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Our FranBlog includes the best of franchise success stories from around the world. These personal accounts help you learn directly from the collective experiences of IFA’s franchise community.     

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Stratus Building Solutions (“Stratus”) is an independently-owned leading commercial cleaning service franchise company providing comprehensive, environmentally friendly janitorial, building cleaning, and office cleaning services primarily in the United States.

Stratus has achieved scale: system sales of ~$150 million, operating in 68 markets across North America, excellent track record of double digit same-store-sales growth and highly profitable. Stratus also has a clear path to expanding into 85 additional markets in North America and thereafter, internationally.

The profitability of Stratus is expected to ramp up significantly as it more than doubles the number of markets it operates in, and early-stage and underdeveloped markets continue to generate strong double-digit same-store sales growth.

November 28, 2022

2022 Supplier Source Book Toolkit Highlights

IFA’s 2022 Supplier Source Book Toolkit is your definitive guide to finding new supplier partners. The franchise community is constantly changing, and with that comes the need for new products, services, and expert advice. This year’s toolkit is packed with valuable insights and resources from knowledgeable IFA supplier members. The following pages showcase expert whitepapers on topics including franchise legal services, payment methods, HR and recruiting, and our supplier member directory. This issue is essential reading for your brand’s growth!
November 18, 2022


November 11th is Veterans Day, a holiday meant to celebrate and honor all individuals who have served in the United States Military. Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first a celebration of the end of World War I. In 1938, Congress officially recognized Armistice Day as a national holiday. And then in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill dedicating the day to veterans that served in all wars, changing the name to Veterans Day.
November 10, 2022

Set your business up for Q1 franchise development success

Top franchise systems typically generate a high number of franchisee leads in January, February and March. Interest in franchising is high during the first quarter, which creates a surge in people researching franchise opportunities using social media, Google and other digital properties. If you are looking to grow your franchise system, there is no better time to launch a digital marketing campaign to fill your lead pipeline.
November 08, 2022

Two New Jersey Education Franchises to Invest in 2023

Quietly, New Jersey ranks as one of the top states for educational investment with having received multiple awards and recognitions in various educational rankings studies. Some of the best and brightest students in the U.S. live in New Jersey, and many are ambitious enough to seek additional tutoring, making education franchises in New Jersey a solid investment for 2023.
November 01, 2022
Member Success Stories

AlphaGraphics Makes It Happen with Focused Marketing Efforts; Sees Record Month in Sales

When AlphaGraphics became a part of MBE Worldwide in 2017, no one could have predicted the challenges that businesses would be facing just a few short years later with the Covid-19 pandemic. Like most other business owners in 2020 and 2021, AlphaGraphics franchisees were facing sales challenges, increased supply costs and a host of other issues. While being part of a franchise helped to mitigate some of these issues, it didn’t eliminate them. As the pandemic reached a plateau and the future remained uncertain, the leadership at AlphaGraphics and MBE knew they needed to provide owners with additional resources and support to ensure a strong bounce back to pre-pandemic levels.
October 26, 2022