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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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AAFD Launches Social Media Networks to Interact and Communicate with Franchisees and Dealers

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Press Releases | 0 comments

SAN DIEGO, CA, February xx,2012 – The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has launched new social media outlets to connect with its community of franchisees and dealers who share similar interests. The launch of these new social networks reflects the organization’s continuing commitment to increase franchisee communication, promoting Total Quality Franchising practices and supporting effective franchisee associations. The AAFD has a franchisee channel on YouTube , active Facebook and Google+ pages, LinkedIn Company page and a following on Twitter . These outlets will provide the latest news on the AAFD as well as general franchisee information and user generated info from AAFD members and staff. “These new social network platforms provide AAFD with another method of communicating and engaging the franchisee community,” states AAFD CEO, Robert Purvin. “Our goal is to educate and allow members to make informed decisions about their business and how this can be achieved as they link back to the AAFD website.” “The AAFD social media sites offers a unique opportunity for new or prospective members to interact with other AAFD members and staff to get insight on how to make the most of their franchise,” adds AAFD Social Media Director, Joel Ellazar. “It will give us yet another opportunity to listen to the needs and concerns of franchisees, and to work harder to meet those needs, both online and when they come to visit us at the AAFD.org.” Everyone is invited to visit the AAFD social media sites at the following locations: Facebook Google Plus Twitter YouTube LinkedIn About 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 media information: Joel Ellazar American Association of Franchisees & Dealers...

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AAFD names VoxOx In Business “Branded Partner”— association’s highest level of endorsement

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Press Releases, Suppliers Corner | 0 comments

SAN DIEGO – January 31, 2012 – American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD) and Telcentris® Inc., a leader in cloud communications and the creator of VoxOx® and VoxOx In Business™, today announced that the AAFD has named VoxOx In Business a “Branded Partner” – the association’s highest level of endorsement. VoxOx In Business, the company’s business VoIP division, is also offering AAFD members an exclusive discount on its small office phone services package, Startup Bundle. The company has been a loyal sponsor of AAFD during the past three years, supporting the organization’s mission to educate the public regarding fair franchise practices and quality franchise opportunities. “Every business needs reliable and affordable phone service, and VoxOx In Business is offering our members the convenience and exclusive savings they have come to expect from an AAFD Branded Partner,” said Robert L. Purvin, Jr., CEO of AAFD. “We are proud to endorse the service quality and top-notch customer support offered by VoxOx In Business, and we are looking forward to extending the benefits of this partnership to our members.” Currently, the AAFD membership discount applies to the Startup Bundle package. The Startup Bundle is a hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution designed to provide comprehensive business phone services for one or multiple offices with four to 10 employees at each location. The bundle comes with four to 10 PBX lines, phone numbers, Polycom® 335 IP phones, voicemail boxes, fax-to-email accounts, as well as a managed VoIP router, data switch, conference bridge and other features. Typically, the bundle starts at $199 per month plus a one-time provisioning charge. As part of the partnership agreement, VoxOx In Business will waive provisioning fees for AAFD members – a $299 value. Details about the special deal are available at www.aafd.org/telcentris. “The Startup Bundle is perfect for franchisees because it was created specifically for entrepreneurial ventures with just a few on-site employees, such as retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, law firms and medical offices,” said Tad Nikolich, VP of business sales at Telcentris. “We are excited to offer this special deal to AAFD members, and, down the road, we may also add discounts on services such as our SIP trunking, bandwidth and hosted contact center solutions.” The AAFD is the preeminent gateway for information, products, services and support for anyone interested in franchising and dealership businesses. AAFD members get access to a broad range of member services designed to improve business, provide legal and financial support, and boost the bottom line. The AAFD offers several membership types to address specific franchising needs. More information is available at www.aafd.org. Learn more about Telcentris and the VoxOx In Business solution suite -- Hosted PBX, SIP Trunks, Hosted Contact Center and related services -- at www.telcentris.com, or call +1 (866) 612-VOIP. For questions pertaining to the Channel Partner Program, please email channel@telcentris.com. About American Association of Franchisees & Dealers The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States. Formed in 1992, 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....

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American Association of Franchisees and Dealers Launches New Website and Video

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Everything a franchisee or dealer will need at their finger tips. SAN DIEGO, CA, January 4, 2012 – To mark the start of its 20th Anniversary Year, The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) is pleased to announce the launch of their new member website, AAFD.org,  and the publication of a powerful new 3.5 minute viral video promoting the Association’s mission.  The website redesign and video both reflect the organization’s continuing commitment to protecting franchisee interests, promoting Total Quality Franchising practices and supporting effective franchisee associations. The redesigned website provides a new layout, intuitive navigation, advanced features, interactive opportunities and has been designed with franchisees and dealers in mind. The new site has been built from the ground up to take advantage of enhanced web technology. “In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, the AAFD has refreshed our image and our message and is looking forward to dramatically expanding our reach over the next year,” announced AAFD CEO, Robert Purvin. “We are especially excited that our new website and video will provide strong vehicles for our message and appeal for ever greater franchisee support.” “The site has an updated feel which will appeal to a wide range of audiences,” states Claudia Bolognesi, the AAFD’s Webmaster and site designer. “We are gearing towards a more user-friendly website that can be helpful especially to individuals who are unfamiliar the franchising community.” Members have full access to a number of features and upgrades. From support for franchise owners to the Franchisee LegaLine to exclusive deals with Branded Program Partners, the new AAFD.org site emphasizes the AAFD’s path of growth for franchisees and dealers and a continuing commitment to Total Quality Franchising practices. The AAFD will be announcing a series of new initiatives and membership benefits and enhancements over the next several weeks. Everyone is invited to visit the AAFD.org website and take a look at the AAFD story video (http://youtu.be/UWwqQ7hoqs0) today! About 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 rpurvin@aafd.org...

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