AAFD and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Team Up On Workshop for Prospective Franchise Buyers

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AAFD is partnering with the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE),in the presentation of “Fundamentals of Franchising: A Road Map to Total Quality Franchising” a pre-conference workshop for prospective buyers and business owners considering franchising.

AAFD is pleased to partner with the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), counselors to America’s small businesses, in the presentation of “Fundamentals of Franchising: A Road Map to Total Quality Franchising” a pre-conference workshop for prospective buyers and business owners considering franchising. The workshop will be presented on Sunday, April 30 on the opening day of the AAFD 2006 Annual Conference in Orlando.

Scheduled presenters include David E. Omholt, CEO of the Entrepreneur Authority, Tom McLanahan, Franchise Advisor with The Entrepreneur Authority, Tim Galfas, CEO of Automotive Resources International, (the AAFD’s Franchisor of the Year for 2006), and prominent Florida franchise attorney, Robert Einhorn. The workshop will expose prospective franchisees to AAFD strategies for a positive franchising experience.

Sponsored by The Entrepreneur Authority, subjects to be covered in the workshop include the history of franchising, important franchise terminology, industry statistics, advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchise, due diligence, the franchise selection process and the value of the AAFD Fair Franchising Seal. Attendees at the workshop will be invited to attend AAFD Annual Conference programs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Entrepreneur Authority has established a proud reputation for its high ethical standards in connecting quality prospects and franchise opportunities, and Tim Galfas is being recognized for his leadership in respecting the rights of franchisees. Robert Einhorn is among the leading franchisee attorneys in the country. The program will be introduced by AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin.

The program will also serve as a fundraiser for SCORE, which is the recognized leader in counseling hundreds of thousands of businesses nationwide. SCORE is lending its name and resources to market the workshop and the AAFD Annual Conference.    The award winning Orlando SCORE chapter is the largest and most successful chapter in the country. The relationship with Orlando’s SCORE will also open opportunities for links with other business associations, including area Chambers of Commerce and the Disney supported SBA National Entrepreneur Center.    

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is the oldest and largest direct member non-profit trade association representing the interests of franchisees and independent dealer networks throughout the United States. Stressing market solutions and franchisee empowerment through independent franchisee associations, the AAFD has grown to represent more than 20,000 franchised businesses nationwide.

The fee for attendance is $49 per person. For more information, call the AAFD InfoLine, 800-733-9858, or register at http://www.AAFD.org.

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