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California's "Level Playing Field for Small Business" Act of 2012 (AB 2305)

Was there ever a more appropriately-named state bill? The franchise playing field needs to be leveled because most franchise agreements are sharply one-sided in favor of franchisors who have the arbitrary power to:

Banned In Boston, Chick-fil-A Denies Discrimination

A decision this week to bar Chick-fil-A from opening on Northeastern University has led the franchisor to again deny claims of anti-gay bias.

FTC Issues Final Business Opportunity Rule

Man bridling his horse statue outside FTC building
'Man Controlling Trade.' Statue outside FTC Building.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission released its final amended Business Opportunity Rule today, which will go into effect on March 1, 2012. The new disclosure regulation aims to lighten the federal compliance burden for business opportunity sellers and help their prospective buyers assess the risks. 

When Is a License Really a Franchise?

The Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule, 16 C.F.R. 436.1 et seq., governs, at a federal level, disclosures which a "franchisor" must provide to each prospective franchise. There are also numerous state laws which may apply in any given situation.

9 Worst Industries to Start a Business

Data: SBA loan failure rate from 10/1/00-9/30/09 Chart/bmm

WASHINGTON D.C. — Video shops, electronics stores and bookstores have some of the highest failure rates, according to a report given to Blue MauMau by the Small Business Administration.

StilMee, Alzheimer Coaching license program launched

Here is a very innovative and timely franchise/licensed program - StilMee, The Leader in Alzheimer Coaching (please see full press release embedded below).