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Research compiled by Liza Potter, Bowen Park and Meredith Russell

A good place to start looking for information on both franchises and business opportunities is the government office that regulates them. Although not every state law is the same, as a place to start, we have compiled contact information for offices that maintain some kind of information. Be sure to contact the office in the state where you wish to do business. You won't be able to make your buying decision based on the information provided, but you can get the basics.

B= Has laws regulating business opportunities

F= Has laws regulating franchises

B ALABAMA

Attorney General's Office

Consumer Affairs

(334) 242-7320

B F CALIFORNIA

Department of Corporation

(415) 557-3787

B CONNECTICUT

Banking Securities & Business Department

Investment Division

(860) 240-8230

B FLORIDA

Consumer Services Division

(850) 922-2770

B GEORGIA

Consumer Affairs Office

(404) 656-3790

F HAWAII

Commerce & Consumer Affairs Department

(808) 586-2722

B F ILLINOIS

Secretary of State

Corporate Information

(217) 782-7880

B F INDIANA

Attorney General's Office

Consumer Protection Division

(317) 232-6330

B IOWA

Securities Bureau

Regulated Industries Unit

(515) 281-4441

B KENTUCKY

Attorney General's Office

Consumer Protection Division

(502) 696-5389

B LOUISIANA

Secretary of State

Commercial Division

(225) 922-0425

B MAINE

Business Regulations Department

Corporations, Elections & Commissions Bureau

(207) 287-3676

B F MARYLAND

Securities Division

Franchise & Business Opportunities Unit

(410) 576-6360

B F MICHIGAN

Consumer Protection Division

Antitrust & Franchise Section

(517) 373-7117

B F MINNESOTA

Commerce Department

Registration Division

(651) 296-6328

B NEBRASKA

Banking & Finance Department

(402) 471-3445

B NEW HAMPSHIRE

Attorney General's Office

Consumer Protection Bureau

(212) 416-8235

F NEW YORK

Investor Protection & Securities Bureau

(212) 416-8235

B NORTH CAROLINA

Secretary of State

Securities Division

(919) 733-3924

F NORTH DAKOTA

Security Commissioner's Office

Franchise Examiner

(701) 328-4712

B OHIO

Secretary of State

(614) 466-3910

B OKLAHOMA

Securities Department

(405) 280-7700

F RHODE ISLAND

Business Regulation Department

Securities Division

(401) 222-3048

B SOUTH CAROLINA

Secretary of State

(803) 734-1728 or (803) 734-1951

B F SOUTH DAKOTA

Commerce & Regulation Department

Consumer Protection Division (for opportunities less than $250)

(605) 773-4400

Securities Division (for opportunities more than $250)

(605) 773-4013

B TEXAS

Secretary of State

(512) 463-5555

B UTAH

Commerce Department

Consumer Protection Division

(801) 530-6601

B F VIRGINIA

Clerk of the State

Corporation Commission

(804) 371-9733

B F WASHINGTON

Financial Institutions Department

Securities Division

(360) 902-8760

F WISCONSIN

Financial Institutions Department

Securities Division

(608) 261-9555

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