The IFA is the world's largest trade group representing the franchising sector, whose members span 75 different industries and have operations in more than 100 countries. Franchising plays a vital role in the nation's economy, according to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The "Economic Impact of Franchised Businesses" study found that that there are more than 760,000 franchised small businesses in the U.S., generating more than 18 million jobs.
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