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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a national network that has more than 1,100 business development centers nationwide and is a member of the Florida SBDC Network and ASBDC. SBDCs represent the largest service delivery network of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Minority Chamber of Commerce
The Minority Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping the minority entrepreneur flourish and grow in today’s marketplace. Assistance is provided by the Chamber directly to socially or economically disadvantaged individuals who own or wish to start a business with a minimum of 51 percent ethnic minority ownership.
The International Franchise Association, founded in 1960, is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers.
Their Web site is dedicated to providing our members and guests with a one-stop shopping experience for franchise information.
The AAFD is a national non-profit trade association representing the rights and interests of franchisees and independent dealers throughout the United States.
The AAFD was formed by Declaration of Trust in May of 1992 with the mission of “Bringing Fairness to Franchising.”
- “Franchise Rule” (16 C.F.R. 436)
- Franchise and Business Opportunities
- List of State Agencies Administering Franchise Disclosure Laws
The largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.
The Canadian Franchise Association represents over 350 franchise companies and the professionals who support this way of doing business.
Their board of directors represent all regions of the country, and promotes a strong code of ethics as well as the mandatory use of the CFA disclosure document guide.
In signing on as a CFA member, a company agrees to give potential franchisees all the information they require to make a viable business decision.
Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection.
They are a voluntary association whose membership consists of 66 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.
In the United States, NASAA is the voice of the 50 state securities agencies responsible for efficient capital formation and grass-roots investor protection.
The World Franchise Council is an amicable, non political association of National Franchise Associations around the world.
It was formed in 1994 with the following founding members. Argentine, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, U.S.A. and the European Franchise Federation.
The objectives of the World Franchise Council is to inform each other of developments and to represent international franchising towards international bodies.