International Franchise Association Association News


Franchise businesses contribute nearly half to 500,000 Hiring Our Heroes goal

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

IFA's VetFran initiative announced 238,000 veterans and military spouses have become owners or have been hired as franchise team members, contributing significantly towards the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Capital One Financial Corporation's goal of engaging the business community to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses. "Franchise businesses realize that creating employment and small business ownership opportunities for veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors is not only the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. Read more.


IFA Launches Franchise University

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Franchise University, formerly IFAUniversity.com, has launched. The new URL is FranchiseUniversity.org. Franchise University offers a wide range of educational programs for prospective franchisees, individuals who want to learn more about franchising and franchise executives committed to continuing education and professional advancement. Franchise professionals enrolled in the Certified Franchise Executives™ program will find a number of courses including the ICFE Final Exam, a requirement for completion of the CFE program.


Make Your Voice Heard in Washington at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 26, 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.


IFA Highlights Opportunities for Improvements as U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Subsidiaries

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

Following a 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the nationwide validity of individual tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IFA called on Congress to pass legislation to ease the regulatory burdens placed on franchise small business owners by the law and help the implementation of the provisions of the ACA's employer mandate. "Today's majority decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the availability of individual subsidies in the Affordable Care Act also rightly highlights the statute's many flaws," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. "The law suffers from many ill-considered and poorly drafted provisions that negatively impact franchise small business owners and the millions of workers they employ." Read more.


Franchising Gives Back Awards Program Deadline Extended to July 10!

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Great news -- we have extended the deadline for the Franchising Gives Back Awards, and are now accepting nominations through July 10. This is your last chance to nominate your company's charitable initiatives from 2014 for a chance to be recognized and honored at a special event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28. Visit franchisinggivesback.org/awards today and join the many companies who have already nominated their charitable work.


#IFA2016 Call for Topics Closes TODAY!

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

We know many of you have great ideas for educational sessions for IFA's 56th Annual Convention, Feb. 20-23, 2016, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. We are expecting over 3,500 franchise executives to join us for next year's program! To help us make this the best convention yet, we need your input and ask that you fill out our quick survey by June 24. Make sure your voice is heard and submit your idea today!


Franchisors: Submit Your Nominations for Franchisee of the Year

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 22, 2015

IFA's Franchisee of the Year Award is an honor created to celebrate your outstanding franchisees among their industry peers. Awards will be presented during the 2015 Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, Sept. 29-30 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the nation's capital. All Franchisee of the Year winners must be registered for the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. Nominate your outstanding franchisee today!


Just Two Days Left to Tell Us What You Want to Learn at #IFA2016

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 22, 2015

We know many of you have great ideas for educational sessions for IFA's 56th Annual Convention, Feb. 20-23, 2016, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. We are expecting over 3,500 franchise executives to join us for next year's program! To help us make this the best convention yet, we need your input and ask that you fill out our quick survey by June 24. Make sure your voice is heard and submit your idea today!


IFA Launches Campaign to Fight Proposed Discriminatory Wage Hike in Kansas City

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 19, 2015

IFA has launched a new campaign, Kansas City for Franchise Fairness, to raise awareness about Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ proposal to increase the city’s minimum wage, which would discriminate against 1,464 local franchise small businesses that employ 18,300 workers by exempting other businesses with the same number of employees. IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, reiterated IFA’s commitment to protecting America’s hard-working, job-producing franchisees, saying, “IFA will continue to fight against unfair and arbitrary discrimination of small business owners in Kansas City and elsewhere.” More information can be found here.


IFA Opens Expo with New Issue Advocacy Campaign, Highlighting Positive Economic Impact of Franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 19, 2015

In a press conference yesterday, IFA released the first National Franchise Report: Two Year Review, presented by ADP at the International Franchise Expo in New York. The new report highlights job growth and economic output generated by the franchise industry over the past two years. In conjunction with IFA’s grassroots advocacy initiative, the Franchise Action Network (FAN), IFA also launched a new issue advocacy campaign to tell the true story of the franchise business model from the perspective of franchisees involved in the Franchise Action Network. Full details about the event can be found here.


Calif. Franchises: Help Protect Your Business

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

On Monday, June 22, the California Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on AB 525, the damaging state legislation that would impose additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses. IFA is calling on franchise stakeholders in the state to register their opposition to the current form of the bill by attending the June 22 hearing. IFA also encourages members to send an opposition letter to their elected officials, as well as to the chair and to the vice chair of the Senate Business & Professions committee.


