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Franchise Agreements Say No to Having It Your Way
"Have It Your Way!" The jingle goes way back to the 1970s, but Burger King franchise owners don't like the sound of it right now. Facing tough competition from $1 deals at McDonald's and elsewhere, Burger King headquarters is demanding that all its stores offer $1 double cheeseburgers. Burger King Franchisees ... READ MORE

A franchise may sound appealing if you want to be your own boss and you have limited resources or business experience. However, you could lose a significant amount of money if you don't investigate a business before you buy. Definition of a Franchise A franchise is any continuing commercial relationship ... READ MORE

Franchises and Trademarks
Perhaps the most important thing about buying and operating a franchise is your access to and right to sell goods (or services) that the public already knows, trusts, and buys. Unlike businesses that are started from scratch, a franchise gives you instant name and brand recognition. Primarily, you get ... READ MORE

Business Opportunities and Franchises
Many people who are interested in owning a small business consider investing in a franchise or distributorship. These are businesses that pay for the right to sell a company's goods or services in a specific area. Regulations and Disclosure Franchising is regulated by federal and, in some cases, state ... READ MORE

Franchise Registration and Disclosure Rules
One popular way for entrepreneurs to start a new small business is to buy a franchise. But, to be successful, you need to do some research and work before you decide to buy a franchise. On a personal level, you need to consider numerous things, such as how much you can afford to invest, whether you can ... READ MORE

Franchise Agreements
Are you one of the millions of American small business owners who started with a franchise? Or, are you thinking of buying a franchise for the first time? Regardless, once the franchise business is up and running there are numerous things you have to keep in mind during the day-to-day operations and ... READ MORE

Franchise Termination
A franchise agreement is a contract in which the owner of franchise business (the "franchisor") grants a license to a business operator (the "franchisee"), which allows the franchisee to run a business under franchisor's name. The franchisee is authorized to use and market goods or services under the ... READ MORE

Franchise Disclosures and Registrations
The sale of franchises is regulated by federal and state law. Federal law requires that franchisors disclose specific information about their franchise to prospective franchisees. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) governs the disclosure procedure. The FTC's amended Franchise Disclosure Rule mandates ... READ MORE

Franchise Fees
Many business people decide to start a small business by purchasing a franchise. Buying a franchise is a big investment, of course, and the process can be complicated. Naturally, one of the first steps is to find the franchise that's right for you, and there are thousands of them, ranging from fast food ... READ MORE

Assigning or Transferring Your Franchise
Starting a small business by buying into a franchise (or a "distributorship," which is essentially the same thing) is very popular. Instead of starting your business from scratch, you get goods, services, and a business name that the general public already recognizes and buys. But, for a variety of reasons, ... READ MORE


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Considering Purchasing a Franchise?

Get Your Franchise Lawyer Involved Early  For some entrepreneurs looking to start a small business, a franchise makes perfect sense. There are many benefits to a franchise: not only are you able ... Read more

New Requirements for Multi-Unit Franchisors

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) publishes guidelines and commentary about the federal franchise rule (“The Franchise Rule”).  NASAA does ... Read more

Protecting Your Brand -Trademark Registration

When it comes to branding your business, your trademark should be at the center of the discussion. A trademark or service mark can be a word, a logo, a slogan, a color and even a sound. And making sur ... Read more

Expanding Your Business in the Middle East

One of the hottest places to expand a franchise internationally is the Middle East. This is due to several factors, most among them is the fact that the area is very wealthy and is eager to expand its ... Read more

Franchisor Guide to Common Mistakes in Selling a Franchise

Franchisors often make missteps and mistakes in selling a franchise opportunity. Generally these arise in two categories: 1) misrepresentations in the disclosure documents provided to prospective fran ... Read more

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