When investing in a franchise or business opportunity, as well as seeking the advice of a legal professional, you should also consult your relevant state business association to find out about what support they can offer you as well as any upcoming business seminars where you can meet with other representatives from your local business community.
When you have your business up and running, your local business association can be a very valuable resource. If you are unsure of business regulations or experiencing problems adhering to state business laws, your state business association should be able to advise you on how best to address any kind of business problem. In addition to the associations listed, check for state-specific association that handle franchise and small business issues.
The purpose of the AAFD is to “promote fair and equitable franchising and dealer practices, to promote trade and exemplary trade practices, and to provide members with programs, services and products which enhance their ability to conduct their individual businesses and careers with competence and integrity.” It is a national, non-profit trade association which represents the interests of individuals who have entered into franchise agreements.
The Association promotes the responsible growth of the franchise industry throughout the region of New England. The NEFA promotes and encourages the franchise community by hosting industry speakers, sharing best practices and providing important networking opportunities.
The Association represents the Burger King ® franchisee community. It serves the franchisee community through advocacy, education and training, networking and member focused programs, services and benefits. The Association is dedicated towards providing comprehensive and valuable advice and support to franchisees to improve their business operations and strategy.
The Association’s mission is to advance knowledge and promote business growth through entrepreneurship education and research. USASBE hosts an annual entrepreneurship and small business conference, and has over 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector.
The Association works to assist the Self-Employed and Small Business Community in achieving their professional goals. To do this, the Association uses its group buying power to provide our members with support programs, cost and time saving products, services and valuable small business resource materials.
The Association was set up in 1937 to provide support to the small business community. Connecting more than 150,000 small businesses nationwide, the NSBA is focused on federal advocacy, and continually providing a snapshot of what’s on the mind of America’s small-business community through two biannual Economic Reports and various targeted surveys.
The Association is dedicated to providing a resource center for business women across the USA. It aims to bring women together and to provide them opportunities to help themselves and others to grow personally and professionally. The Association holds power networking events across the country.
The Association unites current and future veteran-owned businesses by acting as the national voice for the veteran business community. The Association represents veteran-owned businesses both at state and national level, and works towards promoting veteran businesses to corporate America and the government in an effort to secure increased business funding for the veteran business community.