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Upcoming IFA Conferences Schedule

When you’re planning out how you want to tackle next year, whether it is for professional training or business development, IFA has an educational and networking event to sharpen your skills and get you out in the field, ready to face whatever comes your way.
January 1 - December 31, 2023 12:00AM - 11:59PM

United States

Upcoming IFA Conferences

IFA hosts many conferences each year to provide world-class education to the franchise community. Below is a list of our standard conferences with any upcoming and future event dates. As conference start dates get closer, links to the specific conference's webpage will become available.


MFV Franchise Expo West

Partnership event with MFV Expositions/Comexposium

Franchise Expo West is the premier event covering the franchise industry for the western United States and serves as the industry’s one-stop shop for prospective franchisees.

2023 Franchise Expo West: March 31 - April 1, 2023, Phoenix, AZ

Future Event Dates: TBA


Legal Symposium

Practical, real-world programming aimed at franchise lawyers addresses the latest business and franchise law developments. Connect with knowledgeable law practitioners and franchise executives while learning how to approach today’s legal landscape.

2023 Legal Symposium: May 7-9, 2023, Washington, DC

Future Event Dates: May 5-7, 2024, Washington, DC


IBA/IFA Joint Conference

Each year, IFA partners with the International Bar Association's Franchising Committee to develop a program for some of the world's leading practitioners and franchise legal counsel. Experienced legal counsel will share invaluable information regarding the latest developments in international law and their importance to franchising.

2023 IBA/IFA Joint Conference: May 9-10, 2023, Washington, DC

Future Event Dates: May 7-8, 2024, Washington, DC


MFV International Franchise Expo

Partnership event with MFV Expositions/Comexposium

The International Franchise Expo (IFE®) is the world's leading event where potential franchisees can network and connect with large, medium-size, and emerging franchise brands. IFE brings together attendees, exhibitors, expert speakers from 50 states and, in partnership with the US Department of Commerce, delegates from over 75 countries and sponsors for information sharing, education, business development, and a bit of fun! 

2023 International Franchise Expo: June 1-3, 2023, New York, NY

Future Event Dates: TBA


Franchise Customer Experience Conference (FCXC)

Partnership event with Franchise Update Media

An annual industry conference that brings together CEO’s, Presidents and Marketing Executives for a powerful event filled with interactive workshops, exciting presentations and top-notch networking. Be a part of a ground-breaking new space for the ideas, inspiration and networking for franchise leaders charged with improving the experience and outcomes for all customers, including consumers, businesses, franchisees, and employees.

2023 FCXC: June 20-22, 2023, Atlanta, GA

Future Event Dates: June 18-20, 2024, Atlanta, GA


MFV Franchise Expo South

Partnership event with MFV Expositions/Comexposium

Franchise Expo South is the premier event covering the franchise industry for the southern United States, and serves as the industry’s one-stop shop for prospective franchisees.

2023 Franchise Expo South: September 8-9, 2023, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Future Event Dates: TBA


Leadership Summit & Franchise Action Network (FAN) Annual Meeting

Be an advocate for your business! Learn the latest legislative and policy updates impacting franchising and then move to Capitol Hill, joining other members of the franchising community, to meet with your representatives in Congress to discuss these impacts. IFA will set up the meetings and prep and guide you beforehand. This event is open to IFA and FAN Members only. 

2023 Leadership Summit & FAN Annual Meeting: September 11-13, 2023, Washington, DC

Future Event Dates: September 9-11, 2024, Washington, DC


Franchise Leadership and Development Conference (FLDC)

Partnership event with Franchise Update Media

An exclusive, annual conference designed for CEOs, Presidents, Franchise Sales, & Development Executives who are seeking inspiration and guidance on how to better grow their businesses. This conference has become a must-attend event for all those who value staying on top of trends, as well as those looking to generate new ones.

2023 Franchise Leadership and Development Conference: October 18-20, Atlanta, GA

Future Event Dates: October 16-18, 2024, Atlanta, GA


Emerging Franchisor Conference

Join other Franchise leaders and innovators to discover the latest way to take your franchise to the next level. Hear from development experts, speak with operations gurus, discover next-generation opportunities. Gather with industry leaders who are building the long-term success that creates real wealth for franchisor and franchisee. Whether you are trying to kick-start your franchise system or take it to the next level, IFA’s Emerging Franchisor Conference was designed for entrepreneurs like you.

2023 Emerging Franchisor Conference: November 1-3, 2023, New Orleans, LA

Future Event Dates: TBA


IFA's Annual Convention

Kickstart your year with IFA's Annual Convention where members of the franchising community will come together to expand their knowledge, share proven solutions, network with other business leaders and get the latest news and updates to advance their brands in 2022 and beyond. This event is designed for franchisors, franchisees and supplier partners who serve the franchise community. 

2024 Annual Convention: February 17-20, 2024, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

Future Event Dates: February 9-12, 2025, Las Vegas, NV ; February 22-25, 2026, Las Vegas, NV; February 21-24, 2027, Las Vegas, NV


CFE Special Sessions

Becoming a Certified Franchise Executive is an important step in your franchise career.  Knowledge is POWER and the course requirements necessary to complete your CFE provide you with POWERFUL knowledge. During the two-day Special Sessions, you're in store for a wealth of knowledge through engaging courses. By attending sessions on both Friday and Saturday, you can earn up to 500 CFE credits. Whether you're a new CFE Candidate or a current CFE working towards recertification, IFA is here for you!

2024 CFE Special Sessions: February 16-17, 2024, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

Future Event Dates: February 8-9, 2025, Las Vegas, NV 

For more information on the CFE Designation, please click here