Re: Franchise vs Association
You will have to explain what an association is, in terms of your group. Is this a legal partnership? Are you a member within an LLC?
since I do not know what you are referring to in the term: association, I cannot speak to the association/franchise issue but I will say that all a franchise is is where an entity (person, LLC, corp, etc) purchases a license from a franchiser to operate a business under the franchise name. It does not control the type of entity operating the franchise.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.