Expectations of similarly big international numbers in 2016 give U.S. franchisors the chance to explore global growth without crossing a border. The IFA-sponsored Expo takes place June 16-18 at the Javits Center in New York City. Find out why you should attend.


Rethink Red Tape: One part of our work to protect franchising

IFA SmartBrief | May 25, 2016

More than any other issue, small business owners cite regulation as the biggest challenge they face. Some rules currently being considered could make this problem exponentially worse, especially for entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses through franchising. Through the "Rethink Red Tape" coalition with the National Association of Manufacturers, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and Women Impacting Public Policy, IFA is seeking to amplify the voices and experiences of actual small business owners. Rethink Red Tape will bring the regulatory issue to life for policymakers and members of the public in order to generate momentum for substantive regulatory reform. Help us protect the dream of franchising. Join Rethink Red Tape.


Submit your nominations for 2016 Franchising Gives Back awards by June 17

IFA SmartBrief | May 23, 2016

Nominations are open for the 2016 Franchising Gives Back Awards! Visit franchisinggivesback.org/awards by June 17 to share your story. Winners will be honored at the 2nd Annual Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C. For table sponsorships or to purchase individual tickets, please contact Gionne Jones.


IFA: Support Davis-Peterson effort to halt joint employer standard

IFA SmartBrief | May 23, 2016

IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, is calling for support of the Davis-Peterson letter, signed last week by more than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter, written by Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., asks the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and Labor HHS Subcommittee to support a joint employer policy provision that would temporarily halt the National Labor Relations Board's new standard to allow Congress to determine its impacts. "Small franchise business owners are on the front line of our economy. We urge appropriators to include this language in the funding bills and end this blatant government overreach," Cresanti said. Read the full statement.


IFA partners with National Retail Federation

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2016

IFA is teaming with the National Retail Federation to offer specific education in loss prevention, safety and security solutions this June at NRF PROTECT. 7-Eleven, the Regis Corporation, and Starbucks are just some of the many companies sending loss prevention, safety and security teams to NRF PROTECT. A special rate is available just for IFA members. Register with promo code IFA and get a Full Conference Pass for $750! Or if you just want to check out the Expo, try the Free Expo Pass for retail and restaurant executives. Register now!


Webinar: Taking your emerging franchise to the next level

IFA SmartBrief | May 20, 2016

Join IFA on June 1 for the latest in the WednesdayWise webinar series. Lane Fisher, CFE, partner with Fisher Zucker, will moderate the webinar, "How to Take Your Emerging Franchise to the Next Level and Then to..." The webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Sign up today!


Hashim aims to educate about the franchise business model

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2016

"People simply don't understand what franchising is," says IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim, a multi-unit franchisee with NRD Capital. In the May 2016 edition of Franchising World, Hashim challenges IFA members to overturn damaging notions about franchising by educating people about what it truly is: "A reliable way to be in business for yourself -- but not by yourself. We have to explain that most franchises are local, family-owned businesses, owned and operated by individuals, who chose a less-risky path into entrepreneurship." Read more.


IFA: New overtime rule "unfair to employees"

IFA SmartBrief | May 18, 2016

IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, released a statement Tuesday about the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime rule, which will force thousands of employers to shift the pay status of their employees from salaried to hourly and diminish their quality of work life. "Far from 'giving America a raise,' the new overtime rule will compel many franchise businesses to reduce their managers' take-home pay simply to comply with the extreme new salary level," he said. "The rule is unfair to employees who will need to be reclassified from exempt to non-exempt, and thus effectively demoted." Read the full statement.


Expand your reach: Trade mission heads to Brazil and Uruguay

IFA SmartBrief | May 16, 2016

Pack your bags and join IFA Sept. 19-23 on the next franchise trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay! Franchise Trade Missions provide cost effective market exploration, including meetings with prospective franchisees. Uruguay's franchise economy is growing steadily and Brazil's franchise sector continues to dramatically outperform the overall economy. The application deadline is Monday, May 23, so don't wait. Learn more about the mission and apply!


New VetFran qualifications focus on program goals

IFA SmartBrief | May 16, 2016

IFA's VetFran membership program has grown in leaps and bounds since its founding in 1990 by Don Dwyer, Sr., CEO and founder of the Dwyer Group, with help from many VetFran committee members and volunteers. Eric Stites, CFE, chairman of the VetFran Committee, explains the changes to the membership requirements at the 25th Anniversary of the program. Read more.


Last Chance! Register today for IFA Legal Symposium

IFA SmartBrief | May 13, 2016

Time is running out to register for the IFA 2016 Legal Symposium, which starts on Sunday at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about cutting-edge laws affecting franchising and methods for navigating today's challenging business and regulatory environment. Attendees will hear Republican U.S. National Labor Relations Board Member Phil Miscimarra speak on Monday at noon. Tuesday features Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Sign up today!


