International Franchise Association Association News


IFA Past Chair to speak at International Franchising Symposium

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 22, 2017

The British Franchise Association, European Franchise Federation and IFA are hosting an International Franchising Symposium March 16-17 in London, U.K. The Symposium will feature an extensive range of keynote speakers and seminars. Speakers include IFA Immediate Past Chair Aziz Hashim, International Franchising Centre's Farrah Rose, BBC News Chief Correspondent Gavin Hewitt and Water Babies UK Founder Paul Thompson. Find out more.


@OurFranchise feature: From Secretary to multi-unit franchisee

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 22, 2017

Taco John's franchisee Tamra Kennedy started out as a secretary at a local fast-food restaurant and worked her way up to ownership. She is currently a multi-unit franchisee of nine Taco John's locations in Minnesota and Iowa. Set to join the IFA Board of Directors in 2018, Kennedy has become a vocal advocate for the franchise business model. She talks about the importance of community connections in this @OurFranchise exclusive. Read the full article.


Rethink your business with Management 2000 Seminars

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 21, 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 21, 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!


ICFE seeks testimonials

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 17, 2017

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives is looking for IFA members who have at least three active CFEs in their company who may be interested in contributing a CFE testimonial to run in a future issue of Franchising World. If interested, please contact Rose Dupont, Director of the Certification Program.


Best practices for Franchisee Advisory Councils

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 17, 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 BrightStart 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!


IFA's 50th Legal Symposium set for May 7-9

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 15, 2017

Do you want to learn more about how legal and regulatory issues affect the everyday business operations of a franchise system? Then join IFA and more than 500 IFA members at the 50th Annual Legal Symposium, May 7-9 in Washington, DC! The symposium will feature expert speakers and timely content, providing value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners. Register today and view the brochure!


@OurFranchise profiles business and life partners

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 15, 2017

Frank Panzer and Karen Quinn-Panzer, owners of a Dream Vacations franchise in Milford, Conn., are partners in business and partners in life. IFA's @OurFranchise campaign asked Karen Quinn-Panzer a series of questions about how the couple maintains a work-life balance when your best friend is also your closest business ally. Read the full article.


Improve your skills with Management 2000 Seminars

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 13, 2017

No matter your knowledge or experience in franchising, 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.


Support Puzder for Labor Secretary

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 13, 2017

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder will have his long awaited Senate confirmation hearing. Mr. Puzder will come before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee to defend his strong record of job creation at CKE Restaurants and promote his vision for working-class Americans. We strongly encourage you to support Mr. Puzder's nomination by sending a letter to your US Senators, urging them to take swift consideration of President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor. Send a letter to your US Senator urging them to vote Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary!


CFE alumni network tops 2,200 franchise executives

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 10, 2017

With this year's graduation class of 170 -- the largest ever -- there are now over 2,200 professionals with IFA's Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation. More than 385 IFA member companies currently have one or more executives enrolled in the program, which offers benefits such as specialized knowledge, industry recognition, peer-level networking and professional standing. Consider getting your CFE today.


Broaden your network with International events

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 10, 2017

In an effort to support the international development efforts of IFA members in the coming year, the association has put together a calendar of international franchise tradeshows and events for 2017. View the list.


Earn CFE credits at the International Franchise Expo

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2017

Education is the most important aspect of owning or expanding a business. Earn CFE credits at the International Franchise Expo in New York, June 15-17. By attending the in-depth workshops, you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge that will enhance your business skills. Workshops 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been approved for CFE accreditation. Find out more.


Foundation honors Reynolds with Rosenberg Award

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 06, 2017

Franchise Education and Research Foundation President John Reynolds, CFE, received the William Rosenberg Award last Tuesday. The Foundation also presented the Irl Marshall CFE Scholarship to Payroll Business Development Founder Malvina Messler and the Arthur Karp Research Award to Dr. Rozenn Perrigot. In addition, the Foundation recognized 10 students who received scholarships for 2016 at #IFA2017.


Meet the new IFA Chair: Shelly Sun, CFE

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 06, 2017

Incoming IFA Chair Shelly Sun, CFE, BrightStar Care co-founder and CEO, takes the association's top leadership role from Aziz Hashim at the conclusion of #IFA2017 in Las Vegas. A leading advocate for the franchise business model, Sun shares her views about the challenges facing the franchising community and her priorities while serving as IFA Chair in the February 2017 cover story of Franchising World. Read the full article.


Ferenz Feher receives Diversity Award for social impact

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2017

Ferenz Feher is this year's winner of the Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award, in recognition of his career in franchising in Mexico and around the world. His work has impacted many underprivileged communities, and he has been recognized by organizations such as the Mexican Franchise Association, the Mexican Chamber of Restaurants and Food Products, and the U.S. Embassy. Feher received the award Wednesday during the #IFA2017 Closing Session. Find out more.


@OurFranchise makes tour stop in Vegas

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2017

In conjunction with the 2017 IFA Annual Convention, the @OurFranchise tour stopped at a Capriotti's in Las Vegas on Saturday. Franchisee Michael Solomon provided U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, with a behind-the-scenes look into local operations at the restaurant and hosted a discussion about the positive impacts of franchising on local communities with Capriotti's CEO Ashley Morris and Capriotti's President Jason Smylie. Read the full story.


Stay in the loop: Download the app!

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 30, 2017

Get connected with IFA's mobile app and enhance your convention experience. Gain 24-hour access to the schedule of events, speaker PowerPoints and the interactive trade show floor plan! Search "IFA Connect" in your app store or click here.


FGB volunteers at elementary school

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 30, 2017

Franchising Gives Back volunteers gathered on Saturday at Richard J. Rundle Elementary School, a Title 1 elementary school in Las Vegas where 90% of students are on free or reduced lunch. Volunteers provided a makeover to the school to improve the places where students play and learn. The activities included painting murals, installing sports equipment, planting a garden and assembling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits. In addition, Franchising Gives Back and the IFA Franchise Education and Research Foundation are making a $5,000 donation to the school. Find out more.


Don't miss out: Register for #IFA2017

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2017

It's not too late to sign up for #IFA2017, which starts this weekend in Las Vegas. Hear from some of the brightest minds in the franchising community, including 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 Dwyer Group; Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen; Russell Reynolds of Batteries Plus Bulbs; Aslam Khan with Falcon Holdings; and Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid, CFE. Register today!


Download the #IFA2017 mobile app to stay connected

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2017

Stay organized while at #IFA2017 in Las Vegas using up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information found in the convention mobile app. Build a personalized schedule, bookmark exhibitors, download event handouts and presentations, find Business Solution Roundtable topics, connect with your colleagues and more. Search "IFA Connect" in your app store or click here.


Enhance your knowledge: Participate in Business Ops Series

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2017

Earn 150 CFE Education credits by participating in this five-webinar Franchise Business Ops series. Credits earned do not count against the maximum 1,500 online education credits for CFE candidates. Must complete all five webinars to receive CFE credits. Find out more.


Franchising industry to continue strong growth in 2017

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2017

IFA has released its annual Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2017. The report concludes that franchising will continue to outpace the growth of the US economy in the coming year amid optimism of a pro-growth environment under President Trump. Key findings from the 2017 report, prepared by the Franchise Education and Research Foundation and IHS Economics, include that franchise employment is expected to grow 3.3% in 2017; franchise establishments will expand by 1.6%; and the franchise sector's GDP is projected to grow at 5.2%, topping the 4.7% in US GDP growth. Read more.




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