Ready, Set and Growing Strong

Each month, Franchising World magazine sets its sights on helping you to expand your business. The April issue brings you strategies on growing your multi-unit franchise business, sharing highlights from the recent Annual Convention in New Orleans − one of IFA’s best-attended conventions – along with offering other articles filled with practical advice.

FWAprilCoverSmallYou can tap into the experience of industry leaders to get advice on diversifying your multi-unit ownership across industries, how veterans can seize multi-unit opportunities, the value of multi-unit franchisee involvement in IFA and much more. Learn these strategies from authors that include:

  • Aziz Hashim, president and CEO of NRD Holdings, LLC, a multi-brand and international franchise owner and operator, as well as IFA treasurer;
  • Mary Kennedy Thompson, CFE, executive vice president of The Dwyer Group, president of Mr. Rooter and past VetFran chairwoman; and
  • Matthew Patinkin, a multi-unit franchisee of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and other brands.

And return to the IFA 54th Annual Convention in a multi-page photo spread that recalls how you wisely invested your time this past February in New Orleans. You participated in educational, networking and community outreach activities, as well as awards’ recognition ceremonies.


Franchising Articles as Varied as the Industry

Members of the franchise industry are often encouraged to remind policymakers and journalists that the industry is extremely diverse.  Many people are often surprised to learn that franchising stretches beyond the restaurant sector: from batteries to beverages, from clothing to golf equipment, from payroll services to weight control and more in between.


It should come as no surprise that the articles that Franchising World magazine readers are viewing on shows the same variety of focus.  While the magazine provides a theme each month, ongoing categories include best practices, multi-unit franchising, management & operations, international development, honoring veterans and more.

Just take a look at a few of the articles from 2014 that have garnered your interest.

  • Insights:  Members of IFA’s board of directors shared their insights on a variety of issues expected to affect the franchise industry this year.
  • Excellence: The association’s major award winners  and other honorees were celebrated for their excellence and achievements.
  • Communications: Getting a better understanding of how to adapt your communications to appeal to Millennial customers was another favorite.
  • Development:  Getting creative with multi-brand concepts and social enterprise gave franchisors new ways to fuel development.

These and many other articles are available at a quick flick of the wrist at  Find out what your colleagues are writing about that you can put to use in your franchise business.


National Restaurant Association gives awards to members to help promote different facets of the industry



Restaurants nationwide now have the chance to gain national recognition by applying for the National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Restaurant Industry Awards.  The industry awards which date back for 15 years are given in two different categories; The Restaurant Neighbor Award and The Faces of Diversity Award.  Winners of the awards will be honored in April 2013 at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award honor restaurants in the field of outstanding community service and involvement. Participating state restaurant associations choose their state winners to compete for the national award and four national winners receive $5,000 each to support their community efforts.

The Faces of Diversity Award recognizes the diversity of the restaurant industry and the role the industry plays helping individuals achieve “the American Dream.” Three individuals, who through hard work and determination have realized the American dream, are selected each year as the national winners. A $2,500 ProStart scholarship is presented it the name of each winner.

Restaurants may apply online at before January 7, 2013 and for more information, visit the National Restaurant Association’s Web site,

SBA’s National Small Business Week to kick-off

IFA member Famous Dave’s to receive award

IFA is a sponsor of SBA’s National Small Business Week, which starts May 20 with events featuring SBA Administrator Karen Mills in Washington, D.C. One of the awards winners are franchisees of Famous Dave’s BBQ in Tennessee. The group, four life-long friends and entrepreneurs, are owners Mike and Tamara Lister, and Doug and Laurel Renegar. They joined to become owners of Famous Five Dining, a Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant franchise, with the help of an SBA-guaranteed loan. Famous Five Dining later expanded to five successful Famous Dave’s BBQs restaurants in Tennessee.

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