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The AAFD Announces Five New Franchisee Chapters

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Press Releases | 0 comments

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) announced today the formation of several new franchise associations as chapters of the AAFD. Each chapter will leverage the combined voices of all its members to establish an environment of collaboration between franchisees and franchisors. The five new chapters represent franchisees from: ARCpoint Labs, Coastal Angler and The Angler Magazines, SERVPRO®, Wireless Zone®, and Zippy Shell®.
Each new chapter has formed a steering committee and is actively defining its goals and recruiting members. Once each chapter reaches its recruitment goal, it will become an “active” chapter within the AAFD.

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The AAFD Partners with ADP to Provide a New Discount Payroll Service for Members

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Press Releases, Suppliers Corner | 0 comments

The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers Announces Platinum PayrollSM Powered By ADP. SAN DIEGO, FEB 2013 – The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD), a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of franchisees and independent dealers, announced today a partnership with human resource powerhouse ADP® to provide AAFD members with significantly reduced costs for ADP payroll services. The AAFD Platinum PayrollSM service, provided by ADP, will offer all existing AAFD members three different payroll package options at discounted pricing. In addition, active AAFD chapters will be eligible to earn incentive revenues when their members participate in the AAFD Platinum Payroll service. “The AAFD is always looking for ways to bring more value to our members, and to make it easier for franchisees to succeed,” said Robert Purvin, founder and CEO of the AAFD. “We are proud to partner with a well-respected company like ADP to help our members save on payroll, and we believe that this new service will be a much-appreciated addition to our existing Branded Programs.” “ADP strongly supports franchisees, and we are excited to be working with the AAFD and their membership,” said Ron Olewinski, District Manager of ADP. “ADP’s payroll services help AAFD members be able to keep a better handle on cash flow and feel confident in their payroll, tax and human resource compliance.” The three discounted payroll options offered by ADP to AAFD members are the ADP Enhanced Payroll package, ADP Complete Payroll and HR package and the ADP Complete Payroll and HR Plus package. The Platinum Payroll service will join a growing list of branded programs that the AAFD offers its membership, including its Franchisee LegaLineSM network of qualified franchise attorneys, AAFD Meeting CallSM, conference and webinar services, AAFD Payment Processing, AAFD Telecommunications,  and AAFD Health Benefits. In addition, the AAFD has previously cemented relationships with large retailers and service providers to offer its membership discounts on a variety of products and services, including office supplies through Office Depot. To learn more about the AAFD or to participate in its ADP Platinum Payroll service or any of its other branded and discount programs, visit the ADP Members Offer Page *** About ADP ADP, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADP), with more than $10 billion in revenues and approximately 600,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions.  Leveraging over 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source.  ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes.  ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world. About the AAFD The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. The AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation, the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised locations throughout the United States. The AAFD has members in all 50 states and represents more than 100 different franchise systems. The AAFD's Fair Franchising Standards, Fair Franchising Seal, Trademark Chapters, and emphasis on Marketplace Solutions led to...

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AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Now Available Worldwide in Print and Digital Formats

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Press Releases, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 5, 2012) – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce that the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards are now available in both print and digital formats worldwide.  This important work, developed over the past 15 years by a broad committee of leaders within the franchise community, offers a blueprint to fair and balanced franchise agreements and relationships. The standards provide franchise owners and prospective franchise buyers with objective criteria by which to judge a franchise opportunity. Consistent with the AAFD’s marketplace solutions to the problems facing the franchising community, the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards provide well-defined criteria to identify and validate forward thinking franchisors who respect the legitimate rights and needs of their franchisees. The AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee commenced its work in 1994 to develop the standards. Over the past 15 years the committee has consisted of more than 70 franchise leaders, including both franchisor and franchisee business executives, attorneys and franchise business consultants. The committee participated in debates and negotiations in order to draft and adopt 138 individual standards (and counting) that make up the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards publication. The standards represent consensus with respect to virtually every aspect of the franchise relationship. The AAFD Standards Committee adopted the following mission statement: The mission of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is to develop standards relating to various business and legal aspects of the franchise relationship so that a more equitable franchise agreement becomes the standard for the franchise community which reflects and balances the legitimate business interests of the franchisor and the legitimate business interests of its franchisees. “Promoting the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is the heart of the AAFD’s mission,” said Robert L. Purvin Jr., Chairman and CEO of the AAFD. “We believe franchise systems that embrace the AAFD standards will dramatically drive the success of their brands and result in a fairer and more balanced relationship between franchisor and franchisee. That’s why we’re excited that the standards are now more available than ever. Purchasing the standards may be the best investment a franchisee, franchise buyer, or franchise executive will ever make.” The AAFD utilizes The Fair Franchising Standards to evaluate and accredit franchising companies that meet the objectives of the standards. The AAFD has established its prestigious AAFD Fair Franchising Seal for franchise companies whose franchise agreements and cultures substantially conform to the AAFD Standards. Eighteen brands have earned the AAFD Seal over the last 10 years. The new print edition of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is available on Amazon.com for $4.99 and the Kindle edition retails for $2.99. Amazon Prime members are able to obtain the Kindle edition for FREE.  The AAFD Standards can also be viewed on the AAFD website at www.AAFD.org. *** About the AAFD May 1, 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the AAFD, a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. The AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation, the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised locations throughout the United States. The AAFD has...

