Franchise Business Network

FBN Map March 2023


What is the Franchise Business Network Program?

The History of IFA’s Regional Programs

In early 1991, Fred DeLuca, founder of Subway Sandwiches and Salads, developed the International Franchise Association (IFA) 2nd Tuesday program. The purpose of the program was to create an informal atmosphere whereby franchisors and suppliers could discuss current topics related to franchising. IFA coordinated this effort by soliciting IFA and Supplier Forum members to host the meetings in major cities across the United States.

IFA's Franchise Business Network (FBN) commenced October 1996. The FBN meetings were grassroots networking opportunities for the franchise community. They were designed to bring local franchisors, franchisees and suppliers together on a regular basis to create business-to-business opportunities and offer affordable educational programs.

Today’s FBN Program

Today, IFA’s FBN is the combination of IFA’s two regional programs, the 2nd Tuesday Program and the original FBN Program. The IFA Board of Directors voted at its Fall 2000 meeting to combine the 2nd Tuesday Program and Franchise Business Network Program into one single program meeting in 30+ cities around the country. The new program would take the best features of both programs and combine them into one winning formula for success.

For the most part, meetings are still scheduled (though it is not imperative) for the second Tuesday of each quarter across the U.S. While networking with others in the franchise community, meeting potential customers and making new business contacts, participants take advantage of educational programs and legislative information made available to them at no charge, except for the cost of meals.

IFA continues to suggest topics and issues of current importance for the hosts to discuss. This enables each host to conduct the meeting under his/her own auspices, while at the same time, encouraging a universal theme for that particular meeting.

Suggested Schedule for 2024


Please contact IFA’s Sydni Konohia for details 

You can find upcoming 2024 FBN events here.

Current FBN Sites:

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Central Texas

Chicago, IL

Dayton/Cinci/Columbus, OH

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles/Orange County, CA

Southeast Michigan

Mid-South (AL, TN, MS)

Minneapolis, MN

New Jersey

NY Tri-State Area

North Carolina

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Salt Lake City, UT

Seattle, WA

South Florida

St. Louis, MO

Tampa, FL


If you are interested in attending or hosting a Franchise Business Network meeting, please contact IFA’s Manager, Member Recruitment and Retention;