Franchises offer the aspiring business owner the opportunity to enter into a market with an existing business model, an existing brand and some level of ongoing business assistance as the enterprise develops. Some franchises offer direct funding for startups, or may have captive financing available through a partnership between the franchisor and a lender. The execution and success of the business model, the value and recognition of the brand and the quality of the ongoing support should be carefully researched by the entrepreneur before signing on with a franchise.

Small Business Administration Articles on Franchises

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