IFA Convention 2017

IFA Convention 2017

The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest trade association focused on franchising, and its annual convention is by far the biggest and most important franchise event of the year. From January 29 through February 1 franchisors from all over the world will be coming together for the IFA Convention 2017 in Las Vegas to build relationships and foster new ideas for growth.

Veteran Franchise Centers will be attending, and we’re pleased to see a session on the agenda devoted entirely to Promoting Veteran-Owned Franchises. Here’s the description of the session:

Promoting veteran-owned businesses is at the center of VetFran and its partnership with the Coalition for Veteran Owned Businesses (CVOB). Through this partnership, veteran organizations and businesses come together to help promote to customers and other businesses the benefits of conducting business with a locally, veteran-owned business. In this session, speakers will discuss the advantages of being a veteran franchisee, and discuss the venues in which to promote your business.

Besides being a vital topic that deserves the spotlight, the IFA Convention 2017 has put together a really stellar panel for this session. The moderate will be Gordon B. Logan, the Founder and CEO of Sport Clips, which is a very successful chain of sports-themed haircut shops for men and boys that offers a 20% discount on its franchise fee to qualified veterans.

Panelists will include the following high-impact presenters:

  • Stephanie Brown, CEO and Founder of The Rosie Network, an organization dedicated to helping transitioning veterans launch and grow their own businesses, and provide support to all military family-owned businesses across the country.
  • Misty R. Stutsman, Director, Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). As her bio states, “She is responsible for building a center that advances and promotes veteran entrepreneurship nationwide through research, resources and tools as well as training and program development.”
  • Ralph Yarusso, SVP of Franchise Development and Operations, Grease Monkey International, a successful oil change and auto service chain that offers veterans a $10,000 discount on its licensing fees.


Veterans becoming franchise owners is a rapidly growing trend, and it’s good to see the IFA Convention 2017 giving the topic some major airtime at the most important franchise event in the world. If you’re a veteran transitioning back into civilian life who doesn’t relish the idea of sitting behind a desk and working for someone else, find out how Veteran Franchise Centers can help you find the franchise opportunity that fits you like a glove. How do we do this? We start out by making sure you qualify by meeting financial standards for franchise ownership. Next comes our discovery process where we get to know you so we can come up with a variety of options and help you make a well-informed choice. Why not get started today?

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