International Franchise Association Association News


June 7 webinar: Franchise development tips

IFA SmartBrief | May 26, 2017

Give your franchise development efforts a boost by joining IFA for a June 7 webinar with FranConnect President of Global Operations and COO Keith Gerson, CFE. Gerson will offer insights on how to strengthen development programs for your brand. The webinar starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. Sign up today!


Foundation Board nominations due next week

IFA SmartBrief | May 26, 2017

IFA's Franchise Education and Research Foundation is accepting nominations to serve on its Board of Trustees through Thursday, June 1. Download the nomination form and email a completed version to Foundation President John Reynolds, CFE.


IFA chair and CEO to open International Franchise Expo in New York

IFA SmartBrief | May 24, 2017

IFA Chair Shelly Sun, CFE, BrightStar Care Co-Founder and CEO and IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, are slated to open the 2017 International Franchise Expo, which takes place June 15-17 at the Javits Center in New York City. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors from throughout the United States and more than 120 countries will be in attendance. Register today!


The digital edition of Franchising World's May issue is out

IFA SmartBrief | May 24, 2017

The May 2017 digital edition of Franchising World is now available! Highlights include an update on IFA's VetFran program and reasons why veterans should consider owning a franchise, from Lt. Col. Ginni Guiton (Ret.), program director for Transition Services at the Military Officers Association of America. Read now.


Last few weeks to nominate for Franchising Gives Back awards

IFA SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

In partnership with Roark Capital Group, IFA's Franchise Education & Research Foundation will honor the most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide during an awards celebration and dinner on Sept. 11. Nominate your charitable and community support programs for the 2017 Franchising Gives Back Awards by June 12. Submit your nomination today! For information on individual tickets and table sponsorships, contact Gionne Jones.


International Franchise Expo coming up June 15-17

IFA SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

Join thousands of entrepreneurs and future business owners at the International Franchise Expo, the largest franchise expo in the country. Meet face-to-face with over 400 proven franchise opportunities. Every industry. Every investment level. Full-time and part-time. Read more.


IFA offers 176 tips on franchise communications and engagement

IFA SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

Looking for useful material on how to improve franchise communications and franchisee engagement at your meetings and conferences? Look no further! IFA's Franchise Relations Committee has compiled 176 great tips from the Franchise Relations Summit at the 2017 IFA Annual Convention.


New report shows franchises providing financial disclosures at highest rate ever

IFA SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

US franchise brands are increasingly providing financial performance data to prospective investors and lenders, helping create more transparency for prospective franchise owners and greater access to capital from lenders, according to a new report by FRANdata conducted for IFA's Franchise Education and Research Foundation. Read more here.


Nominations for Foundation Board due by June 1

IFA SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

The Franchise Education and Research Foundation is accepting nominations to serve on its Board of Trustees through June 1. Download the nomination form and email a completed version to Foundation President John Reynolds, CFE.


FranPAC gets new leader

IFA SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

IFA has appointed Leah Shimp Vass as Associate Director of Government Relations. She is responsible for elevating FranPAC, IFA's political action committee, as the association continues to increase its influence as a leading small business voice on franchising issues in Washington, D.C. Find out more about FranPAC.


IFA Statement on White House Cybersecurity Executive Order

IFA SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

The IFA appreciates the president and his administration taking steps to address cybersecurity threats against public-sector IT infrastructure. Cybersecurity threats are complex and multifaceted risks for government and businesses. For franchise businesses, they create operational, reputational, and regulatory risks -- each with their own potential impact. The IFA encourages Congress to work with the business community to mitigate cybersecurity risks.


Last chance to sign up for IFA's Franchise Sales Revolution in Atlanta

IFA SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

IFA is hosting a special Franchise Sales Revolution workshop presented with FranConnect on May 17 in Atlanta, leading into the next Franchise Development Seminar on May 18. The workshop and seminar are designed for franchise development professionals looking to give their sales and marketing programs a boost. Register for both programs and receive a $100 discount. Don't miss it!


Make an impact on franchising: Join IFA's Board of Directors

IFA SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

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


Register now for next week's Franchise Sales Revolution in Atlanta

IFA SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

IFA is hosting a special Franchise Sales Revolution workshop presented with FranConnect on May 17 in Atlanta, Ga., leading into the next Franchise Development Seminar on May 18. The workshop and seminar are designed for franchise development professionals looking to give their sales and marketing programs a boost. Register for both programs and receive a $100 discount. Don't miss it!


