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What would you do with $33 million? Invest in your community to help others? Build your business to provide more jobs?

'Franchise Bill of Rights' a cure for nonexistent problem

With every new legislative session, California’s business community awaits with dread the Legislature’s next effort to grow the big government regulatory state. Reflecting this dread, Chief Executive magazine’s annual CEO survey on business friendliness recently ranked California the worst state for business in America for the 11th year in a row.

It’s not that any individual new bill or new regulation debilitates economic growth. Rather, it’s the cumulative effect of government overreach that discourages new businesses from opening and encourages existing ones to close.

On Jobs Day, A Reminder About Franchise Small Businesses Outpacing Economy-Wide Growth

Each month, the U.S. Department of Labor announces the number of jobs created in the U.S. economy over the past month. Following this monthly ritual, the unemployment rate is adjusted, and countless headlines are generated by policymakers, economists and advocacy groups taking credit or assigning blame for the rise (or fall) of unemployed Americans. Needless to say, job performance has been sluggish for far too long and too many Americans remain frustrated with the pace of the economic recovery.

Connecticut Joint Employer Bill Defeated as Legislature Adjourns

Franchisees and franchisors should celebrate the end of the legislative session in Connecticut with the defeat of House Bill 6791 and Senate Bill 1044. The radical and unprecedented bills, heavily backed by organized labor, would have required a franchisor to pay the state of Connecticut a fee of one dollar per hour for each franchisee employee who was not paid $15 per hour.


Memorial Day - a long weekend to celebrate the unofficial start to the summer. It ushers in the days of backyard barbeques and long afternoons spent poolside. However, amidst the revelry, it is important that we pause and remember the real meaning of this day. It is a day to honor those who have served and are serving. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifice men and women have made to defend our country and the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Another “Manufactured Crisis” Brought to you by SEIU

The Service Employees International Union, also known as the SEIU, is at it again. The labor group is manufacturing yet another crisis as part of its increasingly expensive public relations campaign, now estimated to cost more than $33 million. It seems the union is as determined as ever to destroy the time-tested franchise model in order to fill its own depleted membership.

SBA Loans Benefit Franchising, Create Jobs and Enable Entrepreneurship

A recent report by Bloomberg Business used biased and outdated data to falsely categorize the franchise model as “risky.” The report used a union- backed analysis of five-year-old financial information to try to prove this point. Both the Bloomberg report and the underlying analysis are deeply flawed for a number of reasons.

What Franchisees are Saying About the NLRB’s Quest to Change “Joint Employer” Standard

Franchisees and small business owners across the U.S. are expressing outrage and concern about the National Labor Relation’s Board’s effort to alter the long-standing “joint employer” standard. Under current law, franchisees are solely responsible for wages and benefits of their employees. A change in the standard would take away that control and potentially reduce pay and benefits for thousands of workers. Some may even lose their jobs. Other franchisees said they would have to put off plans to expand and hire more workers.

From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner

An immigrant realizes the American dream thanks to franchising

By Jaime Rodriguez

In 1995, I left my home in Mexico and came to the United States at the age of 14 to pursue my dream of opening a restaurant. I thought America provided the best opportunity to work my way up in the industry and one day run my own business. I now own my own restaurant franchise in Illinois and plan to become a multi-unit franchisee soon.