If you, like me, did not attend the 2012 IFA Convention, you may be interested in reading a couple of stories from those who did. First, Nation's Restaurant News reports here on the top 3 takeaways from the convention. The second link, here, is to a more in-depth story from the same source. The bottom line appears to be that, although franchisors will continue to face challenges to expansion throughout 2012, most are optimistic that this year franchise companies will see some rebounding growth. I certainly hope they are right.