International Franchise Association Association News


Partner with IFA for professional research trip

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

IFA is seeking a service provider to assist with the planning and execution of a May 2017 professional research trip to Havana, Cuba, for interested IFA members. The provider should be able to assist with all facets of trip planning and ensure that the itinerary is fully consistent with US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizations for travel-related transactions pertaining to professional research and professional meetings on the island. Preference will be given to providers who have demonstrable experience organizing meetings with state and non-state actors in Cuba, who have franchise-related knowledge and expertise, as well as contacts with local economists, academics and enterprises. Please contact Josh Merin with Requests for Proposals by Tuesday, Jan. 24.


Stay connected in Las Vegas: Download the #IFA2017 app

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

Stay organized while at #IFA2017 from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 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.


ICFE Special Sessions are filling up fast -- register today

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 17, 2017

The ICFE Special Sessions are designed to enhance your understanding of franchising and to provide you the tools needed for franchising success. This year, we are offering 10 full-day sessions: six on Saturday, Jan. 28 and four on Sunday, Jan. 29. Register today!


Congressional Franchise Caucus to host D.C. event

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 17, 2017

US Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., co-chairs of the Congressional Franchise Caucus, are hosting an event to welcome the 115th Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. in Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310. Danny Farrar, CEO and founder of Soldierfit, and Vinay Patel, President and CEO of Fairbrook Hotels, will be among the speakers at the event. Find out more.


Franchising needs your help

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2017

Now is the time to tell your franchising story. There is an ongoing public misunderstanding about the franchise business model, and elected officials need to know what you put into running your business. IFA's @OurFranchise initiative takes aim at this issue by putting franchise owners up front for policymakers to see firsthand. Tell your story today!


Register for #IFA2017 by midnight and save

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2017

#IFA2017 will be here before we know it! Don't miss your chance to learn the latest best practices and strategies in franchising, attend exciting networking events, hear from world-class speakers and check out our opening and closing parties -- "The Buzz" and "The Bash" -- all with over 4,000 of your franchise friends! Pre-registration rates ends tonight, January 13, so don't delay and register today!


IFA's board gives 2017 outlook

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

With the 2016 election sending ripples through the business world, just about everyone on IFA's Board of Directors is talking about how a new administration will impact the franchising community. What does 2017 hold for franchise businesses? Get insights from some of the industry's top minds in this annual Franchising World feature. Read the full article: IFA Board Member Perspectives, 2017 Outlook for Franchising.


Franchising needs your story

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 09, 2017

Now is the time to tell your franchising story. There is an ongoing public misunderstanding about the franchise business model, and elected officials need to know what you put into running your business. IFA's @OurFranchise initiative takes aim at this issue by putting franchise owners up front for policymakers to see firsthand. Tell your story today!


Attend Jan. 10 workshop to learn about post-election financial landscape

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

Since the Nov. 8 U.S. elections, there have been massive changes in the political, economic and financial market environments. How will this affect your family, and how should you adjust your portfolio in response? Join the Association for Enterprise Growth on Jan. 10 in Bethesda, Md., for a workshop, "2017 Financial Markets Outlook: How to Profit in the Political Landscape." IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, is on a panel with Capitol Bay Group/Ameriprise Managing Director John Yetman and Chief Investment Strategist Rod Smyth of RiverFront Investment Group. To register, contact Michele Conward.


Register for #IFA2017 by Jan. 13 and save

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

#IFA2017 will be here before we know it! Don't miss your chance to learn the latest best practices and strategies in franchising, attend exciting networking events, hear from world-class speakers and check out our opening and closing parties -- "The Buzz" and "The Bash" -- all with over 4,000 of your franchise friends! Pre-registration rates end January 13, so don't delay and register today!


#IFA2017 hotel discount ends tomorrow, Jan. 5

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

The discounted hotel rate for the 2017 IFA Annual Convention, which takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas, is available through Thursday, Jan. 5. Pre-registration rates end next Friday, Jan. 13. Don't wait to register!


