Our Community Franchise program aims to attract new franchisors and franchisees to emerging domestic markets and help some 300 qualified individuals in each of the nearly 9,000 U.S. Opportunity Zones become entrepreneurs and homeowners through franchising.

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World Franchise is in the business of changing lives. Our purpose is to make the American dreams of business ownership and home ownership a reality.

Ian D. Fitzwilliam is the Chairman of World Franchise Organization, a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (“B” Corp.) and community development organization whose mission is to revitalize U.S. Opportunity Zones by combining a vibrant mix of high quality affordable housing with a rich variety of franchises offering a wealth of amenities and a range of uses within beautiful public spaces.

Ian oversees strategic planning and the design of high quality condos and workspaces within master-planned, mixed-use communities, commercial and retail spaces, built to accommodate hundreds of new businesses, thousands of jobs and homes, and hundreds of millions in economic activity.

Before founding World Franchise, Ian was the President of New World Marketing, the world’s largest direct bookseller (2,500 full time sales reps, 100 US branches, $250M pro-rated, inflation-adjusted dollars) where he negotiated two of the largest single hardcover purchases in history and opened 100 US branches simultaneously one weekend, before demand exceeded supply.

We look forward to helping your state catalyze economic growth by investing in franchise development, job creation and affordable housing.

Ian D. Fitzwilliam


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