As bank lending continues to be tight, many corporate franchisors are providing financing programs for franchisees, but often those loans come with strict terms. "Members have told us some of their highest-quality prospects are still having a tough time getting financing," said IFA's Alisa Harrison. In addition, some corporate parents are offering deals to help franchisees look better to banks; Dunkin' Donuts cut some royalty fees, Edible Arrangements is helping franchisees with a lease-to-buy program, and Quiznos opened its own lending division.

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