International Franchise Association Association News


Oct. 12 Webinar to examine tools in the franchise selection process

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

The topic of the next WednesdayWise Webinar is how to use assessment tools in the franchise selection process. Join FranNet Franchising CEO Jania Bailey, CFE, and Proven Match Relationship Manager Jessica Durbin on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2:00 p.m. ET for the webinar. WednesdayWise Webinars are approved for 50 CFE Participation credits. Sign up today!


Next week's Franchise Expo West to feature PAFI Summit

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 28, 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, Colo. 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.


Technology and marketing pros: Register for #FranTech 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016

FranTech 2016 is designed to help franchising professionals navigate the maze of digital marketing and technology solutions available today. Join IFA and your franchise peers at FranTech, which takes place Oct. 26-27 in Austin, Texas. New this year, the FranTech Awards program will recognize best-in-class marketing campaigns that help franchises increase sales and enhance brand awareness. Register today!


Revitalize your franchise: Get tips at IFA's Franchise Development Seminar

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016

If you're looking for new ways to revitalize your franchise sales and development program, then capitalize by attending the Oct. 5 Franchise Development Seminar in Denver just prior to Franchise Expo West. The seminar has been completely re-tooled to focus more on networking with peers and sharing personal experiences and lessons learned. Register today!


Get a head start on your education: Apply today for CFE scholarships

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

The Franchise Education & Research Foundation is offering a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) Scholarship Program funded through Gray Plant Mooty. This program supports two CFE scholarships of $2,500 each, to be applied toward the tuition for programs offered for ICFE credit. Find out more. Additionally, candidates can apply for the Irl Marshall CFE scholarship award of $2,500. The total amount of these scholarships will be applied toward the tuition for programs offered for ICFE credits and must be used within a three-year period. Learn more. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30.


Time is running out: Enter your concept in the NextGen Global Competition

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

The Franchise Education & Research Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 NextGen Global Competition through Friday, Sept. 30. 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 more. Apply today!


Sharpen your franchise selection tools: Oct. 12 webinar

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

How to use assessment tools in the franchise selection process is the topic of the next WednesdayWise Webinar. Join FranNet Franchising CEO Jania Bailey, CFE, and Proven Match Relationship Manager Jessica Durbin on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET for the webinar, which is sponsored by the IFA Supplier Forum. Register today!


Calling all technology and marketing pros: Register for #FranTech 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

FranTech 2016 is designed to help franchising professionals navigate the maze of digital marketing and technology solutions available today. Join IFA and your franchise peers at FranTech, which takes place Oct. 26-27 in Austin, Texas. New this year, the FranTech Awards program will recognize best-in-class marketing campaigns that help franchises increase sales and enhance brand awareness. Register today!


IFA agrees to 3-year contract extension with CEO Cresanti

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

The IFA Board of Directors has signed a new three-year contract extension with President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, to continue leading the world's largest advocacy organization that represents franchising. Franchise businesses "should feel confident in Robert's ability to tell our positive story for years to come, while simultaneously advocating for policies that enable franchising to continue to make significant contributions to the US economy by creating opportunities for all Americans," said IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim. Read more.


IFA board member Michael Seid gives report on raising Conn.'s minimum wage

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

Michael H. Seid, managing director for MSA Worldwide, has sent a report to the Connecticut Low Wage Advisory Board on raising the state's minimum wage. "We are at a tipping point. Any further increase in Connecticut's minimum wage, before pro-job solutions can be created, will bake generational poverty into an important part of our state's work force," Seid said. Read the full report.


Early-bird registration for #IFA2017 ends today!

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

The early-bird discount for the 2017 IFA Annual Convention ends Friday, Sept. 16. The just-announced keynote speakers include Marcus Buckingham, four-time New York Times best-selling author and leading business consultant, and Anytime Fitness Co-Founders Dave Mortensen and Chuck Runyon. Stay tuned for more speaker information, and register today to receive the early-bird discount!


Foundation Study: Franchising generates 2.5% of US GDP

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

According to a study on the economic impact of franchising, there are 732,842 business format franchise establishments in the United States, providing more than 7.6 million jobs, generating $674 billion in economic output and accounting for 2.5% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). IFA's Franchise Education and Research Foundation commissioned the Economic Impact of Franchised Businesses, Vol. IV, completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and released during the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting this week. The full study is available at www.FranchiseEconomy.com. Key takeaways include:

  • When factoring in indirect impacts, business format franchises support more than 13.2 million jobs, $1.6 trillion in economic output for the U.S. economy and 5.8% of the GDP.
  • Quickservice restaurants is the largest category, representing 25% of all franchise establishments, 45.5% of all franchise jobs and 30.5% of GDP.
  • Franchisees own and operate 88% of all business format franchise establishments and franchisors own and operate 12%.
Read the full study and get updates about the impacts of franchising on the economy and local communities through the @OurFranchise campaign.


