International Franchise Association Association News


What's responsive and easier to navigate -- Franchise.org

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2016

Have you recently visited the new and improved franchise.org? The website has been redesigned to be more user friendly with a streamlined and modern look. It is now responsive, easier to navigate, has better searchability and has a new franchise comparison tool. Check it out today!


Where can you hear from a top leader in franchising? #IFA2016 of course!

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2016

No one puts you up close and personal with leading franchisor C-suite executives like IFA does! Hear top speakers share their best practices as the industry continues to work its way through challenging economic times. IFA's convention is filled with educational sessions, roundtables, summits and mini-super sessions designed to give you the latest trends and information in the areas of franchise relations, management and leadership, financing, multi-unit growth, international growth, franchise development, social media and more!


Exhibit at Tokyo Franchise Show 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 05, 2016

The 32nd TOKYO FRANCHISE SHOW 2016 takes place March 9-11 and is the biggest franchise exhibition in Japan. Mounted by the Japan Franchise Association, and Nikkei Inc., the show is the most influential economic media in Japan. Learn more and sign up to exhibit.


2016 ICFE special sessions

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 05, 2016

ICFE Special Sessions will be coming to San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 19-20, 2016, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. There will be new sessions as well as favorites from previous years including IFA's FRAN-GUARD which is a required course for anyone seeking certification and for recertifying CFEs who haven't previously completed the course. There will be four full-day sessions on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20. Sessions are filling quickly! In addition, there will be two half-day sessions on Saturday. Get more information and register.


Pre-registration for #IFA2016 closes Friday!

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2016

Save now by registering for franchising’s biggest event of the year: IFA's Annual Convention, Feb. 20-23, in San Antonio, Texas. With less than three weeks to go, don't miss your chance to learn the latest best practices and strategies in franchising -- all within a power-packed four-day experience that includes networking events and world-class speakers. Pre-registration closes Friday, Feb. 5. After that, onsite fees apply. View the final Convention Brochure and register today!


Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today!

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2016

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!


VetFran helps veterans seeking franchise careers

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2016

IFA's VetFran.com provides news on initiatives to help more military veterans join the ranks of franchise owners. The site includes a directory of participating IFA member companies offering financial incentives. Learn about veterans who have traded their fatigues for uniforms from some of the most prominent brands in franchising.


Don't miss this special session in San Antonio!

IFA SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2016

The NLRB's General Counsel's proposed changes to the joint employer standard have potentially sweeping implications for all involved in franchising. The Understanding and Managing Potential Joint Employer Impacts on Franchise Operations interactive session will update participants on what is occurring with this important issue, identify potential issues with the proposed standard, and provide participants with tools to mitigate exposure. Register today.


Learn the international franchisee's perspective at #IFA2016

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2016

A limited number of franchisees seeking aggressive expansion have begun looking across borders, giving them the chance to participate in fast growing international markets. Going international gives you the chance to fundamentally redefine your growth potential as a franchisee. Attend IFA's Convention in San Antonio, Texas, from Feb. 20-23 to hear from Americans who have pioneered being a franchisee outside US borders. Learn why they went international and what it takes to follow in their footsteps. Visit the session on Monday, Feb. 22 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


#IFA2016: Pre-registration deadline approaching

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2016

Save now by registering for the most highly-anticipated event of the year: IFA’s Annual Convention in San Antonio! With just three and a half weeks to go, don’t miss your chance to learn the latest best practices and strategies in franchising – all within a power-packed four-day experience that includes exciting networking events and world class speakers. Pre-registration closes Friday, Feb. 5. After that, onsite fees apply. View the final program and register today!


#IFA2016 hotel update

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2016

More rooms have been added to the IFA block at the Grand Hyatt! Act now to secure your room at this hotel that is connected to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. #IFA2016 is taking place Feb. 20-23 in San Antonio. Visit convention.franchise.org to connect to the Grand Hyatt booking website and review other hotel options near the Convention Center.


IFA appeals ruling in Seattle minimum wage case

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2016

IFA's legal appeal against the discriminatory provisions of Seattle's minimum wage law moved forward on Monday with the filing of a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of the Ninth Circuit in the Seattle case. "Our appeal has never sought to prevent the city of Seattle's wage law from going into effect. Our appeal to the Supreme Court will be focused solely on the discriminatory treatment of franchisees under Seattle's wage law and the motivation to discriminate against interstate commerce," stated IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti. Read more.


CFE recertification for 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2016

CFEs who were certified or recertified in 2013 are due to recertify again by February 1, 2016. For detailed information on recertification please visit the CFE website. Contact Rose DuPont, Director, Certification Program if you have questions or need additional information.


Go big in Texas at the #IFA2016 Convention

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2016

Looking to discover what's in store for the #IFA2016 Convention, plan your visit or find out more about exhibiting? Held in San Antonio, Texas, from Feb. 20-23, 2016, the convention will feature speakers, educational sessions, roundtables, summits and other activities. Watch the preview video for a sneak peek, read the Convention Brochure and view the Five Reasons Franchise Professionals Should Come to San Antonio. Contact Lynette James for more information about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Register here!


