My connection is the person who assisted my search for my franchise. I operated it successfully have since sold the business and retired.
He is a franchise consultant and gets paid by the franchisor for finding good candidates. He is a really nice and knowledgeable guy that works out of Toronto, without any pressure or obligation. He does a lot of work with Canadians and Americans. I was referred to him by several franchises that I investigated on my own after I had decided against them.
Please keep in touch and let me know how you make out and if it is worthwhile to you.
I am definitely serious about it, what type of industry is your connection in ? I am based out of Calgary Alberta if that helps..
Looking forward to hearing from you