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Q: Online forum for franchise owners/managers ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Online forum for franchise owners/managers
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: kmander-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 24 Aug 2002 04:53 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2002 04:53 PDT
Question ID: 58063
What I am seeking is a few quality sites that have an online forum
where franchise ownership/business is discussed among franchise
owners/managers. Even more specifically, I would like a forum that it
bias towards restuarant (ideally fast-food) franchises.

Clarification of Question by kmander-ga on 24 Aug 2002 14:11 PDT
Thanks sublime1 for responding to my question. I will be happy to
accept your current findings as an answer.

If you want to earn extra brownie points you might be able to provide
some extra resources/sites based on a bit more clarification...

Ultimately, what I am trying to do is to find a place where I can
discuss with small business owners about a possible partnership
venture whereby flyers are given out to customers. The point of sale
needs to have high traffic, hence why I thought a fast-food restaruant
might be suitable.

If you can find or suggest anything else that is possible solution to
my requirement then say so and I will raise the question price to $10.
If not, then I will keep it at $5 and you can submit what you have
found as your answer.

Keith Mander
Subject: Re: Online forum for franchise owners/managers
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 24 Aug 2002 16:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I was able to locate a few more resources.

One forum I found online "where franchise 
ownership/business is discussed among franchise
owners/managers" is the following:

This is an international site, and includes
posts from people seeking to become franchisees,
people offering business opportunities, and 
people discussing the relative merits of 
franchisers with whom they have become, or 
might become affiliated.

There are posts which receive no response, and
posts which have received 81 responses, so the
level of interest obviously varies by topic.

Such sites might be scarce due to situations
as outlined in the following page:

" took its message board
down recently after a bunch of franchise-unit 
owners posted an intolerable number of complaints
about various franchise systems. "Some of them got
really nasty," says Barb Yelmene, advertising 
director of Enterprise Magazines Inc., Milwaukee,
the parent company of and 
other forums that present various business 

"The nastiness comes as relations between system
operators and their franchisees are strained, as 
chains saturate cities with new shops that often 
encroach on existing franchisees' territories."

"Ms. Yelmene says the Web emboldened the 
malcontents: 'I think when people get on the 
Internet, they're willing to say anything.'"

"The angry franchisees would advise prospects
to steer clear of certain systems. Not 
surprisingly, some of's
big advertisers -- the chains themselves -- 
weren't too thrilled, and complained. Ms. 
Yelmene says that is part of the reason suspended the message 
board. Two other reasons: The complaints were 
anonymous, and thus impossible to verify, and 
teenagers started leaving sexually explicit 
messages. She says that by dismantling the 
message board for a while, the company will 
lose some of the squawking franchisees 
(and the teenagers). She hopes to get it 
running again, albeit in a more controlled 

Business Week Magazine also sponsors a 
small business forum, for which you must
sign up to join:
so I can't tell you about its content.

And the American Franchise Association, here:
sponsors an MSN Community which looks
promising, and must be joined by request:
I would try to apply directly from that page,
from the link for "Join this Group"

It occurs to me that what you want to do
might also be presented by way of meetings
through the auspices of the Small Business
Administration in your area. The SBA site:  has a page to locate
offices in your state:

Perhaps contact with your local office 
would provide information regarding meetings
in which you could promote your concept,
or allow you to set up such a meeting
with local businessmen.

Have you considered the option of utilizing
the services of a flyer/coupon delivery
service such as ValPak?:

ValPak is a nationwide organization, which
franchises its services throughout the
country. You might also locate similar
services which provide the same service
in a more localized neighborhood.

Searches cone, via Google:

franchisers online forum + "fast food"



small business forum

small business + "online forum" + "fast food"

I hope this information is useful. If it
exceeded your expectations, I don't know if
you can raise the question price after it's
been answered and before you rate it. If
not, that's okay.

If I can further assist you with this query,
please feel free to post a request for a
clarification of the answer before you rate

kmander-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
It doesn't appear that I can raise the price after it has been
answered, sorry. It is a feature Google should perhaps add; to allow
people to give a tip.

The answer was first class, sublime1 understood what I was ultimately
after and provided some great resources for me to look into futher.
Full stars for being able to find some sites considering there was
such a limited amount of information online.

Subject: Re: Online forum for franchise owners/managers
From: sublime1-ga on 24 Aug 2002 12:46 PDT

I could only find one such forum online, which seems
to be open to all dicussions, rather than focused on
the fast-food industry, as you'd like.

I also found an article outlining the problems with 
such forums, which could account for their scarcity.

If you'd like this information posted as an answer,
add a clarification to that effect, and I'll do so.


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