Save the date! 2nd Annual Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2016

On Monday, Sept. 12, IFA will kick off the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., with the 2nd Annual Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner. The event will honor franchise businesses for the best, most innovative charitable and community support programs across the country. To learn more and participate in the awards contest, visit franchisinggivesback.org.


Join your "frans" in San Antonio at #IFA2016!

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2016

The biggest franchise event of the year -- #IFA2016 -- is just around the corner ... will you be there? 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 revamped opening and closing parties -- all with over 3,500 of your franchise friends! Register today and join us Feb. 20-23, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas! Check out the final program and register today!


Expand your reach: Become an #IFA2016 sponsor or exhibitor

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2016

Interested in showcasing your brand to nearly 4,000 attendees by sponsoring or exhibiting at #IFA2016? The benefits of exhibiting are many, including a targeted audience, high visibility and brand exposure, and a unique chance to meet with fellow franchise companies and potential customers -- not to mention having fun in the process. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a number of levels, designed to fit your operation. Contact Lynette James at 202-662-0782 or ljames@franchise.org to become an exhibitor or sponsor. Find out more.


Franchise businesses to continue growth trend in 2016, outpacing economy-wide pace

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2016

Franchise small businesses will once again grow at rates that exceed non-franchise business growth in 2016, according to the Franchise Business Outlook: 2016. President & CEO Robert Cresanti stated that, "Franchise businesses are showing tremendous capability to provide new jobs for working families and new businesses for first-time business owners across all sectors in local communities, despite the fact that franchisees are facing many new regulatory threats at all levels of government." Cresanti added that government regulations such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to treat franchisors and franchisees as "joint employers" has the potential to erode growth and change the business model over the long term. Read the full release.


Boost productivity with online courses

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2016

The Franchise Research and Education Foundation is offering training to improve your productivity skills. To help build this expertise, IFA's Educational Foundation has partnered with FranklinCovey on productivity programs that are taught via LiveClicks. LiveClicks are live online training sessions, facilitated by a FranklinCovey consultant. Learn more and register here. Each Productivity Workshop will earn 200 Education credits toward CFE certification or recertification.


What's in store for #IFA2016?

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2016

Interested in finding out what's in store for the #IFA2016 Convention? Held in San Antonio, Texas from Feb. 20-23, 2016, the convention will feature speakers, educational sessions, roundtables, summits and other activities. Topics will include franchise relations, management, leadership, financing, multi-unit expansion, international growth, franchise development and social media. Watch the video. Watch here! Register here!


Webinar: HR issues you can't afford to overlook in 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2016

In 2015, the number of wage and hour cases filed at the federal level hit an all-time high. With the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed changes to overtime rules, recent guidance on independent contractor status and increased government enforcement, it can be especially difficult for small businesses to stay in compliance. Join Meryl Gutterman, ADP's counsel for Small Business Services, and Renee Maher, senior content developer for HR Solutions, on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar that will cover the latest information you need to know to prepare for 2016. Register today!


Sharpen your leadership skills at #IFA2016

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2016

This year's Leadership Conference, "Built to Last: Learn at Every Turn," is designed to provoke thought and discussion around the art of growing, adapting and remaining true to the core concept, talent or idea. Join the franchise industry's most dynamic leaders, representing some of the most iconic and innovative brands, and participate in a day of learning and collaborating unlike any other. Register today! Find out more about #IFA2016 programs and events by reading the Convention Brochure.


Leveraging famous franchisees to energize your brand

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2016

Whether it is a celebrity who endorses a product or becomes a franchise owner, the positive buzz can boost your marketing and business development goals. This begs the question: Is a celebrity/athlete franchisee a challenge, opportunity or both? How can you leverage the partnership and manage expectations? Join IFA's Educational Foundation and Diversity Institute for a PepsiCo-sponsored Franchise Development and Diversity Webinar on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. ET to find out. Register now!


Don't miss this special session in San Antonio

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2016

The NLRB's General Counsel’s proposed changes to the joint employer standard have potentially sweeping implications for all involved in franchising. The Understanding and Managing Potential Joint Employer Impacts on Franchise Operations interactive session will update participants on what is occurring with this important issue, identify potential issues with the proposed standard, and provide participants with tools to mitigate exposure. Register today.


WednesdayWise Webinar

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2016

Brought to you by IFA's Supplier Forum and hosted by industry professionals, this monthly series of informative, interactive seminars will help you run your franchise business better. "The Reality of Cash Flow and Profitability Management" will take place Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET. This seminar focuses on the topic on every franchisor's and franchisee's mind. WednesdayWise Webinars are approved for 50 CFE Participation Credits per webinar. Register now!


ICFE to highlight FRAN-GUARD during #IFA2016 special sessions

IFA SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2016

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) is offering special sessions Feb. 19-20 at the start of #IFA2016 in San Antonio, Texas. New sessions and favorites from previous years will include IFA's FRAN-GUARD, which is a required course for anyone seeking certification, as well as recertification for CFEs who haven't previously completed the course. Four full-day sessions are available Feb. 19 and 20, along with two half-day sessions on Feb. 20. Participants earn 50 CFE Education Credits. Click here for more information and to register.




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