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NextGen In Franchising is creating a talent pipeline for future franchisees, franchisors and suppliers, by engaging and educating the next generation.

The program engages young entrepreneurs and students who are seeking careers and business opportunities in the franchising industry. These young men and women represent a huge talent pool from which to seek future franchise owners, managers and employees for franchise businesses, and entrepreneurs with ideas and energy for new franchise concepts.

More information on NextGen, including the highly successful “NextGen in Franchising Global Competition” is available on the website.

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The Foundation offers a wide range of scholarships to franchise executives and students interested in franchise education, business, and entrepreneurship. Generous donations of IFA members and other supporters make these opportunities possible.

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At age 27, I opened my first Chicken Salad Chick franchise and saw such success that I opened a second location four months later. Prior to joining the Chicken Salad Chick family, I had never worked in a restaurant – I learned all aspects of the restaurant industry from the ground up. Hard work is the key to success and I worked diligently with the corporate team on paving my path with Chicken Salad Chick.

-Josh Patton

Chicken Salad Chick franchisee in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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