Join IFA: Membership Benefits
Supplier Member Benefits
Suppliers play a vital role within the IFA by helping support the growth, development and direction of franchising through education and new services for Franchisors while providing leadership to the organization.
Exposure to Franchisors & Franchisees – With more than 1,400 Franchisor members and 13,000 Franchisee members that are part of the IFA, Supplier members have the opportunity to network and connect with franchisor and franchisee members through many programs and events, including:
- International Franchise Convention
- Legal Symposium
- Franchise Business Network
- Marketing, Innovation & Technology Conference
- Emerging Franchisor Conference
- Franchise Development Seminars
- Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting
- Operations Seminar
- Women’s Franchise Network
- Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) program
There are additional opportunities to exhibit, sponsor, advertise, speak or facilitate roundtables at many of the events listed above.
By leading sessions at the annual convention, teaching courses in the CFE program, and organizing programs such as Wednesday Wise Webinars, Suppliers demonstrate their expertise and help educate Franchisors in franchise sales and development, finance, real estate, operations, technology solutions, marketing, and legal matters.
Opportunity to Serve on IFA Committees – Member offers you the opportunity to engage with your peers and help be part of the community of franchising Learn how to get involved with a committee!
Professional Certification for Franchise Executives - This career development program of the ICFE offers franchising professionals the opportunity to learn, grow professionally, and reach a recognized standard of excellence in the franchising community.
As a Supplier member of IFA, you receive FREE listings on IFA’s website www.franchise.org where franchisors turn to learn about our dynamic supplier member partners. Your company is also listed in the annual Supplier Source Book and Franchise Opportunities Guide, which are distributed to over 2,000 Franchisors.
If you are looking for increase your exposure, your members provides discounts on advertising in IFA Publications and website - Reach decision makers in the $2.3 trillion franchise industry by partnering with the IFA. Click here to view our media kits.
INFORMATION, RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS- Your membership provides you access to IFA’s research studies, subscriptions to IFA’s Franchising World magazine, IFA Insider and IFA SmartBrief, our e-newsletters providing you with articles on the latest trends in franchising.
Leadership Opportunities- Supplier members are part of the Supplier Forum of the IFA. The Supplier Forum Advisory Board is made up of 21 Supplier members who provide support and leadership for the forum members. The Supplier Forum Advisory Board identifies qualified Suppliers to be added to the board, and serves to craft the direction and effectiveness of the forum as a whole.
Suppliers have numerous leadership opportunities within the IFA. Franchisors and Suppliers work together on several working committees ranging from technology, marketing, membership, convention planning, and research. All of these committees are continuously searching for new leaders to set the direction for franchising.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS- IFA’s Government Relations team is your team in Washington, around the country and around the world. 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 decisions 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. That work has led to significant legislative breakthroughs that benefit your bottom line. Take a look at our recent legislative activities here.