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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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AAFD Health Benefits Upgrades Offer Franchise Owners New Health Care Options

Posted by on Dec 1, 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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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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Was the Magna Carta the Very First Franchise Agreement?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

In 1215, King John of England signed the Magna Carta, granting, for the first time, legal protections and rights to his barons and noblemen. In effect, the Magna Carta was the result of the first franchisee revolt in recorded history. That’s exactly what I suggest in a great new feature article on the AAFD published by Blue MauMau, the premiere franchise industry publication.

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Act fast and save. Early Bird rates Register by February 28, 2017

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Don’t you just love getting a good deal? We do too, which is why we want to send out a quick reminder that early bird pricing for the AAFD’s 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting (April 30th – May 3rd) ends on February 28th.

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What It Means to Celebrate 25 Years of Total Quality Franchising

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

For 25 years, the AAFD has supported collaborative franchising cultures and promoted the concept of Total Quality Franchising. Celebrate with us as we review the reasons we founded the AAFD, look at our biggest achievements, and consider the challenges that remain.

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2017 AAFD Franchisee Leadership Summit Expected to Be the Largest Ever Gathering of Franchisee Association Leaders in History

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Featured, Member Alerts, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD’s “Franchisee Leadership Summit” will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, California as part of the organization’s three-day annual conference and 25th anniversary celebration.

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We Welcome Nominations for the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Awards

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Featured, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The AAFD Total Quality Franchising Awards Committee is pleased to invite you to nominate exemplary members of the AAFD and franchising community for the 2017 AAFD Total Quality Franchising Awards. All members of the AAFD community have a voice in the TQF awards’ process. Members, friends, staff, and the public are all encouraged to participate.

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SAVE THE DATE: The AAFD Announces Our 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit and Celebration

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) has announced that the AAFD’s 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting will be held May 1-3, 2017 in beautiful Palm Springs, California. We hope many AAFD members and friends will help us celebrate our silver anniversary and advance our passion to promote Total Quality Franchising!

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AAFD Announces 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit Program Chairs

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

As we prepare for our 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in May of 2017, the AAFD has been fortunate to recruit distinguished talent to design and chair our program. We are proud to announce that the programming co-chairs are…

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Thinking of Selling Your Franchise? Save When You List with BizBuySell

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

If it’s time to finally call it quits on your franchise, you may wonder how to find the right buyer for your business. The longer it sits on the market, the more money you lose! The AAFD has partnered with BizBuySell, the internet’s largest business marketplace, to offer our members an exclusive discount when you list your business. Find out more…

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AAFD Members — Have You Taken Advantage of Your FREE Franchise Attorney Consultation?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

We’ve put a lot of effort into drafting some of the best franchise attorneys in the country to participate in our Franchisee LegaLineSM Network. As a member of the AAFD, you can get a complementary consultation with an attorney in our network. Don’t let these great minds go to waste, especially if you need help reviewing a franchise agreement or are considering taking legal action against your franchisor.

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What Type of Franchise Attorney Do You Really Need?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

A common misconception about the legal field is that the best lawyers are the ones who are the most aggressive, the most ready to dash off a demand letter and start prepping for the inevitable trial. Law & Order episodes aside, there are many transactional lawyers who are skilled negotiators—deal makers–who never step foot inside a courtroom, and that is very often a good thing!

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Well-Known Franchise Attorney Zarco Tells Franchisees that the Browning-Ferris Decision was the “Greatest benefit you guys ever had.”

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

At the annual gathering of DDIFO, an independent franchisee association for Dunkin’ Donut franchise owners, well-known attorney Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito took the stage and gave a speech that some would consider heresy. As first reported by Scott Van Voorhis on Blue MauMau, Zarco explained how the National Labor Relations Board’s decision, which found that Browning-Ferris Industries is a joint employer with a company that provided staffers for one of its recycling centers, is not the start of the apocalypse as so many franchisees believe …

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You Already Need to Perform Payroll, So Why Not Save Money on Your Payroll Service?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Whether you have one employee, a dozen, or more, you need a reliable and compliant payroll program to ensure that your employees are paid correctly. You also need to make sure that you follow state and federal tax laws and keep track of important factors like vacation, sick leave, commissions, and bonuses.

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Is Your Franchisor Giving Away Your Leads?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

While many franchisors faithfully pass leads to their existing franchisees, the AAFD has been receiving an increasing number of complaints that franchisors abuse their lead generation programs by using leads to sell new franchises rather than forwarding the lead to the franchisee who effectively earned the business. In fact, franchisor lead abuse has led directly to the formation of several AAFD Chapters. This abuse usually happens in one of two ways:

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