IFA adds proven public policy pro to staff

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

IFA has hired Suzanne Beall as Assistant Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy. Beall was previously Federal Legislative Director for the National Association of Homebuilders, where she worked on a number of similar labor and employment issues that face IFA member franchises. Read more.


Tomorrow, learn how to get the most out of your IFA Supplier membership

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

McKeeCo Services CEO Lynette McKee, CFE, and Manning, Fulton & Skinner Shareholder Ritchie Taylor, CFE, are hosting a Jan. 4 webinar on how to maximize your IFA supplier membership. Part of IFA's WednesdayWise Webinars series, the webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. ET and qualifies for 50 CFE credits. Register today!


This year, franchising needs you

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

Now is the time to tell your franchising story. There is an ongoing public misunderstanding about the franchise business model, and elected officials need to know what you put into running your business. IFA's @OurFranchise initiative takes aim at this issue by putting franchise owners up front for policymakers to see firsthand. Tell your story today!


Post-election financial landscape focus of Jan. 10 workshop

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Since Nov. 8, there have been massive changes in the political, economic and financial market environments. How will this affect your family, and how should you adjust your portfolio in response? Join the Association for Enterprise Growth on Jan. 10 in Bethesda, Md. for a workshop, "2017 Financial Markets Outlook: How to Profit in the Political Landscape." IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, is on a panel with Capitol Bay Group/Ameriprise Managing Director John Yetman and Chief Investment Strategist Rod Smyth of RiverFront Investment Group. For more information, contact Michele Conward.


Giving back at core of Golden State Restaurant Group

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Community service is at the heart and soul of the family that owns and operates McDonald's in California's San Joaquin Valley. The Schrader organization is involved with numerous outreach programs, including serving as a Safe Place for victims of human trafficking; supporting the local law enforcement through the Beacon of Blue program; donating food to those in need with its Harvest Program; and participating in Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Special Olympics and other private family initiatives. Read the full story.


Maximize your IFA Supplier Membership

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

McKeeCo Services CEO Lynette McKee, CFE, and Manning, Fulton & Skinner Shareholder Ritchie Taylor, CFE, are hosting a Jan. 4 webinar on how to maximize your IFA supplier membership. Part of IFA's WednesdayWise Webinars series, the webinar starts at 2 p.m. ET and qualifies for 50 CFE credits. Register today!


Father, son duo navigate family business

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

Chad and Roger Aaron have navigated the terrain of family business and generational differences to emerge as leading franchisees of Anytime Fitness. Over the course of 10 years, the Aarons have surpassed a goal of expanding to six units. IFA's @OurFranchise profiles the father-son duo in this week's featured story. Read more.


Register for #IFA2017 before Jan. 5 and receive hotel discount

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

Visit the Winner's Circle to meet some of the franchising industry's finest at the 2017 IFA Annual Convention, which takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev. The discounted hotel rate closes Jan. 5, and pre-registration rates end Jan. 13, so register today!


Cresanti reflects on 2016, looks ahead to the new year

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, discusses the top issues facing franchising heading into 2017 and why it's important to attend #IFA2017 in the Year in Review, Year Ahead video. He highlights IFA's @OurFranchise campaign and tour, which launched during 2016. "We have visited seven different cities in seven different states since June," Cresanti said, "and we've been speaking about why the @OurFranchise tour was launched -- to combat the widespread misunderstanding that exists in public perception, as well as in the ideas of public policy makers, about what the franchising business model is." Watch the interview.


Hitting the jackpot with franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2016

When Belinda Poblete won the lottery, it changed her life. In order to turn this one-time lucky windfall into a long-term investment, she became a franchisee. After extensive research, professional advice and a lot of taste testing, Belinda invested in opening a Red Mango Cafe Smoothie and Juice Bar. IFA's @OurFranchise campaign tells Belinda's story. Read more.


Become a Profit Master with ICFE Special Sessions

IFA SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to attend parts 1 and 2 of this dynamic program on Profit Mastery with Steve LeFever, CFE, and Rod Bristol, CFE, on Jan. 28-29 in Las Vegas, just prior to #IFA2017. Managing a business without Profit Mastery is like driving to an unfamiliar destination without navigation! Sign up today!




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