Use these Franchise Links and Resources to learn how to get started with franchising — either buying a franchise, starting a new franchise or selling a franchise. Don’t forget you can receive free or low-cost training and free professional business advice, from your local Small Business Development Center!

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Online Training for Franchising

Franchise Directories

Franchise Opportunity Evaluation

  • American Association of Franchisees & Dealers – association helps franchisees evaluate franchise opportunities.
  • Bibby Group – due diligence, successes of franchising, how to franchise a business all from an expert in the field.
  • Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise Zone – articles about evaluating franchises and franchising your own business.
  • Franchise Workshop – evaluate franchises and your readiness to operate a franchise with this online workshop developed by the SBA.
  • Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise – The Federal Trade Commission provides advice on avoiding costly pitfalls before buying a franchise.
    Could Biz Opp Offers Be Out for Your Coffers? – Under the FTC Franchise Rule, most potential business purchasers have the right to receive information about the earnings potential of a business opportunity. Most legitimate business opportunity promoters don’t hesitate to give this information. This guide helps new business owners how to understand, spot, and avoid fraudulent business opportunities.
  • Guide to Franchises and Business Opportunities – Provides practical information about some common business opportunity scams; how to spot, stop and avoid them; and how to file a complaint if you think you’ve experienced a fraud.
  • Answering the Knock of a Business ‘Opp’ – Learn how to evaluate the claims made by business opportunity sellers, and avoid scams and costly mistakes.

Franchise Fraud

Franchising Your Business

  • Franchise411 – list of articles and guides about franchising your business or purchasing a franchise.
  • My Franchise Law – a franchise resource site with information to help those interested in franchise opportunities

Information for Franchise Buyers

Information for Franchise Sellers

Related Franchise Resources

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