Franchisor Benefits - Advantages of Membership

Membership in IFA - the world’s largest franchise association - helps franchisors maximize the advantages and benefits of franchising by protecting, enhancing, and promoting your success.


franchisor realizing the benefits of franchising thanks to IFA membership

Benefits of Membership

Franchising is an ideal way to grow your business, and the benefits available to franchisors through IFA membership open the door to a world of unique possibilities for everyone from experienced business leaders to up-and-coming franchises.

Continuing Education & Professional Development for Franchisors

Credibility is a valuable currency. When you commit to pursuing ongoing education, you are committing to the success of your brand and professional standing.

IFA membership enhances the knowledge, skills, and networks for you and your key franchise staff. Brand exposure within our powerful franchising community enhances your business’ relevance in a quickly changing economic landscape.  IFA is proud to offer a comprehensive schedule of conferences and seminars that connect and inform our members with the latest in franchising.

Franchise Networking and Mentoring

Seeking to elevate your professional relationships? IFA’s networking and mentoring opportunities will connect you on a real level with the talent behind the greatest success stories in franchising. Engage, connect, learn, and evolve: the IFA community stands together.

Certified Franchise Executive Program

You can never be too experienced when it comes to building your career. IFA offers premiere certification programs to franchisors through its industry-leading CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) certification.

Franchise Sales & Development Resources

IFA’s franchisor members are motivated professionals and entrepreneurs ready to scale their operations. IFA membership provides the exposure, recognition, and prominence to help the world’s best franchises grow.

Tools to Acquire Franchisees

Franchise Opportunities Directory is the web’s best platform for promoting your franchise to potential franchisees. Our members’ franchise opportunities directory listings attracts thousands of prospective franchisees every month, showcasing your brand to the ideal candidates who fit your passion, culture, and finances. Your franchisor business profile will include vital information that helps prospective franchisees seek you out and join your growing team.

Premium and featured IFA members receive top placement and enhanced opportunities to promote their brand. 

Franchise Opportunities Guide

All IFA members are featured in IFA’s Franchise Opportunities Guide, a leading print franchise guide accessed by nearly 15,000 prospective franchisees.

Event and Expo Sponsorships for Franchisors

IFA’s events and conferences provide vital exposure for driving franchisor growth and recognition. Beyond networking, leadership opportunities, and recognition, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your franchise at IFA’s popular sponsored expos.

Franchise Supplier Directory

As an IFA Member, you will gain access to our supplier directory; a rich resource of trusted suppliers who specialize in serving the franchising model to help you grow your business. IFA knows the value of strong partnerships. We vet only the most qualified, franchise-forward suppliers who are leaders in their respective industries.


Franship: IFA’s Member Mentor Member Program

Seeking to elevate your professional relationships and learn from the best in the industry? Franship will connect you on a real level with the talent behind the greatest success stories in franchising, and they will mentor you as you navigate the franchising community. Engage, connect, learn, and evolve: the IFA community stands together. Applications can be submitted here. For questions, please email Spencer Brignac at

Franchise Government Relations

IFA takes your side. Fighting for issues that benefit our members is what drives us. The franchise business model deserves a significant voice and a seat at the legislative table, and IFA’s government affairs team delivers results that make a real difference.  

Our Government Relations team relentlessly advocates for and protects the franchising community on all political levels. We work on both sides of the aisle to protect your bottom line and promote small business policy. From our headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C., our political influence radiates through every state and locality across the nation.

Franchise Industry Information, Research & Publications

No organization understands the global franchising landscape like IFA. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, staying relevant, accurate, and current is a full-time job. Franchisors can trust the IFA team to deliver relevant, critical research studies, industry intelligence and insider knowledge to you on a daily basis so you can focus on your operations.

Knowledge is power, and IFA members never have to fear the unknown.

International Resources for Franchisors

With membership in over 130 countries, IFA is uniquely positioned to help franchisors expand your success in the global economy

Our worldwide networks connect franchisors with international development leads. IFA partners with the World Franchise Council to build the franchisor business model across the globe. Our suite of international resources and information orient our members to the possibilities of franchising beyond borders.

Additional global benefits for franchisors include: (Link to basic pages)

IFA’s Partnerships

Legal and Compliance Resources for Franchisors

IFA helps franchisors protect your business. We’ve partnered with our trusted legal partner to provide a legal compliance toolkit that will equip our members to stay on the right side of employment and business law.

Financial Tools for Franchisors

Franchisor 401(k)

IFA has partnered with a leading financial partner to offer group 401k rates, empowering your franchise to offer the competitive benefits that fuel retention, employee satisfaction, and success.

Franchise Payroll Services

Almost all businesses require payroll services. IFA members receive a 15% discount on payroll processing with one of the nation’s largest providers, who can structure unique solutions to fit any franchise system’s needs.

Franchise Payment Processing/Merchant Services

IFA has partnered with a full-service payment solution provider that caters to the SMB market. Our partner has the abilities to build and support customized payment solution programs for all of IFA’s member companies across all industries, and will extend a discount on their services and hardware to all IFA members.

Have Questions? Contact Paul or Spencer.

Paul Rocchio

Vice President, Development & Member Services, International Franchise Association

Spencer Brignac

Manager, Membership Recruitment & Retention, International Franchise Association