International Franchise Association Association News


Webinar series highlights franchise operational practices

IFA SmartBrief | May 04, 2016

Grow your brand and improve overall performance by gaining powerful insights into the best operational practices of today's leading franchise experts. The Franchise Business Review webinars, available live or via on-demand playback, are approved for 150 CFE Education credits. The sessions take place May 10, May 12, May 17, May 19 and May 24.


IFA expresses disappointment with Supreme Court ruling in Seattle case

IFA SmartBrief | May 04, 2016

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear IFA's appeal of the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that enacted Seattle's 2014 minimum wage law. "Seattle's ordinance is blatantly discriminatory and affirmatively harms Seattle hard-working franchise small business owners every day since it has gone into effect," said IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE. "We are simply attempting to level the playing field for the 600 local franchise business owners employing 19,000 people in Seattle." Read the full statement.


Need a Mentor? Join IFA's Franship Program

IFA SmartBrief | May 02, 2016

Franship, IFA's Mentorship Program, provides franchisees, franchisors and suppliers the opportunity to share best practices along with strategic positioning and advice from some of franchising’s premier leaders. Get started today! Visit the Franship section on IFA’s website franchise.org for more information and complete the enrollment form. IFA will assign mentors. Find out more.


Make Your Nomination for 2016 IFA Awards

IFA SmartBrief | May 02, 2016

Each year, IFA honors an elite group of individuals with its highest awards during the annual convention. Nominations are being accepted through June 27 for IFA’s major awards -- Hall of Fame, Entrepreneur of the Year, Ronald E. Harrison and Bonnie LeVine -- to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to franchising. For more information contact Jenna Weisbord at jweisbord@franchise.org. Nominate leaders in franchising today!


Legal Symposium Keynote to Focus on Cybersecurity

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2016

Join IFA and nearly 500 attendees for the 49th Annual Legal Symposium from May 15-17 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. The keynote presentation is “Cybersecurity: Conquering the New Frontier of Legal Risks,” with Scott McLester, executive vice president and general counsel of Wyndham Worldwide; Daniel Castro, vice president of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; and Douglas Meal, partner with Ropes & Gray. IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, will moderate the panel. Pre-registration for the Legal Symposium closes May 6, so register today!


IFA Members Tell Federal Officials: Overtime Rule Would Hurt Employees

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2016

Six franchise business owners and the IFA’s Michael Layman met with officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Office of Management and Budget on April 21 to outline the negative practical impact of the Obama Administration’s proposed overtime rule on franchise businesses and employees. The rule, which could be finalized as early as May, would more than double the federal overtime exemption salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440 and provide for automatic, unpredictable annual increases to the threshold. IFA called on the government to enact only a dramatically lower salary threshold that is phased in over multiple years and does not apply as quickly to small businesses. As a leading member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, IFA and 16 franchisee associations submitted comments to the proposed rule in September 2015.


Submit your nominations for Foundation, ICFE Boards

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for those interested in serving on the IFA Franchise Education and Research Foundation Board of Trustees and the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) Board of Governors. For both boards, members serve a three-term effective at #IFA2017, which takes place Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, and are eligible for re-election for one additional three-year term. The boards meet three times per year. Nominations are due Aug. 1, 2016. Make a nomination for the Foundation Board of Trustees and ICFE Board of Governors today!


Hayes: Explore franchising education opportunities at IFE 2016

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2016

Dr. John Hayes previews the International Franchise Expo, which takes place from June 16-18 at the Javits Center in New York City, on his How to Buy a Franchise podcast. "Explore your opportunities as a franchisor by reading a book, or a series of books, or watching videos, or attending webinars or workshops," Hayes says. "The best resource for information about franchising is the International Franchise Association," he continues, which sponsors events such as IFE, "where you can get more free info about franchising." Listen to the podcast and register for IFE 2016.


Help pay for your education: Apply for a CFE scholarship

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2016

The CFE scholarship program supports the granting of the Irl Marshall CFE scholarship award of $2,500. The total amount of this scholarship will be applied toward the tuition for programs offered for ICFE credits and must be used within a three-year period. Learn more.


IFA Trade Mission heads to Brazil and Uruguay

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2016

Pack your bags and join IFA Sept. 19-23 on the next franchise trade mission as we make our way to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay! Franchise Trade Missions provide cost-effective market exploration, including meetings with prospective franchisees. Uruguay's franchise economy is growing steadily and Brazil's franchise sector continues to dramatically outperform the overall economy. The application deadline is Monday, May 23, so don't wait. Learn more about the mission and apply!


Webinar: Maximizing PR value from community service projects

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2016

Join IFA's Franchise Research and Education Foundation on Monday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. ET for a 30-minute webinar about the benefits of joining Franchising Gives Back and participating in community service projects. Lawrence “Doc” Cohen, CFE, and Steve Romaniello, CFE, will lead a panel that will cover topics such as: gaining publicity through IFA publications; networking at the Sept. 12 Franchising Gives Back Awards Celebration and Dinner in Washington, D.C.; profiles on the Franchising Gives Back website; and an opportunity to have charitable initiatives recognized as an award winner. Register now!


