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SAVE THE DATE – AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Dates Announced for 2018

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2018 AAFD FRANCHISEE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AND ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “EMBRACING OUR TASKS”

Last year’s AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Conference was a rousing success. Franchisee association leaders gathered from all over the country to learn, network, and forge a coalition to support Total Quality Franchising initiatives. We achieved a lot in 2017, but the fight for fair franchising is far from over!

We Need Your Help to Write an Important Article Advocating on Behalf of Franchisees

Andrew Malzahn, Caroline Fichter, and Adam Matheson, three ‘franchisee’ lawyers, are writing an article advocating on behalf of franchisees in response to a ‘pro-franchisor’ article recently published in the Franchise Law Journal (which is published by the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising). Malzahn, Fichter, and Matheson are asking franchisees like you to take a short, five-minute survey so that the authors can gain a clearer picture of the franchise sales process and franchise relationships. 

Collaborative Franchising in Action – Griswold Home Care Invites Its Franchisee Association to 2017 Conference

Griswold Home Care, a company that provides non-medical at-home care services, continues to be a model of the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising ethos. In September, the company held its Griswold 2017 Conference, and, for the second year in a row, invited its franchisee association to participate.

The AAFD Welcomes Two New Franchisee Chapters

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) announced the formation of two new franchise associations as chapters of the AAFD. Both chapters will leverage the combined voices of all its members to establish an environment of collaboration between franchisees and franchisors. The two new chapters are the Engineering for Kids Franchisee Association (EFKFA) and the Independent Which Wich Franchisee Association (IWWFA).

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.

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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.

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