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AAFD Chairman Purvin: Power of Franchisees in Bargaining and Cooperatives in Reducing Costs

    AAFD chairman Bob Purvin working on the words of a fairer franchise contract
Purvin leads franchisees & their franchisor to craft a fairer contract

In this interview, part 3 of a series, Bob Purvin,* founder and chairman of the 25-year-old American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), speaks about the early years when his organization began to form franchisee chapters by brand. He also speaks about the importance of franchisee-owned cooperatives taking on national brand functions.

AAFD Chairman on Key Protections that Should Be in a Franchise Contract

    AAFD chairman Bob Purvin working on the words of a fairer franchise contract
Purvin leads franchisees & their franchisor to craft a fairer contract

Robert Purvin, founder and chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), spoke at length with this journal. Purvin is busy nowadays preparing the AAFD, a non-profit trade association that represents the rights and interests of franchisees, for a franchisee leadership summit from April 30 to May 3 in Palm Springs, California. The association will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Griswold Home Care and GHCFA Jointly Announce Groundbreaking Franchise Agreements

Griswold Home Care (GHC), a company that provides non-medical at-home care services, and its independent franchisee association, the GHCFA, a chapter of the American Association of Franchisees and

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

Franchise association leaders to seek collaborative solutions to franchisees’ most vexing challenges.

Buying a Franchise is Riskier than Ever

risk, high wire walk in owning a franchise

Critics, including this journal, say that buying a franchise is riskier than ever, that the reality of the franchise system is often purposefully and skillfully hidden and that it is easier to fail nowadays once you plunge in.

California Senate Sends Fair Franchising Bill to Gov. Brown

Sacramento dome from the inside
Inside view of Sacramento capitol dome. photo/KatieCarr

SACRAMENTO—The California state senate voted 23 - 9 late Thursday in favor of SB 610, a bill that strengthens franchisor good faith relations with franchisees. It is now ready for Governor Jerry Brown's signature to become law.

Franchisees Win in California Assembly!!

Sacramento capitol dome
Sacramento capitol dome. photo/thomas hawk

SACRAMENTO – California's assembly voted Thursday morning to pass a bill that aims to strengthen good faith and fair dealing between franchisors and franchisees. The final tally was 41 ayes and 27 nays.

Australia Asks: Franchising, a License to Print Money?

McDonald's has licensed franchises in Australia. photo by BMMThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Rear Vision interviews San Diego-based Robert Purvin, author of The Franchise Fraud: How to Protect Yourself Before and After You Invest, and Sydney-based Jenny Buchan, author of Franchisees as Consumers.

Franchising Myth Seven: You Lower the Cost of Doing Business through the Power of Group Purchasing

The myth that owning a franchise guarantees to lower your cost of doing business due to the synergies of group purchasing that will benefit the entire franchise network is, quite sadly, the most recent addition to the Franchising Hall of Shame.

Franchising Myth Six: Many Franchises Means Critical Mass of Market Penetration

Too many prospective franchise buyers I know assume that a franchise is successful because it is “big enough” to sell franchises or because it already has hundreds of franchises in operation.