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28 05, 2020

Virtual Engagement: Tools and Tips for Keeping Attendees Playing Full On!

2020-05-28T18:00:53+00:00May 28th, 2020|Franchise News|0 Comments

Sad but true, most virtual events are not very engaging. Effective virtual meetings leverage diverse, creative, and playful ways to keep participant’s attention.  No matter if your virtual event is an internal team meeting, a franchisee update or training, or a system-wide franchise convention, this interactive workshop will add effective tools to your toolkit for keeping your attendees Playing Full On!

Come and have some fun with us!
Evan Hackel, CEO of Tortal Training & Ingage Consulting
Katrina Mitchell, Chief Match Maker, SPEAK! FranchiseSpeakers.com 

Wednesday 6/3/20 at 2:00 ET / 12:00 MT

24 04, 2020

Welcome to the Virtual World

2020-04-24T14:58:29+00:00April 24th, 2020|Franchise News|0 Comments

We are all learning new ways to work from home and have our company and our communications be just as strong as they were when we were in the office.   Evan Hackel has been running his whole company virtually for the last 7 years so he is the perfect person to lead this discussion.

In this interactive webinar workshop, we discussed the power of virtual meetings, distant learning and conferences.  Our facilitator for this meeting was Evan Hackel the CEO of Tortal Training.  He shared best practices, as well as leading interactive discussion.
Originally Presented on: Apr 23, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

View the Webinar in it’s entirety here!


14 04, 2020

Supporting Strategies Marks Opening of 100th Location

2020-04-14T13:02:40+00:00April 14th, 2020|Franchise News|0 Comments

This originally appeared on supportingstartegiesfranchise.com

Beverly, MA – Supporting Strategies, a provider of outsourced bookkeeping services, controller services and operational support, has announced the opening of its 100th location, Greater Cincinnati Ohio owned by Managing Director Craig Feltner.

The company reached this milestone just seven years after launching its franchise model.

“We have added franchises on a steady basis since 2013 and now have a presence in 30 states,” said Leslie Jorgensen, Supporting Strategies Founder and CEO. “The strong response to our franchising opportunity has been gratifying to see, as has the success of our family of franchisees.”

According to a story by the Franchise Performance Group, only 18% of the 3,800 franchise brands in the United States have more than 100 units or territories.

“Early on, we made a real effort to find out what worked, and what didn’t work, for our initial franchisees,” said Steve […]

12 02, 2020

Richard Gill, Aflac Agent joins NEFA

2020-02-12T19:19:00+00:00February 12th, 2020|Franchise News|0 Comments

Richard Gill, Aflac Agent joins NEFA


We are pleased to introduce Richard Gill, a new member of NEFA.  As an independent agent representing Aflac, Richard’s goal in joining NEFA was to expand his service to the franchise community offer by offering products and services through franchisors and franchisees to benefit their employees. Aflac products, which are 100% portable, may be company sponsored or offered to the employees on a voluntary basis through payroll deduction.  These plans have increased popularity with employers looking to attract and retain high quality employees.

Aflac Products include:

1 – Accident Plan – pays when treatment is received for accidental injuries including lacerations, burns, fractures, concussions, surgeries etc….

2 – Cancer/CI – pays when insured is diagnosed, treated, hospitalized/surgery for things like cancer, heart attack, stroke, paralysis, coma…..

3 – Hospital Confinement – pays when admitted to hospital (maternity included) to help cover deductibles

4 – Life Insurance – both term and […]

25 11, 2019

NEFA Welcomes New Board Member

2019-11-26T13:52:24+00:00November 25th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

Supporting Strategies’ Jorgensen Named to
Board of New England Franchise Association

This originally appeared on supportingstartegiesfranchise.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2019

Beverly, MA – Leslie Jorgensen, founder and CEO of Supporting Strategies, has been named to the board of the New England Franchise Association (NEFA). In this role, she will help advance the organization’s mission of bringing together franchise executives, franchisees and suppliers to network and share ideas for success.

Since founding Supporting Strategies in 2004, Jorgensen has overseen the company’s impressive growth, including the introduction of a franchise model in 2013. As head of Supporting Strategies Partners, she provides coaching and guidance and ensures the successful delivery of support services to franchisees across the United States.

Jorgensen, a regular attendee at NEFA events in recent years, looks forward to making an impact through her […]

19 09, 2019

California’s AB-5 Signed into Law

2019-09-19T18:20:16+00:00September 19th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

Dear IFA members,

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5, or AB-5, which the state’s legislature had passed on September 11. Through its codification and wide-ranging application of the so-called ABC Test, AB-5 could potentially turn franchising – where an independent owner licenses a brand name and an operating system from an established brand – into a corporate model, where independent owners and their employees are effectively absorbed into a single company.

With this bill’s passage, California has upended an entire business model and thrown thousands of small business owners’ livelihoods into flux. AB-5’s overly broad language makes franchising’s future uncertain in California. The legislation takes effect on January 1, 2020.

How Does This Affect My Business?

Unfortunately, this law leaves many franchise businesses with more questions than answers. Compounded by the variances in how franchise systems are structured, and the untested […]

10 07, 2019

IFA Political Influencer Index

2019-07-10T17:12:56+00:00July 10th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

The IFA team would like to take a moment to express our gratitude towards all of our members. With your constant engagement and support IFA enhances, promotes, and protects the franchise business model. IFA also serves as your voice in Washington and in state capitals across the country. We know that government policies can help or hurt, and our experts bring their proven expertise and know-how to fight for an environment where your business can thrive.

In an effort to connect you with the policymakers and stakeholders who shape the regulatory environment, IFA launched the IFA Political Influencer Index earlier this year. This index helps capture the existing relationships and political capital in our membership. As an IFA champion – and an essential part of the franchise community – your participation in the survey will allow IFA to discover and build key relationships […]