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Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, the franchise community has collectively voiced concerns regarding compliance with the so-called “employer mandate.” Franchisors and franchisees alike want to know how the mandate will affect them, their businesses, and their employees. The authors provide brief answers to these questions so that employers may adequately prepare for the looming January 1, 2014 compliance date. Read more. . .
Many clients look for ways of avoiding the FTC Franchise Rule and the disclosure and registration requirements under state franchise laws. Yet what about the client who is comfortable with being a franchisor, but wants to have even more control and possibly derive more revenue from franchisees? What should the franchisor client know before undertaking a leap from the traditional model of franchising to an ownership model? This article summarizes some of the pros and cons associated with a franchisor willingly stepping into the role of a franchisee. Read more. . .
There are a lot of misconceptions amongst franchisors about how to expand internationally and the role of master franchising in that expansion. Franchisors may not be fully aware what a master franchise really is and does, and indeed whether it is the best choice for their expansion. Franchisors often do not know how and when to master franchise or whether other options should be considered for international expansion of their franchise systems. Read more. . .
What do franchisors need to know before implementing a digital signature program? Read more. . .
Recognizing that our members are the lifeblood of this organization, the Governing Committee has developed a five-year strategic plan to invest Forum funds with three specific goals in mind. First, to increase the value of Forum membership to existing members. Second, to increase participation in the Forum. Third, to maintain membership at or above our historical levels. Read more. . .
Clearly, the benefits of becoming a Forum on Franchising member – both tangible and intangible – greatly outweigh the costs. Read more. . .