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What You Need To Ask Your Franchisor Before Selecting A Site   Author: Dale Willerton   
Here are some of the many questions that franchisees need to ask their franchisor in advance of even beginning the site selection process.
Top 9 Franchises To Invest In   Author: Laurie Kulikowski   
The list below represents franchise names that scored the highest in Franchise Business Review's annual franchisee satisfaction survey that polled more than 400 companies.
Big Name Restaurant Franchises Selling Off Real Estate Assets   Author: Jonathan Heller   
In the restaurant business, companies that own significant real estate are seeing the benefits of selling it, converting it into cash and simplifying operations in the process.
What's Being Lost In The Franchise Minimum Wage Debate   Author: Caroline B. Fichter   
In the national debate surrounding the minimum wage, advocates on both sides of the issue use small franchised businesses like sandwich shops as example of small businesses that will be affected by an increased minimum wage.
Washington State Mulls Electronic FDDs   Author: Blue MauMau   
Like most other legal documents, state law requires that Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs) be delivered to prospective franchisees in paper format. Many of the reasons for this are relevant (security concerns, evidentiary purposes, etc.), even in a digital age, but now the state of Washington is considering allowing those documents to be transmitted electronically. The Federal Trade Commission has approved electronic transmission of FDDs and state organizations have paved the way in policy amendments, but the ruling is still out on whether those recommendations will be adopted. For more on this continue reading the following article from Blue MauMau.
Hot Franchise Investment Ideas   Author: Laurie Kulikowski   
It may be tempting to think that all the good franchise ideas are gone and that the market is saturated, but experts with an eye for bargains have selected several hot business models that can be had for a song. Some franchises take a great deal of startup capital, but there are also many that have low barriers to entry that include an opening investment of as little as $100,000. A handful of these franchise opportunities include wireless accessories shop Cellairis, Mosquito Squad pest control, PuroClean property damage restoration and BrightStar Care senior care. For more on this continue reading the following article from TheStreet.
Funding Circle Enters U.S. P2P Lending Space Targeting Small Business Loans   Author: Nicky Tatley   
As UK based firm Funding Circle announced in October that it had raised $37 million to bring its online investment platform to the US, it is clear that peer-to-peer lending, which has to date been mainly constrained by national borders, is establishing itself in the global mainstream for business investment.
Auto Franchise Growth Anticipated   Author: Ed Teixeira   
Weak post-recession auto sales and an increase in self-reliance in auto repairs is what has forced a downturn in the auto repair franchise market, according to analysts, but now they believe the sector is positioned for a comeback as the economy improves. Auto sales have started to pick up and more people are expected to address repairs they may have put off due to tighter budgets. This is all good news, say market observers, and an area that recently saw many franchises closing shops and reducing workforce is now positioned for a turnaround. For more on this continue reading the following article from Blue MauMau.
Franchisees Beware Venue Clauses   Author: Peter Lagarias   
Franchise contracts almost always contain clauses stipulating the venue wherein legal disputes will be held and franchisors will always choose a venue that favors them. This can make things very difficult for a franchisee that has to make a choice between challenging the franchisor and paying monies to travel to the location and face an unfamiliar arbitration board or forgoing the challenge because it is too difficult and costly. Franchisors routinely stack the deck in their favor in this way, which is why many franchisee advocates insist on legislation the levels the playing field between franchisees and franchisors. For more on this continue reading the following article from Blue MauMau.
Franchise Reform Ideas   Author: Janet Sparks   
The American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising began this year with panelists suggesting different ideas on how to improve franchising in the U.S., and one panelist recommended federal franchise laws under a framework of reform. Attorney Rochelle Spandorf argued that franchises should be guided by a unified federal law instead of a disparate collection of state laws. Under that law, she said, franchisees would have a codified guarantee of action in good faith, disclosure would be part of a national registry and disagreement would be settled through mediation or arbitration in the franchisor’s home state. For more on this continue reading the following article from Blue MauMau.
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