2017 Maryland Code
Business Regulation
Title 14 - Business Opportunities, Franchises, and Multilevel Distribution Companies
Subtitle 1 - Business Opportunities
§ 14-104. Exclusions

  • (a) In general. -- This subtitle does not apply to:
    • (1) a sale of an ongoing business if the owner of the business sells and intends to sell only that one business opportunity;
    • (2) a not-for-profit sale, for less than $ 500, of sales demonstration equipment, materials, or samples;
    • (3) an offer to sell or sale of a franchise registered or exempt from registration under Subtitle 2 of this title;
    • (4) an offer to sell or sale of a business if the offer or sale is regulated under the Maryland Gasohol and Gasoline Products Marketing Act or the federal Petroleum Marketing Practices Act;
    • (5) an offer to sell or sale of a business opportunity with a marketing plan made in conjunction with the licensing of a federally registered trademark or service mark, provided that the seller has a minimum net worth of $ 1,000,000 as determined on the basis of the seller's most recent audited financial statement prepared within 13 months of the first offer that the seller makes in the State; or
    • (6) any other sale or transaction if the Commissioner:
      • (i) exempts the sale or transaction, by regulation or order, as not being within the purposes of this subtitle; and
      • (ii) finds the registration of the sale or transaction to be unnecessary, inappropriate, not in the public interest, or not for the protection of investors.
  • (b) Determination of net worth. -- Net worth may be determined on a consolidated basis if:
    • (1) at least 80% of the seller is owned by one person; and
    • (2) the person that owns at least 80% of the seller expressly guarantees the obligations of the seller with regard to the offer or sale of a business opportunity that the seller seeks to exclude under this paragraph.
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