The topic of discussion will focus on franchising–what is it, what laws regulate it, what to look for before buying one, where to go for helpful info, current franchising trends in RVA, and whatever else comes up during the discussion.


  1. What is a franchise?
  2. What’s the difference between a franchise and a license?
  3. How many franchise systems exist in the U.S?
  4. What are some good ways to research franchise opportunities?
  5. What does “FDD” stand for?
  6. Does Virginia regulate franchising?
  7. What are some good books for prospective franchisees to learn about franchising?
  8. What are some benefits of franchising?
  9. What are some of the drawbacks of franchising?
  10. What is the Virginia Franchise Forum?