Law Works Vaughan: 3 Steps to Resolving Your Franchise Dispute

Find out how to get the most out of your mediation so you can reach a resolution quickly and easily!

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If you’re struggling with problems or disagreements with your franchisor, it might seem like it’s impossible to reach a resolution, but don’t worry! Disputes are common, but if you can’t come to an agreement it’s best to appoint a mediator to help out.

The expert mediation at Law Works Vaughan will help you negotiate an outcome that is acceptable to both parties. In our hands, you can rest assured your dispute will be settled as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

Read on to find out how you can get the most out of your franchise dispute mediation:

Prepare and know what you want to achieve

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the problems and how you would like to solve them. Outline your case clearly and concisely at the start of the mediation and have all your paperwork ready to substantiate your claims. For example, if you are alleging your franchisor has violated your contract, be sure to have records to prove it.

Observe obligations

Although you may be dissatisfied with your franchisor, it’s important to uphold any obligations under your franchise contract. Some examples of this might include adhering to confidentiality agreements and ensuring goods or services provided during the dispute are up to standard. It’s easier to make your case if you hold up your end of the deal.

Be cooperative

Try to resolve the dispute and understand that both parties must compromise in order to reach a resolution. Sometimes it’s necessary to think of creative or alternative ways to settle the dispute such as a cash settlement. Whatever the agreement, it’s important to get it in writing to prevent further disagreements.

 

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Franchise Lawyer in Vaughan

Thinking of buying a franchise? Expanding your current franchise into Ontario? Here are a few reasons you should hire a franchise lawyer Vaughan ON.

Are you considering buying a franchise or a current franchisor thinking of expanding into Canada? If so, you may want to consult a local legal professional who specializes in franchise law.

Here are three reasons why you should hire a local franchise lawyer in Vaughan, ON:

They know what to look for

Each province has specific franchise legislation. For example, large and established franchises in Ontario are exempt from providing financial statements. However, this is only if they meet the criteria detailed in Part III of O. Reg. 581/00.

Consequently, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the way these laws vary from province to province.

They can promote fair dealing

Most importantly, a franchise lawyer can also help each party to uphold the duty of fair dealing. This is outlined in Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 which encourages participants in a franchise agreement to engage in good faith. Similarly, having a strong counsel may be able to prevent future complications.

They can handle disputes

If complications do occur, franchise lawyers are uniquely capable of smoothing things over. Ben Hanuka, head of Law Works PC, launched the first franchise disclosure class action in Ontario. The case — Bekah v. Three for One Pizza (2003) — involved the franchisor structuring a transaction in a way that tried to sidestep disclosure requirements. Ultimately the court sided with the purchaser with help from the franchise lawyer.

In conclusion, hiring an experienced franchise lawyer can provide you with significant legal protection.

3 New Trends in the Real Estate Market Toronto

With summer coming, here are three new trends to expect in the real estate market Toronto, according to the latest market watch reports.

Here are a few new trends to expect in the real estate market Toronto, according to the latest market reports:

1. Largest growth occurring in the areas surrounding GTA

According to the Bank of Canada’s newest Financial System Review, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is experiencing a 32% increase in house prices. This is relative to April 2016 price levels. Most notably, the price of condos in the GTA has significantly increased. In the first few months of the year the price of condos was almost on par with prices of single-family homes.  

As prices have risen, homeowners are looking for more affordable housing just outside of the GTA. Consequently, home prices in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area have risen. As a result of this increase, the areas surrounding the GTA have experienced growth at a faster rate than areas within the GTA.

2. Price growth strong despite increase in listings

The May 2017 resale housing market figures revealed that despite active listings going up to 42.9% in May, price growth remains strong. Elli Davis and her team suggest in their latest Market Watch Report that the average selling price in May hit $863,910. This is a 14.9% increase compared to last year.

3. Summer home releases and openings

Lastly, as homeowners begin to take advantage of the strong price growth, we’re bound to see many new home releases and openings this summer.

With listings growing, it’s sure to be an exciting summer for the real estate market Toronto.

5 Ways Your Brand Can Collaborate With Influential Bloggers

Not getting enough attention? Collaborating with bloggers who resonate with your brand and have a substantial following on social media is a great way to gain a lot of exposure.  People may not yet be familiar with your brand but after they see a few posts that ‘so-and-so’ blogger is now raving about how much they love your product, it will surely trigger that interest you’ve been wanting for your brand.

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When approaching bloggers to give your product a whirl, you’ll need to be equipped with some ideas to offer and an open mind to accept some of their ideas, hence the term collaborate.   Let’s get to it!  Here are 5 ways you can collaborate with influential bloggers:

  1. Gift them your goodies

Ask them if they’d be willing to try out your product free and if they could document their experience in trendy photos or a tutorial video.  

