Franchise News: Franchise Associations

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There's Power In Numbers

Sometimes it's what you know and who you know that can give your franchising endeavor the greatest chance for success. While many larger, and some smaller, franchisors have their own "in-house" networks of "information gatherers", investigating the services and resources offered by a larger organization could be worth your while. Here are a few of the major trade association players in the franchising industry.

American Association of Franchisees & Dealers

This association offers members an array of services designed to help franchisees build market power, create legislative support of interest to franchisees, provide legal and financial support and offer a wide range of general benefits to its membership. AAFD maintains established (the term applied to start-ups) trademark chapters in more than 70 franchise companies. These boast more than 50 AAFD members.

P.O. Box 81887
San Diego, California 92138-1887
Tel #: (800) 733-9858

American Franchisee Association

This 10-year-old Franchisee Association aims to both improve the business conditions in the
franchising industry as a whole and protect the economic interests of individual franchisees. The AFA acts as an advocate for franchisees involved in disputes with franchisors.The organization also works to make lawmakers aware of the how insufficient the rules and regulations are that currently govern the franchisor/franchisee relationship.

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 205
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Tel #: 312-431-0545

Canadian Franchise Association

With a membership culled from franchisees, associated with more than 350 franchise companies throughout Canada, the Canadian Franchise Association supports and promotes
all professionals who participate in the franchise business model. The CFA promotes a strong code of ethics on behalf of the franchise company and, through its CFA disclosure document guide, ensures that all potential franchisees receive the information needed to make solid business decisions.

2585 Skymark Avenue, Suite 300
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L4W 4L5
Tel #: (905) 625-2896 / (800) 665-4232

International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association has been around since 1960 and serves a network of more than 800 franchisors, 300 suppliers, 30 organizational franchisee members and 30,000 franchisee members in more than 75 franchising industries. The IFA keeps an eye on the global economic and regulatory business environment for the franchising industry.

1350 New York Ave., N. W., # 900
Washington, DC 20005-4709 USA
Tel #: 202-628-8000
Fax #: 202-628-0812
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