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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 practice by ensuring all members follow a rigid code of ethics. The IFA helps to support and develop the franchising 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 centre, and supplies a full directory of franchises. It provides information on buying and selling franchises for both franchisors and potential franchisees alike.
The IFA organizes the Franchise Appreciation Day, an annual march that brings all aspects of the franchise industry together.
In 2001, The IFA conducted a research project on Franchising in the US economy, with the consulting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers. This included the latest statistics on franchising in the US and the impact it has on society.

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