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Thinking of Buying a Franchise? Take Some Advice from a Past Franchisee!

In a new article for the Houston Business Journal, past franchisee Tarek Hassan offers useful advice for anyone considering purchasing a franchise. These no-nonsense tips include things like:

• Make sure you have enough saved to cover your living expenses for at least 18 months as you build your franchise.
• Carefully review your Franchise Disclosure Form.
• Contact current franchisees and ask them as many questions as possible.

Hotel Engine

Supporting Member Spotlight: Save on Hotel Booking Discounts from Hotel Engine

We are excited to announce that AAFD has secured an amazing hotel offering for its members.  You now have access to exclusive negotiated rates at thousands of hotels worldwide through Hotel Engine.

Rebu – Crowd Sourced Franchise Reviews

The AAFD is proud to endorse and sponsor Rebu (pronounced Ree-boo), a newly launched venture that is positioning itself as the “Yelp!” of the franchising industry. Through Rebu, franchisees can post detailed and anonymous crowd sourced reviews of their franchisor.

We encourage all of our members and subscribers to visit Rebu and to post a review of their franchise.

Cohen, LLC, Joins the AAFD’s LegaLine Franchisee Network

Cohen, LLC, Joins the AAFD’s LegaLine Franchisee Network.

One of Denver’s premier litigation boutique law firms in the mid 1980’s and continue today to represent businesses with specialization in franchises and individuals before State and Federal Courts in commercial disputes all over the United States. Our lead trial attorney is Chambers ranked in commercial litigation and has participated in over 200 state and federal trials over his 35-year career. We have an experienced, battle tested, litigation support staff. Our associates have served on the editorial boards of their law school’s Law Review and deliver incisive legal research and persuasive, well-wrilten memorandum briefs.

Change Happens With You – AAFD Recruiting for Leadership Task Forces on High Priority Franchisee Issues

At the AAFD, we have spent over 25 years pursuing Total Quality Franchising, but change doesn’t happen without people stepping up to define and implement that change. If you have been looking for a way to “step up,” and bring positive change to the field on franchising, here is your chance.
The AAFD is developing six unique task forces that focus on major issues that often divide franchisees and franchisors. We need leaders to join these taskforces to help us define the problem and develop collaborative solutions for the entire franchising community.
Interested?

Christopher Kellett of Carmody MacDonald P.C. Joins the AAFD’s LegaLineSM Franchisee Network

The AAFD is proud to welcome a new member to our growing LegaLineSM Franchisee Network of franchise attorneys. Christopher Kellett is a principal at Carmody MacDonald P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri and specializes in commercial litigation. Kellett has a strong history of representing franchisees and supply vendors, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.
Find out more about Christopher Kellett and how he can provide legal guidance to your franchise business and/or franchisee association.

The Image Group

Elevate your brand with promotional products and print offerings!  The Image Group offers unique promotional and marketing products to fit any theme or budget.  We have in-house apparel decorating to create a one-of-a-kind branding message. We also offer full service print management to serve your print, packaging and direct mail needs.  Need writers or graphic designers?  We have both on staff to help you craft a campaign that is sure to elevate your brand and get you noticed!

RMail

RPost is the technology provider of RMail, an all-in-one solution for powerful email, with simple-to-use open tracking, delivery proof, email encryption, electronic signatures, large file transfer functionality and more. Powered by Registered Email™ technology, RMail provides a Registered Receipt™ record for every message sent, providing and proving important details of the correspondence. RMail works seamlessly with users’ existing email platforms, including Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, and others. Franchisees use RMail when communicating with attorneys, franchisors and vendors, to send invoices and to e-sign contracts.

The AAFD Celebrates Great Franchising at Its Total Quality Franchise Awards

The AAFD Celebrates Great Franchising at Its Total Quality Franchise Awards

On Tuesday, May 2nd, we put on our tuxes and dresses, and the AAFD rolled out the red carpet to celebrate significant achievement in the quest for great franchising at its Total Quality Franchising Awards Gala. The celebration recognized Griswold Home Care as the AAFD’s Franchisor of the Year, attorney Michael Garner for Lifetime Achievement among many other industry and association leaders. Attendees were surprised and entertained by an AAFD team cast (that included AAFD Chairman, Bob Purvin’s ‘Beatles’ impersonation) in presenting some endearing song and dance numbers. Then it was time to celebrate the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards in a beautifully set ballroom at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa.

Keith Miller and Ronald Gardner to Receive the AAFD Chairman’s Award at 2017 Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) will honor Keith Miller, Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), and nationally recognized attorney Ronald K. Gardner Jr. with the Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community. These awards will be presented at the Total Quality Franchising Awards banquet and gala on Tuesday, May 2 in Indian Wells, California. This award is given to individuals who have performed extraordinary advocacy for franchisees.

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