IFA Joins Efforts to Halt QSR Franchise Discrimination in New York

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 17, 2015

IFA has joined the Coalition to Save New York Restaurants with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA). The Coalition was established to combat discrimination against the quickservice food industry in New York, which is considering mandating a minimum wage increase for quickserve food restaurants only. "The Coalition to Save New York Restaurants will aggressively fight Governor Cuomo’s politically-motivated decision to discriminate against local franchise small business owners for a wage hike, simply to satisfy the request of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE. Further details about the economic impact of the discriminatory wage hike and IFA's efforts to protect New York franchises can be found here.


Register for the 1st IFA International Toolkit Webinar on June 23

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 15, 2015

The international articles by IFA supplier members in the June issue of Franchising World are the first manifestation of the "IFA International Toolkit." The IFA International Toolkit will become a core resource for franchisors and franchisees interested in international franchising and feature webinar courses that collectively comprise a curriculum in international franchising. Join the first IFA International Toolkit Webinar on June 23! Register today.


IFA joins restaurant associations to save New York franchises from discriminatory wage hike

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 15, 2015

IFA has formed the Coalition to Save New York Restaurants with the National Restaurant Association and the New York State Restaurant Association. The Coalition was established to combat discrimination against the quickservice food industry in New York State, which is considering mandating a minimum wage increase for quickserve food restaurants only. "The Coalition to Save New York Restaurants will aggressively fight Governor Cuomo's politically-motivated decision to discriminate against local franchise small business owners for a wage hike, simply to satisfy the request of the Service Employees International Union," IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, said. Read the full release.


Check out FranSocial's Career Center

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 12, 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!


New this year: Franchisee Growth Conference

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 12, 2015

Come to Washington, D.C., early to attend the Franchisee Growth Conference, Sept. 28-29 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center! Register for both the Franchisee Growth Conference and the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting and receive a discounted rate.


Nominate Your Company Today for the Franchising Gives Back Awards Program

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

Join the many franchisees, franchisors and suppliers who have submitted nominations for the inaugural Franchising Gives Back Awards program! Through June 26, IFA members are encouraged to visit www.FranchisingGivesBack.org/awards and submit their company's charitable initiatives performed in 2014. Winners will be honored at a special event in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 28. Nominate your company today!


Update Your Tech-KNOWLEDGE-y at FranTech

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 10, 2015

IFA's FranTech, designed for marketing, communications and information technology franchise professionals, will help you learn to navigate the maze of digital marketing and technology solutions available today. This year's conference, Oct. 26-28 in Dallas, Texas, brings together leading experts in cloud computing, security, mobile marketing, lead generation and much more. FranTech's speakers include: futurist Mike Walsh, FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson, Facebook Small Business Community Engagement Team member Jeremy Lynch and many more. Don't miss out and register today!


Franchisors: Submit Your Nominations for Franchisee of the Year Today

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 08, 2015

IFA's Franchisee of the Year Award is an honor created to celebrate your outstanding franchisees among their industry peers. Awards will be presented during the 2015 Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, Sept. 29-30 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the nation's capital. All Franchisee of the Year winners must be registered for the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. Nominate your outstanding franchisee today!


Register for the Franchisee Growth Conference and Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting Today

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 05, 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. Also new in 2015 -- the Franchisee Growth Conference, which is held in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. Attend both to take advantage of registration discounts!


Tell Us What YOU Want to Know

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 05, 2015

We know that many of you have great ideas for educational sessions for IFA's Annual Convention, Feb. 20-23, 2016, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. We are expecting over 3,500 franchise executives to join us for next year's program! To help us make this the best convention yet, we need your input. Please let us know what you want to learn by June 24.


Positive Outlook for Mid-Year Economic Forecast, but Regulatory Challenges Persist

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 03, 2015

According to the mid-year forecast update of The Franchise Business Economic Outlook: 2015, released by the IFA Educational Foundation and IHS Economics, franchising remains on track to outperform the U.S. economy for the fifth consecutive year. In 2015, franchise businesses will add 248,000 new direct jobs, the number of franchise establishments will grow to nearly 782,000 and the franchise sector GDP is expected to increase to $521 billion. IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, voiced his concerns about the industry’s ongoing regulatory challenges, stating, "The NLRB is without question trying to implement a politically-motivated strategy supported by organized labor to break the franchise model by expanding the current definition of what constitutes a joint employer."


Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today!

IFA SmartBrief | Jun 03, 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.




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