Welcome to WikidFranchise

Our objective is to explain the range of business risks that mom-and-pop business format franchise investors face before, during, and after being a franchisee.

WikidFranchise.org — what is left after you wiki a franchise case study (ie. the document was run through a wiki; the story was wiki-ed => wikidfranchise)

Risks Now versus Risks when The Model Changes

Pre-sale due diligence is good but it is not enough protection. Due diligence takes a photograph of an ever-changing business risk environment.

Mom-and-pop franchisees are always at a severe disadvantage regarding information and economic power if and when the franchisor decides to unilaterally exercise their discretion in a one-sided way.

Editor's Choice of Article: NLRB Charges McDonald’s as Joint Employer with Franchisees, Janet Sparks

As I started collecting documents in 1998, patterns started to emerge.

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Ways to Use WikidFranchise:

  1. new: find out what are the most popular documents retrieved at Wikid Fame,
  2. take a look at our Business Risk page & click through to see their case studies.
  3. scan the Editor Picks page for noteworthy documents and quick comments.
  4. search by typing in the name of a: franchisor executive, attorney, franchisee, lender, country, or journalist,
  5. type in a trademark name such as "Quiznos",
  6. click on the system's name in our unique trademark tag cloud,
  7. read the most important academic franchise work: Problematic Relations: Franchising and the Law of Incomplete Contracts (introduction la version française),
  8. read Beguiling Heresy: Regulating the Franchise Relationship by Paul Steinberg & Gerald Lescatre, 2004,
  9. to understand the role of the franchise bar read The Price of Law: How the Market for Lawyers Distorts the Justice System by Gillian K. Hadfield,
  10. read Franchising Opportunism and the accompanying legal test claim, and
  11. keep current with our companion weblog FranchiseFool or the NEW FranchiseBanker.ca.
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