About Us

World Franchising Network

With its extensive product line of analytical and consulting services, FDDs, websites and databases, the World Franchising Network is a preeminent supplier of reliable, up-to-date and easy-to-access information on franchising. We accomplish this through:

  1. FranCompare.com, which allows franchisors, prospective franchisees and investors to compare different systems on a side-by-side basis, based on over 50 data points extracted from recent FDDs. Clients can pick from among over 2,200 2019 (or prior years) FDDs. In addition to providing the extracted data from FDDs, we also score each of the key variables in order to suggest the “best” franchise systems within the group being evaluated.
  2. FranchisorDatabase.com: Because of our daily contact with the franchising industry, we maintain a highly accurate database of over 4,000 active North American franchisors and the names and titles of over 30,000 senior franchising executives. The initial cost to “rent” the database is $1,500 and optional subsequent monthly updates are only $100.
  3. FranchiseDisclosures.com provides access to over 35,000 current and archived FDDs and UFOCs, going back to 1990. The website includes over 2,200 FDDs in each of 2019, 2018 and 2017. FDDs are priced from $60 -$100, depending on volume. Over 7,800 individual franchise concepts are listed. We also support a program whereby our partners have immediate access and downloadability for the FDDs.
  4. FranchisingURLs.com: We have “warehoused” over 150+ URLs that focus on franchising. These are available for purchase at the reasonable prices noted.

Overarching Company Values

Focus on the Future

Shortcuts, though tempting, are never justified at the expense of a long-term relationship. Always build for a lasting relationship.

Exceed Expectations

Always go the extra mile. Treat your client as you would want to be treated.

Doing the Right Thing

We all know what is right and what is wrong. Always do the right thing.

Our Stakeholders

Our stakeholders are today’s franchisors, prospective and existing franchisees, investors, law firms, consulting firms, accounting firms, service providers and entrepreneurs. As a group, these entities make the franchising industry what it is, and more importantly, what it can become.

Previous Publications

  1. Bond’s Top 100 Franchises (7 editions) offers a rigorous analysis of 100 top franchises in the food-service, retail, and service-based industries. Selected from over 4,000+ available franchise systems, these companies were evaluated on the basis of historical performance, brand identification, market dynamics, franchisee satisfaction, level of initial training and ongoing support, financial stability and other key factors.
  2. Bond’s Franchise Guide and predecessor book (22 Editions) provided a detailed profile of franchise industry leaders, using ~45 key variables that allowed prospective franchisees to readily compare franchise systems.
  3. “How Much Can I Make?” (14 editions) presents historical sales, expense and/or profit data on actual franchise operations, as provided by the franchisors themselves. This “insider’s guide” includes recent earnings claim statements (Item 19s) from the food-service, retail and service-based industry categories.
  4. Minority Franchise Guide (4 editions) was focused on franchise system that specifically wanted to recruit minorities.
  5. Bond’s International Franchise Guide (2 editions) was focused on US-headquartered franchisors who wanted to expand internationally.
  6. Tips & Traps When Buying a Franchise (2 editions) by Mary Tomzack serves as an insightful overview and road map for prospective franchisees.

Rob Bond

Rob Bond is a leading national authority on the increasingly complex franchise industry. As the founder and president of the World Franchising Network and Source Book Publications, located in Orinda, California, his sole focus for the past 25 years has been the dissemination of timely and in-depth information on franchising through books, documents, websites, analytical and consulting services and databases.

Recognizing the need for a national forum to address the under-representation of minorities in the U.S. franchising community, Bond and Everett Wallace created the National Minority Franchising Initiative. The 2003-2004 program included Bond’s Minority Franchise Guide (3 editions), the MinorityFranchising.com website (no longer active) and 10 popular seminars hosted throughout the country.

As a veteran himself, Bond wanted to show his gratitude to today’s veterans by establishing Franchises4Vets.com (no longer active) as a go-to site that lists the benefits that franchisors provide to veterans who want to go into business for themselves. The site also noted the number of veterans who are franchisees or who held senior management positions for participating companies.

Since receiving his MBA from Stanford Business School, Bond has built an extraordinary record of achievements in several Fortune 100 companies, real estate development and consulting. As an author, lecturer and consultant, he is regarded as one of the franchise industry’s most knowledgeable and widely quoted spokespersons.