Since its inception in 1960, the International Franchise Association has represented and protected the interests of the franchise community as well as the American entrepreneurial spirit. By joining a franchise system, people enjoy the benefits of going into business for themselves without many of the risks of doing it by themselves. Membership in the IFA is for franchise professionals who are committed to excellence and who adhere to IFA’s Code of Ethics.
Franchisee- a person who operates a business under a name using the trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising, or other commercial symbol designating the franchisor parent company. There are over 10,000 franchise owners from many of the major franchise systems in the U.S.
Franchisor - a company which is identified by a trademark, service mark, trade name, advertising or other commercial symbol; maintains continued assistance or control over the franchisee's method of operation, including but not limited to business organization, promotional activities, management, marketing plan, quality standards or business affairs; gives significant assistance to the franchisee; and receives payments, usually in the form of royalties and fees, from the franchisee. Franchisors represent over 70% of the registered franchise companies in the U.S.
Supplier - a person or company who provides high quality services, products, and/or information to franchisors and franchisees.