The Business Owners and Managers Association International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.
Founded in 1960, 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.
ISSA is one of the leading worldwide associations for the cleaning industry, representing all the professions it encompasses and by allying with other trade organizations that share its members’ common goals. In doing so, the association leverages the strength of its global cleaning community to change the way the world views cleaning – increasing the appreciation for cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
IFA’s VetFran strategic intiiative, founded in 1991, includes more than 400 IFA franchisor member companies offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in small business ownership and/or a career path in franchising. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,100 veterans have become franchise business owners through VetFran. You can learn more about this organization at www.vetfran.com or follow them on twitter at @VetFran.
MinorityFran, launched in February 2006, provides one convenient place where minority prospects can explore franchise offerings of companies actively looking to recruit minority franchisees. The initiative builds on relationships forged with leading organizations through the IFA Diversity Institute, such as the National Urban League, Association of Small Business Development Centers, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Black MBA Association and the Minority Business Development Agency. The goal is not only to increase the numbers of minority franchisees, but to send a message to all communities that franchising is a smart and affordable way to realize the American Dream of small business ownership.