International Franchise Association Association News

WednesdayWise Webinar: Mark Your Calendars for Aug. 5

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

This month's seminar will focus on background checks and best practices for conducting proper due diligence on Aug. 5 from 2-3 p.m. ET. This webinar's speakers will include Heartland Investigative Group President Tom Jaeb. Register today!

IFA: New Franchise Legislation Would Hamper Franchisee Rights, Not Protect Them

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

IFA has condemned new legislation purporting to be pro-franchisee as anti-opportunity and unnecessary considering the many franchisee protections already in place. The new legislation, which was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison, D-Minn., seeks to enhance the rights of franchisees but in fact would hurt them and their businesses. The new bill would result in several negative impacts on franchisees including weakened equity in their businesses, damaged brands, reduced product quality and limited franchisor assistance. Additionally, it would increase costs by incentivizing litigation and jeopardizing constitutionally guaranteed contract rights. Learn more.

Find Out How You Can Update Your Tech-KNOWLEDGE-Y at #FranTech2105

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Why should you attend? Watch as past attendees share why they can’t wait for this year’s conference! Register here!

IFA Leader Issues Statement in Response to N.Y. Panel Recommendation for Discriminatory Wage Hike

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, voiced his disappointment in response to Gov. Cuomo’s decision to discriminate against the quick-service food industry only. The New York wage board decision "will cost jobs and potentially cause small businesses to close. Applying a new mandatory minimum wage increase to a narrow group of businesses creates an un-level playing field for owners that provide important entry level jobs and valuable experience for millions of workers across the state of New York. If Governor Cuomo wishes to advance a wage increase, it should cover all of New York's businesses, not just a select few." Read more.

Franchisors: Nominate Your Outstanding Franchisee of the Year

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

IFA's Franchisee of the Year Award is an honor created to celebrate your outstanding franchisees among their industry peers. Awards will be presented during the 2015 Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, Sept. 29-30 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the nation's capital. All Franchisee of the Year winners must be registered for the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. Nominate your outstanding franchisee today!

IFA Asks Congress to Prevent Shutdown of SBA 7(a) Loan Program to Continue Critical Funding for Small Businesses

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

IFA sent a formal letter to members of the House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations, urging them to increase the Fiscal Year 2015 lending authority for the Small Business Administration's 7(a) loan guarantee program, which provides critical funding to small businesses, including franchise small businesses. "I am very concerned by reports indicating the authorization limit on the SBA 7(a) loan program may be reached as early as the end of July, thereby halting these guaranteed loans for the remainder of the fiscal year," stated IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, in the letter. "In 2014 alone, new franchise businesses utilized approximately $6 billion in loan guarantees resulting in the financing of nearly 30,000 new franchised units." Read more.

Franchise Council of Australia Convention

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 20, 2015

The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) is holding its 2015 National Franchise Convention on the Gold Coast Oct. 11–13. This is the premier event in Australian franchising and provides the best opportunity to network with Australian franchising founders and leaders. Local experts in franchisee recruitment and field support, as well as lawyers fully conversant with the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct regulations, will also be in attendance. The Franchise Council of Australia is offering IFA members special pricing at AUD$850 per registration. To view marketing content for the conference, please click here. If you are interested in participating or learning more, contact Simon Heggen of the Franchise Council of Australia.

IFA Cautions Department of Labor on Radical New Guidance on Employee Classification

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 17, 2015

The IFA criticized new so-called "administrative guidance" from the Department of Labor (DOL) that deals with independent contractors as unnecessarily intrusive and called it yet another in a long list of Obama Administration directives that will make it harder for millions of small businesses to operate and grow. "The new guidance fundamentally misinterprets how franchising works. Many franchisees use contractors because of the unique nature of their businesses that require flexibility to meet market demands in the industries in which they operate. They should not be forced to change their business model because of some unelected, pro-labor, anti-business bureaucrats in Washington," said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE.

IFA: Kansas City Wage Hike Yet Another Setback for SEIU's Attempt to Discriminate Against Franchises

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 17, 2015

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, issued the following statement today regarding the Kansas City Council's decision to pass a minimum wage increase to $13 an hour by 2020 without language that discriminates against franchisees: "The Kansas City Council decision marks yet another resounding defeat in the SEIU's political and financially-motivated attempt to destroy the franchise model by treating franchisees as large businesses, rather than the small, locally-owned businesses that they actually are. ... Today's decision reaffirms that Seattle, WA is on an island by itself as once again another prominent municipality has rejected the SEIU's blatant misinformation and propaganda campaign to mandate wage increases for franchises at an accelerated rate compared to non-franchise businesses." Read more.

