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Business and Franchise Law Third Party Websites and Resources

Below are links to third party websites related to issues involving business law, franchise law and shareholder and partnership disputes. Select a category below and please keep in mind that the links are to third party sites that include federal and state resources and websites of trade associations and third party sites. Always evaluate and verify the content of information contained on a website.

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Minnesota Department of Commerce - FDD and Franchise Filings

Franchise and FDD Database section of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. This database provides access to franchise enforcement actions and franchise filings in the State of Minnesota.

New York State Franchise Regulations

Website of the New York State Franchise Regulations. In New York State it is required that Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD) be filed with the Attorney General for the State of New York. The New York State Franchise Regulations state specific laws and rules that must be in place for franchisees and franchisors.

California Dept of Corporations Electronic Franchise Database

Website of the California Department of Corporations. This portion of the website provides access to the Department's searchable electronic database containing pdf files of actual franchise registration filings and disclosures filed in the State of California. This database contains useful information for both franchisees and franchisors and is an excellent source of information.

Illinois Attorney General - Franchise Information and Publications

Franchise information section of the Illinois Attorney General website. This website includes important information and resources for franchisors and franchisees. Information includes franchise FDD registration, the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act, Franchisor registration tips and risk information for franchisees.

New York Attorney General - Franchise Information

Franchise section of the website of the New York State Attorney General. New York is a franchise registration state - prior to the offer or sale of franchise opportunities or rights in the State of New York a franchisor must register its its Franchise Disclosure Document ("FDD") with the New York Attorney General.

Franchise Times Magazine

Website of the Franchise Times Magazine. Franchise Times is a magazine publication that contains useful news, information and articles about the franchise industry, franchisors and franchisees. If you operate a franchise or evaluating the formation of a franchise system, Franchise Times magazine is a useful resource.

International Franchise Association

Website of the International Franchise Association ("IFA"). Primarily comprised of franchisors, the IFA is a trade association that advocates on behalf of the franchising business models. Members also include franchisees and franchise suppliers. This website includes information about the franchise business model, purchasing a franchise, starting a franchise system and franchise opportunities for sale.

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Franchise Biz Consulting

Franchise Biz Consulting's objective is to help franchise candidates find an appropriate franchise opportunity that meets their business, personal and financial goals.  Franchise Biz Consulting educates candidates about franchise opportunities that meet their criteria and increase awareness of the franchise buying process.

G.I. Jobs - Military Franchising

Website of G.I. Jobs has created a site solely for military members and veterans interested in franchising. This site offers useful information for military veterans considering purchasing a franchise by offering a section for calculating your net worth to an area to help veterans get pointed towards a military-friendly franchise that could possibly be a good fit for them.

Better Business Bureau

The Website of the Better Business Bureau ("BBB") cannot only offer insight into businesses for consumers but also is useful in finding out complaints against franchised businesses that are common. For a entrepreneur considering purchasing a franchise this can be of great importance to determining any complaints that other franchisees may have against the franchisor or common complaints that consumers have against the franchise itself.

Greater New York Automobiles Dealer Association

The website of Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association ("GNYADA").  This website contains association information and membership details for an automobile dealers association in New York that represents franchised new car and truck dealers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland.

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations ("CFA"). This website was formed in 2007 with the intentions to bring together independent franchisee associations to form a single organization to collect various strengths from different franchisee associations in order to benefit the franchisee community.

New York State Automobile Dealers Association

Website of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association ("NYSADA").  This website offers education to new car and truck franchisees in New York on matters such as insurance and legislative and regulatory matters for New York dealers.

Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative

Website of the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative ("VetFran").  This franchise association website is owned and operated by the International Franchise Association and is for entrepreneurs who were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces and are interested in purchasing a franchise.  VetFran is compiled of many opportunities from different franchise companies who offer discounts on franchise fees or initial franchise costs to veterans who qualify.

SBA Guide to Buying a Franchise

Website of the Small Business Administration. This portion of the SBA website includes a guide to purchasing a franchise, including The Benefits of Franchise Ownership, Selecting a Franchise, Shopping at Franchise Exposition, and Investigating Franchise Offerings.

Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide

Website of the Federal Trade Commission. This portion of the FTC website provides prospective franchisees with information about buying a franchise, including (a) The Benefits and Responsibilities of Franchise Ownership, (b) Advance Work: Before you Select a Franchise System, (c) Selecting a Franchise, (d) Finding the Right Opportunity, (e) Investigating before you Invest, and (f) Before you sign the Franchise Agreement.

New York Attorney General - Franchisee Resources

Website of the New York State Attorney General. If you are purchasing a franchise or looking for information about becoming a franchisee this website contains some helpful information. If you are buying a franchise in the State of New York you could contact the New York Attorney General's office to find out if the franchisors Franchise Disclosure Document ("FDD") is currently registered. Updated franchise registration and other franchise related information should be discussed with a New York Franchise Lawyer such as Charles N. Internicola at 800. 976. 4904.

American Association of Franchisees & Dealers

Website of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers ("AAFD"). The AAFD is a trade association that provides resources and advocates on behalf of franchisees. The AAFD is focused on maintaining balanced relationships between franchisees and franchisors. If you are a franchisee or considering the purchase of a franchise this website contains valuable resources and information.

Franchise Times

Website of the franchise times magazine. Franchise Times is a magazine publication that contains useful news, information and articles about the franchise industry, franchisors and franchisees. If you are evaluating franchise opportunities and considering the purchase of a franchise, Franchise Times magazine is a useful resource that you should consider.

American Franchisee Association

Website of the American Franchisee Association. The American Franchisee Association ("AFA") is a trade group that advocates the advancement and protection of franchisee rights through legislative reform respecting the federal and state franchise laws. This site provides links to useful information for existing franchisees and individuals considering the purchase of a franchise.

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Proposition 65

Website of California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. This website includes important information for product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers about "Prop 65" and the warnings that your product/packaging may be required to include.

Proposition 65 Chemical List

Website of California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. This link includes access to the list of Proposition 65 designation chemicals that are subject to regulation by the State of California.

National Veteran-Owned Business Association

Website of the National Veteran-Owned Business Association ("NaVOBA") is a resource which provides support for veterans who would like to become or who have already become entrepreneurs. 

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association ("NRA") provides research information, education, networking, community involvement, and tools to help serve restaurant members such as chef-owned restaurants, family restaurant chains, quick service franchisees, contract food service organizations, contract food service organizations, and all other segments of the food industry.

Service Station Dealers of Greater New York, Inc.

Website of the Service Station Dealers of Greater New York ("SSDGNY"). This website contains information for service station dealers, auto repair shops, retail gas facilities with a convenience store, garages, parking lots, and other related businesses. This New York business association for service station dealers offers useful information for those business owners in the service station dealers line of work. 

Service Station Operators Association of Southern New York, Inc.

The website of the Service Station Operators Association of Southern New York, Inc. ("SSRSANY") offers information about the SSRSANY which is a non-profit association which represents over 275 members throughout Southern New York who are owners of independent service stations, gasoline outlets, convenience stores, car washes and auto/truck repair shops.

New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

The website of the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging ("NYAHSA").  This website provides information on the NYAHSA which is a not-for-profit association that represents owners of nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and community service providers throughout New York State.

New York Association of Convenience Stores

The New York Association of Convenience Stores ("NYACS"). NYACS is a not-for-profit trade association which currently represents over 1,500 New York convenience stores by delivering knowledge, providing the convenience store owners with a unified voice on legislative and regulatory issues, access to business solutions and also offers ways for members to share ideas, address common issues and offer each other support.

Professional Beauty Association

Website of the Professional Beauty Association ("PBA"). The Professional Beauty Association is a non-profit trade association that represents the interest of professional beauty industry including manufacturers, distributors, salons, spas and other licensed beauty professionals. The association represents beauty professionals nationwide and offers business tools, education, networking and more to help beauty professionals as a whole succeed in their industry.