  1.  Product reviews

Rolling on the idea of gifting your goodies, if you’re giving away your stuff for free, you would want a little something in return right?  A positive product review and a featured blog post about how great your product is a powerful way to get potential customers to start buying products.

  1.  Giveaway

Who doesn’t like getting free stuff? And even better, winning free stuff!  Ask the blogger if they’d be willing to host a giveaway with one or more of your products.  

  1.   Branded apparel

When it comes to influential bloggers, you’ll find tons in almost every industry from cooking to knitting and much more, but I honestly believe it all started with fashion. Who’s wearing what and where?  Look into getting well-designed branded apparel showcasing your brand or its logo and approach a blogger about wearing it in their next photoshoot, one that would speak around your brand.

  1.  Videos

Videos are known to have some of the highest engagement rates. Approach a blogger about featuring your product in their next video, whether it be a tutorial on how to use your product or a product review in the form of a video as opposed to written content.

For more information on branded apparel for your small business, contact Apex Image Marketing.

Does Your Brand Tell an Authentic Story?

It’s so important that your brand tells a meaningful story to its audience. More importantly, that it’s authentic. Sharing your story humanizes your brand, it shows people there’s a real person behind the product; there is reason behind the product. This will inspire trust in people, it’s what will turn a person into a buyer.

Your brand’s story shouldn’t be all about how your product or service was first created or who helped you do it, that’s a story anyone can tell. It should be driven by your personality and what makes you unique, and it should be simple. There should be three main parts to your story:

  1. Problem
  2. Solution
  3. Success

Tell your audience about hurdles: how they were overcome, and what success means to you.  Your story should connect with your audience, so knowing and understanding your targeted audience is very important. Are you speaking to mothers with children, the elderly, teens with growing personalities,or the business world? All these types of demographics speak and communicate differently. It’s essential to do your research.

Becoming a brand people can recognize and know when they see your logo or name is what you want to achieve. Consider using promotional products to market your brand. Give your customers stationary, a mug, and even apparel. Who doesn’t like getting free stuff? This way, your customers feel appreciated and it’s just one more way of extending your reach to potential customers. Contact Apex Image Marketing to get custom designed promotional products for your business.

Buying a Franchise or Starting Your Own Business?

Many of the largest and most successful businesses came from a person’s dream of becoming their own boss. Perhaps you’ve also had dreams about being a successful entrepreneur. If you have been putting some deep thought into running a business of your own, but you’re not sure whether starting your own business or buying a franchise is right for you, you’ll need to consider what would work best for you based on your knowledge, skills, experience, and life plan.

Here are some benefits of buying a franchise that doesn’t come as easily with a start-up business:

Brand awareness

Customers are more likely to be aware of the franchises brand, products, or services.  You won’t need to invest too much into a marketing strategy or have to work as hard as you would with a brand new business to get your name out there.

Established business operations

Learn the day-to-day operations of the franchise and how to operate your business at a level that has proven success. The exposure you gain from this side of the business adds so much value to your skills and experience in the business.

Support system to ensure success

A good franchisor will provide support to their franchisees to ensure success, this includes training, marketing material, and operational support. Having this in your corner takes away a lot of the risk involved in doing it all on your own.

Before deciding on buying a franchise, compile some of the types of franchises suits your skillset most and speak to a franchise lawyer who can help you narrow down what might work best for you.  With good franchises, there typically isn’t much room for negotiations with the terms of the agreement, which is why it’s so important to get legal advice first. Contact an experienced franchise lawyer in Mississauga at Law works who will help you understand exactly what you’re getting into.

Trade Show Checklist: How to Sell Your Products Successfully

Most trade show booths start out with nothing but a table and a few square feet to work with so, it’s becomes extremely important to have a well-designed and captivating exhibit that will draw the attention of the people attending. Typically, trade shows tend to bring in tons of foot traffic, some events bring in thousands of visitors over weekend-long events. With that being said, here are your trade show must-haves to ensure your exhibit is the best it can possibly be:

  1. Your exhibit should focus on only the new and featured products and services of your business.  Don’t try to cram all of your products on your display table.  
  2. Your exhibit should include technology, whether you have a monitor showing images and videos, or an ipad for customer to engage with.
  3. Your exhibit must have marketing material that prominently displays your business name and website.  Make use of brochures, banners, flyers, or display boards.
  4. Everyone loves getting free stuff at these kind of events.  Use promotional products to increase your brand awareness and leave an impression.  Use branded totes for people purchasing your products, hand out keychains, pens, water bottles, mugs, or stationary branded with your business name and logo.
  5. Employees working the exhibit should wear branded apparel with your business name and logo consistent with your vision and marketing direction, such as using all blue shirts with a printed logo to represent your business.

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Get all of your promotional products and branded apparel from Apex Image Marketing, take a look at our huge selection of promotional products, apparel, and more.  Once you find the products that best suit your business, our design team will work with you to help your brand come to life. Contact Apex Image Marketing today!