Since 1960, the International Franchise Association has represented and protected the interests of the franchise community as well as the American entrepreneurial spirit. Membership in the IFA is for franchise professionals who are committed to excellence and who adhere to IFA’s Code of Ethics. Our three membership categories are franchisees, franchisors, and suppliers.
Franchisee - a person who operates a business under a name using the trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising, or other commercial symbol designating the franchisor parent company.
Franchisor - a company which is identified by a trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising or other commercial symbol, maintains continued assistance or control over the franchisee's method of operation, gives significant assistance to the franchisee, and receives payments from the franchisee.
Supplier - a person or company who provides high quality services, products, and/or information to franchisors and franchisees.