About Us

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Franchising is a huge economic engine and the industry has thrived under the current regulatory climate. While the IFA is a Washington, D.C. based trade association, we are best represented by our members – both franchisees and franchisors – who are trying to grow their businesses in states throughout the country.

The International Franchise Association is the nation’s premier advocate for the franchise business model across the country. Founded in 1960 by a small group of entrepreneurs in Chicago, we include more than 12,000 member companies and more than 25,000 individual members, comprising franchisees, franchisors and suppliers that serve to support the franchise community. IFA protects the interests of the entire franchise community, from brands to individual small business owner-operators. In fact, more than 50 percent of franchisor brands have less than 30 franchised units, and almost 90 percent of brands have less than 300 units – making them small and emerging businesses themselves.

Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in more than 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.


Click here to read IFA’s Statement of Guiding Principles

International Franchise Association Website

Who does IFA represent?

IFA’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance franchising, both for franchisors and franchisees. In essence, we work to preserve the franchise business model. From quick-service restaurants and hotels to home health care and tax preparation services, our members represent the breadth and depth of the franchise economy. The overwhelming majority of our member companies are franchisees and our franchisor members represent 70 percent of all registered franchise companies in the United States.