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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.

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.

Fast Food Workers Strike! Industry Reacts

Labor demonstrations outside a McDonald's
A July fastfood strike in NYC. Photo by Annette Bernhardt

Spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union, fast food workers in American cities demonstrated on Thursday for higher wages. Workers want to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to a whopping $15 per hour.

Franchise Associations Weigh In on Election

Speaker Boehner speaks
Press conference by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on averting the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. (Official Photo by Bryant Avondoglio, Nov 9)

WASHINGTON — Days after the general election, franchise lobbying groups continue to chime in on the results of the presidential election and their political agenda for the new term.

Supreme Court Approves Obamacare!

President Obama talks with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to learn of SCOTUS passing heatlh care law
President speaks with Solicitor General Verrilli on the phone to learn that SCOTUS upheld health care law, photo/White House

WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court this morning upheld the legality of the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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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Choice Hotels Allowed Back into Franchise Assn

Quality Inn is one of the brands under franchisor Choice Hotels
A Quality Inn franchise in Central Kentucky

ATLANTA — Choice Hotels has agreed to loosen up some on its criticized franchising practices in order to be let back into good standing with a franchisee group, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

Fighting for Franchisee Rights

Franchisees and their associations look at the draft of the universal franchisee bill of rights
Franchisee association leaders look at a draft of their bill of rights, Orlando

Leaders in the franchise world weigh in on the necessity of having less oppressive contracts between those who grant franchise licenses and franchised establishments that dot main street.

Franchisees Run Better Chains

Keith Miller, Subway multiunit franchisee

SACRAMENTO — Franchisee Keith Miller argues that franchise chains can outperform the competition when they put owner-operators in charge of national functions like marketing and the supply chain.  Want proof? Then look no further than America’s largest franchise chain by number of stores – Subway.


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