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Nancy Lanard, Franchise Attorney – Lanard and Associates.

As you progress with a franchise investigation, an important question you should ask yourself is if you need an attorney to review the documents. The answer is absolutely, yes! This is a legal contract that you are entering into which can impact your business for years and cost you a great deal of money and time to fulfill. It is important that you have an experienced franchisee attorney, such as the attorneys at Lanard and Associates, review the documents to be on your team to protect your legal rights and explain the documents to you. The attorneys at Lanard and Associates have over 20 years of experience evaluating franchise documents nationwide for their clients. Franchise law is a highly regulated, complex and specialized area of law that involves federal and state regulations. It is important to have experienced franchisee counsel review the FDD and franchise agreement even if the franchisor indicates that the agreement is not negotiable. Many times these “non-negotiable” documents are negotiable and can be amended to clarify terms or add provisions. The attorneys at Lanard and Associates represent clients nationwide looking at investing in a franchise. The review by our attorneys will include explanation of the expectations a franchisee should have, the obligations the franchisee has to the franchisor, any concerns that the attorney reviewing the documents may have and requirements imposed on the franchisee that are not typical and that may present a concern. All of our franchisee services are at a flat fee, so you know up front exactly what your expense will be. Expect around $2000 for a thorough single unit review. Watch this 14 minute video to learn what is most important in reviewing the FDD https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#label/Lawyers/15af7c1423c9f0e2?projector=1

Nancy is a Legal Eagle – an honor presented to the top franchise attorneys in the US named by Franchise Times Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Richard Feist– Colorado Business Listings (Owner)

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After graduating from Bradley University and his honorable discharge from the US Army, Richard started, grew and ultimately sold his apparel manufacturing and service businesses based in New York; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia and Guatemala City, Guatemala. After accomplishing that and firmly believing that it is best to work where you play, he came with his wife and children to Louisville, Colorado. He quickly built a successful home improvement business which he sold – having stuck to his 6 year plan. Seeing the business broker’s place in the sale process of his company, Grout Tek,  peaked his interest, so he bought a piece of the brokerage company that got his business sold. This led to a specialty in connecting business sellers with buyers and acquisition-minded buyers with sellers. He has acted as coach/advisor/mentor helping business owners plan tactically and strategically focusing on their business plans, succession plans and value growth.

Using his well developed understanding of business valuations, Richard has contracted to give valuation studies for companies seeking partners, companies for sale, and companies implementing strategies for organic growth or growth through acquisition. He is a member of CABI – Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries and holds an active Real Estate License in the state of Colorado.

National Franchise Institute

There is always a lot more to opening a new location than first meets the eye. It can be downright scary to find yourself in the franchise world realizing that you don’t know what you don’t know! If you have plans to build your first (or your next) brick and mortar location, the Essential Competencies program will give you the critical development details to keep you out of harm’s way so that you open on time and on budget.

National Franchise Institute’s Essential Competencies program will provide valuable support to successfully opening your first location without years of stumbling along the hard way.The ideal timing for the Essential Competencies program is after a Franchise Agreement has been signed but before the search for real estate begins (and DEFINITELY before a lease is signed!). In most cases, this sequence fits perfectly before operations training takes place. Best of all, programs are held approximately every six weeks.

The investment in education you make now can make all the difference to both your short-term and long-term success and profitability.

Your Franchise is Waiting is proud to partner with the National Franchise Institute and offer substantial discounts to our mutual clients.

GeoWize – Location selection services.

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Consider for a moment what would happen if you opened your business in the wrong location: failure, loss of investment, bankruptcy… The first step in evaluating the potential success of a prospective location is understanding the makeup of the trade areas. With the extensive market intelligence that GeoWize can provide, your chances of a location related disaster will go way down. Your Franchise is Waiting is proud to partner with GeoWize.

Tenant Wisdom– Commercial Real Estate Brokerage (Tenant Representation)

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With over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate field, Mark Casey has assisted a wide range of entrepreneurs, private and public companies, as well as non-profit organizations, in successfully leasing over 1-million square feet of commercial and industrial space. While TenantWisdom’s primary focus is Colorado, he assists clients worldwide in evaluating the right properties and helps you secure them at the best lease pricing he can negotiate on your behalf.
Other national real estate partners are available.

Michael Reeder, Swartz and Reeder, Certified Public Accountants

Michael Reeder is a self-employed CPA and business advisor. He works with small business franchise clients both locally and nationwide. He helps clients by helping them understand the financial and tax implications of what it means to go into business for themselves. Two central areas that Michael can add value during the franchise selection process are,

  • To help you fully understand what the item 19 in the FDD document is telling you and
  • He provides business plan write-up services as required by either the franchisor, lender, or both.

Discounted, flat-rate pricing on his services for Your Franchise is Waiting clients.