Benefits of being members of the International Franchise Association (IFA)

IFACelebrating more than 50 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The IFA’s mission is to protect, enhance, and promote franchising through government relations, public relations, and educational programs.

The IFA has thousands of members worldwide (franchisees, franchisors and suppliers) and continues to grow. Think of the IFA as a three-legged stool made up of franchisees, franchisors, and suppliers. The IFA strives to bring educational value and protection in the form of advocacy to all three parties.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been a member of the IFA since 1993! We have attended the IFA Annual Convention for nearly 20 years. When we became members, it was before the Internet was used like it is today. That said, we were extremely eager to learn more about the franchise business model and what it would take to become the best franchise system possible.  Education through the IFA was our major area of focus in those early years. Today, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continues to be a very active member participating in most areas of the IFA. We find continuous value in the networking, best practices learned, franchising resources, and franchise advocacy.

Many of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees attend the Franchise Public Relations Conference in Washington DC. This year it is being held Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17. This is where our industry comes together to learn about potential bills that could directly impact our business including affordable health care, immigration reform, and card check, just to name a few.

At the conference we listen to speakers, we learn the impact of the issues, and then we hit Capitol Hill with our team captain to speak directly with elected officials. These meetings have a tremendous impact and since you vote for these elected officials, it’s no surprise you have their full attention. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet fellow franchisees, franchisors, and suppliers that live and do business in your same area. It’s good for your brand!  For more information on the IFA Public Affairs conference, please go to the IFA web site. Hope to see you in DC ….power in numbers!

It is absolutely crucial to support the IFA lobbying efforts that protect our industry; franchisees, suppliers, and franchisors. How can you help? By giving a personal donation to FranPAC. Currently and thankfully the IFA has a million dollar PAC, while this gets much needed attention on Capitol Hill, we need to maintain this million dollar level. Every dollar you give helps the IFA fight harmful legislation. There are many giving levels starting with the 365 Club (a dollar a day) up to a $5,000 limit (Chairman’s level). For more information on FranPAC, please go to the IFA website.

The IFA has so much to offer, I’m thankful for this Association that’s had such a major impact on our company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and the franchising industry as a whole. The IFA understands customer service!!

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