How to Get Franchisees Productive, Engaged and Profitable

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2016

The next WednesdayWise Webinar focuses on the productivity and engagement of franchisees. Eric Stites, CFE, Franchise Business Review's CEO, will lead a panel of experts on Wednesday, May 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. The webinar qualifies for 50 Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) participation credits. Sign up today!


Legal Symposium to feature pro-franchising NLRB member

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2016

IFA's 2016 Legal Symposium takes place May 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. This event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about cutting-edge laws affecting franchising and methods for navigating today's challenging regulatory environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Republican NLRB Member Phil Miscimarra speak on May 16. Miscimarra is the only current board member to support the traditional standard of joint employment that protects franchising and joined the dissenting opinion in the Browning-Ferris Industries case that changed the standard. On May 17, you'll hear from Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and a steadfast ally of franchising. Register now!


Webinar: Benefits of Franchising Gives Back

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2016

Join IFA’s Franchise Research and Education Foundation on Monday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. ET for a 30-minute webinar about the benefits of joining Franchising Gives Back and participating in community service projects. Lawrence “Doc” Cohen, CFE, and Steve Romaniello, CFE, will lead a panel that will cover topics such as: gaining publicity through IFA publications; networking at the Sept. 12 Franchising Gives Back Awards Celebration and Dinner in Washington, D.C.; profiles on the Franchising Gives Back website; and an opportunity to have charitable initiatives recognized as an award winner. Sign up today!


Nominate Franchising Leaders to Serve on IFA's Board of Directors

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 18, 2016

In 2017, IFA will have at least four openings available for its 39-member Board of Directors. Service on the board is not only an honor, but an opportunity to serve the franchise community at the highest level, according to Shelly Sun, CFE, IFA Vice Chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Interested candidates can download a copy of the nomination form, complete it and mail, along with your FDD, to the attention of Cecelia Bond at IFA.


FASTSIGNS to Host Franchise Innovation Summit May 24

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2016

Take your first big step toward an innovative future that works for you! Join franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, and other franchise professionals in a full-day innovation summit on Tuesday, May 24. Learn how to apply the five most important innovation practices to accelerate your franchise and grow your brand. The program offers 200 CFE Education credits and is being hosted at FASTSIGNS headquarters in Carrollton, Texas. Find out more and register today!


Submit Your Nominations for Franchising Gives Back Awards

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2016

Nominations are open for the 2016 Franchising Gives Back Awards. Visit franchisinggivesback.org/awards by June 17 to share your story. Winners will be honored at the 2nd Annual Franchising Gives Back Celebration & Awards Dinner on Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C. For table sponsorships or to purchase individual tickets, please contact Gionne Jones at gjones@franchise.org.


Threats to the Franchising Business Model: A Congressional Perspective

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2016

During a May 17 general session at the IFA Legal Symposium, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) will identify key franchise legal trends that are impacting the franchise community and examine what the most important cases mean for the future of franchising's legal and business operations. Rep. Byrne is a key member of the Education and Workforce Committee who has been leading the charge on opposing the new joint employer standard. The Legal Symposium takes place May 15-17 in Washington, D.C. Register today!


IFA Trade Mission Heads to Brazil, Uruguay

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2016

Pack your bags and join IFA Sept. 19-23 on the next franchise trade mission as we make our way to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay! Franchise Trade Missions provide cost-effective market exploration, including meetings with prospective franchisees. Uruguay's franchise economy is growing steadily and Brazil's franchise sector continues to dramatically outperform the overall economy. The application deadline is Monday, May 23, so don't wait. Learn more about the mission and apply!


IFA members receive discount for exhibiting at International Franchise Expo

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2016

IFA members are eligible to receive a discount on one of the best franchise development engagement opportunities that exists today -- exhibiting at the International Franchise Expo, set for June 16-18 at the Javits Center in New York. IFE draws more than 20,000 visitors interested in franchising. Interested in learning more? Click here and a representative will contact you about the opportunity.


Call to Action: Help stop harmful new federal overtime regulations

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 11, 2016

New federal overtime regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor will hurt both franchise small businesses and workers seeking advancement in their careers. The regulations could be finalized as soon as this May. The rule would double the overtime exemption pay threshold from $23,660, to $50,440, resulting in labor cutbacks or dramatically increased payroll and compliance expenses for small businesses. The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act seeks to delay the DOL rule and require the department to first conduct a deeper analysis of the impact to workers and the economy. Send a letter to your representative to support the legislation before it's too late!


IFA to host April 19 webinar on "persuader rule"

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2016

Business groups are fighting the US Department of Labor's new "persuader rule," which requires employers to file public reports when they seek advice from consultants on labor law compliance. As a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, IFA joined with hundreds of business organizations in filing suit against the DOL. For more in-depth analysis of the issue, please join IFA's Michael Layman and Littler Mendelson's Michael Lotito for a persuader rule webinar on April 19 at 2 p.m. ET. Register today!


Learn how to navigate international waters at IBA/IFA Joint Conference

IFA SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2016

Each year, IFA partners with the International Bar Association's Franchising Committee to develop a program relevant to the international franchise law profession. Attend the IBA/IFA Joint Conference May 17-18 in Washington, D.C. to discover what legal and regulatory issues face franchisors around the world. Plenary sessions, workshops and hot topic discussions will help provide the tools needed to travel safely through international waters. View the brochure and register today!




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