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Landmark Jury Verdict and Final Judgement Upholds Franchisor’s Duty to Act in Good Faith and Deal Fairly with its Franchisees

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

By Robert Zarco Founding Partner, Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski and Brito

Recently, a California Superior Court 12-member jury in Los Angeles handed franchisees a huge victory when it delivered an $8.8-million-dollar verdict against El Pollo Loco (EPL) after the popular fast food chicken restaurant set up two competing locations in close vicinity of a franchisee’s existing restaurant location.

What made the case of Janice P. Handlers-Bryman and Michael Bryman v. El Pollo Loco, Inc. such a game-changer is that the court upheld the idea that a franchisor’s duty to act in good faith and to deal fairly with franchisees overrides explicit, yet legally and factually unconscionable terms and provisions laid out in the franchise disclosure document (FDD) including in the franchise agreement.

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And the Total Quality Franchising Award Nominees Are…

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

AAFD to Recognize Bluemaumau.org Founder, Don Sniegowski for Lifetime Achievement and Robert Zarco for AAFD Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community.

The Emmys are over, but the Total Quality Franchising Award nominees have just been announced! Every year the AAFD hosts the Total Quality Franchising Awards to celebrate the franchisees, associations, and suppliers who are leading the charge in the fight for fair franchising. Below, we are proud to announce this year’s nominees in each category as well as our chosen recipients for The AAFD’s Lifetime Achievement and Chairman’s Award.

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Meet US in St. Louis! Our AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Venue is Top Notch

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on Meet US in St. Louis! Our AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Venue is Top Notch

I have recently returned froma site visit to the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis. The Chase Park will host the 2018 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit and Conference this October 21-24.  I am happy to report to prospective attendees and delegates that we are in for a wonderful experience – a great venue and a great city.

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The AAFD Is Growing: New Chapter Support Job Opportunities

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD has experienced significant growth over the last year, and it is looking to expand its chapter support department. We are seeking candidates in all continental US time zones to serve as Chapter Development and Chapter Management Coordinators. We are hopeful that our best candidates may be found or recommended from our community of members and friends.

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A Franchisee Association Case Study You Must Read!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | Comments Off on A Franchisee Association Case Study You Must Read!

The AAFD is proud to present an inspiring case study of a franchisee association that used determination, patience, and a commitment to collaborative franchising to completely turn around its relationship with its franchisor!

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Early Bird Registration for the 2018 AAFD Leadership Summit Is Now Open!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Early bird registration is now open, so register today to save $100 per registration through August 15, 2018! Join franchisee association leaders across the country as we “Take Action and Take a Stand”. Our theme is, “Embracing Our Tasks,” and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the AAFD’s Action Task Forces. Each task force addresses major challenges faced by franchise owners nationwide.

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Please register to join the AAFD’s Franchisee Leadership Council conference call to learn more about the AAFD’s Action Task Forces

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

This is your second call to join one or more of the AAFD Action Task Forces established by the AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit that are focused on what AAFD Members consider to be the primary challenges/opportunities facing franchise owners.

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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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