Membership has it's privileges for franchisees and franchisors who join The Franchise Center at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
According to the center director Carolyn Gough, members get access to employee training programs available from UTEP's College of Business. They also receive a quarterly newsletter on franchising and a directory of other members.
Perhaps most important, members get to help shape the future of franchising by participating as instructors or panelists in the center's franchise management certificate program. Finally, members get to work with the College of Business to set the cirriculum, hold conferences and establish training programs.
Open to any franchisee or franchisor, membership costs $1,000 per year. Plans are underway to establish new Franchise Centers in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. -Lourdes Aguila