Advocates gather in D.C. to defend, promote franchise model

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

Today marks the start of the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which brings together advocates of the franchise business model to IFA's Washington, D.C. Fly-In, where they will meet with representatives of the US Congress on Wednesday. IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim and IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, kicked off the advocacy meeting on Tuesday following the Franchisee Power Summit and Franchising Gives Back Awards Dinner on Monday. Tuesday's presentations featured the launch of the Congressional Franchise Caucus with Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.; an issues panel featuring IFA First Vice Chair Shelly Sun, CFE, BrightStar Care CEO, and IFA Secretary David Barr, Chairman of PMTD Restaurants; an overtime and joint employment update from ADP's Neema Ardebili; and the Legislator of the Year Award to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. IFA is recognizing a number of franchisees during the Franchisee of the Year Awards presentation on Tuesday evening. Follow #FAN2016 on IFA's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest updates on the FAN Annual Meeting as the franchise community descends on Capitol Hill.


3 reasons why FranTech 2016 is a must-attend event

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

FranTech 2016, which takes place Oct. 26-27 in Austin, Texas, brings together franchising marketing and technology professionals to share best practices. Find out why you should be there below and register for FranTech 2016 today!

  1. Top-Notch Speakers: Learn from Anders Sorman-Nilsson, Creative Director & Founder of Thinque; Tariq Farid, Founder & CEO of Edible Arrangements; and Aziz Hashim, Managing Partner of NRD Capital and IFA Chairman.
  2. Think Tank: Discover new tools and creative solutions at the "Think Tank," including how to increase productivity, brand awareness and customer engagement.
  3. Cutting-Edge Information: FranTech is designed for professionals who need help in the rapidly changing fields of technology, security and digital marketing.


It's not too late! Register for next week's D.C. fly-in

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Registration is still open for IFA's Washington, D.C. Fly-In, the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. The event, which takes place Sept. 13-14 at the JW Marriott, allows franchise advocates to meet face-to-face with members of Congress to discuss issues facing their small business, while also learning from industry experts during educational briefings and keynote speeches. Register now!


Application deadline extended for Trade Mission to India & Sri Lanka

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Applications for the December 2016 Franchise Trade Mission to India and Sri Lanka will now be taken until Oct. 14. India is the fastest-growing major franchise market, and The Financial Times calls Sri Lanka "Asia's next tiger." During the Trade Mission, participating franchisors will receive one-on-one matchmaking meetings with pre-screened local investors, briefings from local commercial and legal experts, site visits and networking receptions. Visits are planned to Delhi and Mumbai, India, and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Learn more and apply!


Inside look at @OurFranchise Tour launch in Denver

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

IFA kicked off the @OurFranchise Campaign by launching a nationwide tour in mid-August, starting in franchising hub Denver before heading to Virginia last week. The road show shares the stories of how local franchise business owners and their employees are supporting their communities, creating jobs and business ownership opportunities. Erica Farage, IFA Senior Director of Political Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, recaps the Denver tour stop and looks ahead in this Franchising World exclusive. Read the full story.


Boost your bottom line at the Franchisee Power Summit

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 07, 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!


Save the date: Franchising Gives Back Dinner

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Join IFA for the 2nd Annual Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner on Monday, Sept. 12, at the JW Marriott Hotel Ballroom, as the kick-off of the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. Honor the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs in the franchising industry. Seating is by reservation only and tickets are $150. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charities of the top award winners in each category. To purchase a ticket, visit www.franchise.org/fgb-awards-dinner. For information about sponsoring a table and other opportunities, please contact Gionne Jones.


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

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 06, 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!


Why you should attend Franchise Expo West

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016

Hundreds of franchisors and entrepreneurs will attend Franchise Expo West, set for Oct. 6-8 in Denver. Organizer MFV Expositions explains that there are a number of benefits to attending, including generating new leads, connecting with existing franchisee candidates, gaining exposure, taking the stage for new product launches, and receiving press coverage. Learn more about Franchise Expo West.


Foundation seeks best & brightest for NextGen global competition

IFA SmartBrief | Sep 02, 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 with industry leaders, and more. Apply today!


We need your voice: D.C. fly-in starts in 2 weeks

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 31, 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 IFA's Washington, D.C. Fly-In, the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-14 at the JW Marriott. Your voice is critical to IFA's efforts! Registration is FREE for franchisees. Help protect your business and register today!


@OurFranchise tour stops in Chicago

IFA SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016

IFA visited Chicago last week as part of the @OurFranchise Tour to highlight the numerous economic contributions and opportunities the franchising industry creates at the local, state and national levels. The @OurFranchise campaign is telling the stories of local franchise business owners and their employees, and how they are supporting their communities and creating jobs. While in Chicago, IFA participated in:

  • An industry leaders dinner hosted by Rosati's with representatives of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Firehouse Subs, McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, JCM Franchise Development and Kathleen Wood Partners.
  • Numerous radio and press interviews discussing the impact of franchising in Illinois.
  • A "Women in Business" luncheon.
  • Dinner with Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., to discuss regulatory challenges.
Find out more and get updates from the tour.




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