International Franchise Association Association News


Don't go it alone: Benefits of a mentor program

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 26, 2016

IFA's WednesdayWise Webinar series explores the benefits of a mentorship program on Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Join FASTSIGNS CEO and IFA Board Member Catherine Monson, CFE, and a panel of experts including Moran Family of Brands Co-Founder Barbara Moran-Goodrich, CFE, for "Be You the Mentor or the Protégé... A Formal Mentorship Program is the Answer." Sign up today!


Have the next great concept? Enter the NextGen global competition

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 26, 2016

The Franchise Education & Research Foundation is seeking 20 young entrepreneurs for the 2017 NextGen Global Competition. The contest is open to entrepreneurs ages 21-35 who have been in business 1-5 years with the potential to scale through franchising. Winners will receive a trip to #IFA2017, a spot at the NextGen in Franchising Summit, a 90-day Accelerator Program, and more. Apply today!


Have you registered yet for the FAN Annual Meeting?

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 24, 2016

Members of Congress need to hear directly from you about the regulatory challenges facing the franchising business model. Join IFA's leadership and over 450 IFA members in face-to-face meetings with Congress at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, IFA's Washington, D.C. Fly-In, which takes place Sept. 13-14 at the JW Marriott. Do your part to tell representatives how the National Labor Relations Board's joint-employer ruling will jeopardize your business. Your voice is crucial to IFA's efforts! Registration is FREE for franchisees. Get involved and register today!


IFA to offer Fran-Guard Session at Leadership & Development Conference

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 24, 2016

Fran-Guard is IFA's Franchise Sales Management and Compliance program. The program demonstrates the business case for compliance and how a culture of compliance will help build a vibrant company while helping to protect your system and avoid costly mistakes. The session, which is mandatory for candidates going through the CFE program and recertifying CFEs who haven't already taken the course, is being presented on Sept. 28 at the Franchise Leadership & Development Conference. Register now!


Franchise Expo West to host PAFI Summit

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

The Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI) annual Franchise Summit is being hosted this year at Franchise Expo West, which takes place Oct. 6-8 in Denver. A strategic initiative of IFA and MFV Expositions, the summit is designed to educate the professional athlete about the basic architecture that supports the franchise industry. More than 100 current athlete franchisees, potential professional athlete franchisees, PAFI franchisor members, sports agents, and business managers will attend the summit. Find out more.


NextGen seeks applicants for 2017 Global Competition

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

With the help of the 2016 NextGen Global Competition and IFA, Paleo Cafe's CEO, Jai Hobbs, was able to connect with top executives in franchising. If you're looking for a way to expand your business, look no further. The Franchise Education & Research Foundation is seeking 20 young entrepreneurs for the 2017 Global Competition. The contest is open to entrepreneurs ages 21-35 who have been in business 1-5 years with the potential to scale through franchising. Winners will receive a trip to #IFA2017, a spot at the NextGen in Franchising Summit, a 90-day Accelerator Program with industry leaders, and much more. Apply now! Questions? Visit NextGenFranchising.org and contact Elayne Jacobs or Gionne Jones.


IFA seeks health care, retirement requests for proposal

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

IFA, as part of an initiative to add greater value to its members, is currently looking for partners to help offer efficient health care, retirement and other benefits solutions to IFA members with national coverage. As such, there are two requests for proposal covering a health care/other benefits solution and a 401(k) retirement benefits solution. Please see the documents for details on what aspects of your proposal will be evaluated. Direct any questions about the two documents to IFA's Nicholas Johns. The deadline is 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22.


Boost your bottom line at the Franchisee Power Summit

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

IFA is hosting the Franchisee Power Summit in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. This is a unique opportunity for franchisees (and franchisors) who are seeking to expand their business and bottom line. The summit will feature programming specific to franchisees, including best practices for hiring and retaining top talent, surviving the winds of change, and how leaders become superheroes. Register today!


NextGen seeks applicants for 2017 global competition

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

With the help of the 2016 NextGen Global Competition and IFA, Paleo Cafe's CEO, Jai Hobbs, was able to connect with top executives in franchising. If you're looking for a way to expand your business, look no further. The Franchise Education & Research Foundation is seeking 20 young entrepreneurs for the 2017 Global Competition. The contest is open to entrepreneurs ages 21-35 who have been in business 1-5 years with the potential to scale through franchising. Winners will receive a trip to #IFA2017, a spot at the NextGen in Franchising Summit, a 90-day Accelerator Program with industry leaders, and much more. Apply now! Questions? Visit NextGenFranchising.org and contact Elayne Jacobs or Gionne Jones.


Deadline extended for franchisee of the year submissions

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

Franchisee of the Year submissions will now be accepted until Friday, Aug. 19. Recognize the efforts of a franchisee who works hard and take cares of all the intangibles. The award recognizes outstanding IFA member-company, franchise owner-operators who have been leaders in advocacy and active members of the community while achieving high sales. Candidates include Franchise Action Network members who have advocated on behalf of the franchise industry and given back to their local community. The award will be given during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Submit your nomination today!


