Franchise Associations and Government Resources

With the increasing power of the internet and with greater governmental transparency, there is more franchise information available than ever before.  The United States government, State Government, NGO’s and the International Franchise Association support franchise business by providing a vast spectrum of franchise information.

The International Franchise Association offers franchise information and training for both franchisees and franchisors.  For example, they offer a free online training program that anyone can access if they wish to learn more about the franchise business.  They also offer a number of high quality articles focused on the franchise business.

Both federal and state governments also offer franchise information, although the information tends to be somewhat more limited.  The California website is a notable exception, with vast amounts of information on the franchise business and on specific franchises.

Other organizations such as SCORE can provide you with free localized support regarding franchise business

In short, today we can access a tremendous amount of franchise information.  How much you choose to learn about the franchise business is really up to you.

Premier Franchise Information Sources

International Franchise Association (IFA)
The International Franchise Association, founded in 1960, is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers. Our mission is to protect, enhance, and promote franchising.  For a detailed list of current members please visit our web site.  IFA members abide by a code of ethics which promotes fair and ethical franchise practices.  We encourage anyone exploring the opportunities in franchising to check to see if the company they are considering is a member of the IFA.  Best wishes in your exploration of franchising! Visit Website

Other Sources of Government or Association based Franchise Information

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge. Visit Website

American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAF&D)
The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association dedicated to defining and promoting Total Quality Franchising practices. Focusing on market driven solutions to improve the franchising community, the AAFD promotes win-win franchising. Visit Website

American Franchise Association (AFA)
The American Franchise Association is representative organization for franchisees which advocates changing the rules and laws governing franchising on both the state and national levels. Visit Website

State of California
California’s electronic access to franchising information and franchise filings. Visit Website

State of Maryland
Maryland’s Securities web page containing links to resources for the franchise business. Visit Website

State of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Commerce state franchising website.  On the webiste, in ‘Area of Interest’ drop down menu – choose ‘Franchise Registrations’.  Visit Website

State of Rhode Island
Department of Business Regulation Franchising Information Web page for Rhode Island franchising Visit Website

State of Virginia
Virginia’s State Corporation Commission Franchising Information web page. Visit Website

State of Washington
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions franchising information web page. Visit Website