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IFA 2016 convention: why you need to be there: with increasing threats to the franchise business model, strength in numbers has never been so important.

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Expectations are elevated for the 2016 IFA Annual Convention following all-time highs in attendance (3,880 total) and exhibitors (more than 330) at the 2015 show in Las Vegas. Set for Feb. 20-23 in San Antonio, the 56th convention will build on the success of the longstanding premier event for the franchising industry.

"The knowledge base is here, the leadership that's offered, and the potential for growth and networking is incredible," observed Michael Green, vice president of operations for Mr. Appliance.

While February may still seem in the distance, keep an eye on IFA publications and online platforms for more details about the event as it draws closer. After all, 92 percent of attendees who responded to the Las Vegas event's evaluation said they plan to come to San Antonio.

Everybody wants to maximize the amount of return on investment from attending trade shows and conventions. That's why the 2016 Convention Committee is working diligently to select top-quality content that brings together franchisors, franchisees and suppliers. Seminars, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and the lineup of speakers are being designed with best practices and lessons learned at the forefront, in order to provide attendees with the most important information and amplify the learning experience. These hands-on sessions and networking opportunities will result in real-life action items to help your business thrive. The 2016 Convention in San Antonio is a can't-miss event!

In addition to new programs targeting different segments of the franchising industry, the tried-and-true favorites of IFA conventions past will remain a part of the event. Leading experts at the forefront of the industry have served as keynote speakers, sharing tips about how to improve your business and how to prepare for the business and political environments we are facing. The 2016 convention will feature many of these similar insights to help energize your operations.

"There's so many lines of business and industries that are represented here," Thomas Flaherty, vice president of franchising and franchise relations for Tide Dry Cleaners, observed about the IFA Convention.

The 2016 Convention will also include updates on federal and state-level efforts to protect the franchise model. Your participation in the IFA comes at a critical time, as the franchise industry seeks to present a unified voice opposing legislation that would seek to define franchisors as joint employers with their franchisees. We need your support, and your voice.

Nearly 400 international delegates from 50 countries attended the 2015 Convention, highlighting the expanding global reach of franchising. Hundreds of international attendees are expected to attend the convention in San Antonio, and organizers are preparing the lineup to include the most international-themed content of any IFA Convention. Other focal points will be the Franchising Gives Back program, which highlights the efforts of IFA members that provide exceptional community service, the 25th anniversary of the VetFran program, and an update from the Franchise Action Network, the IFA's grassroots network of franchisees, franchisors and suppliers who are willing to get involved in legislative issues on the federal, state and local levels.

San Antonio offers a number of interesting places to visit outside the convention hall, including the Alamo, the River Walk, Tower of the Americas and a variety of water parks and museums.

Join us in San Antonio! Your business will benefit from the informational sessions, expert roundtables, networking opportunities and best practices from other franchise companies that have grown and expanded successful franchises. We look forward to seeing you!

Aziz Ha shim is president and CEO of NRD Holdings, chairman of the IFA Convention Committee and vice chairman of the IFA. Find him at
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Date:Aug 1, 2015
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