International Franchise Association Launches Franchising Pride Council

September 13, 2019


LGBTQ Small Business Owners and Employees United to Support Community Entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. – This week, the International Franchise Association launched the Franchising Pride Council, a new network for LGBTQ small business owners and employees from all across the country.

The Franchising Pride Council will provide opportunities for mentorship, foster discussions around best practices and create a forum for sharing experiences to benefit others.

Attending the event, Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH-1) said, “where the business community stands today is ensuring everyone has the opportunity to make it up the ladder.” One of the chief goals of the Council will be to encourage more LGBTQ entrepreneurship and make business ownership a more attainable goal for the members of this important community.

Executive Vice President of Franchise Development at FASTSIGNS and Council Chairman Mark Jameson said, “diversity is a key part of franchising and I believe this Council is such a big step towards expanding that hallmark of our business model to the LGBTQ community.”

Jameson is available for comment. For additional information or to arrange for an interview, please contact

About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating 58 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

IFA members at the launch of the Pride Council