Massage Envy Association Seeks New Brand Investor

Blue MauMau – Janet Sparks reports at Blue MauMau that Franchisees of the Independent Association of Massage Envy Regional Developers, Inc announced yesterday that they are looking for a new franchisor owner, one with whom they can form a long-term strategic alliance and collaborative relationship. Sentinel Capital Partners, owner of franchisor Message Envy since December 2009,…

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Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Don Sniegowski from Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California, AB 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. The bill was introduced to various committees of the assembly on Tuesday.

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The Fight for ‘Fairness in Franchising’

Jason Daley writes at Entrepreneur Magazine: Imagine owning a small business for 20 years, pouring all your time, money and sweat into achieving a decent cash flow and a little equity. Then imagine getting a contract in the mail stipulating that if you want to continue doing business, you must replace thousands of dollars of perfectly good equipment, adjust suppliers or prices or make a dozen other changes that could destroy your bottom line. And if you don’t sign, you more or less forfeit your life’s work.

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Some Franchisees Break with George Webb

Doris Hajewski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the George Webb restaurant chain is a little smaller, with the loss of eight locations run by franchisees who didn’t like terms offered by the new owner.

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Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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Balancing act: How to create a harmonious franchise system

Interesting article from Fast Casual about franchisor – franchisee communication. Steve Combs writes: Franchisee lawsuits are among the best known restaurant industry battles, disagreements that in the case several, spurred protracted legal face-offs and staggering unit closures. But such outcomes needn’t occur. When franchisees and franchisors communicate clearly, consistently and work toward goals that benefit both, disagreements are manageable and sometimes meaningful.

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The Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise

CNBC as part of it’s Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising has a slide show that lists the Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise.
One of the DO’s: DO look for franchises that have independent franchisee organizations.

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