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Join FAN: Strength in Numbers


Take advantage of IFA’s Franchise Action Network to become a franchising advocate.


By Catherine Monson, CFE


The Franchise Action Network (FAN), IFA’s grassroots network, is now a full-fledged IFA-affiliate individual membership organization. Membership is free and open to anyone who supports the franchise business model, regardless of their membership in IFA. You can activate your membership in the Franchise Action Network today by texting FAN2018 to 52886


Why is joining FAN important?

You can become an advocate for franchising. Building a strong grassroots network is crucial to protecting the franchise business model. Your representatives on the federal and state levels need to hear from you on issues facing the franchise industry. They also need to hear your personal stories and learn more about the small local businesses in their districts that are owned, operated and staffed by constituents. 

There is also strength in numbers. There are more than 750,000 franchise businesses in the United States. And when we speak with one voice on an issue, we are incredibly powerful.

As a FAN member, you will be able to easily contact your federal, state and local officials about these issues of concern through the Phone2Action platform. You will receive updates about issues that affect you as a member of the franchise sector, and vote to elect an at-large member to the FAN board of directors. 

IFA is hosting the FAN Annual Meeting Sept. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, Sept. 6, FANs will visit their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to share their franchising stories. This is your chance to advocate for the business model you believe in. 


Catherine Monson, CFE, is Co-Chair of the FranPAC Task Force. She is 2nd Vice Chair of the IFA Board of Directors, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, and a recipient of IFA’s FAN of the Year Award.