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship ("USASBE"). This association offers education, research and outreach for entrepreneurship.  The USASBE is an affiliate of the International Counsel for Small Business ("ICSB") but is also a unique independent organization that has its own unique mission.  The USASBE focuses most of its attention on researching entrepreneurship and what works for people who are currently seeing an increase in the growth of their small businesses.  After compiling the information from their research they educate those who are new to entrepreneurship so that they too can thrive as a small business owner in this economy.

New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, Inc.

Website of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, Inc. ("NYSASSRS"). This association represents Independent Automotive Service Stations and Repair Shops throughout New York State and represents over 3,500 members in an attempt to protect the interest of independently owned gas stations and repair shops.

New York Wine Industry Association

Website of the New York Wine Industry Association ("NYWIA"). The New York Wine Industry Association was created to work on behalf of its member including, growers, suppliers and wineries to promote the health and advancement of the wine industry in New York State. The association does this by legislative lobbying and through public educational efforts in New York.

New York State Liquor Store Association

Website of the New York State Liquor Store Association ("NYSLSA").  This website includes important information if you are looking for an association to become a part of.  The New York State Liquor Store Association represents liquor store owners throughout New York State.  Business owners who have a New York liquor license are welcomed by the New York State Liquor Store Association to join and in joining will licensed liquor store owners support, discussions and solutions to common problems in the liquor store industry and will help provide education on important topics related to liquor stores and liquor retailers.

International Carwash Association

International Carwash Association ("ICA"). The International Carwash Association is an industry-driven membership association which serves the needs of the carwash and detailing industry internationally by offering car wash industry research information, education, networking and business opportunities.

Service Station Dealers of America / National Coalition of Petroleum Retailers and Allied Trades

Service Station Dealers of America / National Coalition of Petroleum Retailers and Allied Trades ("SSDA-AT").  The Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades is a national association which is composed of individual and state affiliate programs and associations representing services station dealers, repair facilities, car washes and convenience stores.  The SSDA-AT serves as a voice on Capital Hill for its members regarding important issues which affect service stations, repair facilities, car washes and convenience stores nationwide.

Gasoline and Repair-shop Association of New York

Gasoline and Repair-shop Association of New York ("GRANY"). This association is non profit trade association dedicated to bringing about better business conditions for petroleum retailers in the New York State area.

New York State Car Wash Association

Website of the New York State Car Wash Association. This site contains useful information about New York laws that affect Car Wash operators and tips for operating and maintaining a car wash. If you are considering the purchase of a car wash this site will provide you with some insight into issues that you may face as the future owner of a car wash. For existing car wash owners, this is an association that you should evaluate joining.

American Business Women's Association

American Business Women's Association ("ABWA").  The American Business Women's Association is for female business owners but is also for women interested in entrepreneurship.  This association offers the opportunity for the growth of female entrepreneurs by education, network support and national recognition and offers support on both the national and local levels.

New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association

Website of the New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association ("NJH&LA").  This website provides its members, which are made up of Hotel and Motel owners and general managers of hotels, with assistance in operations, education and communications. 

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This website includes important information about trademarks, trademark applications and the steps required to obtain trademark protection. If you are considering the use of a particular trademark or have an existing business or franchise and want to conduct a trademark search this site provides searchable access into the trademark records of the USPTO. For the successful business owner and franchisor the protection of your trademarks are critical.

Service Station Dealers of Greater New York

This is the website of the Service Station Dealers of Greater New York. The website includes information about this association and the services offered to New York gas station owners and operators.

Car Wash Operators of New Jersey

Website of the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey ("CWON"). This is a trade association website for car wash owners and operators in New Jersey. The CWON site provides useful information about the groups advocacy respecting New Jersey legislation affecting car wash owners and resources to assist car wash operators.

Gasoline & Automotive Service Dealers

Website of the Gasoline and Service Dealers of America (GASDA). This trade association website provide useful information for New York, New Jersey gas station owners and operators including legislative information, advocacy on behalf of gas station owners and information about gas stations for sale.

United States Small Business Administration

Website of the United States Small Business Administration. This website is a great resource for individuals considering the purchase of a business or franchise and for existing business owner interested in obtaining government funded and insured loans. In addition to information about the SBA loan process this website contains useful small business planning tools.

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