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AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Published on Kindle Marketplace

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Press Releases | 0 comments

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 30, 2012) – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce that the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards is now available for the Amazon Kindle. This important work is a blueprint to fair and balanced franchise agreements and relationships. Now, franchise buyers have objective criteria by which to judge a franchise opportunity. Consistent with the AAFD’s marketplace solutions to the problems facing the franchising community, the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards serves as the basis for accrediting forward thinking franchisors who recognize that endorsement of their franchising practices by the AAFD can pay enormous dividends in the franchising marketplace. The mission of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards Committee of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is to develop standards relating to various business and legal aspects of the franchisor/franchisee relationship so that a more equitable franchise agreement becomes the standard for the franchise community which reflects and balances the legitimate business interests of the franchisor and the legitimate business interests of its franchisees. The Fair Franchising Standards Committee was empowered by resolution of the AAFD’s Trade Association Council to draft Fair Franchising Standards which will provide the basis for objective accreditation of franchising companies. The Committee includes franchisors, franchisees and prominent attorneys who specialize in franchise law, all who share the conviction that the franchise community needs a viable and balanced code of standards to define fair franchising practices. The Committee has ultimately included more than 40 members, fairly balanced between franchisor and franchisee perspectives. The Kindle edition of the AAFD Fair Franchising Standards has a retail price of just $2.99, which is the minimum price required to offer a publication in the Kindle lending library. Amazon Prime members will be able to obtain the publication for FREE. The AAFD Standards can also be viewed at the AAFD Website at www.AAFD.org. Everyone is invited to visit the AAFD.org website and take a look at the AAFD story video: www.aafd.org/aafdstory today! About the AAFD May 1, 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the AAFD, a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. The AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised locations throughout the United States. The AAFD has members in all 50 states and represents more than 100 different franchise systems. The AAFD's Fair Franchising Standards, Fair Franchising Seal, Trademark Chapters, and emphasis on Marketplace Solutions led to the Association's recognition as a growing force in franchising. The AAFD’s Branded Partner programs add a new dimension to the value of AAFD membership. The AAFD provides a broad range of member services designed to help franchisees build market power, create legislative support of interest to franchisees, provide legal and financial support, and provide a wide range of general member benefits. For more information about the AAFD, please call toll free - 800-733-9858 or visit www.AAFD.org. For media information: Joel Ellazar joel@aafd.org Robert Purvin...

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Duplication by the book. The AAFD Endorses The Franchise Buyers Manual

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Press Releases, Suppliers Corner | 0 comments

Stony Brook, NY March 21, 2012 – FranchiseKnowHow has announced that The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has endorsed The Franchise Buyers Manual. Written by Ed Teixeira, the book is for people considering purchasing a franchise. Individuals can use the manual to learn the pros and cons of franchising and how to find and evaluate the best franchise that matches their franchisee profile. Available on franchiseknowhow.com and Kindle it includes a disk with a sample Franchise Disclosure Document, guest articles and several financial worksheets. Robert Purvin, founder and president of the AAFD said: “The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is pleased to endorse the Franchise Buyers Manual as a comprehensive, practical and honest workbook to determine if franchising is right for you, to select a suitable franchise, and for step by step guidance to establish your franchised business.  Author Ed Teixeira helps you ask the hard questions, and reveal honest answers, that can help you avoid business mistakes and increase your odds for a successful franchising experience.” Ed Teixeira, President of FranchiseKnowHow, LLC stated: “I’m pleased to receive the endorsement of Robert Purvin, Chairman and CEO of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers a national non-profit trade association that is dedicated to supporting and protecting the rights of franchise owners. My objective is to provide a non-promotional resource for individuals who are considering a franchise and how to determine if buying a franchise is the right decision and if it is how to proceed to find the best franchise for them.”   About The AAFD The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers acts to educate the public regarding fair franchise practices, quality franchise opportunities and to expose unethical practices that exist in the franchising community. The AAFD believes balance can be achieved through a process of education combined with the encouragement and support for trademark specific franchisee associations seeking to achieve Total Quality Franchise Relationships. About FranchiseKnowHow.com Franchiseknowhow.com publishes articles, news, information and advice to franchisees and franchisors. The company also provides consulting services to businesses seeking to franchise their business and to existing franchisors and franchisees. Contact Information: Ed Teixeira PO Box 714 StonyBrook, NY 11790 631-246-5782...

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