During a pivotal time for the business model, the IFA Foundation is moving franchising forward. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, the Foundation highlights the positive impacts of franchising on local communities, researches the franchise economy, serves as an incubator for new concepts, helps veterans find business ownership, and promotes diversity in the workforce. This edition of Franchising World showcases the Foundation's pillar programs as we move ahead into the next 35 years:
* Diversity Institute: Led by Earsa Jackson, CFE, the Diversity Institute recently released a study that shows franchise business ownership is growing faster among women and minority groups. Find out what the study says on page 14.
* Certified Franchise Executive: There are more than 2,000 CFE graduates and candidates, and we welcomed the largest class ever at IFA 2018, explains Gail Johnson, CFE, on page 28.
* Franchising Gives Back: More and more stories are emerging of franchise businesses supporting local communities. Steve Romaniello, CFE, features a few examples on page 31.
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