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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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Is Your Franchisor Planning to Cut Your Sales Territory in Half?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Establishing a meaningful protected market should be a high priority for any franchise owner. A sufficient market to earn an attractive living and profit without competition from your own brand is a key consideration for any franchise investment. A protected market is at the very top of the AAFD’s Franchisees Bill of Rights: “The right to equity in the franchised business, including the right to meaningful market protection.”

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The (Not So) New Franchisor Insurance Trap

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Insurance is as necessary to a business as pens, paperclips, and a working phone number. Most franchisees must purchase liability insurance, workers’ compensation, disability insurance, possibly health insurance and more. Since franchisees already need to purchase insurance, franchisors have the opportunity to use their large numbers to negotiate lower-cost group insurance policies that can benefit all of their franchisees. Some franchisors do make an effort to support their franchisees in this way.

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California adopts new Franchisee Rights Bill, AB 525

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

What a difference a year makes! Just 12 months following his disappointing veto of fair franchising legislation SB610 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new, toned down, franchise bill on Oct. 12th that amends the California Franchise Relationship law in important ways.

Assembly Bill 525 was introduced this year by a bipartisan group of Assembly Members: Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), Bill Dodd (D-Napa), and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). The bill was sponsored and aggressively supported by the Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA), with support from several franchisee associations and labor unions. Major credit for pushing passage of the bill goes to the CFA and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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What Franchisees Need to Know About the Brown-Ferris Decision

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

At the end of August, the National Labor Relations Board delivered a decision on the Browning-Ferris Industries case. Although franchisors and franchisees were not directly involved in the case, the implications of the decision have franchisors and franchisees very worried.

The case itself revolves around Browning-Ferris Industries, a recycling plant that contracted employees from a company called Leadpoint. The two companies engaged in a very standard labor supply contract ….

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AAFD Member Benefit Spotlight: Free Subscription to Franchise Times Magazine

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Every AAFD Franchisee membership includes a subscription to Franchise Times Magazine. This publication is dedicated to reporting news, opinion, and business spotlights within the franchise industry. Within any given issue, you can learn about important legal rulings related to franchising, read about changing trends in the industry, and discover which hot new franchises are hitting the market.

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The AAFD is Releasing its Informative Road Map to Selecting a Franchise on Multiple Platforms

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Member Alerts, Slider, The Franchisee Voice | 0 comments

Members of the AAFD receive a free copy of our concise and useful booklet called, The AAFD’s Road Map to Selecting a Franchise as part of their membership benefits package. Now, this info-packed resource is available to non-members on a variety of online platforms.

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