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Showdown in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Like a strong marriage, a strong franchise relationship must be built on shared success. In the end, no relationship is likely to work out when one side holds all the cards.

Good Faith Passes California Senate! Assembly Next

California State Capitol Building
California's state capitol building. photo/thomas hawk

SACRAMENTO – California's senate this afternoon passed Senate Bill 610, which aims to strengthen good faith in franchising. Twenty-two senators voted in favor and twelve against. It now goes to the state assembly, and then finally will travel to Governor Jerry Brown's desk to become law.

Franchise Models Are Broken!!!

As you all know, I'm a relatively new franchisee, even though my family has been in this industry and real estate development since the 50's and have a combined operational experience of more than 200 locations in Southern California and abroad under various brands.

New AAHOA Chair on What’s Next for Franchising

Alkesh Patel, 2012-2013 chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Alkesh Patel address a room of thousands at Atlanta conference of AAHOA. He later sits and asks President George W. Bush questions. photo/aahoa

ATLANTA — Blue MauMau sat down on May 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center during the 2012 conference of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) to interview the group's incoming chairman Alkesh Patel.

California: Franchisees Receive Most Votes but Not Enough to Win

California State Capitol
California State Capitol (photo: Thomas Hawk)

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee members voted on Tuesday on a measure aimed at curbing abusive franchising practices with a surprising four votes in favor, three votes against and two abstentions.

California's AB 2305 Shows How to Get Real Standards in Franchising

California lawmakers need to be aware of how much the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act, Assembly Bill 2305, will benefit the state’s consumers. The reason? The legal franchise model as it exists today allows franchisors loopholes to skirt their civic responsibilities. 

California Chamber Supports IFA, Verbatim

SACRAMENTO — California's Chamber of Commerce has come out in opposition to the state's franchising abuse reform bill, Assembly Bill 2305.

Experts Tell Lawmakers to Empower Franchised Small Business Owners

Franchisee Keith Miller, chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations
Franchisee Miller urges lawmakers to pass fair franchising bill. (photo:Raja)

SACRAMENTO — Three witnesses gave testimony Tuesday to California's Judiciary Committee on behalf of franchisees. Assemblyman Huffman, attorney Peter Lagarias and franchisee Keith Miller each urged representatives to pass Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businessess Act.


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California Consumer Committee Up Next to Hear Franchising Abuse Reform Bill

Franchisee advocates for fairer franchising fill committee room
Franchisees for AB 2305 fill the Judicial Committee hearing Apr 17. (photo/Gordon)

SACRAMENTO — California's fair franchising bill now heads to a second committee for approval on Tuesday, April 24.  The Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee of six Democrats and three Republicans will panel a public hearing on several bills, including Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Business Act.

Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chair Asks for Level Playing Field

Keith Miller, chair of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, a group representing franchisees among some of America's largest chains, was one of two individuals asked to give testimony on the need for Assembly Bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. This is his statement given in front of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.