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Washington Hampering Franchise Small Business

By Matthew Patinkin Too many decisions coming out of Washington threaten the franchise model of doing business. I should know. I’m a longtime franchisee of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel stores in eight states including Illinois. I’ve never seen the situation more challenging for small business owners

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Minority Franchising Under Attack

By Alfredo Ortiz     The blur of taxes, regulations and mandates out of Washington has created a significant roadblock to job creation, but a recent action by an obscure government agency will hurt almost 200,000 minority business owners are sounding the alarm. The National

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A New “Fact Sheet” for Franchises at the NLRB

By Michael J. Lotitio and Missy Parry     On December 19, 2014, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board filed thirteen complaints against McDonald’s USA, LLC and numerous McDonald’s franchisees. The General Counsel named the franchisor, McDonald’s USA, as a joint employer