Last week’s Franchise Outlook 2010 provided a very concise forecast for the franchise market for the coming year. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have a journey in front of us before we return to the headier days of 2005 and 2006.
What will the franchise community do to bring about the conditions for its next successful era? The IFA specifically called for the franchising community to come together and pool its know-how for the betterment of the whole industry in its outlook for the next year. The 2010 IFA Convention will offer the first opportunity of the year to do so.
Online registration has opened for the 50th IFA Convention. It will be held in the Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The IFA Convention is one of the biggest franchising events on the calendar, and it should be an even bigger occasion this year, given the landmark anniversary. We will provide more info on discussions, speakers and roundtable meetings as they are released.
It's an outstanding occassion to get to know your fellow franchisors and franchisees and we recommend you do everything you can to get to San Antonio in the first week of February.