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.
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.