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Franchise Resources

The following franchise resources will provide you with additional franchise information and guidance as you search for your perfect franchise or business opportunity.  Good luck with your research!


Associations

 

IFA - The International Franchise Association
This organization has been around for nearly 50 years and exists to promote, protect, and enhance the use of franchising business practices.

 

The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers
The AAFD is a non-profit trade association that aims to both define and promote "Total Quality Franchising" practices on a national level, offering membership benefits and tips for buying franchises.

 

The American Franchisee Association
Made on the initiative of the US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business in 1992, this group supplies resources, networking, tips, and advice for those interested in franchising and those already involved in a franchise.

 

The National Association for the Self-Employed
A resource and help center for all things entrepreneurial, NASE provides support, benefits, and consolidated buying power for those "In business on their own, not all alone."

 

The National Business Association
The NBA uses its consolidated buying power to aid its members with a variety of business products and useful tools. Its website offers a number of membership plans, each described in detail.

Companies

 

FranData
Frandata is a research firm that provides objective information about franchising. They collect in-depth data such as the number of units that have closed, the number of SBA loans that have failed, and other valuable information.

Publications

 

Economist
A weekly publication with a focus on both politics and business news, Economist offers free online viewing for many articles, past and present.

 

Entrepreneur
This magazine is a highly recognized resource for business information and its website provides podcasts, business weblogs, and various useful resources pertaining to franchising.

 

Forbes
Forbes provides business and financial news in print and on the web. Their web section that focuses on entrepreneurial endeavors may prove most useful for potential franchisees.

 

Fortune
Fortune can be found online at CNNMoney.com as well as in print bi-weekly.

 

Franchising World
This magazine is published monthly and is the IFA's official trade magazine.

 

Inc. Magazine
Inc. has a thorough online resource center that provides editor's picks How-To guides, tips from famous franchisors' founders, and expert advice.

 

Institutional Investor
A business to business publisher, primarily focused on international finance, Institutional Investor is more than a magazine; it spearheads newsletters, journals, and research on topics such from asset management to mutual fund investments.

 

The Wall Street Journal
The WSJ is better known for its national and business news, but it has an online center for franchising that gives expert advice and helps potential franchisees look out for serious pitfalls.

Web Logs

 

Blue Maumau
Blue Maumau has an active blogging community with multiple authors and a variety of advice and articles.

 

Franchise Pundit
Written by Ryan Knoll and Jim Coen and consistently and frequently updated since 2005, Franchise Pundit gives an inside look at all types of franchises in an informal, blog-style of writing from the franchisee's perspective.