Can Dickey’s BBQ Franchise Owners Survive? Franchisees Claim They Received Misleading Numbers

Franchise owners of Dickey’s BBQ are closing at an alarming rate. Why is this, and can a franchise owner really make a profit owning a Dickey’s BBQ? Despite this, up to now, the franchisor has continued to sell a high number of new franchises. Can they continue that pace and keep their financials strong? And, …

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Is Dickey’s BBQ Franchising’s Next Quizno’s? 28% Systemwide Churn

It’s not easy to forget the Quizno’s saga.  Once one of the darlings of the franchise industry, growing through franchising to nearly 5,000 locations, but today, just under 400 in the United States.  Many franchisees lost everything (investments, savings, their home), and as stores closed, eventually the franchisor filed for bankruptcy protection.  Yet, has the …

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NLRB Rejects McDonald’s Settlement Deal in Joint Employer Case

Nice article by Janet Sparks. See my quote at the end of the article. Blue MauMau – by Janet Sparks, August 29th, 2018 The long-awaited decision from the National Labor Relations Board finally came last month when the NLRB judge issued her decision rejecting proposed settlement agreements from McDonald’s Corporation [NYSE:MCD] surrounding claims by fast …

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Franchisees, Is Your Operations Manual Changing Your Franchise Agreement?

As franchise owners, we all sign franchise agreements that set the terms and conditions of our business, and the relationship with our franchisor. Most of those franchise agreements contain a condition that you will follow the then current Operations Manual. While it is understandable that the Ops Manual must change, a new sandwich is introduced, …

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The Franchise Industry, Heavily Regulated? – Shattering the Myth

All of us have heard the argument: franchises are in a heavily regulated industry.  Really?  This article will attempt to briefly clarify what is specifically regulated, what isn’t, and is it enough considering those investing in a franchise not only risk their investment, but likely all their assets. We hear the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) …

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Restaurant Business – Franchisees Push Back

Amid industry challenges, franchisees get serious about protecting their profits. By Jonathan Maze on Feb. 27, 2018 These days can’t be great if you’re a franchisee—not in the restaurant business, at least. Same-store sales and traffic have been weak for two years. Competition is intensifying. Labor costs are rising. Rent costs keep escalating. And some customers just …

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Coalition of Franchisee Associations Elects New Officers

Coalition of Franchisee Associations Elects New Officers  Washington, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2018) – The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Board of Directors has elected new officers. John Motta will serve as chairman of the CFA, Terry Hutchison as vice chairman, Connie Schmidt-Kirman as secretary, and Christy Williams will serve as treasurer. “I am excited to …

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The Washington Post – The dark side of your $5 Footlong: Business owners say it could bite them

By Caitlin Dewey December 28, 2017    Subway franchisee Keith Miller has signed onto a letter urging corporate leaders not to reinstate a promotion that cuts into his profits. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) A Subway sandwich is far more than the sum of its fillings, franchisee Keith Miller says.Those ingredients cost roughly $2. Then he pays labor. …

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Rep. Ellison Introduces Bills to Improve the Franchise System

Jan 13, 2017 Press Release Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced two bills to strengthen the ability of franchisees to succeed as business owners. The Fair Franchise Act of 2017 (H.R. 470) and the Small Business Administration(SBA) Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.R. 471) ensure franchisees receive accurate financial information prior to buying a business and sign agreements that enhance their …

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Blue MauMau – CFA Supports Florida Protection Bill for Franchisees, IFA Opposes

Posted Tue, 2017-02-07 18:44 by Don Sniegowski Two Florida state Republican legislators, Senator Jack Latvala (District 16) and Representative Jason Brodeur (District 28), unveiled a bill today that is aimed at protecting franchise owners. Called the Protect Florida Small Business Act, state Senate Bill 750 aims to protect Florida franchise owners from capricious closings of their franchised businesses without cause …

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SAINTPETERSBLOG – Keith Miller: Florida’s small businesses need protections in state law

 by Guest Author KEITH MILLER Two Orlando residents are out $8 million after a large, out-of-state corporation forced their local businesses to shut down. The local entrepreneurs were originally enticed by the corporation to open 10 Mexican-themed fast food restaurants in the Orlando area. The California-based corporation used unrealistic sales projections and profit margins to convince …

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Keith Miller and Ronald Gardner to Receive the AAFD Chairman’s Award at 2017 Total Quality Franchising Awards Banquet

Written by: AAFD APRIL, 2017: SAN DIEGO, CA — The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) will honor Keith Miller, Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), and nationally recognized attorney Ronald K. Gardner Jr. with the Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community. These awards will be presented …

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS BRING BACK FRANCHISE RELATIONS BILL

12 Apr, 2015 0  GREENGROUP    CALIFORNIA , FRANCHISE , LAWMAKERS , RELATIONS BILL California lawmakers have reintroduced legislation designed to protect franchise operators from what some describe as predatory practices by franchisors. Assembly bill 525, introduced April 6, is a modified version of Senate Bill 610, which was approved by state lawmakers in August 2014 but was VETOED BY GOV. JERRY BROWN. The bill attempted …

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PA HB 1620 Franchise Practices Bill: CFA Chairman Keith Miller Testifies (Video)

(UnhappyFranchisee.Com)  Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Chairman Keith Miller testified November 19, 2013 in favor of the Pennsylvania’s proposed Responsible Franchise Practices Bill, HB 1620. Championed by former Quiznos franchise owner & PA Representative Peter Daley (D), HB 1620 aims to protect franchisees from “fraudulent or unfair practices in the sale or operation of franchised businesses.” …

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