Join the Movement: #FranchisingUnited

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

Join the IFA, over 400 IFA members and your members of Congress at the annual IFA Washington, D.C. fly-in, the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, formerly known as the Public Affairs Conference. At the meeting, which will be held on Sept. 29-30 at the JW Marriott, you will help ensure lawmakers do not pass laws that hamper your franchise business' ability to thrive. Register today! Also new in 2015 -- the Franchisee Growth Conference held in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting! Attend both to take advantage of registration discounts. IFA thanks ADP, the founding Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting & Franchisee of the Year Award sponsor.

Accord Reached on California Franchise Bill

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

IFA and the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) announced yesterday an agreement on several amendments to Assembly Bill 525 that would help to ensure that franchising remains an important part of the California economy. While maintaining the integrity of existing franchise law, the planned amendments are intended to clarify a number of issues designed to protect the rights of both franchisors and franchisees. AB 525 will allow franchising to remain a vibrant and important pillar of the state's economy, the groups said. IFA and CFA represent California franchises that employ nearly one million workers, generating in excess of $94 billion in economic output at 82,000 locations. Learn more.

Join Us for IFA's Franchisee Growth Conference!

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 13, 2015

IFA's Franchisee Growth Conference, held in conjunction with the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting, is in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28-29. This is a unique opportunity for franchisees (and franchisors) who are looking to expand their business and bottom line. The conference will feature programming specific to the needs of franchisees, helping you learn the latest innovations and best practices to evolve your business. During the event, you are invited to attend several networking opportunities to build strategic partnerships, benefiting the growth of your system.

Revitalize Your Franchise Development Program in Minneapolis

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 13, 2015

Many franchisors are looking for ways to restructure or supplement existing franchise development programs in order to grow their businesses. IFA's Franchise Development Seminars are smaller, more interactive programs designed for franchise development professionals to hear from experts on the latest trends and best practices. Come expand your knowledge and network with invaluable contacts July 23 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Stopped by FranSocial Lately?

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 10, 2015

If you haven't visited IFA's member-only online community recently, you're missing something. You can join your peers who are on discussing hot topics on the various forums, getting tips on marketing, social media strategies, hiring solutions, as well as learning about upcoming IFA events. Visit FranSocial today!

Attend the International Council of Shopping Centers' Regional Events and Help Promote Your Brand

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

IFA has teamed up with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) to help you promote your brand while providing you an opportunity to discuss future store expansion plans with shopping center owners through a complementary exhibit at ICSC’s regional deal making events. ICSC’s Deal Making events are designed to foster relationships between shopping center owners and retailers who are looking to lease space in shopping centers. As an IFA member participating in these events you will receive complimentary registration, as well as a complimentary exhibit space. Learn more.

Webinar: New Overtime Rules and How They Impact Your Business

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

The Obama Administration has opened yet another regulatory front in its assault on franchise businesses by releasing proposed changes to federal overtime laws. When finalized, these changes will compel nearly every franchise business to reevaluate its wage levels and employee classifications. Learn everything the Administration has proposed by registering for IFA's webinar on the new overtime rules on July 16 at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Michael Layman, IFA vice president of regulatory affairs, and Tammy McCutchen, the former U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator the last time overtime rules were revised in 2004, who is now an attorney at Littler in Washington, D.C.

Update Your Tech-KNOWLEDGE-y at FranTech

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2015

IFA's FranTech, designed for marketing, communications and information technology franchise professionals, will help you learn to navigate the maze of digital marketing and technology solutions available today. This year's conference, Oct. 26-28 in Dallas, Texas, brings together leading experts in cloud computing, security, mobile marketing, lead generation and much more. FranTech's speakers include: futurist Mike Walsh, FASTSIGNS CEO Catherine Monson, Facebook Small Business Community Engagement Team member Jeremy Lynch and many more. Don't miss out and register today!

WednesdayWise Webinar: Register Today!

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2015

This month’s webinar will review how to achieve operational excellence by “mobilizing” your system. The webinar will be hosted July 8 from 2-3pm ET by FranConnect Vice President Brand Development Jon Carlston and FranConnect Senior Vice President System Integration Nick Mecozzi. Make sure you don’t miss out of this month’s webinar, designed to help you run your franchise business better. Register today!

Submit Your Nomination for the Franchising Gives Back Awards Program

IFA SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

The Franchising Gives Back Awards program is accepting nominations through July 10. This is your last chance to nominate your company's charitable initiatives from 2014 for a chance to be recognized and honored at a special event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28. Visit today and join the many companies who have already nominated their charitable work.

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