Find articles and information regarding navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic here.

IFA Forbearance and Rent Abatement Letter


Governors, along with state agencies and legislators across the country are leading the charge against the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this letter, the majority of states have closed non-essential businesses. To ensure that franchisees are able to recover from the unprecedented economic burden created by COVID-19, the International Franchise Association urges states to implement an emergency forbearance and rent abatement program.

Post-COVID Opportunities and Legal Considerations to Franchise Resale

It would be difficult to find any person or business that has not been affected by COVID-19. Over the last few months, most states have issued “stay at home,” “shelter-in-place,” and other similar orders. Businesses all over the country have ceased operating. Many others that have remained opened have experienced a substantial decrease in their business volume. Americans have filed for employment in record numbers. Franchise systems are no exception and have faced closures, layoffs and a myriad of other issues.

Ballard Brands Gives Back

Louisiana-based Ballard Brands is serving its community by providing much-needed help to frontline health care workers, and the wider community. In the area in and around New Orleans that has been hard-hit by COVID-19, Ballard Hospitality, Ballard Brands and their WOW American Eats brand are helping to give back to the area as it fights this deadly disease.

FAQs: Franchising and PPP Loans

Q: How Does Franchising Work?

A: Franchising is an arrangement where a name brand company grants a local entrepreneur the right to use its business name, trademarks, and processes to produce and market a good or service. The business owner usually pays a one-time fee and a percentage of sales revenue as royalty. Typically, the brand provides national advertising and support, while the independent owner is responsible for day-to-day operations of the business, including hiring and scheduling employees.

How Scenthound is Continuing Growth Amid COVID-19


As we navigate the new normal of franchising, we all have a lot of questions. When will this end? How do we continue to grow? What does this mean for my business? There’s still a lot of uncertainty, but it’s time to think about the future and the success that could come, post-COVID.

The Pet Industry in COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, there have been headlines across the nation celebrating how animal shelters are being completely cleared out.

Blo Blow Dry Bar of Rocklin, CA Donates Blow Outs to Healthcare Workers

At Blo Blow Dry Bar of Rocklin, California, we are taking care of those who take care of us.

For a limited time, when you purchase of a gift valued at $50+ from Blo Rocklin, we will donate a blow out to a local healthcare worker at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Our gift cards never expire, so purchase now to use when we reopen our doors. 

Strength in Numbers: Why Franchised Businesses are Faring Better than Mom-and-Pops Through COVID-19

I have never been prouder to be part of franchising than I am now. Since the Coronavirus hit, we have seen our industry rally. The motto “in business for yourself, but not by yourself” rings true. We have been standing together, sharing best practices, and encouraging each other to keep going.