I always say the same: We live in a community, we all have to do our part. I volunteer a lot of time with different Committees and Boards, especially for our Government. Normally they are for the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Families, and other organizations working with children, families and youth. Sometimes, for the Ministry of Small Business. They are creating a new legislation to protect franchisees in our province, and I was a part of the group who helped evaluate it, work on it, and make sure it was good for everyone involved. To be honest, as a franchisor, it will mean that we will have to do more work and divulge more information to our franchisees, but what’s easiest is not always best, and in this case, the bigger issue is not that it will delay things on my end as a franchisor, but rather that it will ensure that franchisees are protected, and that they know what they are getting into when they invest on a franchise. This is a good thing.
Yesterday, the proposed legislation was introduced for first reading, and I was asked to go as a franchisor, to share my thoughts on it. It was so great to see the people who worked so hard on it finally see the fruit of their labour! But the best part, the very very best part, was hearing one of our franchisees (who was asked to speak on behalf of franchisees), talk about how fortunate he and his wife were to have opened one of our schools, and now a second and third. He talked about CEFA providing all of the information that will now be required, without being required to do so, and about having the peace of mind of knowing thy had made the right choice. It made my heart burst with pride 🙂
I am not sure that I can share their photo, but here’s the one of me, and the link to the report:
Anyway, happy to have done my part, and to continue to be the type of franchisor I can be proud of. Go CEFA!!