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What killed Alabama’s Fair Franchising bill?

Many of you are probably aware of the news that the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives pulled the plug on a new fair franchising bill. Last month, a bill modeled after the California bill that passed in 2015 moved through the Alabama State Senate. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), of which we […]

Our message to Congress: More oversight is needed to protect franchise owners

Recently, a group of National Coalition executive board members and FOA leaders went to Washington to press lawmakers for stronger federal oversight of franchising to ensure independent operators of franchised businesses like convenience stores and quick service restaurants are not subjected to contractual terms that are inherently unfair, unconscionable or potentially predatory. We are all […]

Here’s how to make the NBLC better than ever

In our last article, we examined the concerns franchisees have about the National Business Leadership Council, known to us all by the acronym NBLC. The council was created, according to 7-Eleven, to provide franchisees with a voice to protect their interests and offer opinions to help shape brand decisions. But, as we explained, the NBLC’s […]

How the NBLC can bring real change

If you search “New Business Leadership Council” in Google, you will find a three minute video produced by 7-Eleven Inc. (SEI) and titled, “7-Eleven New Business Leadership Council represents the voice of franchisees.” It features franchisees from the NBLC talking about how they provide franchisees with a voice to protect their interests and offer opinions […]

We need more than a feel-good convention to solve important issues like the cost of goods

Many of us read with interest the Convenience Store News coverage of the recent 7-Eleven Experience (7EE). The news article called it a “giant annual convention,” which reportedly drew more than 8,500 attendees, including 4,500 franchisees. As you all know, the Board of Directors of the National Coalition voted to skip the 7EE, in order […]

Why all franchisees should read this report from the Australian government

          Why all franchisees should read this report from the Australian government There are almost 800,000 franchised businesses in the United States.  Abuse of franchisees by their franchisor is rampant in many systems.  Franchisees within the 7-Eleven system are not immune to these issues.  Recently, Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations […]