13 11, 2019

Thousands of Toys Donated to Toys for Tots following Learning Express Toys’ Convention

2019-11-13T17:40:10+00:00November 13th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

Following the conclusion of Learning Express Toys‘ 22nd annual Convention and Vendor Expo in New Orleans, vendors and exhibitors donated thousands of toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Program.

The event, which took place June 23 to 26, brought toy and game makers face to face with more than 100 Learning Express franchise owners to showcase new products. This year’s theme took inspiration from New Orleans’ Mardi Gras tradition — “Unmask Your Store’s Potential!”

Marine Toys For Tots ProgramDonations received at the close of this year’s Convention range from art kits, to infant toys, to sports equipment — all set to benefit kids in the local area.

“We are humbled and grateful to have such generous and wonderful toy vendors that are willing to donate new toys to children in […]

12 11, 2019

Planet Fitness Offers FREE Workouts for Veterans from 11/8 – 11/15

2019-11-12T18:59:53+00:00November 12th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

Thanks to all who've served.

From November 8th – 15th, all veterans & active military personnel can utilize tons of equipment and our massage chairs at any club for FREE! Plus, you can even bring a friend. All you have to do is bring in any proof of military service and a photo ID. It’s our way of saying thanks.

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12 11, 2019

Toy for Tots Networking Event 12/5

2019-11-12T17:39:36+00:00November 12th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

Let’s get FESTIVE, NETWORK and SHOP all in one place!

Get 20% off all toys/gifts purchased at event

We are very excited about this NEFA Social Event….This even will be held at Learning Express Toys & Play in Bedford, MA and they are graciously offering a 20% discount on all toys/gifts purchased on location (this day only).  This is the perfect time time to get your holiday shopping done or to buy a toy to donate to Toys for Tots!

Gift Baskets: We are putting together really nice gift baskets and your registration automatically gets you entered to one of these lovely baskets. If you win, your basket could make a GREAT present for someone special in your life or obivously you can enjoy the basket contents yourself.

We will be serving appetizers and there will be a cash bar!

Get ready to have some fun with your NEFA board and other franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.

$25 per […]

12 11, 2019

MaidPro Named #1 Cleaning & Maintenance Franchise for Veterans

2019-11-12T17:34:55+00:00November 12th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

MaidPro Named #1 Cleaning & Maintenance Franchise for Veterans

MaidPro is proud to announce that for the second year running, they’ve ranked in first place on the Franchise Business Review (FBR) Top Franchises for Veterans list in the Cleaning & Maintenance category. MaidPro also ranked third in the overall Top Franchises list of 80 different franchise brands.

Veterans often possess skills that can easily be transferred to business management. It’s no wonder military veterans own more than 2.5 million businesses and one in every eight franchises in the U.S., according to the Small Business Administration.

“It’s a very special honor to be recognized by Franchise Business Review for our commitment to our franchisees with military backgrounds,” said CEO Mark Kushinsky. “To show our appreciation for those who’ve served our country and to encourage them to pursue business ownership, we offer military veterans a special discount franchise package valued at $15,000.”

The military veteran package […]

12 11, 2019

Franchise Brands Offering Discounts to Veterans, First Responders and Current Business Owners

2019-11-12T17:32:31+00:00November 12th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

MaidPro, FlyFoe, Men in Kilts: Franchise Brands Offering Discounts to Veterans, First Responders and Current Business Owners

MaidPro, FlyFoe, and Men In Kilts are now offering terrific discounts to those who serve our country and first responders who serve our citizens every day. In addition, all three brands have a unique no-cost franchise offer for a limited time that lets existing business owners convert to the franchise at no-cost.

The conversion discount allows owners of related service businesses can convert to the applicable franchise system – MaidPro for maid services, FlyFoe for pest control, and Men in Kilts for exterior home cleaning businesses – without paying up-front fees. In addition, they do not have to pay royalties on their existing customers for the life of the franchise.

Michelle Spitzer, who owns six MaidPro locations, is very pleased that she converted her business. She said, “I had a small cleaning company and […]

12 11, 2019

About Time for Franchising To Recognize 65 Million Gen X Consumers!

2019-11-12T17:24:41+00:00November 12th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

About Time for Franchising To Recognize 65 Million Gen X Consumers!

They’ve been called the Forgotten Generation. Born roughly between 1965 and 1980, Generation X falls between Baby Boomers and Millennials. The latchkey kids who grew up on music videos, grunge, and John Hughes movies are now putting kids through college and trying to pay down mortgages. They’re generally at the peak of their careers and income levels, yet don’t get the attention of the generations on each side of them. If, like so many, you’ve been underestimating what Gen X can do for your franchise’s bottom line, take a look closer look.

Don’t overlook them

If your brand has been caught up targeting to older and younger generations, consider broadening your strategy to include Gen X. At 65 million, they may be slightly fewer than Millennials or Boomers, but they’re worth your time, especially because they’ll soon overtake Boomers, whose numbers are […]

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 […]

7 04, 2019

Tips when looking for a good franchise

2019-04-07T16:12:03+00:00April 7th, 2019|Franchise News|0 Comments

I’ve been asked “How to spot a good franchise” 100’s of times in my 20 years in franchising. The answer has never changed in my mind… it depends

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Check the Financial Performance

You can certainly determine the ‘health’ of any franchise company by reviewing the legal disclosures in its Franchise Disclosure Document or FDD.   After verifying you meet basic franchisee criteria through a questionnaire, request for consideration or even an application, you will typically be provided with the FDD by the franchisor.  This important document contains an array of information about the company such as it’s officers and directors, litigation history, bankruptcy and audited financial statements to name just a few.


Most franchisors will have a structured process for […]