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What is franchising?
Franchising in its essence is a partnership between two entities, the franchisor and the franchisee. A franchisor is the person or a group of people who own a company, the franchisee is a person who wants to open a franchise business by using that company’s name. If the idea of starting a business from scratch is intimidating, then perhaps consider starting a franchise business. This article will highlight what exactly is franchising and why it is getting increasing popular.
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Readers question: I incorporated my company name in 2007 with the initials “CLA” included as part of the full name. Recently I received a letter from lawyers representing another company who also use “CLA” in their company name and want me to rebrand and stop using CLA as part of the full name. I noticed they registered a trademark for CLA in 2009. I also notice there are hundreds of companies using CLA as part of their full company name. Can you please advise if I will be forced to change my company name?

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