Franchisee of the Year deadline extended to Aug. 19

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

Franchisee of the Year submissions will now be accepted until Friday, Aug. 19. Recognize the efforts of a franchisee who works hard and take cares of all the intangibles. The award recognizes outstanding IFA member-company, franchise owner-operators who have been leaders in advocacy and active members of the community while achieving high sales. Candidates include Franchise Action Network members who have advocated on behalf of the franchise industry and given back to their local community. The award will be given during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Submit your nomination today!


Why you should attend IFA's Franchise Action Network annual meeting

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

IFA's Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, set for Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C., gives franchisors and franchisees the opportunity to meet directly with members of Congress from their local districts. Issues like the new joint-employer standard will drastically affect your business, and members of Congress need to know why. "It's amazing the framework they lay out so that when we're actually meeting with our elected officials, we are educated and we know what we're going to the Hill for -- we know what we're fighting for," says Saunda Kitchen, CFE, a Mr. Rooter franchisee and active FAN member who serves on the IFA Board of Directors. Watch the video.


Book early and save: #IFA2017 early-bird registration now open

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

IFA returns to Las Vegas next year for the IFA 2017 Annual Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Network with more than 4,000 franchise professionals, expand your knowledge with nearly 50 educational sessions and grow your brand with access to over 300 supporting companies. IFA members who register online for the premier event in franchising by Wednesday, Sept. 14, will save $50 with an early-bird discount. See you in Vegas!


Last chance! Submit Franchisee of the Year nominations by Friday

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

Want to recognize the efforts of a franchisee who works hard and take cares of all the intangibles? Consider IFA's Franchisee of the Year Award! Nominations are being accepted through this Friday, Aug. 12. The award recognizes outstanding IFA member-company, franchise owner-operators who have been leaders in advocacy and active members of the community while achieving high sales. The award will be given during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Submit your nomination today!


Video: Doing your part to protect franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

Still wondering whether you should attend the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting? Jake Baranik and Ryan Kennedy from IFA's Government Relations & Public Policy team share why you should be there! The event, which provides franchisors and franchisees with face-to-face meetings with their representatives in Congress, takes place Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Watch the video and register today!


Supercharge your business: Attend IFA's Franchisee Power Summit

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 08, 2016

IFA's Franchisee Power Summit is being held in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. This is a unique opportunity for franchisees (and franchisors) who are seeking to expand their business and bottom line. The summit will feature programming specific to franchisees, including best practices for hiring and retaining top talent, surviving the winds of change, and how leaders become superheroes. Register today!


Recognize above and beyond: Nominate your Franchisee of the Year by Friday!

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 08, 2016

Nominations for IFA's Franchisee of the Year Award are open through this Friday, Aug. 12. The award highlights the achievements of a franchisee who has been a leader in advocacy and an active member of the community while achieving high sales. The award will be given during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Nominate your franchisees before it's too late!


IFA Supplier Board seeks nominations for new members

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

Each year, the IFA Supplier Forum Advisory Board seeks nominations for new members. Supplier Forum members may nominate themselves or another member to serve on the Advisory Board if the nomination form for each nominee is received by Aug. 13, 2016. The board's Executive Committee will vote on the nominations at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in September. Currently, there are three seats available. Fill out the nomination form today!


Calling all franchisees: Your views are important!

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

Below you'll find a link to an important survey assembled by the ICFE Board of Governors task force regarding franchisees' continuing education. The survey should take only 3-5 minutes to complete. IFA assembled this task force to help increase membership through more franchisee involvement and provide more educational opportunities for franchisees. There have been increased attacks on the franchise business model, and we need to hear your views about how these issues impact your business. Take the survey by Friday, Aug. 5.


Local Voices, Local Stories: @OurFranchise Tour Kicks Into Full Gear

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

For more than 50 years, IFA has been committed to business growth in Colorado. The state, which is home to more than 500,000 franchise jobs, served as the launching point for IFA's @OurFranchise Tour. The new campaign strives to educate voters, policymakers and the media about the impact franchising has on the U.S. economy and local communities. Watch the @OurFranchise kick-off video from Denver. The tour stop in Colorado highlighted the numerous economic opportunities franchising creates at the local, state and national levels. Get updates and share your story with @OurFranchise today!


Nominations are open for the IFA Franchisee of the Year Award

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

The award highlights the achievements of a franchisee who has been a leader in advocacy, achieving high sales, and an active member of the community. Nominate your franchisees before Aug. 12!


Watch IFA travel to Colo. for @OurFranchise Kickoff

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

For over 50 years, the IFA has been committed to business growth in Colorado. Watch the @OurFranchise campaign kick off in Denver -- IFA's new initiative to promote and protect franchising nationwide. The "@OurFranchise Tour" in Colorado highlighted the numerous economic contributions and opportunities franchising creates at the local, state and national levels.




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