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The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Helps Small Businesses Become National Brands

October 25, 2013

CFA’s How To Franchise Your Business Seminar in Vancouver on November 4 guides entrepreneurs to become successful franchisors

(Toronto, ON) October 28, 2013… For many small business owners, franchising provides a fast and cost efficient way to grow their businesses and expand across Canada and beyond. To assist Vancouver entrepreneurs looking to gain market share through franchising, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) offers its full-day How to Franchise Your Business seminar. This year’s seminar will take place on November 4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building at 999 Canada Place East, Meeting Room 19 and 20 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“As a growth strategy, franchising allows the small business owner to expand faster and with less capital than other business models,” says Lorraine McLachlan, CFA’s President and CEO. “For over a decade, CFA’s How to Franchise Your Business seminar has been empowering entrepreneurs with the resources, strategies and expert advice they need to transform their businesses into successful franchise systems.”

Before launching a franchise program, prospective franchisors should consult legal, financial and franchise experts to ensure their concept can be franchised and to assist in the development of legal documents, operations manuals, training materials and more. By offering access to all of these experts at a fraction of what it would cost to consult each one separately, CFA’s How to Franchise Your Business Seminar is a can’t-miss event for any business owner looking to expand through franchising.

Topics at the How to Franchise Your Business Seminar include:
• What exactly is happening in the Canadian franchising environment? Trends and recent developments.
• Ensure you attract the best. Strategies for marketing to potential franchisees.
• Don't forget about the law. The legal side of franchising and avoiding the pitfalls.
• Money is always an issue. Financing the franchise and dealing with bankers.
• Been there, done that! Dos and don’ts from Doug Warren, Director of Franchising at Trade Secrets, an Ontario-based chain of retail beauty boutiques that has successfully expanded across Canada.

This year’s full line-up of speakers includes:
• Financial Representative: Mara Ashraf, National Bank
• Franchisor: Doug Warren, Trade Secrets
• Franchise Lawyer: Blair Rebane, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
• Franchise Consultant: Grant Bullington, FranNet BC

Attendees will also come away with a comprehensive Resource Package with articles, guidelines and publications to assist them as they transition to a franchise business model. For more information visit,

How to Franchise Your Business in Vancouver
Dates: Monday, November 4
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building, 999 Canada Place East, Meeting Room 19 & 20
Cost: $199 +GST

About the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)
With almost 550 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada’s best-known brands, the Canadian Franchise Association is the national voice for franchising in Canada and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Kenny Chan
Director, Communications
Canadian Franchise Association
Phone: 416-695-2896 ext. 232

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