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 …

While You Were Masked: The Trademark Landscape Shifted

Article by: Christina McAmis

We have all been operating under the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March. I feel like many of us, myself included, have been so occupied by everything COVID: lockdowns, hand sanitizer, face masks, and in-home schooling, that we haven’t really kept up with any of the other, normally interesting but not mind shattering happenings. Well, hey, that is completely understandable. Due to …

Franchise Jargon: What Does It All Mean

Article by: Jereme Lane Shelton

Are you new to franchising and wondering what all the lingo, jargon, acronyms and abbreviations mean? You’re not alone! I think the first question most people have is why abbreviations (abrv) are so important. In my opinion, (IMO) I think their importance lies mostly in being able to recall longer sets of information by, instead, recognizing a shorthand to have …

Get Creative: 5 Unique Ways to Raise Local Awareness

Article by: Lynne D. Shelton

It’s the one part of business that most of us don’t want to deal with, think about, or mention. It’s the tricky, it’s awkward, it’s painful. But it’s also necessary. No matter how much we may want to ignore it, the truth is this: Local Press is vital to the operation of your business. LOCAL PRESS Whether we like it …

The Changing FDD in Registration States

Article by: Jereme Lane Shelton

Are you seeing the new 2020 regulations for state registrations clearly? In May of 2019 the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released their newly adopted guidelines for the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) on how the State Cover Page and State Effective Dates Page should be formatted. The changes regulate how information is displayed and shared and even dictate the …