Fast-Casual has become Fast-Transition

Article by: Lynne D. Shelton & Madeline Jones

As our society transitions out of pandemic times, it seems some of our old habits are here to stay. While in person shopping and dining used to be the only options, delivery and curbside pickup options are remaining highly desirable to consumers even as government regulations lift. This trend is unlikely to change based on current market projections. The general …

Quick Serve Restaurant Doesn’t Always Mean Quick Profits

Article by: Lynne D. Shelton

It is not surprising that when most people think of franchising that they immediately jump to thoughts of McDonalds, Burger King and Subway. These quick service restaurant, or QSR style franchises have a big footprint in not only the restaurant market, but the franchise market as a whole. Although the QSR industry is slated to rake in over $226 billion …

The Journey to Franchise Ownership through Due Diligence, Part I

Article by: Lynne D. Shelton

Americans from all over the country dream of owning their own business. Many of these people look to franchise ownership as a way to realize this dream while reducing the start-up risk and expense. This 3-part series will provide key information on how to evaluate and buy a franchise, along with the steps of due diligence needed to not only …

Feeling Stimulated?

Article by: Christina McAmis

For many Americans, the latest round of stimulus checks gives a spot of color on a bleak landscape. For some, however, the stimulus has been, dare I say, more stimulating. If you are one of the fortunate Americans looking for a way to use your stimulus to both stimulate the economy and to stimulate your future; I propose investing in …

National Electronic FDD Depository: Not Just a Dream

Article by: Christina McAmis

Attorneys, franchisors, and franchisees have all dreamt for years of a single place where they would be able to access Franchise Disclosure Documents. This may be the year that dreams come true. NASAA (North American Securities Administration Association) has received authorization and has been working hard behind the scenes to make this a reality. Although at this time, it is …

Off the beaten path – Pet Franchises

Article by: Christina McAmis

As we enter this new phase of normal, all portents point to a boom in the retail industry over the next year, and by many predictions beyond. COVID has led many of us to alter our “normal” and caused every single one of us to make changes to our daily lives. Whether those changes are small, like carrying hand sanitizer, …

The Journey to Franchise Ownership through Due Diligence, Part II

Article by: Lynne D. Shelton

In last month’s article, I discussed the basic terms and definitions associated with franchising, the influence franchising has in the U.S. economy, and how to perform a cost/ benefit analysis of a franchise purchase. This month’s article of our 3-part series will talk about analyzing yourself and how to evaluate the franchise after narrowing your search. When you are looking …