CFE Program Launches in Australia

 

 

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The Franchise Council of Australia and the International Franchise Association formally launched the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) program at the FCA’s National Franchise Conference in Brisbane, October 20-22. A Study Tour group of IFA members, led by IFA Chairman Steve Romaniello, CFE, Managing Director, Roark Capital Group, Steve Caldeira, CFE, President & CEO, IFA, and John Reynolds, CFE, President, IFA Educational Foundation, participated in the conference program, CFE sessions, and a 3-day visit with FCA members in Melbourne and Sydney, following the conference.

Members of the delegation are Steve Caldeira, CFE, president & CEO, IFA, John Reynolds, CFE, president, IFA Educational Foundation, Bill Edwards, CFE, CEO, Edwards Global Services and International Affairs Committee vice-chair, Rogelio Martinez, CFE, vice president, International Development, Tutor Doctor Systems, Duane Messerschmidt, director, International Sales and Support, The Johnny Rockets Group, Tabbassum Mumtaz, president, Apex Restaurant Management and IFA Board member, Crystal Bednar, operations manager, Apex Restaurant Management, and Amit Pamecha, CFE, CEO, FranConnect. FCA members, led by FCA Chairman Michael Paul, President, Pack & Send, and FCA Education Manager, Simon Heggen, joined the group for the site visits and meetings.

During the conference IFA and FCA leaders met with Bruce Billson, Federal Member of Parliament, and Minister for Small Business. Look for expanded coverage of this story in the January issue of IFA’s Franchising World magazine.

 

Nanjing, China

The U.S. Franchise Trade Mission arrived in Nanjing, China on November 5, their 3rd stop on a tour of four cities that include Beijing, Chongqing, Nanjing and Dalian.

Excited from their business meetings in Chongqing, the franchise delegates were eager experience this dynamic fast growing city.

Driving into the city from a very modern and clean airport, the first thing you notice is the construction of a brand new highway complete with elaborate trees and landscaping lining the new highway. The city sits next to a beautiful lake and even more landscaping and boats out in the water. A very livable city would best describe Nanjing which boasts more than 7 million people. Nanjing means “Southern Capital” and has been the capital of China on several occasions in its history.

Don Burleson of Jani-King in discussions with investors in Nanjing.

Don Burleson of Jani-King in discussions with investors in Nanjing.

The Commercial Service team from Shanghai was supporting this leg of the mission and Dave Averne, Janet Li and Clarke Zhang met the group at the hotel to provide an update on the schedule for the next day.

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IFA and the Small Business Administration partner to expand opportunities for veterans

IFA announced that it has strengthened its relationship with the Small Business Administration by establishing a partnership to start, maintain and expand small business opportunities for veterans in franchising.  Through a Strategic Alliance Memorandum signed today by IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit, IFA and the SBA will work to support small business development through specific training and outreach activities for veterans and their families.

“We are grateful for the support of the SBA to recognize the proven track record veterans have as employees and franchisees in our industry,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.  “We are honored to partner with the SBA in their ongoing efforts to educate veterans about small business opportunities, including franchising.   This relationship will further our collective goal of helping America’s returning veterans learn about the many opportunities available to them in the franchise industry.”

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit

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Stop 2 – Chongqing, China

The U.S. Franchise Trade Mission arrived in Chongqing, China, November 3, their 2nd stop on a tour of four cities that include Beijing, Chongqing, Nanjing and Dalian over the next week.

After a general market briefing and legal update of doing business in China, the franchise delegation was in Chongqing for the specific purpose of meeting with candidates that the U.S. Commercial Service had set in advance.

The U.S. Commercial Service team in Chongqing had arranged for more than 50 investor groups to attend the full day seminar where the franchisors which included Jani-King, Right at Home, Sotheby’s, Wing Zone, Rita’s, CKE, Fuddruckers and Round Table Pizza, would make formal presentations to the entire group and then break out into individual meetings later in the day. The CS team in Chongqing – Lily Lin, Cui Shiyang and Helen Hua had lined up a strong group for the delegates to meet.

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Day 1 – Beijing, China

The U.S. Franchise Trade Mission to China kicked off November 3, 2013 in Beijing, China with stops here, Chongqing, Nanjing and Dalian over the next week.

This trade mission is the third mission in 2013 and is produced by the U.S. Commercial Service and sponsored by the International Franchise Association and Franchise Times magazine. The partnership is a key component to IFA’s International Development efforts to assist IFA members with identifying and meeting qualified master franchise candidates around the world.

Participating franchisors on the mission include CKE Restaurants represented by Mike Woida, Senior Vice President, International; Fuddruckers represented by Bill Edwards, CFE, CEO of Edwards Global Services; Jani-King International represented by Don Burlson, Executive Vice President; Right at Home represented by Debbie Huang, Deputy General Manager of CAJ Senior Care Services, the Master Franchisee for Right at Home in China; Rita’s Italian Ice represented by Scott Schubiger, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Franchise Development and Bill Edwards and James Liu of Edwards Global Services; Round Table Pizza represented by Bill Edwards and James Liu of Edwards Global Services; Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates represented by Calvin Wong, Vice President, Global Development; and Wing Zone represented by Hair Parra, Vice President, International Development.

The Commercial Service Beijing assembled a quality group of speakers to brief the franchise delegates.  From left to right are Ms. Belinda Tang, DLA Piper; Mr. Hu Jun, Railway Retail Management; Mr. Zhu Lingbo, China Commercial Real Estate Commission; Tim Lai, Highlight Consulting; Xan Moody-Stuart, master franchisee for North China, Subway.

The Commercial Service Beijing assembled a quality group of speakers to brief the franchise delegates. From left to right are Ms. Belinda Tang, DLA Piper; Mr. Hu Jun, Railway Retail Management; Mr. Zhu Lingbo, China Commercial Real Estate Commission; Tim Lai, Highlight Consulting; Xan Moody-Stuart, master franchisee for North China, Subway.

Andrew Gately, Commercial Officer with the U.S. Commercial Service is the trade mission leader and responsible for overall coordination of the mission for the four stops. As sponsors of the event, both the International Franchise Association, represented by Scott Lehr, Senior Vice President, U.S. and International Development and Franchise Times represented by Nancy Weingartner, Executive Editor provide initial marketing for the mission and support throughout the mission.

As with all trade missions, the goals are to help the participating franchisors understand the markets visited from a legal, demographic, real estate and development perspective but most importantly to get them face to face with qualified master and area development prospects for one-on-one discussions.

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