International Franchise Association Association News


Next week: Learn all about social sector franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 5 about how you can get involved with social sector franchising. Part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series, the discussion starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now and receive 50 CFE participation credits.


This week: @OurFranchise heads to South Florida for roundtable

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

Florida's franchising community generates more than 1.14 million jobs with nearly $47 billion in payroll. Will this growth continue in South Florida under the Trump administration? Join IFA's @OurFranchise for a special panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga School of Entrepreneurship. The event takes place Wednesday, March 29 in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP with Jenna Weisbord by midnight to attend, and join @OurFranchise today!


Cresanti to speak at franchise investment conference

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, is one of 20 experts speaking at the Capital Roundtable's conference on Private Equity Investing in Franchise Companies. The conference, which takes place Thursday, March 30 in New York City, will explore the theme of "Thinking Outside-the-Bun -- Tapping New Brands & New Markets." Register here and use code IFA2017 to receive a special VIP rate.


Acosta calls joint employer doctrine "untraditional"

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

During Wednesday's confirmation hearing, Labor Secretary designee Alexander Acosta's views on the Obama-era joint employer regulation came to light in response to a question from Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Acosta said that the NLRB's approach was "untraditional" and seemed to favor the traditional definition that a direct employer should be responsible for the employee's schedule, pay and hours worked. Read more and watch the clip.


Nominations now open for Rosenberg Award

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the William Rosenberg Leadership Award. The award is presented each year at the IFA Annual Convention to an individual who has made a significant contribution to franchise education and to IFA through research, teaching, fundraising, and other activities or service. The deadline for nominations is June 1. Download a nomination form and send completed applications to John Reynolds, CFE, President of the Franchise Education and Research Foundation.


@OurFranchise heads to South Florida for roundtable

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017

Florida's franchising community generates more than 1.14 million jobs with nearly $47 billion in payroll. Will this growth continue in South Florida under the Trump administration? Join IFA's @OurFranchise for a special panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga School of Entrepreneurship. The event takes place March 29 in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP with Jenna Weisbord by March 27 to attend, and join @OurFranchise today!


Next WednesdayWise Webinar: Social Sector Franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 5 about how you can get involved with social sector franchising. Part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series, the discussion starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now and receive 50 CFE participation credits!


Franchising Gives Back Awards Accepting Nominations

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

IFA's Franchise Education & Research Foundation is accepting nominations for the third annual Franchising Gives Back Awards. In partnership with Roark Capital Group, the awards will honor the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide during an awards celebration and dinner on Sept. 11 during the IFA's Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Submit a nomination at www.franchisinggivesback.org/awards. For tickets and table sponsorships, contact Gionne Jones at gjones@franchise.org. The deadline is June 12.


Train your employees using @OurFranchise resources

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

Educating your employees about the franchisee-franchisor relationship should be a critical piece on your employee training program. With that in mind, @OurFranchise has developed training resources you can start using today. Join @OurFranchise to receive a training video and one pager that easily explains the franchise business model to your employees.


FranTech 2017 offers three tracks

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

The wait is over! IFA's FranTech: Franchise Innovation Conference will be held Oct. 19-20 in San Diego. New this year, the program is divided into three tracks: Operations, Marketing and Franchise Development. Each track will focus on how innovations in technology are making an impact on the future of franchising, and how to implement these new methods into your franchise system. Learn more.


CFEs: Apply for Marshall Award

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 10, 2017

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives is seeking applicants for the Irl Marshall CFE scholarship award of $2,500. The total amount of this scholarship will be applied toward tuition for programs offered for ICFE credits and must be used within a three-year period. Learn more.


Learn from litigation experts at Legal Symposium

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 10, 2017

The franchise industry is not immune to legal disputes between competitors. During the IFA Legal Symposium, set for May 7-9 in Washington, D.C., a panel of experts from Gray Plant Mooty, LeClair Ryan and Wiggin and Dana LLP will explore ways to avoid disputes and position your company for the best possible outcome. This is just one of the many topics at the Legal Symposium. Register now!


FranTech 2017 dates announced

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017

The wait is over! IFA's FranTech: Franchise Innovation Conference will be held Oct. 19-20 in San Diego. New this year, the program is divided into three tracks: Operations, Marketing and Franchise Development. Each track will focus on how innovations in technology are making an impact on the future of franchising, and how to implement these new methods into your franchise system. Learn more.


Celebrating International Women's Day

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, 9Round Co-Founder and COO Heather Hudson explains how women have natural gifts that translate well into running a team. Women should continue to step up into leadership roles within the franchising and business communities, she tells IFA's @OurFranchise campaign. Read more about why being feminine is an asset.


Social Sector Franchising: How You Can Get Involved

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a special webinar on April 5 explaining the ins and outs of social sector franchising and how you can get involved in this growing trend that seeks to enhance the quality of life for underserved populations. Part of IFA's WednesdayWise Webinar series, the webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. EST. Make a difference and register today!


Foundation Partners with ABF to Bring CFE to Brazil

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

The IFA Franchise Education and Research Foundation's Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and the Brazilian Franchise Association have established a partnership to bring the Certified Franchise Executives to Brazil on an exclusive basis. The partnership will increase access to the full CFE curriculum for ABF members and others. Find out more.


Educate your employees through @OurFranchise

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

Educating your employees about the franchisee-franchisor relationship should be a critical piece on your employee training program. With that in mind, @OurFranchise has developed training resources you can start using today. Join @OurFranchise to receive a training video and one pager that easily explains the franchise business model to your employees.


IFA releases policy platform to promote job growth in franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

A few hours before President Trump's address to Congress yesterday, IFA released its 2017 Franchise Public Policy Platform. The platform, which outlines seven policy priorities around issues such as joint employer, taxes, health care, government regulations, minimum wage, access to credit and hiring veterans, is designed to help guide lawmakers when addressing the challenges facing small business owners. Read the platform.


@OurFranchise needs your story

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

One of the biggest challenges facing the franchising community is the need for a greater understanding of the business model. With that goal in mind, IFA launched the @OurFranchise campaign and tour last year, reaching more than 1.7 million people to date. The momentum is building, and we need your support to continue spreading the positive impacts of franchising. Join today!


Rethink your business with Management 2000 Seminars

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

No matter your knowledge or experience in franchising, the Management 2000 seminars offer something for everyone! The seminars and events have provided even the most experienced individuals with the acquisition of new skills and innovative ways of thinking about their business model. This has inevitably led countless individuals to make significant improvements to their franchise brands. The courses earn 150 CFE Education credits. Read more.


Webinar: Best practices for Franchisee Advisory Councils

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

Members of IFA's Franchise Relations Committee, including Firestorm's Jim Squire, CFE, Thomas Flaherty with Tide Dry Cleaners, Zaxby's Joe Hunt and BrightStar Care franchisee Jeff Tews, are hosting a special webinar on March 1 at 3:00 p.m. EST. "Best Practices for Starting or Reinventing a Franchisee Advisory Council" is part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series. Register today!




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