Trade Associations

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Ice House America is a member of the following trade organizations and is proud to support their missions

  • International Franchise Association (IFA)
  • The IFA is the world’s leading organization representing franchising around the world. The organization has been around for 50 years and establishing a reputation for excellence, advocating for the world of franchising and educating people on the opportunities of franchise businesses. The group seeks to promote franchises through their educational programming as well as their relationships with government and private entities.
  • Vet-Fran Initiative
  • Started in 1991, this is a division of the IFA that helps veterans find opportunities in franchise ownership. The group offers financial incentives as well as mentoring and training to help make veteran-owned franchises a success. Vet-Fran says that out of every seven franchises, one is owned by a veteran, meaning they are providing nearly a million jobs within the United States and contributing $40 billion to the GDP. Ice House America partners with the group to continue their success of bringing veterans into the franchising world.
  • National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)
  • The national trade association for food service industries, including management, vending of food and beverages, and coffee service groups. The group’s membership comes from service companies, product suppliers, and equipment manufacturers within these food service industries. The group started in 1936 and is still guided by their goal of promoting and advancing their represented industries.
  • National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
  • This association provides industry knowledge and connections as well as advocates for the convenience store industry. The group ensures their members’ businesses can continue to be viable in a competitive industry. The group represents many retail and supplier companies. There are more than 149,000 convenience stores in the United States which sales totaled more than $680 billion.