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AAFD Extends 2017 Dues Rates for Existing Chapters!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Responding to many requests from recently launched AAFD Chapters, the AAFD has just announced the extension AAFD’s 2017 dues rates for all AAFD chapters in existence as of June 1, 2018 until August 1, 2018!

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Coming Soon! AAFD Member Management to MemberLeap Forward

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

AAFD is excited to announce the first major upgrade to the AAFD Member Management association management system since 2008!  Coming very soon, the AAFD is upgrading the AAFD’s Member Management system by partnering with the best in class MemberLeap member relationships platform.

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Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Lock In 2017 AAFD Rates Now! AAFD Announces Dues Increases Phase In

If you have considered joining the AAFD or are already member, now is the time to act in order to lock in 2017 dues rates. After holding the line on dues rates since 2014, mounting expenses have compelled the AAFD Trustees to announce a dues increase to phase in over the next twelve months starting June 1, 2018. Higher membership dues will be used primarily to cover the AAFD’s increased labor costs and the just announced upgrade of the AAFD Member Management support platform.

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The AAFD Introduces Short Term Medical Coverage for Its Members

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on The AAFD Introduces Short Term Medical Coverage for Its Members

Losing your health insurance can be scary, especially if you are on an individual Affordable Care Act plan and must wait until the next open enrollment period to find a new policy. Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping you won’t face any serious illnesses or injuries in the meantime, you might want to consider a short term medical insurance policy. At the AAFD, we have just partnered with SimplHealth to offer all of our members short term medical coverage as part of the AAFD Health Benefits suite of health care options.

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Member Benefits: AAFD members enjoy these unbeatable benefits on office supplies and more

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Suppliers Corner, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

AAFD is excited to bring you NEW and IMPROVED benefits with Office Depot/OfficeMax! Enjoy significant new discounts and better pricing on products and services you use every day. No fees to join or obligations to buy– just great savings!

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Need Basic Health Care Coverage? Introducing Limited Medical Benefit Plans

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Need Basic Health Care Coverage? Introducing Limited Medical Benefit Plans

Let’s cut to the chase. Health care in the United States is a mess! Here at the AAFD, we want to make sure our members don’t face a financial calamity if they get sick or suffer an injury. That is why we are pleased to announce a partnership with SimplHealth to offer our members Limited Medical Benefit Plans as part of our AAFD Health Benefits suite of health care benefits.

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AAFD Member Discount being offered by Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas – April 3-6

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on AAFD Member Discount being offered by Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Las Vegas – April 3-6

Several AAFD members have recently contacted the AAFD about the upcoming 2018 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, April 3-6 in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace Resort.

​​​​​​​We are pleased to advise that Franchise Update Media is extending a $100 AAFD Member discount to attend the MUFC.

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Join an AAFD Action Task Force to Make a Real Difference in Franchising!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

At the AAFD’s 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit last May, the AAFD Leadership Council created Six Task Forces focused on what AAFD Members consider to be the primary challenges/opportunities facing franchise owners.

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Join The AAFD For A Franchisee Leadership Council Conference Call

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD recently announced its 2018 Franchisee Leadership Summit and Conference, which will take place Oct. 21 – 24 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. In order to prepare for that event, we invite all Chapter Leaders to attend a Franchisee Leadership Council conference call. (All AAFD Members are also welcome to join the Conference Call) ​​​​​​​

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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!

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Important Changes to the SBA Process that Franchisees Need to Know About

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Many new and current franchisees depend on loans and financing from the Small Business Administration to get their franchises up and running or to expand their existing operations. The SBA recently updated its loan procedure for franchisors and franchisees, and every franchisee should be aware of these changes.

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7-Eleven Franchisees Accuse Franchisor of Having “Total Dominion”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

7-Eleven franchisees in California are bringing their franchisor to court claiming that the popular convenience store holds absolute control over every aspect of how its franchisees operate their locations. The suit, filed in the Central District of California, claims that the company has
“most powers of an employer and all of the harshest, most overreaching rights of a commercial lender, landlord, and personal property lessor.”

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Will My Franchisor Retaliate If I Join a Franchisee Association?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD hears frequent concerns from franchisees as they contemplate creating or joining a franchisee association. One of the most common fears is franchisor retribution. While these concerns are understandable, franchisees need to know that the law of the United States is on their side and that their franchisor cannot legally retaliate against members of a franchisee association. Additionally, the AAFD has developed and helped implement successful strategies to address and protect against attempts at franchisor coercion or punishment.

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

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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.

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The AAFD Welcomes Two New Franchisee Chapters

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Press Releases, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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).

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

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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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Change Happens With You – AAFD Recruiting for Leadership Task Forces on High Priority Franchisee Issues

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on 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?

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Department of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer Doctrine…a Mixed Blessing for Franchisees?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

On Wednesday, June 7th, The Department of Labor made the expected announcement that the Trump administration is withdrawing the Obama era joint employer doctrine. 

This action is a mixed blessing for franchisees. On the one hand, the threat of joint employer classification has clearly negatively impacted many franchisees, including triggering the withdrawal of vital HR support by many “threatened” franchisors.

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The AAFD Celebrates Great Franchising at Its Total Quality Franchise Awards

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

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.

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AAFD Health Benefits Upgrades Offer Franchise Owners New Health Care Options

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Member Alerts, Press Releases, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

In the Face of Great Health Care Uncertainty, AAFD Health Benefits Gives Business Owners Alternative Options. The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers has announced major upgrades to its AAFD Health Benefits programs. The past few years have seen great upheaval in the health care insurance market, with mixed messages coming from Washington and insurers raising rates and dropping out of insurance markets altogether.

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