Franchise Business Network

IFA’s Franchise Business Network (FBN) program consists of meetings 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.  

The History of IFA’s FBN 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.

The IFA Board of Directors voted at its Fall 2000 meeting to combine the 2nd Tuesday program and FBN program into one single 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. 

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 2020

  • January 7, 2020 – AB5, the ABC Test, and Joint Employer: How Does It Affect Your Business
  • April 7, 2020 – Unique Challenges of the Start-up Franchisor
  • July 7, 2020 – Best Practices for Maintaining and Updating Operations Manuals
  • October 13, 2020 - Driving Foot Traffic to Your Franchised Stores with Local Store Market

Current FBN Sites:

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Dayton/Cinci/Columbus, OH

Cleveland, OH

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit/Ann Arbor, MI

Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

Las Vegas, NV

Los Angeles, CA

Mid-South (AL, TN, MS)

Minneapolis, MN

New Jersey

NY Tri-State Area

North Carolina

Orange County, CA

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Salt Lake City, UT

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

Tampa, FL

Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin

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