What FRANdata Thinks

UPDATE Last week at the national SBA lender conference, SBA senior staff announced that the long-awaited changes to the franchise affiliation process are about to be issued through the release of a new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) which will be effective January 1, 2017 at the earliest.  It is not clear if the election results […]

 The SBA published a new rule change that will significantly alter the way affiliation is evaluated in franchise/license situations.   One thing remains certain, details around how these changes are to be applied will not be known until the next version of the SBA’s Standard Operating Procedures is released– untill then, any changes will not be […]

Serious challenges to the existing franchise business model are centered on labor issues.  While labor issues have both political and practical considerations, they all are focused on the same pool of people and it’s that pool that I’d like to address from demographic and economic perspectives.  As we know, that unemployment rate is quite low […]