IFA partners with National Retail Federation @ NRF PROTECT

IFA SmartBrief | May 13, 2016

IFA is partnering with the National Retail Federation to offer you specific education in loss prevention, safety and security solutions this June at NRF PROTECT. 7-Eleven, the Regis Corporation, and Starbucks are just some of the many companies sending loss prevention, safety and security teams to NRF PROTECT. We have negotiated a special rate just for IFA members. Register with promo code IFA and get a Full Conference Pass for just $750! Or if you just want to check out the Expo, try the FREE EXPO Pass for retail and restaurant executives. Register now.


Expand your reach: Trade Mission heads to Brazil and Uruguay

IFA SmartBrief | May 11, 2016

Pack your bags and join IFA Sept. 19-23 on the next franchise trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Montevideo, Uruguay! Franchise Trade Missions provide cost effective market exploration, including meetings with prospective franchisees. Uruguay's franchise economy is growing steadily, and Brazil's franchise sector continues to dramatically outperform the overall economy. The application deadline is Monday, May 23, so don't wait. Learn more about the mission and apply!


It's not too late: Sign up for IFA's Legal Symposium today

IFA SmartBrief | May 11, 2016

Time is running out to sign up for next week's IFA 2016 Legal Symposium, set for May 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about cutting-edge laws affecting franchising and methods for navigating today's challenging business and regulatory environment. Attendees will hear Republican U.S. National Labor Relations Board Member Phil Miscimarra speak on Monday at noon. Tuesday features Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Don't miss it!


Webinar series highlights franchise operational practices

IFA SmartBrief | May 09, 2016

Grow your brand and improve overall performance by gaining powerful insights into the best operational practices of today's leading franchise experts. The Franchise Business Review webinars, available live or via on-demand playback, are approved for 150 CFE Education credits. The sessions take place May 10, May 12, May 17, May 19 and May 24.


Learn how to navigate international waters at IBA/IFA Joint Conference

IFA SmartBrief | May 09, 2016

Each year, IFA partners with the International Bar Association's Franchising Committee to develop a program relevant to the international franchise law profession. Attend the IBA/IFA Joint Conference May 17-18 in Washington, D.C. to discover what legal and regulatory issues face franchisors around the world. Plenary sessions, workshops and hot topic discussions will help provide the tools needed to travel safely through international waters. View the brochure and register today!


Legal symposium keynote to focus on cybersecurity

IFA SmartBrief | May 06, 2016

Join IFA and nearly 500 attendees for the 49th Annual Legal Symposium from May 15-17 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. The keynote presentation is "Cybersecurity: Conquering the New Frontier of Legal Risks," with Scott McLester, executive vice president and general counsel of Wyndham Worldwide; Daniel Castro, vice president of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; and Douglas Meal, partner with Ropes & Gray. IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, will moderate the panel. Pre-registration for the 2016 Legal Symposium closes today, so register today!


Need a mentor? Join IFA's Franship program

IFA SmartBrief | May 06, 2016

Franship, IFA's Mentorship Program, provides franchisees, franchisors and suppliers the opportunity to share best practices along with strategic positioning and advice from some of franchising's premier leaders. Get started today! Visit the Franship section on IFA's website for more information and complete the enrollment form. Find out more.


IFA expresses disappointment with Supreme Court ruling in Seattle case

IFA SmartBrief | May 04, 2016

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear IFA's appeal of the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that enacted Seattle's 2014 minimum wage law. "Seattle's ordinance is blatantly discriminatory and affirmatively harms Seattle hard-working franchise small business owners every day since it has gone into effect," said IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE. "We are simply attempting to level the playing field for the 600 local franchise business owners employing 19,000 people in Seattle." Read the full statement.


Need a Mentor? Join IFA's Franship Program

IFA SmartBrief | May 02, 2016

Franship, IFA's Mentorship Program, provides franchisees, franchisors and suppliers the opportunity to share best practices along with strategic positioning and advice from some of franchising’s premier leaders. Get started today! Visit the Franship section on IFA’s website franchise.org for more information and complete the enrollment form. IFA will assign mentors. Find out more.


Make Your Nomination for 2016 IFA Awards

IFA SmartBrief | May 02, 2016

Each year, IFA honors an elite group of individuals with its highest awards during the annual convention. Nominations are being accepted through June 27 for IFA’s major awards -- Hall of Fame, Entrepreneur of the Year, Ronald E. Harrison and Bonnie LeVine -- to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to franchising. For more information contact Jenna Weisbord at jweisbord@franchise.org. Nominate leaders in franchising today!




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