Michele Bellso and her ill-fated Make and Take Gourmet meal assembly kitchen franchise chain continue to provide compelling examples of how NOT to start and run a franchise chain. Their newest lesson plan includes a special guest appearance by, pound for pound, the hardest working franchise enforcement agency: the Maryland Attorney General.
According to this post on Unhappy Franchisee, the Securities Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland “finds grounds to allege that Respondents Make and Take Holding, LLC and Michele Bellso violated the registration, disclosure, and antifraud provisions of the Maryland Franchise Law, in relation to the offer and sale of a Make and Take Gourmet franchise in Maryland.” The Maryland AG has issued an Order to Show Cause, giving Bellso and Make & Take Gourmet an opportunity to “show cause” why a final order should not be entered against them.
The article Make & Take Gourmet, Michele Bellso Accused of Franchise Fraud (AG) states that there are three main allegations against Bellso and the Make & Take Gourmet franchisor:
- Make & Take Gourmet Sold Unregistered Franchises
- Make & Take Gourmet Violated Franchise Disclosure Laws
- Make & Take Gourmet Skirted MD Escrow Requirements
- Make & Take Gourmet Made Illegal Earnings Claims
Interestingly enough, FranchisePick.com has been making 3 of the 4 allegations since April of this year based solely on information printed in the media. Check it out:
April 28th, 2008 Make & Take Gourmet: Meal Prep Franchisor Takes Failures in Stride
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