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4/17/2020

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto: Spurring Renewed Interest in Franchisee Rights and...

AAFD Town Hall: Highlighting Renewed Legislative Interest in Franchisee Rights Presented by Keith Miller and Special Guest Senator Cortez Masto

Spurred largely by the significant efforts and leadership of Keith Miller, the AAFD’s Director of Public Affairs and Engagement, and principal of Franchisee Advocacy Consulting, franchisee concerns have gained growing attention at both the Federal and state level. Miller will be leading this week’s AAFD Town Hall which will focus on initiatives on several fronts to provide greater protections for franchise owners throughout the US.  

4/13/2020

Report on AAFD Support Initiatives to the Coronavirus...

4/10/2020

Financial Relief from the Worldwide Coronavirus...

The AAFD has announced the schedule for our series of Town Halls over the next three weeks.

The AAFD team members, led by AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin, and AAFD’s Director of Public Affairs and Engagement, Keith Miller, as we bring members up to date on the AAFD’s efforts to navigate our collective survival through the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic.

The Coronavirus Outbreak: a Force Majeure event?

Franchisees nationwide are facing devasting impact on their businesses, and increasingly mandated store closures. Naturally, franchisees face concerns regarding impact on their franchise and lease agreement obligations to stay open, and equally important, to pay fees required by such agreements. Most, but not all, franchise agreements, and most lease agreements, provide protection to both franchisors and franchisees, and landlords, in the form of a Force Majeure or Act of God clause.  These clauses act to forgive (waive) performance when business is disrupted by an “Act of God.” Regardless of the existence of such provisions in the franchise agreement, franchisees are advised to seek protection from their contract obligations if their business is disrupted by an Act of God.

Communicating via Text in Times of Crisis

We are all under stress right now as we face a new kind of quickly evolving crisis that is not just regional, but global. Large enterprises, franchise organizations and small businesses alike are all trying to determine better ways to communicate with staff, partners, customers and vendors.  

Texting in these times can provide a fast, trusted means of communicating since 90% of text messages are read within one minute, and just as importantly, less than 1% are considered SPAM. Ideal for getting out trusted information quickly. 

Important advice about Covid-19 Benefits for AAFD LifeStyle Health Plan subscribers

We have received an important communication from Medova Healthcare regarding benefits and protections included or ADDED to Lifestyle Health Plan subscribers.

AAFD Fair Franchising Standards available from Amazon, the Kindle Marketplace and NOW, directly download from AAFD.org!

The AAFD has made it easier than ever to access the AAFD’s acclaimed Fair Franchising Standards. Simply visit the Fair Franchising Standards page on our AAFD’s Website, and choose to order from Amazon.com, or simply download a PDF version directly from the AAFD for Free! The AAFD Standards are also available from Amazon in either paperback or Kindle format. 

Act Today! Request Disaster Assistance for Franchisees

S.3548 has been introduced in the Senate that specifically takes action to assist small business owners from the effects of Coronavirus pandemic. We now have a starting point to work from and will do our best to keep you up to date on its progress and other legislation that impacts franchisees. The main points of this legislation are to get money into the hands of small business owners through disaster loans, penalty free access to retirement funds, and possibly grants.

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