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 2023
Week of April 10-14 - How to Assist Your Franchisees in Today's Labor Market
Week of July 10-14 - Franchise Development: Where to Find the Best Leads
Week of October 10-13 - Creating a Culture Dedicated to your Franchisee
Please contact IFA’s Sydni Konohia for details email@example.com
You can find upcoming 2023 FBN events here.
Current FBN Sites:
Eric Gagnon, CFE, We Sell Restaurants
David Cahn, CFE, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP
Evan Hackel, CFE, Ingage Consulting
Keith Gerson, CFE, FranConnect
Geraldine Smythe, iKids U Franchise, LLC
Stacie Waller, CIC, CFE, Zinc Insurance
Samantha Neugebauer, CLCS, CFE, Zinc Insurance
Scott Opincar, McDonald Hopkins
John Campbell, Proforma
Douglas Kordel, Proforma
Joyce Mazero, Polsinelli
Cheryl L. Mullin, JD, LLM, Mullin P.C.
Red Boswell, IFPG
Abhishek Dube, Baker & McKenzie LLP
William Sentell, Akerman LLP
Sean Falk, CFE, Careertopia
Kansas City, MO
John D. Moore, Husch Blackwell LLP
Las Vegas, NV
Matthew J. Kreutzer, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
Los Angeles/Orange County, CA
Anthony Byrd, DCV Franchise Group, a division of Benetrends Financial
Carly Selak, Ziebart International Corporation
Andre Mello, REGROUP
Mid-South (AL, TN, MS)
Joel Buckberg, Baker Donelson
Adam Siegelheim, Stark & Stark
Lane Fisher, Esquire, FisherZucker LLC
Andrea Malone, Fox Rothschild LLP
Ty Brewster, LocateAI, Inc.
Kyle McEuen, ProfitKeeper
Daniel Mormino, INFINITI HR
John R. Gotaskie, Jr., Fox Rothschild LLP
Salt Lake City, UT
Kevin Hein, CFE, Akerman LLP
Marci Kleinsasser, Handyman Connection
Nina Greene, Venable LLP
St. Louis, MO
April Porter, Ask April Porter
David Beyer, Quarles & Brady