BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. BDO draws on experience serving the franchising industry to help our clients navigate challenges and identify opportunities for growth. We provide services across a wide range of areas, from tax and audit issues to outsourced accountingcorporate governancesupply chain management, and internal controls. Our dedicated franchising professionals work with companies including emerging franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, private equity firms, and publicly traded entities across all industries. Additionally, as growth opportunities continue to increase in emerging markets, BDO’s vast international network allows us to help our clients wherever they do business.

For NIFA members, BDO will perform a 2nd Course Review of your federal and state income tax returns at no cost, and will provide recommendations for potential tax savings. Many of our findings can be corrected through amended tax returns, resulting in an immediate benefit in the form of refunds of taxes previously paid. A BDO tax professional with franchising industry experience will review your returns and discuss the results with you.  NIFA members can also receive a complimentary technical review of your financial statements.   BDO’s assurance professionals will look for potential errors or omissions in your financial statements and will discuss their findings with you.

For more information, please contact Caroline E. Hoit at 312-729-7364 or  You can also visit our Franchising Practice website to learn more and stay up-to-date with the latest insights.

Chicago Tribune Media Group:
Tribune Franchise Services is a full service advertising division within the Chicago Tribune Media Group specializing in custom marketing solutions for Franchise and Chain businesses, of all sizes and verticals. Our services include: print, direct mail, digital, out of home and much more. Our work extends from local store marketing to regional coops to national advertising programs. We will work closely with your co-op and owners to ensure that each location is covered fully and that you see results from your advertising efforts. 

Tribune Franchise Services will provide a 20% discount on all print and digital services to all NIFA members. For a custom proposal or for more information, please contact Josh Levey at 312.222.4861 or

Patriot Software:
​Patriot Software provides cloud-based payroll and accounting software for small businesses across the United States. The software platform is easy to use and an affordable option for franchises. Patriot Software provides free setup and free US-based support. Franchisees across the country are finding a simple way to process payroll, keep accounts and stay compliant with Patriot Software.
As an NIFA member, Patriot Software will provide an extended free trial period and discounted rates. Please contact Steven Hoffman at 877-968-7147 ext. 415 or email for more information. If you’d like to learn more about Patriot Software, please visit our website

Fidelo is a loyalty & reward solution specially designed for small businesses. Each business can implement their own customized loyalty program. Fidelo has a dashboard where all the user data and behavior data is stored so that you can make analysis on individual basis or customer segments. Fidelo members are capable of running their own promotion campaigns and can access to their consumers on their email, mobile app or text.
For NIFA members, Fidelo will provide free installations for an extended time to experience of Fidelo’s services and test the benefit themselves without any commitment. Please contact Ahmet Unver at 917-336-6292 for additional information or by email at    

All Points Public Relations:
Contact us today to schedule a FREE Social Media Audit. All Points PR will:
•    Organize your brand’s social media assets
•    Evaluate your brand’s social media profiles
•    Measure brand consistency
•    Suggest a systemwide strategy and supporting tactics
•    Create a social media process

All Points Public Relations offers clients one agency to cover all the points -- press, social media, content marketing and digital strategy.

Our team’s passion, personal approach and professionalism come together to create integrated PR solutions delivering powerful results…results that form “The Point Where Integrated PR & Franchise Growth Come Together.”

Contact Jamie Izaks, president of All Points Public Relations, at or (847) 897-7480 to schedule your FREE Social Media Audit today.

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association Benefits program provides a platform for NIFA members to save by purchasing products and services from other members.   

Marks & Klein:
Marks & Klein is recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Law Firms for Business, Franchise. This reflects the law firm’s outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.  Marks & Klein concentrates its practice on counseling and advising clients across numerous industries on general business and litigation matters. In addition, Marks & Klein works with franchisors and franchisees on franchise-related matters including the preparation and review of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, area development agreements and similar documents.  The firm represents franchisors and franchisees in litigation and arbitration actions involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, trademark infringement and trade secret claims. The firm’s practice also includes dealing with franchisee termination issues and the enforcement of post-termination covenants.  

Marks & Klein will provide a free initial consultation and will provide discounted rates on fees to NIFA members.  Please contact Andrew P. Bleiman at 312-206-5162 or for more information.  Also, please visit for additional information about the firm.

Associated Agencies:
Founded in 1890, Associated Agencies, is recognized as one of the top privately-held insurance agencies within the Midwest.  We are a full service brokerage firm that assists clients across numerous industries with their property, casualty, professional liability, employee benefits, and personal insurance needs.

In today's evolving business environment, we recognize that selecting the right insurance partner is a critical part of a company's long-term business strategy.  Our firm is dedicated to providing our clients with the right blend of professionalism, customer service, product expertise, and innovative solutions to meet the unique needs of their operation.  As specialists within the Franchise Industry, we consult our franchisors and franchisees on all aspects of insurance and provide customized insurance solutions & risk management programs. 

Associated Agencies is offering all NIFA members a complimentary review of current insurance policies and recommendations on how to best control future insurance costs & manage specific risks that impact the business.  Please contact George M. Boyd at (847) 226-1868 or for more information.  If you would like to learn more about Associated Agencies, please visit our website: