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Business Network International (BNI)

BNI is an international networking organization which will help you build business-to-business relationships in your community. Like Coffee News®, only one type of business from each industry category is allowed to join a BNI chapter. BNI is very focused on the “Giver’s Gain” approach to networking and has been a very successful networking avenue for

Coffee News® publishers.

Joining a BNI chapter will help you grow your Coffee News® business faster than any other networking organization, including the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Clubs. Founder and Chairman of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner recognized the large number of Coffee News® publishers who were involved in his BNI chapters and approached us in the year 2000 to become a Strategic Alliance Partner with BNI. We gladly accepted.

“BNI and Coffee News® agreed to formalize their long-standing referral relationship by signing a Strategic Alliance agreement designed to mutually promote each other’s business.  Coffee News®  is a franchise organization whose franchisees have long been very active in the BNI organization. BNI strongly recommends the Coffee News® program.”  –

To learn more about how to find a local BNI chapter in your area, and to become a member, go to This relationship is one where you will be welcomed and encouraged by local BNI Executive Directors to join a local chapter.

International Franchise Association (IFA)

The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA’s mission is to protect, enhance and promote franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs.

Coffee News®  is an active member in good standing and is involved in IFA committees and conventions every year.

For more information about the IFA and how to become a member, click here.

New England Franchise Association (NEFA)

The mission of NEFA is to bring franchise executives, franchisees, and vendors together to share ideas and best practices for success.

NEFA offers many opportunities to reach New England franchise professionals by hosting informative speakers, sharing best practices, and providing important networking opportunities to its members and visitors.

Coffee News® is an active member of the New England Franchise Association. For more information about NEFA and how to become a member, click here.


As tens of thousands of service men and women return from deployment in Afghanistan and Southwest Asia, expanded opportunities are needed to ensure that veterans and their families can better transition into the civilian economy.

With its rapid training opportunities, scalability, and need for operational execution and excellence, franchising provides an ideal career path to enable returning veterans to become leaders of and productive participants in the U.S. economy.

VetFran was born out of the desire of the late Don Dwyer, Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say “Thank You” to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War.  After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the IFA re-launched its campaign to assist U.S. veterans at that difficult time. Now, IFA’s VetFran program helps returning service members access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support.  VetFran’s ranks have grown to include more than 400 franchise systems that voluntarily offer financial incentives and mentoring to prospective veteran franchise small business owners. Thousands of veterans have become franchise owners through VetFran and other programs.  

Coffee News®  is a proud member of the VetFran program. Learn more by applying here.