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Franchise Resources

The following franchise resources will provide you with additional franchise information and guidance as you search for your perfect franchise or business opportunity.  Good luck with your research!



IFA - The International Franchise Association
This organization has been around for nearly 50 years and exists to promote, protect, and enhance the use of franchising business practices.


The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers
The AAFD is a non-profit trade association that aims to both define and promote "Total Quality Franchising" practices on a national level, offering membership benefits and tips for buying franchises.


The American Franchisee Association
Made on the initiative of the US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business in 1992, this group supplies resources, networking, tips, and advice for those interested in franchising and those already involved in a franchise.


The National Association for the Self-Employed
A resource and help center for all things entrepreneurial, NASE provides support, benefits, and consolidated buying power for those "In business on their own, not all alone."


The National Business Association
The NBA uses its consolidated buying power to aid its members with a variety of business products and useful tools. Its website offers a number of membership plans, each described in detail.



Franchise Research at
Extensive current and past list of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD's) for 1000's of franchises at
Another site which lists 1000's of franchise disclosure documents available for download.


Frandata is a research firm that provides objective information about franchising. They collect in-depth data such as the number of units that have closed, the number of SBA loans that have failed, and other valuable information.



A weekly publication with a focus on both politics and business news, Economist offers free online viewing for many articles, past and present.


This magazine is a highly recognized resource for business information and its website provides podcasts, business weblogs, and various useful resources pertaining to franchising.


Forbes provides business and financial news in print and on the web. Their web section that focuses on entrepreneurial endeavors may prove most useful for potential franchisees.


Institutional Investor
A business to business publisher, primarily focused on international finance, Institutional Investor is more than a magazine; it spearheads newsletters, journals, and research on topics such from asset management to mutual fund investments.


The Wall Street Journal
The WSJ is better known for its national and business news, but it has an online center for franchising that gives expert advice and helps potential franchisees look out for serious pitfalls.



Franchise Disclosure Documents
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is the single most important document for individuals who are researching franchises. Previously this document was called the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC). It contains a wealth of detailed information including the disclosure and explanation of 23 federally mandated items.