Protect Florida Small Business is a coalition of small businesses, organizations, and individuals who have joined together to advocate on behalf of the thousands of small business owners and operators who run franchise stores, restaurants, and shops across the Sunshine State. These franchisees are our neighbors, dedicated men and women who chose to invest in a small business in order to pursue their dreams. This website is a resource for Floridians to learn more about the unjust treatment facing franchise operators and how to support and foster local business growth through leveling the playing field.

A stable relationship between large corporate franchisors and local franchise operators is good for Florida’s economy. Our state should take every possible step to support these local businesses and the jobs they create

Florida laws already provide safeguards for car dealers and agricultural equipment dealers, leveling the playing field if manufacturers attempt to take over or close down their dealerships with little or no notice. Thousands of other Floridians invest their personal savings or take out loans to achieve their share of the American Dream – so why shouldn’t the owner of a small sandwich shop or oil change and repair shop receive the same treatment?

We need to promote fairness and opportunity in the franchise relationship. This means:

  • Preventing unjust terminations
  • Preventing non-renewal of their franchise agreement
  • Preventing unjust restrictions on sales and transfers
  • Establishes the right to pursue legal disputes in Florida under Florida law
  • Requires both franchisors and franchisees to act in “good faith”

Small business owners should be allowed to run their stores without having to worry that their livelihoods could be ripped away without ample notice or fair compensation. With a more balanced franchise relationship, both parties can grow and create jobs for Floridians.