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The International Franchise Association (IFA)

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is a non-profit trade association of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers. Founded in 1960, the IFA’s office is based in Washington, D.C.


As a membership organization, it promotes good franchising practices by ensuring all members follow a rigid code of ethics. The IFA helps to support and develop the franchise industry by organizing events and meetings, publishing articles and books, and by its online database. It offers a range of educational programs for those interested in the franchise field. The association’s website, is an important franchise resource center, and supplies a full directory of franchises. It provides information on buying and selling franchises for both franchisors and potential franchisees alike.



The IFA works to represent all aspects of the franchise community and to protest, enhance and promote franchising. They are very active in their promotion of franchising as a real possibility through which to build a career. Franchises can be IFA approved which means they have to fulfill certain criteria in order to gain the association’s approval.



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