Best practice tips for improving franchise communications

IFA SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

Looking for useful material on how to improve franchise communications and franchisee engagement at your meetings and conferences? Look no further! IFA's Franchise Relations Committee has compiled 176 great tips from the Franchise Relations Summit at the 2017 IFA Annual Convention.


IFA: Franchise businesses deserve "clarity and certainty"

IFA SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

A group of 13 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board asking for clarity on the status of its 2015 Freshii Advice Memorandum, which was released prior to NLRB's August 2015 expansion of the joint employer standard in the Browning-Ferris Industries case. "Franchisees and franchisors deserve clarity as they continue working to grow successful businesses and create jobs," said Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif.


IFA Legal Symposium kicks off with First 100 Days panel

IFA SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

The franchising community's legal experts have descended on Washington, D.C., for the 50th Annual IFA Legal Symposium, which started on Sunday at the JW Marriott. This morning, attendees heard from IFA Chair Shelly Sun, CFE, of BrightStar Care and DLA Piper Senior Partner Philip Zeidman before IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, led a panel on the first 100 days of the new administration with Scott Reed, Senior Political Strategist for the US Chamber of Commerce and Marty Gold, Partner at Capitol Counsel. It's not too late to sign up for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference, which takes place May 9-10 at the same location.


NextGen entrepreneurs wanted!

IFA SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

IFA's Franchise Education & Research Foundation has begun accepting applications for its annual NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, a worldwide program that engages millennial entrepreneurs seeking careers and business opportunities in the franchising industry. Applications are open through Sept. 1, 2017 at www.NextGenFranchising.org.


"Franchise Management For Dummies" now available

IFA SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

The latest addition to the popular "For Dummies" book series has come out this week, and it's a must-read for franchise professionals. "Franchise Management For Dummies" is written by Michael Seid, CFE, and Joyce Mazero, with a Foreword by IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE. "Franchise Management For Dummies" is available through the For Dummies store and Amazon.com.


IFA Legal Symposium starts this Sunday, May 7

IFA SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

Nearly 600 of your peers in the franchising community will be in Washington, D.C. for the 50th Annual IFA Legal Symposium, which takes place May 7-9 at the JW Marriott. Will you be there? Stay in town for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference, May 9-10 at the same location. Sign up today before it's too late!


IFA Request for Proposal

IFA SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

IFA is seeking a service provider to partner with to provide capital to facilitate the growth of existing and emerging brands across the US. This partner must have access to the EB5 Immigrant Investor Program via a Regional Center designation and demonstrated ability to source EB5 capital across multiple geographies. Further, the partner should be prepared to cover all aspects of loan origination, including but not limited to, underwriting, servicing and reporting systems. Please submit your proposal to Josh Merin (jmerin@franchise.org) by May 19, 2017.


IFA Legal Symposium next week, final days to register

IFA SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

Nearly 600 of your peers in the franchising community will be in Washington, D.C. for the 50th Annual IFA Legal Symposium, which takes place May 7-9 at the JW Marriott. Will you be there? Stay in town for the IBA/IFA Joint Conference, May 9-10 at the same location. Sign up today before it's too late!


Join the Franchise Sales Revolution: May 17 in Atlanta

IFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

IFA is hosting a special Franchise Sales Revolution workshop presented with FranConnect on May 17 in Atlanta, leading into the next Franchise Development Seminar on May 18. The workshop and seminar are designed for franchise development professionals looking to give their sales and marketing programs a boost. Register for both programs and receive a $100 discount. Don't miss it!


Special rate available to exhibit at Choice Hotels Convention

IFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

Notice to franchisor members seeking multi-unit operators: Choice Hotels International is offering a special rate to franchisors who exhibit at the company's Annual Convention, which takes place May 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. The first 30 companies who sign up under the special offer would receive $1,000 off the price of a regular 10 x 10-foot booth space by referencing "IFA" when registering. Choice Hotels expects 5,000 franchisees to be in attendance, and this is a limited offer, so don't wait! Contact Rick Summa for more details.




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