Franchisor Membership Benefits | International Franchise Association

Franchisor Membership Benefits



INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION Since 1960, the International Franchise Association has represented the leaders of more than 100 industries that use franchising as a method of distribution.  As a member of IFA, you join an organization that provides exclusive networking and educational opportunities to help you grow your franchise system and operate under the highest standards.


IFA’s mission is to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Your membership in IFA strengthens the power of franchising in the marketplace and in the representation of franchising in the federal, state and local governments. As an IFA member, you receive:


CREDIBILITY - IFA members are viewed as the leaders within the franchising community.


EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Opportunities for your company’s key staff to learn, develop skills, network and trade ideas on how to grow your franchise system and run it more effectively. Our education and networking opportunities include:


Annual Convention

Legal Symposium

Regional Franchise Business Networks

Marketing, Innovation & Technology Conference

Emerging Franchisor Conference

Franchise Development Seminars

Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting

Operations Seminar

Opportunity to Serve on IFA Committees 

Professional Certification for Franchise Executives (CFE Program)



GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - IFA’s Government Relations department is your team in Washington and in state capitals across the nation.  Whether IFA is advancing pro-small business policies or rolling back policies that hamper your business, our legislative and communications professionals ensure that franchise businesses have a seat at the table for important government decision that affect your bottom line.  IFA advocates for franchise businesses regardless of who controls government. Through our political advocacy, we support candidates and elected officials from either side of the aisle who work to promote and advance small businesses.  


INFORMATION, RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS - Your membership provides you access to IFA's research studies, subscriptions to IFA's Franchising World magazine, and our e-newsletters IFA Insider and IFA SmartBrief.


FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT LEADS - As a member, you receive a complimentary listing highlighting your company's brand on You also receive a listing in IFA's Franchise Opportunites Guide, IFA's official membership directory, published twice a year. The Guide is sold at bookstores and newsstands around the country and is available at all the MFV Franchise Expos including:


International Franchise Expo (IFE)

Franchise Expo South (FES) 

Franchise Expo West (FEW)

Franchise Expo Midwest (FEM)


As an IFA member you also receive discounts to exhibit at these IFA sponsored expos.


INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES - IFA partners with and assists many international franchising groups in conducting conferences and trade shows. IFA also provides you with technical assistance and information to help you develop and expand your system globally. To learn more, check out the IFA International Toolkit.


ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES - Reach decision makers in the $1.64 trillion franchise industry by partnering with the IFA.  For more info, click here.


NEW! 401K Retirement Benefits - IFA worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to develop the framework for an innovative 401(k) program for members that reduces the cost of retirement plans significantly by offering “group pricing” for your corporate 401(k) plan and for your franchisees to have their own plans. Find out more information here. 


NEW! Franchise Compliance Toolkit - We've teamed up with Littler Mendelson to create this FREE toolkit that will help you comply with state and federal laws when hiring, compensating, and managing employees. View the resources, documents, templates and get guidance by exploring the toolkit here. 


For questions about membership with IFA, please contact our membership department at


Interested in becoming a franchisor member? Sign up here.

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