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Below is a list of resources that can give you further information to assist you with your franchise, business, or intellectual property law questions. As always, if you would like to speak with a Franchise attorney, please contact our Austin, TX or Sacramento, CA offices and we can assist. We have compiled several lists of business resources and franchise sources. Shelton Law & Associates are your Franchise and Business Law partners for success! Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can take your business or franchise to the next level. provides prospective franchise owners with everything they need to know about franchising and helps owners to self-screen themselves to identify if franchising is right for them.  With both local and national media outlets, helps to maximize your reach and connections to better your franchise system.

The International Franchise Association, founded in 1960, is a membership organization consisting of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers.

Franchise expositions are a perfect way for prospective investors to meet and talk directly with representatives from top franchise concepts who want to expand or develop in their area.  The Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo is a series of 2 day regional events for consumers looking to explore what their options are in the franchising industry.  They will be able to compare a variety of opportunities, adn learn about what many different industries at every investment level – all under one roof.  They will have the chance to ask the questions that directly affect them, attend free seminars and go home with all the information needed to take the next step to owning a business. works in Franchise Lead Generation.  Taking only quality, growing franchises that provide optimum support for franchisees, they are capable of sending more qualified leads.  At their website, franchisors can find education and services to aid in growth, while franchisees can find research services to help funnel prospective franchise concepts.

Entrepreneur was first launched in 1997.  Whether you’re just starting a new business venture or looking to make investments for your growing business, Entrepreneur offers solid advice and strategies.  Content is not just geared towards owners of established and expanding companies.  It has much information for those looking to start their own business.  Entrepreneur publishes the “Franchise 500,” which lists the top franchise opportunities for business people.  Read stories from other business owners who have dealth with the issue of expanding their own business and how they faced the challenge.  Each issue offers numerous articles presenting the guidance you and your business need. is your source for top franchises for sale, information about today’s best franchises and business opportunities, and resources to help you learn about franchising and small business ownership.  Connect with the people, companies, and information you need to buy a franchise opportunity and achieve the lifestyle you’ve been searching for.

SPEAK! helps franchisors find the RIGHT speakers for annual events, regional rallies, or weekly conference calls.  SPEAK!’s team of franchise savvy professional speakers are experts in delivering actionable steps to help franchisees improve their business skills in all areas including: sales, marketing, customer service, social media, productivity, time management, profitability, communication, leadership, management and supervisory skills.  Looking for a program for your management team?  SPEAK!’s content rich, interactive programs for franchisors and master franchisee/ area developers on franchise relations, managing conflict, leadership and teambuilding are sure to hit the mark.  Every SPEAK! program is customized to ensure you hit a bullseye with your team and there’s no fee to the franchisor! is an online media and e-commerce company that operates one of the premier business sites on the Web.  The site has received critical acclaim and notoriety from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business 2.0, Fortune, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, and other publications. helps business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions.  The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association and more.

iFranchise Group develops specially designed programs to help franchisors improve franchise sales effectiveness, generate more leads, decrease costs, improve franchisee relationships, and reduce legal exposure.

As independent business specialists, Ventureline has aligned itself with hundreds of pre-screened and pre-qualified franchises and business opportunities in every type of concept, at all levels of investment. They offer different types of lifestyles. Many of these are the most trusted, respected, safest, and most lucrative opportunities in business today. We provide all the information, guidance, resources and support that a potential business owner needs to find the right opportunity that fits your goals, all at no cost to you.

Fetch Graphics has developed a suite of solutions to help create, develop, manage and execute a successful graphics program across your system that ensures brand compliance and consistency.  Their integrated approach provides you with an all-in-one supplier and strategic partner to help grow your brand through innovative solutions tailored to your specific model.  Nationally managed and locally executed.  Everything from environmental graphics to vehicle graphic programs to banners, Fetch Graphics provides your franchise with everything you need to market your brand and build revenues through successful implementation of the most effective solutions.