International Franchise Association Association News


Foundation makes website change

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Effective today, franchiseuniversity.org is moving to a new home. The website will close and all online training is being relocated to the Tortal.net website. The Franchise Education and Research Foundation will continue to offer a wide range of online training and education programs to help improve your franchising knowledge at its new training website. If you have questions, feel free to contact Rose DuPont.


2017 Franchise Business Ops Webinar Series

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2017

Earn 150 CFE Education credits by participating in this five-webinar series on May 9, 11, 16, 18 and 23. 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.


Find your category for Franchising Gives Back Awards

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 19, 2017

Now through June 12, IFA members are invited to nominate their company's charitable and community support programs performed in 2016. The award categories are: Spirit of Franchising Award, The Newcomer Award, Enduring Impact Award, Support Our Veterans Award, and the Innovation and Impact Award. Winners will be honored during the Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner on Sept. 11. Submit your nomination today!


Register for the Legal Symposium before it's too late!

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 19, 2017

Have a legal question that needs answering? Join nearly 600 of your peers in the franchising community for the 50th Annual Legal Symposium, which takes place May 7-9 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. While you're in town, don't miss the IBA/IFA Joint Conference, May 9-10 at the same location. CFE credits are available for both events. Register before it's too late!


Cresanti lays out IFA's 2017 policy platform

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017

IFA's robust advocacy on behalf of the franchise community in Washington, D.C. and around the country keeps our staff busy year around. IFA's President and CEO, Robert Cresanti, CFE, lays out our policy priorities for 2017. Read more.


IFA is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017

Ready to take your leadership in the franchise community to the highest level? The IFA is led by a Board of Directors, and each year, we welcome nominations for qualified individuals to join the Board. If you or a colleague have been an engaged leader with IFA and are ready for the next challenge, visit the nominations page and read more about the process.


IFA and DECA partner to mentor future leaders

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017

Looking for a way to help mentor the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs? DECA Inc. is inviting business professionals in the Anaheim-area to judge and evaluate over 16,000 student-members who will be competing at its annual international conference on April 28! All judges are provided parking, meals during their shift, and a gift of appreciation for their time. DECA is excited to bring the expertise of talented professionals, like you, to our students! Sign up today.


Franchise Development Seminar heads south

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017

Want to get more deals done? Join IFA for the next Franchise Development Seminar on May 18 in Atlanta, Ga., as well as a special Franchise Development Excellence Workshop, which takes place the day before on May 17. The seminar is designed for franchise development professionals looking to give their sales and marketing programs a boost. Sign up today!


Earn up to 1,000 CFE credits this May

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 12, 2017

Earning your CFE? Looking for credits towards your recertification? Next month, there are plenty of opportunities to get credits by attending various IFA events. Visit franchise.org/events for more information and to register.


Foundation Board nominations now open

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 12, 2017

The Franchise Education and Research Foundation is now accepting nominations to serve on the Board of Trustees. The nomination form can be found in the links above, and should be emailed directly to John Reynolds, CFE, President, Franchise Education and Research Foundation, by June 1.


Legal Symposium celebrates 50 years

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2017

The 50th IFA Legal Symposium, which takes place May 7-9 in Washington, D.C., is the can't-miss event for franchise legal professionals. What should you expect to learn at the event? Legal Symposium Task Force Chair Jan Gilbert explains. Read more and register today!


Nominate franchising leader for Rosenberg Award

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 10, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the William Rosenberg Leadership Award. The award is presented each year at the IFA Annual Convention to an individual who has made a significant contribution to franchise education and to IFA through research, teaching, fundraising, and other activities or service. The deadline for nominations is June 1. Download a nomination form and send completed applications to John Reynolds, CFE, President of the Franchise Education and Research Foundation.


Franchising Gives Back Awards accepting nominations

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017

IFA's Franchise Education & Research Foundation is accepting nominations for the third annual Franchising Gives Back Awards. In partnership with Roark Capital Group, the awards will honor the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide during an awards celebration and dinner on Sept. 11 during the IFA's Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Submit a nomination at www.franchisinggivesback.org/awards. For tickets and table sponsorships, contact Gionne Jones at gjones@franchise.org. The deadline is June 12.


Franchising should be taught in business schools

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 05, 2017

Unfortunately, the franchise model is not being taught in business schools. Instead, students are being taught that it's OK to fail in business rather than succeed with a tried-and-true business model. Not everyone is Elon Musk, Blue Moon Estate Sales co-founder David Blue tells @OurFranchise. Franchising should be taught and encouraged, he argues. Read more.


Webinar this week: Social Sector Franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 03, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a webinar this Wednesday, April 5 about how you can get involved with social sector franchising. Part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series, the discussion starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now and receive 50 CFE participation credits!


Next WednesdayWise Webinar: Social Sector Franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 5 about how you can get involved with social sector franchising. Part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series, the discussion starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now and receive 50 CFE participation credits!


CFEs: Like the Facebook page created for you

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017

The Institute of Certified Franchise Executives' Facebook page is designed as a place for candidates and existing CFEs to connect, share knowledge and ask questions. It serves as a resource for anyone interested in solidifying their place in the franchising industry. Like the page.


Franchisees make business accessible to children with autism

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids franchisee couple Don and Lisa Avena are innovating for their brand by partnering with the local Autism Society chapter to make haircuts accessible to children with autism. from IFA's @OurFranchise.


Next week: Learn all about social sector franchising

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

IFA's Social Sector Task Force is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 5 about how you can get involved with social sector franchising. Part of the WednesdayWise Webinar series, the discussion starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now and receive 50 CFE participation credits.


This week: @OurFranchise heads to South Florida for roundtable

IFA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017

Florida's franchising community generates more than 1.14 million jobs with nearly $47 billion in payroll. Will this growth continue in South Florida under the Trump administration? Join IFA's @OurFranchise for a special panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga School of Entrepreneurship. The event takes place Wednesday, March 29 in Fort Lauderdale. RSVP with Jenna Weisbord by midnight to attend, and join @OurFranchise today!




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